Do You Have a HOBBY or Do You Have a BUSINESS?

Running a successful business takes a lot. There must be, of course, a desirable product or service, complemented by solid marketing and a confident sales pitch, delivered to a steady client base. (Let’s not forget individual employees, too!) And what about the business owner? S/he must operate with one part tenacity, one part expertise, one […]

April 3, 2018

Back to Basics: Onboarding Effectively

Recruiting and hiring new employees is a costly proposition involving a serious investment of time and money. Staff turnover can be highly disruptive and impacts the quality of the work being produced, as well as the morale of employees tasked with taking on additional responsibilities. Most employers know this yet in many companies the new […]

March 6, 2018

How Do You Hire When Unemployment is at a Low?

Not long ago the situation facing hiring managers was very different than today. In the past there were many excellent candidates vying for few jobs. The challenge was not finding candidates, but rather deciding between highly qualified individuals eager to work. Today’s low national unemployment rate of 4.1% presents a different sort of challenge. Hiring […]

February 6, 2018

A How-To… Keeping Politics Out of the Office

In¬†September 2017¬† we discussed WHY politics should be kept out of the office. As a follow-up, let’s talk about HOW to do it… Now that 2018 is here, I’m sure we can agree that 2017 was one of the most unusual years for many reasons. In addition to major cultural and social unrest as a […]

January 9, 2018

How Difficult is it to Change Corporate Culture?

Corporate culture is manifested in the attitudes and values set forth by management. Ideally these are shared by employees and determine how they carry out their jobs. Corporate culture contributes not just to the psychological environment of the office but the cumulative behavior of those who represent the company. As such, a rotten corporate culture […]

December 5, 2017

When Do You Need a Board of Advisors?

Prior to today’s digital era, most customer service and inside sales reps manually entered all of their orders. There were errors and omissions, processes moved slowly, people became bogged down in onerous methods, and productivity diminished. With computerization, everything seems to have become more streamlined, faster, and As a business owner, it’s not uncommon to […]

November 3, 2017

“It Has Always Been Done This Way. Why Change?”

“Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers, and business.” — Mark Sanborn “The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” — Bill Clinton As these quotes state, organizations (and […]

October 3, 2017

Politics Doesn’t Belong in the Office

You can’t escape it, can you? The first seven months of this presidency have been… how shall we say… eventful. Continuous coverage on television, headlines in newspapers and magazines, and regular online updates, too. You just can’t get away from it! But perhaps you can, at least for the 8-10 hours spent each day in […]

September 12, 2017

The 5 “Best” Excuses I’ve Heard for Not Showing Up to Work

It’s August and employees everywhere are thinking about how they can take full advantage of the remaining weeks of summer. If they have used up all of their vacation days, taking a day or two off may call for a little extra creativity. “I’m not feeling well” will suffice for many employees, but of course […]

August 9, 2017

Succession Planning for Your Staff

Effective Succession Planning is like an Insurance Policy; it can protect you if and when something changes or “goes wrong,” such as when an employee unexpectedly resigns from his or her position, gets promoted or is out for an indeterminate period of time. Having a Succession Plan in place ensures that the Company will continue […]

April 27, 2017