Blog Abstract: Uncommon Sense: Stop Giving These 5 Pieces Of Common Advice

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our Director of Paid Marketing, Kim Figor, discusses an Forbes article by contributors, David Sturt and Todd Nordstron, “Uncommon Sense: Stop Giving These 5 Pieces Of Common Advice.”

Have you ever noticed how most everyone has a popular “cliché” advice piece for just about every possible situation imaginable? I would even say it appears that the frequency of “one-liner” advice conversations increase as the emotional toll of a situation increases.

Why is it so easy for humans to spout off memorized clichés as if they alone were enough to “fix” any situation, let alone a highly emotional situation? Maybe it is easier than having a real conversation with someone. Or, maybe they have become an excuse to justify our own actions and take responsibility for being truthful with … Continue reading

How to Cultivate a Culture of Employee Accountability

Companies will experience a higher-level of productivity and efficiency by holding staff accountable for the individual choices they make. Unfortunately, this is frequently accomplished by wielding a specter of fear of punishment or reprisal if performance expectations are not met. Oftentimes, this method appears to work…at least temporarily. But it does not create an environment of employee satisfaction and fulfillment that is required to sustain a positive culture.

For accountability to be effective, it must be fostered, not forced. There is a fine line you must walk to maintain an innovative culture while at the same time increasing employee accountability. The goal is to empower your employees to be creative at the same time they follow a company roadmap of a common set of goals and success metrics.

Your approach should be to implement strategies to encourage team buy-in. Each member must have a sense of mutually fostered trust, … Continue reading

Notable Character and Qualities of a Great Leader

A lot of content has been written about various skillsets good leaders possess. The Internet is chocked full of opinions from just about everyone. Millions of dollars have been made from the sales of hundreds of thousands of books on this topic.

Briefly, a few online opinions I stumbled upon include: be fearless and inspirational, use vision and values, create the right culture, listen, remain visible, be authentic and transparent, learn from failure, etc.

In preparation for this blog, I knew I did not want to follow the pack and add to the litany of titles, such as 9 Characteristics of an Epic Leader or 8 Top Characteristics of a Great Leader. I did not want to focus on the capabilities and competencies of a great leader. Maybe that is a blog to be written on another day. Today, I wanted to focus more on what is behind those acquired skillsets. I want to consider the character and qualities that is the foundation of the makeup of a heroic leader.

In other words, I want to talk about the ‘who’ and not the ‘do.’ After all, character makeup is how and what skills are built upon. Continue reading “Notable Character and Qualities of a Great Leader”

Looking For Funding For Your Fledgling Business? Check Out New SEC Crowdfunding Options.

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the recent Venture Beat article, “U.S. SEC approves new crowdfunding rules,” and the Entrepreneur article, “The SEC’s new 685-page crowdfunding rules: What you need to know.”

CrowdFunding Depositphotos_60823521_s-2015The first article in Venture Beat begins, “U.S. securities regulators approved new crowdfunding rules on Friday, allowing start-up companies to raise money from mom-and-pop investors over the internet. Private companies were previously allowed to solicit only accredited investors – those with a net worth of at least $1 million, excluding the value of their homes, or annual income of more than $200,000.”

That is enough to whip your head around if you are on an entrepreneurial adventure and are fanning the growth flames of your fledgling start-up. And as an investor who has been held … Continue reading

Negative Culture Saps Productivity

From time to time, DirectiveGroup team members will share their views on a provocative or otherwise thoughtful piece found as they research. Here, Kim comments on an article posted by Barbara Bartlein, in Entrepreneur, Negative Culture Saps Productivity.

Throughout their lifetime, most people will have at least one work experience where the culture is riddled with negativity. For most employees, it is extremely difficult to function at a high productively level in this atmosphere. Eventually, the employee will most likely move on to other opportunities. In most cases, the cost to the employee is the time he/she spent while employed.

For the company; however, the cost is much higher. Below are some statistics regarding the impact of a negative culture in a company mentioned in the article. A cost that was not mentioned, but I think is extremely important to consider, is the cost of employee turnover (i.e. … Continue reading

Are You a Leader or a Follower?

From time to time, DirectiveGroup team members will share their views on a provocative or otherwise thoughtful piece found as they research. Here, Bobbi comments on an article posted on Entrepreneur, Are You a Leader or a Follower?

As one who has had many managers throughout her career, I must say, not many have impressed. When I came across this article, it stimulated a little reflection.

I have worked at DirectiveGroup for only six months, and recognized almost immediately this place is like none other. Personal excellence is not only expected, it is the norm. The bar is set very high and everyone strives to reach it, both individually and as a team.

As I read this article, which pointed out that you don’t have to be in a leadership role to be a leader, I realized everyone at DirectiveGroup is a leader. It’s either an innate trait or … Continue reading