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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…

Improve Employees’ Productivity with these Tools and Apps

Holly welcomes guest blogger Monique Rivers: In today’s office world, efficiency and productivity are top concerns of executives and business owners alike. We all want to complete more tasks in less time – fortunately, there are lots of smart technological solutions that can help managers to boost the productivity of their employees. Here are top…

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Three Steps to Creating an Intentional Culture

Creating the right culture for an organization is a key component for long-term success. Unfortunately many leaders don’t know how to clearly define culture, much less build the one they want. Workplace culture is the character and personality of your organization. It’s what makes your organization unique, and is the sum of its values, traditions,…

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Is Winning a Secret in Your Organization?

It feels 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 that…

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10 Clichés Leaders Use (and How to Avoid Them)

Holly welcomes guest blogger Sarah Landrum- As a leader, one of your responsibilities, among other things, is to make sure you and your employees remain on the same page. If you do that by bombarding them with clichés , however, it is likely you’ll end up with a team of bored, unmotivated and jaded people….

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10 Excuses for Not Developing Strategic Agility

In today’s warp-speed business world, strategic agility – the ability to move fast with flexibility and focus – is no longer a competitive advantage. It’s a business imperative. If your organization can’t adapt on the run without losing sight of winning, your competition will soon be looking at you through their rear-view mirror. Interestingly, when…

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Employee Engagement 2015: Not Much Has Changed

Do you have an engaged, committed workforce?  How do you know? Here’s one way to find out. Each year, Gallup surveys a broad base of employees on this issue. They identified 12 key indicators that translate to high levels of employee engagement: I know what is expected of me at work. I have the materials…

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Practice Your Way to Winning in 2015

Winning in business takes practice. Not just practicing any old thing, but practicing the right things. Far too often, however, I see organizations practicing the wrong things. For example: Conducting disorganized meetings where people arrive late, unprepared, and not focused on what’s really important Making decisions based on assumptions rather than hard data Failing to…

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Stop Pretending to Be Rational at Work

At times, English can be an illogical, irrational and downright confusing language. Just look at all the homographs and heteronyms that crop up throughout the lexicon. A homograph is two or more words that are spelled the same but have different meanings. A heteronym is a homograph that is also pronounced differently. For example: Is…

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Brainteasers: Play with Your Brain

I frequently write and speak about the need to pause, slow down, and focus on winning every day. With so many interruptions, distractions and lengthy to-do lists, it’s all too easy to take our eyes off the ball and lose our sense of direction. It’s also important to pause and have some fun from time…

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A Pause to Say Thank You

2014 was quite the year for The Human Factor, Inc.! As usual, it included a lot of learning and adapting on our part to make sure we’re still meeting your needs and fully supporting your success.  For example, we launched the neuroprompt subscription series (https://ad934.infusionsoft.com/app/storeFront/showProductDetail?productId=86), a fun and convenient way to prompt yourself to pause…

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Pause and Plan to Win in 2015

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 getting ready to win next year. But first, a few questions. How did 2014 go for you?  Did you and your organization achieve all that was possible?  Did you meet…

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Are You Assuming Your Way Out of Business?

What do Sony, Radio Shack and Sears all have in common (besides instant brand recognition)? They’re all losing money, and lots of it. According to a recent Forbes article entitled “Wrong Assumptions Create Lousy Results,” Sony has lost money for 15 out of the last 16 quarters, and projects a loss of $2 billion this…

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How Elite Leaders Win

Have you ever noticed when you buy a new car you suddenly start seeing it everywhere on the road – even if it’s not a popular model? Well, it’s happening to me, only not in relation to cars. Earlier this year, I published a blog http://thehumanfactor.biz/are-you-an-elite-leader about the characteristics that define elite leaders. Since then,…

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The Danger of Deadlines

We all know the value of a good deadline. It helps us get focused, motivated, and sharpens our thinking, right? Not so fast. Current brain research suggests that, in most cases, deadlines do the exact opposite – creating stress and tension while limiting our thinking. Having a sense of urgency does stimulate the part of…

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Creating the Pathways to Excellence

If you talk to winning athletes – not the one-time wonders, but those who win on a consistent basis – they’ll tell you that winning is a habit. What they don’t tell you is just how hard they work to develop that habit. Winning takes a lot of things, like talent, commitment, resources and support….

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Developing a Winning Team

In my last blog, I talked about Alex Ferguson, the now retired coach for Manchester United, one of the most successful sports franchises in the world. In addition to his technical soccer skills, Ferguson won wide acclaim for his ability to grow and develop talent. Whether in sports or in business, building a winning team…

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The Ferguson Formula for Winning

You can always count on the Harvard Business Review for great insights on strategy, leadership and success.  I love this article – “Ferguson’s Formula” (http://hbr.org/2013/10/fergusons-formula/ar/1)  – from the October 2013 issue. One of the most respected names in global sports, Sir Alex Ferguson managed the highly successful English soccer club Manchester United for 26 years….

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Prompt Your Brain to Win

Do you recall learning to ride a bicycle as a young child? At first, you probably wobbled and fell and wanted to quit, especially if you banged a knee or an elbow in the fall. But with mom or dad at your side, or perhaps an older sibling, you had the courage to persevere. Or…

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