New Year’s Resolution for Business

As we near the middle of January 2013, many of us are wondering, “How long can I keep this up?” Resolutions come and go every year for personal improvement, but what resolutions do you have for your business? Are there improvements to be made, and if so what and how? Resolutions are generally made to improve your health, your community, or your overall well-being so why not plan to improve the health of your business.

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Retaining Your Top Talent

High achieving individuals have a tremendous impact on your business results. A company spends thousands of dollars to find the right talent through screening, interviewing, etc., and efforts are exerted to get just the right people on the bus. All this time and energy made me ask the question, what happens once we get them? How do we retain these individuals? How can we keep our top talent in place as competitors seek to recruit them?

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Finding Your Heisman

With college football coming to a close, it leaves a couple questions in everybody’s mind. First, who’s going to be the national title contenders and second, who’s going to be crowned as the best player in college football, otherwise known as the Heisman. According to their website, the Heisman is “the most outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity”. Now flip that quote and look at your own employees.

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Presidential Expectations

It’s that time again. In case you haven’t heard, four years have passed and our Nation was faced with another difficult decision. On Tuesday, November 6 we decided who will be the next President of the United States and hopefully make decisions that will take our country to the next level. We are fortunate to live in a country where we have a say on who we’d prefer to represent us. Regardless of your political beliefs, the choice of a President is an important one.

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Valentine’s Day Brings Gifts of Feedback

As I write this on Valentine’s Day, I am watching many a delivery come into our office. Large bouquets of flowers, cards with loving words, and personal deliveries from family members carrying balloons and gift bags all to say, “I love you, I care about you, I want you in my life, thoughts of our future together make me smile,” and so on. What kind of response do I see from the recipient? A warm glow and big smiles as co-workers come over to praise the sender on their choice with ooohs and aaaahs. It’s hard to be in a bad mood after all that isn’t it? What do you think happens to the interaction with the sender? It is probably a bit nicer, friendlier, maybe even more helpful? Look at what a message of love can do!

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PUSH or PULL Your Way to Success

Do you push or pull your employees? Let me explain what I mean by describing “pushers” and “pullers”.

Pushers use deadlines and required benchmarks to motivate employees. Pushers are vocal and provide feedback, but most often when things aren’t going well. They also tend to be very reactive when handling situations. Employees avoid interaction with Pushers as it usually means they have done something wrong. Pushers often give their employees the impression that their own success is more important than that of the company. This approach makes employees think that the bottom-line is all that matters.

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