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open communication Effective Leaders Foster Open Communication (11/26/2018) Posted in: Communication, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Listening, Teambuilding - As a leader, you want your team to follow you. To follow you, they need to trust you. To trust you, they need to believe what you say, and they want to know you care. It’s even better when you trust them too. Part of developing that trust, respect, and rapport you need to lead is open communication. It doesn’t just […]
business crash Growing Fast? Here’s What’s Likely To Kill Your Company (11/1/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Business Performance, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Learning, Organizational Structure, Planning, Prioritization, Problem Solving - If your goal is to grow your business fast, you need a positive cash flow cycle or the ability to raise money at a feverish pace. Anything less and you will quickly grow yourself out of business. A positive cash flow cycle simply means you get paid before you have to pay others. A negative […]
relax business owner 5 Ways To Get Your Business To Run Without You (10/15/2018) Posted in: Business Performance, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Learning, Organizational Structure, Planning, Prioritization, Time Management -   Some owners focus on growing their profits, while others are obsessed with sales goals. Have you ever considered making it your primary goal to set up your business so that it can thrive and grow without you? A business not dependent on its owner is the ultimate asset to own. It allows you complete […]
Overwhelmed business woman Have you fallen into The Mile Wide Trap? (10/11/2018) Posted in: Business Performance, Change, Executive Leadership, Organizational Structure, Planning, Prioritization, Problem Solving - If your company’s revenue has stalled after a period of rapid growth, you may have fallen into The Mile Wide Trap. Consider the case of Kim (not her real name) who runs a public relations firm. Kim studied marketing at school and went on to work for a big advertising agency where she spent ten […]
blood pressure test Take a Blood Pressure Test for Your Business (9/27/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Business Performance, Change, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Organizational Structure - When was the last time you had your blood pressure tested? Taking your blood pressure is one of the first things most doctors do before treating you for just about anything. How much pressure your blood is under as it courses through your veins is a reliable indicator of your overall health; and it can […]
business value growth Why Bother Doing It the Hard Way? (9/12/2018) Posted in: Business Performance, Change, Executive Leadership, Planning, Prioritization, Vision - Whether you want to sell your business next year or a decade from now, you will have two basic options for an external sale: the financial or the strategic buyer. The Financial Buyer The financial buyer is buying the rights to your future profit stream, so the more profitable your business is expected to be, […]
empower others The Best Leaders Empower Others (9/6/2018) Posted in: Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Executive Leadership, Influence, Leadership, Recognition, Teambuilding - We become more powerful when we empower others. Great leaders unleash the leader within each person, liberating them to use their own power. Everyone wants to feel like they are contributing to the vision. You can empower others by acknowledging their strengths and potential contributions. First, identify their strengths. Ask people what they think are their strengths and the strengths of the other […]
Delegation owner manual Thinking Vs. Doing: The Owner’s Dilemma (8/31/2018) Posted in: Business Performance, Change, Employee Development, Executive Leadership, Organizational Structure, Planning, Prioritization, Time Management - There’s a steady breeze from the northwest, which cools the warm Caribbean afternoon. Framed between a palm tree and the turquoise water, you notice a man reading. He appears to be working, which seems strange given his appearance: shaggy blonde hair, linen shirt, surf shorts and flip-flops. You squint and realize the man is Richard […]
make money on vacation Six Ways to Profit From Your Vacation (8/13/2018) Posted in: Business Performance, Change, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Executive Leadership, Innovation, Leadership, Learning, Planning -   Summer is almost over, and many of us are getting in those last weeks of vacation before Fall. Although it may seem strange, now may be the perfect time to increase the value of your company. The most valuable businesses are the ones that can survive without their owner. A buyer will pay a […]
Startup Value How Three Moves Quadrupled the Value of this Business (7/26/2018) Posted in: Business Performance, Change, Executive Leadership, Innovation, Leadership, Learning, Planning, Problem Solving - Are you stuck trying to figure out how to create some recurring revenue for your business? You know those automatic sales will make your business more valuable and predictable, but the secret to transforming your company is to think less about what’s in it for you and more about coming up with a reason for […]

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