Company Growth

Staying Focused for Success in Business

Staying Focused for Success in Business

I’m often asked about the secret to success in business. I’m tempted to run off a list of points like understanding your financials, finding a mentor, taking calculated risks, filling a need in the marketplace, etc. While those elements have undoubtedly helped in my 30 years of entrepreneurship, the secret to me is a simple concept – Staying Focused. Staying focused is a simple concept, but adhering to it is another story. As a Visionary and Entrepreneur, I naturally generate new ideas each day. These ideas are not burdensome to me, in fact, I thrive on them. I truly believe that each one has merit and would love to see my concepts come to light. More idea generation means more forward movement and growth. Makes sense, right? This is where […]

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Getting Stuck on the Flagpole

we’ve always done it this way

Addressing the “But we’ve always done it this way” mentality can be difficult, especially when employees are well trained to follow a specific business process.   One of my favorite movies to watch during the holiday season is “A Christmas Story” about a young boy’s experience growing up in the 1940’s. The most memorable moment of the film for me is when, during recess in the schoolyard, Ralphie & his friends “triple-dog-dare” classmate Flick to stick his tongue on a frozen flagpole. Guess what happens next? Just as Flick realizes that he’s stuck, the recess bell rings. Frantically, Flick calls for help as he sees his cohorts fleeing the yard. Ralphie turns to Flick, shrugs his shoulders, responds in a serious tone, “But the bell rang!” and then trudges back […]

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Anything for a Buck

Entrepreneur: a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risk. So how does Trilogy Partners help manage potential risk? We help owners fully understand the financial story of their business including the danger of “Anything for a Buck”. It starts with an idea, for a product or service that you can do better than anyone else. This idea will make you more money than you’re earning now PLUS, you make the rules and set your schedule. So, you make the leap. You buy the domain, create a website, and hang out your shingle. You are open for business. The phone rings! It’s a friend who needs X. Now X isn’t exactly what you do but after a brief conversation, you accept the […]

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Anything for a Buck

Entrepreneur: a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risk. So how does Trilogy Partners help manage potential risk? We help owners fully understand the financial story of their business including the danger of “Anything for a Buck”. It starts with an idea, for a product or service that you can do better than anyone else. This idea will make you more money than you’re earning now PLUS, you make the rules and set your schedule. So, you make the leap. You buy the domain, create a website, and hang out your shingle. You are open for business. The phone rings! It’s a friend who needs X. Now X isn’t exactly what you do but after a brief conversation, you accept the […]

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A Rosy View of Business

One day many summers ago, the founder of Trilogy Partners, Hal Levenson, brought a bunch of varied colored roses from his garden into our office.  Sitting in a bucket, the unshorn flowers were wild with bits of soil clinging to them.  Instinctively, I grabbed the roses from the bucket and started cleaning them, taking off the thorns, disposing of dead leaves and neatly assembling them into separate vases.  I thought of our team members as I constructed each display.  Who would like the tall vase? Who would appreciate yellow roses instead of red?  Once completed, I distributed each bouquet and after an initial sense of gratitude, I noticed that each team member coveted the arrangement by showcasing it in a perfect spot.  As days passed, I witnessed people filling their […]

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Trilogy Partners – A 10 Year Journey

As a CPA, people often ask me why I started Trilogy Partners.  I enjoyed my career but deep inside, I knew that I wanted a different path, one that would allow me to be more consultative, collaborative and capitalize on my tendency to look at things differently. Being an entrepreneur and working with entrepreneurs, I recognized that business owners look to the future, search for opportunities and sometimes ignore potential pitfalls.  Also, many business owners are visionaries and excel at their trade but are not strong at implementation and managing people or processes. My idea was to solve this disconnect and form a team of trusted advisors who could help entrepreneurs implement their vision, create new opportunities for their employees and pay it forward to other entrepreneurs. In the beginning, […]

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What’s the “Real” Business Challenge?

What holds a business back? Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to see even successful companies struggle to grow. When working with Trilogy clients, challenges typically surface in the following categories: Fundamental business issues Culture of the organization Attitude towards change Let’s explore each of these critical areas in more detail: 1. Fundamental business issues can be defined in two categories: Growth: Strategy, Sales/Marketing and Organizational Sustainability: People, Financial and Processes Examine the company and ask the following questions: Is there a clear, concise written strategic plan that is aligned by all members of the team? Are marketing and sales efforts being tracked, measured and getting consistent results? Is there a current and future organizational chart outlining expectations, gaps and opportunities for advancement? Is recruiting, training, onboarding, and compensation putting the right […]

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Navigating your Family Business from Conflict to Accomplishment

When working with family members in business with one another, something reveals itself over and over – the ties that bind also serve as stress points for potential unraveling.  With expertise in group and family dynamics, conflict management, and behavioral science, I am often asked to provide consultation and coaching to Trilogy clients with family-owned businesses who recognize that “things could be better” from both business and personal perspectives.  Does your family experience any of these issues causing conflict and misunderstanding? Decisions about the future direction of the business. Differences in leadership styles, practices, and core business values. Permitting undesirable and potentially destructive workplace behaviors to (erroneously) maintain harmony. Differences in performance and time commitment. Compensation of those actively vs. passively involved in the business. Fairness, equity and expectations around […]

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It’s Time for a Plan!

Companies large and small often deliberate on the need and/or depth for a strategic plan or roadmap. Is there really any reason not to have a formal plan documenting where you are; where you want to go; and how you will get there? At Trilogy Partners, we guide business owners through the strategic planning process, allowing the organizational leadership to get out of the day-to-day and look at the business from “the clouds” or using the cliché, “working on the business, not in the business.” There is an essential difference between tactics, operational effectiveness, and strategy and we have seen first-hand how strategic planning improves overall organizational performance. In the past, strategic plans were onerous to develop and often sat on a shelf; dusted off only when the plan was […]

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Fix the Toaster

At Trilogy Partners, we often have to ask, do you want to fix the toaster or keep scraping the burnt part off the toast? It seems like a simple question but hear me out. How seamlessly does your organization really operate? Can you cite examples of non-productive behavior caused by the way you’re doing business now? Where are people in your organization falling further behind serving customers, making shipments, or completing their work because process improvements were not put in place? I am prompting you to go much deeper in your thinking process than whether or not you have an up-to-date organizational chart. You and your top team need to examine if your organization is really coalescing around the best ways to get things done. Do you need to fix […]

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