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.

Professional Boundaries: Are Yours In Jeopardy?

I’m not exactly certain why, but it seems as if my professional boundaries have gotten quite a workout lately trying to stay intact. In my quest to find a way to deal with this appropriately, I discovered that a lot of times boundaries can get crossed almost without you knowing. So, my question to you is: Are your professional boundaries in jeopardy—perhaps without you even … [Read more...]

Audio Interview with Bonnie Marcus of Women’s Success Coaching

Bonnie Marcus, founder of Women’s Success Coaching, explains in this interview with Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart how women can succeed as entrepreneurs and businesswomen in today’s business environments. By focusing on promotion, positioning and building strategic relationships, Bonnie says women can get ahead and stay ahead in competitive workplaces. While much of … [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...]

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...]

8 Tips to Becoming an Impactful Speaker

I remember the first time I was due to teach a class about guns and gun safety. Even though I had gone over my notes many times already, I found myself up at 4:00 AM the day of the class, going over them again. I was as nervous as I could be. What if I couldn’t gain their attention? What if I was a boring speaker and people just hated me? What if I forgot what I was supposed … [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...]

2 Unique Team Building Destinations to Consider for 2015

I used to absolutely detest team building exercises. Whenever I attended a training or function that required us to break up into small groups and work as a team, I would roll my eyes in the back of my head and pray that it would be over quickly. However, during my time as a serving member of the International Reserve Police Officer’s Association, I got the privilege of … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Creating an Effective Business Presentation

In my pre-writing life, when I was still an Enforcement Officer charged with helping the court enforce domestic relations orders, I attended a presentation put on by the State of Michigan. The opening speaker was fabulous. Not only was he able to gain my attention from the moment he first spoke, but he kept it for 45 minutes straight. Admittedly, this guy was not delivering … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Painless and Productive Performance Evaluations

Evaluating employee performance is critical to managing human resources for large companies and small businesses alike. However, communicating strengths, areas that need improvement, and establishing future goals with employees can be an uncomfortable position for many managers or business owners. It’s understandably difficult to rehash professional and personal shortcomings in … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Meetings More Successful

Part of running a successful small business means taking part in meetings. Whether you’re getting your employees together to talk about some upcoming changes within your company or you’re engaged with a group of other small business owners looking to have a mastermind session, you want your time together to be effective. Primarily, you want the meeting to serve the purpose for … [Read more...]