Category Archives: Building the Team

Business Makeover Tip #3: Ask For, Offer To Help!

Sometimes you need a hand.  Sometimes you can offer one.  Be willing to do both. My great friend, Nancy Michaels, posted a Rant on Saturday.  Thanks, Nancy, for this reminder:  Your best business will be a reflection of YOU, not … Continue reading

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To Build a Rockin’ Culture…Skip the Pep Talk

I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. Visit http://facebook.com/visasmallbiz to take a look at the reinvented … Continue reading

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The Worst Career Advice Ever

Recently, Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs Dude, was a guest on Bill Maher’s HBO show Real Time.  He was talking about his latest adventure, Profoundly Disconnected, a program to help connect those looking for great careers with real, albeit sometimes dirty, … Continue reading

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Tips For Hiring the Right Employee

 “I just can’t find good employees.  Nobody wants to work for a dollar anymore.   Thank goodness for Joey.  He’s my top producer.  Customers love him and he delivers top sales every month.  If I could clone him, I would!  He … Continue reading

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Post-its + a Sharpie + Excel = Your Org Chart

Does it make you cringe to think about imposing the formal structure of an Organization Chart on your small shop?  Fear not!  The Organization Chart can be a wonderful tool.  Recalling my many, many jobs, I can count on three … Continue reading

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Career Ladder? Or Turnover Turmoil?

Sob!  My favorite thing to do is Ride Along with team members.  I love to put on the Super Hero costume and hop in the truck.  I am not very technically skilled – massive understatement! – however, I try to … Continue reading

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Functional Family Business? I Believe In Miracles!

Last night I watched “The 80′s: The Decade That Made Us,” The show opened with a recap of the 1980 Olympic Gold Medal Hockey team story. I remember watching the win over the Russian team, with my college roommate, in … Continue reading

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How to Hire A Rockin’ Team in ONE Day

“I just can’t find good people.” I hear that a lot. How about you? Have you ever uttered that in a moment of desperation? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could magnetize, hire and orient your best team ever in … Continue reading

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Make Debt Reduction a Team Sport

Business burdens don’t have to be tackled alone. Sometimes you need a helping hand. Overcoming challenges like debt can be a overwhelming task, but you might have more help that you realize. Use your ASSETS to help you take aligned … Continue reading

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Should He Stay or Go?

Even as you read the title of this blog, did someone come to mind?  Is it time to decide about the person “on the bubble?” Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, was asked at the end of his remarkable … Continue reading

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