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In my line of work, as a small business marketing and branding consultant and trainer, I hear countless good ideas. Almost everyday, someone wants to share with me why their new concept is the best thing since sliced bread. Sadly, most of these ideas never turn into a business while the larger fractions of those that do get off the ground don’t last. Sure, some of the ideas I hear never deserved a chance but many of them are exciting and, if pulled off properly, could be very successful…

The technology revolution that has arisen within the last decade has also caused some serious changes to the way the business world operates. Along with these changes come new threats. Businesses small and large are at a higher risk than ever of falling victim to predators. Viruses, leaks, theft and deceit are very real threats they are facing every day. Here are some of the most common ways businesses are at risk. # 1. Disgruntled Employees With the changing face of technology and a culture…

You wouldn’t write an article without saving it along the way. You’d never get on a ship that lacked a lifeboat (Titanic, much?). You wouldn’t dream of skydiving without an emergency parachute. Then why would you ever start a business without a back-up plan? Launching a small business is risky business. And while it’s tough to imagine your venture ever going south, it’s well worth it to account for rough times. If you’re lucky, your business will thrive and grow without a hitch.…

Consensus decision making, where any participant has veto power, is loved by the status quo seekers, and despised by those trying to generate positive change and stay competitive.  Academia is emerging as a classic example of its damaging effects. The Economist magazine recently noted that while dotcom mania was slow in coming to higher education, it now has the industry firmly in its grip.  Since the launch last year of Udacity and Coursera, two Silicon Valley startups offering free college…

Does your small business have an agenda for aggressive growth? If so, it’s important to find creative and cost-effective ways of increasing productivity. Here are six simple steps to improving the efficiency of your daily business logistics. It will allow you to focus on what’s most important – expanding your core business mandate. # 1.  Outsourced transportation The best way to increase your business’ logistical efficiency is to outsource your transportation needs.  Trucking…

Buying a franchise is the most effective way to start small business, especially for those who do not have prior business experience. The benefits of franchise  such as brand recognition, operational support and marketing make it easier for the first-time business buyers to realize their dream of owning a business. Not all franchises are created equal, however. While many franchises do provide above mentioned benefits, you may also run into few whose primary goal is to make money for…

As a leadership coach I consistently am asked to help improve manager performance with managers in a variety of businesses.  Sometimes the request comes from an owner and sometimes it comes from employees – or even customers.  Yes, it also will come from managers.  It’s gotten so frequent that I thought I’d identify several secrets to successful manager performance. But first, it might be helpful to identify why manager performance is so important in a company. Managers can be…

Do you think you are the “World’s Best Boss”, as does Michael Scott on NBC’s “The Office”? Well, we all know he’s probably closer to the world’s worst boss than the best. Take a look at the following 10 leadership traits you surely do not want to have: # 1. You cannot hire and keep talented people The ability to continually hire and inspire talented people is a trait that separates great managers from mediocre and not-so-great ones. It’s simple, really – motivated…

Remote teams are growing in popularity, particularly for businesses that operate primarily online. Technology makes it easy to manage projects in the cloud, employees appreciate the flexibility to work from home, and a well-oiled remote team is often more productive than a shared office team. On the other hand, a poorly functioning remote team can eat away at your effectiveness and completely destroy productivity. If even one of these problems is a persistent issue in your company, you’re…

You know those posts that tell you the traits of successful people? This is isn’t one of those posts. Often what is left out is the work and habits successful small business owners use to create their success. So, when you ask yourself, “what am I going to do?”, remember they had to do the work of finding what works for them. Becoming CEO of your small business means finding your “right” habits. Noticing the disorientation When you transition into being more…