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February, 2015

Experience and Risk: The Basis for Success

From owners to employees, the goal is the same - business success. Sounds good, but have they prepared themselves for the journey. Business success does not happen over night for most people. It is a journey of many years, undergoing many experiences develops your professional skills and prepares you to deal with various risk conditions that you will be confronted with or available to you in order to achieve your objectives.

Definition: Familiarity with a skill or field of knowledge acquired over months or years of actual practice and which, presumably, has resulted in superior understanding or mastery.
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Experiencing for experience sake is not the point. If you have 10 years of experience, is it cumulative, or just one year of experience - 10 times? If you have 10 years of experience you should have graduated several levels and become recognized for your progress and mastery of . . . read more.
Mike Brice
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Feature Article

The Top 10 Challenges a Manager Will Face

by Dan McCarthy Management & Leadership Expert

Being a manager is not all it seemed to be from a lower position. There are real issues to deal with that come with the rewards and perks of the position. While it is easy to enjoy the good life of being a manager the tough issues can be a burden can cause one to lose sleep at night. The author, Dan McCarthy, lists 10 issues (below) that can challenge a manager and offers a few remedies that can possibly resolve them.

  1. Confronting an employee performance problem.
  2. Terminating an employee.
  3. Making the right hiring decision.
  4. Doing something unethical or wrong.
  5. Confronting your boss.
  6. Team conflicts.
  7. Peer conflicts.
  8. Having to do something new that you donít know how to do.
  9. Losing a high potential employee.
  10. Burnout.

Do you find that you or your management group are wrestling with a few of these same tough issues?

Click here to read the complete article.

Note: Ask yourself the following questions.
  • Do you train your managers on how to deal with tough issues?
  • Do you adjust your hiring practices to hire employees with appropriate skills and behavior?
  • Do you have proactive measures to avoid dealing with issues reactively?

If you are looking for guidance on developing your organization culture contact Mike to learn about the Executive Coaching services available from Brice Consulting for you and your organization.

Leadership Resources

Leadership: We have all changed someone’s life - usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives.
Lolipop Moment (6:21 min)

Inspiration: This video can stand on its own as an inspiring introduction to a meaningful discussion or add value to any other theme or topics you might be addressing.
Inspiring Leadership Video: Lead Simply (3:19 min)

Business Development: Building a business from the ground up is a labor of love, dedication and passion. However, there are plenty of myths that, if you allow yourself to believe them, will doom your venture to failure.
5 Myths About Building A Million-Dollar Business

Communication: How do I improve my communication skills? As a therapist, I get asked that question regularly. And the answer isn't usually about learning to be more assertive or learning how to explain things more clearly. Instead, the secret to better communication is all about improved listening skills.
Communication Lessons From A Sales Trainer: Stop Talking And Start Listening

Speaking: A client and friend asked me the other day about impromptu speeches. His question, basically, was, to give consistently good impromptu speeches, do you memorize something (or a few pieces of something) and then trot those out at the key moment? My reaction was to tell him that he shouldn't memorize but he should prepare - and prepare two speech structures.
Asked To Give An Impromptu Speech? Here's How To Be Ready

Speaking: When it comes to professional settings, though, the way we speak - including tone, pitch, and volume - is every bit as important, and dramatically affects how our bosses and colleagues perceive us.
The 7 Worst Speaking Mistakes Professionals Make

Employee Development: When it comes to workplace morale, one bad apple can poison the environment for everyone else. But what happens when that bad apple is also your golden goose?
We've Created A Monster: Toxic Employees Aren't Born, They're Made

Negotiating: You usually make or lose more money per hour during negotiations than at any other time in your life. That's why negotiation skills are so important for business owners. Here are 7 critical, common negotiation mistakes to avoid.
7 Critical Mistakes to Avoid In Business Negotiations

Leadership: Mastering any skill usually requires some element of fear-conquering. Leadership is no different..
5 Common Fears of Leadership. And How to Conquer Them.

Success Factors: Your 20s are a time for figuring out your place in the world.
Mistakes are unavoidable, but the truly successful learn from these setbacks and move on all the wiser.
15 Successful Entrepreneurs Share The Most Important Lesson They Learned In Their 20s

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