How to Find Entrepreneurial Success and Maintain a Work-Life Balance

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 31, 2017 9:06:00 AM

For some founders, work and life easily become enmeshed. When your company is such an important part of your identity, boundaries have the tendency to become blurred. The increase in technology and the pressure to be “always on” can make this distinction even more difficult.

As the founder of a company, finding a work-life balance can feel next to impossible. But it doesn’t have to be. Find out how leading CEOs around the world have created their own ways to manage the stresses of their professional and personal lives and see entrepreneurial success.

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Topics: founder, work-life balance, entrepreneur

Women in Business Series Part 3: Interview with a Woman Business Owner

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 29, 2017 8:55:00 AM

In the final section of our Women in Business series, we’ve interviewed Julie Scates, President and Founder of J2T Recruiting Consultants, a boutique Finance and Accounting recruiting firm based out of Denver, Colorado.

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Topics: leadership, founder, business success

6 Things Every Business Owner Should Keep in Mind

Posted by The Align Team on Feb 27, 2017 9:01:00 AM

As CEOs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, you likely have a lot of things to handle on a day-to-day basis. However, there are several things that every business owner should keep in mind in order to scale up your company successfully and see consistent growth.

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Topics: founder, business planning, entrepreneur

3 Ways a Business Management Platform Can Help Align Your Team

Posted by The Align Team on Feb 27, 2017 8:05:00 AM

 As a company founder, you're likely engaged with your business from when the sun comes up until you're so tired you don't even know what time-zone you're in.

Your company has goals, and you’re determined to achieve them. But if your employees aren’t in-tune with your objectives, your growth stalls fast.Find out how a business management platform can keep your team on track and help you align individual and organizational goals.

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Topics: founder, team alignment

Which Leadership Styles Are the Most Effective?

Posted by The Align Team on Feb 15, 2017 8:07:00 AM

A fantastic leader can make or break an organization. Effective leaders inspire their teams to persevere and achieve their audacious goals, while poor leaders can drive their companies into the mud.

While there are a variety of tactics that leaders can employ, it’s important to consider the benefits of different leadership styles and evaluate which leadership styles are the most effective when your executive team is hoping to scale up your company quickly. With President’s Day approaching and politics an oft-discussed topic, let’s explore the benefits of different leadership styles based on strategies employed by former U.S. presidents.

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Topics: employee management, leadership, founder

Insights on the Young Entrepreneurs of Forbes' 30 Under 30

Posted by The Align Team on Jan 30, 2017 7:40:00 AM

While plenty of entrepreneurs don’t get their big break until later in life, many young people are increasingly taking opportunities to innovate and start their own enterprises. It shows that just as there’s no upper age limit on entrepreneurship, even several remarkable children under the age of 18 have started companies that have earned more than a million dollars.

As evidenced in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, these young entrepreneurs come from varied backgrounds and work in diverse industries. What can we take to heart about their early successes?

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Topics: founder, business planning, entrepreneur

Thinking Outside-the-Box: How to Inspire Innovation in Your Company

Posted by The Align Team on Jan 18, 2017 8:06:00 AM

Since companies today often need to pivot quickly to accommodate changes in their industries, shifts in customer’s needs, and advances in technology, innovative businesses have a huge advantage. As an entrepreneur, you’re constantly thinking of how to establish new practices and reinvent your organization.

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Topics: employee engagement,, leadership, founder, innovation

The Low-Down on Staying Aligned with Your Company’s Core Purpose and Values

Posted by The Align Team on Jan 10, 2017 9:45:15 AM

Your organization’s core purpose and values dictate every action that your company will take from its inception onwards. This is why experts recommend that leaders define their company’s core purpose and values with careful consideration, choosing ideals that their company can stay aligned with regardless of changes in their business priorities and strategies.

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Topics: employee management, founder, business planning

Key Elements to Consider in Writing Your Business Plan

Posted by The Align Team on Dec 20, 2016 8:17:00 AM

A business plan can be an essential tool for a new company or fast-growing startup. However, many leaders struggle initially with what they should include in their business plan and how to best represent their information. See what top business publications and entrepreneurs have suggested as key elements to consider in writing your business plan.

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Topics: founder, business planning, Consistent Growth

How to Identify Your BHAG

Posted by The Align Team on Dec 8, 2016 8:18:00 AM

What’s a BHAG? BHAG refers to a Big Hairy Audacious Goal, a term coined by business consultant Jim Collins and organizational theorist Jerry Porras in their 1994 book Success Built to Last: Creating A Life That Matters.

Why should this matter to you? Company leaders across the world claim that choosing the right BHAG, a goal your company should strive for 10-25 years in the future, is immensely important. If you identify your BHAG early on in your planning process, you can set your company up for lasting success down-the-line.

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Topics: goal alignment, founder, BHAG, track progress

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