Small businesses face many challenges in our competitive world. According to polls conducted earlier this year by Gallup and Forbes, the top three challenges small business owners face are attracting more business/sales, various forms of governmental interference, and hiring good or qualified workers. While some of these challenges are beyond the direct control of small
It’s a cliché, but it’s true: Time is money. This is especially true for small business owners, many of whom find themselves stretched to the breaking point by the number of things they need to do to run their companies effectively. When business owners become fatigued, productivity often suffers, which in turn has detrimental effects
You’ve worked hard to ensure the lines of communication stay open within your organization. (Check out “How to Identify and Break Down Communication Silos in Your Organization” for more on how to do this.) However, you are worried that the messages being sent through those channels aren’t as effective or clear as they ought to be.
Adaptability is a key to survival, both in the natural world and in the business world. Those that are slow to recognize and respond to changes risk being driven out of existence by competitors. For people in positions of leadership, it is important that they are aware what type of leader they are. (Check out
Are you a small business owner who finds that you no longer love what you do? Are you having trouble remembering why you decided to take on the responsibility of running your own company? There are many challenges involved in operating a small business, and it is easy to get caught up in the daily
What sets leaders apart from mere managers? The ability to craft and clearly articulate a vision. Vision allows leaders to present a hopeful and positive image for tomorrow. To be effective, this vision should persuade and attract every member of the team, organization, or family. It should also motivate everyone to cut through the noise
Does your breakfast usually consist of a coffee to go and something strongly resembling cardboard that is scarfed down on the way to work? Are you ready to collapse by lunchtime? Does your “free time” consist of the commute to and from work? Do you feel like a hamster on a wheel with no way
A recent survey published by Deloitte University Press identified twelve critical issues that plague organizations. The Global Human Capital 2014 Trends study reveals that leadership is still the top talent issue organizations around the world are facing. In fact, 86% of those surveyed ranked the leadership issue as "urgent" or "important." Equally as revealing was
Building a business is tough. And growing it can be even tougher! In fact, it is estimated that startup failure rates are between 50 to 70% (depending on the industry). Without the benefit of some key, knowledgeable “go-to” people both inside and outside of your organization, it can be a very lonely and frustrating experience.
Increase Brand Awareness and Attract Customers You believe in your products and services. You have probably invested a lot of time, energy, and resources into perfecting your brand. The troops have been rallied, and you are streamlining your processes to be more productive and responsive to your valued customers. There’s just one thing—the customers aren’t