Establish Company-Wide Behaviors That Instill Accountability

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Accountability. It’s an overused word and an underutilized behavior. It means, of course, “doing what you say you’ll do.” It’s also characterized by “owning up to a mistake, correcting it, and apologizing to anyone harmed by that…

The Right Approach to Setting Employee Goals and Objectives

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Ideally, goals and objectives within an organization should cascade from the top. Each person should be responsible for establishing their own goals and work objectives in ways that are relevant to their job and support one or more organizational…

Difficulty Diagnosing the Real Problems or Obstacles to Growth

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As we pass through various scenarios of COVID-19, uncertainty is the name of the game. With this kind of uncertainty, things get overlooked. CEOs often ignore issues that don’t align with their beliefs or shut down conversations that feel…

Making The Most of a Recession

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There’s no sugarcoating it. We’re suddenly in a recession triggered by a plunge in consumer spending due to voluntary and mandatory quarantines to limit the worldwide spread of COVID-19. The impact has spread across nearly all business sectors.  How…

The Three Speeds of Growth

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When I speak to business owners about the 7 Stages of Growth model, sometimes they’ll say that they are not in fast-growth mode. Growth can take on many forms, and ultimately, the CEO defines what growth means for their company.  You may…

Cracking the Code to Your Company’s Growth

Very few business professionals talk about challenges that a company of 500 employees or less faces during growth. Almost no one talks about how to overcome the risks. But there is a formula for success.  James Fischer researched 650 successfully…

Searching for Truth Within Your Business: 10 Perspectives Worth Considering

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One thing separates high performing enterprises from those that are still aspiring to reach and maximize their goals. You may think it’s an innovative way to apply resources or to leverage a company's unique competitive advantage, or a capacity…

The Need for a Flexible Planning Model

The Challenge Defined A critical component of running a successful business is creating a dynamic method of planning that is accessible to the entire organization and allows contribution by all the staff. Consider the two different roles…

Staff Morale and Voltage Challenges

Nothing disrupts performance, productivity and profitability quicker than poor staff morale. In fact, according to a recent poll by Gallup Inc., on average, “17% of U.S. workers have been actively disengaged over the 18 years of tracking.…

Employee Turnover

Managing employees is hard. It requires leader’s time and effort, people-focused systems in place, clear expectations and much more. When a company loses exceptional talent it can have a negative impact on morale, productivity, and the bottom…