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How To Actually Generate Customers On Professional Networks: Part 1

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10 Actually Actionable Benefits Of List Building

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Celebrating Small And Locally-owned Businesses With Bill Brunelle of Independent We Stand

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What Do You Find Is The Most Difficult Part Of Being A 'Good Leader'?

By Andrew Houston · Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 · Tagged in Management

What do you struggle with when it comes to leading your team?

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Erin Engelbrecht from Organized Piggy
11 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hi Andrew,

To preface my answer, my philosophy is not to treat others like I want them to treat me. Rather, it's to treat others how they want to be treated. To translate that to be relevant to the topic, think of how someone wants to be supervised. Some are independent and feel micromanaged if you "check in" too much. Others like to have more guidance and will feel ignored or undervalued if you don't "check in" enough. It's always difficult to learn how people want to be treated, especially if you don't know them well yet. Everyone is different. Different... (more)

Andrew Houston from Profit For Contractors
9 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This is an interesting angle of seeing things— I like it! And I agree. It's so true that every individual has different needs when it comes to being led by their superior. I think a good leader has to be able to read people or at least be open to the idea that everyone is different and requires different styles of leadership in order to thrive.

Bill Garrison from B.R. Garrison Software group
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Thursday, June 15, 2017

I agree 100% Erin. The A-type personality thrives on money, challenge, freedom and money. Just let them go with a short set of rules and watch your business grow.

The B-type personality thrives on fun, rewards, acknowledgement and a light hand in management. Make it fun. No graphs or charts just talk to them.

The C-type personality thrives on consistency, structure, rewards and rules. All graphs and charts and forget the speech.

The D-type personality thrives on consistency, rules, position and NEVER change a thing. Everything in writing so they can have a set... (more)

Andrew Houston from Profit For Contractors
9 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

@Bill, thanks for your response. You guys rock— I love the input. I think every business owner, manager, leader, etc. needs to hear this.

Tim S. from Cannabis sales and consult and marketing and sales
8 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, September 18, 2017

spreading time amongst every thing

John Todd from John Todd
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, May 29, 2017

Is to multitask while you have to track the whole working process, to check the work of employees. Another thing is that one has to be able to motivate employees in a team. For now I am getting on well with being a leader but I make a lot of efforts for that to bring on a new level work of employees and increase profit at which is already a good achievement.

Andrew Houston from Profit For Contractors
9 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Awesome, John. Sounds like you're doing well. Multi-tasking will never be a walk in the park, but there's tons of tools to help make it a little easier on us. It certainly is a lot of juggling but if done properly, is so well worth it.

Walker Cate from Southern Visions Realty Inc
4 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, June 17, 2017

Time, in that my biggest flaw may be my biggest asset - that is, I have always felt a "need" for those that work for/with me to make sure they know I would not ask them to do anything I cannot/would not/have not done or will do, which means teaching by showing or assisting them with the task. Depending on the scope of the business (as their are frequently certain positions that are part of a team or business that are specialized in nature - i.e, the IT professional or accountant, and the likes that have a skill set I do not) this does however generate respect... (more)

Andrew Houston from Profit For Contractors
9 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Absolutely— I think that's one thing I always emphasize to my clients: 'play to your team member's strengths.'

Chandra Cureton from Onyx Investigations and Security Inc.
5 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, May 29, 2017

I haven't struggled with this personally but I've seen others have problems with it - separating being the "boss" from being their "friend". Especially in smaller companies where you spend a crazy amount of time together & may actually socialize together outside of work. You can't do what's best for the business and be everyone's best buddy at the same time.

Andrew Houston from Profit For Contractors
9 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great point! This happens quite often in small businesses, you're right!

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