HTG Peer Groups Blog
The HTG peer group experience is a unique forum for technology industry resellers who are serious about implementing a model for success in their own businesses through sharing and collaboration of best practices.
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As part of my role with Heartland Leadership Group, I am able to work with a number of businesses across the country and around the globe. There are some common traits of companies that get stuck growing. There is a reason that most never go beyond 10 employees – it is hard work and many things prevent growth from happening. The last statistic I saw was that 96% of small businesses never go past 10 and when we get to 100 the percentage is extremely small. So why does growth stall? The common issues I see are that most businesses: 1. Don’t have a clear mission and vision for the future. If you want to avoid growth, make sure you don't have a vision ... Continue reading
What is the best thing that has happened to you so far this year? Last week the 2013 HTG Leadership Track kicked off with the Q1 Leadership Forum in Dallas, and it was the best thing I have been part of this year. I was blessed to be in a room surrounded by some of the top leaders in HTG member companies, learning how to craft a strong, positive culture in our organizations. The leaders who gathered came focused and ready to learn. The HTG team crafted an agenda that had a variety of presentation styles including a keynote, a couple of content presentations, panels, and opportunities for member interaction and practical application of the concepts. The pos... Continue reading
“Leadership is ACTION, not position.” This quote from Donald H. McGannon really sums up a key understanding that every small business owner needs to understand. Leadership is not due to your name sitting in a certain box on top of the org chart. In other words, it doesn’t happen by default no matter what fancy title you give yourself on your business cards. The more that I interact with our HTG members and other business owners, the more I realize how few people really understand this. I see so many who are failing to lead because they are failing to act on even the most basic steps of leading a company well, whether it be having career roadmaps in place to give employees a vision of their ... Continue reading
As we move into the final month of 2012, I wanted to challenge you with some thoughts around growth. There are a lot of misconceptions around growth in general. For the most part, growth is a good thing, as long as it is planned, controlled and done well. But growth can also lead to collapse and disaster if not done well. That is most true when the supporting structure and team is not prepared for growth. When the fundamentals of an organization, or the people who are to step up and lead it are not prepared – well growth can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. You have to make the right investments in getting the company focused on the right things, and invest in the skillset of the ...
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I recently read a blog post from Kevin Graff, a great speaker and coach. He was talking about 6 great tips to improve your team’s performance. This goes along with the Organizational Health focus we have in the crosshairs for HTG. It is important that we focus on getting our company’s healthy. And that means really one thing, and only one thing – that we focus on the people. You see, companies are made up of people. Nothing more, nothing less. Without them, there is no company. Without them, we won’t have to worry about organizational health because there will be no organization. As we prepare to move into 2013, it is important that we begin to understand the keys that help us get healthy. ...
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