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How To Find Your Number 2

Guest Article Tell me about a Steve Jobs, and I can show you a Steve Wozniak. Show me a Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast and look no further than Stephen Burke his Senior Executive Vice President. Explain to me the magnitude of the Civil Rights Movement lead by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and I can talk to you about Dr. Ralph Abernathy and Bayard Rustin. When you think about the greatness of President Abraham Lincoln, and I ask you to research William Seward, his Secretary of State. If the greatest basketball player of all times is Michael Jordan, then I would say he never won a ring until Scottie Pippen matured as his sidekick. Get the picture? It may take one to lead a great business, but it takes two to sustain and grow it. My new book, It Takes 2: Who is Helping You Lead?, provides leaders with the tools to find the very important second man or “2Man” for their staff.  The term 2Man isn’t gender-specific, so it can be applied to a man or a woman. The role they fill and the responsibility they carry is determined by what you need as the leader of your business. A 2Man is the person on the executive leadership team, whose job is to add value to the organization, execute the mission, and bring relief to his or her senior leader. As you look at some of the most successful organizations and businesses in history, you will see that each great leader had an influential and brilliant 2Man. Whether you are a Creative Director, Grace Coddington, who was the secret weapon behind Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue (the inspiration for the movie The Devil Wears Prada); Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s late-night sidekick who became famous for the line, “Heeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” or Charles Munger, Warren Buffet’s right-hand man––all of these individuals are or were considered 2s who helped their businesses achieve great levels of success and fame. So if these unique individuals are essential to helping you lead your business, the question is…How do I find them? Below are…

Critical Thinking Is The Superhero Protecting Your Business From Poor Decisions

Success in business is multi-faceted, but one thing’s fairly obvious: without critical thinking skills, vital business decisions would be a disaster. We know it’s necessary, but what is critical thinking… Read more » The post Critical Thinking Is The Superhero Protecting Your Business From Poor Decisions appeared first on

How to Fire an Employee Without Destroying Them

The only thing worse than firing an employee is firing one that is dear to you. The reasons for letting go of a beloved employee may vary. Perhaps you’ve outgrown them, can’t afford to keep them, or they are no longer cutting it. Whatever the reason, you don’t want to destroy this person that has become a friend or family member, so you need a strategy. Get Your Head Straight Remember, you are not running a charity, you are running a business. You pay your employees to do work that moves your company forward. But you do want to fire a person with care. The most heartfelt strategy is to try to give them as much notice and money as you can, so they will have a soft landing. Start planning for firing – plan six-weeks ahead of time. Pick a day with no significance. A Friday is a good option, since you’re headed into the weekend, it gives you an opportunity to get everything from them, and have them clear out their desk without an audience. And that way, they are not a source of gossip in your office. Be Ready For Questions Expect that your employee will have questions, and be prepared to answer them. Always tell the truth. If you did have work performance concerns, you should already have addressed these with her in the past and given her fair warning that if she didn’t improve, she would be terminated. If you’ve reached the point of letting her go, she shouldn’t be surprised. You should have documented all the conversations about performance to protect yourself. If the reason is that your company is having financial difficulties, make it clear that it was a business decision, and that you will provide a reference and even help her get a new position. Respect Their Privacy Firing an employee should always happen behind closed doors. It’s nobody else’s business, and you don’t want to incite panic among your other employees, who might be concerned that they are next in line. Have a Backup Plan Don’t fire anyone without knowing how…

High-Performance Hiring Practices

Guest Article One of the most frequent questions across this country, when I am talking to small business owners, is, “How do I hire the right person?”  Looking for the right person to hire can be the most expensive and damaging process in your business.  Your employees are the lifeblood of your organization.  They are often customer facing and affect your bottom line in various ways. What we as business owners should be searching for are “core employees”.  A core employee is defined as an employee who has been with you for two or more years.  Once someone has been with you for two or more years, you pretty much know what to expect from them, they know what to expect from you, and efficiency increases.  The more core employees that you have, the better your organization functions. The trick is to streamline your hiring practices to pinpoint great partners to work with. It all starts with your job description. Many businesses don’t create job descriptions or have minimal descriptions and throw in the catch-all statement, “And other duties as assigned.” The problem with this practice is that we never truly define what we are searching for and we likely create legal issues for our businesses. If you don’t actually explain what you want your employee to do, how do you expect them to perform the job? We must list every recurring function of the job. Is it possible to list EVERY function your employee has? No. But if that function becomes a recurring function, we should list it in the description. A great job description will include the essential functions of the position as well as the ergonomic, environmental, and physical needs of the position. Ergonomically, are you requiring the employee to stand for 6 hours a day? Maybe they need to sit for 6 hours a day? It needs to be in the job description. We can’t assume that the applicant will automatically know what you need from the position and can perform those functions. We need to list the environmental factors that could affect our employee as…

4 Effective Ways to Gain a Micromanager’s Trust

I’ve worked for a number of micromanagers over the years. They’re a real pain in the noggin for EVERYONE. The trouble is, they rarely understand they’re that way. A micromanager… Read more » The post 4 Effective Ways to Gain a Micromanager’s Trust appeared first on

My Top Movie Recommendation for 2018

For Father’s Day I was watching the most heartfelt movies I’ve seen in a long time, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” It is a movie that will both lift you up with the possibilities of how much of an individual person can have a positive impact on masses of people as well as challenge you about what you’re doing to make the world a slightly better place. It is a movie that will have you laughing raucously and sniffling uncontrollably in joy and sorrow. I simply can’t imagine any of you NOT watching this wonderful, self-affirming documentary movie about Fred Rogers and if you are able to I recommend you watch while it’s in a theater because the group reactions are cathartic. We clapped as Mr. Rogers testified before congress and used a personal narrative that won over the heart of the most hardened congressman and we laughed out loud at the on-set pranks by hippies to this “square” host and we sat in wonder as we watched footing of Mr. Rogers with Koko the gorilla. The YouTube embed and this link have a short trailer. If you don’t know “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” as a show I can tell you that it defined my generation’s childhood as nearly every Gen-Xer grew up on it. Some of my earliest memories of childhood are as a four-year-old sitting in front of the TV with Mr. Rogers talking directly to me. He showed empathy, he assumed I was smart, he talked to me about reading and then we would descend into “the world of make believe” where kings, queens and the scary Lady Elaine. I would race over to my parents or older brother, Ron, when Mr. Rogers put words up and I would shout, “What does that say? What does that SAY!?!” What I didn’t realize were the broader social issues that Mr. Rogers was helping the nation deal with. In an era when there were national conflicts because segregationists were removing African Americans from swimming pools, Mr. Rogers invited his neighborhood police officer to cool off his feet with him. Mr. Rogers dealt with assassination…

Best Practices for Delegation

Successful delegation becomes possible when operations are consistent, proactive, and, most importantly, when decisions do not only rely on one person’s perspective. The CEO may have started their business, but it takes a team to drive it to the next level. This poses a unique challenge for the entrepreneur who has likely gotten used to […] The post Best Practices for Delegation appeared first on SmallBizClub.

3 Solid Ways to Create Lasting Employee Loyalty

Would you be surprised to discover that more than half of the workforce is unhappy about their work environment? For decades we believed that the monetary rewards for the jobs they do is enough incentive for the employees to be happy and loyal to you or your company. Now we know that’s not the case. […] The post 3 Solid Ways to Create Lasting Employee Loyalty appeared first on SmallBizClub.

Want to Be a Better Entrepreneur and Leader? Build a Better Morning Routine

As an entrepreneur, you’re probably tired of hearing about the importance of early morning gratitude sessions. It seems like everyone has ‘the one simple trick!’ you need to add to your routine to thrive in your business, but those tricks add up and take up your time. Not only that, but entrepreneurs are also living […] The post Want to Be a Better Entrepreneur and Leader? Build a Better Morning Routine appeared first on SmallBizClub.

Self-Leadership: A Prerequisite for Teamwork

Building effective teams requires building self-leaders. Let’s start with teams first. Is it better for organizations to be more like a natural (wild) garden or an orchestra? One of these models is not better than the other—they reflect different purposes. A natural garden has beauty, freedom of expression, and individuality that cannot be reproduced in […] The post Self-Leadership: A Prerequisite for Teamwork appeared first on SmallBizClub.

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