Why Your Core Values Have Everything to Do with Your Business

Overwhelmed. Tired. Depressed. Stressed. This is how I felt having created a business that was a reflection of me without really knowing who I was and what I wanted from my life. I was tired, unhappy, in chaos and felt like my world was coming down around me. The world was in recession and I was caught in the eye of the storm. The business I’d put seven years of hard work and energy into—sacrificing several other parts of my life and relationships—was on the brink of collapse.

Topics: Values

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Delegating

Do you ever ask an employee for something you requested several days earlier and get a puzzled look? Or get the response: “I didn’t know you wanted it today.” Or even more baffling, the employee tells you: “I don’t know how to do that.” These are the kinds of answers that cause many owners to hesitate when delegating.

Topics: Leadership, Management

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The 6 Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring

Interviewing can be fun and exciting—the thrill of adding new capabilities to your team, thoughts of growth and expansion. Yet, we seldom recognize the cost of moving too quickly. Hiring for the wrong reasons. Rushing the process.

Topics: Hiring, Leadership

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Overcoming Org Chart Writer's Block: Results Oriented

This is the fifth installment in helping you fully develop and implement Org Charts and Position Agreements, which support a culture of ownership within your business. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

“My employees know what to do, but if one thing goes wrong, they just stand around.”

“They can get the job done—but only in the slowest possible way. Why don’t they work harder?”

“No one does it as well as I do or cares as much as I do.”

Topics: Managing Employees, Company Culture, Management

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Overcoming Org Chart Writer's Block: Implied vs Explained

This is the fourth installment in helping you fully develop and implement Org Charts and Position Agreements, which support a culture of ownership within your business. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Fully implementing your Position Agreements is an endeavor that requires simple steps over time. It starts with your Organization Chart, and it ends with your employees doing their work as well or better than you ever could.

Topics: Managing Employees, Company Culture

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Overcoming Org Chart Writer's Block: From Paper to People

This is the third installment in helping you fully develop and implement Org Charts and Position Agreements, which support a culture of ownership within your business. Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.

If you followed my previous blogs—and you kept it simple—you should have a Position Agreement for each role in your business with a list of activities that both you and your employees understand and have signed off on.

Topics: Managing Employees, Company Culture

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Overcoming Org Chart Writer's Block: Position Agreements

This is the second installment in helping you fully develop and implement Org Charts and Position Agreements, which support a culture of ownership within your business. Click here for Part 1.

The three things people crave in a business are: Certainty, Unity and Stability.

  • Certainty enters when people know what you expect them to do.
  • Unity is established when you and your employees agree point-by-point.
  • Stability begins when you write it down and refer back to the agreement.

Topics: Managing Employees, Company Culture

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Overcoming “Org Chart Writer’s Block”

This is the first installment in helping you fully develop and implement Org Charts and Position Agreements, which support a culture of ownership within your business.

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.

Topics: Managing Employees, Leadership

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Stop Overpaying Your Small Business Taxes

The money you make in your business is hard-earned. It’s the reward for all of the sales calls, difficult client deadlines, and customer support challenges. So it’s hard to give it up to anyone—least of all the government. Yet, taxes are a part of doing business in almost every country on earth. And we want you to focus on one thing: keeping as much of your money in your pocket as possible by taking advantage of every possible legal method of reducing your year-end tax bill.

Topics: Managing Money

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The Financial Tools and Teammates You Can't Afford to Live Without

If, after reading part one and part two in this series, you’re starting to see the value in better understanding your financial performance, then we’re in a good place to move forward. If you’re thinking, “Sure, that all sounds good, but there’s no way I have time to put this much energy into tracking and thinking about my money—nor the ability to pay someone else to do it,” then you need to stop and reconsider. A relationship with your numbers is a key ingredient of your success, but there are some tools you can leverage to reduce the technical work significantly.

Topics: Leadership, Finance

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