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Leanne Hoagland-Smith

Leanne Hoagland-Smith, Heurist for ADVANCED SYSTEMS the Next Generation of Talent Management, supports mid size to small business who want a new status quo. Call …Read More

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The often ignored unknown in hiring assessments

Hiring the wrong fit for your company can be very expensive. Some companies have begun to employ hiring assessments to weed out the good, the bad and the ugly. One firm that understands the value of assessing candidates to avoid the poor hire is Family …

Smart hiring starts when and where

Would you hire you? What makes you a good employee? Where do you believe there could be room for improvement? What would development of your professional and personal skills look like or those for your workforce? Some believe smart hiring starts with the C-Suite because …

There are ways to energize workforce and regain profits

Small businesses cannot afford 70 percent of their workforce to be disengaged. To avoid having a staff that is not giving eight hours of work for eight hours of pay and the resulting drain on profit, employers can take action to stop it. No. 1 …

Turnover drains profits and productivity

Employee turnover is a serious profit-draining issue with small firms and contributes to poor productivity as well as a disengaged workforce. I know of one local small business in Northwest Indiana where turnover is like a turnstyle. Of course some industries, such as gaming have …

Disengaged employees doom many businesses

Gallup recently released its annual state of engagement for the U.S. workforce and it’s a must-read for any small business owner, C Suite executive or manager. The cost of disengaged employees is staggering and yet continues to be ignored by the majority of U.S. businesses …

Employee engagement starts with a shared understanding

Fourth of July is over and it’s tme to get back to business. Each year, U.S. citizens spend millions of dollars to celebrate this significant day. Those purchases light up the skies for a few minutes to making deafening sounds for a just a moment. …

  • How to prioritizing your reading list with your busy schedule

    Summer is here and what better time than to grab a good book? Yet, with so little time in a day, what should you read? This last column about prioritizing may help with that ongoing dilemma. First, I believe reading should be for both professional …Read More

  • Understanding decisions key to making good ones

    Many businesspeople do not understand the influencers behind their decision-making process. One scientist, Dr. Robert Hartman, determined that human beings made decisions using 3 Dimensions of Thought. These three influencers were: • Systems Judgment – Thinkers • Intrinsic – Feelers • Extrinsic – Doers Simply speaking, we make …Read More

  • Maybe ‘just say no’ before prioritizing day

    For years, “Just say No” was associated with several marketing programs to even school and self-improvement curriculums. Sometimes small business owners to sales professionals might be wise to adopt this strategy first before even beginning to prioritize all those daily must do tasks. When we …Read More

  • Build a bracket for your list of must-do tasks to prioritize

    How many times have you ended up attempting to decide between the same two things to do as you begin your daily tasks? Then what happens? Sometimes neither of those tasks are accomplished and carried over to the next day with other tasks. Then do …

    Businesses today built around juggling roles, responsibilities

    Do you ever feel you should be the circus juggler in the center ring with everything you must do every day? The priorities from marketing to administrative to actually meeting with customers not to mention those “pesky” employees overwhelm your daily plate. Sometimes it seems …

    Community leader says the best ‘listen with their eyes’

    Today is Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those leaders who died during military conflicts. The military has been essential to American history as well as business. I had the opportunity recenlty to interview Greg Farrall, president and CEO of Farrall Wealth. Although not …

    Blogging has become increasingly strong marketing tool

    I came across this quotation from Chris Brogan last week: “No matter what, the very first piece of social media real estate I’d start with is a blog.” For those who may not recognize Brogan, he is a nationally recognized expert on social media with …

    Social media the next generation of marketing

    Social media has become for many small business owners and sales professionals a mud pit where time is sucked away along with the results. Part of the reason some believe that is that many of them probably never had a written marketing plan for their …

    Spring showers bring marketing flowers

    April has passed with its early spring showers and now we are looking forward to all those May flowers. Marketing for small businesses is very much like the annual and perennial flowers of spring and summer. The annual marketing flowers are those that come up …

    A leader with an edible business shares her thoughts on leadership

    Spring is a good time to think of flowers and what could be better if those flowers were edible? For this final column of April, I had the opportunity to interview Ann Lichnerowicz, owner of Edible Arrangements in Valparaiso and Portage. Ann lives in Portage …

    Ignoring human capital is beyond foolish

    Human capital is the most expensive asset that any company has. Years ago many considered employees a cost, a burden to the bottom line. The emphasis was on cost-cutting to acquiring new technology and not on developing the greatest asset for any organization – its …