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How to Empower Your People & Save Yourself from Burnout: Coach, Don’t Tell

Prevent burnout and build a team of expert problem solvers by coaching employees rather than giving answers. […] → Continue Reading How to Empower Your People & Save Yourself from Burnout: Coach, Don’t Tell

Want Great Leaders? Challenge them to do Great Things

In 2001, Blue Plate Catering launched a $10 million dollar project to build a high-profile Chicago restaurant. The project alone would double what the company was worth – if they could succeed. Without money in the bank or investors, it was a big risk. So why did CEO Jim Horan proceed? He moved forward in […] → Continue Reading Want Great Leaders? Challenge them to do Great Things

How to Develop Top Talent

CEO C. Richard Panico, of the consulting group Integrated Project Management (IPM), says his team has a “hell of a lot of fun” pursuing excellence. But building an award-winning team doesn’t happen by chance: it takes a concentrated effort to hire, train and develop exceptional talent. In this short video, part of the Return on […] → Continue Reading How to Develop Top Talent

How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 2)

How to Build & Retain Top Talent In our previous blog post in this series, we covered how to buy top talent. For small and mid-size businesses, getting rockstar executives – the kind of leader who can confidently guide you to the next level – comes at a price tag. When big budget salaries aren’t […] → Continue Reading How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 2)

How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 1)

How to Buy Top Talent “Boy, he really married up.” It’s a refrain we’ve all heard, or uttered, sometimes in jest – as a jabbing compliment to a lucky young man – or sometimes in befuddlement –spoken in wonder at an unlikely partnership. In either case, the message is clear: you’re looking at someone who […] → Continue Reading How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 1)

Stronger, Better, Faster: How to Build a Resilient Company

“It’s like getting shot out of a cannon every day.” That’s how Amanda Currie, senior vice president with global internet marketing solutions company Amobee (formerly Adconion Direct), describes the challenge of working in the internet industry. The constantly changing nature of the online space requires the persistence and discipline of a professional athlete. And as […] → Continue Reading Stronger, Better, Faster: How to Build a Resilient Company

Keep Top Talent by Making Them CEO of Their Own Company

Brain drain is a real concern for small businesses. A talented colleague’s capacity may expand faster than the business around her, making it tempting for the team member to leave for more responsibility and a bigger pay check at a larger firm. Chicago’s Tasty Catering has found a unique way to keep high capacity colleagues on […] → Continue Reading Keep Top Talent by Making Them CEO of Their Own Company

Lead with 4x the Impact: How Positive Energy Drives Performance

The most important factor in predicting the effectiveness of your leaders is a metric you’ve never thought to measure. Find a way to leverage it, and you’ll increase team performance by a factor of four. Organizational development expert Dr. Kim Cameron, co-principal investigator for the Return on Values project and a professor with the Ross […] → Continue Reading Lead with 4x the Impact: How Positive Energy Drives Performance

Four Principles for Sustainable Growth

Explosive growth – sales numbers that are off the charts – is like a car racing down a highway: sure, you’re getting where you want to go fast, but you also run a high risk of crashing. Sustainable growth – like the five straight years of bottom line revenue growth experienced by Integrated Project Management […] → Continue Reading Four Principles for Sustainable Growth

The Art & Science of Business: How Good Leadership Makes or Breaks You

Last month a colleague of mine, Indigo Johnson, was featured in Inc. magazine as the CEO of one of their Top 500 fastest growing companies. As you might expect, Indigo is a strategic, forward-thinking, dynamic leader. What you might not expect (but what Indigo would be quick to tell you) is that until recently she […] → Continue Reading The Art & Science of Business: How Good Leadership Makes or Breaks You