Personnel Issues

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Your Growth Strategy is Nothing if it Doesn’t Include This

The legendary Vince Lombardi once said, “Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their players and motivate.”

This nugget of locker-room leadership applies to the boardroom too. As a business owner, you can have a compelling vision and solid strategy for growth, but unless your employees enthusiastically buy in to that vision, it won’t get far off the ground.

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3 Characteristics of High-Performing People

As a small business owner, you are likely attracted to working with high-performing employees. Not only are they consistent, highly capable multi-taskers and confident team players, most of them possess the same entrepreneurial drive that prompted you to start your own venture.

These top employees are good for the bottom line. A growing company needs to stay lean, with productivity driven by high achievers who operate on all cylinders during the work day. (According to job recruitment site Monster.com, high performers are as much as 10 times more productive than their average-performing colleagues.)

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The Dos and Don’ts of Hiring

In 2003, sisters Jenny and Jane DeLaney launched a business that created customized meal plans and shopping lists for subscribers. The concept caught on, and the company grew quickly. When they’d accrued 100,000+ customers, the DeLaneys faced competition and a…

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How to Make Your Employees Into Brand Ambassadors – and Why This Matters

Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, shares a compelling TEDTalk about Martin Luther King Jr. He explains that instead of going around telling people what needed to change in America, Dr. King told them simply what he believed. “He gave the ‘I have a dream’ speech, not the ‘I have a plan’ speech,” Sinek says.

How to Retrain Your Jack-of-all-Trades into a New Role

I often talk about the importance of hiring experts but I’m not suggesting you should fire all your loyal staff and start fresh. Sometimes you’ve got terrific employees already working for you. The challenge is to retrain someone who has been a Jack (or Jill)-of-all-trades to prepare him or her for a particular role that specifically meets the needs of your organization.