Exploring the Dark Arts of Jackassery with Thrive15.com Founder (and recovering jackass) Clay Clark
Fortunately, as the former U.S. Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneur of the Year (and recovering jackass), I get asked to help grow businesses in nearly every industry. Unfortunately, and sadly as a business owner who once practiced the dark art of “Jackassery,” I can empathize with nearly every poor decision they are making because I used to make the same poor decisions as well. My friend, when banks refer me to a business to help them grow or to “turn the ship around” I often see businesses that are crashing and burning firsthand.
To lead well and to accelerate the growth of your business, you need to have firm grasp on the productivity of your business and the engagement of your employees. The speed of growth for you and your start up depends on how well you analyze and respond to critical metrics. Indicators such as profit and revenue, website conversion rate, and overhead costs are must-haves. Here are three other key performance indicators that can help you run a tight shop:
Help employees map their goals. Too often, employees will view their personal career objectives completely separate from their current goals at work. Yet much of what your employees do on a regular basis supports long-term career trajectory and builds valuable skillsets. Employees feel stressed when they are working hard at their job because they don’t feel like it’s doing much for their career. Managers should help employees map out their goals so they can see the connection between personal and work goals, how and when they intersect and why certain goals should remain top priority.
As many people are uncomfortably aware, the recession played havoc with a lot of careers and career plans. It significantly impacted (mostly in a negative way) many people’s career direction, household income, position title and tenure. If this happened to you, you might be one of those people who jumped into a position that was less than inspiring, and with a salary below your satisfactory living standards, simply to avoid being out of work entirely. Now, the economy has recovered, and the price of food, housing and pretty much everything else has risen faster than your compensation. You think it might be time to ask for a raise.
I had a very enriching experience I must share with you! SBA is committing to the country’s New American Initiative, so I was asked to represent the President and SBA Administrator at a Naturalization Ceremony to let New Americans know about opportunities in our country for entrepreneurship.
I had attended a Naturalization Ceremony years ago, but didn’t remember much except the excitement of the family.