21 Dec 2022

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As we look ahead to 2023, one thing is certain: finding – and keeping – the right employees is going to continue to be tougher than ever. You can tweak your benefits, offer more money and give people the option to work remotely, but there’s something else you might need to consider: leadership styles. Company culture has become increasingly important and it starts at the top. No one want...

07 Dec 2022

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Giving back is always nice, but if you want to engage your employees, improve your company culture and attract community-minded customers, it’s also a necessity. But giving back doesn’t always mean writing a check to your community’s big charity. So what can you still do this season to make a difference? Host a Company Volunteer Event: Food banks and soup kitchens – especially in larg...

24 Jul 2022

Our last blog talked about the importance of taking time away from your business, but it glossed over something we all struggle with on vacations – putting your phone down. It’s not about playing a round of Wordle or taking photos of your kids at the beach, but when you pick up your phone to do those things, checking your work emails or texts are just a quick click away. You know you do ...

23 May 2022

Like any company, when we founded The Growth Coach, we were faced with making sure we had the right name. A name is a client’s first impression and it needed to be right. Do you know what word we purposefully left out? Consulting. When companies bring in a consultant, it’s usually to fix a problem. You bring in a marketing consultant to build out a plan. You hire a staffing consultant...

16 Nov 2021

The job market is tough right now. Everyone is hiring, pay is competitive and many employers are offering bonuses to get the right employees in the door. But once you’ve hired someone and invested in their onboarding and training, how can you convince them to stay when there are so many other opportunities? At The Growth Coach, many of our clients are facing the same kinds of staffing...

30 Mar 2021

Most entrepreneurs create a business plan when they launch their company, but sometimes, when you’re wrapped up in the minutia of actually building a business, those plans fall to the wayside. When was the last time you updated your business plan? And does that business plan have a strategic plan behind it? You read that right – a strategic plan outlines the goals, key performance ind...

15 Mar 2021

When people are talking about goals for their life or their business, it’s easy to keep things generic and bold. Saying “I want to grow my business” is less scary than “I want to grow my business’ income my five percent by the end of the year.” One is easy to brush off and one requires a plan that can be tracked, measured and evaluated. One can be built into a strategic plan and one is j...

22 Feb 2021

Strong finances are a foundational keystone for any business, but getting the numbers in order after a crazy 2020 while preparing for an uncertain 2021 can seem overwhelming. But do you know what’s even more overwhelming? Having no plan at all. Financial planning basically comes down to three basic steps: Crunch, Budget and Plan. First of all, even if 2020 wasn’t your best year, yo...

18 Nov 2020

Disappointment is tough. Whether someone let you down, you let someone down (including yourself) or something just didn’t pan out the way you’d hoped, the emotions around disappointment are strong. But, as a small business owner, you have to be able to feel your feelings, address those emotions, push forward and persevere. Here are four steps that can help: 1. Feel. Process. Accept. ...

13 Oct 2020

In the age of digital everything, we all have a little bit of shiny ball syndrome. New emails are constantly pinging, texts come in at virtually all hours of the day and Zoom meetings are just so easy to schedule. But when you’re constantly changing your focus, it’s easy to lose sight of your goals and stay on track. So what can you do? It’s easy – pull out a classic pen and paper to-do ...

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