Free Tools To Get Your Business Back On Track

From blog posts to book reviews and recommendations – and everything in between – Lodestone offers you free resources to educate, motivate and inspire you. 

We are avid consumers of great ideas. On this page, we have curated the best classic and contemporary thinking into these categories – people, operations, leadership, business tips, videos and library/books review.

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The 80/20 Rule

"Mark Whitmore here, head coach at Lodestone True North. I want to talk to you for a minute about how to stimulate growth in your business. First of all, let's go over a couple things by what we mean by growth, or what sorts of things should, could, or ought to grow....

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I Don’t Have Time

"If you’re saying to yourself, “I just don’t have time to do this”, I want to talk about that for a minute. My name is Mark Whitmore and I am the head coach at Lodestone True North, backing the bus off of business owners and putting them back in the driver's seat. If...

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Drive by Daniel Pink: Pt 1

"Mark Whitmore here with Lodestone True North... I want to talk to you about this book by Daniel Pink, Drive.  Drive is a great book and a great read. If you own a business, if you have employees or if you have people that you're leading, trying to motivate, trying to...

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Can I Run My Business on My Own?

"You may be asking yourself, “Hey can I just do this on my own? Can I get a book and just implement an operating system on my business, on my own?” In this video I want to help answer that question for you. My name is Mark Whitmore and I’m the head coach at Lodestone...

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Ideas into actions

So you've decided to get up out of your box, the one in which your compadres reside, and you've opened your eyes to the realities and viewpoints and fresh angles and new perspectives gained from outside your old position. Now what? Reduce it down to it's essential...

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Spring Cleaning

For me, Spring is the best time to set new resolutions, not the new year. This is when everything starts to come alive. The daylight is longer, and brighter. Spring is infectious. January is, well, depressing. This is the time to look at your organization and tune it...

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A Little Bit On Maps

I've been working on my family budget. Tax time is a great opportunity to revisit your strategies and make sure you're on track. On track with what? With your plan. Your strategy. You know, the one you wrote down clearly and carefully. The one that has all the good...

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More On Accountability

Let me try bring some clarification to the term 'Accountability.' There are several ways to use this word. One way refers to being held responsible for certain actions or outcomes. Like your tax bill. You are being held accountable by the IRS. If you don't hold up...

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Accountability

Many of us escaped the 'Boss' and the 'J.O.B.' because of the pressure coming from up the chain. Or because of the ridiculous management style, or company culture, or downright stupidity emanating from 'The Man.' We hoped to escape some form of toxic accountability,...

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Tunnel Vision

Residing inside an organization, like a family or a business, can be much like inhabiting the inside of a pipe. Hard to know what is going on outside of it. Pipes have two parts, the inside and the outside. You can’t be in both places at the same time. How often have...

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On Purpose

Intentionality. This is a big idea. We make decisions, and take action. We decide things. We do things. We pursue, and risk, and reach out from our current place on which we stand. We try to do things that are undone, and try to undo things that are done incorrectly....

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Drunk On the Daily Grind

They intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see who they really are- Aldous Huxley Down in the trenches. On the front lines. Nose to the grindstone. We've heard this before, and done this before. And while working hard is by no means a bad idea, let's not...

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A Little Leverage

Carl Jung once said,  "We always require an outside point to stand on, in order to apply the lever of criticism." As I've said before, objectivity. An outside view, an observer who is not inside the organization, or the family, or the mind of an individual. So here...

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The Destination

The fundamental definition of a leader is a person who leads others to a destination. Key words LEAD and DESTINATION.  Where exactly are you going? Too often we lead for the sake of leading. This amounts to a cruise ship going around in circles. Not too hateful if the...

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Trust

To be trusted is among the greatest privileges we can walk under. And conversely, to lose that trust becomes the most expensive relational loss, and regaining it is near impossible. As business leaders, we can be given, with little question, much trust. By our...

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On mentoring

An often overlooked quality necessary to being a good leader is humility. And one place in which that humility becomes essential is in the area of mentoring. Dads and moms mentor. Coaches mentor. Bosses mentor. Pastors and community leaders and CEO's and PTA's and...

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Creativity

What exactly is creativity? Fuel in the engine of an artist? Voices in the head of a musician? It's easier than that. And more accessible and attainable to all of us, not just the 'creative' types. Essentially, it is the ability to see what others do not. When an...

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Where?

Navigation. The ability to discern  the twists and turns, pitfalls and vistas that we come across on the journey to a particular destination, and make necessary course corrections to keep us on target. Often this is something we try to do by ourselves, for ourselves,...

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Lodestone Team of Business Consultants Speak Your Language.

Because they are all entrepreneurs, they understand the pain of running a business. They are trained to lead sessions so you can learn how to get back on track, and rediscover why you want to succeed.