Weekly Curated Content for Business Owners

The best articles, blog posts, videos, slides and more selected from hundreds of sources and organized in four mission-critical topics for your business.

Weekly Curated Content for Business Owners

The best articles, blog posts, videos, slides and more selected from hundreds of sources and organized in four mission-critical topics for your business.

Weekly Curated Content for Business Owners

The best articles, blog posts, videos, slides and more selected from hundreds of sources and organized in four mission-critical topics for your business.

4 Things You Need to Know

One email a week.

1) People

A business doesn’t really thrive unless its employees do, too. Mind the needs of your people and watch your business soar.

2) Strategy

Mission defines strategy, which defines structure. Revisit your plan frequently and make yourself accountable to a trusted colleague.

3) Execution

Making strategy work is harder than making strategy. Be a student of process improvement and continue to plan, act, and adapt.

4) Cash

Cash, the lifeblood of any business, gives you better buying power, more flexibility, a way to keep up with debt, and a way to grow.

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  • November 18, 2017

    1) People

    Get Ahead of the Problem: 5 Actionable Steps to Address Sexual Harassment at Your Company
    Reports of workplace sexual harassment are all over the news and social media. Regardless of company size, it’s clear that people in powerful positions are taking advantage of vulnerable employees. Some companies are risking everything to protect harassers, and anyone brave enough to speak out faces possible retaliation. But businesses that resist taking action are in for a costly awakening. Act now to transform your company’s culture into a transparent, accountable, and harassment-sensitive environment. by Samier Mansur and Meera Seshadri on Huffington Post

    2) Strategy

    True Leadership Comes From Below, Not From Above
    Whether in business, in politics, or in communities around the world, people expect certain considerations from their leaders. In particular, they want to know their leaders care about them and are listening when they express their opinions and viewpoints. What happens if these expectations aren’t met? Cultures degrade, morale plummets, and anarchy ensues. Here are some interesting facts about group behavior and leadership, and what understanding the underpinnings of group dynamics can teach savvy business leaders. by Jonathan Aberman on the Washington Post

    3) Execution

    Seven Sure-Fire Ways to Fail at Data Analytics
    Data analytics” just might be the buzz term of 2017. But just because everyone’s talking about data doesn’t mean every business knows how to use it. Without the right approach, skills, and tactics, the numbers a company comes to rely on won’t add up to much. To reap real value from analytics, start with these top tips: 1) Look before you leap; 2) gather input from the teams that need the data; 3) just say “no” to building your own data infrastructure; and 4) adopt appropriate data hygiene practices. by Bob Violino on CIO  

    4) Cash

    Metric of the Month: Annual Budget Cycle Times
    Why do some companies take longer than others to push out their annual budgets? Factors ranging from the complex (the need to make assumptions about what a key competitor might do) to the mundane (the back-and-forth budget review process itself) come into play. Stop the madness by implementing one or more of these ideas in your next budget cycle: 1) Meet with senior leaders to set goals and expectations; 2) shift a few goals to meet more relative targets; and 3) compress cycle timelines to move the process forward faster. by Marisa Brown on CFO (more…)
  • November 11, 2017

    1) People

    Farmers Insurance Is Using Virtual Reality to Transform Its Employee Training
    Earlier this year, Farmers Insurance began piloting a new virtual reality training program to better prepare its claims adjusters for damage scenarios in the “real world.” Now, instead of flying new hires to Los Angeles, where they’d walk through a series of scenarios in an actual two-story home, the company utilizes virtual training environments that expose trainees to a variety of housing floor plans and thousands of training experience options. The NFL, UPS, and Walmart are also giving virtual reality training a try. by Jeff Kauflin on Forbes

    2) Strategy

    Why Companies Need to Build a Skills Inventory
    What’s the biggest challenge facing businesses today? Finding employees equipped with skills that are currently relevant and adaptable to the needs of automation- and data-driven workplaces. As technology evolves and competition for talent tightens, the time to implement a skills tracking system is now. Here’s how to take an accurate inventory, analyze the data you’ve gathered (strengths, weaknesses, and gaps), and formulate an acquisition plan that will prepare your company for the future. by Jeff Hesse on strategy+business

    3) Execution

    How to Collaborate With Other Brands in Content Marketing
    Looking for new ways to increase engagement with your business? Collaborate on content with other experts and influencers in your field. Pooling your knowledge, skills, and expertise on research projects, case studies, or a series of blog posts will help assert your position as a thought leader, demonstrate your understanding of your industry, and build trust and loyalty with your audience. Another plus? You’ll both gain new insights and information from the partnership along the way. by Sahail Ashraf on Business 2 Community 

    4) Cash

    Opinion: House Tax Bill Won’t Save Most Small Businesses Money
    Eighty-five percent of small business owners feel the current tax code unfairly benefits large corporations. Unfortunately, tax legislation recently proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives does little to contradict this belief. By keeping the loophole that allows multinational corporations to defer paying taxes on foreign profits, the provision fails to address the substantial tax advantage given to big businesses. And reducing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent without eliminating loopholes only succeeds in raising the deficit. by John Arensmeyer on AccountingWEB (more…)
  • November 4, 2017

    1) People

    An Open Letter to HR Professionals: Stop Enabling Sexual Harassment
    Sexual harassment in the workplace is a crime. Whether such behavior affects an employee, client, or customer, businesses are breaking the law if they don’t do what they can to stop it. Be your workers’ champion and protect your business by taking these effective actions: 1) Make it clear that this behavior is illegal, will not be tolerated, and will result in termination; 2) let employees know that everyone is responsible for reporting sexual harassment; and 3) implement a confidential reporting process that protects whistleblowers from retaliation. by Colleen Striegel on Workforce

    2) Strategy

    Do-It-Yourself Oceaneering
    To break away from rivals and forge innovative new product paths, companies are pursuing “blue ocean” markets devoid of competitors for commoditized consumer merchandise like toilet tissue. After investigating the transport methods used by Brazilian shoppers who typically carry purchases home by foot or on public transit, Kimberly-Clark Brazil set itself apart by compressing its tissue packaging and adding a handy carrying strap. Embarking on your own blue ocean can be as simple as following this five-step process—no creativity required. by Theodore Kinni on strategy+business

    3) Execution

    What It Means to Be a Design-Led Business
    Changing the focus of your business strategy from “product first” to “customer first”? Be sure to include a few tried-and-true design principles in your plan. First, jumpstart creativity by assembling a diverse, cross-functional team. Then spend time in your customer’s environment to learn how they use your products and services. Next, use that knowledge to identify gaps and friction points. Then experiment with a variety of solutions. Adding all of these elements to your strategy will help you craft a successful customer experience. by Giselle Abramovich on CMO

    4) Cash

    Securing Capital to Grow and Innovate
    Progress in computer and equipment technology has altered the financing needs of manufacturing companies. Where previously companies invested in equipment they could use for 20 years, today’s technological advancements quickly make last year’s purchases obsolete. With economic confidence on the rise in 2017, manufacturers who once held off on capital expenditures are now poised to purchase. Here’s how lenders are stepping up to meet the capital challenges of the manufacturing sector. by Jennifer Pellet on Chief Executive (more…)