Three Questions You Must Ask Before You Fire Your Next Employee

In my executive coaching practice, one of the most frequent questions I encounter is, “Tim, do you think I should fire ________?” It is typically an employee who is either not performing (a cheerleader), has a bad attitude (a terrorist), or both (deadwood). My best response to that question is to propose the following three (3) questions: Read more about Three Questions You Must Ask Before You Fire Your Next Employee[…]

Three Reasons to Host a Tribal Meeting

On May 17, I am hosting the 5th annual Small Business Matters Conference. This is a tribal meeting. Marketing guru Seth Godin suggests in his best-selling book Tribes that we are all the chief of our own “Tribe”. My tribe includes past Vistage members, GrowSmart graduates, colleagues, and friends. Who are the members of your tribe? Read more about Three Reasons to Host a Tribal Meeting[…]

Book Review: The Book of Beautiful Questions

I love hearing and asking great questions. It has been a journey of mine for the past 15 years. During this time, I have found several great books on questioning, and bestselling author Warren Berger’s latest book, The Book of Beautiful Questions, is no exception. Berger’s first book, A More Beautiful Question, set the stage for Read more about Book Review: The Book of Beautiful Questions[…]

Characteristics of Great Leaders

It’s Showtime! Characteristics of Great Leaders

Quick. Think of your favorite actor or actress. He or she could be from television, movies or the stage. Alive or not. When you think of that amazing artist, what characteristics come to mind of that person? What distinguishes them as a performer? How would you describe them as an actor? Typical responses include the following: Read more about It’s Showtime! Characteristics of Great Leaders[…]

government shutdown hurting small businesses

How the U.S. Government Shutdown is Hurting Small Businesses

I was hoping that I was not going to have to write this article this month. I was looking forward to writing an upbeat and optimistic essay on what small businesses can expect in the new year. Instead, I find myself going crazy over the U.S. federal government shutdown. Not that it’s having much of Read more about How the U.S. Government Shutdown is Hurting Small Businesses[…]