Right People, Right Seats

As the year winds down and you start planning for an even better 2016, is reevaluating your personnel on your to do list? Here’s a great article about what truly separates good businesses from great businesses. Here’s to 2016 being your best year yet in every metric you use to measure success.

The Dirty Little Secret of Successful Companies

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Building A World Class Team

As we head into the final quarter of 2015, now is a great time to start planning for the year ahead. What did you do well this year? What could still use some work? What was on your to do list that shouldn’t have been? And most importantly, who do you need on your team to reach your goals next year? Here’s a great article on the components that make up a winning team. As your year starts to wind down, take a moment to reflect on which areas could use some improvement in your business to make 2016 your best year yet. Then start planning. 🙂

The Elements of a World Class Team

 

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Life Skills Worth Mastering

Whether you’re working on improving yourself, or grooming a future team of leaders, here are 10 skills worth mastering sooner rather than later. While they may not all come easily, devoting the time and energy to becoming a better version of you always pays off in the long run.

10 Skills That are Hard to Learn

 

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Sharing Your “Human” Side As A Leader

As small business owners, it’s easy to lose track of a day, a week, or sometimes even a month with our heads to the grindstone doing our best to keep everything moving forward. There’s a lot to be said, however, for slowing down every once in a while. #1 – we all deserve a minute or two to breathe, and #2 – our team deserves to hear from us when we’re not frazzled or running at warp speed. Without them, most of us wouldn’t be as successful as we are today either, so take a minute to breathe and then find the time to share one of these 6 “musts” with your team. Remember, leaders are human too, and great leaders aren’t afraid to show it.

6 Things You Absolutely Must Say Today

 

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Sell Yourself an Hour a Day

Ever wonder how some people seem to know so much? Here’s one strategy from someone who I think we’d all agree has figured out a thing or two in the business world. While his full approach may not be a great fit for our businesses with change orders, weather delays, and just plain old difficult customers, the part about setting an hour a day aside for yourself really struck a cord for me. Read on, and see if you agree, and then figure out when and how to work it into your schedule.

The Warren Buffet Formula – How to get Smarter

 

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The Ebb and Flow of Leadership

As leaders, we’re all striving to be the best we can be, and get the best out of our teams as well. What would you say if i told you there’s a simple shift in your approach that could help you get there without making any drastic changes?* Here’s an interesting study that yielded three simple steps that we can all focus on to get our teams to peak performance. Here’s to getting into the flow…

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The Holy Grail of Leadership – Finding Flow

 

* There’s a small chance that this may not be a simple shift for absolutely everyone who reads this post. #justsayin

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Why You Should Consider Reinventing Your Company

When was the last time you evaluated how you run your business, who your ideal customer is, and what you have to offer them? During the crash and rebuild of 2009, many of us had to regroup and reorganize to stay afloat, but what we may not have realized is that, since then, reinvention has become the name of the game. For more insight, read the article below, which includes a TEDTalk for those of you who might prefer the video version. “To hold on, let go…”

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Why You Must Reinvent Your Company Every 3-5 Years

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Building A Team of Decision Makers

Are you looking to strengthen your team as well as build future leaders? Here’s a great article with six great tips on what the up-and-coming workforce is really looking for in a boss and a company, and what you can do to empower your employees to reach their full potential. Go Team!!

The Secrets to Building A Team of Decision Makers

 

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That “Little Something Extra”

We’ve all been there, someone walks into a crowded room and instantly draws everyone’s attention. Success just seems to exude from their pores, but no one can figure out exactly what they have that we don’t . Here’s and interesting article and study that have taken some of the guess work out of the difference between hard work and success. Seems there is that “little extra something” that highly successful people possess, and now that we know what it is, we can all strive to reach a little higher and become even better leaders.

The One Skill Most Entrepreneurs Need, But Often Overlook

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Leading With Compassion

As business owners, we all have times in which we have to deal with a mistake made by an employee. Some are minor, and some could end up costing us a project or a customer if not handled properly, but what’s your approach when dealing with the employee to make sure the mistake isn’t repeated? Most of us are pre-programed to reprimand or voice our disappointment, but what would happen if you tried showing compassion instead? This study revealed some interesting results and offers a different perspective on what it takes to be the best leader you can be.

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Choosing Compassion over Toughness

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