Contributed Blogs

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.

Creating a CEO Calendar

12.19.12 Thumbnail CalendarCreate and measure success, month by month, with a CEO (or Executive) Calendar.

It's time to take stock as the year ends

12.12.12 Thumbnail TomCoxPart of your end-of-year routine should be to take stock. What did you learn in 2012? How will you make 2013 better? This is a form of benchmarking. Comparing yourself to yourself, and to others, and looking for ways to do better. Leadership expert Tom Cox tells you how to do it.

The importance of performance evals

12.07.12 Thumbnail EvaluationHumans are highly impacted by having even their small successes noticed. You don’t need to give awards or assemble the team for a public presentation. Just notice and acknowledge. You don’t have to say “good job” — just acknowledgement by a person in a position of authority is pleasant. And being ignored is unpleasant.