Management

Managing and running a small business is hard! Get the tools, help and advice to make manage your business and your people easier. Browse through our collection of tools, articles, videos and more below!

Cube vs. Corner: How do the boss’ work habits affect yours?

How does your boss' work habits affect yours?

Sometimes it’s difficult to know how much you’re supposed to reflect the boss’s work habits. Especially in regards to working hours. After all, he or she is the boss — so doesn’t that role come with increased responsibility? But at the same time, as an employee, it’s important to show dedication and

Why business owners struggle with being control freaks

Control-freak-recovery

If you've been following this control freak series you've either been hurt by control freaks, or you think you might be one. If you know this is you, take heart! Admitting it is the first step toward recovery. Yes, I'm treating your control freak behavior as an addiction. It's a behavior that is

The truth about controlling boss behavior

controlling bosses

This month is all about working through letting go some control so you can build a stronger business. In Part I of this series, we created a list of scenarios to help you see if you're a control freak. Here's part II:So you might be a control freak. As a small business owner, you see it as survival;

Flash Reports

Flash Reports

The flash report is a quick way for team members to “check-in” once a week with one another. It allows the team to see if the other team member’s activities and priorities are in line with their expectations. Are they getting things done? Are the things that they are working on the “right” things

Control Freak Test: Are you a control freak?

control freak test

A lot of business owners are control freaks. That's a fact. It's understandable. This isn't just a job -- it's your business. It's your baby, your little alter-ego, your precious... Wait, that's getting kind of creepy. Let's just say it's important to you and you don't want incompetent people

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems

Mr. McMahon was my Jr. High Algebra teacher and above his blackboard he had the phrase "Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems" in large block letters. It was a favorite expression of his. Often when we would come to him with a dilemma he would reply with that phrase. "Mr. McMahon, I

EnMast Business Owner Tip of the Week No. 02

business owner tips

One of the things we see business owners do a lot is take on work that their staff should be doing, rather than focusing only on the work they have the ability (or authority) to do. It's not sustainable! That's what this week's tip of the week is all about. Click here to tweet the business owner tip

Overworking: 4 ways business owners can avoid burnout

overworking

One of the things that I believe has helped me to be successful in my business is my passion. I've never been someone who wants to do things half-way -- if we're going to do this thing, let's do it. Because I'm very passionate about the things I'm doing, I am compelled; and I have trouble finding a

Strategic Scheduling Tool

Strategic_Scheduling_Tool

If you are trying to grow your business, it is vital that you be strategic about how you spend your time and money. The nature of many small businesses is such that the owner spends much of his/her time reacting to situations and resolving crises. When this is the case, the urgent becomes a thief of

It’s only failure if you stop trying

how to know it's time to quit

“If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it.“ - W.C. Fields I was very interested to read Brad Farris’ recent article Quitting is for quitters: How to keep going when everything tells you to stop. In the piece, Brad rightly argues

Stop business owner burnout with better systems

business owner burnout

"I used to like my business, now I can't stand it. It's just  not the same anymore." I have a unique business.  I run around in my pajamas and have fun for a living.  I am a martial arts instructor.  However, I know several "successful" school owners who no longer like their business.  I have had

Improve your meetings with these top 5 meeting methods

improve your meetings

Everyone hates sitting in meetings that go on and on, or are completely irrelevant to you. So Brad and Jill tackle top meeting methods that will help improve your meetings so you can waste less time in meetings, and get more of your own work done. They also bring on business owners Tamara