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A gues post by our friend, Michael Klazema, over at Backgroundchecks.com

Gimme the Cash! The goal of your business, or, the result of great management?

Can One Dollar really make a difference in your business?

Of course it can!

It is essential that we discipline ourselves so that we realize the need to build systems and processes that allow us to move away from the day-to-day tasks of our business and move to being the architect of business.

As the old saying goes… “All I want for Christmas are my two front teeth”… or how about an Alberta twist… “All I want for Christmas is my old oil price”.

When it’s time to knuckle down and focus on what needs to be achieved, we tend to either overrate or take lightly, our effectiveness in defining exactly what our specific mission and subsequent goals/objectives are.

For the most part, people start their respective business (s) because they have been and continue to be exceptional at what they do.

When it comes to the practice of Human Resources, many practitioners are searching for the next best thing

Let the hate mail begin! The “sell me this pen” exercise is one of the most lamented tests in sales. People will bellow and wail about how it’s insulting, out-dated, and irrelevant. In some cases..they may be right.

Recently, I was the victim of a walking, talking brochure. A sales rep and I met at a local restaurant to see if there was a way to work together. Without warning, I was swept away by an apocalyptic tsunami of his product knowledge.

Any organization’s sustenance in the market is significantly dependent upon acceptability amongst its takers. Therefore it needs to constantly grow to be at par with the driving forces in the marketplace.

Finding the right talent for your business is a pressing issue every CEO and manager faces today. In today’s highly competitive talent markets, people are without doubt the most valuable resource in any organization.

Whether you are the HR manager or the CEO of your company, managing employees is not something you can ignore. You need to be aware of the toughest employee management problems you could face at the office.

The first time you meet your HR partner, they will never ask you about your employees. They will ask you about you and understanding why you hired them in the first place.

A workplace environment is a location where you will come across all kinds of people. Some of them will be likeable, some will be meh,and some will be annoying. They raise your hackles and you’ll do your best to avoid them.

There is nothing like a team that is ambitious, driven and passionate about what they are doing. The team members give their 100% for the project.

When a company succeeds in generating huge revenues, all stakeholders celebrate. Quite often, employees are completely missed out in this kind of celebration.

Brainstorming is the most potent way for any organization to come up with effective ideas. A brainstorming session is what makes ideation very contagious and every member joins in.

Workplace Romance involves two members of the same organization who experience mutual attraction. As individuals spend increasing time in the workplace, they begin to build relationships with co-workers.

Many organizations have a hard and fast work culture. Employees come in, work hard, complete the work quickly and leave. Much of the training is on the job with various colleagues and managers instructing employees to learn as much as possible.

For the most over 95% of the Alberta economy is made up of small businesses and yet 85% of these small businesses don’t see their 3rdor at most their 5th year anniversary!

Whether we’re talking about the top-line, bottom-line, parts inventory, customer service, sales and marketing…we are definitely doing something wrong! So what are we “doing wrong”… our business’s human capital.

For the last several years, we have all been obsessed – and rightfully so – with being able to find good people to work for our businesses or more specifically, unable to find good people period!

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