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Why Is It So Hard to Keep My Best Talent?

Posted by Dawn Garcia on Jul 16, 2018 8:45:00 AM

We hear a few common challenges from clients all the time; one of them is "How can I keep my best talent?" The good news is that the answer is easy. The bad news is that there is no quick solution. We're in the midst of near full employment, yet there are still a number of great people out looking for work, who might be great additions to your team. You may have trouble finding them for the same reason that you have a hard time keeping the ones that you have - namely, that the temptations of others are greater than the pull to stay with you. Your situation is fixable, although it does take some work, and an openness to change. If you're ready, we'll give you the top three things you can do to make a difference, as soon as possible...

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Tags: Compensation, Top Talent, Performance Management Systems, HR/People Leadership, Business Leadership, Productivity

Do I have a really good strategic plan? How do I know?

Posted by Dawn Garcia on Jul 2, 2018 7:26:34 AM

If your business has been around for a few years, a strategic plan should be your road map to taking the company to the next level of growth and profitability. If you don't have one, don't really see the value in the process, or believe that the one that's been on the shelf for five to ten years is working for you, then this article is for you. A really good strategic plan develops from a process of deeply understanding your business within your industry, now, while considering the best future potential within the market. Without a really good strategic plan, your business success potential is limited. Every business should have one, regardless of size...

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Tags: business growth plan, Business results, consultants, Performance Results, business growth, Business Performance, business strategy, consulting practices, Financial Management, Business Leadership

Is GDPR still on your Business Compliance to-do list?

Posted by Dawn Garcia on Jun 24, 2018 11:40:57 AM


You've no doubt seen a flurry of privacy notice updates in your email in recent weeks. If you've been out of the loop on the newest data privacy regulation in the European Union, the pop-up notices on your familiar sites and tools might offer a clue to the scope of the GDPR regulation's implications. Every business that offers goods or services to consumers living in the EU, or that monitors the behavior of those EU consumers (targeted or inbound marketing) must be compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by May 25, 2018. Well, it's after that date, but only about half of the businesses that should be compliant are projected to be ready by the end of 2018. Is your business one of them? 

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Tags: small business, business growth, Technology, cybersecurity, business compliance, GDPR

Business Strategy: Better before Cheaper

Posted by Dawn Garcia on May 23, 2018 8:15:00 AM

We know that everyone is looking for value in purchases, however if given the choice of getting better quality in goods or services, or getting it cheaper, which would you choose? Most customers would prefer better quality once they've decided to purchase, even if it's a bit more expensive, because cheaper usually means lesser quality. As a business owner, is it a better strategy to deliver a product of higher quality or service, or at a lower cost? There's a simple business rule here - if you compete to be the lowest cost, you might win the race to the bottom, but you won't be in business once you get there...

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Tags: Performance Results, Pricing, Business Performance, new products, new services, Best Practices, Business Leadership

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

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