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For many companies, the holiday season is the perfect time to show employees that their work is appreciated in the form of a special bonus. From cash to extra time off, there are a wide variety of ways to compensate your workforce for a year’s worth of hard work. So, for our November question of the month, we want to know what type of holiday bonus you plan to give your employees this year. Let us know by voting in our poll.

This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond continues on the topic of “vision” and discusses his concept of “visionary leadership.” He also shares a personal anecdote about how a legendary business leader and motivational speaker once showed him that even when you’re at the top, you still have to make a commitment to learn.

According to Walter:
“Leaders, you have to understand, you set the tempo. If you want your organization to grow, you must grow first. You need to set the example.”

How do you set an example for your employees? What are some ways you ensure you continue to learn? Let us know in the comments section below. Read More→

From employee and business contact names to speaking points for your next big presentation, if you’re like many leaders, there’s probably a lot of activities vying for valuable real estate in your brain. So, here are some ways to help boost your memory and retain important information.

Stop cramming
According to Miller’s Law, the average number of objects we can hold in our working memory is seven – give or take two. Beyond that, performance on memory tasks tends to fall off. So, while it may have gotten you through a few college exams, cramming in as much information at the last minute isn’t the best way to create long-term retention.

Instead, you’re better off learning new information slowly and more intentionally. For example, if you’re preparing for a big presentation, set up regular study times in advance and try to replicate the actual environment you will present in as close as possible. The regular repetition in actual conditions will more thoroughly imprint the content in your memory. And because you’re not struggling to simply recall crammed information, your presentation will flow naturally, and you’ll be perceived as more knowledgeable about the topic. Read More→

Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing firm, released survey findings that reveal how long recent college graduates stay in their first job after graduation.

More than three-quarters, 77% of franchises surveyed in the U.S. and Canada, said they expect a recent graduate to stay less than a year in his or her first job. In he U.S., only 23% think the average graduate stays for more than a year, while in Canada, the number drops to 22%.

Findings come from the 2014 editions of the “America Employed” and “Canada Employed” surveys of Express franchises across the U.S. and Canada. Respondents were asked to say how long “the average graduate” will “stay in their first career job following graduation.” Full results are below. Read More→

This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond continues on the theme of “vision” and discusses what it means to have game-changer vision and why it’s often good to be disruptive.

According to Walter:
“If you’re going to be a great visionary, if you’re going to be an innovator, you have to understand something – you have to predict the future. Now, you don’t want to roll the dice. You don’t want to have to be a gambler, but somehow, someway in your industry relative to the information available to you, you have to be able to predict the future.”

Check out Walter’s full message below:

How do you predict the future? What do you do to ensure you’re taking care of your “eternal customers?” And what are some ways you invest in “visionary thinking” in your workforce? Let us know in the comments section below. Read More→

An easily identifiable logo is a valuable tool for any company. From swooshes to golden arches, many brands need little more than a simple graphic to represent themselves or evoke an emotional response from its customers.

Have you ever wondered what led to the creation of some of the world’s most iconic logos? Check out this infographic from FinancesOnline.com for some unique insight and behind-the-scenes information on what makes a great logo and how famous brands have evolved throughout the years. Read More→

In September, we asked our readers how they plan to handle the extra workload during the holiday season and of those who are affected by seasonal upswings, 30% said they will manage with their current staff, but offer overtime/incentives. Another 10% plan to hire temporary workers through a staffing company like Express Employment Professionals, 3% will outsource projects, and 2.7% say they will hire additional full-time employees.

The Holiday Shopping Season is Approaching
While the holidays don’t affect every business, one sector that is always significantly affected is retail.

The Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, recently released their findings from their survey of retailers on expectations for the 2014 holiday season.

According to the results, 24% of retailers predict a significant increase in year-over-year sales during the holiday shopping season, and 70% plan to hire workers at the same levels they did in 2013 to accommodate the increased business volume. Read More→

This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond builds on last week’s message about “Vision” by discussing ways to help ensure your vision becomes reality.

According to Walter:
“Your vision is always going to be relative to who you are. So, don’t you be ashamed. Don’t you be afraid. Don’t you be embarrassed by anything, because any level of success you have … it is to be counted as all joy.”

“I want you to understand something very important, before you begin to pursue a new level of success, before you begin to pursue with vigor this next level of your life, your family, your company, your business, I want you to celebrate where you are right now.”

Check out Walter’s full message about vision and courage below:

What are some ways you stay accountable to your vision? How do you inspire your employees to achieve theirs? Let us know in the comments section below. Read More→

We are creatures of habit. So much so, in fact, we sometimes find ourselves pursuing completion for completion’s sake. Whether in relationships, work endeavors, or leadership capacities, many of us try to make something work when it should be forfeited. Maybe, you’re too far in the game and feel you’ve already invested too much time and money to quit a current project. Maybe you stuck your neck out for that up-and-coming top talent, but he or she just isn’t making the cut. Or, maybe you’re adamant on succeeding in your current role against all odds. Because of our habitual nature, we tend to keep trying the same thing, yet continue to expect different results. Sooner or later, you need to cut your losses and stop trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

Not the Right Project
Planning ahead in business is crucial to success in the current, fast-paced work environment. Setting goals for where we want to go and what we want to accomplish is the first step in building a vision for your team. However, the minute details of what it takes to satisfy the goals you’ve set for your company is where things can get dicey. In this stage, it is vital to remain fluid in your approach by continually examining whether the current project will help you reach the end goal or is, simply put, a fox hole. Is the media campaign you’ve poured numerous resources into not yielding the outcome you expected? Is the IT department’s new mobile app not making your customer’s experience easy? Are consumers not biting at the new product you’re pushing? It may be time to scrap the project and start over. Read More→

Identifying Success

We live in a consumer society. We are judged and measured based on what we buy, how often we buy, and everything we have. There are countless promotional and advertising images thrust upon us daily designed to make us feel inadequate so that an imaginary heretofore unknown shortcoming in our lives can be solved by someone’s product or service they want to sell us. We are told emphatically that we will be successful if we drive the right car, drink the right beverage, or use the right fragrance.

Success is not that simple, or maybe it’s not that complex. Success is a self-fulfilling prophecy. No one else can define your success any more than they can order your dinner, try on a suit of clothes for you, or tell your doctor where it hurts. When it comes to your personal and professional success, you determine the destination, the deadline, and the details. No one else can do this for you, and you must identify and define your own success if you ever hope to achieve it. Read More→