Category: <span>human resources</span>

Managing Employees: Different Generations, Different Motivations

Being a Good Manager One of the advantages of running a small business is that you can manage your employees on an individualized basis. A savvy boss identifies each worker’s hot buttons and work style, and manages employees accordingly. And if you’re super-savvy, you’ll factor in the cultural generation your employees belong to as well….



The Smart, Easy Way to Recruit Top Talent

Recruiting Top Talent We discussed how the key to making successful hires is to target applicants who share your core values. This time, we ask: why wait for those hires to come to you? The smartest, easiest way to identify great potential employees is ‘24/7/365 recruiting.’ It’s simple: even when you’re not actively hiring, keep your eyes…



Inspiring Employees is Easier Than You Think

Inspiring Employees vs Motivating Employees Inspiring employees is a lot easier than you might think. There are managers who “lead” through bullying and intimidation, but demeaning people doesn’t inspire loyalty, only fear. Dictatorship isn’t leadership, and most people don’t perform their best under stress, anyway. True leadership means creating a gratifying employer/employee relationship that starts…



The Art of Delegating – A Little Leadership Goes a Long Way

The Art of Delegating To grow a business beyond a certain point, there’s a bridge every entrepreneur must cross. You must transition from “doing” to “leading,” which means stepping back from day-to-day operations in order to oversee it. In other words, you must learn to work “on” the business, not “in” the business. Let’s go…



What If… You made a Bad Hire?

What If… You made a Bad Hire? Many small businesses do not know how to interview or hire. What about a bad hire? When a person leaves their business they look at hiring as taking them away from their business activity. But, this should be looked upon as an opportunity. Having good people is your…



Work Smarter, Not Harder with the 80/20 Rule

How can you work smarter? Are your days so busy that you rarely get to the most important items on your to-do list?  Work smarter. According to small business peer board members, success came easier once they learned to concentrate on tasks that matter, instead of spending time on trivial activities. They learned to harness…



Great Minds Don’t Think Alike

Ways to Get Employee Involvement So, with that in mind, how do you encourage freethinking in the workplace? Great minds don’t always think alike. Here are some techniques that some members of my peer advisory groups use: • Encourage your employees to offer suggestions—after all, who knows the ins and outs of your business better?…



What If… You could motivate Your sales force?

What If… You could motivate Your sales force? Compensation to your sales people is a critical issue. What is the best way to compensate for your product/service, distribution channel, or targeted customer? Should the compensation be salary, salary plus commission, draw plus commission or straight commission? What motivation plan works best for your product/service sales…



What If… You lost a major customer?

What If… You lost a major customer? Who can You talk with after you’ve lost a major customer? Will You have to cut Your work force? Will the bank tell You to move Your loan? or What do You do if You lose a key employee due to injury, leaving you or death? Difficult questions,…



What If… You wanted to change Your holiday bonus?

What If… You wanted to change Your holiday bonus? Holiday bonus can be a difficult time. What do you do? What is fair? What are other companies doing? This is especially difficult if you give a discretionary bonus. Compensation is a satisfier. It is not a motivator. If your holiday bonus does not satisfy— You…



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