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3 Tips for Building a Great Business Partnership

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One relationship I have figured out: my business partnership with Chris Sullivan. I spend most of my time talking about Crews & co., so you may not be familiar with Chris. He’s my partner in CE Painting, the commercial painting company I also run. There are three main reasons Chris and I work so well together—and have for the last 20 years.

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4.4.2024
Eric Crews

“Trust Your Gut” is Still Great Business Advice

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It was a dumb decision. My work schedule was overbooked. My personal schedule was the same. No way should I be going to Disney World with a client’s leadership team. The objective analysis said “don’t go.” But my gut told me that the best thing I could possibly do was say yes. When in doubt…I trust my gut.

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3.28.2024
Eric Crews

Webinar - Financial Planning That Drives Business Growth

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‍Join Eric Crews of Crews & co. to learn why financial planning is the lifeblood of any growing business—and how to integrate financial planning to drive the success of your company.

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3.28.2024
Crews & co.

How a 90 Day Meeting Rhythm Keeps Your Business on Track

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I have to be honest.‍I don’t know who came up with the idea of breaking the business year into quarters.‍And I can’t find much scientific evidence behind the value of 90-day time periods.‍But I have seen, over and over, that 90 days is a “goldilocks” time frame for company goal-setting.‍

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3.21.2024
Eric Crews

Good CEOs Balance Certainty with Open-mindedness

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I realized something the other day. I keep getting older. And the older I get, the more I am certain of exactly two things: 1. There are a few things I know in life, but especially in business, for sure. These are the things I’ve experienced firsthand; seen with clients over and over (and over). The things I get paid to know as an executive, get paid to know as a consultant. The hills I’m willing to die on, so to speak.

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3.14.2024
Eric Crews

Improve Accountability with a Simple Hack: Pick a Date

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9 months.‍ That’s how long my client gave himself to make the transition.‍He had a key employee who was underleveraged. This team member was “good enough” - but not really.‍ $10 million in business was underutilized as a result. ‍My client has been around long enough to know: as much as he loved this team member, it was time to move on.

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3.7.2024
Eric Crews

The Psychology Of Business Growth

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We forget sometimes that businesses aren’t just run out of spreadsheets. They aren’t operated on paper. Projections and forecasts and everything else are the data we use to make predictions about how people will behave in the real world. Sometimes, we don’t account for psychological factors in those predictions.

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2.29.2024
Eric Crews

Building a Second Business: Don’t Take Shortcuts

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“Past performance is no guarantee of future results.” It’s true of the stock market, and it’s true for us entrepreneurs, too. While you’re building up a business, the journey feels like a roller coaster. But when you look back on that journey, the path tends to flatten into a simple straight line. In other words: it looks easier once you’ve done it before.

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2.22.2024
Eric Crews

Ditch the Generalizations for Better, Faster Problem-Solving

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It’s funny. As I look back over the last few months, I see a pattern. Many of these newsletters have been about solving problems: how to solve them smarter, how to solve them faster. How to solve them better. Here’s why: solving problems IS the work of running a successful business.

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2.22.2024
Eric Crews