Author Archives: Mike Michalowicz

About Mike Michalowicz

Mike Michalowicz (pronounced mi-KAL-o-wits) started his first business at the age of 24, moving his young family to the only safe place he could afford – a retirement building. With no experience, no contacts and no savings he systematically bootstrapped a multi-million dollar business. Then he did it again. And again. Now he is doing it for other entrepreneurs. Mike is the CEO of Provendus Group, a consulting firm that ignites explosive growth in companies that have plateaued; is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is MSNBC’s business make-over expert; is a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship; and is the author of the cult classic book, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. His newest book, The Pumpkin Plan has already been called “the next E-myth!”

Mondays with Mike: Last Minute Speech? No Problem!

It’s happened to all of us.  A colleague is retiring, and someone asks you to say a few words.  Or you’re given an unexpected award, and the next thing you know people are banging on the table and demanding you give an impromptu speech.  Even though I’m a professional, seasoned public speaker, I still get […]


Mondays with Mike: 7 Tips For Flying Like A Pro

I fly a lot.  My speaking engagements all over the world mean that I log about 100,000 miles annually, and believe me – I’ve got it down to a science.  Here’s my top list of ways to make your travel much more pleasant. 1. Join a club.  If there’s one tip that’s an absolute must, […]


Mondays with Mike: 6 Steps To Discouraging Great Employees

It’s so disappointing when you make a great hire, and your new employee ends up being a lousy fit for your company.  Now sometimes things just don’t work out, and it may not be anyone’s fault, but from time to time we end up sabotaging our staff without even realizing it.  Improve your employee retention […]


Mondays with Mike: 7 Qualities of Adored Entrepreneurs

Some people just have it.  You know the ones – the restaurant owner who can trust her staff to run the place like it’s their own.  The accountant whose bookkeepers go above and beyond the call of duty for every client, just to make the boss proud.  We may stand in awe of the magnetic […]


Mondays with Mike: The 8 Indicators Of Lousy Decisions

My many years of being an entrepreneur have taught me that one of the most important roles we play is decision maker.  While every member of our staff may contribute to our success, when it comes down to making the tough calls, it’s all on our shoulders.  Here are some traits and motivators that I’ve learned […]


Mondays with Mike: Strategies For Getting Your Spouse To Support Your Business

I like to think of myself as a self-made man.  I’ve started and sold businesses for millions, and I’ve worked hard to get where I am today.  But if I’m being completely honest, I’ll admit I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wife.  Though she hasn’t always agreed with every business decision […]


Mondays with Mike: 5 Signs You Need To Step Up Your Entrepreneurial Game

Though entrepreneurs have a host of different styles and industries have their little peculiarities, there are things many small businesses have in common.  One is that most businesses stop growing when they get to the point of employing a staff of three.  Why?  Because managing a company of larger than three requires a different skill […]


Mondays with Mike: Empower Your Employees With These 3 Questions

We’re entrepreneurs at least partly because we want to be in charge.  We have the vision, the plan, and the drive to achieve success.  That’s why it’s hard to loosen our grip on the reins sometimes.  Hard, but absolutely critical. If you insist on making every decision in your company, you’ll never, ever grow much […]


Mondays with Mike: Preparing To Pitch: Getting To The Decision Maker

There is almost nothing more frustrating than delivering a passionate, compelling sales pitch, only to discover at the end that you’ve wasted your time and spent all your energy making your case to a person who isn’t empowered to pull the trigger.  It doesn’t matter how good a salesperson you are if you’re not sitting […]



 
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