Trust But Verify 

Entrepreneurs love to talk about scaling their business. They love to talk about growth. The problem is they also believe that the existence of their company is dependent upon them.  Without them this company would whither and die. In the beginning, that’s true.  They took an idea and manifested it into reality.  Then they had to nurture it for some time before it proved it could live on. The problem comes with the time span…

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The Founder’s Trap: Responding From Identity

Me Is Not My Company Entrepreneurs/founders who want their company to achieve massive growth, “What is my identity and is it holding me back from what I desire?” To get a real, useful, and/or precise answer about what they desire from life and business, they must learn to not respond from their current identity. Lately, I've been reading some articles from Scott Adams' (of Dilbert fame), which say they are about persuasion and persuasion techniques,…

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How Do I Get All The Work Done?

TIM411 - Ask Me Anything - Season 2 Episode 2 In this episode, Tim answers the question, "How do I get all the work done?" It's a matter of vision of the future and the priorities needed to get there. Tim covers the steps to getting there by setting your goals, priorities and delegating to your team.

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Creating Time To Lead: The Leadership Task Filter

A Simple Exercise That Will Transform Your Business And Life Dedicate Time Set aside 45 to 60 minutes every week to focus on your vision for your business. What’s your one-year vision? What do you have to do this quarter to move you towards your vision? Are you on track this month for your quarterly objectives? What needs to be done this week? Who do I need to talk to this week inside and outside…

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Return of TIM411

TIM411 is back with season 2 -- now a video podcast, too. You can watch episodes on my FB page here: http://bit.ly/timconleyfb In this week's episode, AJ Silvers asks, "Do you hire ahead of the curve or wait until you are absolutely swamped with work?" Inside you'll learn when to hire by using the 85% Capacity Rule.

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Profitless in Southeast Asia: A Case Study for Getting Past Bootstrapped

I had a discovery call with a prospective client the other day.  For privacy, I’ll call him Les. I ended up telling Les that I couldn't, in good conscience, take him as a client. When I first saw his application, I thought he would fit right into my specialty. I could potentially add a lot of value. However, after talking, we both agreed that my fee would put an undue hardship on his business. I…

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Derailed By Details

Have you ever had a big idea, set out to figure out how to do it, and then realize you couldn't do it and just killed the idea? I know I have. Still do it a dozen times a year. What happened was you jumped into the mechanisms of implementation. You started thinking about all the details of the idea before the idea could coalesce into a commitment. When working with clients I try to…

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Creating Abundance In Your Business When You Don’t Feel Abundant

Are You Really Thinking Abundantly?   What you're about to read isn't a holier-than-thou screed. I'm just as guilty of thinking in terms of limits instead of abundance.   So I'll start there...   Many times I find myself with limited thinking. And I have to remember my definition of abundance for me -- T.I.M. Having time, income and mobility freedom. I have those things.   Then I remind myself to look at what I'm…

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Hiring For Your First Management Team (Who They Are & How To Afford Them)

In the self-funded world, there is a pervasive and popular idea that when you start a company, your first hires should be for administrative tasks. Popular advice essentially says to delegate the little tasks that you hate doing to focus on the “big picture”. The most common way for you to get rid of these tasks (according to this advice) is to hire a virtual assistant. The tasks could include data entry, data mining, email…

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