Facts & Figures


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 […]

​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 […]

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 […]

6 essential steps for a successful recruiting process



6 essential steps for a successful recruiting process

From: http://www.bizjournals.com If you have ever heard someone say something that completely disagreed with your own understanding of a topic and immediately dismissed it as, “Oh, that can’t possibly be true!” then you have been guilty of confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is a cognitive process in which the brain unconsciously uses a system of defenses to […]

What the media wants from businesses, and what it doesn’t care for



What the media wants from businesses, and what it doesn’t care for

From: http://www.bizjournals.com Every entrepreneur wants to read about his/her company online, in print, or hear about the company on traditional and online radio and television. Publicity is good, because it gives a venture credibility, attracts potential business partners, and validates the business to potential customers and investors. Besides, it makes our parents proud. Today, there are […]

The 7 deadly sins of leadership



The 7 deadly sins of leadership

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (YURI_ARCURS) In my work as an executive coach, I often encounter leaders who are strong in most areas, but who have one ‘fatal flaw’ that tends to overshadow their strengths. Like pungent breath, inappropriate dress or a grating laugh, these leadership flaws can be so off-putting that it is difficult […]