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Top 7 Leadership Tips to Catapult Your Small Business in Warp Time

By Leanne Hoagland Smith

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During the last five years as THE small business coach in the Chicago area, I have discovered 7 mistakes that small business owners consistently make. These leadership tips should guide you as the small business owner, entrepreneur or executive around these pitfalls as you work to improve your business results.

  1. Work on your business not in your business. Mistake: Most new business owners and many experienced business owners are so busy working in their business, they fail to work on their business and demonstrate the leadership that the business demands. In the book, "Itís Not the Big that Eat the Small, But Itís the Fast that Eat the Slow," the authors revealed that executives spent less than 15 minutes each day thinking about the future of their business because they were so busy dealing with yesterday and todayís events.

  2. Assess your business both externally and internally. Mistake: Don't presume that you know what is going on in your business. Take the time to assess your business both externally and internally. Using an organizational assessment based upon proven criteria such as Baldrige may help you to focus on the directionally correct actions.

  3. Develop a strategic plan. Mistake: If you don't have a plan, you are on someone else's plan. A strategic plan indicates who does what by when. Remember, hope is not a strategy.

  4. Work your plan. Mistake: Pay for a plan and leave it on a shelf or in a desk drawer. A plan's purpose is action. Without action, the plan is useless and the dollars invested in creating the plan are wasted.

  5. Invest in your people. Mistake: Spending dollars on things such as technology and not people. People make the business. They create the loyal customers or disloyal ones. Employees don't come to work thinking how they can mess up the company. Invest in people development and watch your investment quickly multiply.

  6. Pay yourself first. Mistake: Wearing all the hats and not paying yourself what you are worth. Entrepreneurs wear many hats when they establish their business. As time progresses, they continue to wear these hats because money is tight and they believe that they can do things better. The end of the year approaches and the company made a profit. By paying yourself first, you will focus on what you do really well and delegate those other activities to others at a far lower rate.

  7. Keep balance between your personal and professional lives. Mistake: You are too busy to take the time with your family or friends. By attending your work life balance as well as your personal and professional development, you will see incredible results happen within your business.

As the small business coach [http://www,processspecialist.com/small-business-coach.htm/],Leanne helps individuals, small businesses and large organizations to double performance in real time. Please feel free to contact Leanne at 219.759.5601.

One quick question, if you could consistently achieve your goals, what would that mean to you?

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Article Submitted On: March 02, 2006