Does Your Organization’s Culture Have a Shelf Life?


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Fixing the Flat: How to Enhance the Performance of Your Franchise

John Francis on Mar 26, 2017 4:00:36 AM Franchisees, Franchisors, Franchising Help

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The Importance of Planning in a Franchise Environment

If your planning strategy mirrors many franchise organizations, you probably completed the majority of your annual planning before the year even began - hopefully with enough detail and accountability to ensure it’s implemented effectively. And while much of the planning I’m involved in through my Board work is at the franchisor level, it’s just as important for smaller franchisees to plan, too. In fact, the yearly planning process can provide a unique opportunity for franchisees and franchisors to collaborate and create a planning process together. When I was with Cost Cutters and City Looks, for example, we included a support team from the corporate office that would sit down with the owners and review their business information. Together, they’d review each unit to find out the following:

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What Makes a Deal Attractive

John Francis on Aug 27, 2016 8:00:19 PM Franchise Planning, Franchisors

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the 5th Annual “Franchise Capital Exchange” in Chicago. In a presentation titled, “What Makes a Deal Attractive,” I spoke to the group about my own experiences as both an investor and a franchisor. My goal was to help them understand how to make themselves attractive to the other party – and invite deals that could potentially take their businesses to the next level.

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What Does Your Headquarters Say About Your Business?

John Francis on Apr 30, 2016 2:42:46 PM Franchisors

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3 Steps to Peer Group Success

John Francis on Mar 21, 2016 10:23:07 PM Franchisees, Franchisors


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The 2016 Big Frog Conference: How a Positive Culture Helps Them Grow

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Grateful Always Wins

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The 2015 FaegreBD Summit

Earlier this month I attended the FaegreBD Franchise Summit in Minneapolis. Hosted by the Law Firm of Faegre Baker Daniels, this annual event attracted 150 professionals from 75 different franchise brands.

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The 2015 IFA Summer Board Meeting

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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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