HTG Peer Groups Blog
The HTG peer group experience is a unique forum for technology industry resellers who are serious about implementing a model for success in their own businesses through sharing and collaboration of best practices.
Recent blog posts
So what do you get the small business owner who has everything? Or at least thinks he does? That is often the place I find many owners these days. They feel like they are on top of the world, at least in the public eye. But behind closed doors they often reveal their loneliness, frustration, fear and disappointment. Running a company just isn’t as simple as they thought, and the longer they do it, the more disgruntled they become. It just wasn’t supposed to be this hard. Sound familiar? I hear the story over and over as we serve people in our peer groups or through coaching and consulting interactions. They got that entrepreneuri... Continue reading
I’ve been writing a series of blog posts about things I learned this fall sitting on the combine seat taking out corn and soybeans. It’s amazing how much those lessons apply to running a small business. The principles of farming are the same as those of being a business owner. In this blog post, I want to talk about the reality that if we do what we did last year, we won’t get an improvement in yields. And if we do what we did last year in our businesses, we won’t get significantly better results. In all likelihood we’ll get exactly what we got last year, or maybe a little less. That is the reality of doing the same thing over and over. The ... Continue reading
A lot of people think that growing a crop is pretty simple. Just stick some seeds in the ground and sometime soon you’ll have a harvest. It really doesn’t work that way. I remember a conversation with a friend from Seattle who was going to grow corn in his garden for the first time. He asked how many ears he should expect per seed he planted thinking he was going to get 4-6 per stalk. Typically we get one ear per stalk, and once in a while a second one. But never more than that – at least that amount to anything at all. I suggested he do a little reading on what growing corn is like. He planned to plant a small handful of seeds and feed... Continue reading