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.

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

Why business owners struggle with being control freaks

Control-freak-recovery

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

controlling bosses

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. Here's part II:So you might be a control freak. As a small business owner, you see it as survival;

Control Freak Test: Are you a control freak?

control freak test

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

the toupee interview disaster

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

4 business survival tips for running a small business

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Running a small business can feel like a race against time. A never ending series of sprints. Payroll comes every two weeks whether you are ready for it or not. Customers come and go, some pay on time, some don't. Sometimes it feels like there's no time to catch your breath before you have to start

Is your business a sprint or a marathon?

sprint or marathon

There are a lot of entrepreneurs who are running a sprint. They work an untold number of hours -- racing the clock, giving up a life today for some greater reward in the future. It's a high-stakes, high-risk gamble that, by doing what others won't today, they will get to enjoy what others can't

Overworking: 4 ways business owners can avoid burnout

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One of the things that I believe has helped me to be successful in my business is my passion. I've never been someone who wants to do things half-way -- if we're going to do this thing, let's do it. Because I'm very passionate about the things I'm doing, I am compelled; and I have trouble finding a

High performance leadership: You can’t lead when you’re running on empty

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Have you seen The Wire? Wow. It's one of the most compelling shows I've seen on T.V.! I couldn't stop watching it last night. I sat down to watch one episode; three episodes later it was 1AM! When my alarm went off early this morning I lost count of how many times I hit snooze. I ran out of the