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Sam* is a typical small business owner. He works hard and has built up a stable business over the last several years. He’s entrepreneurial and creative in his ideas. He is enthusiastic about taking his small business beyond the local area. He even has identified potential new markets both regionally and nationally that his new product would be perfect for. But…there is a lurking issue that could stagnate his business. He’s a pre-leader. What are the signs of being a…

Many of us use budgeting as a management tool for dealing with the future. Some of us see budgeting as a distraction from living in the moment.  Thoughtful budgeting does result from thoughtful discussions and helps turn expectations into reality. When businesses don’t prepare an annual budget and wonder why reality doesn’t meet their expectations, it may be time to take a second look at the benefits of small business budgeting. During the start of every year a review of budgets and…

Bloggertone TV kicks 2012 off in style……Meet the great Frank Hannigan. One of Ireland’s favourite entrepreneurs! If you are thinking “Frank Hannigan”, that name rings a bell. Frank has been featured here on Bloggertone before in an a great article written by Elaine Rogers. Frank began his career 25 years ago in the media world. He has worked for Newspapers, Radio, Magazines and when the Internet took off, he moved into the online space. In recent years, Frank has become a founder and…

Workforce alignment requires that you have the right types of people, in the right places at the right times, doing the right things right.  We will discuss how to get your employees in the right places at the right times by managing them effectively. We know that we need to convey a better understanding of our business needs by defining and communicating our long-term company strategy and plan to our employees and that we need to recruit for the person-future fit, aligning our hiring…

The world of business is rife with clichés – we’ve all used them. As a marketer, I am almost expected to use them.  I feel that they are used as a buffer to cover up a lack of knowledge in a certain area or to try and ‘impress’ people – I can assure you, I’m not impressed. I would go as far as to say that they can be damaging in the sense that they can create a negative perception of you and the company you represent. I once had dealings with a creative director who was…

Forget the calendar! December isn’t the only month for company parties. One of my clients holds his company party after all the hoopla has died down. Instead of going for insanity with major deadlines and other demands on his staff, he simply has the party in January. You don’t need fancy toys for a productive workplace. It’s easy to look at places like Zappos or Google and see how they have video games, nap rooms or other fun perks. People take their cues from the…

Assuming you love to tweet, have you ever stopped for a minute to ask whether or not you own your Twitter account, especially in cases where it is used for both personal and professional promotion? The most predictable answer to that question for many folks would be that they are the true owners of their accounts. It only stands to reason; especially given the fact that all they had to do to secure the accounts in the first place was complete a short and free registration process. Well, if you…

This is the time of the year where most people have moments of nostalgia; we look back on the past with Rose Tinted glasses and reminisce about the good old days, phrases such as ‘no school like the old school’ and ‘they were the good old days’ float around. But what about the direction business and careers have made, are we better off today than in the halogen days of old?  Or should we take a moment to look back in order to learn from what was really good then and try to re-invent it…

With 2012 right around the corner, small business owners are no doubt looking to kick off the New Year with a bang. The big question for many of them is likely what will the next 12 months bring them as far as producing a good return on investment (ROI) for their companies? Will it be a boom year or bust? In order to make 2012 a profitable year, there are some things that small business owners can do to help assist their companies in starting off on the right foot. Among the things to look at…

That is the question…. However it’s a question that seems a little clouded regarding the Office Christmas Party, The following article will give a few guidelines to those who will attend their office party the stress free way.  But also for companies/businesses on how they expect their staff to behave at such events. With the holiday season right around the corner many people will have their Christmas party coming up in the next couple of weeks.  We all have heard of ‘stories’…