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Cyber Insurance Has Gone From “Nice To Have” To “Must Have”

High profile data breaches continue to garner national headlines, shining an important spotlight on these persistent attacks against companies that safeguard personal information. While major breaches like the attack against Equifax are sensational in size and scope, each day much smaller businesses face their own onslaught of phishing emails that require just one mistake in order to expose sensitive data and wreak havoc for months. 


When Should Business Owners Consider Purchasing Their Office Space?

The decision to own or lease commercial real estate is one that all business owners make at the beginning of their venture.  And it is one they must continue to make at various stages throughout their career.  As with most business decisions, the best course of action is contingent upon a number of factors, such as current cash-flow, time in business, location, and the business owner’s long-term financial goals.  


Busting the Myth: The Majority of Small Businesses Fail in the First Year

“Most small businesses fail in the first year.”  This notion is guaranteed to instill fear in many that consider becoming entrepreneurs.  As an entrepreneur, I had to ask ‘how accurate is this statement?”  It turns out, not at all.  First, lets look at the facts.


Four Factors To Motivate Your Employees Daily

While a healthy paycheck contributes to employee satisfaction, money won’t keep the best employees if other more important aspects of their employment are not met, according to one of the nation’s principal authorities on leadership science.


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.


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.


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...

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