7 Personality Traits of Highly Successful Business Owners

Once upon a time, books like How to Win Friends and Influence People and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People were supposed to have been the final words on the subtle art of leadership.

But today, in an era of disruption, Zuckerberg-style power plays, and glass-ceiling-smashing, the inadequacy of a one-size fits all approach to leadership has been clearly demonstrated. Highly effective people, it turns out, have all sorts of habits.

Business co-owners

Is there still some value in trying to draw out the traits common to good leaders? Some people certainly think so. James R Bailey, a professor at George Washington University’s School of Business, proposed in the Harvard Business Review that one recipe for “vital” leadership consists of providing both direction and force.…

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Employee Onboarding 101

Starting a new job can feel almost scary. You’re a little unsure about what your exact job duties will be and you might even question how well you’ll like your co-workers (as well as how well they’ll like you). Everything is new and different when first getting to know the business that is now responsible for helping you earn a living, which can be slightly overwhelming to say the least.

Onboarding

Though some level of nervousness and anxiety is normal, there are several things employers can do to help their new staff’s first day feel more welcoming, helping to ease their nerves and relax their concerns.…

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Superhero Workforce: Which Superhero are You at Your Company? (Infographic)

We all have those days at work where we wish things could run a bit more smoothly to avoid problems with productivity and efficiency. Oh, how much easier life would be if we were superheroes! Unfortunately, we aren’t blessed with powers, but we can rely on the latest tech to keep our working lives as efficient as possible.

Captain America

Warehouse management specialists PeopleVox have constructed an infographic to help us explore the idea of a superhero workforce. Is your job role mentioned? How much easier would life be if we had our very own Hulk instead of using a forklift?!

So, which superheroes are ideal for your company?

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3 Tips for Making The Right Hire The First Time

If you want your business to be successful, you’ve got to hire the right people to help get you there. Sadly, many businesses soon discover that their hiring process isn’t all that it should be. When this happens, your company can end up wasting a huge amount of time and money on the hiring and onboarding processes just to have to redo those processes a few months later when they realize they’ve hired the wrong person.

Hiring the right employee

So to help ensure your company doesn’t have to go through this dilemma multiple times a year, here are three tips for making the right hire the first time around.…

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Three Tips on Ensuring Maximum Employee Uptime

Employee uptime is important no matter what sector your business is in. After all, the more your employees are working, the better the turnaround for you. This drives your business, which creates your bottom line. And for you and your employees, that is what puts food on your tables.

Of course, while pay scale and the atmosphere of their working environment definitely contributes to how hard they work, there are other ways to keep them on task.

Busy employees

So how do you maximize your employees’ up time and keep them on task as much as possible? Use these three tips to ensure that your employees don’t get in their own way.…

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Going Back to Business School? Here’s How to Save Money and Time

It should be somewhat obvious that the more training you receive, the better you will be at achieving your goals. As it is true with doctors, so it is true with business leaders. Immediately after graduation, MBA grads earn an average of $45,000 more than their peers, and as more MBA grads enter entrepreneurship, they are finding it much easier to run a business with their advanced education and experience they gained from their program.

MBA student

However, not every aspiring entrepreneur has two full years and several tens of thousands of dollars to drop on an MBA. Fortunately, you don’t have to.…

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Every Rising Star Should Have These 8 Qualities to Succeed in Business

Perfect employees simply don’t exist. But seasoned managers and executives are nevertheless pretty good at predicting which new hires are destined for the corner office and which are likelier to leave after a few years of workmanlike service.

Hiring good employees

You clearly want more of the former in your organization. Here’s how to identify the rising stars in your organization — and, fingers crossed, in the hiring queue.

1. Effective Communication

Effective communication is among the most important soft skills for upwardly mobile employees. It makes just about everything easier, from keeping on top of complex projects to training up junior members of the team.…

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Tips for Helping Employees to Grow So You Boost Retention Levels

There are many costs involved with having a high staff turnover, from the loss of knowledge that occurs when workers walk out the door, to the financial costs involved in finding replacements, and the time it takes to train them up. As such, it is incredibly important for all organizations to have a focus on boosting retention levels.

Fostering employee growth with performance evaluation

While there are many different ways to do this, including recognizing and rewarding workers, creating a positive culture, providing employee perks and the like, one great way that not enough managers focus on is helping people to grow and reach their potential.…

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Why Many Small Business CEOs Fail At Job Search

Have you had enough of being a CEO of a small business?

(Maybe your official title is not CEO – it’s probably MD, GM or similar – but in this article I’ll use CEO as an umbrella term for all of those to aid consistency and comprehension).

Often the pressures of running a small business to small business CEOs and they begin to dream of having a “normal” job.

At least for a little while.

CEO job search

However, getting a job after being a small business CEO is not always easy.

Press any recruiter and they’ll (grudgingly) admit that CEOs who have been running their own business for the past 10+ years often get overlooked during job search.…

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Choosing Between Individual and Team-Based Incentives

Incentives are a great way to keep your workforce motivated, but knowing what kind of incentive program to implement can make a big difference in terms of results. For many companies, everything boils down to individual versus team-based incentives. What are each option’s strengths and weaknesses and which one is a better fit for your company? A better understanding of both types of incentive programs should help you choose the right option.

Incentivized and motivated business team

Before you start, you also have to remember that implementing any kind of incentive program requires the right tools to make sure it is properly implemented. Managing pool bonuses, overseeing cash rewards based on performance, and keeping track of payouts and promotions manually can be a huge challenge, especially as your workforce grows.…

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