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.

Make Your Vision Statement Relevant

“A vision helps to inspire and capture aspiration and assist people in overcoming the inherent incohesion associated in moving away from the familiar.”  So wrote Benjamin and Rosamund Stone Zander in their excellent book The Art of Possibility. Yet, most organizations’ vision statements do the exact opposite, leaving staff bereft of any kind of inspiration that could produce … [Read more...]

Team Building Tips for Small Startups

Small startups face a unique situation when they are building up their team. They want their team to work together, to know one another and trust each other. However, they may face a budget issue or simply have no idea how to put together a cohesive team. The good news is that there are tons of ways in which small startups can build their team into one that works well … [Read more...]

The Eco-Friendly Guide for Business Growth

Being a business in the current economy is already difficult without the pressure to be an eco-friendly company that puts being green first. However, more and more consumers are expecting their chosen businesses to follow eco-friendly and sustainable practices that ensure they are doing their part for a greener planet, and not causing more harm in the name of profit. If you are … [Read more...]

Are Remote Employees Really Better for Your Business?

Modern workers have come to expect more flexibility in how they do their jobs. In order for businesses to be family-friendly, they need to allow employees to work a looser schedule than in the past. This creates some worries for employers. Will the necessary work still get done? What is the best way to provide oversight for remote workers? In the right situation, using remote … [Read more...]

Fun Ideas for Adding Holiday Spirit to the Workplace

For many people, holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Fourth of July mean a break from work and time spent relaxing with family and friends. However, many professions involve working through the holiday seasons, which can be demoralizing and demotivating for staff.  There are six paid days off per year for many U.S workers, but recent research shows that not all … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Better Motivate Your Employees

Business owners and startup entrepreneurs are always looking for new ways to motivate their employees. After all, employees are the backbone of your company. Without them, none of what you do would be possible at all! You need their skill and their dedication to keep things up and running smoothly. So the question is, how do you keep them motivated to constantly give the 110% … [Read more...]

How to Compete for Talent as a Small Business

Competing for talent can be challenging when you’re a small business employer. A larger business may be able to offer more appealing incentives to the labor pool; however, small businesses have unique offerings in flexibility, company culture, and passion that can help them compete for talent. Here are some of the strategies that you can use in order to compete for talent as a … [Read more...]

Tips To Improve Workplace Productivity

Productivity in the workplace is essential for any business. It’s what’s needed to get through the working day and to make sure that your staff is working effectively to get everything done. There are always ways that workplace productivity can be influenced and improved. So here are some tips to improve workplace productivity. Train Your Staff The skills of your staff are … [Read more...]

Leave Ego at the Door: 3 Keys to Unleash Innovations That Win

We often conceptualize creativity and innovation as a solitary endeavor: a genius sitting alone in a room somewhere, crafting a masterpiece. Too often, we think innovation comes from the brain of a single (super)human—and that the ability to innovate is therefore an inherent capability that the rest of us can’t aspire to. It’s true that sometimes innovation does come from … [Read more...]

Mistakes Employers Make and How to Correct Them

Whether you are a start-up or an established business, the success of your business highly depends on how you treat your employees. Favorable working conditions translate to high employee productivity, which later turns to higher profits for your business. The workplace is known to be a strict and formal kind of environment. However, over recent years, employers are working … [Read more...]