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 …

One Thing!

Clark Neuhoff Strategy

When I look at how entrepreneurs and leaders operate in these hyper-competitive and unpredictable market conditions, I see two types of companies; those who are frustrated and those who are not.  Some are frustrated because sales, customers, people and profits just aren’t working the way they want. Then there are others who don’t seem to be as frustrated. Remember the …

Strategic Planning as a Retention Tool, Really???

Clark Neuhoff Core Values

With global access to information and technology, your workforce is one of the few differentiators you have. Finding and training the right people are fundamental, but you cannot forget about retention, especially after you already made this investment to get them.  Susan Drake, President and founder of the Ascendis Learning Center makes a critical point about developing a winning workforce.  …