Giving Staff Members More Rope, So You Have More Time
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Giving Staff Members More Rope, So You Have More Time

I often hear business leaders tell me that they don’t get enough done in a day. They have a to-do list a mile long, but they spend their whole day answering employees’ questions and solving employees’ problems. But, if we let day-to-day issues like these fill our day, it’s impossible to make progress on the leadership tasks that only…

Try Not Getting Things Done
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Try Not Getting Things Done

It’s August now in the Northern Hemisphere – time for vacations, traveling, family reunions and other fun summer stuff. It’s the one time when everyone seems to take a break. Unfortunately, there were times in my career when I didn’t consider August as being much fun. In fact, it was a hassle. Nothing got accomplished; no one was around…

Be Small in a Big Way
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Be Small in a Big Way

Small-business owners often are self-conscious about being small. We are often very conscious of the ways that we compete at a disadvantage to bigger businesses. They have the big budgets, the high-powered executives, attorneys and banks at their beck and call, they have all the advantages… Well, maybe not ALL the advantages. There are some great things about being small….

When the Boss is a Lunatic – and You’re the Boss
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When the Boss is a Lunatic – and You’re the Boss

There’s nothing better than being a business owner and your own boss, right? That’s what I thought when I started my business – but then I learned. As a business owner, I work for a demanding, unsympathetic and controlling person – myself. It’s understandable. Business owners, bear a lot of burden. We have to fulfill both the role of…

Healthy Businesses Check Their Vitals
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Healthy Businesses Check Their Vitals

Is Your Business in Good Health? Check Your Business Vital Signs to Find Out A desperate business owner trudges into a doctor’s office and says, “My business is not feeling well.” “What seems to be the problem?” the doctor asks. “I don’t know…my company is not making much of a profit, the employees aren’t happy, we’ve…

Focus on Results, Not Just Talk, at Your Meetings
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Focus on Results, Not Just Talk, at Your Meetings

Every meeting has a purpose. That goes without saying, right? No, actually not. Oftentimes, meetings have agendas, but no goals for what should be accomplished. People talk, people listen, but no one makes any progress. That’s why the purpose of your meeting — that is, what you want to accomplish — must be clearly communicated at every meeting….

Motivating Your People to Stay
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Motivating Your People to Stay

Your employees are job hunting. As the “jobless recovery” starts to create more opportunities, people who have stuck with you through the tough economy are going out and looking for greener pastures. The May 24th Newsweek reports that, “In the first quarter of 2004, 4.2 million people posted their resumes on Monster, the online job…