topic: Run Your Business Better

3 Tips for Defining Business Problems

Every businessperson needs to master the ability to define problems, or challenges, but very few MBA programs, leadership development programs or management training programs teach this indispensable skill. Michael Cooper's Problem Definition Filter can help you in 3 easy steps.

Don’t set performance goals alone

Before getting to employee goals, explain to them the company's strategic direction and your mandate, then ask employees to write an initial list of their goals, writes Dan McCarthy. An honest discussion with open-ended coaching questions can then be used to finalize employee targets.