Posts Tagged ‘smallbiz’

Small Business and Startups: 6 Traits of Great Businesses

Mike | September 22nd, 2014

A few weeks back I wrote about 5 traits of leadership and some of the characteristics that great leaders share. Today let’s move away form the individual(s) that lead businesses and discuss the businesses themselves, shall we? Leadership is all well and good (not to mention completely necessary), but there is more to a business than simply […]

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Small Business Tips: 5 More Great Online Tools (Have I Mentioned These Before?)

Mike | September 15th, 2014

A few weeks ago I offered up five online tools that I have tested or am currently using (and that I have never written about before). I like to explore these new apps, tools, and services every so often with an eye towards sharing and possibly implementing in our own business (Remember? Here, here, here, here, and here). Some of […]

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Small Business and Startups: 5 Traits of Leadership

Mike | September 8th, 2014

What is a manager? What is a leader? In the context of small business and startups these two characteristically different beings are necessarily rolled into one. In the world of the mega-corporation-consultant-advised-worker-powered-behemoths a manager can often be a quietly effective, detail oriented, often cloistered individual who might supervise dozens or even hundreds of others, while […]

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Small Business Tips: 5 Great Online Tools (That I’ve never mentioned before)

Mike | September 2nd, 2014

If I took the time to analyze the number of hours I spend doing my job online, and then add in the number of hours I spend online doing non-work stuff, the result would probably choke a virtual horse. At any given time I have several dozen browser windows and tabs open and am logged […]

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Small Business Tips: Engaging Customers (Sell, Sell, Sell)

Mike | August 11th, 2014

Last week I wrote about building lasting relationships with your customers and the critical importance of nurturing and maintaining strong ties over time with those most important to the well-being of your business. Today, I thought perhaps we could start from the beginning, with a discussion on how to start those relationships. Perhaps the hardest thing […]

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Small Business Tips: 5 Steps to Building Great Customer Relationships

Mike | August 4th, 2014

You started a business and slowly, surely you have been acquiring new customers. They buy your products, they pay their bills. And they bring you their problems. Not the kind of problems they share at home with their spouse or on the couch with their shrink. Rather they share the problems they have with whatever […]

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Small Business and Startups: 7 Habits of Me

Mike | July 14th, 2014

Steven Covey started it all with his seminal book, “7 Habits of Effective People.” His work has spawned hundreds of blog posts – a quick search turns up the “21 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs,” and the “7 Habits of Effective Managers,”  even the “10 Habits of Happy Mothers.” All of this exploration of habits and success, […]

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Small Business and Problem-solving: Take a Walk

Mike | July 7th, 2014

Sometimes I wake up in the night thinking about my company. On occasion it can be difficult to get back to sleep, especially when some recently wrestled-with and unresolved issue is nagging at me. My mind gets stuck on a problem or a question and sleep can be elusive from that point forward. I think this […]

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Small Business and Startups: What Would You do Differently?

Mike | June 9th, 2014

Mom told us to learn from our mistakes. The world’s great religions teach us that our transgressions will be forgiven. Redemption is all around us every wherever we look, whether as a plot-line in a movie or in the world of politics. Entrepreneurs make mistakes every single day, many of them completely unforced errors. Sometimes these mistakes have a negligible impact on […]

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Listen Close: 5 Tips for Small Business and Startups

Mike | June 2nd, 2014

People who run businesses tend to talk. A lot. We chair meetings, we advance our opinion, we write memos, we give marching orders, we articulate strategy, and we manage tactics. We are excellent at communicating our thoughts and wishes. What we don’t do quite as well is listen. As important as it is to be […]

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