Brad Farris

Brad Farris

As principal advisor of Anchor Advisors, Brad Farris has experience leading businesses & business owners into new levels of growth and success. Through his work with over 100 Chicago area small businesses he has experience in guiding founders and business owners through the pitfalls and joys of growing their business. Prior to joining Anchor Advisors, Brad spent over 10 years managing business units for a family-owned conglomerate with sales of $2 million to $25 million.  When he's not working, Brad enjoys cycling, cooking and the NFL. He is married with 5 children and lives in Chicago, Illinois. Connect with him on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Haste makes waste

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“Take time for all things…” ~ Ben Franklin The wisdom of our forbearers has given us so many warnings about the dangers of hurry, rush, and

The Job of a Leader

Trust Equation

I was very fortunate to work for an excellent leader and mentor named Bob Baker. Bob knew what it took to be a good leader; he demonstrated

Frosty The Snowman Goes Into Business For Himself

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Frosty, for so long known as "the Snowman," always had secret aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur, of shaking off the shackles of the

What do I do when my employees ask for a raise?

Ask for a raise

There’s no conversation that business owners want to avoid more than when an employee asks for more money. It’s awkward. Either you haven’t

How to talk so your boss will listen, and listen so your boss will talk.

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The meeting’s over and you are gathering up your stuff. As you review the meeting there’s a pit in your stomach: did we accomplish anything

Qualifying sales leads over the phone: Here’s how to do it!

qualifying sales leads

One of the challenges with using social media and content marketing to generate leads is that the leads aren't always well qualified. Just

What to do when everyone else is on vacation

What to do when everyone else is on vacation

This time of year can be frustrating. You are trying to grow your business, you are trying to move projects forward, you are working hard at

The vulnerability of being a business owner

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In her wildly popular TED talk Brene Brown tells us that one of our deepest fears is vulnerability. We are afraid of the act of letting

What EVERY Business Owner Needs To Practice This Summer

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Ahh, to be young. I remember the summer I was 10 years old. It was the summer of all summers. My family was living in the San Francisco bay

Building momentum: How to move your small business forward

how to move your small business forward

In his classic book "Good to Great", Jim Collins introduces the concept of change in your business being like a flywheel: Now picture a