How Do You Know You’re Making an Impact?

For most entrepreneurs, there's more to starting a business than wanting to make your own hours. Founders of businesses who seek to solve a problem or positively affect their community, or social entrepreneurs, are driven by something greater than the bottom line.

Chart a Course to Success for Your Business in 2014

Are you the "plan ahead" type or more of a "is it really December already" kind of planner? Either way, it's the end of the year, and that means it's time to hone in on a plan for achieving success in the new year.

Involve Your Employees in Your 2014 Plans

It's December. The last month of the year. The holidays are upon us. If you are like me, you comment on how quickly the year has flown by and start reminiscing about its good and bad points. Then your focus turns to 2014.

Employee Trust: Strategic Planning Can Kill It

Trust is the foundation of effective and authentic leadership. Without trust, leaders lose teams through attrition, or dangerously low engagement. Among the many qualities of trusted leaders, clarity is key: People trust the clear and mistrust the ambiguous. So, leaders who earn employee trust provide transparency around goals, plans, and expectations.

7 Ways to Keep Your Team Productive During Holiday Season

In most workplaces, the move toward the busiest holiday season of the year is marked less by the change in décor and more by the change in productivity. Read on for seven tips to keep your employees happily on task through the holidays without seeming like a killjoy.

Success Requires a Process of Excellence

Success requires a process of excellence. You can never be successful just by saying, "I'm going to succeed." Instead, you are successful when you set out to improve in every area, to study your strengths and weaknesses and pursue excellence in each aspect.

How Can You Organize Your Business with a Time Horizon?

In the world of business, so many industry terms get thrown around that it can be hard to keep up. "Time horizon" is a term with which many accountants and business owners are or should be familiar. It refers to any goal with a specific expected ending time.

Bad Advice on Data Decisions

My problem is that so-called "data from customers" is rarely truth. Data gathering is plagued with problems of research design, random lists, skewed questions, half truth and innuendo disguised as data.

If It Ain’t Authentic, It Ain’t Sustainable

In a recent issue of Dixie "Dynamite" Gillaspie's terrific Daily Dose of Dynamite she brilliantly wrote: "Any success that does not allow you to be fully yourself is not sustainable."

Prioritize to be Most Effective

While I agree with Ben Franklin's idea, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail," countless companies have wasted time and money on strategic plans that are collecting dust. People spend lots of time planning but very little time turning those plans into daily actionable tasks. Some suggest that putting your goal in the mirror so you see it every day will make it come true.

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