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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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Corporate Finance: The Tools You Need To Help Your Business Thrive

Effective financial planning and management are crucial for success in business. You need to keep a close watch on your finances to ensure that you are making the best use of your assets and reducing the risk of instability. For this, you will need to understand corporate finance yourself and get important advice from professionals…

5 Steps To Structure A SaaS Marketing Team In 2021

Source  Let’s start with accepting the universal truth.  Team building is hard.  There is so much to consider yet so few resources that can ensure success. How much can you know about your confidence to make a confident decision over a 30-minute interview?  You need to validate your candidate’s all-around skills, after all, both hard…

Digital Marketing Aspects You Should Research

Marketing is a vital aspect of any business. How its handled can mean the difference between a business’ success or failure. Many people fancy themselves an entrepreneur, but without some marketing know-how, your product won’t be seen and therefore won’t sell. Digital marketing is cheaper and more effective than traditional media marketing, making it also…

How To Organically Grow Your TikTok Followers

image source If you’ve ever had a TikTok video go viral – or simply had one that’s found an audience beyond your usual viewers – then you know the adrenaline rush that comes as part of getting new followers. Seeing the count go up and knowing there’s one more person who’s going to watch your…

What Makes A Good Social Media Agency?

Are you a business or brand looking to boost your profile and market your product or service? If so, then you should definitely hire yourself a social media agency. These companies will handle the entire social media side of marketing for you; they’ll create a social media presence according to your specification, and they’ll post…

How Your Small Business Could Benefit From Using Managed IT Services

The need for businesses to be available online has grown into a round-the-clock necessity. If a server goes down, a network fails, or a website won’t load, business operations will come to a rapid halt. It is an almost impossible task for an internal IT team to monitor and manage all of the data tools modern businesses…

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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