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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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10 Ways That Data Helps Your Business

Data is a powerful thing, and thanks to the wonders of the internet, we have access to so much of it. A lot of businesses might not know how to best utilize all this information for the benefit of the company, and if you’re not already doing so, you are missing out on a goldmine…

How To Save Money On Your Business During COVID-19

  There is no denying that 2020 has been a difficult time for all of us. We have faced many challenges from a business standpoint, and to keep running, you need to save costs without compromising quality. With that in mind, we’re going to take you through some of the different steps you can take….

How Insurance Companies Can Compete Better Online

There’s no industry that isn’t being impacted by the online shift being driven by a variety of factors in 2020. Competing with other businesses today means beating them online, and there are lots of ways in which you can go about doing that. Below, you’ll learn more about what you can do to compete better…

Reputation Is Everything: Simple Ways To Enhance Your Business Image

Did you know that around 90% of online buyers now consult reviews before deciding which products to pop in their cart? In the modern world, reputation is everything in business, and we hang on the words of others. If your brand has got a brilliant reputation, you’re going to find it a lot easier to…

Why Possessing IT Skills In This Day And Age Is Pretty Essential

When it comes to our abilities in this day and age, we all need to possess at least a basic understanding of the way digital systems work. We don’t need to become the perfect coders or engineers, but a slight knowledge is important. The world has become a lot more digitized and will continue to…

How to Breathe New Life Into Your Business

Running a business requires plenty of time and energy to make it a success. When you first started your business, you were probably motivated by the excitement of the new challenge. However, dedicating so much time to building your business can take its toll; you may find yourself falling out of love with it. It…

Work Less, Get More Done

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. Popup ads wherever we go on the Internet. Mobile applications that…

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Is Your Organization Changing Fast Enough to Win?

  One of my favorite quotes from Jack Welch, the former chairman and CEO of General Electric, is, “When the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” Which means if businesses don’t stay ahead of the change curve, they will soon find themselves in…

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Achieving Disruptive Innovation

    “Disruptive innovation” seems to be one of the more popular buzzwords in today’s business lexicon. Many companies pursue it. Few actually achieve it. Most end up settling for incremental innovation. What’s the difference between the two? Apple offers a perfect example. When the iPad and iPhone first came out, they revolutionized the mobile…

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3 Steps to Creating an Engaged Workforce

    What would you rather have – an organization where people show up just to punch the clock every day? Or an organization where people are enthusiastic about and committed to their work and their workplace? Obviously, this is a no-brainer. Everyone wants an engaged workforce. But most organizations either don’t make it a…

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Make Every Day Employee Appreciation Day

  In case you didn’t get the memo, March 3rd is National Employee Appreciation Day. Created in 1995 by a board member of Recognition Professionals International, a professional association dedicated to supporting employee recognition, Employee Recognition Day provides an extra opportunity to thank employees for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Growing numbers…

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The Pitfalls of Biased Data

  It’s been months since the presidential election and I still haven’t recovered. Regardless of which party you align with or which candidate you supported, it’s hard to argue that this was one of the most uncivil, polarizing elections in our country’s history. The rhetoric and biases we saw on both sides of the political…

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Get Clear on Winning for 2017

  Did you blink and another year went by?  Me too.  Which means it’s time once again to climb up on my soapbox and talk about how to get clear on winning this year. But first, a few questions. How did 2016 go for you?  Did you and your organization achieve all that was possible;…

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Strategic Agility –The Next Big Thing is Here

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

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Three Common Innovation Mistakes

    Company leaders love to talk about innovation.  When was the last time your company came out with something really new? How long has it been since you totally reinvented a critical business process that resulted in significant cost savings or productivity increases?  If you can’t remember (or you can remember but it’s been…

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Using Your Brain to Sell

    The human brain is a marvelous instrument. But, it has many built-in tendencies that can get in the way of making smart decisions and helping our organizations win. That’s why in today’s global markets, where everyone has access to the same information and technologies.  Using your brain more effectively is a critical leadership skill….

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New Job. New Opportunity: Tips for Getting on the Same Page as Your New Boss

Holly welcomes guest blogger James Mitchell- Photo by viganhajdari Being “the new guy” at a new job or internship can be quite overwhelming at first. Every five minutes you are meeting someone new or being taught another couple company acronyms that make you wonder, “Are they still speaking English to me?” After you walk around the…

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How To Build Real Accountability

  Accountability –an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions Accountability is a word that gets tossed around a lot in the business world these days.  Unfortunately, most of what I hear revolves around the lack of accountability rather than how companies are winning by holding each other accountable. At…

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Prompt Employees to Think Strategically

In today’s hyper-paced markets, leaders must prompt employees to think strategically.  Gone are the days of employees plodding along waiting for the next big thing to roll down from corporate.  Companies need to innovate on a consistent basis in order to win. However, ongoing innovation is no easy task. First of all, innovation doesn’t mean…

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Customer Engagement Is More Important than Ever

  Every CEO or business owner knows the importance of attracting new customers. That’s why most companies spend a significant part of their budgets on marketing and advertising to develop customer engagement among repeat and new customers. But a recent Gallup survey suggests that developing customer engagement – which the company describes as “a customer’s…

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Six Rules for Mid-Year Performance Review

June has arrived, and you know what that means – for most of you it’s time for mid-year employee performance reviews. I can hear the pushback already. Who has time for mid-year reviews?! My employees know what to do; they should just focus on doing it! The better question is, who doesn’t have time for…

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Oh, The Things you Can Thunk

Dr. Seuss has always been one of my favorite authors, especially his book Oh, The Thinks You Can Think. As a child I loved his clever rhymes, wild imagination, and endless array of made-up creatures. As an adult, I love his playfulness with the English language and how he really gets what a marvelous instrument…

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Is Your Strategic Plate Too Full?

What is strategy? A simple question, but the answer may be more complex than you think. The dictionary defines strategy as “a plan, method, or series of maneuvers or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result.” Hard to argue with that. But while the basic definition may not have changed, how we go about…

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Ready for 3D Printed Rocketry?

If think you’re doing a pretty good job adjusting to today’s light-speed rate of change, take a deep breath, because in the words of Bachman Turner Overdrive, b-b-b-baby you ain’t seen nothing yet! Ever heard of a company called Planetary Resources? Its long-term vision involves landing robots on asteroids and planets to mine them for…

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