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.

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...]

The Top Five Recent Trends in Supply Chain Logistics

Supply chain logistics has seen a vast amount of change in recent years with technology being implemented to streamline the process and help small businesses to grow. But of these trends, which has had the most impact? Here, we have compiled a list of five different trends that have revolutionized supply chain logistics for the better in 2019.  Digitalization of The Supply … [Read more...]

5 Eco-friendly Changes All Businesses Should Consider Implementing

It is up to us all to make changes that help our planet. It is being polluted with toxic gases and climate change issues are worsening. As well as playing our part as individuals, businesses can make a huge difference. Here are five eco-friendly changes all businesses should consider implementing.  Go Paper-Free  This isn't likely to come as a surprise. With the advancement … [Read more...]

4 Steps to Building a Great Workspace for Your Business

Running a business that works efficiently can seem impossible, but by listening to the needs and wants of the employees, you can begin to put together a workspace that works for everyone. But what should you start with? In this article, we will be providing you with key factors that you should seek to improve to create the best office space for your employees and company’s … [Read more...]

Are You Present as a Leader? Check These 4 Crucial Signals

Like most people, I catch myself thinking about future events or rehashing past experiences, usually chiding myself for making poor choices. This ebb and flow between past pain points and future affairs lead us everywhere except where life is actually lived: in the present moment. Corporate executives, leaders of small businesses and nonprofits, educators, civic and … [Read more...]

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...]