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Strategies For Communicating With Your Clients

By Sandra L. Wiley, Boomer Consulting, Inc. - Congratulations! You accomplished the first step towards success in your company, you have clients! So… now what?Everyone knows that retaining current clients is MUCH easier than finding new ones, or is it? Have you put some serious thought into how you are going to keep those clients you worked so hard to get? Retention requires attention! You will only keep clients if you continually provide them with ongoing value that not only satisfies them, but bonds them to your company!
Education & Careers

Meeting And Greeting: Ten Strategies For Getting Off To A Good Start

A day in the life of every businessperson is made up of a series of meetings and greetings. Whether you are making the initial contact with a client or a colleague, you want to get off on the right foot. Doing so will make the first encounter and subsequent ones go smoothly and easily.Getting off on the wrong foot can make for a difficult recovery. Save your energy for later and use these simple strategies for a successful start.Stand up when you meet someone. This allows you to engage the person on an equal level - eye to eye.
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Seven Guidelines for Creating an Ideal New Year!

by Gary Ryan Blair, the GoalsGuy, Inc. - It all begins with a vision, a vision of creating an ideal life. The relentless pursuit of that vision will eventually give birth to the picture in your mind. An ideal life born from the unwavering dedication to doing whatever it took to become successful. Creating the ideal life obviously requires intelligence, but that’s just the start.

Baby Boomers, Beware! Don’t Let Your Resume Date You!

If you’re a job seeker of the Baby Boom generation, you may be feeling a little left out by the job market. You’re certainly not ready to retire, but the young recruiters you send resumes to don’t seem to respond to your skills and experience. If you’re feeling symptoms of age discrimination, you should know that your resume could be the culprit, categorizing you as out of date and over the hill.There are three ways your resume can put you in the over the hill category. Your resume is due for an update if it contains:1. Outdated technology skills2.
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The Value of Trust, A Clients Perspective

By, Joe Heller, The Strategy Samurai - One of the most challenging, if not the most difficult piece of the business development puzzle in a sale is - Trust. Trust today is truly the pivotal point of building a successful business relationship. Trust is rarely tied to a product or service but it is facilitated by the person interacting with the customer. Why is this important? Because everything depends on trust and in this day and age, trust is difficult to come by.

Creating a 'Stress Free' Busy Season

You can thrive, not just survive, during this upcoming busy season. You just need to do five things:Keep your expectations rational.Take care of yourself.Take control of your time and limit your commitments.Create a positive work environment.Embrace your family and friends.These tips will help you reduce stress, relax, and breeze through the busy season feeling rested, grounded, and in control.

The Ten Commandments of Goal Setting

Thou Shall Be Decisive - Success is a choice. You must decide what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or should do that for you. Thou Shall Stay Focused - A close relative to being decisive, but your ability to sustain your focus from beginning to end determines the timing and condition of your outcomes. Thou Shall Welcome Failure - The fundamental question is not whether you should accept failure. You have no choice but to expect it as a temporary condition on the path way of progress.
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Helping Your Employees See The Bigger Picture

by Roger Herman - In many ways, we're lucky to face the problems that we do--how to keep up with the IT explosion, how to find employees in a job market so tight you're sometimes lucky to find any applicants at all, how to keep qualified employees once you've found them... our problems are the easy kind, viewed from outside our daily lives. We don't really have to worry about where our next meal will come from, whether or not we'll find shelter for the night, or if we can provide for basic needs for our families and ourselves.
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Organizational Behavior: We Need More Respect for Emotions in Business

By, Phyllis Weiss Haserot - It’s holiday time, so is it OK if we talk about emotion?It seems the more educated we are, the more we try to rely on rational argument and extrinsic motivation to convince people to change their attitudes and actions about such things as diversity, generational differences, client service and client acquisition, succession planning, and flexibility - just to name a few emotionally-charged issues in the workplace.
Education & Careers

Success Linked to Risk Taking

What’s the difference between successful athletes, public figures, business leaders and regular folk like you and me? According to one man whose passion is learning the secrets of success, it’s the ability to “go out on the skinny branches” and take risks. In a newly released book, Masters of Success, Ivan Misner, PH.D. identifies seven traits and trends common to some of the most successful people in the fields of sports, business and entertainment.
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Top Firm Expands Presence in Florida and Southeast with Mergers

Carr, Riggs & Ingram one of the largest firms in the Southeast region recently announced the mergers of two firms into the Carr, Riggs & Ingram group. The Birmingham, AL based public accounting firm of Mackle, Splawn, Tindall & McDonald joined forces with CRI earlier this month along with the firm of Weathersby, D’Aoust, Harris & Lynn, PA. Carr, Riggs said the mergers will broaden the firm's footprint. "CRI’s long range plan has been to move into larger metropolitan markets.

Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Head To The Office Party

By, Lydia Ramsey - One thing you can count on during the holiday season is the obligatory office party. No matter what the size of the organization, there is always an effort to bring coworkers together for one more moment of merriment.
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The Power of Clarity on Expectations

By, Phyllis Weiss Haserot - When I talk with young partners, managers, counsel and associates at many professional firms, I hear a lot of similar concerns, uncertainties and insecurities relating to their status and their future.
Education & Careers

What’s YOUR Weakest Link? Building a Strong Job Search Chain

By, Deborah Walker - A chain is only as effective as its weakest link—and you don't know which link is weak until the chain is tested. If your job search is falling short, one of your job-search skills may be the weak link. By analyzing your chain of job search skills, you can build a stronger chain, one that can stand up to any test.There are three critical links in your job search chain. Consider each of them carefully to determine your weakest link, then work to strengthen that link.
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How to Get Employees To Walk the Talk

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President, Discovery Surveys, Inc.It has become a cliché that "management must walk the talk" but so should employees.Our research shows that many employees don't understand how their work contributes to the organization's objectives. In short, they don't see the big picture. They don't recognize that no matter what their role in the organization, they can be contributing to its goals, vision, and brand.Is it no surprise that their behavior is, therefore, often inconsistent with the organization's vision?
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Ten Employer-Employee Rules For Successfully Running a Small Business

Compliments of bizmove.com - You've just been in a serious car accident. You've got massive internal injuries and a broken jaw. You're going to be in the hospital at least a month. Your jaw is wired shut so you can't use the phone. Will your business run easily and well while you recover? Will your customers be served while you are gone? If you've just experienced heart failure over this prospect, the following list is for you. The information below, if put into practice, will reduce your stress, increase your business' productivity, and give you the vacation you so richly deserve.
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Tips to Strengthen Your Reputation as an Accountant

By Robert G. Epstein - In a profession suddenly surrounded by bad press, work on safeguarding your own professional image.In recent months, accountants across the country have felt the repercussions of Big 5 accounting firm Andersen's struggle with the collapse of energy company Enron. The accounting industry is focusing on rebuilding its reputation with the public, but it's also crucial that every professional do the same. Here, we offer five tips that can help.Talk to Your Clients. It doesn't matter if your clients are large or small.
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The Pros & Cons of Starting Your Own Business/Practice

By abcsmallbiz.comSome of the reasons people start or buy their own businesses are to:- be their own boss or create their own job - seek an alternative to their current career - make better use of their skills and knowledge- introduce a new product or service, or - take advantage of a business opportunity. These are all valid reasons to want your own business, but the success or failure of a person's business venture is as unique as their fingerprint.
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Five Sure-Fire Ways to Alienate Your Employees

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President, Discovery Surveys, Inc. - During the past decade, top management has done an excellent job of alienating employees. Their concern for people has taken a backseat to cost reduction, outsourcing of jobs, and a focus on short-term profits. And forget about training programs, promotions, or pay increases.As a result, many employees have said that once the economy turns around, they will be leaving for greener pastures.HOW TO ALIENATE YOUR EMPLOYEES
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How to Effectively Delegate Work and Responsibilities

Effective delegation will not only give you more time to work on your area of expertise, but you will also give others in your firm the opportunity to learn new skills and achieve their goals. Delegation helps people grow underneath you in an organization and thus pushes you even higher in management. It provides you with more time, and you will be able to take on higher priority projects. Delegate whole pieces or entire job pieces rather than simply tasks and activities.

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