Tag: leadership

Using Shop Downtime to Your Advantage

At certain times of the year people in our shop aren’t working as much as we would like them to be. We want them to be busy. We have plenty of work year around. And it’s nice to have some downtime, but we don’t want people to get “soft” when things slow down. How can we best use the quite times?

Thoughts of the Day: Quiet times in the business are a great opportunity for reflection on what works well and what could be done better. Imagining the future is essential for any production that intends to stay profitable. Make time for training in order to upgrade skills and boost efficiency. Use the time to celebrate and prepare for what’s next.

Gain Control by Giving Up Control – trust your people, delegate

We have a lack of organization structure. Not everyone can be a manager. We might not recognize the candidate who can be a lead – and I’m not sure what a lead is, anyway. On the other hand, I can’t leave unless I give a list of things to do to people. They don’t take initiative to look around at what needs to be done. And when I come back half of stuff isn’t done and gets pushed back to me, and I get bombarded. What should I do?

Thoughts of the Day: Building organizational structure is one of the hallmarks of a stage 2 company. Figure out what you have to work with, and how best to organize that group of employees into more efficient units. Learn to delegate tasks and projects to teams. It’s important to make sure employees know where the company is headed, and the role they play in helping the business get there. Conduct regular meetings, and work with the teams to build a Next Action Steps List and review and discuss progress and hold ups.

Reaching your audience with marketing

People don’t know us. They don’t know who we are, what we stand for. It’s not so easy to reach people. Sometimes I feel like I’m just taking at people, but don’t really have their attention. What should we think about doing differently for marketing?

Thoughts of the Day: The good news is, you don’t have to reach everyone. But you do need to have something useful for the people you want to reach. Consider storytelling as a way to be memorable.

Ready to Sell Your Small Business

Getting my small business ready for sale. Makes me feel on edge and unsure. After 23 years of running this business I have to stop following my long practiced habits and focus on what’s next – how do I do that?

Thoughts of the Day: Transitioning from small business owner to something else is a process that many people find challenging to get through. Design your future. Make sure you’ve secured the finances you’ll need. Learn about all the ways that business owners sell their businesses when they’re ready to let go. Decide what you want your legacy to be and set yourself on the right path to sell your business.

Imagining the Future – build a plan

The good news is we’ve been growing. But we’re operating a company of 50 employees the same way as we worked when we were 20 employees. What should we be doing to make things better as we continue to grow?

Thoughts of the Day: Growing the company is a good thing, keeping up with growth can be a challenge. Think ahead about your future plan, build systems that will benefit a company twice the size. Figure out your leadership team of the future. Imagine your customers of the future. Build controls that serve the increased volume of activity. Learn about technology advances that can help you stay ahead of productivity and innovation curves.

Building a Sales Plan

We’ve never had a sales plan – a planned out way to get leads and work the leads. What should we use as a template? How can we make sure the plan works?

Thoughts of the Day: Most small businesses are light on written plans, and that can get in the way of producing consistent results. Mapping out your sales strategy and tactics gives you and your employees a roadmap to follow. Consistency in approach allows you to measure what’s working and identify what needs tweaking. Knowing how one stage relates to another helps you forecast what it will take to get the results you want.

Employee Empowerment

Letting Others Step Up

It’s hard to teach others how to do an exact act that you want preformed. I struggle with handing things over to others because I know how its done, how I want it done, and it often seems that…

It’s All On My Shoulders

I try to take on everything, fix everything, and I can’t keep doing that. I don’t see my family enough. I’ve become the roadblock to so many things at work. But if I don’t check in or step in…