If you’re a business owner, you work for a crazy person

crazy business owner

I’ve often said that when you work for yourself you have a crazy person for a boss. But I’ve come to realize that I’ve actually got several bosses, and they’re all, to some extent, crazy. Let me introduce you my office full of nut job bosses. Each and every one of them lives in my

How to communicate with your boss (and get what you want)

how to communicate with your boss

So, let’s say you’ve been working for a company for a while, and you really want to find a way to accomplish some new tasks or take on new roles with your position. You’re ambitious, hungry, and ready for a challenge. But that means figuring out how to convince your boss that A) You’re ready

Email sucks! 5 email alternatives you should check out

email alternatives

We all have a love / hate relationship with email. For some of us, it’s more hate than love. Jill and Brad talk about different email alternatives that they’ve tried to help keep your inbox from being a daily overwhelming process with different tools, apps and processes. Take a listen to the latest podcast, and

Cube vs. Corner: Is it appropriate to wear headphones at work?

wear headphones in the office

Cube vs. Corner is the place were we tackle and issue from two sides: the boss’s perspective, and the employee’s perspective. This time we’re tackling wearing headphones at work. There’s been some controversy whether or not it’s appropriate to wear them in the office, major critics site that employees isolate themselves from company culture and miss

How leaders have the power to make their team feel like heroes

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Our manufacturing plant was putting a unit out the door every 6 seconds — and every one of them was defective. I was part of a design team that had updated the design of our product to comply with new Federal safety requirements, and while the product was perfectly safe, it just didn’t always work.

Hi, my name is Brad, and I’m an interrupter.


Let’s pretend you and I were having a conversation. You had a point to make, I’m confident you did. But I couldn’t wait to hear it. I interrupted. I was feeling anxious I’d lose the thought in my head (and we know what’s in my head is worth hearing), and so instead of making time

10 things holding you back from building a great team

Every business owner dreams of having a team of dedicated, driven and super smart people working for them. Often, they think if they just hire the right people, it’ll happen. Sure, hiring good people has a bit to do with it, but without a leader cultivating the employees into a team that produces great work

5 great ways to encourage your team

5 great ways to encourage your team

If things are going a little rough in your business, it’s really important to keep moral up. Encouraging and motivating your team is especially important to keep productivity and energy levels up. Jill + Brad talk about the different ways they encourage and motivate their team when things are tough, or to bring in energy

6 Communication failures bosses make

communication fails

Being the boss isn’t an easy job—it’s all about time management, understanding people, and leading the organization into the future. Bosses are our big-picture thinkers. Rather than being stuck in the daily details, they delegate and make sure important tasks are assigned and completed. But to execute that role, communication is essential. Unfortunately, many bosses

How can I be a more effective communicator?

How to be an affective communicator

I wish I could put the thoughts that are inside my head into the heads of other people. Wouldn’t that be great? I see what I want a project deliverable to look like, but my team doesn’t. I see how one of our tools could transform your business, but you don’t. I write, I speak,

You and your business partner: how to get on the same page and stay there

partner meeting

Running a business is hard. That’s why a lot of folks decide to partner up and start a business with someone else. There are some definite advantages to working with a partner: two heads are better than one, and partnerships often have access to better resources and talent that a solo founder might not have.

5 tools that will help you with your small business

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We all have some favorite tools that we use for work to get stuff done whether it’s a software program, or a tech gadget. Jill + Brad share the top 5 small business tools they couldn’t run their business without. Check it out on the latest podcast episode of Breaking Down Your Business, with guest