1. What is Leadership and the Seven Things Leaders Bring?

    There is a lot of confusion out there around leadership today. Various “Management of the month club” methods would like to pretend that people have changed in some way to not need leadership anymore. Open source software projects flat organizations and large numbers of virtual employees are used as “evidence” of this. Poppycock! Millennials and Gen X staff need leadership just as much as …Read More

  2. A Small Business Consultant Will Provide Management Consulting as Well as Other Tasks

    A small business consultant will provide management consulting as well as other tasks that will help both the performance and efficiency of your small business. These type of professionals analyze data from your small business and help create solutions to the problems you might be suffering. If there are goals you have set for your small business but are having a tough time meeting them, a small b…Read More

  3. Best Practice #10 – Recruit the Right Players and Value Diversity HOTS Model

    Getting the right team formed could be 80% of the battle and this is a difficult art that requires serious experience, thought and planning. In fact this is so hard to do that few people can do it except in a narrow specialty they work in all the time. Putting new teams together has risks. Here is a……Read More

  4. Best Practices #9 – Cultivate a Positive Atmosphere

    People perform better when there is a congenial team feeling and culture. PositivePsychology is now officially a branch of Psychology and can have a large impact on a team and culture. The team leader must project confidence and squash negative attitudes aggressively. Does the Law of Attraction work… https://player.vimeo.com/external/106564390.hd.mp4?s=3ca23a50bfc5c8b8ad4390fae4df3d36b0e93b6f&am…Read More

  5. Best Practices #8 – Never Tell a Team Member What a Deadline is – Let Them Tell You

    Dictatorial styles are ineffective with knowledge workers and professionals. You must engage their minds, not their bodies to buy into the mission, short-term goals and their own objectives and deliverables. You must allow, or force, them to figure out the plan and all the moving parts. This forces them……Read More

  6. Best Practice #7 – Clearly Defined Roles and Responsibilities

    Ambiguity must be totally eliminated to form a high performance team. Everyone on the team must know what they are responsibile for, not responsible for and even in most cases what others will deliver and when. This requires a framework or system to be consistent and comprehensive. We are not talking……Read More

  7. Best Practice #4 – To Improve You Must Measure

    It is critical that proper metrics be developed in every area of the business. Few companies measure the things they should properly. In fact I have never seen a dashboard I could not greatly improve with minimal effort. Employees are too close and cannot see the forest for the trees usually. They also……Read More

  8. Best Practice #2 – Clear Goals/Mission that Everyone Understands

    Without full syncronization of the team on the objectives they cannot perform well. It is the team leader's job to see that there is no ambiguity in objectives and priorities. This means several attributes must be assigned to each goal. There are two well proven systems to do this described here.  …Read More