Leadership Articles For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Leadership and Management: What’s the Difference?

Precisely among most frequently rehashed topic for debate and discussion in the field of business are the concepts behind being a leader and a manager. Taken from their exact terms, leaders are meant to lead people, while a manager is expected to manage tasks. More often than not, however, the two ideas are misrepresented and [...]

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Great Team Meeting Icebreakers For Small Groups

When you are working on a team project, be it for a team meeting, school or for your job, you are often forced to work with people you don’t know very well, if at all. In these instances, some good team icebreakers can really go a long way to improving the educational experience of all [...]

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3 Essential Productivity Tips for Teams

Managing an effective, productive team is not only rewarding but profitable. Keeping your team synched and focused means projects are accomplished quickly, on schedule and on budget. Often, with the right collaboration tools and organization, teams can even come in under budget. How can your team be more productive? There are many schools of thought [...]

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Is Integrity Important to Business? Warren Buffett vs. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg vs. MySpace Analysis

One thing you often hear business gurus teaching is the importance of integrity. In order to succeed in business, you must honor your agreements. Your word is your bond. It seems to make sense – After all, business is all about trust. It’s about win / win arrangements between consumers and producers, between vendors and [...]

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The Newer Rules of Mentoring

In 2002 I wrote an article entitled The New Rules of Mentoring for The Wall Street Journal. Nine years later the Millennials have changed the playing field and now we have “the newer rules of mentoring”. The Millennial Generation, born between 1977 and 1998, are the latest generation to enter the workplace. They are 75 [...]

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The Risk of Ignoring Millennials

One of the biggest challenges for businesses today is integrating the Millennials or Gen Y twenty-somethings into a Baby Boomer culture. They are the newest generation to enter the labor market, arriving with their distinct ideas about what they expect from their jobs. They are our future leaders and our next generation of revenue-generators. So [...]

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Leaders Should Ignore the Generalizations of Gen-Y

Leaders need to ignore the articles that make generalizations about Generation-Y and the other generations within the current workforce. The articles I refer to use research and surveys in making generalizations about Gen-Y, and seem to focus the perceived shortcomings in the younger generations. The majority of the articles suggest that Gen-Y is prone to [...]

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Team Building to Support Change Management

Purpose of Team Building Team building is necessary to support change in organizations. It is a collaborative effort between the employees who will carry out change initiatives and the managers and executives who provide leadership, guidance and vision for the proposed change.Team building is conducted for a number of reasons in organizations. It serves many [...]

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Leadership Strategies for Women

Forget what you heard about “being one of the boys,” “having it all,” and “going for the jugular.” Here is how real women get ahead. Get In Line According to Catalyst’s 2002 Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners, women fill less than ten percent of line positions held by corporate officers and just [...]

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Enhancing Your Leadership

If you want to build loyalty for you and your organization, your products and your goals, you have to constantly refine your leadership talents. Whether you’re working at the retail, distribution or manufacturing level; the development of a successful team means you must bring forth the extra effort and support required today to compete in [...]

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Engineer To CEO … The Development Of Balance

Over the past 10 years we’ve studied the formation of more than 50 companies in the PC/CE/communications content arena.  We’ve also talked with the heads of several venture capital organizations about the subject.                     We realize this isn’t startling that 90 percent of them were started by engineers,  beyond that, we focused on the disciplines that [...]

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Distinguishing The Carrot From The Stick

Every boss, every manager and every company pays lip service to leading their people by empowerment and positive reinforcement. It’s much like the weather. Everyone talks about it but few really do anything about it. “They swear they believe in the carrot not the stick,” one ex-manager told me of his former employer. “But a [...]

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Appreciating Your Team

It’s been said that on a plane trip, President George Bush senior personally wrote 40 notes of appreciation to various members of his staff. When his aides compared their notes, they discovered that every one of them was different. You can imagine how much each person appreciated his or her note. And most of them [...]

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Seven Laws Of Leadership

Here is a quick synopsis of my keynote delivered in front of 600 Alberta mayors, reeves and councillors in Edmonton, Alberta following a provincial election in 2001, covering the Seven Laws of Leadership. Example – people need to be able to depend on your leadership Today more than ever, people are looking for leaders who [...]

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Memo To Managers: You Can Have Your Backside In The Office Now And Then, But Your Mind And Heart Must Always Be In The Market!

In 1975, the city of New York was on the verge of bankruptcy, and due to this precarious position the main bank partner was in danger of going under too. In an effort to correct the situation, the president of the bank left the bank to join a group of financial experts, whose joint task [...]

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Most Powerful Women in Business 2009

Women in the Boardroom, and Beyond Over the past several decades, women have gained a far more prominent position on the American business scene.  Once relegated to roles of subservience, as viewers of the AMC television series “Mad Men” can attest, female corporate executives have continued to assert themselves in boardrooms across the country.  The [...]

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Achieving Goals: A Process Approach

We all want that sense of achievement that comes with reaching our goals. Whether we are working for ourselves or working within a larger organization, we get a deep sense of satisfaction when we accomplish what we set out to do. Some people seem to achieve their objectives without much effort. Others never quite seem [...]

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Leading Workplace Change In Six Steps

Many organizations muddle through change. How is your organization progressing at implementing that new accounting system or moving to a new employee performance management process? Are your managers nodding approval in public but sabotaging the initiative in private? Are your employees shell-shocked and just giving up? Do you have no money left over for post-implementation [...]

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Improving Business Performance By Creating High Performance Teams

As a manager, executive or business owner your top priority today is exceeding company goals. You can’t do it yourself, so the best way to exceed your goals is to have what we call “High Performance Teams” working for you. Your goals may include growing your business, increasing revenue, improving business efficiency, doing more with [...]

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Staff Retention: Top 10 Tips

The ‘job for life’ is not a term often used now, but employers need to consider the importance of employee retention as it affects turnover, productivity and the business’s long-term success. Here are some tips to help you keep your staff: Recruit the right people It seems a simple thing, but so many companies stumble [...]

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