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!

Don’t let ‘great’ be the enemy of the ‘good’

tom peters quote

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” ~ Tom Peters Tom Peters could be thought of as one of the founding fathers of the American

Step 3: Stop doing your employees’ work!

employees work

This is Step 3 in our control freak recovery series. In this step we talk about how it's not the boss' job to clean up our employee's messes or do their job for them. Read Step 1 and Step 2 here. This is a long journey, and none of us can go it alone. We hope you're reaching out to a trusted friend

Step 2: Why business owners need to ‘let go’ more

let go

This is Step 2 in our control freak recovery series. This time we talk about what it looks like to loosen up our grips on controlling everything inside of our business -- and why it's healthy. Find step 1 here. Too many business owners have an inner control freak that can make them really

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

Step 1: Admitting you have a need for being in control

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

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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. So you might be a control freak. As a small business owner, you see it as survival; it is your job

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

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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

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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

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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