Items filtered by date: August 2015 - The Alternative Board San Mateo County
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 19:14

Chances Are, You Didn’t Know This

   

If I ask you "Can you name some of the best cities in Silicon Valley to start and run a successful business?" you are likely to say Mountain View, Menlo Park, Cupertino ... and there is truth to it. These are the cities were Google, Facebook, Apple ... are headquartered in and the media talks about them all the time. The Secret though is that in a recent study South San Francisco and Burlingame ranked #2 and #4 best places to start and grow a successful business.

Published in Tips from the Top
Monday, 10 August 2015 04:02

Confirming Comprehension

When I discuss an issue with an employee, I ask that they confirm the course of action determined to me via email. This way I know whether they heard the same thing that I heard.

 

Published in Tips from the Top
Monday, 10 August 2015 03:59

Tying Compensation to Skill Level

We publish wage ranges for every position. It solves the problem of employees asking “How much more will you pay me?” on each anniversary. When they max out in a position, they know they have to learn new skills or stop getting increases.

 

Published in Tips from the Top
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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.