It’s hard to understate how difficult it is to
own your own small business, unless you’ve
been there before. Your theoretical tool belt has to be fully stocked with a
myriad of personal skills including, but not limited to, finance, economics,
product/service offerings and more. There are some preparatory measures to take
that can help improve your small business success.
The new year symbolizes a perfect time to restart, create a fresh beginning, and make a goal or two towards a “new you.” While many people set New Year’s resolutions for themselves, few reach their New Year’s goals by the end of the year.
80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, and by the end of the year, only 8% of people will have achieved their resolutions.
What goes into making the 8% successful in achieving their New Year’s goals? Is it about making meaningful connections or as easy as committing a plan to paper?
Resolutions are often a big part of promising opportunities and exciting potential for the new year, but we know that tumbling off the resolution bandwagon is all too easy. Let’s examine some ideas for avoiding the classic resolution traps, and how to transform these ideas into tips for lasting success. (more…)
Being a leader comes with many responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is setting smart and effective objectives. What does this really mean?
First, it’s important to point out that objectives are different than goals. Goals are what you want to achieve; objectives help you work towards achieving those goals. To begin, take a look at the overall strategy and objectives for your organization and your team. The targeted objectives you develop should support those larger strategies and objectives in order for them to be effective.
Here are a few steps you can take to create your own objectives that will lead your team and company to success. (more…)
Whether you’re a manager or an employee, year-end reviews can be nerve wracking. As the employee, we know that our manager is about to go over our performance and development from the past 365 days, including the good and the bad.
Most likely, managers will also help you develop an “action plan” for your next year to work towards achieving your goals. This is helpful, but it will not determine how your next year will go. Do you know what will? Let’s talk about it… (more…)
I recently started reading a book called How Great Women Lead, co-authored by Bonnie St. John and Darcy Deane. The book is a mother-daughter trip around the world interviewing extraordinary women in leadership positions about their lives and how their experiences have shaped their leadership style in the professional world. It is an extremely interesting and inspirational read (I mostly like the life stories and the lessons they learned).
I’ve found that you can learn so much about yourself in reading about other people’s experiences – how your own life’s experiences may be relatable or entirely different but the moral is still the same. While Bonnie and Darcy have narrow focuses (happiness and leadership, respectively) I find the process of being a leader subject to all the ups and downs in our life journey.
Here are some questions to ask as we go through our life journey:(more…)
We are often hesitant to turn to others for help, especially when it is a personal matter like health and wellness. Maybe it’s because we’re embarrassed or believe we are past help. We’re more likely to focus on the wellness of loved ones rather than our own. Over and over again, we are told that our health is paramount – but often that is not enough for us to make a long‐term change.
Health coaching participants have told me that the first session is always the hardest because they don’t know what to expect. Typically the first session allows me to get to know the participant a little better and find out what is important to them.
When I think back to one of my most memorable coaching sessions, the participant’s first words were: (more…)
Having multiple generations in the workforce at once is nothing new. One generation retires and another enters right behind them. Even though companies have always dealt with this, the differences seem to be increasing relating to values, communication, and work habits. With rapid technological advances, these differences appear more prominent between the baby boomers through the millennials. So how should companies handle all of the differences between these generations? (more…)
The moment we come into this world, we have a purpose. Many strive to find their purpose while not understanding it’s not about job position, money, success and fame. Our purpose is so much more than that. Most of us want to make a difference in this world. We want to know at the end of day, we matter. So, how do we make a difference? How will we be remembered? These questions define the concept of positive leadership. (more…)
At Society we are committed to offering our employees a strong benefits package and robust wellness program. We feel that the health and wellness of employees plays a critical role in the effectiveness of the company. Beyond that, we know that creating a work environment that encourages and facilitates wellness is simply the right thing to do as an employer. (more…)
The insurance tips and trends to help you make smart safety decisions for your business, plus an inside look at Society.