Friday, October 10, 2008

Good business reading coming soon

I'm looking forward to two (most likely good) books from my favorite business authors that are coming out later this month:

Seth Godin's Tribes and Guy Kawasaki's Reality Check both come out in a few weeks and I'm sure they will quickly become required reading for entrepreneurs and marketers everywhere.

For a long time, I've admired both of these authors for their ability to cut through the BS and provide business advice that you can apply to your business immediately. There's no academic, theoretical garbage to muck up the messages. You come away from reading anything by these authors thinking, "I already knew what they told me, but they presented it in a much better way than I ever thought of."

Anyway, pre-order these books on Amazon. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Organize your Business for Growth

I really enjoyed John Jantsch's post yesterday about organizing your marketing. The real insight for me was the idea that even very small organizations should have an org chart for how they would like their organization to look in the future. To quote from John:
See, here’s the deal, even if it’s just you and Louie, he does this, you do that, you need an org chart for your business. Here’s why. No matter how many actual people you have in your organization, your business has many functions, it’s just that they are being done - or not being done - by just you and Louie.

By creating an organization chart, and acknowledging all the functions, you stand a far greater chance of developing individual systems and strategies to make sure the work in each area is organized and done. Not to mention the fact that you are laying the foundation for growth if and when you have bodies to put in more of the boxes on your chart.

This concept about laying the foundation for growth is critical for small businesses, especially as we all look at the global economic crisis and wonder how we are going to grow our businesses. They key is planning for growth and changing your outlook from "glass half empty" to "glass half full." This attitude alone will help you and your employees look forward and work with you to figure out how to grow rather than focusing all your time on working through worse-case scenarios.

So, go out and create your org chart and plan for growth. This discipline alone will help you organize your business so that you get things done. And getting things done will lead to growth.