Rule #104 – A Viable Vision

Creating a business without a vision is like going on a long road trip without a GPS. You can try, but you won’t get very far in the right direction. As an entrepreneur, it’s essential that before you start your business you know the overall goal you’re going to accomplish and how you’re going to… Read more »

Rule #103 – Mentorship Matters

No matter what stage you’re at in your career, you can always benefit from mentorship. Whether you’re a recent college graduate or an experienced CEO, you can always learn more from someone who has been where you are. The value of mentorship is often undervalued. However, there’s power in having a mentor who is able… Read more »

Rule #102 – Focus on Decision Making Over Structure

Many organizations believe that changing their organizational structure to better align with their mission will increase performance. However, focusing on the decision-making process has more impact on performance than organizational structure. So take a hard look at who in your organization makes what decisions and try to optimize the process. Does your company focus on… Read more »

Rule #99 – You Don’t Have to Go it On Your Own

Sometimes leaders try to take everything on themselves. But that’s not leading, that’s failing to delegate. You can’t do it all on your own. Let your staff do what they do best, and find business partners and employees who can balance out your weaknesses. There’s a time tested African proverb that says, “If you want… Read more »

Rule #98 – Know Your Customer

This is a time honored chestnut, but remains as true as ever. How many businesses fail to understand what their customers’ lives are really like? What are their pain points? What keeps them awake at night? Answer these questions and you’ll discover what customers are really looking for in your product or service. How well… Read more »

Rule #97 – Look for Alternative Methods

When it comes to innovation, people often think of new inventions and modern technology. However, some of the most innovative ideas include processes and improved methods. It’s important to encourage your team to discover alternative ways to complete projects that may be more efficient and less time consuming, saving your clients time and money. Don’t… Read more »

Rule #96 – Make Credibility Your Credo

Credibility can be defined as the power of inspiring belief. It is at the core of all relationships, and once you lose it, it can be the hardest thing to get back. Living up to clients’ expectations can be challenging at times, but if you maintain your credibility as true, real and honest, you are… Read more »

Rule #93 – Occupy Your Brand

A brand is more than a slick logo or snappy tagline. It’s the sum total of how someone perceives your organization. In short, it’s your reputation. A brand is influenced by customers, employees, news articles, social media, your CEO and the receptionist in the front lobby. Everything your company does either enhances or diminishes your… Read more »

Rule #92 – Who’s Your Decision Maker?

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes. Who in your organization has the power to say “Yes”? It’s the best way to identify the true decision maker. Almost anyone in an organization can say “No,” but the person with real power can say yes. Who has… Read more »

Rule #91 – The Power of Goals

If your employees haven’t established work goals, what are they working towards? Employees who have set work goals are not only more motivated at their jobs, but they are also more engaged as they have a clear direction as to how they fit into the bigger picture of your organization. As a manager, employees can… Read more »