The ten most frequently mentioned issues that employees say companies do poorly

September 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment  

The 10 mentioned issues are: 1. Poor management—uncaring and unprofessional managers; overworking staff; no respect, not listening, putting people in wrong jobs; speed over quality; poor manager selection processes. 2. Lack of career growth and advancement opportunities: no perceivable career paths; not posting job openings or filling from within; favoritism or unfair promotions. 3. Poor communication:... [Read more ...]

Making a Better World…and How Giving Recognition Contributes to Our Success

August 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment  

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist and poet who lived from 1803-1882.  He is one of the most often quoted speakers and writers of all time and I regularly defer to his wisdom.  The one thing that all of these skills and occupations have in common is great thinking- as they say, you are your thoughts!  So it is well worthwhile to consider that he described success... [Read more ...]

Risk and Research Factor (RnR Factor): When Hiring New Employees, Your Amount of Risk Depends on The Amount of Research

August 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment  

Hello Colleagues, Since this blog is my way to communicating my thoughts to the audience of business associates, friends, clients and website visitors I always like to start with a greeting knowing that there is a real people reading this. So hello again. Most of you who have met me, spoke with me (or may be heard about me) know that I choose the hard (and may be uncomfortable) truth that generates... [Read more ...]

Ten Tips for Effective Business Planning

July 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment  

I wrote my first business plan over 20 years ago in college, and I have learned a lot of things along the way helping companies to succeed as a former financier and now a business consultant. In my business plan book, I cover over 100 business plan mistakes and have just as many tips. Here are 10 of those important tips when developing and writing a business plan: Tip 1: Have a business mentor who... [Read more ...]

A Successful Business Plan Template

July 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment  

I have been writing business plans for over twenty years and have perfected a business planning process that works for most businesses and business plan purposes. The final result of that process is an eight section business plan. Here is the winning template for that business plan. You can adapt it for your business planning purposes and change the order of the sub-sections to meet your particular... [Read more ...]

Beating the competition with business consultants

July 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment  

Competition will always be a part of business . If you drive down the road you will see a gas station on just about every corner. If you notice, there is a slight difference in the pricing of their gasoline. One major retail chain may offer a 20% discount, while the other offers the same item with a 25% discount. Today, every consumer wants to save as much money as possible. If your company is struggling... [Read more ...]

Handling customers that demand too much

July 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment  

That type of customer will ask you to do infinite revamps to the layout you put up – be it to move an website element a few pixels over here, or change the type-face and vice versa – well you for sure recognize what I am talking about. This can not only be irritatingannoying, it also costs you costly time as well as money. Even thoug every client is different, here are some useful tips... [Read more ...]

A Young Gentleman Gets Arrested for Drunk Driving, Discusses Things With His Manager at Work About His Depression, and Gets Motivated to Turn His Life Around and Reclaim His Self Worth

July 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment  

Derek was recognized at work as really conservative individual who had an outstanding work record. He in no way attended any of the happy hours immediately after work and it was known throughout the department that he was quite a religious person who typically talked about the potential issues of alcohol abuse and alcoholism in our country. Try to imagine the surprise within the company when one Monday... [Read more ...]

The Top Eight Ways to Fail When Deploying a New Engagement Program

July 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment  

As I work with companies to engage their employees, I am constantly amazed how much implementation matters when it comes to putting in a new engagement program.   Take a close look at this list to see what you might be doing wrong.  If you see something that describes your process, it’s time to change! 1. Decide not to do an assessment, build a plan, set goals, or establish benchmarks. ... [Read more ...]

Can Mind Map Software DownloadReally Help Me?

June 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment  

When you are a small stage business owner, you know that you need to be on the outlook for any tool that can give you an advantage. Whether you are trying to sharpen your organizational skills or your creative skills, you will find that finding the right tools to help you is essential. Take some time and make sure that you call up how well free mind map software can help you. Mind map software can... [Read more ...]