How to Prepare for Leadership Positions

Contributed article in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

With several years of professional experience under your belt, a time will come when you feel you need to take your career to the next level and assume a leadership role in the organization you are working for.

This is when you now understand the complexities of the business and you have grown in your career to feel ambitious enough to lead other people. Of course, you need to back up your ambitions with a history of stellar performance otherwise no one will take you seriously. Even if you rise to the level you want, your subordinates won’t give you the respect that the office you hold deserves.

You need prepare well before you assume leadership roles.

Attitude Adjustment

Start working on your attitude if you want to be a leader. Attitude is the first signal that you are ready for the altitude. Do you sulk when given roles beyond your job description? If yes, then you need to change your attitude.

Does your boss know that he/she can assign you tasks and trust that you will complete them with minimal supervision? Do things that bothered you before; like impromptu tasks no longer bother you? In fact, you even find yourself more flexible these days and somehow understand that the only constant thing is change. If you no longer take last minute requests and disruptions from your boss personally you are well on your way there.Continue reading

4 Ways To Transform Your Team From Good To Great

Contributed article in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Being the boss is a difficult task that takes hard work and dedication. Maybe you’re someone who’s been struggling to keep your team motivated, or simply want your staff to try harder.

Telling them what to do and how they can be better doesn’t always work. You need a plan in place for transforming your team from good to great and allowing them to showcase their true talents in the workplace. While it’s going to take a little extra work on your part, it’ll be worth it in the end when they’re going above and beyond and surprising you with their improved outputs.

Never Stop Challenging Them

Rewards are great, but you also need to provide your employees with work that makes them think and use their skills. One way to shake up your normal routine is to challenge your team to breaking free from one of the many life-sized Escape Rooms. They’ll need to work together to solve mysteries and puzzles and won’t get anywhere unless they’re communicating and coming together as a team. Put them to the test inside and outside the office, and you’ll soon see each of them truly start to shine.Continue reading

How to Improve B2B Customer Relationships

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Business-to-business relationships can be filled with many challenges including multi-channel sales conflicts, delivery difficulties, and configuration issues, but they remain the key to the success of many enterprises. Solid B2B relationships can ward off advances from competitors and provide a firm foundation for you company to continue to thrive.

Here are a few tactics your company can use to nurture and develop your B2B customer relationships.

Constantly re-imagine and refine your B2B relationships

The world of business doesn’t stand still, and neither should you. No matter how good your B2B relationships are, the key to continued success is to be constantly thinking about ways you can improve the situation. The first step in achieving this goal is to develop a clear understanding of exactly what your brand represents to your B2B partners. If you are known primarily for an area such as high quality or customer support, this then points to other areas in which you can introduce improvements.Continue reading

Ways To Finance Your Business

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The number of people who are choosing to start their own businesses and work for themselves is growing and every year more and more entrepreneurs are choosing to leave their current employment and try something for themselves. Some will fail, but some will succeed and never giving up is an appropriate attitude to have in terms of looking forward to the future of your business.

One thing that all companies need, however, no matter how big or small, no matter how new or old, is financing. Although it’s possible to start a company with little to no money, if you really want to make a splash and be successful more quickly, you will want to have some form of capital behind you. If you’re currently hoping to start a business (or expand an existing one) and you’re wondering where you might be able to find the money to do so, there are a variety of different ways that you can raise the cash and become the business owner and leader that you want to be.Continue reading

What it’s Like to Work in a Successful Non-Profit Organization

Contributed article in our career series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Receiving an MPA online or Master of Public Administration is a rewarding achievement that can lead to a career of tremendous public service. Many of us were taught to go to college to work for a business solely for the purpose of making money. While there is nothing wrong with the desire to make money, MPA’s, on the other hand, are pressed for the desire to make a difference in the community and the world. There are many myths and taboos around the idea of working for a successful Non-Profit Organization that we will cover in this article.

Yes, you get paid to work!

A common misconception is the belief that people show up to work every day, out of the joy of their hearts, but don’t make any actual money when working with a Non-Profit. Everyone needs to pay their bills and feed their families, which is a reality of life, and this is simply not the case. Continue reading

Taking the Risk out of OTC Markets

Contributed article in our financial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Trying to make money in any market entails a certain amount of risk. That can come from buying a blue chip stock on the New York Stock Exchange or from trading on OTC markets. The difference always is the nature and size of the risk. So being able to manage risk is vitally important as a trader or as an investor. It is arguably the most vital skill to learn when you wade into the financial markets.

Being a trader and being an investor are two very different things. Traders, even though they are smart and focused and diligent, live for the moment. They are going to make money by pouncing on opportunity, never letting the trend get away. Investors, on the other hand, tend to be much more methodical. Which is a good way to make small profits over the long-term, setting you up for success in your golden years.Continue reading

5 Things That Will Destroy Your Small Business in a Flash

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

According to many entrepreneurs, running a successful business can be challenging and very exciting at the same time. When due diligence is observed, financial gains from the startup are almost guaranteed.

Unfortunately, some business owners end up choking the business unconsciously by doing some things that are unsuitable for the organization. In most cases, this is as a result of insufficient experience which is a conspicuous characteristic of new entrepreneurs. Making slight mistakes in management can be corrected if they are discovered early enough and you can recover in a short time.Continue reading

How To Get Motivated To Achieve

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Motivation is the reason you get out of bed in the morning. You’re motivated to go to work and earn money to enjoy living. Sometimes this motivation can suffer a setback and not always because of a perceivable reason. There isn’t always one clear reason why your levels of motivation dip, and it can be the culmination of a few factors. For the times when you can’t quite put your finger on the cause, you’re best off to implement a healthy lifestyle and to get out and enjoy your time more often. As the saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a sad boy,” so endeavor to enjoy yourself as well as work hard. You need to maintain a balance if you’re going to stay motivated and determined to succeed.Continue reading

Take Your Website to the Next Level

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

No matter the content, the themes or even what you use it for, more and more people are making use of their own website these days. With tools and resources available for everyone from the most devout Luddite to the most tech-savvy coder, personal blogs and online stores are rife in the digital age. However, if the key to your personal branding is the appreciation of luxury, then you need to take a step back and have a look at what your website says about you. No matter if you’re an entrepreneur selling specialty chocolates for the connoisseur, or a blogger providing reviews of the latest fashion show offerings, it’s time to have a look at how you can increase your own level of professionalism to reflect your target demographic.Continue reading

Why Making a Good First Impression is Crucial in Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Despite all the hard work that comes after it, it can often be the firmness of a handshake and the straightness of a tie that forms alasting impression in business relationships. First impressions are vitally important in everyday life as well as business, but where there are custom and profits on the line, it is even more crucial to get it right when it comes to getting an idea of you and your brand in the minds of those you work with. Here are some reasons why a good first impression is vital in business.

It Communicates Professionalism

Being smartly dressed or immaculately turned out for a 9 am business meeting communicates confidence and a steady hand is navigating the ship, whereas flying into the meeting one minute late with hair askew and shirt hanging out communicates unreliability and a liability to let down customers. This fine line is the line between planning ahead and being caught off-guard; making sure you’re always looking and acting professional will encourage people to do business with you and will avoid any awkward first impressions in which you tar your professional image.Continue reading