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A CEO once told me, “I don’t want my team just blowing sunshine at me all the time!” He wanted people to bring him the good, the bad, and the ugly in a timely fashion, so he could do something about it. Trouble is, he had a way of demeaning and shutting down the negative news he received from his team by ignoring the messenger or by physically showing that the message was unimportant. I remember one time when he flung aside a report I had just given him and changed the subject.  

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Topics: Business

When it comes to a Small Giant who universally challenges (enables? EMPOWERS?) her peers to deliver a presence that improves the dynamic of their interactions, our friend Anese Cavanaugh is THE person to look to. It’s with great pleasure that we get to publish this story that originally appeared on anesecavanaugh.com.

I was recently in Costco with my daughter. We stocked up on water, TP, her favorite ice cream bars, that extra kitchen gadget we absolutely had to have (and more things that weren’t on our list), and we headed to the checkout.

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Topics: Community

When it comes to being in an open, peer-driven discussion about running your business, you should always be willing to answer the questions you pose. So when Small Giants Community member Jim Mullaney of Edoc Service (Cincinnati, Ohio), posed six questions about running a business from a Small Giants perspective, we weren’t going to let him get away with not answering those questions about his own work.

How do Jim’s answers compare to how you’d answer the questions?

Am I building my company to last forever or to flip and sell it?

At Edoc Service we’re focused strictly on company growth, stability, and sustainability for the future. Selling the company is the farthest thing from our minds. Our current CEO may “age out” after 10 years and our strategy is geared to that timeframe.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Company Culture, Open Book Management, Fulfillment Orientation, Small Giants, Relationship Oriented

We examine the cultures of great companies with an eye toward connecting you personally to their successes and how it could affect your workplace. In this piece from Sue Funkhouser, author of our latest ebook, Steering Company Culture During Growth,” you get to experience the practical and personal inspirations from the companies that were featured. Get to know them a little more intimately and then download the big picture examination of their cultures. (-SGC)

1. Soul Searching with a Compass

What I found remarkable about Nikki Burua, Co-founder of BeyondCurious, is that she identified the purpose of her company before she decided what business she would be in.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Company Culture

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