Make plans to develop your brand authority, find your fans, guide your audience and share your story in the year ahead.
What irrational fears are getting in the way of your work? Your relationships? Your family?
Can a smaller retailer compete against the big players online? Here’s how to maximise your visibility — however large or small you are.
Once we can get past the fact that everything is in a constant flux of change, we can begin our journey to tomorrow.
It’s an astounding statistic: 60 percent of small companies are unable to sustain their business within six months of a cybercrime attack, according to the U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance. John Hey and other information technology experts advise small business managers to foster a culture of cybersecurity.
You can make meetings much more valuable and effective — and have high-performance and mindful meetings. Use these steps to bring more creativity and emotional intelligence to the table.
In today’s environment of high-velocity change, a business’s technology, product innovation or unique distribution are only fleeting advantages. In fact, the only sustainable competitive advantage is an organization’s talent and how reliably they perform. Andrew Carnegie came to America from his native Scotland when he was a small boy, did a variety of odd jobs, […]
Over the years, I’ve traveled for business a lot — sometimes alone, but often with colleagues. One time, I found myself traveling with a colleague I didn’t know very well. We were both rushed to get work done before the flight, so we gave ourselves very little time to get to the airport. Everything had […]
When doing business with your bank in the traditional sense, most probably think of working with an organization to keep deposits secure, provide money transaction capabilities and make loans. After all, this is the traditional focus of how financial institutions, especially community banks, operate. What you may not know is just how much more your bank […]
One of our cats recently needed a course of antibiotics. Now, this particular cat is quite large, but also very sweet and has a purr that would put a motorboat to shame. Giving her pills is really a very simple task: pop the pill in her mouth, give her a treat, and we’re done. She […]
As a small-business owner, trying to maintain a work-life balance can be like walking on a tightrope. At any given moment you have to lean one way or the other to maintain your overall balance. It’s often tempting to work around the clock to make your company the very best it can be. After all, […]
Budget cuts and hiring freezes. Regulatory headaches, stalled initiatives, or the loss of a well-loved leader. Sound familiar? If so, rest assured, you are not alone. In over a decade’s work with top executives, I’ve yet to meet a leader who hasn’t been dealt any number of setbacks and challenges. Challenges that make leading difficult. […]
If you are like me as a child you grew up under the premise of “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” The expression noted that no matter what you said you’re not going to harm me with name-calling. However, there are other organizations products and services like yours, […]
Many organizations deal with employees that do not perform to standards. One of the most frustrating things for managers and supervisors is to have employees who continually repeat the infraction. However, when the issues continue managers and supervisors are left to discipline and more likely terminate the individual. One of the critical factors impacting work […]
Here’s the thing…good planning avoids conflict. But, good planning is much more than asset allocation. Advisors implore their clients to plan for the future. They often use disturbing techniques like horror stories of deplorable outcomes due to a lack of planning. Usually the disturbing track is about a loss of money either to the tax […]
Whether you are a Fortune 500 executive, business owner, front line manager, or human resources professional, you know this much is true. You can’t run a thriving company without top notch employees. The fact is, success resides in the hard work, creativity and dedication of your workforce—those bright, enthusiastic, engaged employees who work every day […]
My son is eight years old. Like a lot of kids his age, he’s into baseball and plays in the kids’ Little League every spring. Watching a bunch of little kids playing baseball can be very entertaining.
Standing in front of a classroom of students — watching the note scribbling, yawns, and occasional spark of passion — can feel a million miles away from the business world.
Weather reports factor heavily into the big — and small — decisions we make on a daily basis. Forecasts can dictate your morning commute to work, afternoons mowing the lawn or tending to your garden, and outdoor evening dinner plans. Rightfully so, weather factors into how we approach these subjects. On a larger scale, CFOs […]
Today’s hyperactive and attention-demanding world makes reflection no easy task. Nonetheless, we still must find a way to carve out “mental space” so we can think clearly, plan, reflect, dream. Management expert Peter Drucker expressed the value of reflection years ago, even when the world was not so information-rich and time-poor. He said, “Follow effective […]
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