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.Continue reading “Are you making these team huddle mistakes?”
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.Continue reading “How to Adapt your Leadership Style as Your Team Grows”
Have you noticed that smiling (and yawning) are contagious and not just when passing someone in the grocery store or holding the door open at your local coffee shop, but at the workplace too. We spend so many hours of our lives at work and with our coworkers, often more than we do with our families and friends. In general, people tend to gravitate towards positive and happy people and avoid the grumpy and negative people. If you’ve made a resolution this year to rid yourself of negativity and be more positive, here are some awesome phrases you can start using in the workplace to help show your appreciation, encouragement, and even trust in others. Management role not required to use these!Continue reading “How to Boost Workplace Positivity”
You’ve been asked to sit on a Non-Profit Board of Directors – but do you really know what that entails? Did the Executive Director set some clear expectations with you? If the answer to both of those questions is “No” – you aren’t alone.
Non-profit CEOs and Executive teams often struggle with board members either not meshing with their culture/core values or the most popular complaint is “They just aren’t active”.Continue reading “Non-Profits: Setting expectations with your Board of Directors”
If you are a parent who has children involved in extracurricular activities and sports, you may already be aware of the skyrocketing increase in the cost of these programs. The costs for everything from music classes, to sports, to dance has seen a 3% to 10% increase according to Backpack Index. Continue reading “Keeping up with the rising costs of Youth Activities and Sports”
Technology – it makes us faster, more efficient and at times can drive us crazy! When it comes to your team and work culture, technology has enabled us to grow remotely. We’re no longer tied to a particular location or a specific device. We can work from anywhere, at any time, in any way that lets us meet our job requirements. If you’re an employer, have you considered having a remote workforce? Continue reading “Moving Beyond Bricks and Mortar — How to Attract and Retain a Virtual Workforce”
Like many businesses here in Northwest Connecticut, Litchfield Bancorp is asked to donate to and support local non-profits, community development projects and schools in our area. Of course, giving back is important to ensure these organizations are able to fiscally thrive, but to us here at LBC it’s far more than that. Continue reading “Giving Back…It’s just part of our Culture here at Litchfield Bancorp.”