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Build a Culture of Sanity and Safety

If you’re like most organizations, you spend a great deal of time measuring, monitoring, and rewarding results. That’s a good thing. A blip in one area - for example, assembly - negatively impacts packaging, warehousing, loading, delivery, etc. So, you set clear performance expectations then hold people accountable for them through constant modeling, vigilance, attention, coaching, praising, and redirection, every day.

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Common Purpose: The Key To Maximizing Your Team’s Performance

As a leader, you may have discovered that when your team is aligned around a common purpose, you get the best results. But what does this mean? The key is to understand that people yearn to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be part of something that matters, something significant and meaningful—because they want to feel like their life has meaning and significance.

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Want to Be More Self-Aware? Build a Better Team

work teamThere are lots of compelling reasons to build a better team. Great teams:
  • Deliver stronger results faster
  • Are more innovative
  • Challenge you to learn more quickly and be at your best
  • Are simply more fun
Recently, I found a new reason to build a better team – because most of us are surprisingly unself-aware. Researcher and author Tasha Eurich uncovered this disturbing statistic through her multi-year study on the topic of self-awareness: about 95% of us think we are quite self-aware, but only about 10% to 15% of us actually are! Read more...

Four Steps to Hit the Reset Button with Your Team in 2018

reset buttonThe New Year brings with it the opportunity for change, growth, and renewal. We commit to accomplish new goals or resolve to finally complete old ambitions. Most of us feel more optimistic at the beginning of the year. New Year’s Resolutions are expected. Gym memberships go through the roof in January. The “fresh start” feel of each new year is infectious. Read more...

Winds Of Change Require A Calm Manager With Coping Skills

calm managerIn today’s business world, the days of being set in your ways – as an employee and a manager – are long over. Change is a near-constant. Takeovers, downsizing and reorganizing can turn a company upside-down overnight, and those who remain have to embrace change in order to survive. And more than ever, managers have to be the steady hand when those beneath them are shaking with uncertainty. Read more...

3 Steps To Properly Insure Your Small Business In A Natural Disaster

natural disasterThe recent spate of natural disasters that devastated parts of North America included a violent variety of events. There were three major hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria – wildfires in Northern California, an earthquake in Mexico and tornadoes in Oklahoma.  Read more...

Preparing Your Business for the Holiday Rush

holiday sales strategyConsumers are continually increasing their holiday spending budgets year-over-year. With more sales opportunities than ever before, can your business handle the influx of orders, customers, and shipments? Here are 7 things your business can start doing now to prepare for the holiday rush. Read more...

Top-Down Problem Solving for Healthy Business

top downWhen I come into a new business, I know a good deal about what’s going, but I’m not arrogant enough to think I have it all figured out. To solve the problems plaguing the operation, I leverage the greatest asset any business owner has—the TEAM. The team is always my go-to problem-solving resource. Read more...

Tips for negotiating with vendors

vendor negotiationDuvi Honig, Founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, has enjoyed a sustained and successful career toiling in the business world. As head of an international organization whose mission includes advocacy, entrepreneurial training and networking opportunities for businesspeople worldwide, Honig is a well-respected leader in business environs. Read more...

The importance of written contracts

ContractLaw“Cutting corners in a contract situation will often cost you more than had you invested initially in the proper documentation because legal cures are more expensive than legal prevention,” says Greg Clement, a partner with the California law firm of Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George LLP. Read more...

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