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Follow These 8 Cs to Make Your Team Great

 

Everyone gives lip service to teamwork – “they are on my team,” or “it takes a village” or “that shows real team effort.”

Have you often wondered what makes a great team player? We can name them right off the bat in sports, greats like LeBron James or Serena Williams. They know what they want and will do everything to succeed and move forward toward their championship goals. 

What about in business? Or in your office? Can you name a great team player…and most impor…

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Pay Attention to These 4 Processes to Maximize Company Growth

We have been through a tough 18 months – some businesses grew, some closed, while others stayed the same.

However, most business owners are looking toward 2022 as a growth year. So, if you are one of them, what do you need to do? Here are four sound strategies to consider.

Embrace Millennials

Here are three research findings your leadership team needs to be aware of:

  1. By 2022, Millennials will make up 50% or more of the global workforce
  2. Millennials are 3x more likely to sta…

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Give Some Thought to Volunteering

14 Tips and Tricks to Give Your Business Maximum Curb Appeal

When a prospect is driving up to your establishment for the first time, they are assessing you and your business. Naturally, therefore, it’s essential to take care of all the little items outside that will represent your business well.

Before you get started on better curb appeal, bring a notebook and walk around the entire perimeter of your business, including the yard. Be sure to view it from across the street.  Do this at three times; early morning, mid-afternoon, and evening (with l…

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6 Ways to Combat Stress in Our New Normal World

While most of what happens with the COVID-19 situation is out of your control, the following stress reducers are within your power and recommended by the World Health Organization to help you cope:

  1. Exercise. Go to the gym, streamline exercise apps or look on Pinterest for ideas. Getting out for a walk is also a good idea. Aim for thirty minutes of activity each day.
     
  2. Diet. Focus on keeping up on your water intake, eating healthy fruits and vegetables, and decreasing the number of…

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10 Key Ways to Keep Identity Theft at Bay

Cyber thieves have become slicker and smarter about accessing your personal information.

Let’s define identify theft, the different theft types, and the ten ways to prevent it from happening in the first place.

What is Identity Theft?

Identify theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information to impersonate you. The thief will do things like apply for a credit card, take your tax return or obtain medical services.

How is this Theft Detrimental?

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Elder Abuse: How to Spot, Stop, and Prevent it

According to the National Council on Aging, 10% of Americans 60 and older have experienced some form of elder abuse. To protect our seniors, we need to advocate and report violations when we see them.

This blog will address the different types of elder abuse, the signs associated with each one, and what to do to prevent this problem in the first place.

 

What is Elder Abuse?

It is the infliction of physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual harm on an older adult.

Physical:      …

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Help to Still Navigate Through the Coronavirus Crisis

 

Whether you’re working from home or going into the office, this pandemic is still stirring up many negative emotions for many Americans. But, most of all, the feelings of being unsettled are problematic.

One of the biggest problems is no one knows how long the pandemic will last or what long-term impact it will have on our lives.

So, what can we do?

The tips below are intended to help us adjust to our “new normal.”

 

Getting Through COVID-19

 

  1. Accept neg…

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How To Help Your Child Conquer Back-to-School Anxiety

Concrete Action Steps to Reduce Their Stress Levels
 

The supplies are purchased. New clothes ordered. Excitement is in the air...or is it? Perhaps the energy you are feeling from your child or children is worry or anxiousness associated with living with the pandemic, a new teacher, classroom, or bus routine.

 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 12% of children suffer from anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, anxiety only increases with age…

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Keep in Tip-Top Mental Shape as Your College Experience Begins

Parents: Imagine you're 18 or 19 years old again. You're moving hundreds or thousands of miles away from home to a new adventure – college. The expectation by everyone is that this will be a seamless transition. You'll prevail socially AND academically, providing such evidence of your happiness on social media.

It's important to note that clinical depressive disorders often surface in a person's late teens or early twenties when most enter the university environment. Depression is the s…

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Embrace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a Better Organization

This is the perfect time to reflect on ways to embrace and engage with others that aren’t like us. Today’s blog will identify many simple and not-so-simple ideas based on research gathered from KPMG, Cognizant, and a breakthrough study of sixth-graders from UCLA and the University of Groningen.

 

The DEI Maturity Curve

KPMG has identified five stages organizations go through before reaching maturity. How long each organization stays in each cycle depends on their level of commi…

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5 Sound Go Green Strategies

 

RECYCLING

  • Eliminate plastic water bottles. They end up in landfills.
  • Choose glass or aluminum items – they can be recycled endlessly.
     

GO PAPERLESS

  • Replace all printed materials with online editions.
  • Get rid of all printed signage and use digital signage.
  • Put all presentations on SlideShare.
  • Collaborate on Google Drive, Zoom, or Teams.
     

FOOD

Try to source food locally from a farmer’s market or other local entities. The closer the food sourc…

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All Children Should Learn to Code This Summer

 

Many things pull for the attention of parents and children during June, July, and August. Vacations, sporting activities, and downtime. However, setting aside at least one week this summer for your child to attend a tech camp designed to teach them how to code might be a turning point for them.

This post will explain the short- and long-term benefits of coding camps, especially for children and teens in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program.

 

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Walk the Talk

 

When you think of a used car salesperson, what comes to mind? Slimy, sleazy, a person that will tell you anything to close the deal?

In every profession, there are people you admire and people you don’t. And it doesn’t have anything to do as to whether you like them or not. It is something more.

What do these people you admire have in common? They say what they mean and mean what they say. Today’s blog will focus on the five elements of a person that walks the talk.

 

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In Honor of Earth Day: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

 

"Greening" your home or office involves some planning and collaboration. Below are ten tips that can make the earth greener and move toward the ultimate goal of reducing our carbon footprint.

 

  1. Stop printing!
    If you must have something printed, be sure you can recycle it later.
  2. Buy local.
    Locally owned companies stimulate the economy by creating local jobs. Also, there is no shipping, thus reducing carbon emissions.
  3. Use cloth tablecloths and napkins.
  4. Choose potted…

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How to Handle Negative Workplace Change

Coping with change is challenging, especially after the year we have just been through.

I’m not talking about the type of change that can be interpreted as a positive outcome, i.e., you receive that promotion you’ve been waiting for, the corresponding salary bump, and the ability to work from home, even now when we are on the heels of recovering from COVID-19.

However, what if you’re given more responsibilities without receiving any pay increase? What if you’re passed over for the …

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Forging Ahead in 2021

After just coming out of a pandemic year that was full of uncertainty, even with the best-laid plans, who could have predicted the trickle-down effect on small businesses?
 

Now that it looks like things are going in the right direction, what can your organization do to fend off being flat-footed in another crisis? Here are a few suggestions that might help.
 

First, one of the simplest things you can do is also the least expensive.
Ensure that every key member of your team has a…

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Build Better Employees By Granting Quiet Time

This has been quite a year. If you manage a team and work, all the better. However, given all the stressors COVID-19 has brought on, it is vital to the team's mental and physical well-being; they have quiet time to reflect on their challenges and spur creative juices, especially if you are all in the office.

Here are five ways to help build a culture of alone and quiet time.

Quiet Quotients

  1. Make vacation mandatory for every employee.
    According to Project Time Off, Americans w…

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It's Time to Work on Your Bucket List

By the middle of April, I will have received my two COVID-19 vaccines and been through the quarantine period.

Now is the perfect time for me to tackle my bucket list and start on the things I want to accomplish for the rest of the year.

Here are some ways to think about it.

Life Lists

Bucket lists are a very positive concept, a "life list" first created by famous adventurer John Goddard. When he was fifteen years old, he heard his father's friend reflect that there were things i…

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7 Telling Techniques to Handle Workplace Stress

By De-de Mulligan

As technology has progressed to make our life “easier,” most Americans are more stressed than ever, especially in our COVID-19 world! Workplace stress is considered the health epidemic of the 21st century, per The Huffington Post. What was supposed to help us work more efficiently and enable us to work outside the home has become the catalyst for more stress. We have tools to be faster, smarter, and in constant contact with our colleagues and customers, but with tha…

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