DevelopYour Small Business

Developing Your Business

 

What to Know Before Applying for an SBA Loan (Silicon Valley Business Journal)]

Protecting Your Business, and Your Bank Account, in Case Clients Don’t Pay (The New York Times)

How to Avoid the Premature Scaling Death Trap (Entrepreneur Magazine)

The Most Common Reasons Startups Fail (FastCompany)

How failing to adjust values for obsolete inventory can hide losses (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

Should you do business with government agencies? (Louisville Business First)

Turning great companies into true franchises (TechCrunch)

Negotiating Lessons From A Former NFL CEO (Fast Company)

Small businesses point to credit availability as operating challenge (Austin Business Journal)

 

 Organizational Development

Team and Strategy (AVC.com)

4 soft skills millennials need to build their careers (Louisville Business First)

How to Become a Master Communicator (Austin Business Journal)

Your company is at 50 employees. What's next?  (SmartBrief)

The barriers to advancing women: What men aren't seeing (SmartBrief)

The Most Important Personality Traits for CEOs (New York Magazine)

Drop Your Excuses and Tell Me What You Did  (San Francisco Business Times)

Are You a Grown Up Company Now? Time to Shift Your Focus to Developing Your Existing Employees (Phoenix Business Journal)

Career Coach: Yes, you still need strong communication skills (The Washington Post)

Study: Poor Writing Skills Are Costing Businesses Billions (Inc. Magazine)

Dollars and Sense: The Cost of a Bad Hire (Business News Daily)

4 do's and don'ts of speaking to senior executives (Albuquerque Business First)

How to align your employees and your culture (Louisville Business First)

The Big Disconnect That Could Cost You Your Best Employees (Forbes) 

Help! My salespeople can't write! (Business Journals)

13 time-saving tips for continuous self-education (SmartBlogs)

Why 2016 Is The Year Of The Hybrid Job (Fast Company)

Why Employees And Management Have Such Different Ideas About Company Culture  (Fast Company)

Financial training is critical for sales success (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

Why investing in an education model pays (SmartBrief)

Something weird happens to companies when they hit 150 people (Quartz)

22 of the weirdest interview questions you might get asked (CNBC)

Why Do Employees Stay? A Clear Career Path and Good Pay, for Starters (Harvard Business Review)

Take 5: How Leaders Can Stamp Out Bad Behavior and Create a Culture of Integrity (Kellogg School of Management at Nortwestern University) 

Innovation

 

Not All Good Products Make Good Businesses (Intercom)

Innovation Excellence (InnovationExcellence.com)

Who Killed Nokia? Nokia Did (Instead)

Creating value from long-term bets (McKinsey Quarterly)

Why the Band-Aid solution is the best kind of fix (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

The 11 rules of innovation that HP's founders followed (San Francisco Business Times)

Take Five: How to Encourage Innovative Thinking (Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University)

Leadership

 

How To Do A Values Checkup In The Wake Of ​Wells Fargo’s Scandal (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

Why are so many startups behaving badly, and can anything be done about it? (Upstart Business Journal)

3 Skills That Set Successful CEOs Apart (Lead Change Group)

Managing: ​My best employee quit because I wouldn’t let her go to her college graduation  (Phoenix Business Journal)

8 steps to a more ethical workplace (Austin Business Journal)

How can I help you do your job better? (SmartBrief)

3 Non-traditional business lessons from immigrant entrepreneurs (Louisville Business Journal)

Want to Be a Good Boss? Start by Understanding Why You Want to Lead (Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University)

Is Leadership in Your Organization's DNA? (Smart Brief)

When "No" Can Lead to "Yes" (SmartBrief)

3 Ways Cheating Can Creep into Your Organization (Smart Brief)

Dealing with Denial At The Top (SmartBrief)

Why leaders feel lonely and what they can do about it (SmartBrief)

The best bosses follow these 7 rules (SmartBrief)

How I've Learned To Fight Loneliness And Isolation As A CEO (Fast Company)

10 Habits of Well-Liked Bosses (Fast Company)

5 Characteristics of Weak Leaders (And How Not to Be One)  (Michael Hyatt)

4 Great Things Senior Leadership Teams Do (SmartBlog on Leadership)

Know Your Why (SmartBlog on Leadership)

Rising Through The Ranks: Interview With Celgene CEO Mark Alles (The Street)

Why Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf insists on keeping it real (Business Journals)

Martin Zwilling’s Startup Professionals Blog

Start creating your legacy now by developing your people(Smart Blog on Leadership)

Why Are So Many Managers Afraid Of Talking To Their Employees? (Fast Company)

How to Build a Passionate Company (Harvard Business Review)

Are Good Managers Born or Made? (Knowledge@Wharton)

Leaders, Build Your Success on Trust (Chief Learning Officer)

Your CEO may be your biggest hurdle for achieving marketing success (Louisville Business First)

3 ways to avoid (and turn around) a culture of underperformance   (Austin Business Journal)

People want to see meaning in their work (Smart Brief)

Behind every strong leader is a strong community (Smart Brief)

How The Filet-o-Fish Can Teach Leaders To Truly Listen  (The Upwards Leader)

Servant leadership is a matter of character (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

10 resolutions for the servant leader (SmartBrief)

The one characteristic that makes great leaders (SmartBrief)

What one piece of management advice do you rely on most, and why? (SmartBrief)

A startup founder worth $15 million explains why entrepreneurs should think like farmers, not suits (Quartz)

7 personality traits of Successful executives (Louisville Business First)

A Ceo's Main Focus Should be Improving Company Culture (Entrepreneur)

Why United Airlines Abuses Customers: The Risks of Operational Excellence (Forbes)

Don't Smooth Things Over (Steve Keating)

  

Marketing

 
10 Principles of Customer Strategy (Strategy-Business.com)

4 questions every salesperson must answer (and in the correct order) (Louisville Business First)

17 Navy SEAL principles that every salesperson should practice (San Francisco Business Times)

Eight easy ways to promote your small business for free (Albuquerque Business First)

6 steps to turning around sales (Austin Business Journal)

Not hitting the sales target? This might be why (Austin Business Journal)

3 Stories You Need Potential Customers to Tell and 3 Ways to Get Them to (SmartBrief)

10 sales rules to follow if you want to grow your business (UpStart Business Journal)

Is Dynamic Pricing a Hit? (Knowledge@Wharton)

Customer Service, the New Mercedes-Benz Way (Knowledge@Wharton)

Why Your Brand Doesn’t Need Anyone To #Participate In Anything (Fast Company)

6 Things Top Salespeople Never Do  (Upstart Business Journal)

Price Is a Valuable Brand Position, so Don't Cheapen It (AdAge)

Why Most Product Launches Fail (Harvard Business Review)

4 questions that set the foundation for your sales differentiation strategy  (Louisville Business First)

The annoying myth about finding clients (Austin Business Journal)

Why so many new products fail (and it's not the product) (Louisville Business First)

 

Lean Organizations


The Essence of Jidoka (TheLeanThinker.com)

When Toyota met e-commerce: Lean at Amazon (McKinsey)

See lean manufacturing first hand. Take a video tour of the Toyota plant in Kentucky (Toyota Georgetown)

 

Business Assistance

 

The Arizona Small Business Development Center Network provides no cost one-on-one confidential evaluation and guidance by experienced business advisors to help you fast-track your plans and position your business for success.

SCORE (Phoenix, Southern Arizona, Northern Arizona) provides no cost mentoring to small business owners and entrepreneurs, along with classes, seminars, and special events to benefit small businesses