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.

When to Break Up with Your Financial Adviser: Five Red Flags Every Entrepreneur Should Know

A great relationship with your financial adviser is a bit like a relationship between partners on an episode of The Amazing Race. The two of you should work as a team, outlining the terrain of your life, plotting your goals and objectives, identifying the obstacles and plans to work around them, and celebrating your success. That’s why it’s so critical to pick an adviser you … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Support the Working Moms in Your Small Business

If you’re a small business owner, you know how vital each member of your staff is to your daily operations—in some ways, your compact, cohesive work unit becomes its own kind of family. You want to keep that work-family unit functioning as efficiently and effectively as possible, and that means keeping team members happy and satisfied in their careers. Chances are you’re … [Read more...]

How to Successfully Organize a Company Retreat

If you are pondering the reason why some companies are more successful than others, then a good place to start would be the employees. MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory found that teams that communicate directly with each other as well as the management are much more creative and productive, says an article on Harvard Business Review. The good news is that such healthy … [Read more...]

Changing Your Focus Can Change Your Life

When I was in college, one of my many jobs was managing a boxing and mixed martial arts studio in West Los Angeles, about a mile away from the UCLA campus. The owner of the studio was a former champion boxer and kickboxer. He taught me what it takes to run a small business—and even more about martial arts, but there was one lesson in particular that stood out, one that I’ve … [Read more...]

People Driven or Drive People: Choosing the Right Approach to Increase Your Company’s Agility

Organizations are constantly faced with the changes being wrought by our new digital world: everything connected, enormous amounts of data, and practically unlimited computing power. A common prescription is to transform an enterprise into one that’s leaner and more agile. Typically, becoming more agile means that a company is more sensitive to the needs of the market, and has … [Read more...]

Three Innovative Workspaces in the United States

Fitness centers, green initiatives, and space to relax — many modern offices are adopting features similar to these which are meant for employee benefit. Innovative designs are making offices feel more inviting, which in turn can help employees be more productive. We rounded up three of the most innovative workspaces you may not have heard of. Check out the awesome ways … [Read more...]

How to Avoid a Career Crash Due to Cognitive Bias

A few years ago, after my closing keynote for a manufacturing association conference on how manufacturing leaders can avoid business disasters, a man in his late fifties came up to me looking distraught and agitated. I hoped he wasn’t angry with something. He introduced himself (I’ll call him Mark here) and wanted to know more about one of the judgment errors I discussed, the … [Read more...]

The Ways Work Will Change in 2020 and The Future

Peter Thompson, the co-author of the book, Future Work, How Businesses Can Adapt and Thrive in the New World of Work, argues that while technology is taking us into a new world with facts and details just a touch away at our keyboard, many companies are still structured for the industrial age of work.  People are expected to gather at a central location for a set number of … [Read more...]

Are You More Intelligent than Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is defined as the development of computer systems with the ability to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. The concept sounds reasonable enough, but how exactly does a machine learn, and is it different from how humans learn?  Tay was an artificial intelligence chatbot that was originally released by Microsoft Corporation via … [Read more...]