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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  • April 29, 2017

    1) People

    Five Commonalities of a Winning Corporate Culture
    In the war for talent, there’s no better weapon than a strong corporate culture. But building an environment that resonates with leaders and employees doesn’t happen overnight — values-based cultures must be honed and nurtured over time. What’s the key to making those values stick? Leaders who live, breathe, and model every belief — and know the corporate value system starts with them. Does your culture have what it takes to win? Check it against these five characteristics. by Teresa Jacques on Talent Economy

    2) Strategy

    CEO Fiascos Typically Start With a Lack of Empathy
    Bosses behaving badly: New examples crop up daily, whether you’re watching the evening news or checking in on social media. While the companies and circumstances may change, a common theme winds through every incident: The leaders who are “losing it” lack empathy. And if a company’s CEO seems incapable of compassion, where does that leave its employees? Here’s how environments without empathy are damaging businesses. by Mark Murphy on Forbes

    3) Execution

    Spice Up Your Campaigns — and Partnerships — With “Practical Creativity”
    Did you know that 56 percent of their clients believe ad agencies care more about selling ideas than solving problems? It’s true. And who can blame them when so many agencies seem to prioritize their work going viral over their client’s long-term success? Here’s how steering away from marketing that’s “crazy sexy cool” could actually make your business stand out. by Steve Randazzo on CMO

    4) Cash

    When Money Gets in the Way of Corporate Ethics
    From Wells Fargo to United Airlines to Fox News, we have plenty of recent examples of businesses choosing money (and bad behavior) over ethics. With the possibility of less government enforcement on the horizon, how far might some businesses go to test the limits of acceptable behavior? Here’s how cuts to the U.S. Justice Department’s budget could impact corporate ethics. We’re pretty sure it won’t be pretty. by Peter J. Henning on the New York Times  
  • April 22, 2017

    1) People

    Giving Employees Raises Is Better for the Bottom Line
    While most business leaders are willing to try creative gimmicks to improve employee performance, few consider the option most likely to make a difference: higher pay. In 1914, industrialist Henry Ford decided to invest in his workers by paying them five dollars a day — double the average wage for automakers at the time. In return, he got better productivity and record profits; absenteeism dropped. Here’s how raising wages can help your business reach new heights of productivity and engagement. by Dan Price on Success

    2) Strategy

    Five Questions Leaders Should Be Asking All the Time
    Want to inspire your staff, help them generate new ideas, and keep their focus on what’s truly important to the business? Then don’t stop asking questions. Hit your colleagues and teammates with “I wonder if…” and “Couldn’t we at least…” and even “Wait, what?” Questions like these spark creativity, curiosity, and deeper thinking. They also show you’re paying attention and are willing to challenge the status quo to make things better. There are five essential questions you can ask — check them out now. by James E. Ryan on Harvard Business Review

    3) Execution

    What’s Missing in Most Marketing Programs? Verbal Imagery
    We’ve all heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” If a consumer can attach an image to an advertising slogan, they’ll be more likely to remember — and buy — what you’re selling. It’s possible with verbal imagery, an advertising tactic that uses words to conjure images and form emotional connections with consumers. Customers who feel personally connected to a product or brand are more likely to repeat purchases, become brand advocates, and promote products to friends and family. Get details here. by Al Ries on Ad Age

    4) Cash

    Four Pitfalls Keeping Big Companies From Getting Bigger
    Bureaucracy. Fear of failure. Short-termism. Lack of resources. These are the “growth anchors” weighing down the progress of many large companies today. To burst the chains binding their businesses, corporate leaders are reaching out to start-up entrepreneurs to learn how to think and behave with the agility of smaller companies. Want to cast off the anchors weighing your business down? Follow these tips. by David McCann on CFO (more…)
  • April 15, 2017

    1) People

    Getting More Women Into the C-Suite Means Keeping Them in the Talent Pipeline
    Research suggests that women face three unique decision points biologically and culturally at pivotal moments in their careers. Anticipating the Launch, the Mid-career Marathon, and the Executive Transition — and having resources readily available to help leaders and employees navigate through them — is vital to keeping women on track and rising within the talent pipeline. Wondering just how to get more women into your executive suite? Here are the steps to take. by Sally Blount on Kellogg Insight

    2) Strategy

    Should You Revise Your Operating Model? Six Points to Consider
    Just as the body cannot move without the spine, a business cannot survive without a strong operating model — the “secret sauce” that defines how your business will generate profits for the company and also deliver value to its customers. Why? Because that model is what gives a business its competitive edge — and once that’s gone, frankly, so’s the business. If your company has lost its mojo, take a step back and look at the big picture. Is it time for an operations overhaul? Follow this six-point checklist and decide. by Mark LaScola on CEO

    3) Execution

    5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Voice of the Customer Program
    A key error that companies make when trying to launch a Voice of the Customer (VoC) program? Using freeware products that aren’t designed — or equipped — to support such a sophisticated endeavor. Think about it: Happy returning customers are the key to real business success. Aren’t they worth investing in? Move these items to the top of your “To Do” list:  1) Garner the support of your leadership team, 2) Invest in the right tools, and 3) Empower your people to act. Follow these tips — and a few more. by Sean McDade on Business2Community

    4) Cash

    Why Business Owners Should Never Pay Bills On Time
    Business owners who negotiate realistic payment terms with their vendors aren’t being shady — they’re being smart! It might seem counterintuitive, but if you want to create a solid foundation for your business, think twice about paying your bills on time. Here’s how strategically stretching out your payments can increase your cash on hand, avoid your getting caught in a cycle of running your business to pay your vendors, and build financial stability that will allow your business to grow. by Louis Mosca on Forbes (more…)