Business Leadership

Why Leadership Skills Are Important For Good Business Management | Extraordinary Business

It is said that ‘an organization without a leader is like an army without a general’. Efficacious leaders structure your business. Good leaders are of great help in guiding and making necessary large scale resolutions. Powerful leadership lays a strong foundation for the triumph of any business. You could be a prospective owner of a business, an employee looking at climbing high on the management ladder or could be managing a business. A suitable and an acceptable form of leadership is a prerequisite to accomplish your business goal.
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The Hidden Darkness of Business Leadership | Extraordinary Business

Business Leadership
Running a company can be very personal. Often the business you start and run is an extension of yourself, to the degree that the business might literally live and die with you.
While we often discuss topics such as business development, marketing, products, finances, innovation and the like, we rarely talk about depression and other mental illnesses. As a matter of fact, I don’t think that I have ever read an article that discusses the topic in terms of business leadership and ownership.
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Taking the Long View | Extraordinary Business

Building a positive consumer belief system about your company

imageOne of the difficulties with running and growing a business is that with limited resources, business leaders must evaluate their resources choose the best investments in order to stay in business, or grow beyond current capabilities.  Often, the most likely choices are those things that seem or hope to make immediate impact.  Unfortunately, short-term thinking often yields short-term results.

As business leaders, when we look from the perspective of “slow and steady wins the race,” we are thinking in a way that will allow us to create a sustainable future for the companies we lead.  This doesn’t mean that we do nothing while waiting for this big, magnanimous idea to present itself, or that we truly stand around and wait, but rather, that while we work, we make investments in activities that may not have immediate gratification.

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Ahhhh…Monsters and Other Scary Things!!! | Extraordinary Business

How to avoid getting chased around by a 10 foot, 1800 pound flesh-eating, stress inducing calendar

frankenstiens_monsterDo you have a task list that mounts by the day with new emails, demands and expectations that you feel like you’ve got an 1800 pound monster on your back?

Do you find yourself bouncing around from meeting to phone call to networking event, then find that you are  actually accomplishing much, only to spend the rest of your time answering emails and putting out fires.  Then everything that you were supposed to do piles up until the last minute causing you to begin running around the office trying to get everyone to move as quickly as possible to get the work done at the last minute.

I hate that. 

“Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”

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Ahhhh…Monsters and Other Scary Things!!! | Extraordinary Business

How to avoid getting chased around by a 10 foot, 1800 pound flesh-eating, stress inducing calendar

task listDo you have a task list that mounts by the day with new emails, demands and expectations that you feel like you’ve got an 1800 pound monster on your back?
Do you find yourself bouncing around from meeting to phone call to networking event, then find that you are  actually accomplishing much, only to spend the rest of your time answering emails and putting out fires.  Then everything that you were supposed to do piles up until the last minute causing you to begin running around the office trying to get everyone to move as quickly as possible to get the work done at the last minute.
I hate that.

“Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”

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Ready…Set….Wait!!! | Extraordinary Business

How innovations fit into your company’s plans for growth.

image“Ideas are worth a dime a dozen.” 

“Ideas are no more than dreams if no one acts on them.” 

“If ideas were nickels, there would be a lot more wealthy people on the planet.”

With all that needs to be done over the course of a day, many business leaders are faced with either leaving ideas in the hopper or launching half-baked ideas and justifying it by “doing something.”  Both are a recipe for failure.  Just imagine if the businesses you depend on did this?  Big Pharma spends millions of dollars to bring a new product to market.  What if they got it only half-right? 

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IT & Your Customers | Extraordinary Business

Technology is not (yet!) a viable replacement for direct interaction

imageOne of the things that has made the 21st century very interesting is the amount of access we have to people, businesses and organizations through wallet size (and smaller) devices!  It is amazing what we can do, how much we can accomplish just about anywhere we go, from sending text messages to emails to scheduling appointments…but can it go to far?  Does it help or hurt our bottom line?

For example: there are a number of online scheduling solutions that will allow your clients to choose days and times to meet with you or members of your team.  They simply need to go to your free/busy calendar and sign up for a time slot or slots that will work best for them.  They will receive an email confirmation, your technology, you or someone from your team will probably send a friendly email reminder a day or two before the meeting to remind them of it and you will have your meeting.

Pretty straightforward, right?

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IT & Your Customers | Extraordinary Business

Technology is not (yet!) a viable replacement for direct interaction

imageOne of the things that has made the 21st century very interesting is the amount of access we have to people, businesses and organizations through wallet size (and smaller) devices!  It is amazing what we can do, how much we can accomplish just about anywhere we go, from sending text messages to emails to scheduling appointments…but can it go to far?  Does it help or hurt our bottom line?

For example: there are a number of online scheduling solutions that will allow your clients to choose days and times to meet with you or members of your team.  They simply need to go to your free/busy calendar and sign up for a time slot or slots that will work best for them.  They will receive an email confirmation, your technology, you or someone from your team will probably send a friendly email reminder a day or two before the meeting to remind them of it and you will have your meeting.

Pretty straightforward, right?

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The Out | IT in Small Business | Extraordinary Business

Making a new IT purchase: Is your phone/tablet/computer really worth it?

It seems like every couple of months, some new mobile device comes out, whether it is an iPhone, a tablet, the world’s thinnest computer or some related device.  These devices are touted as the “must have” because they are the most beautiful, sexy, versatile – you-can-do-anything with them phones in the world.  With a strong media blitz behind them, one might begin to wonder if the devices can walk on water.

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