June 22, 2015

Women in Franchising: This business is not just for men anymore

The franchise business model is no longer a man’s game. More and more women are finding a business home in the franchise world – and liking it very much, thank you! Research and statistics confirm that women have been steadily rising in the ranks of franchise operators over the past couple of decades. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been keeping tabs on women in franchising since the 1970s. The group has noted that women starting their own businesses have been on the rise for decades now. One study found that 10 percent of all companies established between 1975 and […]
July 3, 2015
High Performers

What High Performers Do When Things Get Tough

The last decade of entrepreneurship has taken place within a rapidly changing environment of growth, struggle, triumph and confusion. The cornerstones relied upon in the past for small business stability and growth have crumbled, leaving an expensive hodgepodge of misguided efforts and bipolar business strategies. Fundamentally, sales and marketing behaviors are no longer the same. Technology changes have made accurate access to complex business answers easier than ever. Data systems are faster and more people have smarter phones with faster access to the internet. Things we used to wonder about are now quickly answered by an audio search on Google. […]
July 22, 2015

What Makes A Good Leader Today

What makes a good leader? Things like integrity, honesty, and personal responsibility immediately come to mind. While those are all vital traits, they’re not the leadership traits I’m addressing right now. There’s a new leadership principle leaders must embrace if they want to be relevant and effective in today’s world of technology-driven transformation and move forward into the future. You sometimes hear people refer to managers and leaders interchangeably. In fact, they are crucially different. Managers control what tasks people perform and how they go about it. They can enforce this through policy, staff guidelines, rules on best practices, and […]
August 5, 2015

The Top 25 Questions Great Leaders Ask

Here are what I believe are the top 25 great questions that anyone who is or wishes to be a great leader will ask. From Forbes via James Slavet of Greylock Partners: Questions great leaders ask themselves every day 1. What can I do to make sure my employees are consistently acknowledged and appreciated for what they do? 2. What can I do to to support my employees to stay open to learning and to keep getting better all the time? From Forbes via Josh Linkner: What leaders ask their teams 3. What is everyone thinking, but nobody has the […]
August 13, 2015

10 Principles That Make Leadership Easier

The best leaders lead and let others manage: There’s a difference between leadership and management. Leaders look forward and imagine the possibilities that the future may bring in order to set direction. Managers monitor and adjust today’s work, regularly looking backward to ensure that current goals and objectives are being met. The best leaders lead and let their management teams manage the work at hand. The best leaders inspire: Once the direction is set, the best leaders socialize their visions for tomorrow and work to inspire their colleagues to work with them to achieve it. This is done by both […]
September 23, 2015

5 Gifts Every Leader Should Give the Team

Leaders should always be looking for meaningful ways to give back to the team. Below are five gifts any leader can and should share all year long: The Gift of Trust: It is absolutely more than ok and necessary to be detail-oriented, but no one likes to be micromanaged. The leader who micromanages simply does not trust individuals on the team to do the job they were hired to do. When leaders let team members use their gifts, they quickly realize each individual team member’s value and contribution. When the team senses their leader’s trust they’re more likely to give […]