9 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 communication, innovation, accountability, culture, 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. Simplify the details

2. Don’t kill your culture by stifling creativity

3. Use a guiding principle

4. Don't forget where you make your money

5. Create a vision but revise as needed

6. Figure out what your employees want

7. Address your issues quickly and honestly

8. Measure everything and hold people accountable

9. Hire doers