Category: <span>talent development</span>

Turn Problems into Opportunities

“Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” This is one of those standby expressions that small business owners frequently say to their employees. It recently came up in one of my PRO peer groups. The question was: is it a smart thing, or is it a dumb thing? At first glance, the phrase implies that…



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…



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 had someone to push You?

What If… You had someone to push You? You are in business by Yourself, and only report to Yourself. You need someone to push you. Being a facilitator of Peer Advisory Boards part of my responsibility is to create accountability to move You forward to where You want to be. Peer Advisory Board members want…



What If… You want to see Your family more?

What If… You want to see Your family more? A two hour a month time investment will give you the tools to have more time to see your family. A Peer Advisory Board, saves You time and makes You money by creating knowledge, insight, problem solving, camaraderie, support, accountability, prioritization, and Not Being Along. It…



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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