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Hiring mistakes can be very costly for business owners, yet businesses continue to hire the wrong people over and over again, despite the fact that there are ways to reduce the number of bad hires made in staffing a business.
Apart from making hasty decisions without due consideration of process and role requirements, the main cause of bad hires is not learning enough from the applicants during the interview process, resulting in the hiring of individuals who are wrong for the role itself and/or are a bad fit for the business culture that prevails.
This excellent Slideshare presentation, suggests employers need to get a good handle on applicants personalities and life values to be able to make better hires, and it offers a framework in which business owners can operate to achieve this end.
The world of work has changed dramatically in recent times, and the rapid infiltration of a highly tech aware cohort to the employee mix, will only increase the pace of change in the way work is done.
Trust, flexibility and the acceptance of social networking methodologies, are key factors that drive performance of new generation employees, and businesses need to adapt in order to survive.
This excellent article, suggests that business owners will need to apply a different type of leadership to their employees in this changed world, and it suggests six leadership qualities that will need to be applied by business owners as the shift their businesses towards becoming social enterprises.
Small business owners, can grow their businesses quicker and more cost effectively, if they can enter into strategic partnerships with other business owners.
The range of other benefits that accrue to businesses that form successful strategic partnerships are many, and to reap these benefits, business owners should always have their eyes open for opportunities to partner with others for mutual benefit.
This excellent article, suggests that joining forces with other businesses is a key element to building a successful business, and it offers six tips to assist business owners to develop successful strategic partnerships.
To be successful in business, a business owner needs to be a capable operator, but often being capable does not necessarily result in the application of great time management skills.
Great time management requires good decisions in respect to how time is utilised, but more importantly than how, is the decision as to which of many alternatives uses the time available is allocated towards.
This excellent article, suggests that otherwise capable and intelligent people can be too easily distracted from what really matters, and it offers a five step plan to help business owners to avoid the number one time management mistake.
Consumer sentiments change with generational change, and significant changes are being witnessed as a new generation starts flexing its economic muscle, the chief of these being the move towards supporting businesses that show that they are socially responsible.
Business owners need to become fully aware of the shifts that are taking place in consumer sentiment, and be conscious of the negative consequences of their businesses not being seen as socially responsible, and take action to reap the benefits which flow to socially responsible businesses.
This excellent article, provides the evidence required to convince business owners to take their businesses down the social responsibility path, and it outlines eight clear benefits for business that are regarded as being socially responsible by their customers.
The inability to get started on work that needs to be completed can be the bane of many business owner's lives, and overcoming the urge to procrastinate when one should be focused on working, becomes a real challenge that needs to be faced head on.
Usually, the motivation to work and build a successful business should be enough to put a stop to procrastination, yet sometimes not knowing where to start working can be the reason behind this malady.
This excellent article, by the author of the book "Get Things Done", suggest 10 steps anyone can take to end their days of procrastination and get on with building their business.
One of the biggest barriers to business owner productivity, is the tendency to manage by crisis, and this tendency is generally fuelled by an inability to effectively prioritise.
Not surprisingly, effective priority setting is not possible without having some systematic way of categorising work on hand, and then being rigorous in adopting different approaches to dealing with each category of work.
This excellent article, discusses Steven Covey's Time Management Matrix, and it identifies the approach a business owner needs to take to work categorised in each quadrant of this matrix in order to manage their time most effectively.
Too many business owners adopt the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" approach to their internal business processes, and whilst this approach works in some circumstances away from the business environment, it is an approach that will see a business fall well behind its competitors in the business world.
In business time does not stand still, and unless a business is continually reviewing its processes and finding areas for improvement, it's ability to deliver on customer expectations will diminish rapidly.
This excellent article, makes a strong case for the need to adopt continuous improvement as a way of operating any business, and it offers five key steps to help business owners to implement a continual improvement ethos in their businesses.
Email can be one of the greatest time thieves, and business owners wanting to increase their productivity, need to take concerted action to limit the time spent in their inboxes.
Generally speaking, all email programs have features and shortcuts that most never discover, and few business owners have ever found the time to become as proficient as they need to be in managing their email load.
This excellent article, not only provides 12 great tips to help business owners to spend less time on email processing, it also includes links to a variety of resources that will help anyone wanting to recover time to devote to more productive activities.
A tired and stressed business owner, can be the worst enemy of his or her business, as well as someone employees have to dance around for fear of the consequences of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Whilst it is almost impossible for a business owner to create a stress free environment for themselves, they can take steps that help them focus on what is important for their businesses, and take control over the major contributors to high stress levels.
This excellent article, suggests that operating under stress for prolonged periods is extremely bad for your health and wellbeing, and it offers seven top tips to help business owners stay fresh and focused on their businesses.
Every business would love to have employees who give their all to the business, and through their willing endeavours, help the business to grow and prosper.
Business owners who aspire to such a situation, need to do more than just dream about such a great state of affairs, they need to explore ways to mak