How Family Taught This CEO How To Be A Leader – Twice
Tasty Catering CEO Tom Walter learned about leadership from his father – and his children. Tom Walter’s lessons on leadership started early. One of eleven children in a command-and-control run family, his father was an army sergeant in World War II. In the home, his father raised Tom and his siblings with the same intensity […]
Forbes Small Giants 2017: America’s Best Small Companies
This is our second annual list of Small Giants, 25 companies that value greatness over growth. They aren’t opposed to growth—just to growth at all costs. We picked 25 businesses that have sound models, strong balance sheets and steady profits—all privately owned and closely held. They contribute to their communities.
Small Giants Member, Be Found Online, Named #1 Best Place to Work
The 2016 Best Places to Work list is a joint effort of Advertising Age and Best Companies Group. The latter is dedicated to establishing programs to identify and recognize workplaces that nurture a superior level of employee satisfaction and engagement. Companies from across the United States participated in the two-part survey process to determine Ad […]
7 ‘Can’t Miss’ Conferences for Entrepreneurs in 2017
This is the third annual appearance of this column, which ranked as two of my most popular postings in 2016 and 2015. Today I am providing my list of the top “hidden gem” networking and educational events in 2017 for entrepreneurs. I have made these picks with an eye toward high networking and learning benefits for entrepreneurs who are […]
The Future of Business Belongs To The ‘Small Giants’
It seems as though you can’t turn on the television or pick up a magazine without coming across a politician or pundit extolling the virtues of small business and the role it plays in the U.S. economy. In fact, Forbes is currently on the lookout for some of these amazing “small giants.” It’s easy to see why […]
We’re Looking For A Few Great Small Companies. Do You Know Any?
We all know that America is filled with good small companies, but how many deserve to be called “great”? By that, I mean the elite of the elite—the ones that everybody who knows the industry would agree set the standard for excellence in what they do. Their customers are raving fans. So are their employees, […]
I’m a culture evangelist. Some might say that I “got religion” not so much because I chose it, but because I came to experience over time the impact that it had on my life and my business. I simply took the lessons from my parents (always be kind; treat people with respect; never burn a […]
When we talk about company values, we’re often having the same conversation over and over again. We toss around words like community, respect, and integrity, and then we slide right back into our traditional habits and practices, not always in alignment with those words. As leaders, we must challenge ourselves to dig deeper than simply identifying our […]
Ira Sharfin had been a successful, big time consultant for 16 years. He was an expert at change management and even helped with the integration when mega-firms Coopers and Lybrand and Price Waterhouse merged in 1998. In 2005, he had the personal opportunity to buy a majority interest in Continental Office, a workplace solutions company […]
Redefining Leadership: How One Leader Changed His Ways
Behind every good company culture, there’s an even better leader. In my experience, a workplace takes on the personalities of their leaders, for better or for worse. In fact, an honest evaluation of your employees’ opinions will likely clarify the exact places where leadership and culture meet, or in some cases clash to create a […]
If Culture Pays, Why Don’t All Companies Emphasize It?
It seems everywhere we turn nowadays, we’re reading about company culture. It’s the cool thing to talk about and a good way to recruit talent. But does it really pay? Is there a positive connection between culture and financial results? And if so, why doesn’t everyone focus on it? That last question is the most […]
“I don’t look at the competition. Let them look at me.” -Jim Mullaney, CEO & Founder, Edoc Service, Inc. What exactly does the competition see when they look at Edoc Service Inc.? Jim sits at the helm of a team that’s been 100% virtual for nearly 20 years. Long before working remotely was a popular option for […]
When Paul Spiegelman created the job of chief culture officer at Stericycle three years ago, he was beginning a multiyear experiment. Could the corporate culture he had created and nurtured at his own company scale to fit a publicly traded company with a $12.5 billion market cap? Mr. Spiegelman ran BerylHealth, a health care call-center […]
Although there are literally thousands of business books published each year, only a selected few are destined to become “best sellers”. The list of best-selling books used to be updated on a weekly basis,usually in respected periodicals such as the New York Times. Today, however, this list is updated hourly by mega book retailers such […]
Nicole said she served two men, one a friend of hers and the other her friend’s boss. The boss, whom she’d never met before, paid their tab and that of a couple seated next to them, for a total $44, and added a $500 tip for Nicole. “I thought it was a mistake, that it […]
Being An Entrepreneur Means Learning From Everything, Even Kids And Baby Ducks
This is a story about a duck. We live on a few acres near Dallas Texas and a few months ago, one of our Golden Retrievers was outside and came running to the back door with a little “surprise” in her mouth. It was a duckling that she stole from her family that was roaming […]
I’ve always been a huge believer in the power of mentorship and I’ve been on both sides of the relationship. Many of my most important lessons about business and life have come from people who were willing to give me the time to get to know me, be a sounding board, and give me advice. […]
How I Went From BlackBerry Addict To Mindfulness Maniac
When the first Blackberry came out, they had me at hello. I could quickly respond to emails by typing on this Qwerty keyboard. But what I loved most about the device was the little red light that would start flashing when I had a message. I’ve always taken pride in being responsive to whoever is […]
Can We Transport Great Culture To Other Countries?
Daniel Rodrigues was in foreign territory – literally. He was visiting the US as part of a contingent of Brazilian business people, interested in learning how to grow his linguistics and translation business back in Brazil. What he saw at these companies was something he wasn’t used to seeing in his own country. He visited […]
Quite often, we hear about great company cultures, but many of those times, we’re highlighting the wrong things. Yes, it is cool to talk about free employee lunches at Google or paying employees to quit like at Zappos. Yet culture is really about the environment we create that allow our employees to achieve their personal visions, not […]
The Top 14 Conferences for Entrepreneurs to Attend in 2016
Whether it’s meeting the next big client, forming a strong partnership, learning new skills, or getting good advice from a peer who’s been there before, the return on investment of attending the right events can be substantial. When my co-founder and I started Influence & Co. four years ago, we didn’t know exactly where we were heading […]