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Team Effort

We have all heard the saying that “There is no ‘I’ in Team,” and there is literal and figurative truth to that statement. Your company is made of many departments that need to cooperate and work together for a common goal. If those departments are or become a workplace silo, then the saying “There is no “I” in team” may have a reply of, “Yes, but there is a ‘me.’” Workplace silos occur when your departments fail to share important information between themselves, causing their priorities to become misaligned. So it’s no......

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The Kindness Culture

Three things: A Quick thought – A Story – A Kindness Culture

A Quick Thought:
We all talk about getting our customers to like and trust us. It all starts with genuinely treating people with kindness because it's the right thing to do. Believe it or not, sometimes kindness is not a given. To some, it comes naturally all the time. It is part of their being. To others, it depends on what mood they are in. And some even need to be trained that it is the right thing to do.
A Story:
Michelle Hogan......

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How to Crush Christmas Objections

Christmas is right around the corner, and we all know what Christmas brings with it! Objections!  Yes, tis the season for the Christmas Objection. Once a year, your client gets to dust off the old excuses from last Christmas and bring them out one-by-one.  Here are some of the classics you can expect to hear this year:

  • “Maybe after Christmas” This one is a tried and true classic. It offers no explanation and no real excuse. 
  • “I just don’t have the time right......

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How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

I really struggled to write this article. I wanted to write something about New Year’s Resolutions and what we need to do to regroup and focus on our business and ourselves. Researching this, I found plenty of articles for inspiration, too many. You don’t need another article on starting the New Year off on the right foot and how to analyze your successes and failures of the past year. So, assuming you have or are in the process of choosing your resolutions, I am writing to give you tips on sticking......

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Goldfish and Business Myths

My dad went to the pet shop and purchased 15 goldfish over the summer. He doesn’t have an aquarium; he’s never been into ‘fish,’ but he thought his grandkids (who happened to be spending a lot of time at his house over the summer months while out of school) would enjoy swimming in the hot tub with the fish! As you could guess, in Georgia, in the summer, the family hot tub becomes a cold tub and is used more for a grandkid splash pool on the deck.  I saw a......

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Did You Find Everything You Wanted?

Within a four-mile radius of our house, there are 17 grocery stores. Of those, I frequent three. Not because I want to, and not because I like shopping, but because none of them carry everything I want. The three I go to most are Sprouts, Tom Thumb, and Trader Joe's. All of them have the plusses and minuses, each has their idiosyncrasies, but there’s one thing all have in common: when I check out, the checker always asks, “did you find everything you wanted?” or some variation of that question. When......

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We have all heard the expression, “don’t try, just do.” So, “try” many times has a negative connotation.  Especially when knowing that doing, and not just trying, will have a positive outcome. For example: “I’m going to try to eat healthier” or “I’m going to try and exercise more.” In both cases, doing it will have great health benefits, so “don’t try, just do.” I would suggest that when it comes to taking risks, “try” can have a more positive connotation because the outcome may result in success or failure, and......

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Your Candidate Lost, Now What?

I’m writing this at 7:35 am on November the 3rd. Which means I have no idea if your candidate won or lost. What I do know is that some people are very happy right now, and some are very upset. And, I imagine that social media is being set afire with very strongly worded opinions about the results. This short message is meant for the leaders of the world; the entrepreneurs that set the tone; the managers, CSRs, techs, sales pro, and administration members that are to lead-by-example. Hopefully, this will......

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Employee Burnout and How to Avoid it

In the past week, in conversations with contractors, two have mentioned that the 'feel' of their office has changed. When asked to clarify, the explanation was remarkably similar.  The mood or energy seems off like a dark cloud had settled over their business.   They both realized that the situation wasn't caused by their job, it was an accumulation of everything that has been going on in the past few months.  To combat the onset of employee burnout, both owners invested in counseling for their employees. Not equipment training. Not sales coaching.......

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Tech Lead Turnover - Do You Have a Process for That?

“Hey, Johnny, thanks for fixing our sink; it’s working great. And by the way, when you get back to your shop – mind asking someone to give me a call with a price for my fireplace?  Don’t you have people that work on those? The season is changing, and I was having problems with it last year – I want to make sure it’s safe so we can start using it!” Johnny, of course, responded to his customer, Mr. Zock, with a smile, assuring him that, “Of course, absolutely, it would be my......

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