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Create a Contagious Culture

Create a Contagious Culture

Introduced through the Small Giants Community, we were thrilled to have leadership advisor and strategist, Anese Cavanaugh, on a recent episode of The Second Stage. Anese sites that 93% of our impact as business leaders is in how we “show up,” leaving only 7%...

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Financial Dashboards in Small Business

Financial Metrics in Small Business

With few exceptions, there’s a good chance every vehicle you’ve driven has come equipped with a dashboard, displaying everything from your automobile’s speed and fuel level to its engine temperature and RPMs. Without this display available, it would be extremely difficult to know how...

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The Balancing Act of Small Business Leadership

Business People Leadership Management Discussion

To succeed in small business, you need two types of people: a dreamer and a doer. As a business leader or entrepreneur, you likely consider yourself stronger in one of these areas – and you’ll find that both of them are necessary when it...

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Evolution’s Entrepreneurs: Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Incident Management System

Having the great pleasure of speaking with hundreds of successful entrepreneurs each year is what inspires all of us at Evolution and is reflected in our core values. We are truly humbled to have the opportunity to partner with a select few of the...

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10 Big Ideas from the World’s Top Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur and Storyteller Walt Disney

Successful entrepreneurs are often the most quoted and quotable in the business world, as they exemplify the traits and passion necessary for accomplishing extraordinary feats. For some, these entrepreneurs serve as a beacon of hope, as many started out in a home garage or found...

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Elevating the Finance Role in Your Small Business

The Importance of Finance in Small Business

As a small business begins to grow, one of two things occurs: either the founder begins taking on more of the company’s responsibilities in terms of accounting, marketing and operations, or they begin to invest in people with expertise in these areas. While many...

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Small Business Leadership: How Financially Capable Are Your Employees?

Small business owners realize the impact finances have on their organization as a whole, yet they aren’t always aware of the effect an employee’s personal finances plays both inside and outside of the workplace. This doesn’t mean offering employees a significant increase in pay...

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5 Leadership Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Develop

Leadership Characteristics of an Entrepreneur

Being in business, you’ve probably used the phrase “natural-born leader” numerous times to describe an executive who is a mover and shaker in their industry. Truth be told, however, these individuals likely spent much of their lives honing their skillset in a variety of...

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10 Characteristics of Highly Successful People

Common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs

Recently, Forbes explored the most common traits among those considered super-achievers. Based on the greatly celebrated book “The Art of Doing” by Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield, the list compiles a broad look at the behaviors individuals at the top of their field exhibit,...

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Time Crunch: Making Small Business Best Practices a Priority

Make Business Best Practices a Priority

Being an entrepreneur is undoubtedly one of the hardest things anyone can undertake. It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. It can mean long hours, overwhelming financial and organizational stresses, and a ride upon the proverbial leadership rollercoaster. Yet, as you probably already...

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10 Inspiring Quotes for Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial path is not for the faint at heart, for heart and will are at the center of it all. We are lucky to be inspired every single day by the entrepreneurs we meet. And while words are certainly no substitute for action,...

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Zappos’ Holacracy: Capitalizing on Company Culture

Since its founding in 1999, Zappos has grown to become one of the largest online shoe stores in the entire world, much of this being owed to both inspired leadership and highly savvy business deals. Their biggest came in 2009, when Amazon.com acquired the...

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Cyber Crime and Small Business: It’s Real, Be Prepared!

With cyber crime a very real reality for small businesses, we thought it important to invite cyber security expert, Vikas Bhatia, Founder and CEO of Kalki Consulting, back to The Second Stage. Joining us a year ago Mr. Bhatia addressed the vulnerability of small...

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The Culture of Continuous Learning: True Intellectual Capital

Today’s successful small business culture thrives on learning. Whether it’s happening through print, e-books or news and information sites, the overwhelming majority of small organizations regarded as “movers and shakers” in their industries are making continuous education a part of how they do business....

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The Value of Logistics in Small Business

In the early days of business, logistics were delegated to a company’s shipping clerk, who often single-handedly ran all of the incoming and outgoing products inside of an organization. Today, this vital function has taken on an even bigger role, not only gaining the...

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Approaches to Productivity: Tips for Small Business Owners

For small businesses, productivity is the name of the game. Yet, it doesn’t just apply to the employees of an organization; it also applies to how the business itself operates. You, your staff and your business should each be parts of a lean, mean...

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The Value of Mentoring for Small Business

Most owners of small businesses can think back to a time when they were inspired by a mentor to begin their journey. This inspiration may have come from a friend, family member, successful entrepreneur or elsewhere, ultimately giving them the wherewithal to chase after...

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Take Action: Identify Road Blocks & Create a Plan for Success

5 Pillars of Business Freedom

The 5 Pillars of Business Freedom Entrepreneurs and the small businesses they champion often face the same paradox – a clear understanding of their goals and where they want to be, but a hesitation with how to craft a tactical action plan that will...

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Transparency, Critical to the Success of your Business

So far on our journey through the 5 Pillars of Business Freedom SlideShare series we’ve talked about Financials and improving your cash flow, achieving business goals through Planning, and Hiring the right people. As we move on to our fourth pillar, we’ll discover why...

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Second Stage Capital

The 4 Stages of Growth

Jeff and I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Crain’s to discuss Second Stage Capital, why Evolution specializes in it and some of the more common challenges business owners face when seeking it to grow their company to that next level. Second...

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