I feel pretty confident in saying that no business owner wants to have a bad culture in their business. There are, however, a lot of business owners that don’t put a lot of thought into their culture which can then lead to a less than desirable culture evolving in their business over time. Do you have a great culture? How do you truly know? I have identified three specific areas that you can look at to assess where your business’ culture is at. Culture is important. Most of us spend the majority of our lives at work. It makes sense that you would want to work in an environment that
The biggest part of creating a great culture in your business is identifying the type of culture that you want to create. For businesses that struggle with culture, it’s typically because they have allowed their culture to happen by accident. Culture is more than just intention. Creating a winning culture requires leadership and commitment. Culture comes in all shapes and sizes from having a culture of accountability to creating an environment that is fun and down to Earth. How could culture play a role in the next step of your business? Check out this week’s podcast as I talk about what you can to create more of a winning culture
For too many chiropractors, their experience with hiring associates is like doing weed in college. Yeah I tried that once (or maybe more than once but you get the idea) but I quit that years ago. Just like any relationship, sometimes associates don’t work out but if you are a chiropractor who wants to take your practice to the next level, then you need an associate to help you get there. In most cases, you need an associate sooner than you think. The challenge for most chiropractors is that they wait until they need another chiropractor. If you wait that long to hire help, it may be too late. The
One of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits is sharpening the saw. If you run a business or manage people you can take this concept and not only apply it to yourself, you can also apply it to the people that work for you. Last week, I talked about an article that was written that extolled the virtues of how managers get in the way of success. The real question is whether or not management is truly to blame for productivity. Today I want to look at another reason why management fail to get results. Have you ever bought something and not taken care of it? I have and I know other
If you are a business owner then you know what it means to always be looking for the next big thing in your business. The next big idea. The next new strategy. The minute something starts working for someone, there’s a tendency to want to jump on that bandwagon and get excited about it. One of my readers recently sent me an article that I had also run across in Linkedin about flattening your organization so that it is less hierarchical. The article states that firing managers is a path to company growth. That’s certainly a compelling concept and it’s worth exploring but it’s certainly not for every, or even
Constantly putting out fires and handling “emergencies” in your business is stressful. While you can maintain that sort of lifestyle for a short period of time, in the long run it will catch up to you. The good news? If your business looks like the above description, it doesn’t have to. Many of the fixes are simple and easy to implement so that you transition from a reactor to a creator. Get a pen and paper ready and click on the player below to listen to this week’s podcast.
I’m on an interview roll on the podcast this week. We are starting off with Greg Blencoe, author of Super Manager. I talk with Greg about his 7 essentials for great management. Not only does Greg give some great input on management, he is also giving away copies of his book free. The book is straightforward, easy to read and understand. If you want to be a better manager, check this book out now. Also check me out on iTunes.
If paychecks don’t motivate, then what does? When it come to managing your team, you need to create a culture of execution. This starts with having a culture where you share and live the vision. This week’s podcast is about how to sell your employees so that they buy-in and execute. This process is simpler than you think. If you like this week’s episode, make sure you subscribe in iTunes and share it with your people. Enjoy!
There is nothing more frustrating than having an employee who is given a task and completely fails to execute. You told them what to do. You told them how to do it and they just failed to make it happen. Your employees fail to execute despite the fact that you give them a paycheck on a weekly or bi-weekly. Your first instinct maybe that your team is just lazy, stupid or apathetic but this actually isn’t typically the case. The failure comes from not selling your team on what they need to be doing. This brings me back to the paycheck effect. Have you ever just assumed that
Aligning your high level vision with the ground level action in your business is important but can also be challenging. When I go about working with a business on this process, it starts with getting clear on the vision and then setting objectives. Check out the video Garrett Gunderson and I do for Freedom FastTrack and our Business FastTrack program.