Contributed Blogs

When is anger OK in the workplace?

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

03.20.13 Thumbnail AngerWhen is anger okay in the work place? Never.

Expressing or ‘acting out’ anger is different from feeling anger. I can feel anger without having to share it. And I can express my anger in a responsible way that is not denial, is not ‘stuffing’ it, and also doesn’t make someone else wrong or scared.

Keep a thin skin

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

03.05.13 Thumbnail BossLeaders shouldn’t be “thick skinned” — not if that means shrugging off negative feedback that might actually be correct. Leaders need to be emotionally resilient, unattached to outcomes, and assume positive intent.

 

Strategic execution- outside the core

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

02.25.13 Thumbnail CoreWhen I work with senior teams, they share a common bias across firms and industries — they over-value the uniqueness of their industry, firm, or niche, and they over-value innovative changes in their self-identified Core Business. And they fail to put appropriate focus on off-the-shelf innovations available in the non-core processes.

Start benchmarking in five minutes

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

02.08.13 Thumbnail BenchmarkThe hardest part of starting to track your performance is to just start. So, just start quick and dirty. It’s worth it — you’ll dramatically boost your odds of achieving your goals by spending 5 minutes setting up benchmarks.
 

Strategic execution- please stop innovating

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

02.01.13 Blog WagonWheelWant more real breakthroughs faster in your firm or department? Here’s an easy way: stop “innovating” so much.

 
 

Four keys to successful small business blogging and social media

BY TY KIISEL | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

01.25.13 Thumbnail SocialMediaShould small business owners consider blogging and social media to promote their businesses? Yes—and maybe, provided you do it right. 


 

How to form a strategic advisory board

01.23.13 Thumbnail AdviceWhat can a private company do, to harness the kind of intellectual firepower that most of us can’t even access in our wildest dreams? Recruit an Advisory Board.

 

4 steps to faster, better strategic planning

01.11.13 Thumbnail 4stepsFor 10 years, Jill struggled to make a profit. At over $8 million in sales, her specialty call center should have been providing her with annual profits of 8-12% or between $640,000 and a million dollars. Instead she paid herself a “good-enough” salary and saw profits trickle in at 1/2% — just $50,000.  She didn’t own a business, she owned a job. Jill had done strategic planning of the “blue sky” variety many times. That kind of planning is worthless, says leadership expert Tom Cox.

Three strategy insights for small business

01.04.13 Thumbnail StrategyGood strategy lets you outmaneuver your bigger competitors. Bad strategy can sink your business. Here are three insights from leadership expert Tom Cox that you can use to harness strategic thinking and planning for your small business.