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Leveraging Data for a Better Retail Experience
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Although it’s not a particularly new concept, hybrid work setups have become a growing trend in industries across the world. In fact, because most offices have resumed normal operations, up to 74% of companies have said they’re either already using or planning to adopt hybrid setups. This comes as no real surprise considering that studies prove that organized hybrid work is beneficial to output and creativity. These comprehensive studies were based on a diverse range of industries and business scales, which further underscores how hybrid work is the happy medium for both companies and workers.
That said, hybrid work is not without its challenges. For most office leaders, one of the top concerns they have with this model is the lack of access between themselves and their teams. This has led some bosses to worry that their team culture may suffer or their employees will feel isolated. Conversely, 77% of surveyed company leaders have found that compassion can benefit both people and profits. Therefore, while hybrid does reduce face-to-face interactions, leaders can (and should) still exercise compassion through this particular medium. And here’s how:
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Show your employees you appreciate them
While you shouldn’t just toss out empty praises for the sake of it, you shouldn’t hold back on showing your employees appreciation either. This shows employees that you value them and recognize the adversity they’ve overcome so that it empowers your hybrid team no matter how challenging the transition may be. That said, to underscore the sincerity of your appreciation back up your words with actions. This is especially impactful for teams that work mostly remotely as it shows that you appreciate everyone fairly.
To show employees appreciation virtually, say “thank you” through meaningful gestures. This can include sending decorations for home offices, planning a virtual hangout to unwind, or gifting food delivery cards. Through such well-thought-out executions, you show that your appreciation comes from a place of compassion which is inspiring for many workers. In fact, surveys reveal that while 46% of employees left jobs because they felt under-appreciated, 79% said feeling appreciated gave them a boost professionally and personally.Continue reading
Guest post in our financial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
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Contributed article in our home office design series. Enjoy working from home! – Kimberly
For homeowners who wish to move with the times and see the hottest design trends come to life in their personal space, embarking on a kitchen remodeling project is a special and exciting time. It is an eagerly anticipated event because every detail has been carefully planned, and they want the project to be executed with the same attention to insta-worthy detail.
They want to ensure that everything goes smoothly from start to finish. From the financial perspective, they want to know they are getting the best possible value. From the technical side of things, they want to hire a contractor who will honor their wishes and follow their exact specifications.
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A kitchen remodeling project is a serious endeavor, but when carried out by a team of professionals, it is well worth the wait and effort. And that is where the design-build concept comes into play. Design-build firms offer a comprehensive service, taking care of both the design and the construction phase of a project.
So why are design-build firms the preferred choice, especially in the high-end market? What do they have to offer that makes them a cut above the rest?Continue reading
Guest post in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
Shocking Ways Personal Brands Will Make You a Better Leader creates a thoughtful perspective on the future of leadership development.
After decades worth of studying leadership development and career advancement, there is a powerful truth that presents itself. Anyone in a leadership role that wants to be a better leader should understand this basic principle. Shocking ways personal brands will make you a better leader is the easiest way to command attention from a team regardless of how many people you lead.
Let’s look at leadership from two main perspectives. The first perspective is the individual perspective. This is otherwise known as a personal brand. The second perspective is the collective or team where each individual contributor adds to the greater whole. Somewhere in the middle is where it seems to go off the rails. Good leaders can get distracted when they need to keep it simple. The shocking truth is that being a better leader is easier when you focus on personal brands. Here’s how we do it!
The basic objective in leadership is to get the individual contributors to effectively and productively work toward the common goal with less effort. Turning this complicated task into a simple solution is easy. The right approach leads to simplicity. Let’s consider the shocking ways personal brands will make you a better leader by focusing on personal brands.
Anyone in a leadership position may already know the difficulty that comes when leading teams of individual contributors. The bigger the team, the more difficult the task. Using a simple approach repeatedly makes you a better leader.Continue reading
Contributed article in our cybersecurity series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
The advent of new technologies and the widespread use of the internet have allowed scammers to access and steal personalized information with the aim of using it to commit fraud. One of the most common forms of internet scams is wire fraud – preying on thousands of people every year who fall victim to these kinds of manipulations. Unfortunately, people are often caught by surprise and end up wondering how they fell for such scams.
Therefore, it’s imperative to know how to recognize wire fraud and protect yourself and your personal information from potential fraudsters.
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Contributed infographic in our non-profits series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
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What does a rubber chicken like this one?
Have to do with a book like this one?
Well, Kimberly Wiefling (rubber chicken lady) met Linda Alepin (now author of above book) when they started their study of generative leadership as young professionals.
Kimberly was inspired by the principles of vision, listening, and dreaming to become widely known in the leadership arena, particularly working with innovative Japanese companies.
Linda took the same principles into industry, academia, founding a not for profit that worked with hundreds of people around the globe and, finally, to this book.
Join Linda as the author (and Kimberly as a participant) on Friday, February 4 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM PST (GMT -8). You will hear stories of people from around the world who are featured in the book.
It’s FREE. Register at bit.ly/shifting-context-launch.
Shifting Context: Leadership Springs from Within is available for pre-sale at Amazon https://amzn.to/3IHdJFS.
Here is what Rayona Sharpnack had to say about the book:
“Shifting Context: Leadership Springs from Within is an important book at an important time in history. Research consistently shows that countries who seriously invest in women’s and girls’ empowerment get a dramatic return on their investment financially, socially, and in all ways that matter for a civil society.
The women featured in this book are exemplars of that important investment!
The book will inspire you, move you, and remind you of the hidden power that women have to make all of our lives better. Kudos to Linda and Barbara for their essential leadership in this movement for social entrepreneurship!”
—Rayona Sharpnack, Founder/CEO at Institute for Gender Partnership and Women’s Leadership, Inc.
These true stories of sheroes and heroes from around the world will inspire you. They demonstrate how leadership that springs from within brings about real social change.
If you are a passionate leader who wants to create greater impact do not miss this book launch and be sure to read the book.
Guest post in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
Business partnerships between people who already know each other can be incredibly fruitful. They involve banding together and sharing capital, expertise, and experience to create a thriving enterprise. Partnering up with a friend or family member may seem like an excellent idea. However, you need to exercise caution when going into business with someone you are close to. Business partnership and friends do not always mix, and incompatibility in business can lead to strained relationships and broken friendships. Here are a few things that you should consider before choosing a business partner.
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If you are considering starting a business, you probably already have some idea about the product or service you would like to provide, the industry you want to be in, and the type of business you want to run. When it comes down to company identity, it is essential that you both share a similar vision for your brand. In order for it to succeed, business partners need to unify to fulfill brand promises, enforce standards and live up to the company beliefs and values.
Having a strong connection with someone in a personal way does not always mean you will work well together in business. Being comfortable with your business partner and having the ability to be honest and straight with them is important. However, possessing existing experience working with them already will help you gauge their work style and what they will be like as a partner. If you lack this experience, try working together on a smaller project to see how you work together as a team.Continue reading