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Tough First Quarter? Transform Your Next One In Three Easy Steps

We’ve reached the end of the first quarter, and even though we’re only three months in, you may feel that you’ve already had a busy year. It’s tempting to keep going from one quarter to the next at your current pace. The reality is that when you don’t take some time to reflect and make adjustments, the rest of your year will be the same busy and exhausting experience.

Build a Powerful Employer Brand: A Conversation with Celeste Sirin

Let’s focus on business growth and we discuss the ever-growing business strategy called employer branding. We’ll get to understand what the experts mean when they walk about ‘employer branding’ and why it’s important for business leaders to pay particular attention to this area. We’ll also discuss the benefits of getting employer branding right and we’ll share success stories of businesses that boosted their brand and reaped the rewards.

What Will You Take Away From A Challenging Year?

“When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

We all had an unusual year that came with its own challenges. We learned how quickly things can change and impact our lives globally. We experienced change at an unprecedented rate. We’ve overcome hurdles that we didn’t know existed until it raised its head. It’s been an interesting year.

How Do You Manage Your Business Finances?

“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.” ~ Dave Ramsey

Many people start a business because they have a passion. They want to share this passion with the world and earn a living from it. They can only earn a living from it when it’s in a solid financial position. It can only be in a solid position when its financial activity is well managed.

Do Your Personal Values and Your Company Values Align?

“Values reflect what is important to the way you live and work.” ~ Anonymous

When we’re in the job market and looking for a company at which to work, we often look at the superficial aspects like salary, job title, location, work environment, benefits, etcetera. We rarely look at other important aspects such as the company’s values, leadership style, decision-making process, transparency and communication with its people. If you want to build your career with a company that aligns with who you are at your core, it’s important to understand these aspects.

Balance the Voices, Get True Business Value

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” ~ Ralph G. Nichols

We know that the workplace can be a very diverse environment that is made up of people who have different backgrounds, levels of experience, personality types, beliefs, etc. Having a diverse workforce is both a good thing and necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing business environment.

Will You Finish What You Start?

“Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.” – Denzel Washington

This year is coming to an end and we’re getting ready to enter a new decade. Every year seems to go by faster than the last and it can easily feel as though we haven’t achieved anything. As we get ready to enjoy the year-end festivities, we may also question if we’ve accomplished anything during the year.

You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

“First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” ~ Aristotle

To be effective in any area of life, we must set goals, measure and monitor our progress and make adjustments until we reach our goals.

The Importance of a Good Manager

Typically, an organisation appoints managers to lead its people, and get results that benefit the business, the team and the client. The role of a manager is loaded with responsibility and should not be taken lightly. To quote Voltaire, “With great power, comes great responsibility”. Too often, organisations assign this responsibility to individuals who are not the best fit. Being a good employee does not always equate to being a good manager.

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