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What’s the Strategic Intent of your Business?

by Brian Nolan on 08/11

What’s the Strategic Intent of your Business?

When I started Nolan Consulting Group in 2004, my accountant said to me:  “what’s the strategic intent of your business”.  I gave him a puzzled look.  I had done some work on strategic intent in the corporate world, but I had never really thought about it with our spanking new business.   He went on to say that you should never start a business without a plan to get out of it (an exit plan).  He said that it’s important to know what you want the business to be when it grows up.  This long range mindset and strategic context is important to have when making major decisions.   I loved it and immediately began to write my long term plan, looking 10 – 15+ years out.

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Time Management Tips for You and Your Team

by Amanda Kearney on 07/05

Time Management Tips for You and Your Team

As small business owners, you probably wear a lot of hats – you’re the President, a Sales Rep, a Field Manager, etc.  So it can be difficult to find time to be the Business Owner and make important business decisions.  In addition, we often need to blend the roles of our team – your Office Manager may also be your HR Director, Bookkeeper, Customer Advocate, etc.  Time management is key to balancing the roles in your business and nailing this hat trick.  Here are some tips that can help you manage your own time, as well as help manage your team’s time.

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Conflict Management

by Kathryn Freeman on 06/13

Conflict Management

Does Conflict bother you?  Does your management style encourage your team to avoid having difficult conversations with you and their peers?  Are your management meetings a series of 15 minute huddles with little to no discussion about growth topics?

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Recruiting is Our Number One Priority

by Kevin Nolan on 05/12

Recruiting is Our Number One Priority

Whenever I speak to business owners, I find myself consistently hearing the same few phrases: “No one wants to work for a contractor”, “I wish I could grow, but I just can’t find the people”, “Where have all the good painters gone”?  This may come as a shock, but I have something to tell you.

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Protecting Your Brand

by Conal Mulreany on 04/17

Protecting Your Brand

Do you remember when you started your business? Your entrepreneurial fire was lit! One of the first things you did was giving your company a name and logo. You agonized over it, but eventually, you choose a logo and a name that gets you excited!

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Team Planning: Another Successful Planning Adventure

by Brian Nolan on 01/23

Team Planning: Another Successful Planning Adventure

As I boarded a plane from Sacramento to Philadelphia on Friday night, on my way home from a successful planning retreat,   I reflected on the planning teams I was a part of in January. I facilitated planning sessions for Fitzpatrick Painting in Albany, Oregon and Brooks Painting in Davis, California. Below are some thoughts on what made them successful.

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The Summit Exchange Program: A Hands on Learning Experience

by Colin Nolan on 11/18

The Summit Exchange Program: A Hands on Learning Experience

I wanted to take an opportunity to discuss one of Summit’s most exciting new initiatives, the Summit Exchange Program. Many of you know that Summit take’s incredible pride in our members and their willingness to share best practices. The peer to peer sharing and relationships that have been cultivated over the years has been strong contributor to Summit’s success. Summit has created the Summit Exchange Program to strengthen these bonds and enhance the sharing culture of our members.

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Leadership Case Study: What One Summit Member Has Implemented

by Andrew Amrhein on 10/04

Leadership Case Study: What One Summit Member Has Implemented

Recently, I was reviewing this year’s progress with a long-time Summit Member.  This year, his company will do approximately $2.5m in revenue.  To get there, he is now managing Supervisors in the Field, Office, and Sales.  He’s out of much of the day-to-day, but is learning his own lessons in leadership.  I’ve summarized below what he says he’s learned and implemented.

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Stop Solving Problems and Start Sharing the Insomnia

by Kathryn Freeman on 09/12

Stop Solving Problems and Start Sharing the Insomnia

This is the time of year when all of your hard work pays off;  the projects are well underway, you have cash in the bank and the phones are still ringing.  But things are not always as smooth as all that.  

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Developing your Coaching Management Style

by Brian Nolan on 08/18

Developing your Coaching Management Style

Recently, I read a great book called The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, By Michael Bungay Stanier.  It made a profound impression on me, and I'd like to focus this Blog on its lessons and main themes. 

 

 

 

 

 

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