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.

Don’t let ‘great’ be the enemy of the ‘good’

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“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” ~ Tom Peters Tom Peters could be thought of as one of the founding fathers of the American

Step 3: Stop doing your employees’ work!

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This is Step 3 in our control freak recovery series. In this step we talk about how it's not the boss' job to clean up our employee's messes or do their job for them. Read Step 1 and Step 2 here. This is a long journey, and none of us can go it alone. We hope you're reaching out to a trusted friend

Step 2: Why business owners need to ‘let go’ more

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This is Step 2 in our control freak recovery series. This time we talk about what it looks like to loosen up our grips on controlling everything inside of our business -- and why it's healthy. Find step 1 here. Too many business owners have an inner control freak that can make them really

#Inbound14 Recap: The future of content marketing is here

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I've been in Boston all week attending Hubspot's annual Inbound conference. Here's the highlights from Day One and Day Two. When we look back at the history of the content marketing movement, we are going to mark 2014 as a watershed moment. During this year, "content marketing" proved its worth.

Inbound14 Day Two Takeways: Less inspiration, more perspiration

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I'm spending the week at Hubspot's Inbound14 marketing conference and I'm trying to give you a peek at some of the big ideas I'm hearing. Yesterday I was inspired by Dharmesh Shah's ideas about reaching big to attract better people. Today I heard a number of talks about how you make this Inbound

Inbound14 Day One Highlights

Inbound 2014 Day 1

I'm at Inbound14 this week in Boston attending HubSpot's big annual content marketing conference. These are highlights from day one. Here are day two's! Attempting to write a recap of Inbound 14 Day One highlights seems like an impossible task. There are over 150 speakers (of them, 25 are Best

Cube vs. Corner: How do the boss’ work habits affect yours?

How does your boss' work habits affect yours?

Sometimes it’s difficult to know how much you’re supposed to reflect the boss’s work habits. Especially in regards to working hours. After all, he or she is the boss — so doesn’t that role come with increased responsibility? But at the same time, as an employee, it’s important to show dedication and

Step 1: Admitting you have a need for being in control

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If you've been following this control freak series you've either been hurt by control freaks, or you think you might be one. If you know this is you, take heart! Admitting it is the first step toward recovery. Yes, I'm treating your control freak behavior as an addiction. It's a behavior that is

The truth about controlling boss behavior

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This month is all about working through letting go some control so you can build a stronger business. In Part I of this series, we created a list of scenarios to help you see if you're a control freak. So you might be a control freak. As a small business owner, you see it as survival; it is your job

Control Freak Test: Are you a control freak?

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A lot of business owners are control freaks. That's a fact. It's understandable. This isn't just a job -- it's your business. It's your baby, your little alter-ego, your precious... Wait, that's getting kind of creepy. Let's just say it's important to you and you don't want incompetent people

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems

Mr. McMahon was my Jr. High Algebra teacher and above his blackboard he had the phrase "Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems" in large block letters. It was a favorite expression of his. Often when we would come to him with a dilemma he would reply with that phrase. "Mr. McMahon, I

4 interview disasters you’ll never forget

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When I'm successful in helping a business to grow, they ultimately need to hire more people. So I get involved in helping them to recruit, interview and hire. Our process is to help write a really excellent job posting that attracts top candidates, then we do a phone screen before we recommend a