Posted

Running a small business of your own, especially in the early stages, may mean dealing with very small profit margins and very little room for budget flexibility. So you may be managing your books and handling your financial reports on your own to avoid wasting money. And in fact, you may be spending a large… read the rest »

Posted

When you read management blogs and expose yourself to leadership advice, you hear one fact over and over again: Being a “boss” (or a manager) and being a leader are not the same thing. They may both be required of the same person (you), and you may move back and forth between one and the… read the rest »

Posted

You’ve reviewed a host of resumes and narrowed down the list, and now you’re working your way through the interview process and winnowing out all but the best sales candidates. One of them is presenting you with a conundrum. She has a fine track record, an appropriate education, and an appropriate knowledge of the sales… read the rest »

Posted

Employers often hesitate to hand an employee more responsibility or a more difficult task that the employee can comfortably handle. If a task is too complex, a skill is too untested, the stakes are too high, or the employee doesn’t feel confident and assured of success, the employer will often pull back and hand the… read the rest »

Posted

Light industrial employees depend on a safe workplace to stay productive, healthy, and onboard. Unsafe spaces and a weak safety commitment from employers are two common drivers of not just injury (that’s a given) but also turnover. So, keep your workplace safe and your workplace brand trustworthy! Do this by building a reliable culture of… read the rest »

Posted

So, you took a leadership test to determine your “leadership style,” and you reviewed the results, nodded in agreement, and simply moved on after that. If your test indicated you’re a “top-down manager,” or a “collaborative coach,” or a “remote resource provider” or whatever your style may be, it’s possible you accepted this as truth… read the rest »

Posted

When you interview sales candidates, you can easily determine years of experience and education level just by asking. And assuming the resumes you’ve selected from the pool are accurate, you can skim those documents for critical information about past employers and general sales records. But if all those generic, accessible metrics are more or less… read the rest »

Posted

You’re hiring a team of engineers, and you have a few clear goals in mind: First, you want to attract and hire the best talent available. And second, you want to retain your new hires as long as possible. You want to cultivate their skills, bring out their best and make sure they’re getting as… read the rest »

Posted

Empathy is a trait we bring forth when we try to see the world through another person’s eyes, or when we try to understand what a person is going through by envisioning ourselves in their position. Empathy isn’t the same thing as sympathy, it’s not the same thing as kindness, and it’s not just about… read the rest »

Posted

You’re proud of your company culture, and you should be! You’ve worked hard to bring things to their current state. Along the way, you didn’t make excuses for bad employee behavior, you provided coaching and positive training as needed, encouraged teams to socialize outside of work and helped your employees build the bonds that now… read the rest »