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8 tips for business owners during the holidays PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Budzynski   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:03

On Monday, Dec. 15, more than 607 million pieces of mail will be processed — and that’s just one day during this busy holiday season. Making sure your business is prepared to handle the chaos is essential to keeping your customers happy — and here’s how you can do just that:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:06
 
Just listen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marvin Montgomery   
Monday, 08 December 2014 16:44

I recently had the opportunity to hear Paul Dolan, chairman and CEO of the Cleveland Indians, speak at the COSE Small Business Convention at Kalahari Waterparks, Resorts & Conventions in Sandusky.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 16:46
 
Three common expense-tracking mistakes PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Olsen   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

It seems like tax time is fraught with last minute scrambling to gather business records for those who claim business deductions. The vision of sorting through receipts “mining” for deductions makes procrastinators out of all of us. Proper deduction tracking during the year is not as difficult as you might think. Avoiding these three common errors in expense tracking will help you prepare better and have less tax time stress.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:56
 
How to fully engage staff in five easy conversations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim Seeling Smith   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

Did you know that only a fraction of your staff bring their “A Game” to work every day? According to companies like Aon Hewitt and the Gallup Organization, this number is about 1 in 5. The rest? At best they are bringing their B or C games to work  —at worst, their main goal is to keep from getting fired.

 

This is the employee engagement crisis we now find ourselves in.

 

Countless companies dedicate a sizeable chunk of their annual budgets to solving their employee engagement issues, when in reality most engagement issues (as well as performance and behavioral problems) can be solved through conversation — five conversations to be precise.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:37
 
Learn from hardship and transform the workplace (and your life) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anne Grady   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00

My mentally ill son has dealt with extreme rage issues his whole life, even as a very young child. In order to cope with this new reality, support my son and maintain a safe and happy home, I had to — by necessity — come up with workable solutions to move beyond the most heart-wrenching difficulties and create a better life for my family and myself.

 

The experience of working through this hardship resulted in a series of tips for working smarter (not harder), improving productivity and defining priorities and goals. What’s my new philosophy? "Be proactive, not reactive."

 

 

While crazy can't be eliminated completely (we're all a little wacky), there are strategies that can absolutely transform the way the people in organizations work together. Here’s are my five tips for improving your work/life balance.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 14:06
 

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