Rule #84 – Three Words to Grow Your Company

It only takes three words to build a successful company: Aspiration, Inspiration and Perspiration. First you need a vision (aspiration) so others can follow, next you need to inspire them, and finally you need to work hard (Perspiration). It may not always be easy, but it will be well worth it when your company starts… Read more »

Rule #83 – Reason to Believe

Building employee loyalty means hiring people who believe what you believe. If you’re hiring talented people but they don’t share your beliefs and values, it ultimately won’t work out. So take the time in the beginning to hire the right people, and you won’t regret it. How do you choose employees who believe what you… Read more »

Rule #82 – You Are Your Most Important Product

Have a clear sense of why your customers are your customers. Is it your product, your pricing, or your personality? Tangibles like product or pricing could be fleeting. A competitor could come up with something better. But if you cultivate customers based on who you are personally, their loyalty will be longer lasting. How do… Read more »

Rule #81 – Entrepreneurial Inspiration

What motivated you to start your business or work for the company you do? Truly successful entrepreneurs aren’t in it just for the money. Instead, they are passionate about making a difference with the organization in various ways, such as engaging employees in community service activities or providing transitioning veterans with their first civilian job…. Read more »

Rule #80 – Leadership is Sacrifice

Many ambitious individuals strive to work their way up the ladder in order to become a leader for the money, power, and a prestigious position. What they fail to realize at first is the substantial sacrifice that is involved. An increase in leadership results in a corresponding growth in responsibilities, limitations, and accountability. A lack… Read more »

Rule #79 – Motivating Employees to Bite More

If you want to maximize the full potential of your employees, they must be motivated to take on bigger projects, even if it means encouraging them to bite more than they think they can chew. This will not only benefit your business, but it will also aid ambitious employees who are eager to further their… Read more »

Rule #78 – Learning to Lose

Have you ever had to overcome a disappointment? Like losing a bid? What were your takeaways or lessons learned to ensure that those same factors were not repeated in future efforts? What where your tools used to overcome obstacles? It’s not just about learning from your mistakes, but being willing to lose graciously, without complaining…. Read more »

Rule #77 – Training as an Investment

Hiring an employee is a form of an investment. Whether they’re part time or full time, you’re betting that they will generate revenue for your business, and therefore be worth more than what you’re paying them. But what are you doing to build up your investment? Training is the perfect way to continue adding to your… Read more »

Rule #76 – Leadership Accountability

Being the boss is tough. Everyone is looking to you for the final decision, everyone needs your approval, and sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re doing things right or not. But how do you know? Who keeps you accountable? Rest assured, you’re not the only one who feels this way, and you need accountability… Read more »

Rule #75 – How to Handle a Changing Team

The business world is constantly changing. There’s nothing easy about losing a valuable team member, and consequently training a replacement, but there are ways to make the process less painful, and manage a changing team. First, you have to have documented processes in place. Without them, there’s no clear path forward. Second, make sure that… Read more »