Category Archives: Surrounding yourself with talent

How to network like a ninja

Dave’s comment:  This week we welcome our perennial favorite contributor, Kim Shepherd, CEO of Decision Toolbox, to offer us her sage advice on a subject where she is expert.  Outgoing, full of creative ideas, and certainly the best person to … Continue reading

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Rinse and repeat: revitalizing your business

Here’s a statement that you never thought would apply to your business planning.  Sometimes we get stuck in the muck with our marketing, product, management focus, and in keeping up with trends. It is natural for executives and entrepreneurs with … Continue reading

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How do you focus your team for action?

How do you get your team to focus and move forward effectively?  A fellow CEO recently told me of her method of assuring positive movement within her team.  She holds a weekly meeting of her direct reports, and asks them … Continue reading

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Eye of the needle? Why worry over your bottlenecks.

Think for a minute whether there is any process or person that could be classed as the eye of the needle in your organization.  Is there anything,  process or person, that stalls the flow of work from start to finish? … Continue reading

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How to avoid “death by meeting.”

Imagine yourself with a calendar requiring you to be in six meetings in a day.  Day after day.  How long would it take to induce you to rethink your use of time – and that of the others sitting (or … Continue reading

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How to simplify your commission structure

Is your commission structure so complex that even you must have help understanding it – and calculating a commission on a pending bid? Sales people are incentivized by money.  They usually are able to calculate what’s in it for them … Continue reading

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A simple test: “Are we managing like jerks?”

Are we who issue orders to associates or employees ever acting as jerks?  We’d never like to think so, or we wouldn’t do it in the first place. If someone is saying “This is confusing to me” when you’ve given … Continue reading

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Hire on ability. Fire on fit.

This is not necessarily the way we intend to behave as managers, but our headline reflects the reality of most experiences when viewed in retrospect. We carefully vet the potential hire for experience required.  Ninety days or longer later, if … Continue reading

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Celebrate your mistakes!

How do you teach your work force that mistakes are OK as long as they learn and don’t repeat them?  By being a visible example.  A friend and fellow CEO states that he publishes each of his mistakes in his … Continue reading

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Careful with terminations. Don’t disparage.

It happens all the time when you’re a CEO.  Somebody important leaves or is let go, and you worry over the impact upon remaining employees and customers.  You worry that the person leaving will begin to unload all the pent–up … Continue reading

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