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Always Move Forward

If you remember anything from your geometry class in school, it’s probably the fact that the shortest distance between any two points is a straight line. Moving forward along that straight line always represents the most efficient, productive, and profitable course of action, assuming that you have picked your destination point wisely.

Recently, I heard about the artwork in the design on an Australian coat-of-arms. There are two animals indigenous to Australia that appear on that coat-of-arms. They are the kangaroo and the emu. These two animals aren’t too much alike, but they do share one unique characteristic. Because of the length of their tails, kangaroos cannot back up. If they want to reverse course, they have to move forward and execute a U-turn.  Because of the configuration and shape of their feet, emus cannot back up and must always move ahead. The wise person who designed this particular Australian coat-of-arms understood that we can learn a lot from emus and kangaroos. Read More→

According to a recent survey by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), 21% of companies say they have replaced employees with automation. The survey also points out that while an increased emphasis on technology has eliminated some jobs, in many instances, more higher-skilled jobs were created as a result.

Check out the full report.

Has your company “automated” its workforce? If so, what was the effect on hiring? Let us know in the comments section below. Read More→

Sometimes it’s easy to think that only a select few employees or teams need to be creative. But creativity in the workplace should go far beyond the artists and writers in a business. Being creative – thinking of something entirely new or finding a new way of doing things – is important to every department and aspect of a company. That’s why creativity should be fostered by building an environment that inspires it.

Creativity impacts three aspects of business in particular. These aspects – efficiency, effectiveness, and profitability – also happen to be the areas of business that leaders are usually most concerned about. And that gives business leaders three vital reasons to consider bringing more creativity to their workplace. Read More→

How is it already August? Do you realize we’re now closer to 2015 than we are to 2013? As unsettling as that fact may be for many people, don’t let it stress you out because there’s still plenty of time left to buckle down and meet your 2014 goals. In the meantime, check out these five things to do this month.

Hit the Links for National Golf Month
The specific origins of the game of golf are fuzzy, but its appeal as a way to spend a summer afternoon is crystal clear to millions of “duffers” around the world. Pick a day this month to organize a company golf outing. Not only will spending some time away from the office help energize your employees, but a little friendly competition can do wonders for morale. Read More→

Express recently released the results of a survey conducted in both the U.S. and Canada that indicated “education” was the least important factor when evaluating job candidates. Instead, “work ethic/integrity” and “attitude” were shown to be the key characteristics that affected the hiring decision.

For our August question of the month, we want to know how your education has affected your career path. Let us know by voting in our poll.

Attitude and Integrity Are Still Most Important in Hiring

Recently, Express Employment Professionals, North America’s largest franchised staffing firm, released findings that reveal which traits are most important when hiring a candidate for a job.

The findings come from the 2014 edition of the “America Employed/Canada Employed” survey of 137 Express franchises. Respondents were asked to rate various traits on a scale of one to five based on how important they are when evaluating applicants.

“Attitude” and “work ethic/integrity” topped the lists in both the U.S. and Canada, followed closely by other traits, including “credible work history, “culture fit,” “job experience,” and “references.”     “Education” received the lowest average rating in both countries. Read More→

The ability to give a great presentation is worth more than gold to business leaders or anyone who wants to progress in their career. In the Inc. article “7 Traits of Highly Effective Leaders,” three of the traits were closely linked with being a good speaker – communication, confidence, and the ability to inspire. Those same three traits were also listed in Forbes “Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader.”

Whether you’re presenting to employees, colleagues, clients, or the general public, you want to be seen as a competent, successful professional. And, giving a presentation that fully communicates what you’re trying to get across, shows your confidence, and inspires others, is indicative of a quality speaker and effective leader. So here are four ways to hone your presentation skills so you’re ready for your next speaking opportunity. Read More→

With July in full swing, we are officially halfway through 2014, and with it comes the realization that you only have six months to decide where you want to be when the crystal ball drops on New Year’s Eve. At the start of each year, millions of people create resolutions to become better versions of themselves, and companies are no different. More than likely, you and your team developed goals for 2014 that would take your business to the next level. Whether it’s hitting a sales target, developing a new product, or transitioning into small-business ownership, most of you have set certain goals you want to achieve this year. Regardless of where you are in your pursuit, it’s vital for your team’s success to evaluate where you are at the halfway point of the year.

Take a Halftime

Have you ever watched a football game where one of the teams was trailing by a touchdown or two going into halftime? And just when all hope seemed to be lost, the losing team came out of the locker room and utterly stunned the other team, winning the game. The win can be attributed to the adjustments the coaches and players made at halftime. Read More→

How to Impress in Meetings

Regardless of your title or tenure, it’s important to maintain a high level of professionalism in business meetings. However, standing out among a large group of people can be easier said than done. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire points out that there is a simple mind trick to help give you a competitive advantage in group gatherings. Check out the video below to learn how you can impress in meetings!

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When was the last time you exhorted your staff to “go take some risks today?” How would you react if you heard a supervisor chiding an employee for “playing it too safe?” The truth is that risk-taking has become a bit of a hypocritical subject.

Taking calculated risks is part of business and part of leadership, yet most employers have indoctrinated their employees with the idea that all risk should be avoided at all costs. As an article from Forbes explains, when interviewed, the strongest and most consistent message from individuals in the business world was that people, at all levels, were “risk-averse” and “felt it more prudent to continue doing what they had always done.” Unfortunately, this is sending mixed messages to employees who are also being asked to do more with less and to step up as leaders in a constantly-changing business world, which is ultimately confusing workers and hurting employers. Read More→