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.

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...]

How to Find a Reputable Freelance Writer for Your Business

Chances are good that you started your business because you’re good at what you do. Hopefully you love it too, but there is no doubt that you have qualities that help you excel in your particular field, which is why you decided to take the often difficult journey to business ownership and sell your services or products to the rest of the world. And there is also no doubt … [Read more...]

4 Keys to Building a Strong, Cohesive Team

As a small business owner, you are only as strong and as successful as the group of people that you employ. Create a team of marshmallows and you’ll melt at the slightest hint of heat; but build a team as solid as steel and nothing will tear you down. Although some of a team’s strength and cohesiveness is determined by the team members themselves, there are still some things … [Read more...]

5 Ways Time Away Can Benefit Your Business

Taking a vacation may seem like the most unproductive thing in the world, but in reality it can be one of the best things you ever did for yourself as well as your business.  It is no secret that taking time to unplug and recharge can improve your physical, mental, and emotional health.  Many do not realize however, that there can be excellent benefits to the business when you … [Read more...]

7 Effective Time Management Tips to Help You Shorten Your Work Day

Let’s be honest; even though you love what you do for a living, that doesn’t mean that you want to do it all day every day. You also want (and need) to spend time with family, engage in hobbies you enjoy, and take much needed vacations from time to time. But how are you supposed to take time off when you always have so much to do? The answer lies in time management. You will … [Read more...]