Small business owners are, by nature, the last to relinquish control, making outsourcing tricky business.
Avoid the typical rookie outsourcing mistakes made by many business owners. Read More
For the best result a good business plan needs to be both sustainable and flexible. We have found that businesses which adhere to these criteria produce the best results for their stakeholders well into the future.
That being said, flexibility is not the only foundation on which one can build a winning business plan. It should never be regarded as a task to simply be checked off your to-do list. Your business plan is an ongoing, creative process that deserves and requires constant nurture, adjustment and attention. Read More
Pen frustratingly tapping paper; foot twitching with urgency; eyes glancing at the clock every few seconds.
Sound familiar? These are the common signs that a meeting has taken a less-than-fruitful atmosphere and it is time to wrap it up. Read More
Properly protecting your business' data is of utmost importance - so important, that there is in fact a National Back Up Day!
Small business owners can start by developing a backup strategy and educating employees on malware and spyware. Read More
Whatever it is that you are trying to achieve within your business, the best way of getting there is by way of goal setting. It’s an important part of the business coaching process and there is a really good reason for that.
Setting goals allows you to keep focused on the desired outcome. Otherwise there is a real possibility of becoming instead absorbed in the actual tasks and, once that happens, the greater purpose is lost.
But to succeed it is important to take a strategic approach. And to stick to SMART goal planning. Read More
The dynamics of staffing a small business are becoming more challenging. In a couple of recent business coaching assignments I’ve noticed that even with the appearance of a friendly and jovial culture, there’s been an undercurrent of friction between some team members.
Unaddressed workplace bullying can pose a real challenge to most small business owners who haven’t had the opportunity to be trained in team management techniques. It can have a real impact on the entire team, pulling down morale and generally leaching negativity into the mix, not to mention the possibility of ending up as a legal matter. Read More