June 19, 2017: This Week's Best Business-Building Articles

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June 19, 2017—To better assist shop owners with their production management, marketing tactics and leadership styles, Ratchet+Wrench has compiled a short list of essential business-building material from some of its favorite sources.

Four Major Success Factors In Large-Scale Transformation - Forbes

As Maureen Metcalf, CEO at Metcalf & Associates, notes in her Forbes piece, businesses are often looking for that "magic pill" that will help them grow, expand and transform. But it's not limited to just remaining competitive in one's market—it's about significantly reconstructing one's organization.

As a guide, Metcalf's article four majojr components that allow businesses to constantly evolve in order to remain relevant in their markets and turn employees into leaders invested in growth.

5 Seconds to a Better Life and Business - EntreLeadership Podcast

The latest episode of the EntreLeadership Podcast touches on two seemingly completely different subjects that both have potential for improving leadership and thought processes.

First, Mel Robbins sits down to discuss her book, The 5 Second Rule, which details an actionable approach to filtering out the typical menial roadblocks that disrupt one's ability to think and taking advantage of a clear mind. The method is much more nuanced than the book's title suggests—as she is quite literally asking you to count for five seconds before taking an action—and attempts to build a better environment for breathing life into business-building ideas.

Then the episodes drifts into new territory with Shawn Stevenson as he discusses his years of research into what we'd all love to achieve: the perfect night's sleep. Not only does it improve health, but from a business standpoint, he argues that a better sleeping schedule can propel a business to new heights. In his book Sleep Smarter, Stevenson lays out some simple, effective solutions to getting a better night's sleep that anyone can implement at a moment's notice.

How Managers Drive Results and Employee Engagement at the Same Time - Harvard Business Review

"Is it possible to be a high-standards, results-driven leader while at the same time building an engaged, fun-to-work-with team?"

It's the question most business owners are asking themselves, say Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman. And for their Harvard Business Review article, they think they've got an actionable solution. After analyzing data from 7,800 business leaders, they've outlines six essential "behaviorable bridges" that allow leaders to get employees on board for widespread, long-term growth.


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