Boss Checklist –16 Strategies for a Competitive Edge

Are you one of the countless businesspeople who needs a good look at your situation? Are you having a good year? Are your employees performing well?


If you have any regrets for errors, dismiss them. This isn’t a time for pointless regrets. It’s a time to think small – one day at a time.

So, relieve yourself of your burdens and uncertainties.Whatever happens, accept it with a serene mind.

Here’s a proven adage to practice: “No matter what there are no big deals.”

You may be operating a business, but make it a daily habit to have fun. Relax. Have some fun.

You will be starting to lay the groundwork for positive employee morale.

An added benefit – your customers will notice, which will enhance your revenue picture.

Practice this on a daily basis, and you’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll!

16 Strategies

Here are proven strategies – opportunities for a competitive edge:

1. Review last year only as a way to understand your mistakes to avoid this year.

2. Eliminate arrogance from your workplace. Take nothing for granted. My favorite quote of Dr. Peter Drucker: “Arrogance is being proud of ignorance.”  So, humility helps – not only with employees but customers, too.

3. Great bosses don’t try to do it all. Time is valuable – practice the fine art of delegation – politely, with appreciation without micromanaging.

4. Listen – continually – to your employees, customers and the marketplace developments. Remember your workers are situated where the tire meets the road. You can get ideas on making profits from saving money on energy use to attracting new customers.

5. Be flexible in dealing with change, not only for your business but your customers, too.

6. Discard negative people from your business and life.

7. Do your satisfied customers ever say thank you? If not, learn tools to solicit their compliments. Develop an environment of gratitude. Your employees will appreciate it, too.

8. The best bosses are learners, and budget time for learning for themselves and top employees, too.

9. Become a student of empathy – learn to understand what motivates your employees and customers. Develop a plan.

10. During stressful times, remember to fly like a butterfly over the obstacles. You need to stay above the problems for a productive perspective – the big picture.

11. Find good advisers – mentors, if you will who can advise you on all aspects of your business.

12. Stay in solution mode – see every problem as a challenge – an opportunity for growth.

13. Focus on providing customer solutions for their needs. That includes the right content on your company blog. Use the right social media at the right time for promotion to drive demand.

14. Be aware of your competition – but don’t be overly influenced and become mired in a quagmire of self-doubt.

15. Always remember appearances and trust are each vital for your long-term success.

16. Chart your progress in implementing these steps – it’ll put a smile on your face.

Good luck!

From the Coach’s Corner, here are other helpful strategies:

“The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work.”

-Agha Hasan Abedi


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry. 

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