Getting New Hires Up to Speed Takes Longer Than You Think
March 10, 2014
Check out this recent article from Small Business Trends on what to expect while training a new employee:
Do you think your small business does a great job of getting new hires off on the right foot because you provide two or three weeks of intensive training and supervision?
That’s a good start, but it may not be enough to create a dedicated, loyal and engaged employee.
The 7 Huge Secrets of Entrepreneurship: What Every Business Owner Should Know
March 7, 2014
Check out this recent article from Yahoo about seven vital pieces of startup wisdom:
We entrepreneurs have a few secrets that most of us won’t talk about. Like, ever. Because if you’re successful, you’re not supposed to experience this stuff, right? WRONG. Successful business owners experience this stuff, too! And if you don’t know that even the most successful entrepreneurs have doubts, uncertainties, and yes, even fear, when you do experience these things you might think you’re a) crazy, b) doing something wrong, or c) a big failure.
Upworthy Gets Smart About Quality Over Quantity
March 6, 2014
Check out this recent article from Inc. about the benefits of ‘quality’ versus ‘quantity’:
When your company is growing at full speed, it’s tempting to assume you’re doing everything right. It can be both tough and terrifying to slam on the breaks or suddenly shift gears. But companies like Zynga and Groupon offer cautionary tales of what can happen when you assume that what made you successful to begin with will work forever–you run the risk of ignoring early warning signs and falling off a cliff.
Language of Leadership: Constructive Versus Destructive
March 5, 2014
Check out this recent article from SmallBizTrends on building better leadership skills:
On February 3rd Jeremy Kinsley was a guest on Entrepreneur’s Insight radio show. He talked about how inspired leaders produce results. I had the pleasure of being the follow up guest.
The host, Kip Marlow and I spent some time exploring how leaders communicate. While many people are given the title of leader, a lot of them don’t elicit results because they don’t communicate in a way that inspires action and results.
Having studied leaders for several years there are three distinct behaviors that I see real, impactful leaders engage in.
Why Blogs (Still) Matter For Social Entrepreneurs
March 4, 2014
Check out this recent article from Forbes on business blogging:
When social entrepreneurs ask me about a digital media strategy, the first words out of my mouth are often these: “start a blog, today, right now.” They sometimes look at me like I teleported in from the mists of 2006, but I always stick to that advice. Blogs are still a vital part of a strong digital media strategy, they’re inexpensive to start, they work very well with small teams of founders and do-gooders, and while they’re not as “hot” as they were half a decade or more ago, for my money they’re the best way for a social venture to communicate with a wide audience.
The 1 Email Successful People Never Send
March 3, 2014
Check out this recent article from the Huffington Post on business email etiquette:
Want to get ahead? Emulate the super-successful and never send a long email.
Steve Jobs was a well-known sender of short emails. The Apple co-founder’s email address was public for much of his time as Apple’s CEO, and he often responded to emails from customers. He was always blunt.
How to Prepare for Crowdfunding
February 28, 2014
Check out this recent article from the Wall Street Journal on crowdfunding:
The popular perception of fundraising sites like Kickstarter is that entrepreneurs can cut out a lot of the legwork of landing money. But experts say that’s far from true.
A successful campaign takes plenty of advance planning—as well as constant involvement along the way—to keep backers happy and new supporters joining on. A halfhearted effort could not only make a cash drive stall out, it also could do lasting damage to an entrepreneur’s standing with customers and potential investors down the road.
Top 3 Business Financial Fails and How to Avoid Them
February 27, 2014
Check out this recent article from AllBusiness.com about financial mistakes you may already be making:
So you think you’re on top of your business’s finances. Maybe you’ve even gotten a bank loan or line of credit. But there are three common financial mistakes that could be putting your business at risk, according to a recent survey by online accounting software company Xero.