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Sometimes, the very same courage and insights that are initially such great strengths wind up limiting the company’s growth. It’s an easy trap for entrepreneurs to fall into. They get in the habit of telling employees what to do, and employees get in the habit...

This year, in other words, about two-thirds of American employees reported themselves not engaged in their work. About one-sixth said they were “actively disengaged,” a pretty good sign that they detested their jobs, their bosses, or both. And all this in a hot economy. Source: Forbes...

He realized early on that he wanted to create a different kind of company from the one left to him. One that involved everybody in the business. One that delivered great service to customers. One where people loved coming to work. Source: Forbes | Setting A...

Lots of small businesses don’t have a plan or a budget. But that just means the business isn’t in control. If you want to manage your company, rather than just responding to whatever comes up, you have to anticipate what the future holds. In detail. Source:...

Maybe you saw the headline a few weeks ago: a group known as the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The Quartet is a “many-hued association of labor unions, businesses, human-rights activists and lawyers,” reported the Wall Street Journal. Unions and...

Once again. It was the same conversation he had already had with several other leaders in the company. Why are you trying to shake things up? And what’s with all the information up on the wall? He plunged in one more time. Source: Forbes | Changing...

Then Ben posed the key question. “What numerical metric would help us achieve the objectives we have identified as most important?” Source: Forbes | Finding The Right Performance Metric...

“That’s how people start to learn the business—they see how their everyday actions affect financial results. Maybe you put up a scoreboard somewhere. Maybe you agree on a target and pay people a bonus if you hit it. Won’t cost the company anything because your...

“In half an hour or so,” Ben continued, “the rest of the staff will start wandering in. Some of them will look at those documents. Most will need some kind of explanation. I’ll be available this morning, but you’re just as qualified as I am....

But thoughts tumbled through his mind, one after the other. The financials don’t quote the work. The financials don’t sell the work. The financials don’t perform or track the work. People do that! Source: Forbes | When The Financials Look Bad, Dig Deeper To Find Out...