​4 ways to prevent boring and ineffective meetings



​4 ways to prevent boring and ineffective meetings

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (YURI_ARCURS) Look at your calendar right now and answer honestly: how many meetings are you actually looking forward to? Sometimes it seems as if a meeting is scheduled for everything (even to prepare for the next meeting). Learning how to run meetings effectively is one of the top skills new managers […]

Do your talent plans include critical roles or critical people?



Do your talent plans include critical roles or critical people?

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (YURI_ARCURS) Like most employers, you likely have a number of employees in critical positions. These roles significantly impact your company’s revenue, growth, and business plans. The loss of a person holding such a position would adversely affect your company, and finding a replacement won’t be easy. For example, the chief executive […]

How to make your mission a powerful tool for change



How to make your mission a powerful tool for change

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (MARTIN BARRAUD) The great organizations I know have missions with purpose. I suspect that somewhere in their evolution, someone stepped forward to challenge or lead those organizations in ways that now make a difference for others. A unique and worthy mission was established. That person, most likely, was its leader, a […]

How to give your best clients the most attention



How to give your best clients the most attention

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (MONKEYBUSINESSIMAGES) It’s an old joke: The devil shows a guy around Hell. It’s one big party. St. Peter shows the same guy around Heaven. It’s subdued and low key. The guy chooses Hell when he dies. Upon arrival, it’s all fire, brimstone and anguished cries. The guy confronts the devil […]

Financial deregulation could mean more lending options for your business



Financial deregulation could mean more lending options for your business

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (DESIGNER491) From tax reform to regulatory re-alignment, the new administration in Washington, D.C. has signaled its intent to significantly alter the way that businesses and consumers are governed. In fact, one key area of federal oversight — the regulation of the financial services and lending industry — has already seen the […]

​The 4 stages of business growth each present their own challenges



​The 4 stages of business growth each present their own challenges

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (NYS444) We like the way Jim Canfield of Renaissance Executive Forums defines the various stages of business growth. They provide a convenient classification that helps us recognize and appreciate the goals and challenges of each level of progression. Here we apply his staging definitions to the physical consumer product business: 1. […]

How to distinguish between objectives and solutions



How to distinguish between objectives and solutions

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (TOM MERTON) In his book, Lead With a Story, Paul Smith tells about Jayson Zoller when he was a student at the University of Central Florida 20 years ago. One of Jayson’s favorite professors often arranged research projects for the class with community leaders. In one such case, the professor described […]

Use this FORM to easily learn about other people



Use this FORM to easily learn about other people

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (STURTI) An advisor in California came to the United States after growing up in the Far East. Upon moving to America, he attended a class that taught “How to talk with Americans.” He told me about an interesting acronym: FORM. I’m sure it was invented by someone else; however, he shared […]

How to protect your small business from cybercrime



How to protect your small business from cybercrime

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (G-STOCKSTUDIO) Regardless of your business, someone will try to steal data, use your computer to spread viruses, or simply hold your systems for ransom. CPA and law firms are lovely targets, as are manufacturers, or even restaurants. If you have email, hold social security numbers or bank account numbers, or accept […]