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…

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 …

What is Your Leadership Team’s Confidence/Caution Ratio?

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There’s a business management principle called the Builder/Protector Ratio that measures the extent to which a company operates with confidence vs. caution. It’s an important analytical tool that allows a leadership team to assess the company’s…

Dreaded Performance Reviews – A New Approach Based on Common Sense

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According to Marcus Buckingham, author of First Break All the Rules, and a more recent White Paper called “Next-Generation Performance Management,” here’s how great managers manage: “They define very clearly the outcomes they want,…

Communicate Your Way to Profit

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Do your employees know how they and their contribution impact your bottom line? Do they understand your business model – how the company is structured and how it makes money? Too many business owners fall prey to these three myths: Employees…

Create Values So Employees Can Envision the Right Attitude

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Don’t go halfway in branding your company’s operating style. Do you have a defined vision? Check. How about a mission statement? Check that box too.   But if you haven’t given your employees a way to translate these high-level ideals…

Delegation – When, What and How

Why is it so difficult for some leaders to delegate? Deep down, they surely know that delegating responsibilities and decisions can foster growth across their company. They also must know that delegation leads to personal growth, which in turn…

Describe and Define Critical Processes

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Anything that needs to be done more than once can be captured and turned into a process. Entrepreneurs tend to ignore the value of processes. There are lots of reasons for this (and none of them are good) but that’s a story for another day.…