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For small business owners who require employees to drive for them, be it deliveries via company vehicles, visiting clients to discuss business, or attend trade shows and conferences where some driving is necessary, having the right auto insurance should be a top priority. That being said, some business owners are sometimes found asleep at the wheel when it comes to making sure that any and all employees are properly insured the minute they leave their office. As 2013 gets set to debut, now…

In a day and age when many shoppers still love to use plastic, is your small business still living in the past? If you just offer cash options for customers to pay for your products and/or services, you are essentially missing out on a sizable amount of business. Yes, despite efforts by many Americans to pay down their credit card debts, plastic is still the preferred option for a large segment of the population. What may be stopping you from obtaining a merchant account and offering the…

As the end of another year approaches, many small business owners will sit down and review their 2012 efforts. For some, the year will have brought more revenue, less hassles and most importantly, more customers. Others, however, will lament that they should or could have done more to make it a successful one. Whichever group you fall into, the coming New Year offers up opportunities to expand on your efforts and results over the last 12 months. One area that you should surely review is did you…

In these days of cloud computing, online databases, Salesforce.com and tablet PCs, the humble excel spreadsheet seems to have fallen somewhat out of fashion. During a recent project requirements gathering session, the IT expert in the room was telling people almost constantly that they had “too many spreadsheets”, and that he wanted to move everything possible into a database. In some cases, this was understandable, as there really were a huge number of over-complicated, under-used…

Some time ago one of my leadership coaching clients asked me how managing change effectively would improve her business.  First off I needed to understand what level of change management procedures her company had in place.  Second, I needed to understand what her level of interest was in engaging her employees and supervisors in the process.  She indicated that she did want to involve them in the process so I described the following process and environment she needed to create in order for…

The following post is a joint collaboration between Elish Bul-Godley ( @elishbulgodley) and Christina Giliberti ( @CG_OnlineM) It’s The Environment Stupid!  A No Brainer Guide to staying on the Green and Narrow. No longer the domain of sandal wearing crusties; green, ethical and eco-friendly business practices are a sure route to sustainable business, cost-savings, improving profitability, lowering carbon taxes, raising productivity and meeting eco-targets. The biggest benefit of…

Recently one of my leadership coaching clients and I had a discussion about the dynamics of a DISC assessment and its relationship to company leadership and employee motivation. She wanted to understand how her DISC preferences impacted her ability to lead her employees and how she could use knowledge of her own DISC to motivate her employees.  As her leadership coach I used the following to inform our discussion. Since Dr. William Marston’s publication of Emotions of Normal People in 1923,…

Yes, Google. When you search the keyword “leadership training” there are 328,000,000 results returned in 1 second.  So, Google can teach you a lot about leadership training, meaning, there are lots of results to choose from.  You’ll need a lot of time to sort through them, so let’s see if I can make the task a tad easier.  Time?  What’s that? Narrow Your Search Term Those results are astronomical, would you agree?  So what if we searched instead for some more narrowly focused…

Witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy has been sobering with the damage ranging from West Virginia to Maine. But natural disasters can happen anywhere. Planning ahead by setting up any emergency arrangements (charging up electronic devices, food, water, sandbags, etc.) is important for the duration of the severe event. However,  the recovery period is where you see if your risk disaster recovery plan will keep your small business from elimination. Using a disaster recovery…

There are lots of approaches to leadership development, with most focused on developing the leadership abilities of individuals.  You have your options – college courses, leadership development institutes, executive certificate programs, online training, coaching, the list goes on, and they are all pretty good. But what if you’re one of those business owners, managers, or supervisors who, well, are just not too excited about developing your leadership skills?  Is there actually a way that…