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.

Becoming a Better Manager Of People

The differences between a mediocre manager and an extraordinary one are many. Depending on the specific managers in question, there are likely to be many differences in style and approach between any individual and the next. But which combination makes for the perfect manager? Keep Striving to Be Better The desire to become a better manager is the key to actually becoming … [Read more...]

How To Be a Great Boss to a Diverse Team

"The worst kind of group for an organization that wants to be innovative and creative is one in which everyone is alike and gets along too well," according to Stanford University’s Margaret A. Neale. “And the key to making nearly any kind of diversity work is managing it well. “ Are you building a diversified team for your small business? Many studies have shown that … [Read more...]

What’s Your #1 Hiring Rule? Small Business Owners Weigh In

While I’m a one-person show as a freelance writer, I have been involved in the hiring process a few different places and appreciate how difficult finding the right employee can be. Someone who looks good on paper isn’t always the best in person and vice versa. So how can you be sure to pick the best person for the job? To answer that question, I reached out to other small … [Read more...]

Human Resources and Small Business: An Interview with HR Expert Tania Kiefer

Human Resources (HR) tasks are an important, albeit time-consuming, part of any business operation. Larger corporations often have dedicated HR departments, but in small businesses, HR-related tasks often fall on the shoulders of the business owner. Businessing Magazine sat down with Tania Kiefer, a 15-year veteran in the HR industry, for an interview to gain insight into … [Read more...]

What Makes a Great Business Leader?: An Infographic

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to being a great leader, but what are some of the key traits that make for the most effective leaders, and what are employees looking for in a boss? Take a look at this infographic, submitted by Richard Madison, the Marketing Executive for the Brighton School of Business and Management, and read his accompanying guide, “What Makes a Great … [Read more...]

When to Use a Headhunter for Hiring

Hiring a headhunter to find you the absolute best potential employees for your small business can really cut into your bottom line. Especially if you’re paying 15 to 25 percent of the open position’s annual first-year salary in fees, which is a pretty average rate according to Resume to Referral. This means that you’re not likely to use this type of service for every job … [Read more...]

When to Fire Employees and When to Give a Second Chance

I’ve never met a business owner who felt good about firing employees. Even when the employee deserved to be let go for excessive tardiness, ineffective work product, or countless other justifiable reasons to terminate employment, the owners I’ve spoken with have shared how they struggle with the decision because—deep down—they know that employee is still a person with a family … [Read more...]

Being the Best Boss Possible

There’s no denying that the functionality, quality, and price of your products and services all play an important role in your ability to be successful in business. However, there’s one other factor that can have a huge impact on your ability to rise to the top; although, it’s one that is frequently overlooked. What I’m talking about is your personality. But, this term can … [Read more...]