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3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up a Board of Advisors

John Francis on Sep 20, 2022 7:00:00 AM Advisory Boards, Franchisors

I’ve talked a lot about the benefits of setting up a board of advisors for a business. As I mentioned last month, I believe it provides the life jacket your business needs to be successful! 

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Where is Your Franchise Organization’s Life Jacket?

John Francis on Aug 16, 2022 7:00:00 AM Franchisors, Franchising Help

Now that summer is upon us, I’ve been spending more time on boats and around the water. Here in Minnesota (as in most places), we’re required to have life preservers on board to comply with the state’s boating laws. Not only does everyone need access to a wearable life jacket of their own, but the boat must have a throwable life preserver in a location that is easy to access in an emergency. This means it can’t be tucked away in a cabinet somewhere, but must be out in the open where it can be grabbed at a moment’s notice.

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Mastermind Groups: What They Are and How They Can Help You

John Francis on Jul 19, 2022 7:00:00 AM Franchisors, Franchising Help

When was the last time you had a problem - but you didn’t know who to talk to about it? Sometimes things come up - BIG things - that weigh heavy, but you don’t know who to turn to for advice. 

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A Simple Way to Avoid Failure as a Franchisor

John Francis on May 17, 2022 7:00:00 AM Franchisors, Franchising Help

Are you doing everything you can to avoid failure in building your franchise system? 

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How a Mastermind Group Changed My Life

John Francis on Mar 15, 2022 8:00:00 AM Franchisors, Franchising Help

Looking back on my decades of experience in the franchise industry, I believe there is one thing that contributed to my success more than anything else: my participation in a business owners’ mastermind group.

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I’m The Lucky One: A Tribute to My Parents

My mother, Flo Francis, passed away last month in December 2021 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was a wonderful woman who did a lot with her life - and who experienced a tremendous amount of success in her 85 years.

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Introducing ZorForum: A New Tool for Franchisors

John Francis on Oct 26, 2021 7:12:51 AM Franchisors

When I was a franchisor, there were few things as valuable to me as the executive business owner peer group I belonged to - I was a member for more than 25 years! I found the group to be both really valuable and fun, as it gave me the opportunity to share ideas, problem solve and find support among like-minded professionals. It made such a big difference in my career and many of those people are good friends today. 

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3 Ways to Add Value to Your Board

Are you getting the most from your Board?

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Working on Your Franchise Culture? Don't Make These 3 Mistakes

John Francis on Aug 24, 2021 7:13:00 AM Franchisors, Franchising Help

As we’ve talked about in the past, building a positive organizational culture is critical to the success of your franchise business. And while we all know the BIG mistakes that can spell ruin for the business (obviously don’t lie, cheat or steal), there are subtler, but equally dangerous, issues that often trip up franchisors - and can make it challenging for them to build a strong and long-lasting culture in the organization.

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Back to Business: The 2021 Big Frog Conference

Recently, in May 2021, I had the pleasure of attending the 2021 Big Frog Conference in Orlando, Florida. This was my 1st in-person conference since the COVID pandemic hit in March of 2020 and it was great to get back out there again! After more than a year of being stuck online, the in-person connections with handshakes and hugs were welcome.

How to Get Franchisees Working Together and Moving Ahead

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About the Franchise Expert

 

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John Francis is an enthusiastic, engaging, and entertaining public speaker because he speaks from experience and he speaks from the heart. Franchising is in his blood, and his parents were true pioneers in the industry, turning their family haircutting business into a 1,000-salon franchise empire. He has been a franchisee and a franchisor, and has a deep understanding of the issues both face. Book John to speak at your event, and you and your franchisees will learn how to look at your business in new, positive, and profitable ways.

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