Navigating Your Way to be a Great Leader

For the vast majority of business owners and management personnel, the concept of leadership can be an elusive goal; an ongoing search for greatness that, unfortunately for many, ends in confusion, frustration and limited success. Indeed, research across the corporate world points to ineffective leadership as the culprit behind the demise of many business operations. For sure, thousands of books have been published on this topic, the majority of authors offering solid step-by-step guidelines that would – or should – … Read More

In the Search for Clarity, Define Your Passion

By G.N. Covella FocalPoint Business Coach (Second in a Series on Clarity in the Workplace) In evaluating the elements that lead to a successful business operation, it is important that owners and management seek to close any gaps that might cloud a clear path to their ultimate success. Only by strategically addressing these gaps in such areas as time, team, revenue and planning can business owners effectively create a stress-free, high-powered business machine, an operation properly primed to succeed in … Read More

How to Appeal to Millennials as a Small Business

There’s no way to avoid the fact that millennials are everywhere—in classrooms, the workforce and the marketplace. Knowing how to appeal and sell to millennials is essential for the survival of many businesses. With the rise of technology and online marketing, this generation is more aware of marketing gimmicks, requiring retailers to be more strategic and creative. Here are a few details to consider when targeting a millennial audience.   Millennials grew up in the Digital Age. For this reason, … Read More

4 Resources That Will Make Your Life Easier as a Business Owner

Every small business owner knows that growing a company isn’t an easy task and doesn’t usually happen overnight. It takes long hours, strategic planning and sometimes a lot of help from family and friends. From finances to marketing, your business has many components that take up a bulk of your time, even with the help of your staff. There are several resources you can use to relieve some of your stress and allow you to focus on growing your business … Read More

How to Earn Your Employee’s Trust

You put a lot of trust in your employees to produce quality work for your company, but do they trust you? When your employees feel that they have your faith and loyalty, they will give their best efforts to get the job done. Employee trust in management can greatly improve productivity, employee engagement, and employee retention. Here are a few ways you can build a foundation of trust between you and your employees.   Communicate Openly When communicating with your … Read More

Cost-Effective Tips for Starting a Business on a Budget

As you may have already come to realize, starting a business is not cheap. Not everyone can effortlessly launch a multi-million dollar corporation with a few hundred dollars and a great idea. Getting your business off the ground could mean cutting back on personal expenses and being savvy about how to make the most out of the resources you have.   Operate as a Sole Proprietorship Sole Proprietorship is the least expensive operating structure you can use to launch a … Read More

How to Encourage Teamwork to Increase Efficiency in Your Business

A football team is comprised of linebackers, receivers, guards and a quarterback. Despite their title, the players work together to meet one common goal—to score a touchdown. Your business can work according to the same dynamic. Encouraging teamwork throughout your business builds trust, stimulates creativity and improves efficiency. If two heads are better than one, think of what a team of five could conjure up during a quick brainstorming session. Use these methods to help your employees collaborate effectively, so … Read More

3 Steps to Catch Up On Work After the Holidays

  Getting back to work after the Holidays may not be easy. Once everyone is back from vacation, it’s likely that your inbox is full and your calendar is getting crowded with meetings. If you’re having trouble catching up with your workload, here are a few tips that will help you get back on track.   Review Last Year’s Business Plan Now is the perfect time to take a look at how your business performed in the previous year. Did … Read More

Why You Should Become a Business Coach

Company layoffs and early retirement packages are sometimes beyond your control, however, the next step is always in your hands. You could travel the world, move out of town, or you could share your years of experience with other business owners who need your help. Business coaches are in demand for a number of reasons; some entrepreneurs are so engrossed in their businesses that they can’t find time for their personal lives. They need help extracting themselves from their companies. … Read More

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