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How to Deal With Employees Who Don’t Fully Get Their Work Done

How to Deal With Employees Who Don’t Fully Get Their Work Done

When you assign a task to one of your employees/direct reports and they don’t complete that task, how do you feel? When you ask them to do four things specifically about that task and they come back with only two of them completed, how does that make you feel? Or worse, what if they deliberately do something opposite of what you’ve asked them to do. How does that make you feel? If you’re like most of the business owners and entrepreneurs I know, you feel pretty frustrated. What ought to be...

5 Steps to Improve Anything in Your Business or Life

5 Steps to Improve Anything in Your Business or Life

Every day you have to improve or fix something. Somedays it’s your business model. Other days it’s your marketing system. Somedays it’s your management style. Other days it’s your sales process, etc. Literally every day, you’re working on improving something in your business (or life). The question is, “What’s your process for improving?” If you’re like most business owners and/or entrepreneurs, you don’t have a framework or rubric for how to do just that—for how to improve anything—and that’s...

How to Create a Vision Statement That Inspires

How to Create a Vision Statement That Inspires

Several years ago, I created a video on, “The Difference Between Mission and Vision,” that is the number one video on the subject (with several hundreds of thousands of views). Because of the number of people watching that video, someone asked if I had any more video training on how to create a better mission statement. In response to their request (which is how I tend to operate), I created a video on “What Makes a Mission Statement Good (or Bad).” However, it wasn’t until this past week that...

5 Huge Strategic Planning Mistakes Virtually Every Business Makes

5 Huge Strategic Planning Mistakes Virtually Every Business Makes

As a business owner, entrepreneur, CEO, Founder/Co-Founder you know that one of your most important tasks every year is to create a “strategic plan.” Unfortunately, the vast majority of “strategic plans” aren’t very strategic, nor do they drive significant growth. Case in point: 85% of businesses are plateaued or in decline. And of those that are growing, most are growing under 10% (with most of those being 5% or less). More importantly, how much has your business grown on an annual basis over...

5 Keys to Accountability

5 Keys to Accountability

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “My people just don’t get stuff done around here!” If so, you’re normal. It’s one of the most common refrains I hear from business owners and entrepreneurs all the time. Speaking about their people, “They just don’t get work done on time!” Or, “They don’t produce their work at a high enough quality!” Or, “I’m forever having to go back and correct their work!” Or, “It takes them so freakin’ long to get anything done.” Can you relate? I’m guessing, you can....

How to Fix Virtually Any Employee Problem

How to Fix Virtually Any Employee Problem

Ever get frustrated with your employees? Ever give them something to do and they don’t get it done right? Or on time? Or at the right level of quality? Or for the right amount? Etc. If so, then you know the dilemma that every business owner/entrepreneur faces. In order to grow and scale a more profitable business, you have to hire and leverage more people. But with more people, come more problems. So, what should you do? On the one hand you want to create more leverage, put food on the table...

The Secret to Eliminating 90% of Employee Problems

The Secret to Eliminating 90% of Employee Problems

As a business owner/entrepreneur, one of the great joys of your job is hiring and employing people. At the same time, one of your greatest frustrations is probably the same (people). They don’t always do what you want them to do, the way you want them to do that activity. They don’t always produce the results you’re paying them to produce. They frequently like to take shortcuts. They sometimes do exactly opposite what you want them to do. Etc. So, how can you turn that around and eliminate the...

How to Be More Relentless

How to Be More Relentless

If I were to ask you, “What do you think is the single most important character quality for attaining success?” what would you say? Well, if you’ve read a lot of success literature, you’d probably say, “Perseverance.” And you’d be correct. So, why am I asking you about this today? Because, as of the day I’m writing this post, there are only 68 days left in this year.  Just 68. And what I’ve been noticing over the past few weeks has been a lot of business owners and entrepreneurs resigning...

The Single Biggest Mistake Business Owners Make When Designing and Building Their Businesses

The Single Biggest Mistake Business Owners Make When Designing and Building Their Businesses

Why did you decide to start and build your business? What motivated you to do what most people won’t? My guess is that the last thing you were thinking about when you started your business was, “How can I mess this up?” Yet, that is exactly what most business owners and entrepreneurs do when they design and build their businesses—they forget to take, into account, one very important thing. What’s ever more amazing is that this one mistake could have been completely avoided … if they knew what...

The Who Always Determines the What

The Who Always Determines the What

Is your business getting as much traction as you want? Or not? Are your marketing efforts not as successful as they once were? Are you struggling with finding message to market match? Well, if any of those are true of you and/or your business, chances are you’re having trouble executing this idea that the who always determines the what. The idea of this marketing principle itself is easy to understand. The difficulty is executing the principle. I spend a lot of time with business owners and...

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