Are you making these team huddle mistakes?

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Whether you are meeting virtually or in person, one of the hardest parts of working in a team is coordinating and aligning each individual’s effort. Even with everyone on the team working hard and trying to be as productive as possible to get a project or goal completed, you may find that team members are crossing paths, duplicating efforts, or fighting over resources. If the team isn’t constantly in disarray and not working cohesively, the team and said projects will go nowhere fast.

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Going beyond “How are you doing?” – Alternatives to Starting Your Business Conversations

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Is it starting to feel like the movie Groundhog Day every time you have a Zoom meeting or phone call? It feels like every conversation starts off the same way: “How are you doing? Everyone safe and healthy?” The responses often feel the same: “Hanging in there. We’re doing OK. How about you?”, etc. It’s become a script of sorts that everyone is repeating.

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Why branding is critical now more than ever for your business

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Branding isn’t something that you just turn on and off depending on your sales numbers. After all, branding gives your audience a clear sense of purpose and well-defined roadmap of who your company is, what they do, and what your values are – in short, it’s what others think and say about your brand.

For many small business owners, focusing on their branding and marketing day in and day out just isn’t feasible – they are so busy. BUT a strong brand could be the difference between loyal customers and customers who use your business once and turn to a competitor.

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Secured vs. Unsecured Loans – What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter

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When it comes to borrowing money, it’s important to understand all aspects of the loan – not just your payment amount, interest rate, and number of payments to be made. There are many different types of loans including personal loans, auto loans, consolidation loans, mortgages, home equity, etc., however they all fall into one of 2 categories: secured or unsecured.

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How to Better Manage Employees Who are New to “Work from Home” Life

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Managing employees is a difficult job even when you see them every day at the office. Add in a remote setting and it becomes even more difficult because it’s never a one-size-fits-all approach.

Working remotely doesn’t mean that you can’t be an effective leader, it just means you have to do things a little differently and work a little harder on this critical skill: understanding the personalities of the people you manage.

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Ergonomic Mistakes You May be Making with Your Home Office

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For many people, working from home came as an unexpected and unplanned result of the pandemic. It required hastily putting together a slapdash short-term solution so that work could get done with limited interruption. However, many companies are continuing to keep employees in a work from home environment for at least several months to come. 

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Tips to Make Your Employee’s Job More Meaningful

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The average employee spends about 2,000 hours at work a year? – not counting breaks, their commute, and overtime. So how can leaders help employees find meaning at work?

Companies spend a considerable amount of time, money, and resources on creating their vision, mission, core values, etc. but they often fall to the wayside when it comes to the daily grind of the workday and their Employee Experience. Employees might eat, drink, and breathe the company’s purpose and know why they do what they do – but employees really need to feel satisfied and engaged with their jobs in order for it to feel meaningful to them.

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Are you Feeling the Love? How to Improve Customer Retention and Appreciation

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When it comes to the customer journey – the stages your customer goes through from learning about you to becoming a brand ambassador – one of the most critical stages is retention.  Getting the first sale from a customer is great, but the goal is to have “sticky” customers – people who come back over and over and even recommend you to others.

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Tips for Small Businesses to Survive the Coronavirus

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The only certainty right now when it comes to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is that currently, everything is uncertain. Several local and state governments have issued a shelter in place orders asking people to remain home and only go out for the essentials. Many small, local businesses are feeling this stress as they have been forced to lay off employees, adjust their hours or services, or even close their doors for an indefinite amount of time.

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How to Adapt your Leadership Style as Your Team Grows

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When you find that your cozy little meeting space can no longer hold all your employees comfortably, it’s a sign you’ve grown as a company– and with growth comes change. Things might be running along smoothly and then BAM; you suddenly realize that the old way of doing things is no longer efficient or working.

Not only does growth affect the dynamics of the team, but it also affects you as the owner.  As your company grows it’s imperative you spend more time working on your business versus in it. Time management is critical as you are dealing with more issues, making more decisions, and trying to communicate out everything you need to various people and departments – the only way to be effective and stay effective is to change and adapt as your team continues to grow.

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