Accountability – What is the root of the problem?

Accountability – What is the root of the problem?

Holding your team accountable is not easy. In fact, of all the activities I see when I am coaching and running peer-advisory boards, this is the area that entrepreneurs and business owners like the least. And I get it. You run a business for freedom – the chances are you may not have ever had someone hold you accountable, or at least in a good way. So, what’s the secret? It comes down to addressing the correct issue.

Can You Have a "Fun" Workplace that's also Productive?

Can You Have a "Fun" Workplace that's also Productive?

Somewhere along the line, the idea of a serious, no-fun-zone workplace became institutionalized among businesses. In today’s more enlightened world, such hard-and-fast distinctions no longer relate. A fun and productive workplace is one that will probably see higher morale and greater employee retention. These two factors alone make a change from a super-serious company culture worth considering. Here are suggestions to build an element of fun into your workplace…

Looking for a Virtual Office Space? The Do's and Don'ts before You Sign a Lease

Looking for a Virtual Office Space? The Do's and Don'ts before You Sign a Lease

You’re ready to give your business an impressive corporate presence, but you’re not willing to plunk down millions of dollars for the office space, the permanent staff, and the infrastructure. A virtual office is probably a good fit for you -- offering a live person to answer the phone, a high-dollar corporate address, and conference rooms on demand. Here’s what you should know before committing to a virtual office…

6 Reasons Why Joe’s is One of the Most Successful Restaurants in the U.S. and What All Business Owners Can Take From This Success

6 Reasons Why Joe’s is One of the Most Successful Restaurants in the U.S. and What All Business Owners Can Take From This Success

This is not a restaurant review – but a business review. We all love eating at great restaurants, but, what makes a great restaurant and what can business owners learn from that?

So, it turns out, the ‘Restaurant Business Magazine’ looks at the annual revenues of restaurants all over the U.S., and ranks independent establishments. I thought this would be a good place to start – so I headed to number 2, in the top 100. Here is what I learnt…

5 Tips How to Plan for Your Company’s Expansion

5 Tips How to Plan for Your Company’s Expansion

Successful business growth doesn’t happen accidentally. While there are times when rapid expansion occurs due to unforeseen factors such as large-scale market changes or shifts in demographics, for the most part, a business plans for expansion long before actual growth takes place. This planning helps anticipate potential challenges and roadblocks, as well as define growth opportunities—all so expansion takes place in a hopefully ordered and effective manner. Here are five tips on planning for expansion that can help inform your strategy…

5 Tips for Planning a New Product Launch

5 Tips for Planning a New Product Launch

Adapt or die! If you’re not moving forward, you are going backwards. Even the most successful businesses must find ways to reinvent their products or services or risk losing customers to more innovative competitors. Successful businesses understand the need to review the features and benefits of their offerings and determine if a product upgrade is called for, or, more ambitiously, the launch of a new product.

The Four Phases of Project Management

The Four Phases of Project Management

The most successful companies use project management, but most smaller business owners don’t think they need something so formal. Well, you do!

Whether you’re in charge of developing a website, designing a car, moving a department to a new facility, updating an information system, or just about any other project (large or small), you’ll go through the same four phases of project management: planning, build-up, implementation, and closeout. Even though the phases have distinct qualities, they overlap…

5 Common Recruiting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

5 Common Recruiting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

You don’t need us to tell you—the goal of hiring talented, qualified job candidates is now a lot harder to achieve than it once was. Businesses are pursuing a wide range of strategies in order to replenish their workforce, and to build new talent for the future. Here’s a look at common recruiting mistakes and how to avoid them…

The Power of Written Strategies [Video]

The Power of Written Strategies [Video]

In a video interview with the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Nick Leighton, bestselling author of Exactly Where You Want to Be explains why it is so important for business owners to physically write out their strategies and what can they benefit from sharing their goals with someone else… you will learn this in the following 90-second interview.

How Would it Feel if Sales Was Taken Care of For Your Company?

How Would it Feel if Sales Was Taken Care of For Your Company?

You may have the best product or service out there, but you need sales. The bottom line is that if you want to get larger than a few people, you most probably will need more sales than you can achieve yourself, so if you lack a high-performing sales team, chances are your business will suffer. As anyone who’s ever been in (or dealt with) sales knows, it takes a combination of locating a person with the right sales traits and skills, combined with the best approach to training and guidance, to get the desired result. Here are 4 tips on building a world-class sales team for your company…

DIY Online Design for Entrepreneurs

DIY Online Design for Entrepreneurs

I’m no designer, but I know what I like when I see it. Which puts me squarely in the dangerous space that many entrepreneurs have – thinking they can do it (after all we can do anything). Put together a web site, landing page, flyer, promotion… no problem? Here are two free resources that will make your designs better - guaranteed!