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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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5 Steps to Business Meeting Mastery

Team Idea Generation

As a business owner, you’ve likely come to recognize how easily mistakes can be made during every stage of your organization’s growth. It doesn’t matter if you’re a startup or a Fortune 500 company, each step towards success presents its own unique set of...

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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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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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Stand Out from the Crowd

As a leader and business owner, your ability to think strategically is perhaps one of the most important skills you can share with your team and organization. On a recent episode of The Second Stage, we invited author and CEO of Outthinker LLC, Kaihan...

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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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Continuous Learning is Key to a Successful Business

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we discussed the importance of continuous learning with our guest, founder and CEO of BigSpeak Inc, Jonathan Wygant. As the leader of your business, it is vital to not only invest in the development of your team,...

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5 Creative Ways to Reward Employees During the Holidays

The holiday season is less than one week away, which can be a particularly stressful time for small business owners and their employees, largely due to the year-end push for sales and marketing efforts. Yet, there are a number of ways businesses, both large...

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The Right Staff: Hiring for Your Small Business

While many small businesses operate on a highly-monitored budget during their initial growth period, sometimes relying heavily on the owners themselves to keep the doors open, there are sometimes opportunities to expand the number of employees working inside the company. These budgetary constraints often...

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6 Websites That Increase Productivity

TED Talks Entrepreneurs have a responsibility to their organizations that reaches beyond getting dollars in the door. Be it feast or famine, maintaining a positive attitude and staying inspired is paramount to balancing the morale of your team. TED Talks are infamous for providing...

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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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Does your business have “mojo?”

We were thrilled to have author and entrepreneurial advocate, Bo Burlingham, join this week’s episode of The Second Stage to dive into what he describes as “business mojo,” or common characteristics observed in the extraordinary companies researched for his work – Small Giants: Companies...

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Improve Your Decision-Making Skills as a Small Business Leader

At the end of the day, the single most important element of managing a small business is making the big decisions that determine whether your business will sink or swim. I’m often asked by small business investors how to best position business leaders to...

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Is your advisory board working for you and your business?

Recently writing a guest article for Crain’s Cleveland Business on the subject of advisory boards and their effectiveness,  I reflected on the common challenges many business owners face when creating a meaningful group of advisors to help them propel their business forward.  Three identified issues are a lack of...

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Does your business have a crisis communications plan?

Big or small, it is inevitable that a crisis of some kind will happen within every business.  And the days of playing ostrich are virtually gone in today’s world of 24/7 “news” (professional and amateur) and social media. On today’s episode of The Second...

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The Importance of the Finance Function in Small Businesses

I recently had the opportunity to speak with CFO THOUGHT LEADER on the significant role financial data plays in growing small businesses.  Financials being the foundational pillar in The 5 Pillars of Business Freedom, we discussed the transformation a business can undergo when an...

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Make Your Management Meetings Meaningful

One of the most common frustrations for business owners and their management teams are unproductive meetings. If your weekly management meeting is anything like ours once was, not everyone is on time, there is no set agenda and most are on their laptop or...

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Unleashing “The Possible” in Your Business

It’s been quite a long time since I attempted to drink from the proverbial educational fire hose, but I excitedly enrolled in the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) Implementer Boot Camp the last week of February and I can tell you it was a BIG...

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Ensuring New Employee Success

Here at Evolution we always stress how important people truly are to your organization and is even one of our Five Pillars of Business Freedom. So as you grow your small business and work hard to attract top talent, how do you ensure that...

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Has Your Company Defined Its Purpose?

A company’s purpose can be defined as the reason it exists or its “why.” It’s something bigger than profits, as profits are simply the result of its purpose! On today’s episode of The Second Stage we were joined by Fathom CEO, Scot Lowry, to discuss...

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