6 Reasons “Over” Investing in Training Will Make You Millions

Invest more in training your team now. Times are tough. Everyone is looking for a way to shear costs so we can make the next payroll or afford the next rent check. There are many ways to point your meat cleaver to cut the fat in your organization. Don’t cut training. Despite conventional wisdom, double downing on training right now will help your team accomplish tasks and succeed. This rare strategy will generate millions in profits, positioning your company to thrive. At my company, we invest 8-10% of employee salaries on training. This is a huge investment in the middle of uncertain times, however this will make our prospects certain because we will have the best talent in the industry.

Source: www.inc.com

Invest more in training your team now.

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How Your Face Affects First Impressions

In a new study, researchers in the United Kingdom investigated how facial features can impact first impressions. As it turns out, the presence of certain physical characteristics can enable scientists to predict what initial judgments will be drawn.

“If people are forming these first impressions, just based on looking at somebody’s face, what is it about the image of the face that’s giving that impression — can we measure it exactly?” lead researcher Dr. Tom Hartley, a neuroscientist at the University of York, told BBC News.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but apparently the face is key for first impressions.

Corporate Fraud of a Different Stripe

Public relations shops in the chosen companies are working overtime cranking out press releases touting their dedication to diversity, and how they value female employees equally with the men.

Trouble is, the fancy words don’t match reality. Too often their real purpose is to get the company on as many “best” lists as possible, and shower the magazines with advertising dollars as payment. A neat arrangement — the company gets the kudos, the awarding publication gets the bucks. It’s sort of like the deal between a prostitute and a john — both know the rules, both get what they bargain for, and nobody gets hurt. Or do they?

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

It’s that time of year again. Corporate good-guy awards are handed out like candy by magazines with headlines screaming “Best Companies”.

Why Women Entrepreneurs Are Happier Than Male Entrepreneurs

There’s a lot being said out there about the state of women in this country. The gender gap is alive and well when it comes to salary, confidence, happiness, and the number of women in the C-suite and science. Women aren’t as happy as they were in the 1970s, research has shown, and their happiness relative to that of men has taken a nosedive.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. A recent study shows there’s one career path in which women’s perceived happiness is greater than men’s: entrepreneurship.

One out of every 10 women in the U.S. today is starting or running her own business, according to a that came out in June. More than a third of those women want to expand their business beyond five employees.

Source: www.fastcompany.com

It might be a long road getting there, but once women are running their own businesses, they’re happier than ever.

7 Songs Every Leader Must Sing Each Day

1. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

You awake to a new, beautiful, and sunny day. The birds are singing and you are feeling amazing. As you bounce out of bed,you realize that you are a manager and leader—inspirational and empowered. A song comes to your lips and you start singing.

“There are miracles in life I must achieve, but first, I know it starts inside of me. Oh, if I can see it, then I can be it. If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it. I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky. I think about it every night and day; spread my wings and fly away. I believe I can soar. I see me running through that open door.”

And with that you run through the door and to your car.

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As leaders and managers, there must be a song in our hearts. It should be something that would inspire, encourage and get us through another powerful day at work. These are the seven songs that I

What do all mentally tough people do?

What is mental toughness? Is mental toughness essential to high achievement? What do mentally tough people avoid?

For a number of years, Dr Angela Duckworth, a neurobiologist and psychologist has studied thousands of business people, graduates, lawyers, doctors, artists, writers, teachers and students in all kinds of challenging settings. She has wanted to understand ”Who is successful here and why?”

Source: www.smh.com.au

The seven things common to everyone who displays psychological fortitude.

Leadership Is Swell, But Your Receptionist Makes Or Breaks Your Business

Why does company after company – including companies that I encounter as a customer experience consultant – treat reception as an entry-level, stepping-stone position?

This approach, which I see all the time in companies who hire me as a customer experience consultant, is an inevitable, slow-motion business catastrophe. Because, whatever you call it, ‘‘First and Last Impression Creator’’ is among the most important positions in your enterprise.

Source: www.forbes.com

A clueless receptionist today, a bankrupt business tomorrow