What Makes a Good Leader? Simple Ways to Improve Your Management Skills

What makes a good leader is the use of effective management skills such as spending 50 percent or more of their time listening carefully.

Great leaders understand that some of the best leadership qualities entail listening to others with undivided attention.

When was the last time you actually listened single-mindedly to one of your staff members?

Can you remember when you last listened to someone without interruptions or distractions from either telephone calls or drop-in visitors, when you just focused intently on the person speaking with you, ignoring all else?… Read more

Finding Work: 4 Ways to Get a Job

To earn what you are really worth, you have to be in the right job in the first place. Sometimes you could earn more just by walking across the street and getting a new job if your special talents and skills could be used to get more valuable results for a different employer.

This is a challenging time in human history to be out in the job market and working to survive and thrive. However, in spite of problems in the economy, there are countless opportunities and possibilities for talented people to find or create great jobs and earn more than they ever have before…. Read more

Get the Salary Increase You Deserve

The fact is that all of life is a contest of some kind. You are in competition with everyone else who wants a salary increase and promotion, whether you like it or not. A race is on and you are in it. Your job is to move yourself into the lead and then figure out how to move ahead faster than the other people around you.

Fortunately, there are proven and tested ways to get ahead and stay ahead. One of the most important of these strategies is for you to continually ask for more responsibility. Volunteer for every assignment…. Read more

Creating a Productive & Happy Work Environment

In the last fifty years, researchers studying the methods of motivating employees and building great teams have found that the single most important motivator turns out to be “clear expectations.” When employees are asked to describe the best jobs they ever had, they invariably say, “I always knew exactly what my boss expected.”

When researchers looked for the foremost demotivator in the world of work, they found that it was the flip side of the biggest motivator. It was the “unclear expectations,” or employees “not knowing what was expected” of them…. Read more

Get That Job!

Here’s a short excerpt, from my brand new report Get that Job!, that discusses unemployment in our nation’s economy and a few recommendations on how we as a country can transform our economy quickly to get Americans back to work. I hope you enjoy it.

Excerpt:
The biggest issue in our country today is jobs and unemployment.  But the fact is that unemployment is unnecessary in our economy.  As long as there are problems that need to be solved, and customer needs to be satisfied, there are always jobs for the creative minority, like you…. Read more

Business Analysis: Become A Numbers Person

Most entrepreneurs are motivated by ideas, concepts, hopes, desires, and optimism. They like to interact with people, to market and sell. They enjoy negotiating, communicating, and persuading. They are action-oriented and like to be in continuous motion. They start early, work hard, and stay later.

But most entrepreneurs are not “numbers” people. They have little patience for the details of financial statements and accounting. They are eager to get on with the business of meeting with people and selling the product. In fact, for most entrepreneurs, dealing with numbers is irritating and frustrating.

But nonetheless, for you to move solidly along the way to wealth, to become a successful entrepreneur, and eventually, a self-made millionaire, you must master the numbers in your business. You can hire bookkeepers, accountants, and financial advisors to help you, but you can never abdicate the responsibilities of fully understanding every penny and every dollar that comes in and out of your business.

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Guest Blog Post: How Sharp Is Your Seventh Sense?

Below is a guest blog post from my friend, and entrepreneurial genius, Bill Bartmann. I hope you enjoy this post, please feel free to leave a comment or share it with a friend if you do.

How Sharp is Your Seventh Sense?

by Bill Bartmann

You know about your sixth sense, but your seventh is just as important.

Your sixth sense—intuition—is your gut feeling and it’s a useful tool for sizing up people and opportunities…. Read more

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