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3 Reasons Why Business Meetings are Still Important

Since posting 6 Tips to Holding Effective Meetings in July of 2011, it has consistently remained one of my more popular posts. I have also seen opposing points of view that business meetings are a complete waste of time. I strongly disagree. But if a business didn’t follow my 6 tips in running a better business meeting, then I would agree; ineff... Continue reading

The Importance of Repetition for Business Growth

The value of repetition is often neglected. Let me say that again, the value of repetition is often neglected. As an example, the popular children’s show Blues Clues repeats the same episode from Monday to Friday each week. Children watch the same episode five times in five days.  The developers of the show realized that for the child to really... Continue reading

Expert Knowledge as a Product

How many times does the boss have to politely and respectfully deliver the same message to the same employee for them to get it? Why is it if an outside expert comes in and tells the employee the same thing, they suddenly get it? It can get really expensive hiring experts to come in and work with your employees every day.  Fortunately, the world... Continue reading

Business Meeting Tip

Why do some business owners hold up a meeting waiting for the latecomers? When you think about it, you are punishing those who arrived on time and rewarding the ones who come late. My suggestion is: Don’t wait for those who are late. Implementation of this philosophy makes for more efficient meetings, increases the respect of those that arri... Continue reading

Is Going to a Conference Work or a Perk?

The Business Therapist® Inc. sent an employee (Rich) to a conference this week. It happens to be in a nice hotel in a warm place. What expectations are reasonable when attending a work conference? The work day – How many hours should he be putting in at the conference each day? (Did he take his golf clubs?) The absorption of the content – ... Continue reading

Carrots or Sticks – How Do You Motivate and Engage Your Employees?

I have observed the spectrum of management styles. I happen to believe more in the ‘carrots’ or positive reinforcement style. I have witnessed tyrant bosses wielding a large ‘stick’ too. There is some good research reported in the best selling book, The Carrot Principle, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton. They report that the practice of ... Continue reading

Business Decision Making – Dictatorship or Consensus?

What’s better? One dictator boss or a leadership team? Dictatorship Advantages: Speed -  A dictator can make a decision on the spot and start implementing it right away. Businesses with one boss therefore can make decisions quickly. Clear responsibility and accountability -  It is crystal clear who is responsible for the decisions. Less par... Continue reading

Business, Personal and Team Goal Setting

During a meeting this week with a business owner client and their key manager employees, I had a bit of an epiphany. This is how it came about: I had just completed the process of clarifying the personal goals of the business owners. Too often, I observe business goals conflicting and overriding the personal goals of the owners, therefore, we c... Continue reading

Implementing Change in Business – Understanding the J Curve

Working with business owners, we observe many businesses seeking change and implementing an action plan, then terminating the plan early on in the effort. The reason these businesses striving for change abandon their plan is: the plan didn’t work. The reality is that the plan didn’t work YET. If you could use a horizontal line to demonstrate ... Continue reading

Why is it Hard to Find Good Employees?

Have you ever said, 'why is it so hard to find good employees?' The way I would like to address this question is to determine if this statement is: a)      A Universal Truth, or b)      A Belief we hold in our heads If 'it’s hard to find good employees' happens to be your belief, it is impossible to recognize it as such. That’s be... Continue reading