Sharpen Now.

What?! It was the last weekend of summer?! I can’t believe it. In fact, I refuse to believe it. I am going to squeeze every single marvelous moment out of it! This is what I did just the other day. Sigh…My daughter and I floating in our neighbor’s spring fed pond…just chatting away…about stuff you don’t talk about when the … Read More

I got one checked off…

One of my greatest lessons I shared in the video that I made for you below. It contains a personal story that was important as I share this truth with you. You deserve to experience this. To be honest with you, I wish I had made the commitment in writing earlier. I decided to have my kids all do it … Read More

Honestly, I don’t have this done. Do you?

Paul and I with Ari Bob Negen started out his Retail Success Summit by discussing something that I had to admit I hadn’t done for myself. Then Ari Weinzweig from Zingerman’s described the amazing culture of his deli and stores and business and gave all the credit to the same thing. You and I both have to have it. Strategic … Read More

Prom and Albino Squirrels

Fun times…Prom 2012! My daughter Clare is a senior at a small Christian high school and they allow the entire school to attend the big dance. Christopher attends a different school but got invited to go by a mutual friend. They had a blast being at the dance together. Thanks for letting me share! It was amazing to see the … Read More

Fun and Games!

Are you feeling the pressure? When you are in the midst of a big month before a holiday like we are now, it can start to feel pretty tense. Let me share with you some strategies that my private clients use in times like this to make sure that they reach their sales goals. You know that you have to … Read More

Why Do Independent Retailers Fail?

A New York Times business columnist asked me this question.  “There are three reasons”, I replied. They ignore numbers. They ignore customers. They ignore their own story. All of this happens because they are so busy running their stores.  They don’t stop multi tasking long enough to be strategic and develop a plan. THIS IS TRAGIC. THIS IS A DUMB … Read More

Big Goals….Small Steps

Last week I talked to you about setting your big sales goal through the end of the year.  I got such a great response to it – read it before you go on. Click here to read last week’s article: So you set your BIG GOAL…