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From Spark to Flame: Keeping Your Business Hot While It Scales

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Overcoming Challenges as Your Business Scales As any entrepreneur knows, building momentum is exhilarating! But riding that wave of success isn’t without its challenges. Here are some of the biggest hurdles you might face and how to navigate them: 1. Scaling Without Sacrificing Quality: 2. Maintaining Agility in a Growing Organization: 3. Keeping the Team […]

Making Things Bigger Than They Really Are

Chicken Little courtesy Disney Corp

Do you sometimes make things bigger than they really are? Managers and leaders need to be on watch for overstating what is going on. More importantly, they need to throttle their internal reaction to the things around them. The great social activist Chicken Little was quoted as saying “The sky is falling” when he had […]

Leadership Playlist Built by Experience

Great Play List

I like a good play list as much as the next guy. Tunes I pay attention to are ones that have grown in my heart and mind over the years. Artists who hit a particular chord with me stay on my list a long time. I don’t shuffle all that often. However, I am open […]

5 Strategies to Make Employees More Productive and Engaged

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This is a recent post by a good friend and fellow coach, Mike Lejeune. Mike is a senior HR professional who has coached and mentored hundreds of key officers across a wide variety of industries. He hosts his own blog called “Simple Leadership“. Here is his post.

The Real Power Behind Doing a Strategic Plan for Your Small Business

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As a small business owner or entrepreneur, you’re always trying to stay ahead of the curve and outperform your competition. One of the best ways to achieve this is through a strategic plan. A well-constructed strategic plan can define your business’s goals and provide a roadmap to help you achieve your objectives. However, not all […]

The 5 C’s of a Trusted Leader

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Successful leaders build trust. Building trust is something you must do. Trust underpins every relationship in the workplace – between boss and employee, between colleagues, and between businesses.

Understanding KPIs and OKRs: What Are They and How Do They Differ?

OKR vs KPI

Businesses need to set goals and track progress to ensure success. However, there are different metrics that companies use to measure their performance. Two popular methodologies are KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and OKRs (Objectives and Key Results). While they both provide insights into a company’s progress and they sound very similar to one another, they […]

Fix Your Why – Creating Business Goals Using Billy J. Ryan’s Approach

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Have you read Billy J. Ryan’s “Fix Your Why” and you want to make your company the best it can be? By aligning goals for your business with an established business strategy, setting goals helps keep everyone on your team focused on the big picture while encouraging smart decision-making among employees during daily operations. 1. […]

Embrace the Discomfort: Operating Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Operating outside of your comfort zone is like stepping into uncharted territory. It requires taking risks, facing uncertainty, and pushing yourself beyond your limits. While it may seem daunting, operating out of your comfort zone can lead to personal growth, new opportunities, and a sense of achievement. We all face moments in our lives when […]