Taking Care of #1

      As a business coach, I always ask my clients about their health, and how their families are doing. One reason is that I care about them and their health. The second reason is to see how they and their family are doing. You see, in my first company that grew from Zero … Continued

What Does Success Look Like To You?

    As a Business Coach, one of the first things I ask my coaching clients is “What does success look like to you?” It is a great conversation starter, and many have never thought about life in this way. Success means different things to different people. One of the primary responses that I get … Continued

What Gets Measured Gets Done: Dashboards & Scorecards

You’ve heard the saying before, “What Gets Measured Gets Done”. What tools are you using to keep you, your leadership team and your co-workers abreast of the short, medium and long term goals of the company? Huddles are nice with updates, but those are designed for an individual basis or for a team.   Dashboards … Continued

Overcoming Business Addictions and Improving Productivity in the Workplace

Coach Billie’s Weekly Wisdom: Business Addictions

  Answering email is addictive, it gives some team members a false sense of productivity when they have more important tasks. Social Media, YouTube, Facebook, and Gaming are eating up thousands of hours and are happening in your company now! QUESTION: How do we get the team to focus on activities that move goals, while … Continued

Top 10 Biggest Mistakes made by Business Owners

Image:CNBC Top 10 Biggest mistakes made by Business Owners. Start-ups or existing businesses have lots of places to make mistakes.  Here are shortcuts to keep you out of hot water as you dive in. 1. Not thoroughly testing your concept or new product or only testing on family and friends before starting up. 2. Overestimating … Continued

Priorities: A simple tool for getting things done!

As the story goes, Ivy Steel was a Business Coach/Consultant to many of the largest corporations.  One of his clients was Charles Schwab, the President of Bethlehem Steel (predecessor of US Steel). One day, Mr. Schwab was lamenting to Ivy about how difficult it was in getting his executives to focus and get the most … Continued

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11 Ways to Bulletproof Your Business Against the Dreaded Summer Lull

In our three-part series on seasonal lulls in business, Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) members share strategies and best practices to prevent seasonality from impacting your business bottom line. Billie Attaway, an Entrepreneur’s Organization member and “recovering serial entrepreneur,” coaches business owners to achieve BHAGs (big, hairy, audacious goals) at HyperGrowth. We asked Billie to share strategies … Continued

Summer Slowdown – Get creative, coach your people, manage cash and assets.

Image (c) Robin Bartholick / Getty Images Summer…gotta love it and hate it.  Especially when it drives down employee motivation, engagement, sales and profitability while cost continue.  Here are Ten ways to be creative and innovative during the summer months: Before the summer! Analyze the seasonality over the last several years and plan for the … Continued

8 Reasons Great Employees Leave!

If you run a business, you’ve had a great employee leave, usually with not much notice. What does this loss cost the organization? Here are several points to consider: 1. Culturally: Others in the company wonder if they should leave or what “writing” they saw on the wall. Will the replacement “fit-in” to the company? … Continued