The Key to Long-Term Business Success

Successful business owners know that it’s not always enough just to keep the doors open. Often, the key to long-term business success is the ability to strategize and manage extremely well. This includes your business, customers, and especially employees, who in many ways are your most valuable asset.

Retaining qualified, skilled employees is essential to the smooth operation of any business, so how an owner engages and manages people can make a huge difference. And there are many other elements of managing a business that are just as crucial – customer service, product and service sales, research and development, operations, financials, and planning for growth.

What makes great management?

Attributes of a “good” or “great” manager are nearly limitless and the specific skills and qualities necessary may vary by the type of business you run. That said, here are some basic qualities and characteristics of a good manager that transcend commerce of all sorts.

Strong work ethic, honest, confident, passionate, positive attitude, supportive, listens, makes good decisions and has a sense of humor.

Good managers make time for their employees, know how to delegate and set expectations, think on their feet, communicate well and learn from their mistakes.

A good manager is a leader, not just a boss. They build trust, praise employees, inspire and value feedback.

And, perhaps the ultimate attribute – a good manager holds people accountable, including themselves.

Make good management a reality

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Build your team

Listen to your team and encourage honest, timely, constructive feedback at all levels of the organization.

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Bring in the professionals

Assemble a team including an attorney, an accountant, an insurance advisor and a business financial advisor to set and measure your strategic and financial goals.

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Communicate early and often

Giving employees the information they need to meet their responsibilities and perform well in their jobs makes for a stable, motivated, enthusiastic workplace.

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Set and track goals

Know your numbers, especially the financials such as cash flow, and manage accordingly. Determine what success looks like in terms of revenue, market share or net profit. Track progress and adjust tactics as needed.

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Systems and structure savvy

Make sure you have adequate processes and systems in place to maintain day-to-day operations and accommodate growth while providing top quality products and services.

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Dare to delegate

Empower your employees. By delegating responsibilities, your employees can refine and expand their skills. It also keeps you focused on the big picture and what you do best – running the show.

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Cash Management

We offer personalized service and solutions with a consultative approach to help you improve your company’s funds availability, cash forecasting and audit control by placing money where it can be used best for your business. Reduce your risk and protect your accounts, all with competitive pricing.

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Business Financing

As a business owner, you may aspire to expand your company or acquire new equipment. Make your dreams a reality with our flexible financing options for businesses.

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Employee Benefits

With the current war for talent, your employee benefits plan is a critical component of attracting and retaining high-performing employees. We work closely with you to put together a long-term plan for your employee benefits program that aligns with your company’s strategic goals.

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Business Insurance

In the current environment of rising litigation costs, your business needs a proven risk management partner to keep you informed of changing regulations. We can help you understand how these changing regulations may impact your business in order to develop and maintain a comprehensive business insurance program. 

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Home & Personal Loans

Financing your goals requires an advisor focused on you and your personal plans. We take the time to understand your needs and help you create a plan to make your goals come to life.

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Retirement & Financial Planning

As you get closer to retirement, we can provide you with a comprehensive proposal that evaluates your current financial plan in relation to your retirement goals. We will also provide a clear explanation of the various retirement plan options available so that your election will be appropriate based on your goals.

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Jill Haupt, SVP Private Banking Sales Manager, Racine, WI

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