There is a certain point in every business when you realize you need to organize your people more effectively. And it can happen with as few as five employees—although it’s even better if you recognize the need when it's just you, the owner.
I got started in the oil and gas industry in 2010 and started my gas station company in 2013. Currently, I have a gas station and delivery trucks that deliver petroleum products to businesses and homes. My mission is to build a network of gas stations—about 1,000 of them—in Nigeria and then expand into other countries.
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Building a Coaching Relationship with Integrity
I have been a fan of The Who for 38 years. I love their music and their powerful contribution to rock and roll, but above all, I love the strength of their message. To me, the music of The Who is about integrity and being true to yourself.
Interviewing can be fun and exciting—the thrill of adding new capabilities to your team, thoughts of growth and expansion—it’s appropriately the exact opposite feeling of firing people (for most of you). Yet, we seldom recognize the cost of moving too quickly. Hiring for the wrong reasons. Rushing the process.
At the risk of alienating every fan of RescueTime, Toggl and the Pomodoro Method, I want to make a bold assertion: managing your time has nothing to do with how you do the things you do. Most tips and tools about how to increase productivity focus on maximizing efficiency. And as the owner of your business you couldn’t find a worse way to spend your time.
When my husband and I travel, we spend a lot of time in bookstores. I'm always in the self-help or the business/marketing section. In September 2006, we were in Chicago, and I found The E-Myth Revisited on a table marked the "best" business books. What caught my attention was the headline: "Why Most Small Businesses Fail.” Kukis By Maru was 12 years old at the time, and successful, but I wanted to learn how to really make it failure proof!
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Every great business has its verbal story: how it got started, where it’s going, what the culture is and who the key characters are. But while your words are important, your numbers are your validation. Without understanding what the numbers are telling you, you can’t ever quantify what your business is actually doing—or not doing, for that matter.
Turn a Prickly Pineapple into the Perfect Vacation Pina Colada
At well-past closing time, you’re staring at an inbox with emails that keep piling in. With only a day or less to go until your vacation, it seems like your “time-off” is going to be spent dodging phone calls from your employees during dinner time, and your beautiful beach or mountain view is actually just the background of your computer screen.