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.

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...]

Is Your Body Language Helping or Hurting Your Business?

Body language is a tricky area. Not only is each individual person slightly different in regard to the messages his or her body sends, but entire cultures are different as well. For example, what is considered “good” eye contact in one area of the world could be considered insulting in other geographic regions. That makes understanding various basic non-verbal behaviors … [Read more...]

Should You Use an Employment Agency to Find Your Next New Hire?

“Outsourcing” seems to be the hot word in the business world nowadays. After all, you can outsource almost everything, from marketing to production to sales. It only makes sense then that you consider outsourcing your hiring process, which usually means using an employment agency to help you find your next best employee. But is that the right route for you and your small … [Read more...]

Need Extra Summer Help? What you Need to Know About Hiring Seasonal Workers

For many small business owners, including those in the tourism business or those catering to warm weather activities, summer means “go” time. You wait all year for this busy time, and you don’t want to miss any business because of lack of preparation. In fact, you may be looking to add some extra staff members to handle the extra work. Seasonal employees are defined as … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why an Employee May Require Too Much of Your Time

The goal is for employees to work independently and complete tasks. The opportunity to parallel task, using more people to get more done in less time, is one of the primary benefits to growing the team. For many small business owners, myself included, the idea of hiring first comes about when you simply need to multiply yourself. After all, there's only so much you can do in 24 … [Read more...]

Should You Hire a Summer Intern for Your Small Business?

I landed a dream internship at a city magazine the summer before my senior year of college. I proposed the internship, and I was the first intern the magazine had ever had. The editor and I hit it off in an interview, and I think she liked the idea of helping a journalism student. She hired me to work for 10 weeks three days a week as an editorial assistant. My pay? No … [Read more...]