Inspiration and Leadership

18 Mar

Building Teamwork in a Small Business

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In order to survive and maintain a sustainable business model, you need returning customers. One bad apple may not spoil the whole barrel, but it might make you leery of sampling a second one from the same batch. By the same token, the actions of one individual might not reflect your core business philosophies, but […]

27 Feb

Are Your Interviewees Checking You Out?

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If you’re looking to hire someone, you’ve likely done–or at least had your HR department do–some serious background checking. Nobody wants to end up with a bad employee, especially when there are red flags before hiring. But have you ever considered that it might go the other way around, as well? Most of us have, […]

04 Feb

Leadership in 2019: Is Equality Still an Issue?

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The last three or four decades have seen considerable progress in terms of women in leadership roles, at least in the US. Today’s women are dealing with a narrower wage gap, seeing less overall gender discrimination, and dragging issues like sexual harassment out of the shadows. The percentage of females in leadership/management roles has much […]

14 Jan

Stop Managing, Start Leading

The best leaders are a little bit superhero.

When it comes to your team, your department, or your company, are you a manager or a leader. We’re not talking about what it says on your business card of email signature; how do people actually see you? Your peers, people you report to, and people who report to you? What is there impression? Do […]

17 Dec

The Myth of Multitasking

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As someone who spent a many years as a freelancer, I can ascertain that we lived and breathed by multitasking–for better or worse. I have no doubt I drove clients crazy with attempts to juggle projects, sales, teaching, bookkeeping, and the bare bones of a personal life. To be honest, I wasn’t very good at […]

29 Nov

The Leadership of Saying Yes

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Are you a “Yes” Leader? Odd as it seems, there are some very bright people–leaders, even–who insist that it’s impossible to become a good leader without becoming a master at saying “no.” But if you stop and think about it, doesn’t that seem a little backwards? When we talk about being a Yes Leader, we’re […]

24 Oct

Does Company Culture Attract Employees? Maybe.

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Ever since the internet explosion that happened in the ’90s, the term “company culture” has been thrown around as key to attracting and keeping the best employees. Thing is, while every company has a culture (intentionally or otherwise), not every culture is as appealing to workers as HR would have you believe. There’s some evidence, […]

20 Sep

Why Your Most Talented Employees Keep Leaving

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Are you a great boss? Most managers and COOs would probably answer in the affirmative, at least to some degree. If you don’t know–or even if you think you DO know–here’s a suggestion: Ask your employees. Much has been written over the last few years about the “employee experience,” but relatively few of those on […]