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Better Bottom Lines Through Open-Book Management

Growth is not the same as profit. That’s a hard business lesson many small and mid-size business leaders learn. Developing a company that focuses on profitability take a concentrated effort. Some leaders, like the executives at Tasty Catering, have found it’s made easier through open-book management and the Great Game of Business.  Learn more from […] → Continue Reading Better Bottom Lines Through Open-Book Management

How to Build a People-Centered Culture from the Ground Up

“We don’t like command and control. Change the way you lead, or we’re leaving.” That was the strong message that CEO Tom Walter of Tasty Catering heard from his company’s high potential team members. “Change to what?” was his response. Over the next few months the Chicago-based catering company created an innovative, team-based culture that […] → Continue Reading How to Build a People-Centered Culture from the Ground Up

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)

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

Use Your Core Values to Drive Decision Making: Here’s How …

Think about the last time you needed to use a screw-driver to turn a nail. Did the phrase, “lefty loosey, righty tighty” come to mind? Phrases we’ve heard repeated and used in action a dozen times over become ingrained in our brains, so they help guide our actions and shape our decisions. This theory is […] → Continue Reading Use Your Core Values to Drive Decision Making: Here’s How …

Getting Clear about Culture: Four Lessons from Remarkable Companies

A few years ago, our Center conducted a small study to identify the values publicly held by companies on the Fortune 500 list. We found a wide range, and yet also a significant amount of overlap. Frequently cited values included: That’s a great list. It’s an inspiring list. It’s also a long list. It would […] → Continue Reading Getting Clear about Culture: Four Lessons from Remarkable Companies