Business Owners, Don’t Just Survive In Today’s Economy, THRIVE!
by Bernadette Boas - Jan, 2009
Over the past few months, especially few weeks, everyone from politicians, bankers, the Fed, and your neighbor are spewing advice regarding the state of the economy, your stock portfolios, and your own wallets. Sell, stick it out, pull it out, stuff your mattress, and more. I often feel compelled to do the same, the difference however is, it comes with a bit of tough love. No one can or will deny that the evaporating stock...
Business Planning to Success!
by Bernadette Boas - Jan, 2009
It never fails to surprise me. More like shock the daylight out of me. What is it? It is a business owner without a plan for his business. And, since I have absolutely no poker face, I am horrible at hiding my horror at the mere idea of it. I mean, if he or she got into a car to take a road trip from one city to another, they would certainly have a map (or a GPS). When they go to the grocery store, they bring their list...
Organizational Changes Can Offer Great Opportunities for Advancement
by Liz Handlin - Jan, 2009
Practically every time I turn on the news these days I hear about how “bad” the economy is. I am not sure if the economy is officially “bad” unless you are in the mortgage business but it is most certainly a time of change. There have been lots of notable mergers and acquisitions recently which are good for my business because as soon as employees get a whiff of major changes in management they hurry to update their resumes. K...
They Asked if They Could Have 5 Minutes...
by Rebecca Ryan - Jan, 2009
It seemed nonchalant. One of the YPs in the audience came up to me after my presentation and asked, "Could we just have a couple minutes of your time? We'd like to talk to you about something." It had that cryptic, keep-this-on-the-DL tone to it. I was intrigued. We sat down. There were six of them, elbows on the table, learning in like the eager, committed YPs they are. Then it started. "In the last two years, half...
Why Leadership That Counts is Needed Now, More Than Ever
by Chris Makell - Nov, 2008
Lehman Brothers, AIG, Bank of America buys Merrill Lynch, the housing crisis, mortgage mess, fuel and food costs, on and on… While it looks dire, the times are creating opportunities for more people to become true leaders – not just in business, but in their lives. Let’s examine leadership from the two perspectives, personally and professionally to see where you can gain the most from these changing times. The current Wa...
Creating Engagement — An Action Plan For Managers
by Joe Feest - Nov, 2008
In MRA’s “Leading An Engaged Workforce (LEW)” series we define employee engagement as, “The extent to which employees are committed to their job, organization, manager, co-workers, and working both harder and smarter rather than merely showing up to do what they’re obliged to do. Engaged employees contribute discretionary effort in accomplishing their objectives.” Then, in our LEW series we identify the seven drivers that mana...
Diversity – More Than Just A Notion
by Dr. Linda Burrs - Nov, 2008
Oh no, here we go again…not another diversity initiative…not another diversity article…not another diversity program! Sound familiar? What’s wrong with this scenario? The problem is that for far too long, diversity has been the “whipping post” for many issues in organizations that are not necessarily about diversity in and of them selves. Diversity Defined There are over six billion people on this planet we call Earth....
Creating a Retention Culture
by Barbara Giamanco - Nov, 2008
Holding on to your valued workers doesn’t end with a competitive paycheck. It requires an environment of great management, open communication, empowerment, and recognition. While the U.S. economy may be growing at a rate of 3-4% each year, employers are seeing a corresponding decrease in the availability of bright, talented 35- to 45-year olds. When you combine that with the idea that at any given time 75% of the employ...
Dealing With Fear In The Workplace
by Dr. Barton Goldsmith - Nov, 2008
“We have nothing to Fear but Fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt Since the financial crisis began, Americans are experiencing a new dynamic in their everyday lives - they are living with fear. This feeling is present in every area of our lives and creates new challenges for business leaders and professionals of all levels. Beyond the current losses in Real Estate and on Wall Street, we have lost something much more valu...
The Art of Professional Growth Counseling
by Joe Giordano - Nov, 2008
Professional growth counseling is the act of planning for the accomplishment of individual and professional goals within your organization. It is the cornerstone of succession planning and staff development and the key to ensuring the future success of your company. Professional growth counseling is a shared effort that involves managers and their direct reports jointly committing to performance related self-improvement. Ma...
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