Fewer Veterans Are Starting Their Own Businesses. Here’s Why It’s a Problem.

Sourced via Inc.

Entrepreneurship is not an easy path for anyone, but for veterans, it appears to be getting harder. That’s troubling for military-veteran business owners , of course, and for the fellow service members they would hire. But it’s also a big problem for the entire U.S. economy .  […]

How Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Handle Toxic People

(sourced from TalentSmart.com)

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress. […]

According to my friends at TalentSmart, Emotionally Intelligent people “Recognize and Understand emotions in order to better manage relationships.”*  As such, you are the one in control of your emotions and you are the one responsible for using your knowledge for good.  Toxic leaders exist at all levels of an organization and sometimes (sadly) it could be you.  The tips offered in this article are outstanding, but they all come back to one point: be intentional, rather than letting the emotions manage you.  What works for you in your organization?  Leave a reply with your success stories below, or feel free to share with me on Twitter at @fritzmt!

How Commitment Fatigue Undermines Your Business

Shared from SwitchandShift.com *check out their blog!

How Commitment Fatigue Undermines Your Business

“As an entrepreneur, your commitment to your business’s purpose fuels your hard work. It often can be contagious to those who work with you. When you and your employees are in sync commitment-wise, great things are possible. There is, however, a downside to high-commitment levels if they’re not kept in check.  The downside is commitment fatigue.” […]

My friend, Shawn Murphy, highlights a critical challenge for leaders over on his blog, SwitchandShift.com — triage and prioritization of commitment.  All to often, at the expense of the system, leaders find themselves chasing a cause.  Everybody admires driven passion, and it can virally create passion within your team.  However, your teammates also recognize the pending signs of burnout and take on those traits within themselves.  After all, every team emulates the mood, language and example set by their leader over time.  If you are burning yourself out in the relentless pursuit of work, expect that your team’s light is nearly snuffed, as well.  As leaders, it’s as important to recognize the investment we put into ourselves as it is to understand the value of investing in our team.

Take a tip from Shawn and take a moment to savor your current situation and comprehend the value of where you are.  It makes the journey to where you are going all that more enjoyable for you and your team along the way!

Can You Put a Price on “People Problems” In Your Team?

Putting a Price on People Problems at Work

…you need a plan of attack to stop spending time and money in these sinkholes, break out of the impasse, and solve your most frustrating problems. […]

In this article from HBR, the authors asked executives to put a price on the amount their companies lost each day due to a range of people issues, from interpersonal conflicts and unproductive weekly staff meetings to hiring the wrong employees and investing in training programs that don’t work.  The results were not suprising: on average, $7,227.07/line item/day, totaling $144,541.30/day. That amounts to $52,757,574 value lost for an organization on interpersonal issues and “people problems.”  Think your leadership and team are immune to these factors?  Think again.  The number one people choose to leave their team is problems with the bosses.  How are you engaging today to ensure you retain valuable talent and address root causes early before they become a retention issue?

“No one ever gets talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say, and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down.”
Seth Godin

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? (New York City: Portfolko, 2012), 166

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (New York: Viking, 2016)

What an outstanding book! Adam Grant once again makes social-science entertaining in this awesome read about original thinkers and ways to encourage more of them on your team. As with any book by Adam Grant, you can expect it to be well-thought out, well-researched and well-written. If you’re like me, you’ll be dog-earing and highlighting this book throughout!

Why Social Media Is Shaping The Future Of Work

Lists of social media disasters are like new versions of worst-dressed lists. And there’s no such thing as not being on social media. If you’re not actively pursuing your brand on social, someone else is, and probably not the way you want to be.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.forbes.com

In Meghan’s words, “…you’re a brand, whether you like it or not.” So true and so important. My advice, start defining your brand before it starts defining you!

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How Women Owned Businesses Are A Source of Strength

Who is driving new business growth AND having a social impact in New York City? According to a new study, it’s increasingly women.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.inc.com

While it’s clear there’s still progress to be made, the ideas, talent and commitment of these women are transforming communities for the better

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The Biggest Leap You’ll Ever Make: From Team Member to First-Time Manager – Jesse Lyn Stoner

I had the pleasure of catching up with Ken Blanchard to talk about the challenges first-time managers face and what to do about it.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: seapointcenter.com

Great points for the front-line supervisor who has moved up from being a part of the team to now leading it. Leading your former peers can be daunting–but with training and knowledge, it’s both doable and rewarding!

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