advisory team

“There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’.” “It takes a village.” Or my favorite, “You don’t sharpen a knife against a sponge.” All of which is meant to say, if you want a successful business, don’t go it alone. I learned this the hard way.  For years I thought having a more senior business partner would be […]


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Leadership expert Ken Blanchard once said, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” But if you’re working solo (or in a small company), where will that feedback come from? Small and solo businesses can get feedback in several ways: A Board of Directors. If there is more than one owner in your company, you have automatic […]


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This economy has certainly battered my business around a bit. There are times I’ve felt like a ship in a storm-tossed sea. But I have been able to stay on a relatively even keel and keep my sights set on my destination, thanks to my advisory team. “Advisory team.”  It’s a highfalutin’ term for what some people […]


The blogger and former web designer, Jason Kottke, was quoted as saying, “I don’t think you’re a very good friend if you’re always being supportive. You also have to add criticism.” Put another way, if we surround ourselves with “yes-men” (or -women) we’ll never grow as business owners. And our companies will reach a certain […]