Catherine Juon
  • Personal Planning, Goal Setting and Vision Boards Some of the best things in life happen by chance, and finding this vision board exercise has been one of those things for me. I enjoy experimenting with different systems for managing day-to-day work (using and loving Personal Kanban now), and quarterly/annual goal setting for teams (via the Entrepreneurial Operating System/EOS), but never really had a personal […] 6 min read January 26, 2017
  • Strengths Finder: A simple test to shape your conversations & success I’m always curious to learn more about how things work. I’m especially curious when someone shares a tip or tool for understanding more about how people work well together because that’s typically less straightforward to me than solving logistical challenges. Consequently, I’ve taken many “personality” type tests over the years. The one I consistently recommend […] 3 min read September 21, 2016
  • How do you know when busy/tired is more than just tired? When growing a business and perhaps a family as well, being at some consistent level of tired and living on coffee is de rigueur among entrepreneurs. However, there are times when coffee no longer seems to do the trick and “a different kind of tired” sets in. It’s one of those things that doesn’t get talked about […] 6 min read August 17, 2016
  • Oh, dearest bounce rate, how do I love thee… Not! If there was one metric I could take out of Google Analytics, it would be Bounce Rate. I am quite certain it has sent more people down fruitless rabbit holes than most other metrics combined. Bounce Rate is simply not useful when you’re just getting started optimizing your online marketing. Yet “How do I fix my bounce rate?” or “Should […] 3 min read March 20, 2016
  • Do I need salesforce CRM for my small business? Do you need salesforce CRM for your small business? Unless your business has a truly distributed salesforce, probably not. For 9 out of 10 businesses I talk to, salesforce.com turns out to be “too much club”. Yet it has become so ubiquitous that many small businesses feel obligated to adopt it. The process usually goes something like this: Someone speaks […] 5 min read March 15, 2016
  • The one app you need to manage passwords for teams Managing passwords for a team Password management is one of those necessary evils in a business – it must be done, but it’s not adding value to the products or services you’re delivering to your customer. In lean-speak, it’s “waste”. And in todays world of online services for darn-near everything, password management can turn into a […] 4 min read February 17, 2016
  • Elusive owner paychecks Are you getting paid yet? Skipped paychecks for owners are a common reality of early stage companies. Both startup and second-stage companies often don’t have the access to capital they need. When cash gets tight, one of the easiest ways to “fix” the cash flow issue is for the founder(s) to hold a paycheck, or […] 3 min read February 15, 2016
  • Accounting software for second stage companies Before you ditch your current accounting software, read this! The temptation to switch accounting software to get better reporting is great, and sometimes necessary. Sometimes. It’s also very easy to fall in a rabbit hole chasing the perfect accounting software, and that’s what I want to help you avoid. Here are a few things to […] 3 min read February 15, 2016
  • Sorry, but HubSpot is not a miracle cure As much as I love HubSpot, it is not a miracle cure. While this may sound blasphemous coming from someone who frequently preaches the wonders of HubSpot in marketing workshops and speaking engagements, I’ve come to realize that HubSpot sounds so cool, so useful, and so amazing that it’s easy to believe that simply implementing […] 3 min read February 12, 2016
  • Are you caught in a hamster wheel of sales meetings? Hint: Try scaling your sales meetings Do you feel trapped by constant sales meetings in a field that has a long sales cycle and/or requires a fair bit of education along the way? If so, here’s some good news! It is possible to break through the cycle of constant sales meetings. It’s simply time to scale […] 3 min read February 12, 2016
  • How do I keep track of notes? Try Evernote to keep track of notes & lots more! Evernote is free for a basic account, with a small fee for premium (more space) or team accounts. My favorite features: Evernote installs and syncs on EVERY device (phone, tablet, PC) so notes are always handy. Snap photos of articles, documents, etc. and the text […] 1 min read February 12, 2016
  • Business groups that think differently These are international groups working on the idea of managing differently from different corners of the world. Small Giants Community If you’ve read the book Small Giants, or been to Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, you’ll know exactly what drives this group. Consider going to their annual gathering to meet fellow entrepreneurs from all over the […] 1 min read February 11, 2016