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Can You Run Your Business Stress-Free?

To grow your business, it is paramount that you limit the amount of stress you are under throughout your tenure as your company’s leader. Without the burden of stress, you will be able to have more clarity about the major issues that your business is facing and will be able to stay more productive throughout…

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Are you making the most money from your blog?

Making money from blogs is quickly becoming a popular way to earn money. Many people are now monetizing on blogs that they’ve had for many years. However, you can still make money even if you haven’t owned a blog for a long time, and here are a few ways you can do this. Pexels –…

What Type Of Business Should You Start

Image source When you start to think about the idea of starting a company, you won’t always know exactly what you want to do. Sometimes, it just starts with a nugget. You have a rough idea of what you want to do but you’re not really sure what kind of business you want to go…

Employing H-2A Workers The Right Way

If you are leading an agricultural firm, you may need to fill positions with H-2A workers. These are foreign nationals who arrive in the USA seeking temporary work in agriculture under a visa without a pathway to citizenship. The demand for these visas has surged, but it has also led to the horrific abuse of…

How To Increase The Output Of Your Workforce

The output of your workforce will have a direct impact on your business growth and potential. Lacking efficiency and productivity can hinder business sales, stunt its growth, and reduce its success.  If you are a business owner, boss, or manager looking to increase the output of your workforce, here are some top tips. Image source…

Familiarizing Potential Future Customers With Your Products

Image Source   We all want to sell as many of our products as possible. Part of this entails ensuring people know about your product. You can have the best offerings on the market, but if nobody knows they exist, you aren’t going to make many sales. Here are a few ways to shout about…

Practical Ways to Nurture Your Business Relationships

A  2021 study revealed that 31% of customers abandon commercial entities because they failed to personalize business relationships. This places immense significance on business relationships and their contribution to commercial sustenance. If you are a business owner, you should determine the utmost driving force for customer loyalty and balance the big picture. That said, here…

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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Building a Culture of Accountability

    Imagine a business where the right things consistently get done on time, most of the time (nobody’s perfect). Where people regularly follow up on what they say they’re going to do. Where everyone in the organization – from senior leadership to front-line employees – are expected to uphold commitments to each other and to…

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Is Winning a Secret in Your Organization?

It feels really good  to win – in business as well as sports and almost any other endeavor. We all know winning when we see it or feel it. It’s that moment of excitement and exhilaration. It’s the urge to jump in the air and pump our fists; to give high-fives to our teammates. It’s…

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Have You Done Your 1st Quarter Checkup?

Spring has sprung (according to the calendar, anyway) and April is upon us.  For those who operate according to the calendar year, that means it’s time for an end-of-quarter checkup in regard to the strategic plan. More specifically, it means we should begin asking questions like:  Are we making progress towards the goal? Is it…

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Get More Done – Interrupt Your Interruptions

If you’re feeling the need for more peace and quiet these days, you’re not alone. One of the latest trends sweeping the business world is the “pod” – a small, free-standing soundproof space that can comfortably hold one or two people.  If you look around, you’ll notice them sprouting up in offices, airports and other…

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What You Can Learn from Playing With Your Brain

The human brain is a remarkable organ. As anyone who reads my blog knows, I’m a big proponent of playing with it. First of all, it’s a lot of fun. The human brain is inquisitive by nature, and it enjoys finding answers and solving problems. This is especially true with ‘brain teasers,’ questions that are…

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How To Fail At Cultural Change

In my previous blog, I noted that 56% of the organizations that participated in a survey by I4CP, a human capital research firm, reported recently or currently undergoing a major cultural change. What I didn’t mention was that less than 15% rated the change initiative as highly successful (12.2%) or very highly successful (2.5%). Nearly…

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Building a Winning Employment Brand:How to Recruit, Engage and Retain Top Talent in a Talent-Scarce World

Every once in a while I happen across a thought leadership piece that causes me to pause and think, “Wow, these folks really get it!” A recent white paper titled “The 2019 Hiring Guide” did just that.  We included it in our last newsletter and since I know most of you are struggling with this,…

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Get More Done – Interrupt Your Interruptions

If you’re feeling the need for more peace and quiet these days, you’re not alone. One of the latest trends sweeping the business world is the “pod” – a small, free-standing soundproof space that can comfortably hold one or two people.  If you look around, you’ll notice them sprouting up in offices, airports and other public…

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Leading Cultural Change

  Is your organization currently going through (or recently undergone) a major cultural transformation? If so, you’re like more than half (56.8%) the organizations that participated in a survey by I4CP, a leading human capital research firm. On the one hand, I’m surprised to see the number that high. After all, transformational change is really…

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Winning in 2019: Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty

As we look ahead to the coming year, a few words sum up what business leaders can expect in 2019 – more chaos and uncertainty. With the Democrats having won the House of Representatives, the political environment will likely become more contentious and dysfunctional. Tariff wars are driving raw material costs higher. Interest rates and…

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Never Trust an Atom (and Sometimes Your Brain)

  While browsing in a bookstore the other day (yes, I prefer real books to digital readers for business reading), I saw a young person wearing a tee shirt that gave me a good laugh. The front of the shirt had a colorful graphic of an atom, with electrons swirling around the nucleus. The caption…

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The Simple Approach to Employee Engagement

  News flash! Creating an engaged workforce where employees bring all their skill, talent, passion and energy to work every day isn’t rocket science. It doesn’t involve brain surgery. And you don’t need a Ph.D. in human resources development. Which leads to the question, if employee engagement is so simple, why do so many companies…

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Pause, Think, and Focus to Win

  In chaotic and fast changing times, the lack of predictable behaviors in all areas of our life may not serve us well, says University of Maryland psychologist Arie Kruglanski – especially for people with a high need for certainty and closure. Cognitive closure, or the desire to have a firm answer to a question…

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