The Need for Staff Training

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The Challenge Defined: Is there an intentional training program in place for all employees that is focused on company goals? How much of the budget has been allocated to training?  Training staff on company goals, company issues and company…

Creating Meaningful Core Values

The Challenge Defined: Every organization loves to talk about their “core values.” And I’ve even worked with some companies that seem to live by them … and thrive because of them. I’m a bit of a cynic though, when someone tells…

Optimizing the Value of New Staff Orientation

The Challenge Defined: Never minimize how difficult it is for new employees to become contributing members of your organization. Onboarding extends far beyond the monthly New Employee Lunch. It needs to be extensive and multidimensional,…

Kate Ripp’s Interview With High Stakes Partners on Growing Yourself Out of Business

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It’s the surprises that usually get you! Experienced business owners often warn one another, “Watch out when your company hits 50 employees! Everything changes then.” By the time you reach this size, the challenges you face sneak up on…

Processes and Resource Allocation Challenges

The Challenge Defined: There will quickly come a time when your company outgrows your ability to manage all the important functions on a daily basis. To catch all the problems before they happen. To make all the decisions. How can you ensure…

Limited Capital to Grow

The Challenge Defined: As a new business owner, don’t assume you can “make a go of it” using whatever operating capital you can generate with sales. Don’t plan to open on a shoestring, scrimping on important things like marketing…

Five Barriers to Exceptional Leadership

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Do you have people in your organization who show promise as future leaders? Have you also seen good people sabotage their own growth potential? Mentor them and encourage them – maybe even share these insights from a Harvard Business Review…

Increase Staff Voltage and You’ll Increase Your Bottom Line

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Happy People = Happy Profits. When your people are happy, when they enjoy coming to work every day, when they believe in what they’re doing, when they feel they’re recognized for the value they bring, your company will be more profitable. So,…

Create Dynamic Dialogue, Decrease Conflict in the Workplace

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Conflict. Confrontation. Most of us hate it. We avoid it. We simply hope it goes away. The negative effects of unresolved conflicts include: Decrease in productivity Lack of focus on company objectives Loss of respect for leadership …

Time Management Matrix: Four Quadrants

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Highly effective people don’t really manage time, they manage themselves. Instead of being caught up in things, they plan and execute according to what matters most. I already introduced a Gold Time Management Technique in the past, but it…