Tweak Your Biz » Management

Wow, so I’m now the Managing Editor of TweakYourBiz.com.  I’m really proud to be doing this job and Niall Devitt has left such big footsteps to follow so I’m treading carefully. To befit my new job I need a new avatar so I’m asking for your help with this to choose one from the three below. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border:…

In my job placement business these days we see an increasing number of applicants who are facing a career in transition in their professional career.  Their long-time job has disappeared, perhaps their employer went out of business, their job was deemed unnecessary with advances in technology, or perhaps their employer did not have the resources to bring them back from a layoff. Whatever the reason for their unemployment they need to find work that can use their expertise.  Sometimes they…

The bad news is that, globally, only 11% of employees are actively engaged (Gallup, 2012). That means just better than one in 10 employees exerts discretionary effort to “wow” customers, generate innovative ideas, accelerate a change, and/or go the extra mile to help out a member of their team. The good news is that there are simple strategies that have been proven to boost employee engagement. Sadly, most leaders don’t know what to do to boost engagement. That’s where you…

This may sound obvious, but performance coaches don’t only exist in sports. No, they exist in our business lives too, but (and I oughtn’t to generalise too much) they don’t necessarily look like sports coaches. They’re unlikely to be wearing a track suit, probably won’t be shouting across a sports field, and may well not have the type of physique which we’d usually associate with a coach. However, exist they do, even if the coach doesn’t actually know…

Sandy Pentland of MIT and his team discovered that great teams are built on communication. This seems to be common sense so how does the business owner create the environment that fosters good communication leading to high productivity? The Communication Buzz Factor Some small businesses just seem to buzz. When you interact with them, people seem to genuinely like their workplace and what they are doing. Innovation seems to flow. They effortlessly attract customers and they are often found on…

This post is made possible by UPrinting.com, a socially responsible online printing, marketing and technology firm. Managers and business owners have it tough – they’re actually expected to take time off delegating responsibilities and watching expenses in order to…well…manage people! The nerve some employees have – suggesting that any of your decisions can be less than perfect! After all, you made them, didn’t you? Here are some things you could do to encourage your employees…

If you are in events, PR, media or even marketing, there’s a strong chance you have picked up some useful habits, strange ticks and useful eccentricities along the way. I have worked on project management, on building sites, inside department store window displays, in exhibition halls, backstage and onstage. It’s affected my world view and made me a pessimistic optimist with a dash of nihilism: I hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and assume it’s probably impossible to make…

We all know that every business backbone is its unique working process, but your employees are the lifeblood of your company. Yet, it’s sad to say that not many businesses provide their employees with a happy environment, which may lead to a downfall of their brand. Branding is not an easy task. Sure, a right marketing strategy coupled with tweaks around social presence might do the trick, but your employees are a part of what makes your brand whole. It’s not uncommon to see a displeased…

Time Management is a contradiction in itself! It is also a myth! Two dangerous statements I often make during training sessions and if nothing else, they provide a lively discussion. Time Management is a contradiction To qualify my claims – firstly, we cannot manage time; we can only manage what we do with the time that is available to us. In our world that is 24 hours in the day, 365 days in a year with an extra day every fours years. [As an aside, what did you do with your extra free day…

What?  How could a leadership coach say something like that you say?  It’s easy.  Listen to small business owners complain about customers who barter them down to a price proposal that’s unprofitable.  Work with a small business owner who can’t tell you what their sales were for last year – but still want to make more this year and next. Yes, it’s a challenge as a leadership coach to help small business owners get out of their own way.  It’s also a challenge providing leader as…