Sustainable Business

What Should You Do with Excess Profits?

What Should You Do with Excess Profits

What should you do with excess profits? It’s a great problem to have but it can also be difficult to navigate. Imagine your business is pushing out excess profits (business owners often dream of such times). What should you do now that you find yourself with a robust bottom line? Here’s 3 Suggestions for What Should You Do with Excess Profits 1. Place one-third aside for your owners or shareholders as a return on their investment. Make sure you include yourself in order to establish personal financial independence and stability. 2. Keep one-third with the company for future investment. Make sure you properly capitalize the business areas that need attention and will produce results. 3. Put the last third into an employee profit sharing pool. Your people are your greatest […]

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Less IS More: Why Fewer Goals Lead to More Success

Fewer Goals Lead to More Successes

What are your goals for 2020? You may have a long list but setting fewer goals can actually lead to more success. When I joined Trilogy Partners years ago, the company had just started practicing the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®) and I had no idea what it was. I had to educate myself and delved into Gino Wickman’s book Traction. I became immediately enamored by the simple, clean, and structured operating system. The thought of being accountable for quarterly goals or rocks which is a major part of EOS® was enticing to me as I thrive on actionable items. My inclination was to go full throttle and assign myself as many quarterly rocks as I could handle which I figured was 5-7, no problem. Fast forward 90 Days. Gulp. There […]

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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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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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School Smarts + Street Smarts = Success

When working with Trilogy clients, I often tell them the story of Mitch and Jack, two high school friends with contrasting personalities.  Mitch was a loner, a straight-A student who always completed the extra credit homework and was essentially the pompous, go-to answer man when the rest of us stared back at Mr. Carmen with dazed expressions. Jack, on the other hand, was a good student who finished his homework during lunch, right before class.  He often showed up a few minutes late, usually detained by friends seeking his brotherly advice. Jack was a very good listener and involved in many school and community activities. Many years after graduation, I saw both men at a high school reunion.  I found it fascinating to learn how their lives had evolved. Mitch […]

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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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