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Strengthening and growing your business along with engaging and developing your employees should be the items at the top of your “to do” list. Fortunately, when executed properly, these goals complement one another very nicely. However, when they are poorly executed, they can put your business into a slow motion death spiral, or at least cause major setbacks. You’re probably familiar with the Peter Principle. It says that when employee promotion is based on…

I have been managing people since I was 16 years old. I started my management career as a volunteer leader of a school organization. Managing a bunch of my peers (who were also volunteers) quickly taught me strategies that I still use today.  I got my first job, with actual hiring and firing responsibilities, at Target when I was 20 years old (that seems like an eternity ago). I walked into a situation where I was supposed to manage people three times my age who had been with the company since…

Only the largest of corporate businesses and government bodies will have specialist procurement departments, leaving many leaders and managers responsible for purchases of goods and services for their own departments. This puts them into direct contact with sales people who are often highly trained to maximise revenue and profits for their businesses. This short article is designed to equip inexperienced managers with some hints and tips for handling the negotiation phase when purchasing high…

When I was at Microsoft, we hired a creative thinking specialist on one occasion as our guest speaker at an event we held each year to review the trends in the technology industry and the marketing approaches we were using in support of our products.  His name was Edward De Bono and he was a prolific writer in the area of creativity and innovative thinking. One of De Bono’s most famous contributions to the field of innovation was what he called lateral thinking.  He described the human…

As we trade in the industrial age for the information age, the idea of the solitary worker is coming to an end. Problems require teams, not individuals, to solve. At the same time, meetings and face-to-face discussions can be time consuming, or worse, they can interrupt workplace flow. Add to that the fact that, increasingly, talented professionals choose to work from home, or from afar, and we start to recognize the need for collaborative software. Scientific experiments have shown that…

When you run a business from home, it can sometimes be difficult to shield yourself from the distractions your home provides. There’s laundry begging to be folded. A DVR queue full of sitcoms to watch. Sometimes it seems like the cards are stacked against you for getting any real work done! Here are some strategies that successful work-at-home entrepreneurs employ to ensure that they stay on task. # 1. Carve out a work space Sometimes it’s not possible to designate an entire room to your…

I recently had the pleasure of undertaking a formal independent review of Ennis Innovate, a Startup Business Accelerator programme which has been running in the West of Ireland for 3 years.  The programme is aimed at assisting early stage enterprises to validate the market and create a Sales pitch for customers. As part of the evaluation process I interviewed 6 early stage startups who participated on the programme. One of the questions that I asked them was ‘what top 3 nuggets of advice…

This post originally appeared on GrowthUniversity, and is written by Susan Payton. Susan is a regular contributor to Tweak Your Biz. One of the best ways to grow your business is to keep customers coming back for more. But how, exactly, are you supposed to do you do that? Focus on delivering not just the best products but also the best customer experience possible. Whether you’re involved in the daily interaction with customers or not, here are the easiest ways to ensure your customer…

We are all aware of how personality clashes can disrupt the work environment, but there’s a more subtle — and sometimes more damaging — clash that you need to be aware of. When management teaching styles clash with personalities, productivity suffers, the employee suffers, and the company suffers. Consider what happens if a manager suddenly approaches an employee at his desk and says, “Give me your ideas about this project.” Some people would respond with a…

Founder of Primed Associates: Andrew [Drew] Marshall helps his clients to build innovation-capable cultures and improve the return on their innovation investment. In this #TYBspotlight – I ask him about some the challenges that businesses need to overcome to create a culture of innovation within the organization. First, tell us about yourself and your business? Primed Associates was born out of the recognition that the highest performing organizations were also some of the…