Toxic Work Environments | N2Growth Blog

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Toxic work environments can only exist where a lack of trust and respect are present, and this can only occur in the absence of sound leadership. Let me be as clear as I can - the phrase &# toxic work environment&# is code for bad leadership, becasue a toxic culture simply cannot co-exist in the presence of great leadership. So, what do you do if you’re not in leadership and find yourself in a toxic work environment?

What Will It Take to Make Finance More Gender-Balanced?

Harvard Business

It is no wonder we came to fear our gender would keep us from achieving the same level of success as our male peers in finance. Because one of us (Malin) grew up in Sweden, considered to be one of the most gender-equal countries , with f amily-friendly policies that emphasize both parents’ responsibility of raising a family, we wondered whether gender equality in the finance industry in Sweden had progressed further than it had in the U.S. shutterjack/Getty Images.


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Stewardship Is an Alternative to Leadership

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Yes, business needs to make money, but it is also entrusted with the well-being of people, the environment and the planet. There are just a few areas that need it, like how you report finances. IT and HR should be consultants, not in control. Peter Block is a global bestselling author and consultant, and a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops that build the skills outlined in his books.

Which MBAs Make More: Consultants or Small-Business Owners?

Harvard Business

In our work studying entrepreneurship-through-acquisition (EtA) — in which individuals purchase an existing small business to own and run themselves — we’ve found that most graduating MBA students agree that being the CEO of a small firm dominates traditional post-MBA careers like consulting, investment banking, private equity, and the like on these non-pecuniary dimensions. million EBITDA company for 4x paying $6 million and using 50% debt financing. HBR STAFF.


Weather the Storm of Constant Change by Strengthening 3 Balance Sheets

Strategy Driven

Whether caused by a pandemic, an economy in free fall, an unforeseen change in the competitive business environment or a problematic geopolitical issue, the world in which we operate is volatile and unpredictable. People perform their best in an environment in which results matter.

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How Technical Debt Opens the Door to Cyber Attacks—and Steps to Protect Your Small Business

Strategy Driven

Months of investigation by a cyber consulting firm finally determined the source of the vulnerability to Azotrope’s network: a combination printer/fax machine in their testing and QA area that engineers regularly used to fax lunch orders to a local Chinese restaurant.

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April 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Ken Byler of Higher Ground Consulting Group contributed How Not to Be Defensive. Stephanie Skryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting provided How to Create a Monthly Finance Routine. Stephanie shares: “ In this post of the 100 Degrees of Entrepreneurship Podcast I’m sharing the monthly finance routine you can use to grow your business and your bottom line. Lisa Kohn of Chatsworth Consulting Group shared Why taking a long shot is a Thoughtful leadership practice.

Know Your History, Purpose and Direction


CoachStation provides consulting and business advisory, coaching / mentoring and human resource related offerings. My career from that point has almost always been in leadership roles within the retail, hospitality, finance and contact centre industries in Australia and overseas. Although it may have taken a different form, I believe that coaching and consulting was always the ‘end game’ and I would have still have ended up here. Why do you do what you do?

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Starting Business in Canada? Basic Tips to Follow

Strategy Driven

In this article, you will find the basic tips from financing and marketing to business planning in Canada. Later on, you will be able to use it in order to finance your startup. Such loans are typically issued as personal cash advances rather than business financing options. More than that, familiarize yourself with laws you will be required to follow as an entrepreneur, maybe even consult a business attorney if necessary.

Unexpected Leadership Lessons that Mobsters Can Teach Lawful Leaders

Leading Blog

So too must lawful leaders relentlessly scan their environments for new opportunities and threats, adjust their strategies accordingly, and then make appropriate corporate governance adjustments to how they empower and motivate their workforce to achieve the amended strategies.

Turning The Tables On Your Failing Business

Strategy Driven

To make determining what the problem is easier, here are some areas to focus on: strategy, customers, team members, products/services, and finance. Focus on finance. You may also find it helpful to get an objective opinion on things – for this, working with a business consultant can be useful. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Entrepreneurship business finances business management entrepreneurship strategydriven

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The Big Picture of Business – Business Success Checklist

Strategy Driven

Utilization of industry consultants or technical specialists. Strategic Plan includes provisions for refinancing, equity and debt financing. Finance charges are negotiated. Consultant plan is annually updated, with realistic, measurable goals. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. When you own and operate a business you need to have certain procedures for an efficient and seamless function.

August 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Ken Byler of Higher Ground Consulting Group contributed Introverted Leadership in a Pandemic. Shelley considers: “ Your staff works better in an environment that values their humanness. Bill Treasurer of Giant Leap Consulting contributed Allow Nature to Show You the Upside. Jon writes: “ It’s our responsibility as leaders and experts to provide a trusting, enthusiastic, and continually developing work environment to the new generation.

The Big Picture of Business: Been There, Done That

Strategy Driven

How to Pick the Right Consultants for Your Company. Selecting the most appropriate consultant for your company and optimizing their expertise is the greatest challenge facing a decision maker. None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Consultants Are Not All Alike.

Does Your Startup Have a Spending Strategy?

Harvard Business

She hired a consultant and a contractor, who found structural obstacles that were expensive to address. Think about whether you are providing what they need in terms of technology, benefits, and a comfortable environment. Entrepreneurial finance Budgeting Costs Entrepreneurial management Digital ArticleCatherine Ledner/Getty Images. Starting a new business involves a host of challenges, and chief among them is knowing what to spend your money on—and how much to spend.

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The Big Picture of Business – The Book of Acronyms

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Organizations are accustomed to looking at concepts and practices one way at a time.

July 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Julie writes: “Thriving in this ambiguous and fast-changing environment demands that employees marshal all of the resources available to them. What about in your finances, or in your relationships? Too many commentators (whether authors, consultants, and business people) refer to leadership being a process of using power to influence how others think and act. Welcome to the July Leadership Development Carnival.

5 Telltale Signs of Fear-Based Leadership

Strategy Driven

In fear-based cultures, the educational backgrounds of C-suite leaders can disproportionately favor finance and accounting, which causes organizations to be hyper-analytical and risk-averse. When fear-based leadership reigns, work environments turn toxic, permeated by anxiety and urgency. When leaders rule through fear, even smart mistakes are punished swiftly and harshly, creating a play-it-safe-at-all-costs environment. Fear is bad for business.

Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust

Skip Prichard

Maya Hu-Chan is a management consultant, executive coach, author, and speaker, and founder of Global Leadership Associates. As an executive coach and leadership consultant, I’ve worked with leaders around the world. Develop Your Ability to Influence.

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What Should You Do Before Starting A Business?

Strategy Driven

Speak To Consultants. It makes no difference if this is your first company, or whether you’ve run many different businesses before, it’s always worth speaking to consultants about various aspects of your business. Financial consultants and marketing experts such as the ones you can find at [link] have many years of experience in their sectors, and this kind of investment can pay huge dividends when it comes to an understanding of how business works. Look At Your Finances.

How to Lead a Redneck

Lead Change Blog

So, Jeff’s non-stop one-liners were funny: “You might be a redneck…if there are more than five McDonald’s bags in your car…if the Home Shopping Network operator recognizes your voice…id the taillight covers of your car are made of red tape…if you financed a tattoo, or if you’ve ever been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.”. I have been consulting organizations for over thirty-five years on how to foster a more humanist workplace.

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How to Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption

Skip Prichard

In this environment of constant change, I often hear that we should be agile. and is an expert on risk, strategy, and finance. It is a new, more advanced way of studying environments, making decisions, building cultures, and operating on a day-to-day basis. When facing a favorable environment, agile organizations grab the initiative and keep competitors off-balance. Navigate through Change. “Agile organizations treat disruption and adversity as opportunities.”

New Technologies for Mobile Merchant Accounts

Women on Business

Bekiroglu, editorial consultant for (learn more about Ms. Because the interface of these applications can be designed in such as way as to mimic the look and feel of a traditional terminal, the payment environment is non-threatening to the consumer and does not hamper their willingness to make an on-site payment regardless of the setting. Bekiroglu is an author, freelance writer and editorial consultant for Guest Post by Ms.

The INs and OUTs of Business Literacy

HR Digest

An effective financial literacy program should clear concepts of finance and accounting in simple terms with examples that are relevant to the organization’s day-to-day operations. Joe Knight is widely considered as one of the world’s most influential finance and business literacy leaders. Joe Knight, Principal Owner and Senior Consultant with the Business Literacy Institute. I like to think of finance in an organization as a three-legged stool.

How to Encourage Your Employees to Think and Act Like Owners

Great Leadership By Dan

Teach your employees the fundamentals of business and finance , how their company makes money, and how they add (or take away) value. Typically, this will create an environment where employees are more cognizant of waste, and will help to reduce it. He is a lifelong student of business and finance, and holds a master’s degree in Organization Development and Human Resources.

How to Build Leadership Skills When You’re Not A Leader


Madison writes for various outlets on finance and management.]. Traditionally, perhaps even misleadingly, people who manage others in a professional environment are labeled as leaders. According to, CEO of Booher Consultants, Dianna Booher puts it bluntly: To reach that “next level of success” act like a leader. [Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Madison Davis. Proactive. Innovative. Ambitious. Assertive.

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Workplace Gossip | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

They would take the position that gossip is just part of human nature, and that gossip will always exist in any type of environment where social dynamics are present.

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The Disconnected Leader | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

I often engage in the MBWA behaviors and though I am not the expert that my team members are, I have stepped in to help them whenever needed, and yes, on occasion when it wasn't, but our open and respectful environment allows them to say "I got it, thanks." The UC Berkley budget gap has grown to $150 million, & still the Chancellor is spending money that isn't there on $3,000,000 consultants.

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Looking For Leadership

N2Growth Blog

Place a leader into any environment and their impact will be immediately recognized. I’ve seen many an executive or consultant attempt to identify leaders with interviews, tests, evaluations, etc., By that I mean practice areas that serve no real purpose other than to generate a revenue stream for a coach or consultant, or justify headcount within a department.

Following Leadership’s Qs

Strategy Driven

Neither expertise nor credentials could outweigh the importance of EQ in a team environment. When elevated into leadership positions, it’s often assumed that people understand finance. Strategy without finance is dead. Steve Coughran is author of Outsizing: Strategies to Grow your Business, Profits, and Potential , CFO of an international billion-dollar company, and a management consultant. What makes a good leader?

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Share Your Financial Results and Improve Performance

Strategy Driven

Finance Without Fear : A Guide to Creating and Managing a Profitable Business by William S. Hettinger and John Dolan-Heitlinger Finance Without Fear should be read by anyone starting or managing a business. The easy-to-read style helps remove the fear of finance for the entrepreneur, the small business owner, and the manager. Finance does not need to be mysterious and intimidating. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article.

Making Life Easier For Your Employees With These Simple Suggestions

Strategy Driven

When it comes to deciding what sort of perks should be available to your employees, why not consult them on what they’d prefer? Many simple queries can easily be resolved through an online portal instead of spending time on the phone to an HR or finance worker whose time could be spent doing more important things. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Every employer wants happy employees.

How to win contracts as a start up

Strategy Driven

E.g. a consultancy service. There may also be significant risk due to a larger organisation buying from a new business or smaller business but another reason for a purchase despite this risk is due to lack of competition or simply the values involved not requiring finances to be assessed. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Can you really compete? The ‘solution’, is in the question, what will win the contract?

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Entrepreneur, CEO or Both? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If your skill sets are best suited for business development, product development, branding, finance or other areas you may want to consider playing to your strengths by taking a senior position in the area of your subject matter expertise and hiring the best chief executive you can find to lead the company. There are a number of things which need to be in place and depend on the current economic environment.

Buzzwords Aren't All Bad | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In fact, in some cases the use of buzzwords and business speak can actually demonstrate a better understanding of context, environment, audience, etc.

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Bonus or No Bonus? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

I’m certain not distributing a bonus would only spawn a sense of resentment among many, and the gossip at the water cooler would shift to criticizing the CEOs car, or how much vacation time he/she took that year… As contrasted with the environment discussed above, some cultures distribute annual bonuses based on a formulaic approach calculated on metrics designed to reward individual, team or company performance according to the goals of the specific entity.

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Why HR and the CEO should be joined at the Hip | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

The advice proved excellent, and for the rest of my days in the corner office I was joined at the hip with an outstanding finance executive who is now the CFO of Lindt & Sprüngli , the world’s leading chocolatier. This is especially important in “revolving door” environments where multi-nationals make a habit of inserting up-and-comers into general management roles in foreign countries and smaller business units. In the CEO Afterlife. Main menu Home. Leadership.

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Discipline & Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

link] ATIG Dear Mike, As a coach and consultant, you know the common misconceptions about discipline(Personal and professional are not the same). Believe me Mike, we must create a environment for any things and we have always some limitations.

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Managing Board Relations | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The Environment : What should be obvious, but what is often overlooked, is the importance of having your board members look forward to the meeting.

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Love and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Gwyn Teatro Mike , so many view kindness, empathy, compassion and love as elements foreign to business environments and strong leadership.

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Humility and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

At the same time I personally feel its a long way to go to see the environment what has been discussed in the article.

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How to make a business plan and actually stick to it

Strategy Driven

Whether you are opening a coffee shop, a new bookstore or even a consultancy, be sure to undertake a full and in-depth market analysis. Get your finances in order. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Whether you are a long-term small business owner or just starting in a complex market, then there’s no time like the present to start penning your latest business plan. However, writing a plan and sticking to it are two very different elements.

Leadership & Influence Summit | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

What do leaders dop to provide a safe environment for people to explore, test, try, fail, learn, review, try again etc. Create a work environment where we feel safe.