Employee Relations

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Engaged Leaders: Radio Interview with Steven Goldstein

Steven Goldstein, author, speaker, and business consultant, is the guest on this episode of Monday Morning Radio with Dean Rotbart. Goldstein is a management engagement expert who helps companies, large and small, improve the ways their leaders engage with employees and customers. Goldstein has developed what he calls his “5 Principles of Engagement.” Utilizing these … [Read more...]

Face to Face: An Interview with Dr. Cheryl Bauman

In an interview with Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart, Dr. Cheryl Bauman discusses why face-to-face communication is still important in business, even in this digital age. While Dr. Bauman recognizes that digital forms of communication are here to stay, she makes the case that it is worth the extra time and inconvenience to meet face to face with employees, clients, and … [Read more...]

What Kind of Leader Are You?

Although Dictionary.com defines leadership simply as “an act or instance of leading,” being a great business leader is so much more than that. It is being able to motivate and inspire both individual employees and teams to take certain actions in order to reach higher levels than they’d ever dreamt possible. It also involves knowing how to best utilize their staff’s strengths … [Read more...]

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring Someone You Know

As a small business owner, you are in a great position to offer people in your community the ability to support themselves and their families by providing them with a job. But what happens when the person asking to work for you is someone you know personally? What if it is a family member or friend? This can definitely be a sticky situation because business dealings can hurt … [Read more...]

Dealing with Workplace Conflict: 4 Steps to a More Harmonious Work Environment

No workplace is free from conflict. In fact, one study discussed in the CPP Global Human Capital Report, which involved 5,000 workers across nice different countries, confirms this as it revealed that roughly 85 percent of all employees experience some sort of conflict in their careers. To make matters worse, each person questioned reported spending just under three hours … [Read more...]