Why being married makes you a better entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs often apply their life skills to their sales and marketing, and the acquired lessons from marriage are no different. The business professionals we spoke to explain how their marriage helped them become stronger entrepreneurs…and how running their own companies helped their relationships. Eric Gilboord, of Toronto-based WarrenBDC, helps Boomer-aged business owners to sell or transition out of their […]

How can you get more clients out of your existing customer base?

What every startup or entrepreneur needs is not only a great idea, a smart business model and a strong staff backbone, but also a growing customer base. One important way to attract more accounts is through your existing customers. Aaron Goodin, CEO and Founder of Tack, a media technology startup, notes that, “What most startups often overlook is the value […]

How to handle firing someone…and being fired

by Kay Mathews Firing someone and being let go are two very unpleasant experiences in life. The perspectives of those who have faced both circumstances shed insights on how executives can ensure that the tough termination conversation goes smoothly and how employees can recover after losing their job. In an interview with B2B News Network, David Waring, co-founder of B2B […]

Inside the value of human capital to sales and service

With customers’ ever-rising comfort levels to purchase and self-service online, and increased pressure on businesses to develop end-to-end Web enabled applications to accommodate, it seems the value of human capital in sales and service is diminishing. From a business end, consider that businesses must hire, train, coach, performance manage, payroll, incentivize, and provide benefits to […]

Infographic: The best leadership styles to motivate staff

An infographic making the rounds online looks at the various leadership approaches and how each outlook motivates employees. More than 4,000 executives were analyzed to identify six defining characteristics of leadership styles, based on results from emotional intelligence tests. As the consultants at Business Management Degree point out, these are the top performing leadership styles: Authoritative […]

Does being a parent make you a better entrepreneur?

What’s more overwhelming than an already-stressful full time job? How about two jobs? That’s the general perception most entrepreneurs have when describing their jobs-kids-family workload. Recently, new father Simon Schneider reflected on the balance between running a start-up and running a family, in his article for Fast Company “How the birth of my son made […]

Doug Shirra: Big data, marketing and simplicity (part of the SAP CMO series)

You can tell the first time you talk to Doug Shirra that one of his strengths as an executive is an ability to get something done efficiently in the nicest way possible. And he advocates that management style. Despite an increasingly B2B chaotic marketing technology environment, in the many trends and forecasts for marketers in […]

Profile of a Canadian business leader: Aleya Chattopadhyay (SAP CMO series)

Aleya Chattopadhyay may now be taking time off and “thinking what I want to do next,” as she puts it, but she has some sharp insights to offer on the future of marketing and social. The ex-CMO of ScribbleLive has an impressive resume. She was the VP of Marketing for large-format and mall stores at […]