Debunked: 4 dangerous myths about cyberattack

When cyberattacks make the headlines, it is usually the big, far-reaching kind that affect FedEx, Boeing, Target. and their customers, it is usually a big, these are the kinds of companies that make headlines — multinational companies with billion-dollar revenues and thousands of employees. Problem is, this news coverage makes small and midsiz...

How to connect employees with your company’s mission

Most employees want to do the right thing. They want their company to succeed. But even the best employees with the best intentions need to know where to go. Without direction, there’s a lot of noise that can keep your employees – and ultimately, your company – from getting ahead.

Kill the static. Follow these steps to connect y
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Take 2 simple steps to double-digit growth

There is no need to sacrifice your entire marketing strategy or your sales tactics if you want a fresh approach to ramping up your business growth. Instead, look to the resources you already have — your current satisfied customers. A customer referral strategy generates growth from a pool of targets who already know and support your product ...

Never trust an atom (and sometimes your brain)

While browsing in a bookstore the other day, I saw a young person wearing a t-shirt that gave me a good laugh. The front of the shirt had a colorful graphic of an atom, with electrons swirling around the nucleus. The caption underneath said: Never trust an atom; they make up everything. As I chuckled at the clever play on words, it occurred to ...

7 strategies to turbo-charge employee development

Grow your workforce, yes. But be careful that the workforce growth does not outstrip that of customer demand. This is the essence of managed, concerted, strategic growth. Leaders who participated in the latest Vistage CEO Confidence Index appear to be on the right track, with regard to workforce growth. According to analysis of the Q1 2018 su...

How to do 10,000 push-ups: Make a plan and stick to it

In our Vistage groups, we are dedicated to continuous improvement.  I have also observed that our leaders and executives typically have type-A personalities and can also be very competitive. At our January meeting, we were discussing the goals and objectives of the coming year, when our member Brian pitched in, “My buddy challenged me to do ...

SMB CEO projections for 2018

Tracking economic trends? Keep your eye on the SMBs.

If the CEO or CFO of a multi-billion dollar company wants to get a good idea of where the United States business climate is trending, he should take a look at the plans of the country’s small and midsize businesses (SMBs). If an entrepreneur starting a home-based business wants to get a bet...