5 Smartphone Apps CEOs Shouldn’t Ignore

smartphone apps for CEOsEverywhere you look, people are doing something with their phones. They are either texting someone, or they are using one of the thousands of apps available.

Small business CEOs need to have access to their office even when they aren’t in them.   Here are some smartphone apps to help you out.

1. iTerminal – One thing any company needs is the ability to get paid. The iTerminal app will allow you to accept credit card payments right from your iPhone. All you have to do is enter the information in the easy to use interface and it will process the payment immediately.…

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The Importance Of Hiring The Very Best Employees

hiring the best employees possibleAs small business owners, we wear many different hats.   Among which, hiring the right people, and helping them achieve their highest potential, are two of your most important responsibilities.   But which one is MORE important?

This is an oft-debated topic – at big companies and small – about whether it’s more important to:

A.           Hire the best people, or

B.           Get the most from your people

Many large companies spend a lot of time and energy teaching their managers about choice (B) – getting the most from their direct employees – while devoting surprisingly little attention to the recruitment of “A Players.”

Why is that?  …

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Employee Training – A Wise Investment

employee training programOne of the most important aspects of small business management is the manpower. This is where the business operation and the business success relies. If the manpower is weak, it is not possible to achieve the goals and plans of the company. Entrepreneurs are already aware that in order for their business to succeed, they must select and hire the right people.

But most often than not, employees are raw in terms of the knowledge regarding your business. That is why staff training should be implemented so that your employees will get the chance to update their skills and learn more about your business.…

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13 Mistakes That Can Jinx Your Business

13 small business mistakesDespite a modest-to-invisible economic rebound in the U.S., conditions remain precarious for millions of small business owners in all areas and industries. With economic headlines shouting one big problem after another, we’re conditioned to think about economic dangers in grandiose terms – the calamity that cripples and possibly sinks a business, whether it’s a giant oil company, or a local restaurant.

But the path to ruin is more often paved with small missteps, rather than a single cataclysmic event. Here are 13 mistakes that individually might not be life threatening to your business, but together can be terminal:

1. Hoarding Information.

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Roadway To Success In A Management Role

road to management successBeing the manager of a business is a big responsibility. You should be able to know every detail from business planning to business operation. If you are a successful manager of a business, your fulfillment is the best reward.

To hit the ground running, a manager should always believe in himself. It is normal that sometimes, at some point, you will loss your confidence. But it is your self alone that can build up confidence and keep the business running with all your might. Always remember that the reason why you are holding that position is because you have the potential to manage and operate the business.…

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How to Manage Your Small Business Workload

managing a heavy business workloadHaving a small business is a wonderful opportunity to become a boss of your own company. Regardless of the size of the business, it is a fulfillment for somebody to call the business their own. However, owning your own business is a big responsibility, and thus giving you more workload that you even need to extend beyond your deadlines.

The following are just a few tips on how to manage your workload to avoid cramming and nervous breakdown due to heavy tasks:

Get a personal assistant

Hire somebody who you can trust to help you out with some tasks. There are some little tasks that you may tend to ignore, but if these little tasks keep piling up, it will eat alive.…

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Managing Business In A Creative Way

creative thinking for businessManaging a business can be difficult, heavy and stressful. But, it should not be boring. It is important that you are enjoying what you are doing in business, and that should include the managerial tasks. You should always come up with a business operation and management plan which can be carried out effectively and in the most creative way possible.

Strategies must be implemented to enhance the creativity of managing a business. Creativity is the key to breaking the chain of boredom and unproductive business management. This is even agreed upon by 1,500 chief executives according to the survey conducted by IBM’s Institute for Business Value.…

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Operating and Managing a Small Business

manageing a businessThe success of a small business relies on how the entrepreneurs manage and operate the business. There are a lot of people starting a small business everyday, but because of the lack of knowledge, they end up with an empty pocket. It is critical that one must consider how the business should operate. As a business owner, you should have clear understanding on your business plan and this should include your operational decisions in order to meet your business goals and objectives.

When we say business operation, we are referring to a detailed analysis of how you are going to provide your products and services in the marketplace.…

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How to Build Your Competitive Advantage By Seeing What Does NOT Change

building a competitive business advantage

Have the requirements for leadership changed?

Is it true that “The time of the great leaders like Churchill, JFK, FDR, and Golda Meir, is over because the world is too complex for one individual to know everything”?

Is it true that  “One of the things that people need to master now is… not only to be like Reagan and Martin Luther King who were great speakers, but also to be a great listener”?

In  a recent video my colleague, Thomas Zweifel, argues “yes” to all these questions.   I disagree.

The Dangerous Myth of the “New.”

“Man does not live by bread alone, but also by the catch word.”
–R.…

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Taking Time Out for Leadership

making time for leadershipSmall businesses are never too small or large, to execute the most vital part of business, face -to- face communication.   Having discussed aspects of communication here before, this aspect of communication involves having company meetings, not department meetings, to hear the company news from the owner/operator.

Company news delivered during robust economic times means the company is busy and bustling making money. The owner/operator of a small business is more than willing to speak and conduct in-house company meetings. However, during weak economic times, the company is a little slower and the worrisome aspect(s) begin to form around the business. The majority of owner/operators tend not to take on the in-house meetings, and/or cancel them in an attempt to encourage others to just do the job.…

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