Entries by Brian Gardiner


Unleashing Growth: The Power of a Structured, High Level Operating Plan

Investing in a documented, well-structured plan for your business isn’t just a choice, it’s a strategic move. It’s more than a roadmap; it’s a catalyst for success. Surprisingly, fewer than 20% of small to medium-sized business leaders seize this advantage. If you’re among the 80% skeptical about the value of plotting your business’s course, it’s […]

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Lessons from the Sky: What Geese Flying in Formation Teach Us About Business Planning and Alignment

Discover the Secrets to Maximizing Efficiency and Success for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses Introduction: In the intricate tapestry of nature, the flight of geese offers a remarkable lesson in teamwork, strategy, and efficiency. For small to medium-sized business leaders, this avian marvel provides valuable insights into effective business planning and alignment. In this blog post, […]

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Teams That Plan Together, Stay Together: The Secret to Employee Retention

How Collaborative Planning Fosters a Stronger Workforce and Reduces Turnover In the fast-paced world of business, employee retention is a key metric of success. Retaining talented individuals not only saves resources but also contributes to a more stable and productive work environment. But how can you keep your best employees engaged and committed for the […]

What is your Unique Business Proposition?

What makes your company remarkable? What makes your business unique? How do you differentiate your company from others in your market? What is your secret sauce? These are simple questions. Can you offer a simple answer that resonates with your audience? Every business is unique, even those operating in highly competitive environments, selling “commodity” products […]

Let’s Get Clear About Purpose

Why does your company exist? (from your customer’s perspective) We are seeing a lot of attention being paid in recent years to this idea of knowing your “Why” or the Purpose of your business, for good reason. Discovering the answer to this question can have a profound effect on the success of your business. It […]


A Love Story

I love my business plan. And it loves me back. I have a written plan for my business. It is organized, relatively short, succinct, coherent, complete. I take good care of it. I keep it current, change it frequently, and take it with me wherever I go. My business plan loves me back. Let me […]