Doug and Polly White

Doug and Polly White

Entrepreneurs, Small Business Experts, Consultants, Speakers

Doug and Polly are small business experts, speakers and consultants who work with entrepreneurs through Whitestone Partners. They are also co-authors of Let Go to GROW, a best-selling book on growing your business.

Acquisitions Can Help You Scale, but Come With Risks
Masters of Scale

Acquisitions Can Help You Scale, but Come With Risks

Sometimes the only shortcut to growth is through acquisition, but can you afford it?
4 Ways Co-Working Spaces Inspire Innovation and Collaboration
Masters of Scale

4 Ways Co-Working Spaces Inspire Innovation and Collaboration

More interaction, ideas, concepts and thinking often lead to more innovation, creativity and a more profitable business.
Building Your Management Team as Your Startup Scales Is a 'Make-or Buy' Decision
Inspiring Your Team

Building Your Management Team as Your Startup Scales Is a 'Make-or Buy' Decision

How do you decide to let someone go, when there is a heartfelt attachment and perhaps a family or friend connection involved?
4 Times 'Fail Fast, Fail Cheap' Is the Wrong Advice
Masters of Scale

4 Times 'Fail Fast, Fail Cheap' Is the Wrong Advice

Used at the wrong time or taken to an extreme, failing fast and failing cheap can result in significant destruction of value.
Sometimes You Need to Let Go of a Bad Idea
Masters of Scale

Sometimes You Need to Let Go of a Bad Idea

When you go into business, especially with a new or unique idea, how do you know when to persist and when to change course?
4 Reasons People Procrastinate and a Cure for Each One
Procrastination

4 Reasons People Procrastinate and a Cure for Each One

With the ever-increasing barrage of distractions, the percentage of people suffering from serious procrastination issues is on the rise.
It Always Takes More Time and Money Than You Think to Start a Business
Masters of Scale

It Always Takes More Time and Money Than You Think to Start a Business

It is the unanticipated items that cause most startups to take longer and cost more to reach breakeven.
The Crazy, Labor-Intensive Technique We Used to Get Our First Clients
Masters of Scale

The Crazy, Labor-Intensive Technique We Used to Get Our First Clients

Networking and coffee meetings didn't work for us. We needed a different way to sell our services.
Gain an Extra Week of Time Each Year. Yes, You Read That Right.
Time Management

Gain an Extra Week of Time Each Year. Yes, You Read That Right.

It only takes 10 minutes a day to add up to that week. Here are the strategies to get you there.
Handling Employment Gaps on Your Resume
Inspiring Your Team

Handling Employment Gaps on Your Resume

Hiding gaps, dissembling about negative reasons for gaps and failing to upgrade skills when you are out of work are all no-no's.
5 Ways to Promote Healthy Competition
Competition

5 Ways to Promote Healthy Competition

Competition can be a catalyst for innovation for innovation and improvement. So, don't squelch it at your company.
4 Reasons Your People Can't Manage Themselves
Employee Management

4 Reasons Your People Can't Manage Themselves

Hiring good people is just the first step. You need to manage relationships with employees continuously in order to reap the benefits they bring.
4 Things You Didn't Think You Would Need When You Scaled Your Business
Growing a Business

4 Things You Didn't Think You Would Need When You Scaled Your Business

Business owners often believe that figuring out how to grow their business will be their biggest challenge. But that's just the start.
5 Reasons to Slow or Stop the Growth of Your Business
Take It From The Pros

5 Reasons to Slow or Stop the Growth of Your Business

Sometimes, you simply don't want to grow. And that's okay.
How to Terminate an Employee With an 'Irreplaceable' Skill
Termination

How to Terminate an Employee With an 'Irreplaceable' Skill

Cross-training employees on every job in your organization ensures that you'll never be held "hostage" to a difficult, if skilled, employee.
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