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 #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 #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 »

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 #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 #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 #74 – Looking to Team

In the world of contracting, opportunities arise that may not exactly fall within your capabilities. Once that happens, you will more than likely consider teaming with another company that might have the qualifications to help you win. Be smart and take a dual approach. Reference your growth plan to target companies that also have capabilities… Read more »