Leadership Development

How many decisions do you make every day? According to Cornell University researchers: more than 35,000. Every. Single. Day. Decision-making is one of a CEO’s most important jobs, and one of the easiest to do wrong. It doesn’t have to be like that though. Here are 5 tips to improve your decision-making effectiveness – and help you…

“I should demote myself!” joked the head of sales. “It looks like I am better at selling than at managing a sales team.” We were looking at his team’s individual sales numbers. He was selling more when he was a regular salesperson than his whole team today. We too often promote the wrong person into…

In the fast-paced landscape of today’s organizations, the missing link that often separates successful ventures from mediocre ones is trust. Trust is the glue that binds leaders with their stakeholders, creating an environment where collaboration thrives, innovation flourishes, and everyone feels valued. To bridge this trust gap, we propose a formula that encapsulates the essence…

As we noted in Part 1, finding people with the right strengths is important to help your business grow and succeed.  As you integrate the right engagement structures to ensure that your people will stay with your company for the long term, we want to explain the importance of onboarding in exit planning. We call…

As a business owner, it’s important to start planning for your eventual exit from the company as early as you can. Whether you plan to sell the business, pass it down to family, or find new leadership, how well you onboard new managers and prepare your successors plays a key role in a smooth transition….

Do you want to get rich quickly? Very simple: Buy a business for its actual value, and sell it back right away for what the business owner values it. Many business owners overvalue their own business (after all, isn’t your business the most beautiful baby in the world?). What do you need to pay attention to…

How is your #leadership known and how do you want it to be known? What is your Leadership Brand? Simply put, your Leadership Brand is how you lead as the unique human being you are. It comprises your authenticity, clarity of expectations, vision, consistency, and value as a leader – and serves as a source of dependability…

At FIREPOWER, we’re here to help our leaders achieve growth and innovation through their biggest asset: their people. Together, let’s achieve the hardest growth goals and go beyond the surface-level approach of employee reviews by learning how to balance people, processes, and technology to establish an empowered workforce. It’s time to unlock the true potential…

Hey there, hardworking business owner! We know you’ve been hustling and adapting like a champ over the past year. Remote work became the norm, and you made it work! But now, a moment of truth is upon us: the option to return to the office. While remote work definitely had its perks (like sweatpants and a commute…

In today’s ever-expanding “gig economy,” outsourcing entry-level tasks and job roles has become commonplace. But a growing number of organizations are exploring and adopting outsourcing for higher-level functions, too. Small to mid-sized sales organizations are increasingly outsourcing the sales function – from the sales rep role to executive sales management – and finding success with…

Since the pandemic, many companies have negotiated new rhythms for workplace productivity. While a number of companies are fully “back at the office,” there are many others that remain committed to remote work, or to allowing their employees some flexibility via a hybrid work option. Remote work certainly offers many perks, and studies have shown…

Nobody likes a micromanager. In fact, studies confirm that just the opposite is true: Employees tend to be much happier and more engaged when they are afforded some autonomy to make their own decisions. And leaders benefit, too, when employees are given some leeway to act independently: It tends to result in a higher-quality of…

Date: June 9, 2023 Start Time: 12 p.m. EST End Time: 1 p.m. EST Platform: Zoom Questions: Chat Click here for free Zoom Link: Dr. John White In Why It Matters, John A. White draws on a wealth of expertise acquired across his six-decade career as a corporate leader, chancellor, dean, educator, engineer, and consultant to create a thorough and…

Entrepreneurial leaders do a lot of things well, but hiring the right people, aligning talent for top performance and optimizing collaboration is not where they want to spend their time.  It’s not why they went into business and they are unfamiliar with the impact of talent on their growth and succession goals. They don’t understand…

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How many decisions do you make every day? According to Cornell University researchers: more than 35,000. Every. Single. Day. Decision-making is one of a CEO’s most important jobs, and one of the easiest to do wrong. It doesn’t have to be like that though. Here are 5 tips to improve your decision-making effectiveness – and help you…

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