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You Can Master Your Email in 3 Easy Steps!

Posted by Dawn Garcia on May 16, 2018 8:15:00 AM


Do you wake up thinking about the email that you didn't send and should have, or that appointment that you meant to make, and didn't? We've all been there. When we get 200-400 or more emails a day, something has to give. Keeping these items in your brain is not an effective system though...it's time to use technology to simplify, reduce and eliminate your clutter. The key to productivity and credibility in the 21st century is to use system tools. We've compiled some simple best practices that you can use to master your email, and recoup hours for years to come! Ready? Let's get started!

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Tags: Time management, Performance Management Systems, HR/People Leadership, Business Leadership, Productivity

Are You Ready To Launch Your Side Hustle?

Posted by Dawn Garcia on Apr 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Let's be honest. How many of you have the dream of owning your own small business? Nearly everyone envisions it at one point in our lives. For some, it's been a dream or a vision under wraps for years. Maybe someday we will finally get the guts to make it our full-time gig. If you've always dreamt of having your own business, there is a way to do it. Here's the brutal truth though - you need to have a great idea or skill, a nest egg of cash to live off of, and you need to be willing to work hard, really hard. As a small business owner with a bit of entrepreneur, I can share from experience that it's been the most enjoyable time of my life. It's also been one of the most challenging. Along the way, I've identified some tactics that have worked in my situation, and I've helped many others as well...Are you ready to launch your side hustle now? If so, let's make it an awesome launch with some expert tips...

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Tags: business, Business networking, business plan, business processes, Business Skills, business growth, Business Performance, business strategy, Business Leadership, Business Start-Up

Successful Women Leaders - What's Their Secret? 

Posted by Dawn Garcia on Mar 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM


We work with a lot of women-owned businesses and female corporate leaders, and we're pleased with that trend. Why? Because women make great business leaders and owners. If you've seen statistics that show otherwise, the difference is largely in the size and types of  businesses. From our experience, if two businesses are equal in all other areas, a female leader will outperform a male leader. Marcus Lemonis of The Profit agrees. A recent study even showed that having at least one female board member reduced corporate bankruptcy risk by 20%! That doesn't mean that all women, or men for that matter, are great business leaders. There's a skillset and mindset that makes the difference, and there's a path to get there that works for both genders. If you're curious about what it takes, here are the pearls...  

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Tags: Business networking, Development, talent management, Human Resource Management, Leadership, networking success, Presentation skills, Professional skills, Top Talent, HR/People Leadership, Business Leadership

Industrial Revolution: Is AI Coming for Your Job?

Posted by Dawn Garcia on Mar 5, 2018 8:30:00 AM

We all appreciate the conveniences of technology, and the time that it saves us at work, but there are some aspects of the impending fourth industrial revolution with artificial intelligence (AI) that may be personally scary. Your position just might be one of those replaced by a computer or robot in the near future. Don't believe it? Unless you have a position that deals with unique decisions, judgments and activities, your role may be at risk. Don't panic though; get positioned for the future, which might be an even better position! In this article, we'll begin to separate the facts from fiction, so that you can put a plan in motion to protect your income from the inevitable AI transformation...It may just be a good thing!  

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Tags: Business Skills, change management, talent management, Business Performance, business strategy, Human Resource Management, Innovation, Leadership, Professional skills, strategic plan, Training, Business Leadership, Artificial Intelligence, Technology

All Eyes Are on You...Wow Them in That Big Presentation!

Posted by Dawn Garcia on Feb 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM


There is only one thing that is more terrifying to many people than death - public speaking. Yet, the ability to make an effective presentation is an essential business skill that will either help you to be wildly successful, or will limit your goal achievement. The good news is that anyone can become an effective presenter. All it takes is a great story, the ability to engage your audience in conversation, and a relevant, interesting topic. You can control all of these, and should if you have a big presentation coming up soon. When all eyes are on you, it'll be just like when you're talking with some friends, and telling them your story. If you keep that attitude in mind, this will be a walk in the park. Whether you've just been asked by your boss to make a presentation to the board of directors, or you need to make that awesome sales presentation to a major prospect, here's how to do it with panache! 

What's Your Key Message?

The first step in delivering that awesome presentation is to get razor focused on your message. Why were you asked to speak, or what's the specific goal of your presentation? Begin with the end in mind. Know exactly what is meaningful for you to speak about, and the feeling that you want to create within the audience. Chances are, you have a general idea of what you need to talk about. The person who asked you to speak may have some specific areas of interest that they'd like you to cover as well. Ask them, and consider their goals as you refine your message. Clearly, they believe that you have a unique story to tell that would be of interest to the audience. Now, try these tips to wow them: 

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Tags: Business Skills, consultants, Public Speaking, marketing, networking skills, Presentation skills, professional skills, Speaking, Effective Presentations

Blockchain: Ready for Business Disruption? 

Posted by Dawn Garcia on Feb 18, 2018 12:10:16 PM

Have you heard of blockchain yet? Bitcoin and blockchain have been making headlines on the investment market, yet maybe you didn't think this was mainstream yet. It's coming, and it will be business disruptive very soon. Imagine a world where your identification, financial transactions, and contracts are all maintained and seamlessly managed on a shared digital platform. Blockchain will soon change your world, at home and at work.

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Tags: business processes, business strategy, Financial Management, Innovation, Process Improvement, strategic plan, Business Accounting, Blockchain

Stop Wasting Money on Top Talent Acquisitions!

Posted by Dawn Garcia on Feb 6, 2018 8:40:00 AM

As the owner or CEO of your company, could you be paying too much for your top leadership talent? If you pay too much, you're impacting your bottom line. If you pay too little, you'll miss out on a great hire, or you'll lose them too soon. Getting it just right is an art. Or, maybe you just need a better system. The right talent is key to business success, and you can't afford to mess this up. Take a quick tour of a systematic process to achieve your top talent acquisitions, without wasting money...

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Tags: Business Skills, On-boarding Process, talent retention, business strategy, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Best Practices, Compensation, Top Talent, Performance Management Systems

The Secret to Becoming a Power Networker  

Posted by Dawn Garcia on Jan 28, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Let's face it. Some of us love to connect with new people, and some are terrified at the prospect. While most of us seek to continuously enhance our skills and abilities as a networker, networking prowess may be illusive. Like other business skills, success at networking requires practice, refinement, and a mindset that recognizes the value of relationships over transactions. Power networkers build strong relationships first, knowing that more sales will follow as a result. Developing an open mindset to networking is key. Let's see the difference... 

The Scene

You've just arrived at a networking event and walked into a room of 300 people. Some of them you know a little, most not at all. As you walk in the door, you scan for familiar faces. Great, you saw a couple of people that you know. You head over to them, exchange pleasantries, and launch into deeper conversation. You grab some refreshments, and head to the same or a different comfortable group of friends. Before you know it, the room begins to empty out, and you leave feeling that you've wasted your time. You're right, you did.

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Tags: Business networking, business skills, effective networking, networking effectiveness, professional networking, small business, Leadership, Networking, networking mindset, networking skill, networking success, Presentation skills

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