8 Big ideas Featured

8:00pm EDT October 26, 2009

If your company’s still in survival mode — or you’re just trying to stay one step ahead of the competition — any salient idea that can help you cut expenses, streamline operations and get more out of your existing resources is useful.

At Smart Business, we’ve collected the best big ideas from the regional business leaders we have featured throughout 2009 and assembled their insight, advice and strategy here. Topics include: innovation, decision-making, communication, achieving buy-in, and even a few tips on hiring and managing top talent. Simply put, these are big ideas in action from top executives who have put them to the test.

1. Foster creative thinking in the office

2. Give employees room to grow

3. Act on the information you have

4. Put your message in context

5. Figure out who’s performing and who isn't

6. Set growth limits

7. Spend your time as CEO recruiting

8. Take simplicity to the front lines