Items filtered by date: May 2015 - The Alternative Board San Mateo County
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 21:25

Actions, Not Words

Something I learned from my grandfather many years ago served me well when I was an employee, and it serves me well as a business owner. "Don’t tell them what you can do. Show them what you can do!" he used to say. I’ve instilled this into the culture of our organization and it has made us a better company.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 21:20

What is Leadership?

I recently did some research on what it takes to be an excellent leader. The first definition that I uncovered was written by Professor Warren G. Bennis who defined leaders as "People who do the right thing" as opposed to strong managers, who are "People who do things right." It is therefore very possible to be an excellent leader and a poor manager, and vice versa, so for this discussion, let’s not confuse the two.

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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 01:56

Use Recorded Webinars for Training

When developing training tools for employees or customers, keep them short. People have a short attention span. This is especially true if you are doing webinars. You can do the webinars live but you can also pre-record them or record them as you are doing the live presentation. This will allow people to go back and review the presentation or see it if they weren’t able to attend the live session. Typically shorter webinars are better received– 15 to 30 minutes maximum. People tend to "check-out" if they are longer.

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Ramon Canova

Marque Foods, Inc.

I initially joined TAB to learn how to better deal with ‘me.’ I perceived myself as a primary obstacle to growth. With TAB, I got plenty of ideas on how to view myself and the business differently and this has definitely improved my business. I learned that my business plan is a living document and track it periodically using the monthly progress report. In short, TAB has helped me design business processes that are more systematic, efficient and get results.

Carla Kell-Smith

C Kell-Smith & Associates

Being in business for the last 25 years and then joining my TAB board, I’ve seen such an improvement in my management style and effectiveness. TAB is a great resource for me, the information and the experience with small businesses as well as the insights shared.

Martin Simenc

Home Safety Services

For us, it’s all about generating clients. And how we’ve gone about generating those clients with the help of TAB has really been key to our ongoing success. I knew that I needed a sounding board, needed some outside expertise. And that’s exactly what TAB brings to the table. And it also holds my feet to the fire and keeps me accountable.Kalar is a patient and inquisitive listener who seeks a thorough understanding of the root origins and causes of issues before collaborating on potential solutions. He also helps me to consider "out of the box" type solutions and opportunities that invariably expand my thinking. With his help and guidance, we have resolved numerous tactical and strategic issues and positioned our company for significant growth.

Alex Vaysberg

All Industrial Supply, Inc.

TAB helps you recognize that pretty much everybody has the same type of issues with their business. It clears your head and it re-energizes you. When I leave a tab board meeting I’m re-energized to conquer not only that day, but the next year. TAB helps us focus on ourselves and the other TAB members…the answer is sometimes written on your forehead and you just need a mirror to be able to read that answer.

Adam Messner

Live Wire Supply

Being a CEO can be lonely at times. You’re looking for places to get ideas, other people to speak with to solve problems; this is the perfect place to do that...there is a good exchange of ideas and experience for growing your business and solving problems.