collaborative environment

How business owners should present new ideas to their employees

Posted by Carl Gould on September 23, 2010
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As a small business owner I frequently need to make presentations to my staff. We cultivate a family-type and collaborative environment.  My preferred technique is to set the meeting agenda in advance and hand out a meeting worksheet so everyone has a copy. We either meet in one of the offices or in the boardroom, seated in a circular fashion. The staff often likes to try to solve the entire implementation process of an idea before the idea is even completed. So, I have to remind them to, “Stay with me guys. Don’t get a head of me; don’t fall behind me; stay with me.” I present the concept first, the process second and its implementation last.  For illustration purposes, I will set up a flip chart or a whiteboard and manually draw out the idea so everyone can follow along step-by-step. This has proven to be an effective method of keeping everyone up to speed on any new developments.

Carl L Gould is the president and Chief DISCoverY Officer CMT International, LLC (, the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world. Carl’s unique approach to executive coaching, business mentoring and performance training helps his clients achieve results worldwide.  His upcoming book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success – From Startup to 7 Figures in Three Years or Less, will provide entrepreneurs and business owners a step-by-step formula to taking their businesses to the next level.


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