- People are the Key to Your Business Success
Successful businesses need a highly skilled and motivated staff to compete in today’s marketplace. To achieve excellence in your industry, whether you provide a service or a product, people are your most precious resource. Employees can be developed to excellence. It starts with education and training to meet or [Read More!…]
- Entitled Children? 4 Steps to Reverse that Trend Now!
May is when we honor our Mothers, and I started to think about how I was raised versus how it appears people are different with how they handle their children today. When I was very young, we were taught when reaching 21 years old we needed to be out [Read More!…]
- Put Your Clothes Back On… You don’t have to Wear Thongs to Get Noticed!
Jennifer Lopez released a video with Iggy Azalea, a sexy rapper. In the video, they both appear to be wearing very skimpy suits and modern day leotards. They both showed a lot of skin and highlighted their sexuality. It seems to be a spinoff of Beyonce’s Single Ladies video. [Read More!…]
- Is there ‘Career Life’ After 45? 7 Must-Do’s to Rock it!
As you approach and surpass 40 and 50, and gulp, are even staring at 60, it is normal to wonder if you are sliding hopelessly down the chute to career obsolescence. The answer? Only if you think you are. When you add an “old” mindset to the messages we [Read More!…]
- 4 Strategies to Impress Your New Boss & Get on the Right Track
“How many bosses have you had in your present job these past couple of years?” That’s a question I always ask in my career management workshops. I’ve heard everything from “my boss seems to hang on” to “several who have come and gone” to the unbelievable “five new bosses [Read More!…]
- 20 Myths about Learning at Work – Part 1
Worker training has been around since Ogg first said, “Come on, kid, I’ll teach you how to make a flint spearhead.” And from those early days, we’ve been forming and sharing beliefs about the best ways to teach job skills. But many of the traditional practices, generalizations, and assumptions [Read More!…]
- 7 Key Traits of Resourceful Business People
In our busy world, we frequently hear words and terms like Guru, ‘go-to person’ and thought leader to describe experts in business. We also hear the word innovation a lot. It’s a great word, however, in my view, totally overused and now almost lacks impetus. Are these words and [Read More!…]
- Overcoming Virtualophobia or How we All went Home & became a Better Company
Building a virtual workforce that works isn’t easy, but it’s well worth it. At Decision Toolbox (DT) we’ve been virtual for years and I’ve been sharing what’s worked and what hasn’t. In Part One I wrote that the first step is to establish and track metrics. The next step [Read More!…]
- 3 Proven Practices for Bringing Advisers into Your Business
“Plans fail when there is no counsel, but they succeed when advisers are many.“ (Proverbs 15:22) This is an often-quoted verse, a piece of advice from King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. While the advice doesn’t appear to be pointed only at business people, the application of that wisdom [Read More!…]
- Why Leadership is the Remedy for the Atrocious Business Failure Rates
Good management is a key to a successful business. Every organization requires a well-organized and well-defined management method and procedure to achieve the goals of the business. The management is headed by a leader. The latter is responsible for the entire process of the business operation. He foresees events [Read More!…]
- 8 Tips for Dealing with Leadership that’s Not Worth the Effort – VIDEO
Ever have one of those conversations that left you shaking your head after you left the room? You were amazed regarding the inappropriate leadership behavior and lack of simple management skills of the leader conducting the meeting? Yes, admit it. Those meetings are incredibly hard to take, especially when [Read More!…]
- The 3 Keys to an Effective Business Strategy
What does the word strategy mean? Google defines it as derived from the Greek word strategia, which means generalship and refers to leading an army. In the military sense, it means the art of planning and directing overall military operations and movements in a war or battle. In the [Read More!…]
- 7 Tips to Help You Transition when Major Company Changes Come
A common business practice seems to be more and more companies are always reinventing how things are done. Restructuring is very common place in the working world today. And, when change happens, that change can throw the workforce into a tailspin. Because of this practice, outside consulting companies are [Read More!…]
- 5 Customer Engagements Trending in 2017
Today’s must-have-it-now society has grown smarter and more knowledgeable about consumer arousal. Formidable techniques like flashy commercials and cute kids to endorse products are less entertaining and even less effective to push sales. Like within the shift on law enforcement to show video footage in order to quickly capture [Read More!…]
- Mistakes Happen at Work… How do You React?
Oops. You screwed up, or someone on your team did. Big time. Recently, a fellow small business owner was telling me a story about a trusted employee of hers who made a big mistake. She prefaced this story with the fact the two of them had worked together for [Read More!…]
- A Will to Overcome Fear Everyone Will Want to Read… Me & a Manatee
Part 1 – Overcoming Fear There are moments that change your life forever; events in which you instinctively know you will never be the same. This is my story about two species, each overcoming fears, and the ensuing spiritual exchange. It started on a sunny Florida morning. As the [Read More!…]
- Do You Agree Modern Business has become a Facade?
Business is just a façade. Really. Just a façade. Drive down any ‘old’ American ‘main street’ – you see rows of properties that look quite beautiful from a ‘full frontal’ view. But down the sides, even when houses are on a corner, not so much. The buildings are built [Read More!…]
- Painful Events, Stories & Company Culture
Stories can be powerful tools to shape behavior and dramatically communicate expectations. Wise executives continually seek for opportunities to capture and then relate a story that supports and illustrates the organization’s culture. If the story can be tied to a piece of physical support, then it’s even better. Here’s [Read More!…]
- 6 Practical Ways to Cut Training Costs
According to Training Magazine, U.S. companies spent $70.6 billion on training products and services in 2015. That’s a chunk of change. But even if you have a hefty training budget, it makes sense to spend it wisely. (Maybe you’ll have enough left over to hire Van Halen for the [Read More!…]
- Jumping On the Bandwagon: Businesses Distort Happiness Science with New Job Titles
A quick view of entry level position descriptions reveals a systemic misunderstanding by businesses and human resource departments of the source of happiness. I think they’re shooting themselves in the foot when they misuse the word happiness. At the very least, they reveal their lack of knowledge of the [Read More!…]