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  • The turning of the year is, for many of us, a time of reflection. What happened in 2017? What was good? What was not so good? And what do we WANT to happen in 2018? It also just so happens to be the time when most business owners are planning and budgeting. It makes sense […] The post Looking back on 2017. Looking forward to 2018. appeared first on Anchor Advisors.

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  • “I’ve tried that, it didn’t work…” I was having a discussion with an owner of a B2B creative services firm about his business development process. He had a strong business that he’d built by leveraging his personal network, but he wanted to see more growth. This is a business owner who’s aggressive and isn’t afraid […] The post The easy way (and the hard way) to get leads and sell your services ap...

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  • http://www.anchoradvisors.com Meghan Strell of Chicago's Mucca Pazza talks about the band's overall experience working with Brad Farris of Anchor Advisors to incorporate and structure their band into a business. "Music is communication for us -- that's really important, and to have someone in the business world speak that language made his advice really palatable for our group."

Anchor Advisors, Ltd.
Anchor Advisors, Ltd.
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  • http://www.anchoradvisors.com Meghan Strell of Chicago's Mucca Pazza talks about the band's overall experience working with Brad Farris of Anchor Advisors to incorporate and structure their band into a business. "Music is communication for us -- that's really important, and to have someone in the business world speak that language made his advice really palatable for our group."

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  • www.anchoradvisors.com The Business Owner's Champion is a play-by-play guide for business owners who are serious about success. Covering everything from employee management to understanding your own control issues, this book is an essential part of the CEO toolkit. Buying this book today will help you be a better leader tomorrow. Find out more at http://bit.ly/m3heJe

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  • Find out more at http://www.anchoradvisors.com Jamie Damato Migdal of Animal Sense in Chicago talks about the value she got out of working with Stacy French Reynolds of Anchor Advisors. Focusing on improving her company operations improved her profits and her lifestyle. "She kept me on task, and on target... She supported good ideas and challenged me on things that weren't good ideas."

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  • Find out more at http://www.anchoradvisors.com Wendy Vasquez of Ravenswood Community Services in Chicago talks about the value she got out of working with Stacy French Reynolds of Anchor Advisors. A Board Retreat helped define a Strategic Plan to strengthen their board and increase their services to the community. "She really got to know us, she dug deeper than that and understood the issues bey...

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  • Find out more at http://www.anchoradvisors.com Brian Sutherland of Highland Solutions in Chicago talks about the value he got out of working with Brad Farris of Anchor Advisors. Anchor Advisors helped to improve the company's structure and job descriptions and then helped to recruit the right candidates to move the business forward. "He listened very well, then came back with a solid well though...

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  • Find out more at http://www.anchoradvisors.com An excerpt of an interview with Brad Farris, Principal, Anchor Advisors and Mark E Goodman of e-Conversation Solutions. In this excerpt, Brad and Mark discuss the idea of creating a job description for the business owner. Brad notes that a job description holds the owner accountable for his duties. Brad additionally suggests that there are tasks tha...

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  • Find out more at http://www.anchoradvisors.com An excerpt of an interview with Brad Farris, Principal, Anchor Advisors and Mark E Goodman of e-Conversation Solutions. In this excerpt, Brad discusses the concept of business purpose. Brad notes that most employees don't work for money, they work for fulfillment. Additionally, your purpose can also create alignment with your suppliers and your cu...

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  • Find out more at http://www.anchoradvisors.com An excerpt of an interview with Brad Farris, Principal, Anchor Advisors and Mark E Goodman of e-Conversation Solutions. In this excerpt, Brad talks about the concept of key performance indicators. He notes that many business manage primarily off of financial reports, which are lagging indicators. Brad suggests you look at the leading indicators th...

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  • When I was a young executive in a corporate job I met a woman named Marylin Dyer Blair. Marylin had a PhD in Industrial Psychology that she had earned in the 70’s. She was barely five-feet tall, with short gray hair—the kind of person that it’s easy to underestimate. But to do so would be […] The post Who’s your “teacher”? Who’s your mentor? appeared first on Anchor Advisors.

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  • “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”  ~ Japanese proverb In business, as in life, resources are limited; and few organizations feel the squeeze of resources quite like non-profits and associations. Unfortunately, the vision and goals of such organizations are often developed in strategic planning processes without ever considering the […] The post Finding Wh...

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  • Employee retention rate is a critical measure in any business. While turnover is normal, there comes a point where losing too much of your talent to other companies should cause concern. Furthermore, even if you realize that your retention rate is far lower than it should be, how do you go about fixing it? Diagnosing […] The post Reducing Employee Turnover in a Digital Marketing (SEO) Agency appea...

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The power of slow

  • We live in a world obsessed by action and success. And in a world hooked on action, the only way to be different is to stop. ~ @thelazyguru Hi, my name’s Brad. And I’m a workaholic. For a significant portion of my career I lived my life with my foot on the gas—and the pedal pushed […] The post The power of slow appeared first on Anchor Advisors.

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  • Nothing ruins a business owner’s day more than having one of their key employees quit. Even if they are quitting for a good reason, it feels like a failure. Putting a team together is hard work, and this is a tear in the fabric of that team. As soon as we get over the loss […] The post Small Business Hiring Success: Build a house you want to live in appeared first on Anchor Advisors.

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  • “It’s been a loooong year.” As a business owner, does that sound like you? You’ve probably thought this after you realize that you’re ending the year exactly where you started. No matter what you try in order to grow your business, improve operations, or engage your team – everything goes wrong and your situation goes […] The post Pushing Past Stagnation and Improving Revenue | Commercial Food Sup...

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  • To start, here’s a little price increase notice sample. I then follow it up with 6 ways to how to tell clients you’re raising your prices below: Dear John (your client’s name is John, right?); How are you doing? We used to be so close. Lately there’s been some distance between us; I just want […] The post Crafting a price increase notice: 6 ways to tell your clients appeared first on Anchor Adviso...

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  • I just completed a week where I spent 8 hours sitting through commencement ceremonies. That’s not a typo. Two of my daughters graduated, and between both ceremonies I listened to a total of 4200 graduate names read. In other news, I’m sunburned. I also heard —— several times —— the clarion call to graduates, the […] The post My advice to this year’s graduates… appeared first on Anchor Advisors.

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  • You’ve achieved almost everything you dreamed of… Things have really taken off in your business. You land new clients regularly, referrals are coming in, and your revenue is increasing. You’re able to hire and you lead a small team of talent to help manage your growing client base. Everything should be great! But reality sets […] The post Taming the Tide of Success | Marketing Agency Case Study ap...

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Where’s your focus?

  • I’m talking to my daughter about her research project, something that’s really important to her, but that I don’t totally understand. I want to listen carefully to see if I can make heads or tails of it. Suddenly I realized she’s stopped talking and I’ve been thinking about how I haven’t written an article for […] The post Where’s your focus? appeared first on Anchor Advisors.

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  • When the digital marketing age is moving faster than you and your team can adapt, how do you know what needs change in order to remain competitive? Paul Metz, Executive Vice President and Partner of C+R Research knew that their marketing strategy needed drastic updates as bigger and better projects were seemingly out of grasp. […] The post Updating Marketing Strategies and Turning Around a Team ap...

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