Leading

Small Business Tips and Ideas for Leadership and Working with People

When it comes to running a small business, leadership is of the utmost importance. Employees look to you for guidance and to set the tone for your company. Learn more about what it means to be an effective leader with the articles in this section, which cover topics such as employee management, hiring and firing, and team building.

Tips for Managing Negative Employees

If you’re a small business owner or in a managing role in a small business, it’s not a matter of “if,” but more a matter of “when” you’ll encounter a negative employee. There’s no such thing as a perfect office. There will always be negative people, carrying their contagious energy and inflicting negativity to anyone who crosses their path. The rest of the staff may choose … [Read more...]

Is Your Relationship with Your Employees Affecting Your Business?

Take a moment and think about how well you get along with your employees. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being not-so-good and 10 being we-couldn’t-get-along-better, where would you rate your relationships? Realistically, this number is probably different with each staff member, with some climbing higher on the chart and others falling closer to the bottom. However, your … [Read more...]

What to Look for in a Remote Hire

Hiring is always a challenging process, but the pressure increases when you are hiring for a remote position. The virtual office is becoming more popular with every passing year, as businesses realize the dramatic cost benefits of expanding your team remotely. It’s important that business owners recognize the hiring process for remote workers is entirely different from that of … [Read more...]

New Survey Reveals Importance of Company Culture for Business Strength

The Alternative Board (TAB), an international provider of executive peer advisory boards with over 3,000 members worldwide, recently released the results of their September 2016 Small Business Pulse Survey. If you’ve not yet heard of it, this is a survey that obtained input from hundreds of business owners to determine the qualities that separate a strong company culture from … [Read more...]

Ways to Create a More Cohesive Work Environment

Whether you have two employees or two-thousand on your payroll, anytime you put more than one personality together, there’s room for potential trouble. The introverts are fighting to find an empty place in the corner to do their work, just wanting to be left alone, while the extroverts are chasing right after them, wanting to know what they’re doing and invading their personal … [Read more...]