Five Tips for Building a Leadership Team

Building a leadership team isn’t even a concern until your business succeeds and grows. Early on, your business may just be you and a great idea. And as you grow, you begin to surround yourself with helpers—the people who allow you to get more things done. But there...

Building an Accountability Mindset

Building an accountability mindset is foundational for the business owner. Sure, you can go out and be your boss. That’s easy. However, getting the right things done to grow your business requires accountability. And it’s one thing to hold your people accountable....

Three Responsibilities of Leadership

The responsibilities of leadership aren’t always the first thing we think about as we grow our business. For the small business owner, it can even sneak up on them. They start small, then surround themselves with helpers with whom he interacts daily. With success...

What Does it Take to Be a Leader?

“What does it take to be a leader?” That is how the conversation begins. There is an idea that we have “born leaders” floating around out there. What’s worse, we identify people as born leaders for the worst reasons: strong independent contributors, pedigree,...

Three Tips for Making Tough Decisions

Tough decisions are part of leadership. And as a leader, you will make more of them than you could ever imagine from the outside looking in. And what defines a tough decision varies from leader to leader. I had a nasty tendency to let them weigh on me. Sometimes I...

The Grind Quit Working, Now What?

The Grind is one of the more romantic business notions. And there is a belief out there that it never ends. And that’s simply not true. For owners of growing businesses, there is a time to grind and a time to lead. And knowing when to make that shift is crucial for...