Focus On Where You Want to Go, Not Where You Don't

The first time I went skiing as a teenager I watched my classmate beautifully ski down the hill and, in slow motion, turn gently to the left and ski into a barn.

The barn wasn't anywhere near the bottom of the run. It was way far away and posed no danger to anyone. But as the instructor shouted "Stay away from the barn!" her turn became sharper until she was pointed directly at the big, red barn!

I suspect that her problem was that she focused on "not hitting the barn" instead of going straight.

That's a lot like when in business we are focused on preventing a result instead of focusing on the result we do want. We often end up "hitting the barn" instead of getting the result.

When I ski and I'm moving fast, I always need to focus on where I need to go and I consciously block thinking about obstacles that could cause danger. I know the danger is there, but I focus on where I want to go.

The same in business. Focus on where you want to go.

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Only Manage Your Cash if You Want Your Business to Survive

manage cash systems Jun 27, 2020

I love seeing the wide variety of businesses around the world. It’s one of the reasons that I enjoy working with small to medium sized businesses – there is so much variety and so many ways that people have figured out how to make money. I get jealous that I don’t get to work in many of the businesses that I learn about. They are so innovative, and it seems like it would be so fun to be part of the team!

These companies generally have:

  • Innovative products and services
  • Great demand generation marketing
  • A good sales team to grow revenue
  • Operational excellence that is generally close to the skill of the founder

After that the business usually has weak spots. They generally lack systems and operations throughout the company that will allow them to scale. Especially when it comes to accounting, finance, and cash management.

Between my experience and the conversations that I’ve had with accountants and business consultants, I’m convinced that 90% or more of...

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Keep Digging. The Problem With Your Cash Flow Isn't What You Think It Is

When you are looking to fix your cash management issues, don’t just look at the symptom. If you don’t dig past the symptoms you are seeing at the surface of a problem, you probably don’t know what your real problem is.

Most of the time when I am asked to come in and resolve issues, I am asked to fix the symptoms of a business’s troubles.

  • “I need good job descriptions, so the business runs smoother.”
  • “Help me get a loan so I have more capital.”
  • “I have a lot of profits. Help me find more cash.”
  • “Would you be my part-time CFO, so I can get my finances organized and we can grow again?”

People don’t realize that the symptoms they see and keep them awake at night, are not the real issues that need to be fixed. They try to get rid of the immediate pain and often try short-cuts that do more harm than good.

When I was Leaking Water instead of Cash

Let me tell you a quick story that will give you a better idea...

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