think outside the box with your careerIf you are a business owner or leader, you may need an advocate who can help you implement those practices that every business needs to succeed. Ask yourself the following:

Are you clear on your goals for your business?

Do you create a business plan each year, with clear vision and mission, objectives, strategies and success measures?

Do you have a people strategy? Successful companies have systems and processes in place for Hiring (sourcing, interviewing, onboarding), Performance Management that includes motivating and developing employees, Succession Planning, Retention (Culture), Training and Development, just to name a few. This is one of the most important and often overlooked areas for impacting a company’s bottom line.

What’s your sales and marketing strategy? How do you differentiate yourself in your market? What gives you your competitive advantage? What’s your marketing strategy? How do you manage and motivate your sales force?

Do you manage your company by financials? Do you have a budget? Would you have the necessary information you need to get a loan from a bank or other financial source? Do you intend to sell your company at some point, and if so, do you have all the things in place to do so successfully, or do you even know what they would be?

All these questions are typical of the challenges I see every day with entrepreneurs and business leaders – and areas where I can help you to formulate strategies for success.