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5 Key Things Leaders of High-Performance Teams Do

One of the best things business leaders can do is build quality teams. Working with a great team can be an exceptionally productive and satisfactory experience. People look forward to coming to work every day when their teams are energetic and motivated, not to mention willing to be pushed to complete projects and achieve goals that seemed too difficult. A definite advantage of being part of a driven team is that they will always have each other’s back.

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4 Ways to Invest In Employee Development To Cut Turnover | Extraordinary Business

Employee engagement has plateaued to 70 percent for some time, with concerns about lack of career advancement opportunities being the top reason why employees quit their jobs, according to a LinkedIn survey of 7 million members.

Meantime, an estimated 45 percent of survey respondents said lack of potential career advancement was the main reason they left their job, while 59 percent added that perception of a better career path was the main reason they joined a new organization.
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4 Ways to Invest In Employee Development To Cut Turnover | Extraordinary Business

 

Employee engagement has plateaued to 70 percent for some time, with concerns about lack of career advancement opportunities being the top reason why employees quit their jobs, according to a LinkedIn survey of 7 million members.

Meantime, an estimated 45 percent of survey respondents said lack of potential career advancement was the main reason they left their job, while 59 percent added that perception of a better career path was the main reason they joined a new organization.

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Sun Tzu and “The Art of Small Business”

Sun Tsu the Art of WarIf you are not familiar with the book “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, it is a book that contains a number of tactics for leaders focused on winning wars. It covers many topics, from readying yourself, mentally, to intimidating your enemy. If not, the image to the right contains a link to the book on Amazon.com.

When first approached by Bryan about his post “The Art of Small Business,” admittedly, I was skeptical, at best. While it is clear that businesses must act strategically to “win” in the marketplace, The Art of War” seems to carry that idea that one must destroy their enemy, never to return.

As business leaders, we know that competition in the marketplace is good, for a number of reasons. However, after reading the post and reviewing the infographic he created to go with it, I think that it is a brilliant analogy for business leaders to build their businesses.

Please take a few minutes to review the article, and take a look at the link to the infographic, below. I hope that you will appreciate it as much as I did, and would be willing to share it with your associates.

Both Bryan and I would love to hear your feedback. Please do so here, or in the LinkedIn Group, Better Managed Business, where we discuss topics relating to small business management and resources to help them grow.

Warmest regards,

~Rick

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Sun Tzu and “The Art of Small Business”

Sun Tsu the Art of WarIf you are not familiar with the book “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, it is a book that contains a number of tactics for leaders focused on winning wars. It covers many topics, from readying yourself, mentally, to intimidating your enemy. If not, the image to the right contains a link to the book on Amazon.com.

When first approached by Bryan about his post “The Art of Small Business,” admittedly, I was skeptical, at best. While it is clear that businesses must act strategically to “win” in the marketplace, The Art of War” seems to carry that idea that one must destroy their enemy, never to return.

As business leaders, we know that competition in the marketplace is good, for a number of reasons. However, after reading the post and reviewing the infographic he created to go with it, I think that it is a brilliant analogy for business leaders to build their businesses.

Please take a few minutes to review the article, and take a look at the link to the infographic, below. I hope that you will appreciate it as much as I did, and would be willing to share it with your associates.

Both Bryan and I would love to hear your feedback. Please do so here, or in the LinkedIn Group, Better Managed Business, where we discuss topics relating to small business management and resources to help them grow.

Warmest regards,

~Rick

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Upgrades! If You Buy it…Will They Use it? | Extraordinary Business

Challenges with getting your team to adopt your new software solutions

Change Management in ITAfter investing the lion’s share of cash and time to source, customize and implement the latest, greatest be-all-to-end-all solution for your company, you find that your people still aren’t using it, or at least, aren’t using it to a level where you can see a return on your investment.  You don’t get it.  You stand there, scratching your head, not knowing whether to scream, have one-on-one counseling, provide additional training, or just let it go.
Having done a number of CRM and Business Management installations, this is a challenge that many business leaders face when doing a software implementation.  Sure – it is a good idea.  If used, the solution will probably enable you to run your business more efficiently, give you some idea of predicting leads, project expenses, managing productivity and other business critical analytics.  Unfortunately, this struggle is a typical change management issue, wherein different groups of people will approach change in different ways.
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Upgrades! If You Buy it…Will They Use it?

Challenges with getting your team to adopt your new software solutions

After investing the lion’s share of cash and time to source, customize and implement the latest, greatest be-all-to-end-all solution for your company, you find that your people still aren’t using it, or at least, aren’t using it to a level where you can see a return on your investment.  You don’t get it.  You stand there, scratching your head, not knowing whether to scream, have one-on-one counseling, provide additional training, or just let it go.

Having done a number of CRM and Business Management installations, this is a challenge that many business leaders face when doing a software implementation.  Sure – it is a good idea.  If used, the solution will probably enable you to run your business more efficiently, give you some idea of predicting leads, project expenses, managing productivity and other business critical analytics.  Unfortunately, this struggle is a typical change management issue, wherein different groups of people will approach change in different ways.

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