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Are Job Descriptions Useful?

& Accountability, Leadership.

A job description defines, in writing, a person’s duties, authorities (tasks they can do without asking permission first), performance criteria, and the qualifications for the role. There are many benefits to using job descriptions, so why do so many small businesses operate without them?

How Busy People Keep Current

& Leadership, Strategy.

How can business people stay informed, current, even ahead of the competition when it comes to the best practices in their industry? Good time management skills help, but the world does not need another time management article. Assuming you know to set goals, prioritize, commit, etc. where can you find the information you need and the time to consume it?

Creative Market Segmentation

& Sales, Strategy.

I’m in the market for a house. We relocated to Vancouver a couple of years ago and decided to rent until we were more established in the new city. But with two small children and two growing start-up businesses, it’s time to put down some more permanent roots. Now that we’re looking at buying, I find myself closely analyzing the options for contractors and interior designers.

Staff Appreciation

& Accountability, Leadership, Measurement.

But it is not always easy to find ready-made, hospitable, seasoned service people. Is good help hard to find, or can you take anyone and make them great? Small business leaders often side with the former, but best practices repeatedly prove the latter is more accurate. Let’s take a look at some of the best… Read more »

Key Supplier Attributes

& Measurement, Production, Project Management.

“We offer the highest quality, the best service, and the lowest price. You can have any two you want.” –          Unknown Salesman There are many attributes prospects are looking for from their supplier and the sales people who say “they all just want the cheapest one” is doing your company a disservice. Describing your prospects’… Read more »

3 Checklists for Managing Projects

& Measurement, Project Management.

Outsiders have little appreciation for how difficult it is to profitably grow your business. The more time you spend in the office bringing in the next project or managing the staff, the further removed you are from wearing a tool belt in the field. This results in a gap in oversight and a greater challenge to… Read more »