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Getting What You Want from Your Entrepreneurial Business

[fa icon="calendar'] August 14, 2019 at 3:28 PM / by Marisa Smith posted in Management, Leadership, Growth

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Even the most successful entrepreneurs occasionally discover that running a business is more challenging than they expected. If you're a business owner, you may often find yourself dissatisfied by a lack of control over time, the market, or your company. You may have people who don’t listen, understand, or follow through. Or perhaps your profits are flat, preventing you from taking your business to the next level.

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Only Four More To Go

[fa icon="calendar'] January 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM / by Marisa Smith posted in Management, Growth, Teamwork

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Before implementing EOS® in my business, my number one pet peeve was repeating myself. It was frustrating to feel like people weren’t listening to me, and it also seemed incredibly inefficient to say the same thing more than once. And anyone who knows me, knows that I am all about efficiency!

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Giving Feedback: Three Data Points

[fa icon="calendar'] July 16, 2018 at 12:46 PM / by Don Tinney posted in Management, Teamwork

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A helpful discipline when giving feedback to someone, or when having a tough conversation to help correct someone’s unproductive actions, is sharing three data points. Data points are examples of what the person is doing that demonstrates the bad behavior.

If you have to confront one of your people for bad behavior – let’s say he or she is treating people in the office poorly  you owe that person three examples. There is truly magic in three. Two is not enough and four is too many. If you don’t give three examples, he or she will rationalize his or her way out of it.

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Are You a Great Boss or a Not-So-Great Boss?

[fa icon="calendar'] February 6, 2017 at 10:36 AM / by Marisa Smith posted in Management, Leadership

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Ever notice how everyone in a workplace knows who the bad boss is—except the bad boss? If you’re supervising others, and you’re frustrated with their performance, it’s possible that the problem isn’t your team. You could be the not-so-great boss.

Disengaged employees cost the U.S. more than $500 billion in lost productivity annually, and most of that disengagement can be traced back to poor leadership and management. From large corporations to small marketing agencies, the impact of a bad boss can have catastrophic consequences to morale, revenue, and customer satisfaction.

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Why Your Company Needs More (Effective) Meetings

[fa icon="calendar'] January 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM / by Marisa Smith posted in Management, Leadership

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Meetings are often seen as the most useless part of business life, but they don’t have to be.  In fact, meetings can be an important tool for driving your company’s growth, but they have to be run effectively for your team to get value and stop viewing them as a waste of time.

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10 Ways to Build a Great Company

[fa icon="calendar'] August 25, 2016 at 2:56 PM / by Marisa Smith posted in Management, Leadership, Strategy

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When I first started my company, I thought it would be all rainbows and unicorns. I had a lot of fantasies about how much better my lifestyle would be when I didn’t work for “the man,” which is probably why I spent most of my time depressed and anxious when reality finally set in. The financial roller coaster, the feast-or-famine nature of project work, and the loneliness of being a solo-entrepreneur was not what I had in mind.

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