It should not be a news alert to you that business management skills, techniques and approaches that are effective are required components to operate a successful business in the very aggressive business marketplace today. There are many companies and businesses that struggle and even fail every year simply because the business management practices they followed were not effective, or perhaps did not even exist.It takes much more than simply attractive pricing on products and services to be successful in the business world of today. Of course that is a vital component, but doing “business as usual” is pretty much insufficient to gain ground in terms of business growth, sales and service for your company.If you are a business owner, you need to put mechanisms in place to allow ideas, suggestions and “out of the box thoughts” to be evaluated and perhaps take root. A team environment has proven itself particularly effective since there is usually no single person within an organization that always has all the right answers.As you discuss ideas and possibilities with your team, keep those meetings productive, since your common goal is to increase business growth for your company, and squashing ideas or belittling ideas is counter-productive to coming up with new and innovative business practices.You need to be aware that although many people do not like change, change is necessary for the growth of your company. Remaining “status quo” may work for a short time but ignoring required change is going to prohibit your growth since the rest of the world is changing to accommodate new market conditions. There is really no such thing as “playing it safe” by not implementing change, and in fact, ignoring change when required is a sure recipe for eventual disaster.Another method used by many companies to encourage and promote growth is to empower employees to make decisions. In many companies, decisions can only be made by the owner, where employees have no power or authority to make business decisions. Such a policy is generally counter-productive to your growth. Empower your key employees to make decisions when it is necessary so that it will appear to your customers that you are a very efficient operation.Business management practice and skills do not come naturally to most people, but with some studying and learning, you can position your company for growth and the most of today’s market, even in the slower business markets of today.