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.

People

1) People

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

Strategy

2) Strategy

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

Execute

3) Execution

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

Cash

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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  • August 27, 2016

    1) People

    Ethics and compliance, honesty and integrity. Leaders who openly model and endorse honesty and integrity can help reinforce ethical behavior without fear of retaliation. And research shows that companies with strong ethics programs can reduce misconduct by as much as 66 percent. Follow these three practices to create a “speak-up” culture. by Matthew Pachman on Workforce

    2) Strategy

    How has Amazon come to lead the e-commerce market? By anticipating opportunities for disruption, looking for signs of problems, determining their customers’ future needs, and generating ideas that are game-changers. Simple, right? Then why isn’t everyone doing it? Learn how adopting an anticipatory mindset can set your company apart. by Daniel Burrus on the Huffington Post

    3) Execution

    Is it possible to calculate an ROI for customer engagement? It is once you know the formula. But first you need to identify the four distinct engagement behaviors to understand what’s in play — then focus on the one generating the most value for your business. Ready to jump in? Start by calculating your company’s engagement ROI. by Rachel Happe on Harvard Business Review

    4) Cash

    Think loan defaults and bankruptcies are bad for business? Think again. Once a symbol of failure, Chapter 11 filings carry far less stigma today, and can be valuable learning opportunities for CFOs. Financial distress can teach a wide variety of lessons and temper a finance leader like nothing else: Maybe you want a CFO who’s been around the block on this one. by Kimberly S. Johnson on the Wall Street Journal (more…)
  • August 20, 2016

    1) People

    Face it: You’re not going to hit it off with everyone at work. But what if someone is giving off a sketchy vibe? Keep your reputation intact with consistent, respectful behavior. Need a little more guidance? Here’s some perspective on keeping things real when you’ve got a co-worker — or an employee — who’s acting off-kilter. by Kellye Whitney on Workforce

    2) Strategy

    Had a few ups and downs in business? Your company’s struggles and successes may be key to your next big marketing plan. Companies of all sizes are reaping the benefits of heritage management — sharing business and brand histories to strengthen ties with customers, shareholders, and employees. These seven pointers tell you how. by Dale Buss on Chief Executive

    3) Execution

    Will you know what to do when a virus infects your network? That’s right, we said “when.” Your tech gurus alone can’t keep your company secure. They need help — and communication — from partners across all functions. But org alignment is just the start. Go all the way with a detailed cyber safety plan that will shoot your security into the stratosphere. by Christopher Stevenson, Andrew Douglas, Mark Nicholson, and Adnan Amjad on Deloitte University Press

    4) Cash

    Finance leaders, listen up! Do you have what it takes to make it as a Chief Growth Officer? To keep pace with digitization, companies need adaptable finance executives who can cope with rapidly changing environments. Don’t get left behind. Check yourself against these six triumphal traits to make sure you’ve got the chops. by Christian Campagna on CFO
  • August 13, 2016

    1) People

    Want to revolutionize the way your company recruits, develops, and retains employees? Start using people analytics! HR recruiters are using sophisticated data analysis to determine the best places to cast their recruiting nets, address attrition, and eliminate unconscious hiring biases. Learn how data can help you have a greater impact. by Henri de Romrée, Bruce Fecheyr-Lippens, and Bill Schaninger on McKinsey Quarterly

    2) Strategy

    Want to make sure your business continues to thrive even in hard times? Cultivate ambidextrous leaders! How? By making sure your senior staff members are flexible, willing to embrace new opportunities, and prepared to reconfigure business assets to continue company growth. Learn the questions that ambidextrous leaders should ask to keep your business at the forefront. by Theodore Kinni on strategy+business

    3) Execution

    Ready to refresh your roster of search and marketing tools? This slideshow identifies 12 affordable, under-the-radar utilities to take your search game to the next level. Whether you want to track keyword-search rankings across multiple websites, spot the top influencers for a given keyword, or quickly check for broken links, there’s a utility for every budget. by James A. Martin on CIO

    4) Cash

    New data shows that more than 80% of companies that implemented an advisory board saw increased operating performance. Add a female director and revenue could jump as well. Still not convinced? Find out how a diverse, engaged board can help your company stay focused, prioritize initiatives, and achieve critical goals. by Bernie Tenenbaum on Forbes (more…)