Archive for the ‘Tips for Launching’ Category

Liz Marchi: Family, Seasons and Change

By LIZ MARCHI - My husband, turned 70 a few weeks ago, at what may have been one of my top 10 parties ever.... more

Liz Marchi: Adolescence and Aging

By LIZ MARCHI - This I believe: we must keep our minds, bodies and our social connections growing even when it’s hard. That’s foundational to a life in full.... more

Liz Marchi: Comb Over

By LIZ MARCHI - I have spent the last 10 days doing something I don’t do much of, revisiting a place in time. The occasion: my 40th College Reunion.... more

Liz Marchi: Voting, Travel, Air and Water

By LIZ MARCHI - I have known for a long time that my idea of being rich is living on this beautiful piece of earth called Montana, on a ranch with clean air and a river that runs clear.... more

Liz Marchi: Home Again

By LIZ MARCHI - I just returned, from what has been annual pilgrimage, from a week in the Deep South with my Mom and Dad. As I age, I cherish my amazing family all across the country and cultures.... more

Who Can Help You?

By MARK RIFFEY - This past week seems to have been a perfect storm of paths crossing about getting help from coaches, mentors and teachers.... more

Bows, Bunnies and Baby Cows

By LIZ MARCHI - A recent visit by friends reminded me of the importance of Easter traditions and rituals in the south. We love our homes cozy and well decorated, we love our food.... more

Are You Doing the Important Work?

By MARK RIFFEY - What are you not getting done? Why aren’t you getting those things done? Does important work often go undone? If so, is that work truly important?... more

Five Business Myths To Ignore

By MARK RIFFEY - Focusing on these myths will do nothing but delay the success of your business. Shut them out.... more

Employers: REGISTER NOW for Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair

Skills and talent available! Employers - Register Now for Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair, Thursday, April 28 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.... more

What Can’t Change that Must Change?

By MARK RIFFEY - What Can’t Change that Must Change? If you doubled the size of your sales team, would your sales double?... more

The Sales Prevention Department

By MARK RIFFEY - Is a part of your process killing sales and running off clients? If you have a 'sales prevention department' here's how you can get rid of it!... more

What The Supreme Court And Your Business Share

By MARK RIFFEY - Events like this can have a critical, if not fatal impact on your business. Could your business survive your death or permanent disability?... more

Liz Marchi: Reflection

By LIZ MARCHI - One of the joys of aging for me has been time for reflection, the time to find a “neutral zone” and really think and reflect.... more

Is It Done Yet?

By MARK RIFFEY - The earlier the customer sees your work, the earlier you'll find out if you're on track.... more

Why Do Startups Fight City Hall?

By MARK RIFFEY - To a startup, city hall is often the next obstacle in line.... more

Start Your Marketing Calendar

By MARK RIFFEY - Are you marketing with intent or by accident? Choose intent.... more

Hiring Entry Level People and (Gasp) Millennials

By MARK RIFFEY - I know a number of 20-somethings who are looking for jobs. Some like to categorize “millennials” as a generation of slackers with no work ethic and no motivation.... more

Liz Marchi: Sleep

By LIZ MARCHI - I am grateful every morning that my alarm doesn’t go off at 4:00am as it did for the better part of 20 years.... more

Train Them To Make It Easy To Buy

By MARK RIFFEY - Word of mouth business and referrals come from handling problems gracefully.... more

Leading Your Team to Goal Setting

By MARK RIFFEY - How do you prepare your staff to contribute to your company's success?... more

Liz Marchi: In the New Year 2016

By LIZ MARCHI - The last two years have been spent trying to change habits, explore new opportunities and changing tempo. I have had mixed results.... more

Company Goals Need Context

By MARK RIFFEY - Company-wide goals need to have "Why does this matter to me?" context at all levels of the company, for every employee.... more

Working Linear vs. Parallel

By MARK RIFFEY - What costs do you introduce by solving problems sequentially?... more

Is Your Business 2016 Ready?

By MARK RIFFEY - Planning for 2016 is about more than adjusting numbers in a spreadsheet.... more

Do They Have Each Other’s Back?

By MARK RIFFEY - Culture is critical, not only day to day, but to make sure you can take a punch.... more

Liz Marchi: Curiosity and Perfection

By LIZ MARCHI - I am so glad I lived to read Lean In by Cheryl Sandburg. She affirms both curiosity and bossiness as positive attributes in girls. ... more

Liz Marchi: Seasons Change

By LIZ MARCHI - Fall has arrived and we are preparing the ranch for winter. We downsized this year but the plan is to ranch until the end. I am good with that.... more

Liz Marchi: Tomatoes, Tempo and the Short Game

By LIZ MARCHI - Until I began cooking on my own did I realize that what passed for a tomato in the grocery store was nothing like the flavor feast I was accustomed to.... more

Liz Marchi: Wiring

By LIZ MARCHI - The older I get, the more I believe we are wired very early in life for a certain path. My husband and I share a lot of the same wiring and lot of very different wiring. ... more

Liz Marchi: Maintenance

By LIZ MARCHI - Maintenance has never been a sexy concept for me. I like startups, building, remodeling. As I age, all of that is changing. Maintenance is EVERYTHING. ... more

Liz Marchi: Digital Detox

By LIZ MARCHI - This weekend was Big Sky Dev Con in Bozeman. This was year 5 of the event which is another of those little known but extraordinary things going on in Montana. ... more

Liz Marchi: Manners, the Masters and Equal Pay

By LIZ MARCHI - Be on notice, hitting on women is unwelcome and exhibits the worst in manners. Sexist comments and jokes are NOT funny.... more

Liz Marchi: Give Me Patience for Parents

By LIZ MARCHI - I am flying back to Bozeman after spending two weeks with my Mom and Dad and family in Alabama. I am so conflicted about them these days. ... more

Liz Marchi: On Birthdays and Aging

By LIZ MARCHI - Sunday was my 61st birthday. The great thing about a January birthday is that you spend the entire month thinking about the New Year, goals, planning and “getting ready.” ... more

Liz Marchi: Paper Bliss

By LIZ MARCHI - As much as I love to clean and organize, my husband loves to keep every piece of paper that he's ever owned. Whatever your bliss is, nurture it, edit it and own it in 2015!... more

Liz Marchi: Working in Yoga Pants

By LIZ MARCHI - What’s great about yoga pants, other than they are comfortable, is that I don’t use any mental energy getting dressed on days when I work from the barn. ... more

Liz Marchi: Handing Off

By LIZ MARCHI - My work life has been full of aspirations and over reach. I have always aspired to do things that I wasn’t credentialed to do and that people said were too hard to do. ... more

Liz Marchi: Operating Without a Plan

By LIZ MARCHI - Defining purpose. That’s how I always started any endeavor. Why are we doing it, what does it look like when it’s a success? ... more

Liz Marchi On Entrepreneurship: Rewiring

By LIZ MARCHI -Entrepreneurs are different. They are almost never satisfied with the way things are. They are always looking for ways to make things better, faster, more efficient, and/or smarter. ... more

Earning Return Business, Part Two

By MARK RIFFEY - Not long ago I heard someone say “Excuses are a lie wrapped in a reason.” Training is a critical component to building a team that brings clients back repeatedly.... more

Wayne and Kathleen Newton Set Up Shop in Lakeside

By JUSTIN FRANZ-Kat’s Korner is one of several new shops and restaurants that have popped up in the small community of Lakeside and Wayne Newton, 72, said it’s no surprise the town is growing.... more

Earning Return Business

By MARK RIFFEY - When you make client service decisions, do you weigh the cost of losing the client?The incremental cost of service is usually tiny compared to losing the client.... more

Consistency is Critical to Repeat and Word-of-Mouth Business

By MARK RIFFEY - What inconsistencies can you address to increase repeat and word of mouth business?... more

Busy Business Owners Have No Time

By MARK RIFFEY - The average CEO says they only spend about 25% of their day doing what they feel is meaningful work. Does that sound like your typical work day?... more

Help Them Produce Their Best Work

By MARK RIFFEY - No matter what business you’re in and what summer does to your workload – summer is a great time to implement improvements that help your staff produce their best work.... more

The Search for Mentors

By LIZ MARCHI - As I look back on my career journey, I look at the role mentors played in guiding my choices in life and work. What’s a mentor? For me, it was someone whom I admired and wanted to emulate. ... more

How Do You Create The Right Surprises? Baby Steps

By MARK RIFFEY - One of the best ways to figure out ways to transform your customers' experience is to walk through the process of doing business with you in little, tiny steps: Baby Steps.... more

Are You Uncoachable? Drips Can Help

By MARK RIFFEY - Frustrated with the rate of change or accomplishment of new work in your business? I had a conversation recently that might help. It involved coachability and drips.... more

When It Comest to Business: Start Doing the Right Things

By MARK RIFFEY - Rather than talking about 30 things to stop doing, I decided to discuss a shorter list of things to START doing in your business.... more