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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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Get In Touch With Why Mobile Phones Aren’t The Contactless Solution Your Business Needs

The business sphere is a very different beast today to how it was just a year ago, and priorities have shifted right along with it. For office workers and the like, remote working is now the buzz word of the century, and teams are having to adjust to new communications and risks because of that. …

The Best Ways To Hire Candidates That Are A Good Cultural Fit For Your Business

It’s no secret that a good hiring process is central to the success of your business. Without the right team behind you, the company can never move forward. Unfortunately, a lot of business owners get their priorities wrong when making hiring decisions and they underestimate the importance of cultural fit.  Your company culture describes the…

The Benefits of Independent Contractors

In the United States alone, there are over 1.6 million people working in the “gig economy”. They go by many different names and titles, from independent contractors to freelancers. Now, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, that number is expected to jump.  What does that mean for businesses?  While some companies are hesitant to hire…

Four Ways You Can Reduce Your Business Costs

The way that the world is at the moment, every penny counts, even if it’s a small cut back on expenses. The good news is that in times like this, you don’t always need a complete overhaul, common-sense can be used to improve your bottom line, especially when it comes to a small business.  It’s…

6 Reasons Why You Should Measure Your Brand

For a business, your band is something that should occupy a lot of your focus because it’s the face of your business. Whether that branding is in your business premises, at events and conferences, or online, it’s all relevant to the success of your company. There are many ways that you can measure the success…

Getting Your Own Business Up and Running

If you’re considering starting your own business in 2021, you’re not alone. 2020 was an extremely difficult year for many of us and a huge number of people have found themselves without work as a result of the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic that dominated the year. When it comes down to it, this pandemic isn’t…

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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Implementing Big Business Leadership In A Small Business

Running a successful business, no matter how big or small, starts and ends with effective leadership. This involves defining a clear destination; getting everyone focused on reaching that destination; informing, inspiring and engaging people to get there; and then measuring results and adjusting as necessary along the way. These leadership principles apply to all types…

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8 Traits of Winning Product Managers

Do you wish your product manager could get more done? Chances are they’re missing some or all of the critical winning traits. Product managers play a critical role in many organizations. However, judging from the number of complaints I hear when working with CEOs and company leaders, good ones are hard to find and even…

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Work Less, Get More Done

    Are you working longer and harder but accomplishing less? One of the great ironies of our times is that the more we learn about the importance of uninterrupted focus in human performance, the more distractions and interruptions we face on a daily basis. Voice mail. Email. Telemarketing. Spam. Tweets. Snapchats. Texting. Instant messaging….

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Integrity as a Competitive Advantage

    Remember when we used to look up to our political and business leaders as role models for honesty, integrity and good character?  Me neither. Actually, I do. But it seems like a long time since leaders displaying integrity was the rule rather than the exception. Instead of working together to effectively govern the…

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Get Ready to Win in 2018

One of the deepest instincts for adult humans is to achieve excellence. In other words, to win. Yet, winning in business doesn’t happen by itself. It requires hard work, dedication, focus and, most of all, a desire to win. All organizations will tell you they’re in it to win. But if you look behind the…

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