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Situation: Floods, hurricanes, tornados, or other disasters happen multiple times a year. Everyone seems to be weirdly blasé about the fact that they have no plan… Most older companies have some sort of disaster plan. Why? They understand that the loss of product, the inability to keep the company running, and the property damage from those disasters can be expensive. They don’t want to be one of the 25% of businesses that never reopen after a disaster, so they formulate plans on how their…

What made you start your own business? Working grueling long hours? Spending all your time at your desk? Probably not. You probably wanted to give yourself a life you love – and that life probably includes taking a vacation to somewhere fun and exotic once in awhile. In spite of having the ability to pick up and leave whenever, wherever, most small business owners tether themselves to the desk. If they do muster up the courage to step away, they’re not relaxed, worried about what’s…

Employee wellness remains a topmost concern for all organizations committed to employee welfare. Well-designed, quality and employee-driven health improvement programs repay your company in more ways than one. Employees are the cornerstone of a company’s success and growth. Employee satisfaction and well-being brings down attrition levels considerably, and improves overall productivity. If you want hard data, Society for Human Resource Management cites on the basis of peer-reviewed studies…

Today the way that we work is very different than it was for our parents. We are all trying to make it in this great big world and it seems as though some of us are failing. Thanks to telecommunications more people are able to own their own businesses today than ever before. While this is an amazing opportunity for many entrepreneurs, it can also be something that is very difficult to break into. There are many reasons that an executive suite might be the right choice for your next business…

If going to work feels like walking onto the set of “The Walking Dead,” leadership might be the cause of your office’s zombie apocalypse. Emphasizing the tasks you need employees to complete — instead of the end goals — can produce that effect. Traditional leaders are trained to be task-oriented. You manage, assign, track, and follow up on tasks, but this approach sucks the life out of your team members. It creates an atmosphere of drudgery, boredom, and monotony. Employees react by…

Management is not supposed to be easy. It would be if everyone you managed were of a similar disposition, hard working, collaborative and exceptionally talented. Unfortunately that is not the case. That situation probably wouldn’t even be management. It would be groups of highly motivated, diligent people working together. The reality is different and leadership training tools such as Everything Disc can be helpful. This personality testing tool is insightful for managers because it can help…

Many people think that the best negotiators are naturally hostile and aggressive. This is not usually the case. Aggression and emotion have little place in negotiation. It is essential to remain calm and focused when trying to close deals. Your opponent has to perceive you as being calm and detailed-oriented, but also experienced and well-informed. It is essential in everyday life to negotiate. In fact, we’re talking about a skill used daily by everyone. It is not viable to say “yes” to…

Publisher Channel Content by DIY Marketers   The 10 most often ignored triggers that tell you that it’s time to update your branding: You haven’t updated your logo, website or any marketing materials in the last 5 years Your customers are telling you your price is too high Your company name is “Yourname & Associates” If you were to grab your marketing materials or go to your web site and replace your name and logo with a competitors — no one would know the difference When…

 Publisher Channel Content by InternetReputation.com Your employees are the heart and soul of your business. They create your product, promote your company, serve your customers and work like brand ambassadors. When they’re on the job, they exemplify what your company is and what it stands for. And that stand-in role doesn’t end when your employees clock out for the day. If your employees are identified with your company via their social media sites, the things they do and say…

One of the best parts about being an entrepreneur is the opportunity to live out your passion and the freedom to make a living running a business the way YOU want it to operate. Yes, marching to the beat of your own drum feels REALLY good. Most of the time… The downside to being an entrepreneur is that you’re often left to take the lead on EVERYTHING yourself, which can take you away from doing the very thing you love most about your business. Really I just want to do what I want to…