Date Your Kids

Clark Neuhoff People

The best parenting advice I ever got was to date your kids.  For all the parenting mistakes I made, I took this one to heart and to this day have strong relationships, and open communication with my adult children.  The idea is simple.  I asked for one hour each week and I’ll buy (of course).  They pick the place and …

Is Your Ladder Broken

Rene' Boer Process

If you’re struggling to identify and complete Core Processes for your business, you’re not alone. Most entrepreneurs view completing a process with the same enthusiasm they have for a trip to the dentist for a root canal. However, the benefit of a well-defined process is consistency. And, when you document each of your 6 to 10 Core Processes and get …

Leave No Rock Behind

Clark Neuhoff Traction

This creed leave no man behind is espoused by many branches of our armed forces as well as other countries. The movie Blackhawk Down brought this to the popular culture. It’s a basic principle you must have in an army. If a soldier knows that whatever happens, he is not alone and won’t be left behind, he will take much …

How the Mid-Market Goes Global

Clark Neuhoff Vision

As told by Experts who Have Done it   I have the privilege of serving on the Supplier Network Committee of an Illinois Manufacturer’s Association  http://www.tmanet.com .  This past week we hosted our Spring Business After Hours event featuring a panel of owners and experts who have successfully grown businesses by tapping in to opportunities around the world including; Asia, …

Thriving Businesses for Generations – Continued; How and Where to Begin

Clark Neuhoff Vision

Last time, I shared a series of recommendations from six multi-generational business owners for how they are successfully navigating the challenges of growing their businesses.  Our panel came up with a list of 25 specific actions, all important and critical things that we need to be doing in our businesses.  But I often get pushback on where to begin and …

How 3 Family Businesses Have Broken Through for Generations

Clark Neuhoff Vision

I recently had the privilege of leading a panel discussion comprised of six business owners – three fathers and three sons.  The event was hosted by Illinois’s premier manufacturing association, the TMA.  What the audience came to hear were first-hand accounts of how each of these companies have successfully carved out a niche where they can thrive, and at the …

Why It’s Wise to Hire People Smarter Than You

Clark Neuhoff People

By Phil Libin, INC. Magazine – March 5,2013 For one thing, it’s the answer to your micromanagement problem. I recebvived this note recently from an Evernote user in Japan: Some of my team members complain that I micromanage. I think they have a valid point, but then I find myself having to tell them how to do even the smallest things. …

Delegate! (a mini passionate plea) by GINO WICKMAN

Clark Neuhoff People

Here’s a quick nugget, mini passionate plea, and something to think about on your next Clarity Break. I’ve just finished all of my annual planning sessions with all of my clients (30 in total), and they averaged a 16 percent growth rate in 2012. There is an interesting whipsaw effect going on from the downturn of the great recession to …

Solving Tough Problems and Getting New Ideas

Clark Neuhoff Core Values

Solving tough problems and getting new ideas Saturday I had the privilege of leading a workshop for 30 business owners here in Lake County IL.  The event was sponsored by the Lake County Business Ministry team and hosted at the Tranel Financial Group. Our topic was showing how powerful it is to connect with like-minded business leaders for help in …