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A Hiring Process: Crucial for Successful Businesses

Job applicant having an interview with a group of business people .

Hiring a new employee is easy when your only goal is trying to fill a seat. Finding someone who’s a great fit for your company—and will participate in its success, however—requires a strategy that works for both your small business and every candidate who...

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Is Open-Book Management Right for Your Business?

Open-Book Management Leadership

During the height of Silicon Valley’s takeover of the tech industry during the early 1990s, a former senior writer for Inc. Magazine named John Case coined the phrase “open-book management” or OBM. Yet, it was Jack Stack, hailing from SRC Holdings that put the...

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Create a Culture of Innovation in Your Business

Team Idea Generation

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary offers the following definition for innovation:  the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods.  Many people would use this definition for innovation:  difficult, deflating and humbling.  I say this because the numerous businesses I have the fortune of...

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To Overcome Organizational Complexity, First Simplify, Then Scale

Simplify Your Business To Scale

When I first read about the Hedgehog Concept, it seemed like an easy idea to grasp. But the truth, as I’ve learned after years of working with small businesses, is when a company begins to grow—at times exponentially in its early stages—even the simplest...

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The Hedgehog Concept and Focusing on Your Company’s Core Purpose

Hedgehog Concept in Business

Whenever someone you know is experiencing back pain, you often hear about their doctor or physical therapist telling them to start building up their core muscles. The reason for doing this, as you know, is not only to improve a person’s chances of eliminating...

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Grow as a business leader by getting out of your comfort zone

thoughtful business leader and crowd of business people

I had the great pleasure of speaking with Performance of a Lifetime CEO, Cathy Salit, on a recent episode of The Second Stage. As a singer and actor, Ms. Salit offers a unique approach to organizational change and leadership development, using The Becoming PrincipleSM,...

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Where Positive Customer Experiences Go, Profits Follow

Customer Experience

Owning a small business is a balancing act at times, as it requires a broad focus on the organization as a whole, as well as a detailed view of all the individual components that make a company successful. However, there’s one underlying factor that...

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A Tool for Building Synergistic Teams in Your Small Business

I recently had the pleasure of completing the three-day Kolbe Certification(TM) training program, which is a conative testing measure that leaders of both small and large businesses can use to build better management teams, engage more productively with their existing ones, and identify gaps....

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Key Performance Indicators: The Pathway to Measured Success

Measure of success conceptual using measuring tape

  One of the most relatable examples of a key performance indicator (KPI) comes from being a parent. It is amazing how preoccupied kids are with growing up. This is evidenced by how frequently they measure themselves, followed by predictions on if they will...

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3 Great Reasons to Join a Peer Group for Entrepreneurs

Guidance Answers Questions Feedback Business Community

Anyone making the leap from employee to entrepreneur is acutely aware of both the struggles and advantages built in to the transition. Yet, regardless of how educated and driven an entrepreneur might be, the learning curve for keeping a small business afloat, not to...

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Creating a Company with Passion

Creating a Company with Passion

  As an entrepreneur, your determination to succeed is second to none. Without this passion and drive, you would have never taken on the challenges of owning a small business. But when it comes to getting your team to exhibit the same type of...

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Entrepreneurially Run Companies Need Structure To Grow

An operating process offers a framework for growth

Many entrepreneurs feel that if they put enough hours and hustle into their business, they will be successful. And while many certainly are successful due to the blood, sweat and tears poured into the business (especially in the beginning years), in the long run,...

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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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4 Ways to Boost Company Morale at This Year’s Holiday Party

Charitable Work During the Holidays

Even if your small business is doing well in 2015, making your team more cohesive and prepared for the coming year is important. Sometimes a business does well in spite of its culture; but as many entrepreneurs have discovered, sometimes the hard way, if...

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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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Small Business Success: Grow Through Failure

Small Business Success: Grow Through Failure

I always counsel young people that your career is a marathon, not a sprint, and that a successful journey is one that is a culmination of many triumphs and failures. Someone once told me that there is something instructive about going out with an...

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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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3 Business Leaders Who Changed the World (and How to Emulate Their Style)

Steve Jobs Displays Persistence

Over the past century, scores of incredible businessmen and women have transformed the way the world does business either by introducing new technologies or making such a tremendous impact in their own industries that they eventually became global icons. Today, Evolution Capital Partners salutes...

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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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