Monthly Archives: December 2011

What’s in your New Year?

The new year is right around the corner.  It’s a chance for me to make incremental changes to the things I do – both personally and professionally.  I know that I could do this throughout the year – its just that I don’t seem to get around to it.

Each November I take some time to think about what’s working in my life and what I enjoy most.  I also think about what I don’t like to do.  This is a pretty broad look and is my Step one in the planning process.

Step two is… Continue reading

Marketing for the Season

Guest Blog

By Gale Curcio

Everybody is always looking for an edge to get their message heard above all the rest. There is more competition than ever now on the internet so no matter what season you are trying to market during (whether it’s for Christmas, Fourth of July, summer, etc.), there are a few points to keep in mind.

1.  Send Early – Don’t wait until the day before the holiday. Send a couple weeks ahead. This will hopefully reach the sender before they have left town for the holidays.

2.  Send ONCE – Don’t send multiple… Continue reading

Time is Precious

When I’m engaged in something I love to do or I’m completely focused on a task at hand, time seems to slip away at the speed of sound.  As I grow older, days, weeks and months seem to go very fast.

Whenever I’m waiting for something to happen, a call back from a potential client, the bus to take me home or, when I was little, Santa to come – time seems to stand still.

Time is one of the few things in life that we can’t have a “do over”.  Theoretically you spend your… Continue reading

Creative Focusing for Positive Change

Guest Blog By Jason Linett, Board Certified Hypnotist

Hypnosis is often defined as a “bypass of the critical faculties of the conscious mind.”  This definition refers to our nature to think, feel, or respond to stimulus as an automatic response. 

Consider the things you do throughout the day that don’t require conscious thought.  Tasks such as walking, driving, or even tying your shoes have become activities which don’t require having to think about them.  Your mind and body generalized the process, and it became automatic behavior within the subconscious mind. 

…but what if you can… Continue reading

What makes a great supervisor? – Part 2

I hope you had a chance to read part 1 from last week.  There are more things you can do to be a great supervisor.  If you gave your employees a score card – how would they rate you?

Rule #8. Always show appreciation for your employees’ efforts- every employee wants to feel that they are valued and appreciated.  For example, an encouraging word to a low performing employee will often do more to improve things than constant criticism for poor performance.  Research has shown that a four-to-one ratio of compliments to criticism produces the best… Continue reading