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Recessions, change and whitewater: what it takes to succeed right now

By John Nieuwenburg

Lately, I’ve been frequently referencing a well known Warren Buffett quote: “Only when the tide goes out, do we discover who’s been swimming naked.” But what does it really mean to say this? Let’s dive in. Lots of businesses ride on what I’ll term an ‘artificial bubble’. So when everything’s moving along as usual, the…

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Do you have a plan to reach your revenue and profit goals?

By John Nieuwenburg

Even in the best of times, when the economy is strong and business is booming, you need to have a plan in place for how you are going to reach your revenue and profit goals. And in order to do that you need to understand the relationship between revenue, profit, and the tactics that you…

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Pivoting Your Business To Survive And Thrive

By John Nieuwenburg

For the majority of us, in Canada and the United States at least, it’s now been over a month since we experienced a huge upheaval in our day to day lives due to COVID-19 and social distancing. Our personal and our professional lives were changed significantly and suddenly; we had to learn how to survive.…

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Cash Flow, Communication & the biggest mistake you can make right now

By John Nieuwenburg

Over the last two weeks I’ve been hosting what I’ve termed an Online Group Peer Resource Centre. Once a week I meet virtually with a group of small business owners who are looking for insight that will help them navigate these uncertain times, as well as to share stories from their own businesses and lives…

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Is NOW the right time to hire a business coach?

By John Nieuwenburg

When business is down, it might seem inappropriate to consider increasing expenditures by hiring a coach. Here are 3 ways to tell if you truly need a coach.

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Crisis Survival Guide

By John Nieuwenburg

One of my mentors is Keith J. Cunningham.  This morning he sent out the newsletter below. It is well worth reading. Even better, take his advice. CASH is still the KING  Five birds are sitting side by side on a telephone wire. You shoot one of them, it falls off the wire and hits the…

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Invitation: join our peer group resource centre

By John Nieuwenburg

In John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961, he ended it with the following memorable quote: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but…

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Leading through a crisis: shifting your mindset

By John Nieuwenburg

My clients are asking me what they should be doing to minimize the impact of this pandemic on their businesses and I suspect that you’re wondering as well. I provided 5 specific steps here: doing business in a pandemic, what to focus on However, I think that the most important thing we can do right…

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Doing business in a pandemic: 5 things you should be focusing on right now

By John Nieuwenburg

“May you live in interesting times” is an English expression which purports to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. While seemingly a blessing, the expression is normally used ironically; life is better in “uninteresting times” of peace and tranquility than in “interesting” ones, which are usually times of trouble. (wikipedia reference) These most…

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