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Here is a quiz for a quick look at how your business may be measuring up.
1. There are many business challenges to be accomplished but I have no time to handle them.
•    Most of the challenges are just in my head. I’m not sure where to go from here.
•    I have created a list of all the challenges but I’m not sure where to begin.
•    I have created a list and work on the challenges as I find time.
Please choose an answer

2. Our company has our strategic goals in writing and reviews our goals regularly.
•    We do not have any strategic goals in writing.
•    We have our goals in writing but only review them occasionally.
•    Our goals are in writing and we review them just about every week.
Please choose an answer

3. I want to increase sales through better marketing but I’m not sure which direction to go.
•    My marketing plan resides in my mind and is not written.
•    My marketing plan is based on referrals.
•    My marketing plan is to market only a few months out of the year.
Please choose an answer

4. Our company has clearly defined the benefits and competitive differentiators of its products and services.
•    We have not defined our benefits and differentiators.
•    We are aware of our benefits and differentiators but may not be using the information correctly.
•    We know our benefits and differentiators and use them properly.
Please choose an answer

5. I feel that our employees have a different understanding of our business and at times appear to work in opposite directions.
•    As the owner of the business I’m clear on what should be accomplished, but my team is not in alignment with me.
•    Most of my team is in alignment, except for a few who are not on board yet.
•    I believe our entire team is in alignment, but we are not moving in a forward direction.
Please choose an answer

6. I’m not sure I’m in control of some aspects of my business.
•    I do not have a method to measure various key aspects of my company.
•    I’m aware of the key areas of my business but not sure how to track them.
•    I track all key performance indicators but I’m not sure it’s developing results.
Please choose an answer

7. I’m not entirely satisfied with some employees’ contributions in our organization.
•    They have been with us for sometime, though, and I just can’t make the change.
•    I want to give them a fair chance to improve prior to making a decision about their continued employment.
•    I’m ready to make a change, but I do not want to make the same mistakes again.
Please choose an answer

Ruth Schwartz

Ruth Schwartz is the author of "The Key to the Golden Handcuffs". She is a high performance business consultant and leadership coach. Connect with Ruth to participate in the conversation. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube .