Posts Tagged ‘business owners’

The Key to Long-Term Success

My business partner, Fran Tarkenton, said this in a recent email message, “Reinventing yourself every day is key to long-term success. It’s not enough to have an idea that works at the moment you come up with it. You must be willing to reevaluate what you’re doing constantly, looking to see what things need to be changed.”

One thing I’ve learned is that nothing in business or ministry remains the same. We can all think of businesses or ministries that at one time were flourishing that are no longer with us. You must ask yourself if the ideas and concepts you brought to your business or ministry are still as effective as they once were. It is very hard to let go of things that are no longer working. The world around us is always changing which requires being honest with ourselves and being willing to reevaluate and retire programs, processes or procedures that have outlived their usefullness and reinvent methodologies that are culturally relevant to the target audience or market we are endeavoring to reach.

This is not something you do one time. Reevaluating and reinventing must become part of the DNA of your business or ministry.


Dear Friends,

We are helping organizations see where they are, clarify where they want to go, and decide the building blocks and resources needed to get there. 2012 can be your best year ever. Please call me at 502.713.1039 and let’s talk about how I can help you seize the opportunities and achieve extraordinary results.


Dennis McDonald


Working In or Working On?

Most businesspeople find themselves extremely busy, yet unproductive. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day work, work really hard, and still miss the mark. Satisfied customers, engaged employees, and prosperous owners don’t happen by chance. You must have a plan… Most businesspeople, including your competitors, don’t take time to plan well. It’s a weakness for them – and an opportunity for you. – Stephen Covey

So here’s the question – are you busy working in your business? Or are you busy working on your business? As the quote from Stephen Covey suggests many us find that we have slipped into the role of working in our business and not spending an appropriate amount of time working on our business. The unfortunate thing is by the time we figure this out and come to our senses it quite possibly may be too late.

Resolve today to take a step back or maybe several steps back and get to a place where you can gain some perspective. For those of us who are married a good place to begin would be to ask for some feedback…are you sitting down?…from our spouse. That’s right. Ask them some open ended questions and be open to LISTEN.

Tough assignment. But hey, you are tough. You can take it. Just LISTEN. Maybe take some notes. Don’t react, don’t try to justify any of the work or actions you’ve taken, don’t say ‘you don’t understand.” Thank them for their feedback and that you are going to seriously consider the things they said. That’s it.

Your spouse can be your best ally if you’ll be willing to let them. This works equally well for the company executive, small business owner, self-employed or for those in ministry leadership positions. Take the challenge. Give it a try and let me know the results.

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Dear Friends,

The year is well under way but its not too late to stop and look around. Are you busy doing the day-to-day necessities, putting out fires, handling problems and not taking time to see where your business or ministry is right now? Do you have a solid plan in place to help guide you to the next level? Sometimes we are too close to the forest to see the trees. If you find yourself in that place where the future is uncertain give me a call at 502.713.1039 and schedule a complimentary visit by phone or in person.


Dennis McDonald