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Taking on a leadership role is not an easy task; being successful at it?  Even more difficult. Finding the time to tune-in may seem impossible considering your busy schedule.  However, with simple tweaks to your normal routine you can attend to your every counterpoint. Whether you are running your own business or have assumed a managerial role of someone else’s, there are multiple groups that need your attention. # 1. Your niche Staying up-to-date on trends within your business’ niche is…

“Employee wellness” seems to be a hot issue these days as healthcare is on the national agenda and companies are looking to be more attractive to potential employees. Hip companies are providing employees with unique benefits ranging from gym memberships to free beer. While drinking lots of beer certainly won’t benefit your health, it begs the question:  What is employee wellness and what kind of strategy should you employ? There are many different definitions of employee wellness. While…

This post originally appeared on Elli St.George Godfrey’s blog, Elli is a regular contributor to Tweak Your Biz.  A coaching session with a client and a post on Forbes.com about span of control set a theme for me last week. How much do small business owners have real control and how to manage the limitations? The traditional definition of span of control is “the number of people who report to one manager in a hierarchy. The more people under the control of one manager – the…

You’re up and running, clients love you, and revenue is growing. These are heady times and I encourage you to savor every victory. While many start-ups are struggling to gain momentum, yours is going gangbusters and growth looks certain. All you’ve got to do is keep doing what you’re doing and profits will start rolling in. Right? Wrong! I conducted research on over 300 failed small businesses and the results were shocking. Even when the vital signs look great, three common…

An Interview with David Gadarian, Gadarian Digital I recently attended a workshop conducted by David Gadarian, Owner of Gadarian Digital that focused on Blogging for Your Business: Theory, Strategy, & Best Practices.  Afterwards I caught up with David to learn more about his approach to blogging and how he helps business professionals use this social media tool as one strategy amongst many in creating a digital roadmap for their business. David, thank you for taking the time to meet with…

I am currently consulting with a start-up client that is getting ready to “put on” its big boy pants. Over the last five years the company has grown to about 30 employees and has annual revenues of $25 million. The leaders of this team are beginning to realize that the high-energy days of a small team wearing multiple hats are over, and it’s time to develop leaders and processes to support the client’s strategic direction, and ensure that all employees are familiar with…

With all that each and every business day of the week involves, you probably feel a bit overwhelmed at times as a small business owner. Given that probability what, if any, role do you have in hiring new talent for your company? Is it something you actively partake in or do you let others on your team handle the hiring process? As many who run small businesses have come to find over time, they wish they would have spent some more time involving themselves in the hiring process, finding that the…

Recently the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced it would stop delivering mail on Saturdays.  It is expected to save $2 billion a year, a drop in the bucket compared to the $16 billion loss reported in 2012.  Besides the staggering annual loss, the USPS twice defaulted on payments totalling $11 billion in 2012 and it exhausted a $15 billion line of credit from the U.S. Treasury. So…what can you learn about leadership from such a sad story? First, let’s look at the situation.  There are…

When I’m not selling, leading or training, one of my favourite hobbies is to play the ‘cello. I like to think I’m quite good – I’ve been learning since I was 7 years old, I have a music degree, and although I probably don’t practise as often as I should, I’m very competent when playing in amateur orchestras. Last weekend (at time of writing), I was lucky enough to be playing in the Water City Festival Orchestra in London. This orchestra meets only once a year and is put together…

More and more in recent times I’ve found myself turning the notion of business failure over in my mind. Mainly because, even at the pinnacle moments of success, we all still have that little pinch or pang of fear that it might just go wrong. In some respects, this isn’t always a bad thing – indeed I would be an advocate of nurturing a little edginess to stay sharp… however, the extreme fear factor is one to watch. Last year, Kehlan Kirwan, Brian Cleary and I discussed business…