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The 4 Entrepreneur Personality Types

July 15, 2019


There are so many misconceptions, stereotypes and blatantly wrong factual information floating around that its no wonder all entrepreneurs get slapped with a bad reputation label. The discrimination runs deep but thanks to a swift and positive upswing in the dominant demographical markets, these ideals are rapidly changing for the better.

We’re not all bohemian, airy-fairy, dream-chasers, who will likely crash and burn. If that’s what you believe, I’m here to tell you that you’ve got it all wrong. Until recently, everyone from financial lenders to the tax man treated the entrepreneur with an underlying tone of distrust or at least with caution tape.

All hail the Boomers and Millennials for infiltrating the entrepreneurial world with gusto. These demographic markets are not only the dominating force in society at the moment (dictating the sway of masses), they’re also embracing the need to create and build their own future, forge their own path, and the cherry on top is their seemingly innate ability to do so. As if they were born for this moment in history. As Amazon gobbles up retail and corporate America, the “new kids in town” aren’t hesitating to reinvent the wheel.

What to expect

  • Debunking Entrepreneurship Myths: Here we will debunk the stigmas and taboos surrounding entrepreneurialism that have society at large believe the self-employed are crazy risk-takers with no sense of direction or real purpose.
  • Substitute Risk with Truth: Find out what it means to be an entrepreneur and what it takes to be successful. It’s not about chasing a whimsical idea. It can be a sound, solid, executable and fulfilling opportunity to live your truth, instead of someone else’s.
  • Bring Your Gifts to the Table: Being an entrepreneur isn’t only for the hard-core risk-takers or risk-seekers who live for the thrill of the experience. Nor,
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Three Leadership Podcasts You Should be Listening to

July 15, 2019


We’re neither here nor there; we’re on our way from one point to another, usually sitting in traffic, reading email on a train or bus, or simply zoning out in the back of a shared carpool.

In my opinion, this in-between time offers the perfect opportunity to brush up on your leadership skills, take on a fresh perspective, and really dig deep into the things that matter the most to you in business. The best way to do that is to find some great podcasts to listen to as you shuttle from one place to another.

Podcasts are booming

You have probably overheard all of your coworkers and friends talking about podcasts lately. That’s because podcasts have seen a significant uptick in popularity in the last few years. 

Podcasts are easily consumable when you are on the go. Whether you have 15 minutes or an hour-and-a-half, you can find a podcast that will meet your needs, feed your interests or teach you something new.

Podcasts also fit comfortably into our busy daily lives. On your way to pick up the kids after work? Listen to part of a podcast. Waiting for your train from the city? Dive into that article you couldn’t read by listening to the interviews on a podcast. Anytime you want to make the most of that in-between space, you can just plug in a pair of headphones or connect your smartphone to your car and take advantage of any sort of downtime you might have. You can choose an educational podcast, something light and funny, a dark mystery, or something that lifts your spirits. It all depends on how you want to spend your time.

Podcasts have also begun to help build communities of people who share similar passions and interests. In an increasingly separated, divided, …

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How to Empower Your Team To Use Technology From Top to Bottom

July 12, 2019


After mapping out your business specifications, securing executive buy-in, and carefully managing the project, your work is still only half done. 

One of the biggest factors in successfully adopting technology occurs after the implementation itself: training. If you don’t have a training plan in place, your new solution is unlikely to be adopted across your company and you won’t enjoy all the benefits of the digital transformation.  

The key is to take a process-centric approach, which will allow you to cover all your bases and provide your entire team with training that makes them feel confident using your new technology.

Read on to learn how to develop your training plan – from choosing the right methods, materials, and resources, to facilitating your digital transformation into the future.  

Forming the outline of your training plan

You should start developing your training plan long before the technology solution is deployed. Ideally, your training plan will start to take shape as soon as the design for the new technology has been finalized. At this point, you will have a good idea of how the technology will function and how it will be used by your entire team, which is critical information for a comprehensive training plan. 

Now is the time to think about your employees – the end users. There are two important factors any good training outline must address: the technical skill level of the end users, and the array of learning styles of the end users.

Think about your end users’ technical skills

Your teams use technology in different ways and for different purposes. As a result, your employees will vary greatly in terms of their technological knowledge, familiarity, and comfort. Take all competencies, skills and use cases into account as you build an outline for the training plan. This …

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Expand Internationally By Leveraging Local PEO Services

July 10, 2019


• A PEO can assist you with payroll, benefits and human resources support for your business
• PEOs take care of your overseas human resource requirements through a co-employment model
• A PEO can take care of the needs of your staff abroad and make sure your business stays compliant.

Through a co-employment model, these organizations offer comprehensive human resource services abroad for business without a physical presence in the country. This is especially helpful for businesses who want to “dip their toe” in a new market but aren’t yet committed to building an office. Having flexible human capability in a new market can be the difference in your success.

Smaller business should look at what a PEO can bring to their work environment. Overseas employees can access benefits offered by (often larger sized) PEOs and have a localized support network. Understand what assistance you can find in a PEO and how they can support your business success.

What’s a Professional Employer Organization?

Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) take care of your overseas human resource requirements through a co-employment model. They support smaller businesses seeking to employ people in a country they don’t yet have a physical footprint in. This enables businesses to focus on their core operations and staff at home.

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A PEO partner can pay your overseas employees’ wages on your behalf. They can also offer staff benefits offered in larger companies, such as health subsidies and training. Your business can relax about foreign tax and employment regulations; a PEO takes care of this too.

Working alongside a PEO

A PEO can take care of the needs of your staff abroad and make sure your business …

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How to Create a Positive and Productive Company Culture

July 1, 2019


The first thing you need to do is to recognize your culture for what it truly is as opposed to what you would like it to be. You then need to assess what it brings to the organization so you can decide what elements to keep and build on, and what you need to leave behind. After that, you can take the necessary steps towards transformation. Read on to understand exactly how each of these steps work.

Step 1: Embrace your culture for what it is.

If you want to create a positive and productive company culture, do not start out with a deck full of utopian values such as humble, honest, hard-working, driven, ethical, bold, brave, understanding, loving or caring. Yes, many organizations have amazing characteristics, but they have crappy ones as well. Listing these lofty ideals as valued behaviors will lead to an inauthentic organization where people are unable to really live up to the idealized behaviors.

Once you have gotten over the idealized model of what your culture looks like, it’s time to get to know your company for what it is. Chances are, you are not going to like a lot of what you find. You may find tremendous work ethic, but you may also find lots of procrastination. You may find humility, but also a lot of focus on self-marketing. You may find bold people, but you may also find people who play it safe. The bottom line is that the first step towards creating a positive and productive culture is seeing it exactly how it is, for all its beauty and all its ugliness.

Take our company as an example, we have incredible resourcefulness. But this resourcefulness stems out of the fact that we are a fluid organization that can feel very chaotic to …

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How to Make Remote Employees Feel More Connected

June 27, 2019


With so many positives, it’s no wonder why remote work is becoming more and more popular. Research from Owl Labs, 16 percent of global companies are fully remote and 40 percent partially remote. Those numbers are only going to keep rising as more people realize the benefits of remote work.

But, with all the benefits of remote working, there come struggles as well. When your team members are working from their homes in different locations, they’re missing out on connecting with each other and the company as a whole. A Harvard Business Review study of 1,100 employees, found that remote employees are more likely to feel that colleagues mistreat them and leave them out. If your remote workers are experiencing these feelings, it could decrease their productivity and negatively affect company morale.

Building strong connections is a key part of building a strong business. Here’s how to make your remote work team feel more connected.

Use communication tools.

Your remote workers need to be able to easily communicate with each other. Sending off an email and waiting to receive the response just won’t cut it in today’s work environment. In order to make your remote workers really feel connected, you need to make sure you’re using remote working tools for communication. One of the most popular remote working tools is Slack. Slack is a type of instant messaging tool where conversations are organized into channels. These channels allow you to organize communications based on teams, projects, or even office locations. Implementing a communication tool, such as Slack, will allow your remote workers to feel like they can get a hold of someone quickly if they need to.

Aside from creating Slack channels based on teams and projects, you should also create some general or family channels that allow your remote …

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Beware of Past Decisions' Future Impact

June 19, 2019


 

No, instead it’s full speed ahead with launch, building and growth. The hope that all your hard work – the late nights, the early mornings, making the tough calls and taking chances – will pay off financially is there, but it seems so distant that it’s easy to ignore for years.

Eventually, the day comes to leave the helm. Your company’s value and sales price come down to EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). Whether you’ll sell to an unrelated party or transition to the next generation of family ownership, the ghosts of these decisions past, marketing and otherwise, can come back to haunt you.

Naming your business

It’s your business, and it is a source of pride for it to carry your name. However, if your long-term game is to sell it, consider a less personal and more widely appealing name. Philip Jones will be less inclined to buy John William’s Engineering than he would Windward Engineering. Tying a business to a person’s name for any length of time is difficult to unwind after a business sale.

Putting a Face to the Name

Similar to associating your name with the business, putting yourself front and center of your brand and advertising can make it difficult to for a new owner to step in and take control. Being present in your company helps create and sustain a culture that attracts customers, employees, investors and buyers, which adds value. However, being the face of it, especially if you’re active in the community can prove to be too big of shoes for future owners to fill who’ll most likely prefer to put their stamp on it versus being in your shadow, literally.

If your name and/or face is already associated with your business, expect a buyer to offer a significantly …

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4 Ways to Motivate Your Employees in 2019

June 12, 2019


Unfortunately, according to Gallup research, just one-third of U.S. employees feel engaged at work.  

Clearly, the challenge is figuring out what motivates your people. And it’s not as simple as paying them more money either. Yes, compensation is absolutely important, but so too is something like recognition, which, according to a Salesforce study, is an important motivating factor, so much so that 70 percent of employees would work harder if they were recognized for their work

While motivational factors have changed over the years, research tells us that many workers today will agree on a number of things that drive satisfaction on the job.

1. Work-life balance

Work-life balance is a big deal to today’s employees. According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, work-life balance is one of the biggest predictors of happiness.

But work-life balance can mean any number of things to different people. For some, it means having a flexible work schedule, allowing them to work from home on some days or set their own days off. For others, it means having access to exercise facilities for free. Some people may even want childcare facilities in the workplace so they can bring their kids to work. 

It’s here where research comes in. You can read all day about how other companies managed to turn their workforce around and maximized their human capital, but basic HR will tell you that their experiences will not necessarily reflect how your employees will respond to the techniques you might pick up along the way and attempt to implement.

Before you start making grand plans to create motivated and passionately productive employees, you’ll want to take a step back and assess the psychographics of your workforce. One way to do this is to send out questionnaires asking employees about their idea …

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How to Build Organizational Resilience

June 10, 2019


The fear of burnout means companies are increasingly aware that building resilience strategies for their leaders and employees will be key in navigating this market turbulence. Research shows that high levels of leadership resilience correlate with higher job satisfaction, organizational commitment and work engagement; but few companies fully understand just what resilience is or how best to cultivate it in their workplace. Rather, many employ decades-old management practices that are stubbornly out of touch with today’s workforce.

Contrary to popular belief, resilience is not an inborn quality; it’s a skill that requires practice. Here are three ways a company can begin to build resilience among its leaders and employees.

1. Resilience needs to start at the top.

An organization’s leaders must talk the talk and walk the walk. They must model best practices and provide their employees with the language they need to think and talk about resilience. Leaders should build strong relationships with and among their employees, which in turn will create stronger support systems for workers to rely on in stressful situations. They must not wait to begin forming those connections during or after a crisis.

Innovative organizations dedicate time to both the initial learning efforts and conversations about what employees are learning. Conversations should be designed around helping employees debrief about what they have accomplished so far and forecast where they should go next. Leaders must learn to tolerate failure and mistakes, knowing their team is working hard to move forward.

2. Go beyond simple “well-being” practices.

Many organizations already recognize the importance of supporting their employees’ well-being. It is increasingly common for companies to provide their workers with free fitness classes, nutrition education or occasional visits from a masseuse. They may provide employees with mindfulness courses or give them extra time off from work. These are …

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Emotional Intelligence is the Key to a Successful Company Culture

June 7, 2019


Research shows that 95 percent of human resources managers believe that that EQ is critically important because it enables people to regulate their own emotions. Workers who are adept at coping with their feelings are more inclined to show empathy and understanding to their colleagues, and better at conflict resolution. Instead of needing constant oversight and mediation, they know how to tactfully address problems and how to encourage their coworkers’ best attributes.

Why emotional intelligence matters to culture 

The definition of emotional intelligence is “the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions” and those of others. Emotionally intelligent people are essential to a great corporate culture. You cannot build a dynamic, forward-thinking company if your entire team is constantly anxious, in conflict, or subtly (and not-so-subtly) sabotaging one another. 

When you hire people based not only on skill and job experience but EQ as well, you nurture a self-sustaining culture of greatness. These people want to excel, and they’re self-aware enough to know where they need to improve. They’re confident in their abilities and committed to the company’s collective success, not just their own.

Therefore, they’re keen to connect with their peers and their clients, recognizing that they are more effective when they build real relationships. Then, when problems arise, they approach them rationally and compassionately, instead of pointing fingers and wasting the company’s time and resources. 

How EQ manifests in the workplace

Here are the ways EQ shows up in strong teams:

Recognition of strengths and weaknesses: Great soccer coaches don’t just say, “This guy is a midfielder and this one is a goalie.” They understand why each person is in that position and can articulate exactly what skills they bring to it. They have a holistic view of how each individual works as part of the …

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