Category motivate your staff

Breaking the marketing inertia that may exist in your business

Recently, a new study on SME marketing conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) – reported here – was released. In the study, they found that the average SME is only achieving 39 per cent of its planned marketing activity. According to the study, whilst 77 per cent of SMEs recognise that…

Being #1

Comes with enormous responsibility. The failure, the success, or a somewhat tacky mix of both- whatever result that your team achieves, they say, is a direct result of your leadership. At one time I really hated to think that having a successful team was all up to me- after all people came around with their…

We’ve all got to do more to retain great people

We’ve all heard it before. Try and keep the best people, and surround yourself with people better than you. This is the secret of success, and apparently people like Branson are masters at it. However, many people have reported that small businesses suffer from ‘resource poverty’ when it comes to people management and business owners…

Is it a good idea to get a coach or mentor?

Do keep up. I’m sorry it has been a couple of weeks since my last effervescent erudition. I thought it best to go into hiding for a little while – two reasons. Firstly, ever since I was papped topless whilst reading ’50 shades of” I’ve been stalked by a sweat of billionaire businessmen (not sure…

To take on a senior employee in your own biz – or not.

There is a better way of building your business than taking on a senior employee. Unfortunately, this better way is risky and certainly is not possible for all types of micro-business. My preferred options/alternatives to taking on a senior employee are: Option 1. using independent contractors/freelancers/other micro-businesses Option 2. taking on partners or if you’re…

You shouldn’t need an excuse to deliver great service

You shouldn’t need an excuse to deliver great service or to recognize great service but here’s one anyway. Your excuse: This week is National Customer Service Week. What does this mean? Well, according to the Institute of Customer Service it is: “a week long opportunity to raise awareness of customer service and the vital role…

What’s in it for me?

You think this is a selfish question? Typical of self-centered business people? Think again! Without the “What’s in it for me?- Factor” there would be no business worth working for, in fact no business worth running. “ What’s In It For Me?The motivation to obtain and maintain business focus. Because business is not only about…

The Centre of Your Small Business

Who is at the centre of your small business? Do you currently run your business alone, or do you have staff? In some ways, managing everything yourself is easier than taking on staff; time is always an issue but you know how to deal with your self. When you begin employing staff you need to…

Motivation – Small Business Quote of the Day

A small business quote a day keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained  “It is only when a person has his own generator that we can talk about motivation. He then needs no outside stimulation. He wants to do it.” Frederick Herzberg (1923-2000) US psychologist, Harvard Business Review (January – February 1968)  To find previous Quotes of the…

Motivation – Small Business Quote of the Day

A small business quote a day keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained  “The opportunities for distinction, prestige, personal power, and the attainment of dominating positions are much more important than material rewards in the development of.. commercial organizations.” Chester Barnard (1886-1961) US management theorist, Organization and Management (1948)  To find previous Quotes of the Day look here 

Motivation – Small Business Quote of the Day

A small business quote a day keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained  “A reward once given becomes a right.” Frederick Herzberg (1923-2000) US psychologist, The Motivation to Work (1959)  To find previous Quotes of the Day look here 

Motivation – Small Business Quote of the Day

A small business quote a day keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained  “If a man is producing nothing, nobody can be the worse for a reduction of his incentive to produce.” George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer & critic  To find previous Quotes of the Day look here 

Motivation – Small Business Quote of the Day

A small business quote a day keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained  “I do not love the money. What I do love is the getting of it…  What other interest can you suggest to me? I do not read. I do not take part in politics. What can I do?” Phillip D. Armour (1832-1901) US…

Motivation – Small Business Quote of the Day

A small business quote a day keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained   “Women are naturally good motivators, good at juggling different projects and issues at the same time, and more cooperative rather than aggressive and confrontational.” Bridget A. Macaskill (b. 1949) British non-executive director for J. Sainsburys   To find previous Quotes of the Day look here…

Motivation – Small Business Quote of the Day

A small business quote a day keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained  “Almost every kind of fanfare was tried to create enthusiasm.” Thomas J. Watson Sr (1874-1956) US founder & president of IBM  To find previous Quotes of the Day look here 

Small Business Lists – 5 Ways to Empower Your Employees

This checklist will hopefully help you encourage your employees to make smart decisions by themselves, therefore empowering them.  Set Guidelines – It can be beneficial to your company to allow each employee to make financial decisions up to a certain value without consulting you. Obviously, high-value decisions must be approved by a superior or by you…

Motivation – Small Business Quote of the Day

A small business quote a day keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained  “No longer directed by other emotions, I work the way a cow grazes.’ Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) German painter  To find previous Quotes of the Day look here 

Motivation – Small Business Quote of the Day

A small business quote a day keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained  “The more a person can do, the more can motivate them.” Frederick Herzberg (1923-2000) US psychologist, The Motivation to Work (1959)  To find previous Quotes of the Day look here 

Motivation – Small Business Quote of the Day

A small business quote a day keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained  “The common wisdom is that… managers have to learn to motivate people. Nonsense. Employees bring their own motivation.” Tom Peters (b. 1942) US management consultant   To find previous Quotes of the Day look here  

Motivation – Small Business Quote of the Day

A small business quote a day keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained  “If you want to do something because you want a house or a Jaguar, that’s movement. It’s not motivation.” Frederick Herzberg (1923-2000) US psychologist  To find previous Quotes of the Day look here 

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