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 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.

If you’re a business owner, you work for a crazy person

crazy business owner

I’ve often said that when you work for yourself you have a crazy person for a boss. But I’ve come to realize that I’ve actually got several bosses, and they’re all, to some extent, crazy. Let me introduce you my office full of nut job bosses. Each and every one of them lives in my

How leaders have the power to make their team feel like heroes

praise at work

Our manufacturing plant was putting a unit out the door every 6 seconds — and every one of them was defective. I was part of a design team that had updated the design of our product to comply with new Federal safety requirements, and while the product was perfectly safe, it just didn’t always work.

Hi, my name is Brad, and I’m an interrupter.


Let’s pretend you and I were having a conversation. You had a point to make, I’m confident you did. But I couldn’t wait to hear it. I interrupted. I was feeling anxious I’d lose the thought in my head (and we know what’s in my head is worth hearing), and so instead of making time

How can I be a more effective communicator?

How to be an affective communicator

I wish I could put the thoughts that are inside my head into the heads of other people. Wouldn’t that be great? I see what I want a project deliverable to look like, but my team doesn’t. I see how one of our tools could transform your business, but you don’t. I write, I speak,

You and your business partner: how to get on the same page and stay there

partner meeting

Running a business is hard. That’s why a lot of folks decide to partner up and start a business with someone else. There are some definite advantages to working with a partner: two heads are better than one, and partnerships often have access to better resources and talent that a solo founder might not have.

8 brain hacks to increase productivity

increase productivity at work

I’m not one of those “naturally productive” people — I’m not even sure if there is such a thing. If I’m a “natural” at anything it’s laziness. But I’m also ambitious. I really do want to make a difference — and to do that I need to get things done. So I’ve collected a number

Why we need to break rules at work sometimes

breaking rules at work

Our team at Anchor Advisors has gone through a bit of a rough patch lately. One of my employees has been dealing with some bigger health issues recently. She’s missed a lot of work going to the doctors, but I haven’t cut her pay or had her use her PTO hours. Instead, I prayed for

What to do when… your employees keep missing deadlines

missing deadlines

Missing deadlines is a common occurrence in the world of small business. No one is to blame (or everyone is to blame) and there are no real consequences — until the owner wakes up one morning and says, “Hey, weren’t we supposed to be finished with this project by now? What happened?” There are plenty

What percentage of your day do you spend responding versus initiating?

act like the boss

The phone is ringing as you walk in the door, you answer it. A client is calling with a question — someone else could answer it, but your already on the phone with her… You’re a little annoyed — you had wanted to work on your marketing plan this morning, but what can you do

How to focus and get your s*** done

focus and get work done

Focus. We all know it’s a key to productivity, but the whole world seems hell bent on preventing us from getting any real focus time. As a result, our to-do lists just keep growing, our clients get pissed off, and our employees are waiting around for us. Something has to change. So we head to

Creativity follows commitment: The secret to getting work done


“Uuuuggggghhhh! It’s time to write another blog post. I don’t want to write a blog post! I have client work that needs to get done, I haven’t finished my taxes. I’m behind. Why did I decide to write this stupid blog anyway…” That’s what goes on in my head every time I try to write.

The art of finishing: Why 80% is worse than 0% done

the art of finishing

I’m a starter. I love to get things started. And I do, seriously, start lots of things; but, truth be told, I don’t always finish them. In fact, if you looked at my to-do list you’d find that the list of things I intend to finish is a lot longer than the list of things