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May, 2015

Eight Ways To Stimulate Your Business

Every business organization – large and small – has the tendency, over time, to lose its edge, become complacent, drifting into a level of mediocrity which reduces the competitive position of the company. Employees feel it first, then supervision, management and leadership levels notice. Along the way the customer notices that the product or service is not as reliable or responsive as it used to be and they then turn to seek other alternatives in the marketplace.

Mediocrity becomes the norm and the business loses it's competitive edge.

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Improving Personal Performance
We all know what happens when we are personally stimulated. We are more alert, ready to act, and prepared to go the extra mile. Repeated stimulation targeted at areas of our body or behavior, over time, creates “muscle” memory so that we begin to perform at . . . read more.
Mike Brice
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Feature Article

The 10 Effective Qualities of a Team Leader

by Sherrie Scott, Demand Media

An effective team leader has a variety of traits and characteristics that encourage team members to follow him. The qualities of an effective team leader inspire the trust and respect of the team and stimulate production within the workplace.

Here is a list of the traits and characteristics of an effective team leader:

  1. Communication
  2. Organization
  3. Confidence
  4. Respectful
  5. Fair
  6. Integrity
  7. Influential
  8. Delegation
  9. Facilitator
  10. Negotiation

Use this list to score yourself and those that report to you.

Click here to read the complete article and discussion of each characteristic.

Note: Ask yourself the following questions.
  • Do you discuss these traits with your team leaders?
  • Do you mentor your team leaders to improve in their effectiveness?
  • Do you evaluate yourself in your effectiveness in leading your group?

If you are looking for guidance on how to get improve your team effectiveness contact Mike to learn about the Executive Coaching services available from Brice Consulting for you and your organization.

Leadership Resources

Balanced Scorecard: A visual summary explaining the Balanced Scorecard is and how it relates to business.
Balanced Scorecard (3:59 min)

Strategic Planning: The full strategic planning process is illustrated in less than five minutes. Understand the importance of defining your direction, setting up an effective strategic plan that can be communicated to your staff so everyone knows what the priorities are.
Overview of the Strategic Planning Process (4:30 min)

Competition: Maybe you feel that you have to take steps to position yourself against the competition. If the competition offers a new widget, you might feel like you have to offer a bigger widget. If they offer double rewards, you need to offer triple rewards. The problem, however, is that when you focus on the competition, you might miss something important.
Why Worrying About Competition Can Destroy Your Business

Business Transformation: How capable are organizations at executing transformation? While about two-thirds of companies believe that their capabilities in these areas are above average, just a third consider themselves highly capable. What stands out is that executives believe their organizations’ capabilities are higher in terms of strategy, and lower when it comes to developing business and operating models or extracting value from transformation.
4 Principles for Getting Value from Business Transformation

Board of Directors: There are only three true interview questions. Every question you have ever been asked or have asked others in any interview is a subset of one of these three.
The Only Three True Interview Questions For Potential Board Directors

Negotiation: Depending on what you are buying, you'll see negotiations in one of two ways.
Negotiation: What Makes The Right Business Deal

Feedback: Giving feedback incorrectly is one of the worst mistakes smart people are particularly prone to make
The Dumbest Mistake That Smart People Make

Leadership: It's the mortar, not just the bricks, that makes a building robust. The mortar, in this context, is social capital: mutual reliance, an underlying sense of connectedness that builds trust.
The Surprising Element That Will Make Your Company Thrive

Customer Referral: For as long as businesses have tried to get customers to buy their stuff, a referral has been the holy grail of prospecting. Like the mythical chalice, a referral is golden.
5 Ways to Get Customer Referrals

Virtual Assistant: On its surface, hiring a virtual assistant sounds like a win-win situation. But ask anybody who's ever been through the VA hiring and onboarding process and you'll hear plenty of stories of things gone awry.
5 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Hiring a Virtual Assistant

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