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    • 06 May

      Leadership Tips: 5 Steps to Reduce Workplace Drama

      Things happen. Changes in personnel, restructuring, and other shakeups can cause anxiety and discontentment within teams or throughout an entire organization. Sometimes this can bring out the drama king or queen in staff members. And while briefly venting frustration is a normal part of life, long term dramatic behavior can deplete energy and cause problems for an organization if left unchecked. ...Read More

    • 04 Apr

      Five Ways to Develop a Winning Business Team

      The Final Four is set. The Michigan State Spartans defeated Duke University to capture the last regional championship and secure their place in the national semifinals with the other regional champions in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Michigan State, Texas Tech, Virginia, and Auburn will compete in the semifinals this weekend, with two of those teams vying for the national championship shortly thereafter in the single-elimination tournament that many sports enthusiasts view as the greatest athletic tournament in the world.  ...Read More

    • 19 Mar

      Tips for Getting (and Keeping) Your Small Business Off the Ground

      Being a manager, business owner, and business coach/consultant for the past thirty five years has taught me a lot! Starting up and maintaining a business is a challenge, even for many seasoned entrepreneurs, which is why the majority of businesses fail in their first year. Challenging…but possible with the right tools.  ...Read More

    • 25 Feb

      The Achiever Pre-Employment Assessment: What Business Owners Should Know

      Hiring the wrong people can wreak havoc on an organization in more ways than one. From a financial standpoint, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the price tag for a bad hire is around 30% of that person’s first-year earnings. Bad hires can cost a larger company millions of dollars in losses each year. For a small business, hiring the wrong person can threaten its very existence.  ...Read More

    • 18 Jan

      Sales Training Provides a Competitive Edge

      Sales are the lifeblood of a corporation, so salespeople play a vital role in keeping businesses alive. As a company's representatives to the outside world, the sales staff is responsible for acquiring and maintaining a loyal customer base by presenting information about products and services in a helpful, knowledgeable way. Therefore, salespeople in essence function as entrepreneurial ambassadors. They need to have strong interpersonal communication skills along with a thorough understanding of effective sales techniques and the ability to productively analyze data and make adjustments.  ...Read More

    • 23 Nov

      Pilgrims and Progress: Practical Pointers from Puritan Predecessors

      Another Thanksgiving just passed here in the United States. Millions gathered with family and friends to enjoy time together and give thanks for the blessings in their lives. Americans have much for which to be grateful, including the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy in this great nation. The history of Thanksgiving is closely tied to the history of the people who began laying the foundations of our prosperous country and way of life, and there are many practical lessons we can learn from these people that will help us find success in our current vocations. Let's focus on four important leadership lessons we can take away from the first Puritan settlers to arrive in North America and how these lessons can be applied in today's business world. ...Read More

    • 07 Nov

      Three Hiring Tips to Help You Hire the Best Employees

      Millions of Americans went to the polls this week in the United States to essentially hire candidates to fill scores of governmental positions for their states. Election day also mercifully brought an end to the campaign season. Although Americans may not typically think of campaigns as job interviews or hiring decisions, that is precisely what the electorate engages in when they cast their votes. Unfortunately, the process is usually long and messy, decisions are often not carefully considered, and mistakes are frequently made. That is just the name of the game when democracy is practiced in a representative republic. However, if the hiring practices in your company can also be characterized as messy, inefficient, and error-prone, you need to reexamine how your organization goes about selecting new employees because chronic long-term mistakes can be fatal to your enterprise. The following are some suggestions to for improving your hiring process, which will in turn improve the overall health of your business.  ...Read More

    • 12 Oct

      How to Become an Indispensable Employee

      The job market is fluid, and depending on the economy and other internal factors, organizations can find themselves needing to cut workers or restructure to stay afloat or streamline expenses.  ...Read More

    • 03 Sep

      Labor Day Is Good for Leaders, Too

      Have you ever really stopped to consider why Americans celebrate Labor Day? Most people enjoy it because the extra day off gives them a three-day weekend at the end of summer for one final barbeque or one last getaway before school. Few people reflect on the movement that forged the holiday's existence or the sacrifices of the laborers who ardently pushed for its creation. It is likely that even fewer reflect on how the principles behind Labor Day can be just as beneficial for employers as they are to employees. However, this federal holiday serves as a great reminder of the symbiotic and mutually beneficial relationship between labor and management.  ...Read More

    • 31 Jul

      The Principle of Reciprocity Can Work for You

      Quid pro quo is a noun that means something given or received for something else, which is very close to its original Latin meaning of something for something. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster repeatedly used the term in conversation as Foster's character, FBI agent Clarice Starling, interviewed Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins) in 1991's Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs. This famous film relationship, which also garnered each of them an Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, was based on the principle of reciprocity. Obviously, reciprocity paid off for these two stars and their on-screen personas, and it can pay dividends for you, too, if handled in the proper manner.  ...Read More