How was your business this year? Did it meet all the expectations you thought it would as you started the year? It’s important to know the good, the bad, and the ugly of the past year so that changes can be made in order to envision and enjoy the new year. So that being said, here are 10 things to think about as you contemplate your past year and plan for the coming year.
Motivation is understanding why we do what we do! Behavior explains how we do things and a strong motivation factor will strongly influence our behavior. By understanding both the how and the why of an individual and/or team, we gain a greater insight into understanding people’s actions and in identifying and improving their overall effectiveness.
“Accountability” is a great word. Not too long ago I was facilitating a meeting for a company’s leadership team. At one point, the CEO of the company remarked that if things didn’t go well, the employees would blame them. As I sat there, I thought to myself, who else should they blame? You guys are the leadership team! If not you, then who would be accountable for the success of the endeavor?
As a business owner, do you know what unique value you provide to your customers? Do you know what you do better than your competition? Do you know what your competition does better than you? Do you measure your customer satisfaction?
Most companies have a vision statement and a mission statement. Vision statements express where, as a company, you want to go – a clear, unambiguous, short statement that brings the organization together around a common goal. Mission statements provide a clear, inspiring statement that adds a level of credibility and uniqueness for what the company will provide to their customers.
These statements are incredibly important but how do you live these statements. More aptly put, How do you get from here to there?
One of my all-time favorite New York Yankee players, a great philosophizer and an all-around amazing person, Yogi Berra, passed away at the age of 90 a few days ago. I thought it would only be fitting to highlight some of his most famous “Yogi-isms” and discuss how nicely they fit into small business problems and solutions.
Managing people is not easy. It takes patience and practice. It takes experience and patience. It takes insight, foresight, hindsight, and of course patience. Many people think that managing people is easy, right up to the time they actually have to manage people. Actually, anyone can manage people. But if you want to manage people well, avoid turnover, increase productivity, improve morale, and gain trust and respect, well, that’s another story. Here are ten tips that I hope will help you become a better, more effective manager.
Well, I wrote a blog last week discussing ways to identify a bad manager. It makes sense to follow that up with ways to identify what makes a good manager, at least from my point of view and experience. I mentioned that in my 30 years of working for large, mid-size, and small companies, I have had some of the worst managers imaginable. I also mentioned that I have also had a few very good ones.
How do you measure strength when it comes to your company? How do you know if you have a strong business? If you measure your business strength by only its finances, then I believe you are missing some very important areas that will either make or break that financial measurement.
Here are 10 ways to identify whether or not your business is strong:
How much do you know about your employees? How much do you want to know or need to know? How many of your employees would you say are the best and brightest? How many times have you said, “I wish I had ten more like him/her.” Why? What makes them so valuable to your business? What makes them so valuable to you? What characteristics do they have that make them stand out?