Business culture is not optional.  Like gravity or photosynthesis, whether or not you acknowledge it, it is there.  The question is never: do we have a company culture; the question is always: do we have a good company culture or a damaging company culture? And if it’s going to happen anyway, you may as well…

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You want employees who are happy to work in your business.  You want to know that they look forward to coming to work, enjoy what they do all day long, and value your role as their boss and mentor.  We have already talked about the importance of “checking in” with your employees, to find out…

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My online course on how to run better company meetings has been receiving regular updates in the COVID19 generation. The latest is a lesson and worksheet on the proper etiquette for virtual team meetings. As managers you want to ensure your meetings are just as effective remotely as they are in person. See a preview…

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Leading by example.  We all think we do it. But few people take deliberate steps to ensure this is true.  The best descriptions of how to “lead by example” are the ones that create visuals: Model the behavior you want to see Create a picture of what is possible.  Leading by example isn’t about what…

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The number one secret to having happy customers is having happy employees.  No matter what else you have in place, if your employees don’t like what they do, customers will notice, and they won’t like working with you.  When you are thinking about how to gather customer feedback, remember that employee feedback should be part…

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Have you ever thought to yourself: “I wish my employees were more entrepreneurial?” Immediately followed by the question: “If they were entrepreneurial, wouldn’t they start a business instead of work for me?”.  Not necessarily: there is a difference between the words entrepreneur and entrepreneurial.  Let’s explore it.  Know how to spot opportunities Let me start…

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You remember school, and then school ended and you had some training at work, and then you were the boss, and you started your own business.  At some point that formal “learning” ended.  But is “learning” actually complete? Continuous improvement If you answered yes then you are probably not a regular reader of this blog.…

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Last week’s conversation with Mark Galvin on his How’s my ePresence podcast covered many different subjects, once of which was conflicting opinions in the workplace. It is not the first time that I have warned against the dark side of “hiring for culture“. When hiring, you want to make sure you are allowing for, and…

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The first thing is to tell them.  People miss this one simple step more often than you would imagine.  The test Most managers believe that they are telling their employees what the problems are.  The test happens when you fire that employee: if the employee is surprised the problem was the manager, not the employee. …

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Achieving work-life balance means knowing what makes us content, both in work and outside of it. Letting your employees bring their personal goals into the workplace will create a strong working culture, with a happy team.  The secret is having everybody use the same structure for managing their goals, so they can be aligned with…

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