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!

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

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

praise at work

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.

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

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,

Project Brief and Delegation Tool

Project Brief Template

How to Delegate Tasks More Effectively How often do you delegate a task to an employee, but they don’t complete it the way you wanted them to? Then get frustrated because they did it wrong and end up doing it yourself? (Sound familiar?) When we are defining a project that someone else is going to complete,

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.

Cube vs. Corner: Are emojis appropriate to use in business?

using emojis in business

Cube vs. Corner is a series that explores a different workplace topics where Devan and Brad respond with their unfiltered, honest thoughts from their side of the office: the employee and the boss. Do you use emojis? Most of us probably have when texting, or at least been the recipient of them before. Have you

Why we need to break rules at work sometimes

breaking rules at work

Our team at Anchor Advisors has gone through a bit of a rough patch lately. One of my employees has been dealing with some bigger health issues recently. She’s missed a lot of work going to the doctors, but I haven’t cut her pay or had her use her PTO hours. Instead, I prayed for

What to do when… your employees keep missing deadlines

missing deadlines

Missing deadlines is a common occurrence in the world of small business. No one is to blame (or everyone is to blame) and there are no real consequences — until the owner wakes up one morning and says, “Hey, weren’t we supposed to be finished with this project by now? What happened?” There are plenty

Why small business dominates the employee engagement game

Zane Safrit

If March Madness was about creating jobs, instead of scoring hoops, then small business would be the little NAIA school with a few hundred students who sneaks into the tournament and, against all odds, defeats the big well-funded, well-advertised, Division 1 school with tens of thousands of students. Oh, and in this metaphor, the NAIA

Yes, Insurance is Boring, and Yes, We Have to Talk About It

business insurance

Nothing makes an entrepreneur start yawning faster than talking about business insurance. And insurance premiums? They can seem like such a waste of money. That’s good money that you could be investing in your business. You already have to pay for workers’ compensation, unemployment, and maybe even disability insurance for your employees. (And don’t get

Penny for your thoughts? Actually it’s worth more like a dollar

getting feedback

Why getting feedback is so valuable Behind every great business is an entrepreneur who's pretty sure she's screwing up — John Jantsch (@ducttape) January 30, 2014 Last month we focused on clarity. (Did you identify your ideal client?) Clarity is an important precursor to feedback because when we aren’t clear we have too much feedback,