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The Importance of Environment to Growing a Business

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Have you considered the power of your environment on your success?

Think about it.

As an avid gardener, I know certain kinds of vegetables grow best in specific types of soil and under particular weather conditions. I don't stop to consider if the seed planted is “talented enough” to grow. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the environment plays a strong role in whether or not that seed is going to sprout and produce an abundance of produce.

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Tags: Business Growth

How to Stack the Deck in Your Favor When Shaping an Advisory Board

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Now that you have a solid framework for your advisory board, there are a few other points to take into consideration to stack the deck in your favor and cinch the success of your board.

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Tags: Best Practices, Business Growth

Is an Advisory Board in Your Small Business Future?

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Running a small business can be a bewildering experience. Besides Siri, the halls of a small business can be a lonely place. To whom do you turn for advice? Share ideas? Hear yourself think? Provide a dose of reality? If you're not working with a strategic business coach, an advisory board may be desireable.

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Tags: Business Growth

Use a Year-End Assessment to Maximize Your Annual Business Planning

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Ask any entrepreneur about annual business planning for their business and you'll immediately be met with eye rolls. If we're honest, it's one of the few pieces of business ownership most entrepreneurs would rather avoid. Yet, it's likely one of the most important pieces of business development as you head into a new year.

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Tags: Business Planning, Business Growth

What Everyone is Saying About the Importance of a Business Strategy

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Spontaneity and the ability to “fly by the seat of your pants” or “fake it until you make it” can be excellent qualities to have, but to survive the test of time in business you need a plan. If you’re serious about success, a clear business strategy must underlie all the day-to-day tasks you do.

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Tags: Business Growth, Small Business Strategy

The Most Overworked, Underutilized Business Growth Strategy: Imagination

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Albert Einstein wrote, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution."

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Tags: Business Growth

5 Key Factors in Determining Your Business Strategy for Growth

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Today's small business owners are grappling with uncommon levels of complexity. As one colleague so aptly put it, "We have overwhelmed entrepreneurs coming out of the woodwork from all directions."

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Tags: Business Growth, Small Business Strategy

10 Ways Your Mind Sabotages Your Business Strategy...And How to Fix It

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Your mind is a beautiful thing. It ignites ideas, sparks inspiration, and illuminates direction. One's mind can also be a bit tragic. It has the power to elevate anxiety, destroy self-confidence, and flame the fire of your worst fears. It shrinks goals, minimizes efforts, and brings to fruition that which one most fears.

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Tags: Business Growth, Attitude

The Business Strategy Realization Requirement: Time

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

What would you say if I told you that putting a business strategy in place before unearthing 10 hours a week is very much like "putting the cart before the horse." (As my Mom would say.)

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Tags: Productivity, Business Growth, Small Business Strategy

The Best Kind of Business Strategist for Your Business Growth

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

With business becoming increasingly complex, business owners are faced with a variety of challenges — the most prevalent being overwhelmed by all there is to do in a day. This distressing situation is a far cry from what many of us thought growing a business would be like.

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Tags: Small Business Strategist, Business Growth, Small Business Strategy

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