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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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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…

How to Communicate in the Workplace

There is a lot that can go wrong in a workplace. Some people have bad days, co-workers fight, and sometimes customers are just not willing to listen. You should never expect a perfect day at work; the likelihood is that you will end up very disappointed. However, that doesn’t mean that every day has to…

What To Look For In Hybrid Business Software: Our Top Tips

image source Sadly, it’s not uncommon for a company to begin to stagnate and become too comfortable with the way they do things. When new systems that boost efficiency and provide better quality and more varied services begin appearing and you fail to recognise the benefits of incorporating them into your current structure, you might…

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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Set Up Your Team To Be Successful

The first month of 2016 has already come and gone. By now you’ve (hopefully) set your primary strategic goals for the year, pinpointed the destination, and painted a clear picture of what winning looks like for your organization. The next step involves one of the most important leadership roles and skills – setting up everyone…

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Five More Ways to Sustain Your Innovation Efforts

  Innovation often requires us to think and act differently from the way the human brain likes to operate.  For example, some of the most important innovation leadership skills require conscious effort to override the brain’s innate tendency to see what it wants to see. These include: Challenging your assumptions Changing your perspective Asking the…

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Put the Resolve Back into Your New Year’s Resolutions

Thinking about making New Year’s resolutions but worried about not being able to follow through? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 16% of people decided not to set any New Year’s resolutions in 2015, and that number is expected to increase for 2016. Of those who do plunge ahead with well-intentioned resolutions,…

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Teach Employees the Business of Your Business

This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who hasn’t been asleep at the wheel lately, but we don’t work in the same business world as 20, 10, or even five years ago. Things move so fast these days that much of what we learned about how to lead an organization no longer applies. It…

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Expert Interview Series: Developing Leadership

I was recently interviewed by John Mattone as part of their Expert Interview program. Read the interview and let me know what you think!  Click here: Holly_Green_Expert_Interview_Series

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Brain Biases: Tricks or Treats?

  Do you believe in ghosts? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, a recent Harris Poll reported that more than four out of 10 Americans believe in the spooky apparitions. It could be due to the fact that we’re all watching too many haunted house movies. Or, it could be a reflection of the way…

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How to Suck at Winning

A while back, I wrote a blog about how to suck at leadership. A tongue-in-cheek look at how not to be an effective leader, it turned out to be one of my more popular blogs. In the spirit of those rare Hollywood sequels that don’t suck, here’s one on how to suck at winning. Apparently,…

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Six future leadership trends

Holly welcomes guest blogger Monica Wells of BizDb- Despite the fact that the last decade saw considerable investment made in executive training, a poll conducted by researchers from Harvard University showed that 70% of Americans consider leadership crisis a significant factor in the national economic decline. This is a very puzzling situation – on the…

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How to Lose the Fear of Focus

    The business world moves so rapidly these days it’s a wonder anyone can keep up. While this create stress, it also opens up a host of opportunities for those with the vision and passion to pursue them. However, like a kid in a candy store with only a few dollars to spend, it…

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