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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  • May 5, 2018

    1) People

    Seemingly “Safe” People Bets That Can Trip Up CEOs
    According to experts, nearly 50% of executive transitions fail. With a track record like that, it’s no wonder new leaders sometimes resist making changes, especially to existing leadership teams. But playing it safe can be just as problematic as being too aggressive. Follow these guidelines to step out on the right foot: 1) Realize that new business and talent strategies often go hand-in-hand. 2) Look for track records in candidate performance versus impressive diplomas. And 3) build a team that’s diverse in thought, background, and style. by Elena Botelho, Shoma Chatterjee, and Kim R. Powell on Chief Executive

    2) Strategy

    Why Building a Company to Last and Building a Company to Sell Are the Same Thing
    Cigna. Dupont. Colgate-Palmolive. The origins of these companies can be traced back more than 200 years. Want to build a business with that kind of longevity? Follow these simple rules: 1) Don’t take shortcuts. 2) Always make decisions with the long-term health of the company in mind. And 3) implement best practices (like nurturing strong customer relationships and getting certified financials) that will continue to add value to your business and make it attractive to potential buyers—even if you have no intention to sell. by Norm Brodsky on Inc.

    3) Execution

    Say Goodbye to the Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now
    In a world where “fake news” seems to run rampant, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and confused by the items reported in the media each day. Instead of spending endless hours trying to track down the “truth” on the Web, stop and ask yourself these key questions: Is the information coming from a reputable source? Who are the authorities who believe in it? What are your reasons for deferring to those authorities? Taking time to question and assess the reputation of a source will help you ascertain whether the information should be believed. by Gloria Origgi on Fast Company

    4) Cash

    Emerging Trends in Financial Analytics
    Savvy entrepreneurs know that businesses should invest most of their time in activities that will create the most shareholder value. This idea applies to every area of a business, including finance. Fortunately, social platforms, data science, enterprise mobility, and other tech trends are making it easy for finance teams to focus on high-value activities, such as artificial intelligence, a “crowd-sourcing mindset,” and multi-dimensional graphics, that will drive digital business transformations and create competitive advantage. by Rob Jenkins on Digitalist (more…)
  • April 28, 2018

    1) People

    A Simple, Surprising Way for Leaders to Increase Employee Engagement
    Want to bump up engagement, build community, and foster trust among your employees? Stop relying on town hall meetings and mass emails when delivering leader messages. While these methods are efficient, they lack the personal connection employees need to fully support a leader’s vision. Instead, try connecting casually by walking around, having 10-minute chats, or grabbing a coffee with different team members. By reaching out informally, you’ll gain direct access to all levels of employees and reap the benefits of their candor. by Alison Davis on Inc.

    2) Strategy

    The Curiosity Machine
    Ask any business expert for their secret to a running a successful company and the answer you’re likely to hear is “data.” But data alone can’t take a business where it wants to go. At the very least, a business needs people to make sense of all those numbers. And we’re not talking regular, boring, run-of-the-mill people. To stay innovative, companies need folks who are curious, who will use those numbers as a springboard for asking questions, and who can turn the answers upside down to formulate fresh ideas. by Shane Atchinson on CEO

    3) Execution

    Small Business Guide to Investing in Technology
    Ever wish you could turn to an easy-to-read online tech guide whenever you’ve got questions about the latest business technology, are wondering whether to invest in a new app, or want to know what tools you should be using for your small business? Fortunately, online financial technology company Kabbage, Inc., has created a handy, in-depth guide just like that—filled with everything you need to know about using technology to launch and sustain a small business. by the Content Team at Kabbage.com

    4) Cash

    Could a Nontraditional IPO Be Right for Your Company?
    While the market pauses to see how Spotify’s recent launch of a nontraditional or “direct list” IPO plays out, small business owners are weighing the pros and cons of following that trend. On the plus side: 1) There’s no financial middleman so the costs of going public are reduced and 2) there’s no holding period after the launch so stockholders can liquidate immediately. Possible cons? These types of IPOs are highly volatile due to their lack of underwriting and, without the usual launch hype, early stock performance could be lackluster. by Julie Bawden Davis on American Express (more…)
  • April 21, 2018

    1) People

    How to Fire Employees Without Killing Company Culture
    Hiring and firing employees: Both come with the territory when building or maintaining a business. Of the two, handing out pink slips is certainly the most fraught. Handled the wrong way, a poorly enacted dismissal can send shock waves across a business, instill doubts and insecurity, and degrade employee morale. Retain workers’ confidence by speaking openly and honestly about decisions as they’re made. Acknowledge the burden placed on remaining teammates, and back up your words with supportive—and tangible—actions. by Lauren Dixon on Talent Economy

    2) Strategy

    Leaders, Stop Avoiding Hard Decisions
    Leaders often put off making difficult decisions for one or more of these reasons: 1) They want to be fair, 2) they want to reduce employees’ pain or stress, and 3) they want to make absolutely sure they’re making the best decision. Unfortunately, taking an egalitarian approach can have disastrous—and irreversible—results. To avoid inciting gossip, eroding trust, and sparking skepticism, transparently share difficult news as soon as possible. Here’s why postponing a tough call could be the worst decision a leader makes. by Ron Carucci on Harvard Business Review

    3) Execution

    A Simple Proposal to Help Fix Corporate America’s Cybersecurity Problem
    Another day, another security breach. The latest population hit? Customers of Sears, Kmart, Best Buy, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Delta Air Lines. Could a simple cybersecurity grading system protect consumers? Maybe. One thing’s for sure—what’s been done to beef up digital security so far isn’t working. To say the situation is out of control would be an understatement, and solving it has proved both difficult and complex. Assessing a company’s cyber preparedness with an A-F grading system could go a long way toward easing consumer anxiety. by Craig A. Newman on the New York Times

    4) Cash

    Four Ways Forecasting Goes Wrong
    Every entrepreneur knows that having accurate information about the future is vital to running a successful business. Follow these tips to keep your forecasting efforts on track: 1) Never forecast without a budget (and vice versa). 2) Make sure your projection process aligns with your business strategy. 3) Focus on “big picture” forecasting (work through details in the budget). 4) Follow the 80/20 rule. 5) Translate real-time data into the right balance between internal and external metrics. by Ashish Pareek on CFO (more…)