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As many companies nationwide deal with declining returns on investment (ROI), more business owners are taking a look at those who manage their companies in different capacities, be it others or themselves. Having stellar managers in charge of different facets of the company, be they CFO’s, COO’s, CEO’s, the head of production etc. can make the difference between a company that is growing and always looking ahead and companies that are struggling to just stay afloat. While the final…

With the holiday shopping season under way and about to get in full swing very soon, small business retailers better have had their marketing plans written, gift wrapped and delivered long before now. For those, however, who are like some of us who wait until Christmas Eve to do the bulk of our holiday shopping, there is still time to wrap up some ideas to pull off a winning 2011 holiday retail season. With 2011 having been a difficult year for many small businesses when it comes to their…

While making New Year’s resolutions is not quite here yet, being in the final quarter of 2011 should leave many small businesses thinking about where they go from here in 2012. Perhaps one item up for conversation is whether or not to proceed with the company blog. While it is not likely costing a small business much in expenses, the time and effort factors are definitely up for discussion. In some company circles, blogs are getting put on the back shelf as company heads figure the time…

Have you ever called into your job and taken a sick day without really been sick, well then you are not alone. A survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Kronos Incorporated, found that about half of all Americans have taken a fake sick day. Australia and Canada are about level according to this survey, it also revealed that 71% of Chinese workers have called in sick (when they weren’t) and interesting to note that in France this number is only 16%. Perhaps this is mainly due to the fact…

Over the last decade or so, authoritarian styles of leadership have been rejected more frequently in favour of authoritative styles that use collaboration, coaching and emotional intelligence among other skills. In  the recent Hay Group Leadership 2030 research, six megatrends emerged that will bring additional challenges to leaders. Indeed, the leadership study opens with this declaration: “Leaders of the future will need to be adept conceptual and strategic thinkers, have deep…

If your company’s SEO efforts are not up to speed, it can lead to not only a bad online reputation and image, but also lost revenue, neither of which are good things. In today’s Internet driven world, having a good SEO campaign is a necessity in order to market your brand and services online. Without a strong SEO plan, your company can be left behind in a short matter of time. So, what are some of the more common gaffes a company can undertake and in doing so, hurt their SEO objectives?…

“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself” -  Thomas J. Watson A good boss, like anything other good experience we have in life, can leave a lasting impression on us.  But unlike horror stories often recounted about ‘bad’ bosses we don’t hear that many great stories about the ‘good’ boss. With workers everywhere feeling a certain level of fear because of the troubled economy, and with words such as…

I’ve often heard business described as a three legged stool, leave out one leg and sitting on the stool will cause you to topple over at best and constantly struggle to maintain your balance at worst, which is exhausting and eventually you will fall over anyway. These three legs are: Finances Clients Marketing In this post I’m dealing with the Clients leg of the stool. This might seem a bit of a doh! type question, yet when I ask my coaching clients to describe their ideal…

*This is the second part of a two-part blog post focusing on how successfully managing fear leads to a better outcome for your SME. The change process can be imposed on our businesses by external circumstances or sought out when we want to take our small to mid-sized company through a growth phase. In this post, we’re looking at how to reduce or eliminate fear in the change management process. In Part One of Do What Scares You, the focus was on the expression of fear. As noted by this…

Every now and then I like to tidy up whom I follow on Twitter. The process of deciding on those accounts that I no longer want to follow always raises some interesting questions: why do we decide to unfollow people on Twitter? And what behaviours encourage people to decide not to follow you anymore? Here are my ten ways to lose your Twitter followers, fast: 1. # Spamming people Spamming is the number one way to get unfollowed on Twitter. According to Twitter here are some common tactics used…