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As we move into 2021 everyone has their hopes set on having a better year than 2020. Not everyone had a horrible year last year, but everyone faced some type of challenge. It was interesting, to say the least. As you look forward, you may be wondering how to get yourself back on track, out of a rut or how to simply over-achieve.

If you are also shouldering the responsibility of leading others and making tough decisions, it can be a really lonely place to be. …


And do you need to re-evaluate given the state of play today?

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When you’re starting up a business, there are a lot of decisions you have to make. You need to decide what your branding should be like, who your target customer base is, how you’ll approach marketing, and more.

But some people may not realize you also have to decide on the basics of how you want to structure your business. There’s also a point in time when you may be thinking about permanently changing your approach to a remote workforce or even a hybrid of remote and brick and mortar.

Many of us assume companies have to have a president…


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Building your team around a common vision is a complicated matter the larger your organization is and the more personalities are at the table. We’ve discussed strategic planning before, but building a vision goes beyond that. It’s both simpler to define and more complex to implement.

In the following article, we’ll be discussing how to do it the right way as well as the challenges you need to be mindful of as you go. Let’s begin!

Vision Does Not Begin With Teams

You have heard the saying, “Too many cooks in the kitchen”? …


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You’ve heard it over and over again, everyone is ready for this year to be over. It’s even printed on T-shirts. As a small business owner, I am sure you feel the same, however, you have that lingering stress from the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

How will we make it? Will I be able to keep my clients? Will I be able to pay my staff?

Those questions have probably been running through your mind for months on end and I’m sure you feel like you still don’t have the answers.

When everything is still so uncertain, the…


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Yikes! That sounds formal as heck and not the kind of words that would come out of my mouth, but I found an article that caught my eye. In doing some research on Organizational Design, I found this article on organizational citizenship behavior.

Essentially, as I understand it, the article discusses what is or should be optimal behavior or job performance in an organization. However, it really could be applied to any part of our life. Which after thinking it through, I find it to be the case. …


Your team wants to know that they are valued, heard, and appreciated. See how improving your listening skills can transform you into a more engaging leader.

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Effective communication is still one of the top soft skills that most entrepreneurs lack. While this has always been a challenge, remote work has made it even harder for leaders to communicate with their employees.

Yet entrepreneurs can improve their communication skills by practicing active listening. I know, “active listening” sounds like this article is going to be boring. But stick with me, because it isn’t as simple as people think.


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I get that competition is high and that whether intentional or not, “leaders” end up pinning people on their teams against each other. (I put leaders in quotation because I don’t think REAL leaders pin their people against each other.)

I also understand that people don’t want to be singled out and treated like they are lacking in knowledge or skill to do their job correctly.

I can also admit that small business owners are overworked and tired and hire people to relieve some pressure. But none of us are all-knowing. …


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Leadership Accountability, not to sound snarky, but would you consider those words an Oxymoron? Depends on who you ask, right? I am sure there are a lot of us who have seen our share of Leaders who do not take responsibility for their actions and feel safe in doing so because they are not held accountable.

Today I want to discuss those companies who do it right and what that means not only for their bottom line but for the mental health of the staff in general.

According to one survey completed by Visual Capitalist, 72% believe leadership accountability…


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Is it better to teach a skill or hire for a skill?

There is a case to be made for both, but in my experience, more companies will rush out and hire someone new who can do the newly needed skillset. Leaving those who have been with the company for a while behind to fade with the old required skillset.

When I was much younger I worked with men we called “rocks”. I was a competitive swimmer and during the summer we worked with men who had a desire to be in the Navy Seals that were struggling to…


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Having a vision isn’t enough for your business to succeed. You need a plan to follow through and support it. Strategic plans can feel like taking on a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be and what’s the alternative?

David Norton and Robert Kaplan, authors of the classic business book, The Balanced Scorecard, noted a problem with business planning. They found that 90% of organizations fail to deliver their strategies.

Despite the popularity of visioning, having a vision isn’t enough. You need a strategic plan. …

Renata Pellino-Porter

Helping small companies meet their strategic priorities through Organizational Planning and Executive Consulting. www.renataporter.com or rp@renataporter.com

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