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Growth Moves by Mathew Heggem

What an Argentinian factory without bosses can teach us about being a great leader

To an extreme, bad bosses can perpetuate hate and create anxiety and fear. More commonly, bosses can simply make honest mistakes that employees don’t agree with. As a company gets larger, it can be difficult to make everyone "happy." But workers needn’t throw out the concept of bosses and ownership entirely.
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How Chick-fil-A’s CEO triggered my awakening to business as activism

“Business as activism” is a relatively new concept for me. I first uttered the phrase a few months ago while discussing conscious capitalism with other purpose-driven business leaders. But it’s an idea that’s now transforming my perspective on what it means to be a purpose-driven CEO.
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What can CEOs learn from choreographers? It starts with fire

The act of making dance — just like the act of building a business — has to start with a fire. It’s hard work that requires discipline, dedication and perseverance. And, simply put, both artists and entrepreneurs understand wholeheartedly that you cannot create greatness without that fuel.
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To become a great leader, first accept who you are

As both the CEO of an accounting firm and a professional dance artist, one of the toughest lessons I’ve had to learn is how to reconcile these two aspects of my life. For a long time, they seemed at odds, and I felt I had to hide one so the other could flourish. But now, I’ve embraced both my artistic and business-oriented sides.
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How your business can embrace conscious capitalism, the Whole Foods way

Conscious capitalism, as it is practiced in a business, isn’t static. You won’t wake up one day and say, “Hey! My business is conscious now!” Instead, it’s an organic and constantly shifting process.
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How delegation can help you grow the next generation of leaders

Delegating work to employees fosters a culture that supports independence and nurtures leadership. And by opening the company’s responsibilities up to every employee, you’ll create an environment in which employees are free to make decisions without fear of judgment or repercussions.
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Do people think your industry is dull? With a great culture, you can still attract top talent

In the world of accounting — or any other industry with a reputation for being, well, dull — you may hear the phrase “company culture” and assume that it doesn’t apply to you. Company culture is for the Googles and the Ubers of the world. Accountants are destined to live and work in a cultureless vacuum, right?
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How to tell if your employees have stopped growing — and what to do about it

Certainly, it can be difficult to spot the warning signs that a team member isn’t growing with your business and may need to be let go. But staying connected and communicative with your employees should give you the opportunity to notice some key signs — and take the necessary steps.
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How to move your vision forward without leaving employees behind

As a CEO, you’re not unlike a choreographer ensuring every moving piece is doing its part in the performance. Without a cohesive vision and the skills to share it appropriately, he won’t do much more than create a slightly more graceful version of chaos and confusion.
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How to create a safe space for communication with your employees

As a CEO, it’s vital to create space for real communication to thrive and to teach your employees that it’s OK to express themselves — even if it’s a bit messy. It’s only by creating that safe communication space that you’ll allow your staff to truly collaborate.
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ABOUT MATHEW HEGGEM: Dancer-turned-accountant Mathew Heggem is CEO of SUM Innovation, a company that assesses, designs, implements and manages accounting solutions for fast-growth startups, international businesses, established and growing businesses, and nonprofits across the U.S. Mathew is also the founder of the #SUMTech Summit and the #AccTech Cooperative meetup group in New York City, which explores the intersection between accounting, technology and entrepreneurship. In his formative years, Mathew was hugely fascinated by interdisciplinary religious studies and is currently working toward becoming a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.