TAB’s Business Diagnostic

Is everyone in your business on the same page? Is your business on track with the industry at large? TAB’s Business Builder’s Blueprint™️ Business Diagnostic is an online MRI for your business, designed to address ten key areas of performance that affect practically every business.

Based on a study of thousands of companies in dozens of industries, and the similarities of the challenges they faced, TAB’s Business Diagnostic helps you assess your business, identify gaps and focus on your priorities to boost the performance of your company.

Follow TAB’s Business Diagnostic with TAB’s Business Builder’s Blueprint plan to achieve your business and personal vision. Take advantage of the only business assessment tool you’ll ever need.

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Business Builder’s Blueprint™

More money, more time for you or with family, more freedom – do you remember why you started your own business? Chances are you aspired to achieve your dreams – rather than simply accomplish tasks – and TAB’s Business Builder’s Blueprint™ tool is about doing exactly that.

A proven strategic business planning process focused on forming the business owner’s vision of leading a successful business while also living a rich fulfilling life, the Business Builder’s Blueprint™ will help you demystify the strategic planning process with a clear picture of how to achieve your strategic direction and vision.

Find more enjoyment in your business and experience more happiness in your personal life. There’s no better way to formulate a plan for success.

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Pulse Survey

Small Business Trends

TAB’s Business Pulse Surveys Identify Small Business Trends

The modern business environment changes quickly, and as a business owner you need to be able to stay on top of shifting small business trends. That is why we conduct our Business Pulse Survey every quarter to identify and report key small business trends.

This information is critical to you because it allows you to benchmark your business metrics against the emerging small business trends. The Business Pulse Surveys will also help you see new opportunities that may be emerging, allowing you to drive innovation, growth and overall business success.

Place your finger on the pulse of today’s emerging small business trends. Click on any of the icons below to see the complete reports of our recent surveys.

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Tips from the Top®

Tips from the Top®: Small Business Tips From Business Owners For Business Owners


Developing Key Accountabilities for Company Positions

One of the hardest things to do when hiring is to identify exactly what the position requires to be successful. When you evaluate the person you have hired in three or six months’ time, what will be the criteria you use to decide whether they have been successful or not? If you can identify that up front then you have a much better chance of matching the person you hire to the job you want them to do…

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Does this Capital Structure Make Me Look Fat?

When you're raising money for your business, it only makes sense to take a hard look in the mirror first.

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Ownership and Accountability

The managing partner of a professional firm is preparing for partner review meetings, where goals are set for each partner for the upcoming year. Each year, he surveys the partners prior to starting the process, asking "What are the most important things we should be considering when we set individual goals?"

Each year, "greater partner accountability" is at or near the top priority. When he follows up with individuals to clarify their concerns, every partner answers, "None of the other partners are as accountable as I am…"

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Delegating Responsibility Tells Employees You Trust Them

While trust is arguably the most important element for building a "Top Gun" organization, many business owners fail to foster a culture of trust in their businesses. The uncomfortable feelings we associate with our loss of control as well as our impatience are common reasons. As a result, the business underperforms, with the owner often working long hours just to maintain the pace. In addition to the obvious, there are other occurrences that break trust – evading blame, withholding information, and cutting corners are a few. It’s easy to break trust…

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Quick Tips

Delegating Profit and Loss Responsibilities

Delegating (not abdicating) P&L responsibility to your management team gives people ownership and accountability. They will think and behave more like business owners. My service department was spending several hundred dollars every couple of months on rag cleaning. They saw the numbers, bought a washing machine, and now clean their own rags. It has saved the company more than $1500 annually and the team is proud! It was hard getting to a place where I could give my management team P&L responsibilities for their functional areas but it has made a huge difference to the bottom line as well as freeing up some of my time to focus on other strategic activities.

By : Ron Kiefel, Wheat Ridge Cyclery

What TAB Stands For

The Alternative Board really stands for "The Accountability Board" because that is what your fellow board members do for you — hold you accountable!

By : Patrick Allmond, Focus

Making Your SIC Accountable

All too often business owners are tempted to solve a given problem and move on rather than take the time to delegate the issue to a second-in-command (SIC) and hold them accountable for developing a thoughtful, timely and effective solution and executing it. Being intentional about this kind of delegation and accountability is training your SIC to lead and that makes them and, by extension, your business, more valuable.

By : Tim Stoll, Owner, TAB Metro Baton Rouge

You Get What You Tolerate

When making a major equipment purchase, our supplier selection kept slipping as other work took priority. In all honesty, we were not always working on the important issues and I admittedly was not holding myself or my organization accountable. It is often said that "you get what you tolerate" and my tolerance was causing an important decision to slip. Our business clearly lacked a deadline culture and I needed to change. Upon setting a deadline to make the final selection within 30 days and holding everyone accountable, we finally had the information needed to make our selection. Also, holding myself accountable made it easier to hold everyone else accountable.

By : Michael DeBaere, M & M Printing

White Papers

Resources for Business Advice

TAB’s white paper library contains a variety of resources for business advice.

At TAB, our mission is to help all private business owners achieve their vision of success in both their businesses and in their personal lives. To help us achieve that mission, we produce a variety of quality resources for business advice for business owners around the world to access.

Are you looking for advice on your most pressing issues? From strategic planning and increasing profitability to leadership and work-life balance, our white papers are invaluable resources for business advice, aimed at helping you take your business to the next level. Our white papers are written and vetted by some of the most respected business experts in the field. Every business owner faces similar challenges, but now you have access to resources for business advice available for download at the click of a mouse.

Tap into TAB’s resources for business advice and start running your business more effectively so you can get what you truly want out of life.

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TAB Connect

TAB’s Business Owner Network

TAB Connect is the ultimate business owner network

It’s better to give than receive – and that’s exactly what the TAB Connect business owner network does. TAB members in Metro Dallas help each other solve their business challenges by tapping into our global business owner network.

Submit your business challenge or opportunity questions to TAB Connect and receive feedback from a network of thousands of business owners from around the world. Contribute your experience to other members of the community in a very active online “members only” collaboration group, or take advantage of a member hotline complete with multiple community resources and a TAB facilitator.

TAB Connect is the ultimate business owner network designed specifically to help you quickly resolve your business challenges. Connect with TAB and experience global business owner networking and TAB member collaboration at its finest.

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Business Coaching Sessions

TAB Business Coaching works hand-in-hand with Board Meetings

Knowing what you want out of life is only half the battle. The other half is a real opportunity to keep you focused, accountable and on track to achieve it.

TAB Business Coaching provides a trusted advisor you can count on to help you increase business performance, work through business opportunities and challenges, achieve greater success and truly live the personal and professional life you desire. TAB Business Coaching sessions will make you focused with more balance – and what feels like more time in your schedule to sit back and soak up the signs of success.

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TAB Board Meeting

Business Owner Advisory Boards

Inside a TAB Business Owner Advisory Board

TAB’s Business Owner Advisory Board Meetings put the power of collective wisdom, accountability, drive, creativity, and clarity of advice in your hands to align your business vision with your personal vision. Meet with fellow business owners in Metro Dallas to share expertise, solve challenges and help each other seize new opportunities. With your TAB Business Owner Advisory Board, you will create an actionable strategic plan and be held accountable to achieving your goals – all under the guidance of a qualified board facilitator. Are you ready for your own business owner advisory board, a sounding board of like-minded, driven and experienced professionals? Get ready to achieve your goals: join a TAB Business Owner Advisory Board.

Here’s what happens at a typical TAB Board Meeting:

  1. We greet each other like the comrades we are on both a personal and professional level.
  2. We learn something new about a particular business subject or trend.
  3. One by one we move around the table with each member sharing a particular issue or situation on which he or she wants to gain perspective. Each board member asks questions to clarify and then offers salient and practical advice on how they would handle the issue wearing your shoes.
  4. We list the goals we have for the next 30 days, quarter and year and hold each other to them, questioning why we have not met the goal and how the board can help.
  5. We set the agenda for the next board meeting.

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