Leadership

The Leadership Toolbox

I fondly remember growing up and helping my father carry his toolboxes to various jobs. My father ran a side business that repaired and installed things like furnaces, air conditioners, and hot water tanks. He also was called out by those who needed miscellaneous repairs such as leaking faucets, damaged drains, and was even called out for the occasional “can you fix my car” … [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...]

The Science of Motivation: Radio Interview with Susan Fowler

This Monday Morning Radio interview features Susan Fowler, a consultant, trainer, coach and leader in the field of personal empowerment. She speaks with radio host Dean Rotbart about her new book, Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work…and What Does. Susan talks about how motivation is a skill that can be learned by anyone, and doesn’t need to be based on either incentives or … [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 Practical Lessons from the A-Team

Besides just being a super cool TV show, and one that will forever hold a special place in my childhood, I believe we can learn a lot from the A-Team. Here are three simple takeaways: Respected Leaders Trust their Team John “Hannibal” Smith, always satisfied "when a plan comes together," is the clear leader of the A-Team. While the men were still in the armed forces (as … [Read more...]

Why COLLABORATIVE Meetings Are So Powerful

Think of a regular meeting you look forward to. Now think of a meeting where you often leave feeling frustrated. The difference between the two is likely to depend on the degree of collaboration among the team members. Two teams that I’ve been part of are at opposite ends of the collaboration spectrum. The first team includes several marketing consultants and leaders of the … [Read more...]

7 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make With Employees – And How to Avoid Them

Unless you are a company of one, being a small business owner requires that you learn how to effectively deal with the people you decide to employ. After all, they have the ability to take your business to higher levels or help it fall flatly on its face, making them a critical part of the operation. Unfortunately, not all employers are cut out for the task. However, you don’t … [Read more...]