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Business Energy Saving Tips that will Make your Company Greener

If you don’t feel as though your company is doing its part to help the environment, then now is a better time than ever to change that. These are just a few of the steps you need to take. Switch off your Equipment If you do not turn off your appliances at the mains when…

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4 Ways To Support Your Staff With Self Improvement

Self improvement within your team of staff is an essential way to improve your business, and as their leader, it’s your job to help support and nurture them into becoming the best version of themselves. Doing this means that your business will thrive because your staff will have the right mindset and most importantly, the…

Cottage Industry Is Back: Here’s How To Embrace It

Did you study the industrial revolution at school? If you did, then you would have learned that prior to big factories, most people worked at home, with only a small subset of the population ever venturing out to the big city to work in a community with others. There were examples. People in government, bankers,…

Why Should Small Business Owners Invest in their Employees?

As a small business owner, you need employees who will stay with you for the long-term. Employee turnover can be expensive, especially when hiring an agency to recruit the required talent. It also kills morale and burdens the remaining workers.  If you learn early on how to invest in your workforce, you will motivate your…

5 Ways To Bounce Back From A Difficult Year To Achieve Business Success In 2021

Let’s face it; 2020 was something of a false start to the new decade. However, the fact your business is surviving shows that there is an opportunity to start thriving in 2021.    Nonetheless, there will be no time to waste as you look to get yourself back on track for an effective new year….

How To Make Your Online Business More Efficient

Since the rise of the pandemic at the end of 2019, we have seen millions of businesses close their doors for the last time. This has caused many businesses to change the way they run by switching to an entirely online business. This has allowed businesses to continue running without the risk of contracting the…

Surprising Things that May Be Holding your Business Back

The way that customers both find and select businesses to work with has shifted quite a lot over the last few years. If you want to make sure that you are keeping up, then you need to make sure that you are not falling short of the opportunities that are out there or your potential…

Are you clear on success in 2021?

  Roger Bannister set out to become the first athlete to break the four-minute mile. “Experts” told him it was impossible.  Some even suggested he was risking death; doctors told him his heart would explode! Not only did Bannister not die, but the week after he broke the barrier another runner followed in his footsteps,…

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Are You Preparing to Win in 2021 or Just Continuing to Work Hard?

No doubt 2020 was a challenging year in so many ways. Whether you were busier than you ever dreamed because market conditions changed in your favor, or you were shut down, had supply chains completely disrupted, or found your customers were negatively impacted, 2020 tested us at work. And that doesn’t even begin to cover…

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Top Workforce Issues

Effective business management requires balancing the big picture with the details.

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Lead the Possible, Not the Probable

Today’s uncertain and volatile business landscape calls for new ways of thinking and working. So why do most companies attempt to solve problems and manage massive change in the wrong manner? A lot of it has to do with the way the human brain works. Our brains love certainty and predictability. So when faced with…

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The Next Next

Individual and organizational brains in constant, unexpected change If you are like many, you were certain in April that by June we would see a settling in to the ‘new normal’.  And then in May, once again, many of us were sure that by the end of June, our norms would be reset, and we…

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Keeping Employees Connected

During times of uncertainty, human beings seek community and safety, and many find it in the workplace. Work typically provides a much-needed sense of stability and control over at least one aspect of our lives when everything else has gone topsy-turvy. Yet, millions of people have lost their jobs, either temporarily or permanently, due to…

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Executing with Excellence in Uncertainty

Why is it so hard to keep up with the pace of change these days? Some ascribe it to the overwhelming amount of information we try to process every day. Others point to the rapid pace of change. Both are partly to blame. But the primary reason is our brains were not constructed to work…

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How to Use Your Brain During Unexpected Change

The human brain is an amazing tool. But there’s one thing it doesn’t handle very well – change. Especially change of the magnitude brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nobody saw this virus coming, but it has turned our world upside down. Our challenge as leaders is how we respond to it – a task…

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Strategic Agility – 3 keys to getting clear in ambiguity

In today’s hyper-paced and chaotic world, few things are more important to success than the ability to respond quickly to sudden changes in external forces, market conditions, or customer needs. Whether the disruption comes from a pandemic, the introduction of a new technology, a new competitor that nobody saw coming, or drastic changes in economic…

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Why We Need Adversity

Are you feeling like everything is out of control; like you can’t imagine a successful future right now; like the wheels keep falling off the bus over and over again; like the other shoe is about to drop… When the going gets tough, the tough get going. It’s an old cliché. And like most clichés,…

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Beating Your Biases: How to Become Your Own Devil’s Advocate

In our culture, the word “bias” holds a decidedly negative connotation. Not surprising considering the definition of the word: prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. Nobody wants to be considered prejudiced or unfair. As business leaders striving to lead our organizations to success,…

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Is Your “Smart” Phone Making You 25% Dumber?

According to a recent study, the answer is yes. In fact, it’s doing it to all of us – even when we consciously ignore our phones. Today’s smart phones have become such an integral part of our daily lives that most of us feel uncomfortable without them. More than just a portable tool for talking…

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Rearrange Your Brain to Win

As business leaders, we have many tools at our disposal to produce the results our organizations need to win. As the world moves at an ever faster pace and the demands placed on today’s leaders increase, I’m convinced the most important tool is developing an elite brain. By elite brain, I don’t necessarily mean being…

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Are You Productive or Just Busy?

In our fast-paced world we’re all busy, to the point where we spend time we swear we don’t have to complain about how busy we are. At the same time, “busy-ness” feels good because it seems like we’re getting stuff done. The question is, are we getting done what we need to get done day…

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How To Fail At Cultural Change

According to the human capital research firm I4CP, more than half of the surveyed companies had recently or are currently undergoing a major cultural change. Unfortunately, less than 15% rated the change initiative as highly successful and only 1 in 25 said the venture was very highly successful. Not exactly what I would call a…

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GBG: The Positive Acronym that Works

OMG! Acronyms – the practice of abbreviating words or short phrases using the initial letters of each word – have been around hundreds or thousands of years, depending on who you believe. As often happens, there are multiple sources on the Internet about the origin and early use of acronyms, and none of them agree. One…

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Solo-Tasking to Win

  Many moons ago I wrote a blog about the dangers of multi-tasking – how it robs us of our creativity, makes us less efficient, and raises our stress levels. At the time, the business world was starting to recognize that the constant digital interruptions from email, cell phones and social media were not simplifying…

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Balancing the Big Picture and the Details

By Holly G. Green, CEO, The Human Factor, Inc. Every business needs two very different types of people to succeed over the long term or people with two, often contrary skill sets – big-picture thinkers and those who focus on the details. Big picture people live at the 30,000-foot level, constantly exploring possibilities and potential to…

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