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Do You Love Your Employees?

I love sharing the best of what I have learned in my long life and career.  Mostly, I speak about simple financial systems and UN-complicated business planning. However, in most of my presentations, the conversation settles on employees.  You need some help if you are going to clean up your financials, set up great scorekeeping [...]

Do You Love Your Employees?2016-12-01T14:55:07+00:00

Time To Hire Your First Employee?

Ready to go...UN-solo?  Perhaps you've been thinking about adding a new team member.  Maybe your first?  It can be a bit UN-nerving! Once upon a time, I hired phenomenal Shauna, and committed to TWO hours...a month! If you want to grow your company, or buy a bit of time off, bringing on a team member can [...]

Time To Hire Your First Employee?2016-12-01T14:55:08+00:00
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Lost a Great Employee to the Competition?

Oh, it breaks my heart when this happens:  A good team member...leaves.  A client of mine called and told me that one of his key team members resigned.  Let's call the employee Dan. (Know that that's not his real name, and this story is a mashup.)  Dan is a great guy and had been with [...]

Lost a Great Employee to the Competition?2016-12-01T14:55:09+00:00

Dumb Systems Torture Team Members

I travel a lot.  I appreciate when the hotel staff does a great job of making me comfortable.  Sometimes I don’t need a lot of care, so I will place the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.  Recently, after having done so, I hopped in the shower.  At which point someone started knocking on [...]

Dumb Systems Torture Team Members2016-12-01T14:55:12+00:00

Snappy Answers to Tough Questions – The Games People Play

Dear Ellen, We have a good compensation program at our company. The Salespeople get commission for their performance. Lately, it just seems to be a little bit stale. Like the team isn’t really motivated by the bonuses. What can I do to fire things up? Sincerely, “Lost the Spark” Dear “Sparky,” People love to play [...]

Snappy Answers to Tough Questions – The Games People Play2016-12-01T14:55:21+00:00

Are Your Employees Pushing the Boundaries? How to Curb Unacceptable Employee Behavior!

Recently I got this question from a concerned business owner regarding an employee: Dear Ellen, My one and only employee is always pushing the boundaries. He knows he is supposed to keep his uniform shirt tucked in. Today, he showed up with his shirt untucked. Even worse, underneath his white shirt he was wearing a [...]

Are Your Employees Pushing the Boundaries? How to Curb Unacceptable Employee Behavior!2016-12-01T14:55:22+00:00