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Leadership: Principle 2 – Partner Up
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In Work as in Life, I Live by Four Simple Principles.

These principles keep me on course and facilitate every business and social interaction I have. This week’s principle is below.

Principle 2: Make Partners
If you don’t share, no one can help you. It’s that simple. If you don’t enlist your colleagues, business associates, family and friends in your goals, they can’t support you in your mission.

In any interaction, there are always two sides: a buyer and a seller. All parties are there because at some level they want the transaction to occur. Find the common ground and engage the others in seeing the mutual benefit. Once all parties have ownership of the outcome, they will want a positive result. From that common ground, you can all work toward the same outcome – if you make them your partners.

If you missed my preview posts, get caught up here, Principle 1: Tell the Truth.

Marilyn Tam, Guest Blogger
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Human Resources: Small Business Employees are Important

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Your Employees.

florist_red_flowers1. Employees can drive and build the company, always empower them and pay them well.  Hire leaders that can create synergy in the company.  People that are creative, innovative and have skills that you do not have.

2. Employees with prior experience and expertise will always be more productive and add value to the business.  Productivity is essential to the success of any business.

3. When an employee is no longer productive and stops performing at peak level, never hesitate to replace them.  The next hire will be much better and you will learn how essential training is.

4. Motivate employees with incentives as much as possible.

5. Praise, Praise and give more praise…it costs nothing to do and makes people feel good.

Julie Brander - Business Mentor, SCORE New Haven
Julie has been a SCORE volunteer since 1997. She has 20 years of experience in business, starting a manufacturing, wholesale and retail jewelry company. After selling her business, she dedicated herself to helping other entrepreneurs start and expand their business. | @juliebrander | More from Julie


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