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OCTOBER FEATURED ARTICLE Top 10 HR Best Practices from GrowSmart I just finished facilitating GrowSmart programs in Savannah and Atlanta. Great groups of small business owners and operators. Module 3 (of 5) is on Leadership and HR Management. One of my favorite activities on this particular day is to solicit best practices from the participants. This is where I hear some of the best ideas for leading and managing people anywhere. Here is a sampling of Read more about Default title[…]

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SEPTEMBER FEATURED ARTICLE Is Your Company the Cosbys or the Red Sox? Your organizational culture has a dramatic impact on your success as a small business. Most new businesses start off with a family-like culture. Everyone trying to get along. Emphasis on survival and continuity. Think of great television families like the Waltons, the Cosbys, and even the Sopranos. The most successful small companies, at some point, transition from a family culture to a team culture. Read more about Default title[…]

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AUGUST FEATURED ARTICLE 10 Ways to Keep Your Superstars… Before They Leave You “What’s more, hiring, measured as a share of total employment, is in high gear; monthly job gains are regularly topping 200,000; and more workers now have the confidence to quit one job to seek a better one.” – Kiplinger Letter 8.8.14 Remember the good old days during and after the last recession when your employees were too nervous to consider leaving their Read more about Default title[…]

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JULY FEATURED ARTICLE Are You Spending Too Much Time on Employee Motivation? There seems to be much attention currently in the business press on employee motivation. Rightfully so given the recent data that suggests that fewer than 20% of employees feel “engaged” in their work. That’s a staggering statistic. However, one of the biggest mistakes I see leaders make in small companies is that they pay entirely too much time on employee motivation and not nearly Read more about Default title[…]

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JUNE FEATURED ARTICLE It was a “Happy” Conference As nearly 200 guests at this year’s Small Business MattersConference made their way into the hall, they heard these happy, if less than grammatical, lyrics by from the Pharrell Williams song “Happy” — “Can’t nothing bring me down, My level’s too high.” And what a high it was throughout the day. So many of you who were there have told me how energizing the sessions were. I know it was Read more about Default title[…]

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APRIL FEATURED ARTICLE Three Reasons to Host a Tribal Meeting On May 16th , I am hosting my 2nd 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 chief of our own “Tribe”. My tribe includes Vistage members, GrowSmart participants, colleagues, and friends. Who are the members of your tribe? Why a meeting? One might think in today’s world of instant and Read more about Default title[…]

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MARCH FEATURED ARTICLE Imagine Your Business Has Disappeared In the GrowSmart program when we discuss “exit strategy”, I like to ask the group the following question: Imagine you knew for a fact that your business was going to go away in six months. Disappear. Cease to exist. Gone. What would be different in the management of the firm over the next six months? After the initial reaction of shock and disbelieve, I start to get Read more about Default title[…]

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FEBRUARY FEATURED ARTICLE It’s a Failure to Communicate Last month I was stuck in my car overnight during SnowJam in Atlanta. I was sitting in my car on I-285 from 6p until 9a the next morning. Fortunately I had a full tank of gas, a warm coat, and limited food and water. It was a frustrating experience that required a great amount of patience. Finally, I arrived home around 10:30a after walking the final 2.5 Read more about Default title[…]

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JANUARY FEATURED ARTICLE Stop Trying to Motivate Your Employees I told Ryan as we settled down at our table at Chick Fil A. Ryan is a general manager of a fast growing small business in Atlanta. He had contacted me a week ago to ask for help in motivating his under-performing employees.  “Nothing seems to be working” he said in a frustrated tone. “They show up late, don’t follow rules, and at times just don’t Read more about Default title[…]

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DECEMBER FEATURED ARTICLE Small Business Holiday Wish List Each year I receive Christmas wish lists from both of my sons and my wife. They all have very lofty expectations for this holiday season. I will do more than my part to stimulate the nation’s weak economy by the time I am done shopping and will be deep into government-like deficit spending by year-end. I know that many of you have yet to complete your own Read more about Default title[…]