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So, You Want to Be the Boss?

One of the best aspects of my job is working directly with entrepreneurs and startups – especially the folks who have left larger organizations to strike out on their own and set up new businesses entirely to their liking. I have always found these bold and adventurous souls to be incredibly energizing and optimistic and it’s hard not to feed off their vibe.

For many people, the thought of taking what you’ve learned at a big shop and then going at it alone to start your own business is the very personification of the “American Dream.”

Be Authentic When It Comes To Change: Your Employees Will Thank You for It

As most of you know, Pacific Continental Bank is in the process of a pretty monumental change this year — after more than 40 years’ operating as an independent community bank, we recently announced we are merging into a larger entity, Columbia Bank of Tacoma, Washington.

Needless to say, we are going through some pretty big transitions in all of our offices and I thought it would be a good idea to share some leadership advice I’ve learned over the years about how to effectively lead employees through evolutions in the workplace.

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If You Don’t Have a Crisis Communications Plan, You Have a Crisis

As a banker who has worked with literally thousands of small business clients, I am always amazed at how great these leaders are at master planning. From inventory and growth to personnel and cash management, small business leaders often excel at making solid plans to drive their strategies forward. Yes, small business leaders are great at making plans for growth and good times, but too often, they don’t spend enough time planning for problems.

Recruiting Well and Hiring Right

As a community banker who interacts daily with nonprofit leaders, I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for nonprofits. Not only are you a huge part of our national and local economy, but you are also by definition the embodiment of the phrase “jack of all trades.” You often have to be the CEO, CFO, COO and head of human resources, and therefore fill your busy day with financial, operational, strategic and employee decisions that have a tremendous impact on your livelihood.

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A Time to Sell (Part Two)

As you move into the active sale phase, the next big decision you’ll need to make is whether to go it alone or retain a professional to handle the transaction. And just like with a home sale, the choice of going it alone versus hiring an advocate presents you with the choice of (a) maximizing profits (by retaining any commission fees) or (b) maximizing your time and efficiency (by hiring someone else). 



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