Principles for Small Business Success | Up and to the Right | Episode 041

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Livestream VideoListen & Download Show Notes When I started Beyond 50 Percent my aspiration was to connect business owners with ‘proven principles and practical action’. It made then, and still makes, perfect sense in my head but I’ve found that when someone asks for an example of a proven business principle I was suddenly less clear on what it meant in practical terms and left with something banal like ‘buy low sell high’. Since ‘practical’ and ‘actionable’ are features that I feel strongly about I felt compelled to arrive at some clarity. So, I went in search of business principles and here is what I discovered through both reflection and research. Here’s what happened when I sought the Principles of Small Business Success! Read More

Plan it Like it’s Software! | Up and to the Right | Episode 040

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Livestream VideoListen & Download Show Notes If you’re running a business or thinking about it you would be forgiven for feeling completely overwhelmed.  It’s true, there is a lot to do and never enough time to do it. What is a business owner to do?  Read, learn, get a consultant or coach? Yes… those are all good things but at the end of the day when you’ve read “Eat that Frog” and you’re ready to hunker down how do you know which frog is the biggest, ugliest and least appealing? Which frog do you eat? How do we decide what’s important when? I think there’s a way of structuring our business plan that steals a bit from the world of software development. Instead of ‘building’ our business… let’s develop it. Read More

Wow… THAT was Lucky! | Up and to the Right | Episode 039

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes We have an interesting relationship with luck. When something goes well we use it in a self effacing way like ‘lucky break’. When things go badly we use it to distance ourselves from the event ‘just bad luck’. When we’re breaking outside norms… we’re pushing our luck. According to https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/luck ‘luck’ is a force that brings good fortune or adversity So how do we deal with the ‘force’ of luck in business? Let’s get luc… oh… yeah sorry this is a family show! Read More

Finding Business Wisdom When the Wise Conflict | Up and to the Right | Episode 038

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes If it ain’t broke… don’t fix it! If it ain’t broke… break it! Good enough is never good enough. You need to search for your minimum viable product. Read enough books… tap enough resources… and the business information you’ll get will start to conflict… with itself. Let’s get actionable value from conflicting wisdom! Read More

Getting the Most Out of the Video Gear You Already Have | Up and to the Right | Episode 037

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes Video was here to stay before COVID-19 but with the increased pressure of social distancing we’re now seeing more businesses adopting video. Video can add value by allowing us to have a more effective conversation than a phone call alone (most communication is non-verbal and totally lost on the phone); it can provide new revenue streams and can reduce travel which, in turn, reduces costs and environmental impact. Video is good. How can you put your best foot forward on your next video conference call or sales pitch? People make careers out of video/audio production but we can pull some key components out of that world to make our video presence more professional without buying a bunch of gear or going back to college! Let’s get value from our video gear! Read More

Getting Value from Zoom and Video Conferencing | Up and to the Right | Episode 036

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes If you haven’t heard of Zoom, you probably will. Zoom is a video and teleconferencing platform that has seen a large increase in use as businesses change the way they communicate. They’ve been in the press for two major reasons lately. One – the explosive growth during social distancing. 2nd they have been faulted for security concerns. There is a great opportunity here for us to lean in to a new tool that can help us add value to our business but how do we get real value out of Zoom and other video conferencing tools? Let’s get value from our video! Read More

Let’s Build a Revenue Stream | Up and to the Right | Episode 035

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes Any change in the economic environment will show us vulnerabilities in our business. A major disruption or crisis will drive the point home by showing us weakness in our business whether it’s an unsustainable expense structure or too few revenue streams & narrow sales channels. Let’s build a revenue stream! Read More

Sometimes You Just Grind | Up and to the Right | Episode 034

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes Monday I didn’t even take calls for work and I went from random task to random task not getting anything done. That’s how the week started for me. Here’s the story in my head “This week has been…” unproductive a bummer wasted low vibration hard disappointing I wasn’t inspired for a topic for the livestream/podcast. That isn’t where I wanted to be. I realized that there are times when you really do have to just put your energy to the task and just do it but also find a way to be ok in that moment. Let’s get into the grind! Read More

Bridging Crisis | Up and to the Right | Episode 033

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes If you’re in business long enough you’re going to have to endure some kind of economic crisis. In my professional career we haven’t gone more the eight years without a major disruption to the economy. While the current crisis regarding COVID19 is serious, it only represents another in an unending series of external challenges any business owner will face. Understanding how a crisis impacts you and what you can do about it is vital to the survival of your business. In this episode we’ll discuss some ideas about how to put a plan together and tips on implementing it. Let’s bridge that crisis! Read More

Does Your Small Business Really Need to Grow? | Up and to the Right | Episode 032

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes “When you stop growing… you start dying!” Seriously…?! This is what we have to offer the people who have the courage to create value in our economy? Instead of setting your sights on arbitrary business ‘growth’… let’s talk about what you want out of your business and design a system to bring you there! Let’s get growing… in the right direction! Read More