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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…

Don’t Let Brain Misinformation Lead You Astray

There’s a lot of media coverage, particularly on those morning “news” shows these days about “new” brain research. Unfortunately a lot of it simply isn’t true. Anyone who has read some of my blogs or my, latest book Using Your Brain to Win!  (click to order book) knows that I am a huge fan of using…

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Change Your Perspective to Win

As a leader, your perspective on winning may be very different from that of your employees. If someone offered you a trillion dollars for counting to a trillion by ones, would you accept the challenge? If so, you’d better be genetically wired to live a long time, because it’s going to take a while. Assume…

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The Future’s So Bright

To prompt your ‘thunking’ today… Remember Kodak, they used to make photograph film? What happened to them will happen in many industries in the next 10 years and most people won’t see it coming. Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world….

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Let Your Brain Take the Road Less Traveled

   Do you often find yourself doing the same things over and over and wondering why you get the same results every time? Contrary to the popular adage “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results,” it doesn’t mean you’ve lost your marbles. In fact, you’re probably doing exactly…

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Why Happy Employees are Winning Employees

  Many would say that in life, happiness is winning. Quick, name the single most important contributor to happiness in life. Chances are you said things like family, friends, achieving your goals, or having a good job and nice place to live. Or for the hedonists in the audience, perhaps you said fame, money, good…

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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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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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