First Business

April 18, 2011

Management: Spend Time with Your Staff

The most important thing you can do to empower your staff is give them a voice and listen to their ideas. As entrepreneurs, sometimes this can be hard as we are running 100 miles per hour and always thinking about the future. To ensure that people feel valued and you hear their ideas, I recommend scheduling formal, recurring meeting times with your staff every two to four weeks. A quick 15- to 30-minute one-on-one talk can keep you informed and keep your team members motivated. It helps us monitor (and continually improve) performance.

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