How to improve the ROI on your long-term investment strategy



How to improve the ROI on your long-term investment strategy

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (PEOPLEIMAGES) Leo Tolstoy is famous for pointing out that “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The same can be said of businesses. I often work with business leaders to assess the return on investment received from various strategic investments in their companies, […]

3 things small businesses can learn from mixing concrete



3 things small businesses can learn from mixing concrete

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (FARAKOS) Sakrete is one of the handiest products ever developed. It’s basically a bag of rocks and sand, but to a weekend warrior with a honey-do list, it can be a magic dust. Packaged in small bags almost anyone can carry, Sakrete is an aggregation of Portland cement, sand and different-sized […]

Managing: How to groom a younger professional for leadership



Managing: How to groom a younger professional for leadership

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (YURI_ARCURS) Alice Waagen regularly answers workplace and management questions from readers. Q. As a CEO of a mid-sized consulting firm, I am a firm believer in succession planning for my organization. I find having a pipeline of high potentials developed to take over key positions is critical to the health of […]

​7 steps to infuse entrepreneurial thinking into company culture



​7 steps to infuse entrepreneurial thinking into company culture

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (IMAGE SOURCE) Every company wants to stay relevant and be in the forefront of their industry. This requires an imaginative staff creating new solutions and thinking outside the box. But first you need to change your company culture. This is easier said than done. A positive company culture is what we […]

Savings Plans for Small Businesses



Savings Plans for Small Businesses

From: sba.gov This self-paced training exercise will give you an overview of savings plans and strategies for your small business.Learn about the contingency and long-term savings, tax breaks, retirement savings and much more. Duration: 00:30:00 Begin course

​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 […]