Leadership

Leading your business is no easy task. Turn to our collection of tools, articles, videos and more on leadership best practices, knowledge and advice on leading your team and your company.

The top 5 ways to be the leader your team needs

be a leader

What the heck is leadership? There are so many people who write about “being a great leader” and “having great leaders”, and “great leadership”, but what IS it? For most of us, it’s just one of those big, fat, vague words. I thought I’d try to break it down a little bit. A really good leader is

6 ways business owners can clone themselves (without actually doing it)

clone

Every business owner who sets out to build a team really wants, not a team, but a CLONE. Cloning would effectively allow them to be in two (or three) places at once. Yeah. A clone and a few more hours in the day would make a lot of business owners very happy. Are you familiar with the

5 Ugly truths about running your own business

ugly truths about running your own business

Most business owners have on rose-tinted glasses when they first start out. There’s nothing wrong with that—it happens to all of us. We’ve been there. You go into running your own business for lots of reasons. The flexibility. The freedom. The room to grow. Everything ahead is sparkly, new, and

The best mistake I’ve ever made

worst business decisions

In 1998, I was working for a division of Duchossois Industries as an engineer working on new product development. I was occasionally invited to be part of a team that evaluated acquisition opportunities (I was the token geek that spoke business or something); and so I was a part of the team that

5 reasons why your small business needs a strong sales pipeline

sales pipeline

We all want to have a strong sales pipeline, right? Who wouldn't want to have a consistent flow of prospects interested in engaging their company? But the value of a strong sales pipeline goes beyond the marketing and sales team. It's like having a tailwind for your whole business. If there is one

Part I: How to build a company culture attracts employees in swarms

company culture example

I'm fascinated by changes in the workforce across generations. I'm particularly interested in how these changes affect company culture. I've already written about how different generations of employees like to work, how to attract Millennials, and meeting style preferences across

How to discover your company values

company values

Company values can be a powerful force in driving your business success. When we are clear about our values, that's one thing. When we hire a team who shares those values, that's another. But when take all of this one step further and we actually reflect those values in our business practices, we

The ONE word that will help you achieve your goals

achieve goals

Did you start this year off with big goals? Did you set aggressive growth targets for your sales? Are you thinking about writing a book, working on some speaking topics, or taking a big trip with your family? Well? It's February. How are you doing on those goals? Have you made significant

Why company culture eats strategy for breakfast

company culture

Representatives from the armed forces came to my son's school to recruit soon to be high school graduates. Each branch of the armed forces gave a little presentation and slide show about what made them unique. Except for the Marine recruiter. The Marine recruiter walked up to the podium and

Company core values: Why your business needs them

company core values

On paper it was a good deal. Our company had a chance to create a joint venture partnership with another company in the same industry. They had developed some designs and tooling for the Italian market that would enhance our product line. We had a distribution network in the states that they

Creating a company culture: It’s all about your core values

creating a company culture

So you've hired some team members. This is a big step in building your business. Now you have help! But you also have worries. Are they doing what you want them to do? How do you know they are making good decisions? What if they are slacking off or not representing your company the way you would

Company core values list: How to identify your company’s core values

Company_Core_Values

Establishing Core Values is not just something that big businesses do -- it's something that smart small businesses do, too. Many companies share their core values through a Mission, Vision (M/V/V) Statement. They use this statement to ensure that their actions, behaviors, and plans are