How Do Successful Leaders Spell Survival

Did you know that the same skills used in Survival Situations are the same skills needed for effective Leadership? The U.S. military uses the word SURVIVAL as a mnemonic device to help its troops and leaders remember right actions under fire. Visionary Leadership: *S: Size up the Situation*. Survivalists know that they need to survey their environment before taking action. Today’s Successful Leaders need to do the same. Unfortunately I have seen too many newly promoted managers, so anxious to prove their worth , begin immediately making changes before a careful business/organizational analysis. The result: A disruption of customers and employees and often negative consequences to the organization. Always conduct Intel, before offering opinion or direction. *U: *Undue Haste Makes …

Three Key Survival Skills for New Business Owners

The first year of a new business is the toughest. It’s the make-it-or-break-it year. The challenges a new business owner faces on a daily basis require three key survival skills: self-reliance, self-direction, and resilience. No matter how brilliant the business idea, without these three skills entrepreneurs risk failure. Self-Reliance It’s a fact of life that every small business owner wears many hats to fill all functions: operations, sales, marketing, finance, human resources-even janitor and chief coffee-maker when needed. Unlike life in corporate America, where each employee has a specialized area of expertise, a new business owner must excel in all of the disciplines required to keep a small business running smoothly. The revenue drain of hiring employees can spell disaster …