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CEO Insight: Building Resilient Teams? Start Here.

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 16, 2021 12:07:00 PM

Burnout is currently at alarmingly high levels, and that can mean bad news for your workforce - and your bottom line. Burnout increases absenteeism, presenteeism, and attrition, resulting in lost productivity, brain drain, and weakened company culture. But by creating a workplace where connections and relationships are valued, you can ensure that your employees feel psychologically safe, valued, and supported.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Leadership, CEO Series

The New Business Meeting: How to Adapt to a Hybrid Audience

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 8, 2021 11:02:59 AM

Depending on where you're living, you might be tempted to think we're going back to business as usual. There are a lot of reasons for us to say this but if no one's told you yet, don't do it! 

Business as usual isn't around the corner and you don't want it to be. We've all been pushed in our businesses to stretch and grow our capability to adapt. There're so many things we've done of necessity that we now need to see what's actually innovative, providing opportunities for disruption. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Leadership, CEO Series

Working Virtually Still Calls for Humanity

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 3, 2021 11:23:06 AM

Just because you work virtually doesn’t mean you’re a robot. Nor are your coworkers... we hope! That means that social niceties like small talk and fun chit chat still apply, even when it’s through a Zoom call. The reality is that working virtually can be both challenging and lonely. We still need human connection.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management

Creativity is Key to Business Agility

Posted by StellaPop on May 26, 2021 10:32:11 AM

Being quick on your feet is critical in life - and business. It takes creativity. You need to be able to figure out what's coming your way and come up with a smart and effective response. Sometimes the data will tell you what choice to make, but data is useless when you're facing something brand new. Because let's face it, sometimes there's no playbook you can refer to.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Management

What to Look for in a Post-Covid Office Space

Posted by StellaPop on May 19, 2021 11:10:03 AM

With vaccinations well underway, office-based working has become a reality once more. But in the past year, how we work has changed dramatically, and so has what we've come to expect from our workplaces. And business owners must adapt accordingly. Whether you're downsizing to meet the needs of a hybrid or reduced workforce, or you're updating an existing space in line with new social distancing and flexible work norms, here's what your post-Covid office space needs.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Workplace Services, Move Management

Keep the Beat: How to Find Your Business' Rhythm

Posted by StellaPop on May 13, 2021 1:42:50 PM

In business, flow matters. When your team, ideas, and goals are in sync, it's easy to build momentum. When all of those things are performing their own solos or playing in different time signatures, your organization is at risk of becoming discordant and all over the map. That might work for avant-garde jazz, but it's not great where profit margins and growth forecasts are involved.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Creative, Management

How to Stay in a State of Innovative Business Thinking

Posted by StellaPop on May 11, 2021 6:45:00 AM

According to Merriam-Webster, innovation is a ‘new idea, method, or device’ also defined as ‘the introduction of something new.’ 

In the creative world, being innovative is necessary to succeed. However, it’s not always the easiest thing to accomplish. Getting more focused isn’t always the cure, and neither is giving yourself more time or adding more teammates. So what does stimulate innovative thinking? 

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Topics: Creative, Management, Leadership

Remote vs. In-Person: What’s the Right Office Solution for Your Business?

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 29, 2021 11:55:01 AM

As we start to resume our regular work-life programming, organizations and employees alike are weighing whether to return to the office, stick with remote working, or meet somewhere in the middle. While many employees are contemplating a perpetual remote working situation, companies have mixed feelings. Notably, the tech behemoths who told employees they could work from home indefinitely are now encouraging workers to return to the office - and they're not alone. 

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Topics: Business Consulting, Operations, Management

Why Our Inner Social Butterfly Wants Us To Get Back to the Office

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 21, 2021 10:19:19 AM

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the office's death are greatly exaggerated. Although there's been a ton of discussion this past year extolling the virtues of working from home - shorter commutes, less chit-chat, workday flexibility - a whopping 94% of people are itching to get back to the office in some form. 

Here's why workers want to get back to the office, and how we can help them get the most of it. 

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Topics: Business Consulting, Management

Let's Improve: How to Gracefully Accept Professional Criticism

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 14, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Criticism is a part of professional work, and ultimately it helps us improve. However, it’s not always easy to accept, listen, or react to it. Some criticism is more constructive than others. But how do you know the difference? Below are some tips on how to gracefully accept criticism. The first step is to change your perspective on criticism and see it as a positive. By embracing and welcoming difficult conversations, we can become better professionals and creatives.

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Topics: Management, Leadership

Go Green: How to Become a Green Business Leader

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 9, 2021 6:45:00 AM

Kermit the Frog might be on the record saying it's not easy being green, but these days nothing is further from the truth. With 60% of people gravitating towards green-minded businesses and a whopping 80% saying they respect these companies, being green is both good for the planet and for business. 

So what does it mean to be a green leader, and how can you make it happen?

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Operations

Beat Business Boredom: 4 Ways to Not Be Bored and Inspire Your Team

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 7, 2021 10:42:47 AM

This past year has been a challenge for all business professionals. With lockdown and closures, we've seen our worlds become smaller, and our opportunities to engage with new ideas, explore new things, and seek out fresh experiences become fewer and less frequent. Unfortunately, without those stimuli, it's easy to find yourself bored and stuck in a rut creatively.

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Topics: Management, Leadership, CEO Series

The Wisdom of Mentors: Why a High-Level Mentorship Will Boost Your Career

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 31, 2021 11:30:55 AM

Success doesn't happen in a vacuum. No matter how smart, driven, and accomplished you are, you can only get so far on your own. Whether it's noodling on the guitar, learning a foreign language, working on your golf swing, or building an 8-figure business, you'll achieve more under the wing of a seasoned pro than by trying to figure it all out on your own. Warren Buffett might have experienced a very different trajectory without Benjamin Graham and Charlie Munger. (And, to take it full circle, the same goes for Bill Gates without Warren Buffett!)

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Topics: Business Consulting, Leadership, CEO Series

Evaluate Your Competition to Gain a Business Edge and Sharpen Your "A" Game

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 30, 2021 6:45:00 AM

It’s a dog-eat-dog world in the realm of business sometimes. Competition is fierce. While that can seem somewhat intimidating, it’s actually a good thing. Competition is what helps drive innovation and helps keep a business current and relevant. 

However, businesses that dive into their industry without fully knowing and understanding what their rivals are up to is a recipe for failure. Below are a few ways to use such intel to your advantage.

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Topics: Branding, Business Consulting

The Power of Words: How Your Communication Style Impacts Your Leadership

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 25, 2021 9:27:34 AM

There are many crucial parts of being considered a great leader. In this day and age, it includes how you conduct yourself on everything from Zoom to emails to social media. It matters what you say in-person to a colleague through to how you address the entire company at a meeting. 

Actions may set the tone-- but words are just as (if not more) important. 

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Topics: Management, C-Suite, Leadership

CEO Series: Restart the Tried and True Tips to More Effectively Manage Your Time

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 23, 2021 6:45:00 AM

The one commodity you can never get back is time, and boy does it fly! It almost seems as though the older you get, the faster it moves. It seems like just yesterday your first boss was handing out management tips like Halloween candy.

In business, time is money. That’s why it’s vital to learn how to manage your time efficiently, not just for your bottom line but for true happiness and satisfaction. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Leadership, CEO Series

Don't Leave Your Brand's Success to Luck

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 17, 2021 2:40:52 PM

As a wise person once said, "the harder I work, the luckier I get." That's good news for the driven and industrious among us. With St Patrick's Day here, we've got luck on the mind, so let's look at how to channel hard work into luck - and make sure that your business is swimming in (four-leaf) clover.

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Topics: Branding, Management Consulting, Business Consulting

Strategies to Diversity in Recruiting and the Workplace

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 16, 2021 6:45:00 AM

Diversity in recruiting and in the workplace is extremely important. It’s a crucial part of building a more just and inclusive world. It’s not acceptable to only avoid discrimination; it’s necessary to have conscious policies in place that actively prioritize diversity and inclusion. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources, Management

Intrapreneurship: Insights to Drive Innovation From Within Your Brand

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 11, 2021 9:11:46 AM

Why do employees care about their jobs? What makes them loyal? What makes an employee engaged enough to go the extra mile? 

If your employees' only motivation to show up and do good work is the paycheck coming, you're doing it wrong. The good news here is the best thing you can do for your employees is also the best thing for your company. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Leadership

Lead Like a Legend by Learning to Unlearn

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 9, 2021 9:21:54 AM

It's a long way to the top, so it's tempting to sit and rest on your laurels when you get there. But the thing that worked once won't always work. That's because the contexts we lead in are always changing. Industries shift, markets change, new research and best practices emerge, and customer and employee expectations are always on the move.

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Topics: Management, Leadership, CEO Series

Do It or Delegate It? Working Smarter, Not Harder

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 18, 2021 6:45:00 AM

Let’s be real—the goal of running your own company is to create more freedom in your life, not less. No one wants to be chained to a desk day in and day out. 

Unfortunately, if you’re the type that struggles to let go of the reins, you’ll probably find yourself struggling to delegate in your business, too. After all, who can do it—whatever “it” is—better than you?

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Topics: Operations, Management, Leadership

CEO Insight: Building Employee Accountability

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 17, 2021 6:45:00 AM

Everyone wins when a culture of workplace accountability is implemented properly. Staff are able to take control of their work, there are clear lines of report, and managers can trust their employees to work without constant oversight. A culture of positive accountability also has a positive impact on morale and commitment. That's because you're trusting and empowering your staff to perform their roles at a high level, rather than trying to take the old-school top-down punitive approach.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Leadership, CEO Series

Why Your Business Needs to Balance Its Creative and Management Brains

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 11, 2021 10:44:21 AM

Business is all about balance. And by that, we mean the ratio between management and creative has to be 1:1. We've all shaken our heads at those artsy, creative brands that look great but have no real business model under the hood. But we do the same when we encounter those ultra-smart, innovative businesses whose marketing is so dry we don't even bother to engage. At StellaPop, we think of these brands as "right-brain" (the Warhol) or "left brain" (the Spock) brands. All have promise. They just need to balance things out a bit by walking that middle line and becoming a "bridge brain" brand (the Da Vinci). Here's how. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Creative

The New Era of Online Meetings: Your Passport to Pivot into Virtual Events

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 3, 2021 11:38:51 AM

Even if you've explored virtual events or virtual, hybrid events in the past, chances are you're still entering a brave new world where virtual events are your ONLY option. This means you may need to beef up your event planning team. Ensure you include those with the talents and skills capable of navigating all of the technical aspects of a high-level virtual event.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting

Leadership vs. Management: What's the Difference?

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 27, 2021 9:31:33 AM

Leadership and management are inherently linked and often grouped together or confused as one, but understanding their differences is essential to grow and develop your company. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, Leadership

The Future of Work Is Here: 4 Ways HR Will Change in 2021

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 21, 2021 10:09:24 AM

2020 brought workplace challenges no one could have foreseen a year earlier, and HR departments responded accordingly. With the introduction of remote work, HR departments have met this year’s uncertainty with grace and dignity. And that’s worthwhile. The skills learned in 2020 will be valuable in the months and years to come. Here are 4 ways the future of work will look different in 2021 and beyond.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources, Management

Lessons from the Queen's Gambit: Going on the Offense to Take Your Business Forward

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 19, 2021 6:45:00 AM

In chess, you can play defense and try to keep the other player from pushing ahead, or you can go on the offensive and try to capture their pieces in a relentless pursuit of checkmate. In Netflix's smash, The Queen's Gambit, chess prodigy Beth Harmon was famously "all offense." And she sent every other player running as a result.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting

6 Steps to Dealing with a Difficult Client or Customer Like a Boss

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 13, 2021 11:48:06 AM

No matter how high or low you are in the workplace pecking order, there is no escaping difficult clients and customers. Unfortunately, they abound but don't tell anyone. Though dealing with one can be super frustrating, you do have a choice in making it an experience that’s a “pulling teeth” kind of painful, or… something a little less so. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, Leadership

COO Insight: Finding Operating Inefficiencies in Your Business

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 16, 2020 6:45:00 AM

Operational inefficiencies can be costing your business 20-30% in revenues every year. If you've been struggling with complicated processes, hard-to-use systems, siloed information, or out-of-date tech, now's the time to seek out the problems and fix them before the losses add up. Here's how to find and deal with operational inefficiencies.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Operations, Management

Seasons Meetings: Festive Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Your Team

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 8, 2020 8:00:00 AM

From hosting virtual family meals to dropping off presents on doorsteps, the holidays will look different this year. While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink how we celebrate, that doesn't mean you can't make this season a special time for your team.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Management

Team-First: Bring Your Team Out of Surviving and Into Thriving

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 2, 2020 7:30:00 AM

As we're coming into the last months of the year, it's an important time to take a look at your company and your teams and ask, "how are we thriving?"

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, Leadership

Business Trends to be Grateful For in 2020

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Oh, what a year it's been! So many changes and disruptions that were definitely not on the radar when we rang in the New Year. While there has been a lot of devastating losses this year, there've also been new trends the business world can be grateful for.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Management

Catering During the Age of COVID: How to Hold a Safe Event

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 20, 2020 6:45:00 AM

From socially distanced desks to working outside, businesses have had no choice but to adapt to our new reality as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. But while working from home and virtual meetings can be quite successful, there are still occasions when a more personal touch is required.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Operations, Management

Prepare the Horse: Guiding Your Team Through Change

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 19, 2020 6:45:00 AM

Change is hard. It’s a challenge. That’s why so many people struggle with it. As humans, we all get stuck in ruts of comfort and resist change with all our might. This is especially true when the change feels big and scary, or you feel like things are “good enough” as is. Why change anything if it’s not broken, right?

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, Leadership

A Year of Being on Hold: 4 Critical Steps to Stop Putting Your Business on Pause in 2021

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 13, 2020 6:45:00 AM

2020 has been a year of shifts and changes. For too many brands it's also been a year of being on standby. We understand wanting to know where things are headed before diving back into doing business. There's risk in taking that leap. But there's also a risk in sitting out for too long - you don't want to be like those people who took their money out of the market after 2008 and missed out on the massive gains we've seen since then. If you try to wait until you have all the information, or until the uncertainty has passed, your brand will be left on the sidelines. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Operations, Management

2021 Business Management Trends CEOs Can Implement in 15 Minutes

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 12, 2020 12:49:59 PM

The New Year is creeping up on it, making now the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and do away with any of those bad habits you've accumulated during this year. Whether you've been blindsided by the events of 2020 or you're still meeting your milestones, there's always room for improvement. To get ahead of the competition, try incorporating these trending business management concepts into your approach.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management

Improving Employee Satisfaction: How to Uncover Pain Points

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 6, 2020 8:00:00 AM

A vital step in improving product and client experience is identifying customers' pain points and fixing them. But while many companies are focused on enhancing the customer experience, they might ignore something just as critical: the employee experience.

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HR Insights: The Benefits of Fractional Human Resources

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 4, 2020 1:10:50 PM

Human resources are often overlooked when starting a business or working in a small business. HR tasks always seem to fall as extra work for management until it gets to be too much. But having a talented human resources team behind your business deserves attention. It can lead to growth opportunities and help you strategically expand and reach success. Let's discuss a solution that provides exceptional human resources without breaking the bank.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources, Management

Virtual Water Cooler Talk: Foster a Thriving Remote Community

Posted by StellaPop on Oct 28, 2020 6:45:00 AM

Over the last several months, we've been talking a lot about how to manage remote teams and communicate effectively while working entirely online. Even if you're back in the office now, it's still likely group collaborations are happening in a hybrid if not completely online.

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Topics: Management, Leadership

Attract Top Talent by Prioritizing Company Culture

Posted by StellaPop on Oct 22, 2020 6:45:00 AM

As the economy begins to reopen, businesses are faced with a labor market with vastly different expectations. Flexibility, benefits, and work-life balance are still key draws. But the deciding factor for the current crop of job seekers is company culture. It's hardly surprising. With work-from-home life now the norm among almost half the nation, employees are worried about feeling isolated and out of the loop. A strong company culture gives them stability and community. Additionally, the events of 2020 have inspired many working professionals to re-examine their priorities. Where salary used to be the most important factor in taking a job, employees now want to feel that they're part of something meaningful and aligned with their goals and beliefs.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources, Management

Why You Need a Management Consulting Agency Now More Than Ever

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 30, 2020 11:38:14 AM

2020 has been a challenging year for most brands. Huge market shifts, dramatic changes in consumer behavior, ever-evolving rules and requirements, and belt-tightening across the board have upended our collective plans and projections. And we're not out of the water yet: there are plenty of unknowns to come! What this all means is that brands need to be resilient, adaptive, and transformative. This is where management consulting firms come in. Management consultants leverage extensive market and industry knowledge to help your brand move forward in a way that allows you to continue to meet your business goals - no matter what this year sends your way. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management

Doing Your Business Outside: Redesigning for the Post-Indoors World

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 24, 2020 9:58:31 AM

If you've been venturing back out into the world in recent weeks and months, you've probably noticed an outdoorsy trend. Mindful of COVID-19 health and safety recommendations, businesses are increasingly taking their businesses to the streets. Why is this? Well, moving operations outdoors means better air circulation along with easier social distancing, allowing businesses to continue serving customers without expensive retrofits or profit-killing limitations on capacity. Let's take a look at some of the creative ways businesses are making the shift from inside to out.

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Topics: Operations, Management

Using LinkedIn: A Vital Tool in Your Networking and Job Search Arsenal

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 22, 2020 11:49:14 AM

Now, more than ever, online networking is necessary to maintain old relationships, build fledgling relationships, and seek out new relationships. That includes relationships between businesses and potential new hire candidates. It is estimated that 90+ percent of recruiters search daily to find potential candidates using the LinkedIn platform. Since it’s arguably the top networking tool for businesses worldwide, if you aren’t utilizing it effectively, you could be missing out on lucrative job offers and partnership opportunities.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources, Social Media

Going Contactless: Why Your Business Should Switch to Contactless Tech

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 15, 2020 6:45:00 AM

From online ordering to phone banking, the contactless trend has been on the rise for years. But it's now more important than ever. Investing in contactless technologies can help customers feel safe and comfortable doing business with you while also reducing risks for your staff. Let's take a look at how and why contactless is taking the world by storm, and why your business needs to be part of the movement.

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Topics: Operations, Management, Technology

Virtual Onboarding: How to Welcome New Hires Remotely

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 11, 2020 11:45:27 AM

As more companies confirm that remote work isn’t going away anytime soon, and others are indefinitely allowing the option, we continue to deal with the difficulties and new territory it comes with. In regards to human resources, this means virtual interviews and a virtual onboarding process. It’s especially important that you analyze the difference between in-person processes and virtual processes as the first few weeks are crucial to new hires' success at the company. Below is a how-to on successfully onboarding new hires. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources, Management

Stay In Touch: How to be an Effective Communicator in this Isolated World

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 10, 2020 9:54:18 AM

Strong workplaces are all about communication. In fact, great communication is associated with increased morale, productivity, and engagement. But now that many of us have spent months working remotely, we realize just how hard it is to keep a team connected, looped in, and feeling heard. Here's how to leverage your hard-won communicative skills to their fullest extent.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Management, Leadership

Is Your Business Considering Using AI for Hiring or Talent Acquisition? How AI Impacts Recruitment Results

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 3, 2020 9:29:24 AM

If there’s one thing you can be sure of, industries are continually evolving. When you throw AI (artificial intelligence) into the mix, you can bet on some pretty major disruptions, impacting everything like transportation, medicine, software, consumer goods, and yes, even HR.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources, Management

The ABCs of Business Management: Manage Your Business from Top to Bottom

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 1, 2020 1:43:37 PM

Successful businesses don't just happen. Just like the world's enduring architectural icons, they're constructed according to painstaking blueprints, with the end goal being to bring a particular creative vision to life. Every great business rests on solid, time-tested foundations, and enjoys structural integrity on the ground floor all the way to the top.

Here's how you can build a business that stands tall for years to come.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management

Brand Predator: Adaptability is the New Competitive Business Advantage

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 27, 2020 11:40:36 AM

We've spent the past week with our eyes glued to Discovery's Shark Week extravaganza, during which time we've gleaned some invaluable insights about how these fearsome apex predators have made their way to the top of the food chain. One that we keep coming back to is how sharks have continuously adapted and evolved in order to keep their place at the top. Why has that resonated so much with us? Because adaptability is the new competitive advantage.

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Topics: Management, Sharkapalooza

Pitching to Sharks: Tips for Getting the Right Attention during a Pitch

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 20, 2020 6:45:00 AM

The Wrong Bait Never Catches the Right Fish.

Here's a story about Johnny. 

Johnny is trying to start his own personal training business. He needs to drum up some clients. He decides to send out an elevator pitch to men in his contacts list on social media as one of his tactics.

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Topics: Sharkapalooza

Hire Like a Shark: Tips for Sinking Your Teeth into the Best Candidates

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 13, 2020 4:19:52 PM

Discovery's Shark Week is once again closing in on us, and we've got sharks on the brain. Maybe it's all those vintage clips we've been watching to get us in the Shark Weed mood, but we can't help but feel that there's something shark-like about the way a star recruiter hunts down and reels in a top candidate. Here's how to channel your inner great white - and blow all your previous recruiting efforts out of the water.

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Topics: Human Resources, Management, Sharkapalooza

Shark Week: Competitive Business Analysis Reveals Predators Lurking Under the Surface

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 12, 2020 1:59:06 PM

They may be some of the most fearsome predators around, but even sharks have predators of their own: humans, killer whales, sperm whales, and other, larger sharks, just to name a few. The lesson for business owners? No matter how strong or standout your business is, there's always someone out there ready to take a bite out of it. In honor of Discovery's Shark Week, we've channeled our inner Jaws to give our thoughts on how to hunt down your competition - and ensure you keep your place at the top of the food chain.

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Topics: Management, C-Suite, Sharkapalooza

Sink or Swim: How to Survive in a Competitive Marketplace

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 10, 2020 10:31:54 AM

It's a shark-eat-shark world out there. Every business wants to shore up its corner of the market by sinking its teeth into that perfect differentiator. But that's much more easily done when you're a big fish in a small pond versus one of many vying for supremacy in the same waters. While competition drives innovation, creativity, and customer-oriented approaches, it also puts a lot of pressure on brands to stand out and deliver serious value.

In honor of Discovery's Shark Week, here's how to channel your inner predator to carve out your niche in a competitive marketplace.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Management, Sharkapalooza

Curiosity: The Future Proof Workplace Skill for the 21st Century Economy

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 6, 2020 6:45:00 AM

Curiosity killed the cat.

If ever there was a saying that shouldn't EVER become your life motto, this is it.

At some point, someone somewhere thought it was prime advice to tell someone not to ask any questions. Curiosity in this cliche is a road you don't want to go on. 

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Topics: Management, CEO Series

Upgrade Your Meetings: Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Virtual Meeting

Posted by StellaPop on Jul 30, 2020 6:45:00 AM

Virtual meetings have been gaining momentum for years now, but it's only been over the past few months we've really come to appreciate their value. However, with business travel way down and remote work becoming an indefinite prospect for many, virtual meetings are here to stay. Here's why virtual meetings have taken such a stronghold in our imaginations - and how to make the most of them.

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Topics: Operations, Management

CEO Series: 7 Ways to Become a More Decisive Leader

Posted by StellaPop on Jul 24, 2020 6:45:00 AM

There's so much that goes into being a successful, well-rounded business leader. From drive and discipline to flexibility and empathy, it seems leaders need to have it all. But one must-have quality of a good leader is decisiveness. 

According to a Harvard Business Review study, the ability to make decisions with speed and conviction is one of the four things that set successful CEOs apart. 

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Topics: Management, Leadership, CEO Series

Dog Days of Summer: How to Stay Motivated at Work During the Summer

Posted by StellaPop on Jul 14, 2020 6:45:00 AM

As the days warm up, our motivation to work often cools off. It's hard to stay on task when the sunshine is calling - especially when we've spent the past few months cooped up inside. But since a sabbatical isn't on the cards for most of us, we need to find ways to stay focused and productive even when we'd rather be at the beach or by the pool. Here are a couple of ideas to try.

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Topics: Management, Leadership, CEO Series

The Key to Excelling as a Company? Let Your Employees be Themselves

Posted by StellaPop on Jul 8, 2020 6:45:00 AM

It's no secret that when employees feel safe, confident, and supported at work, they're more likely to let their best selves shine. But the seemingly endless challenges of 2020 have brought home just how vital it is for employers to ensure that their workers are given what they need to feel comfortable themselves at work. Here's how you can foster an environment of psychological safety - and create space for excellence at work.

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Topics: Management, Leadership

Spice Up Your Mornings: Tips to Make Your Meetings More Engaging

Posted by StellaPop on Jul 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Meetings have always had a bad rap. According to a Clarizen survey, 35% of employees think they're a waste of time, and 46% would prefer to do anything instead, including going to the DMV. But now that most of us are working remotely, meetings have taken on all-new importance. They're an opportunity to catch up, talk to other humans, get on the same page about work, and connect as colleagues.

At StellaPop, we don't think it's meetings that are the problem per se, but rather how they're run. Here are our tips for making meetings something we can all look forward to.

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Topics: Management, Leadership

Reboot Your Business Space: How to Make Your Workplace More Human

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 23, 2020 6:45:00 AM

In our constant push for convenience, optimization, and productivity gains, it's easy to lose sight of one of the most important factors in workplace success: being human. Sure, it may be faster to assign a task in Asana than it is to talk to someone, and knocking back a protein shake may be more convenient than having lunch with coworkers. Still, both of those choices mean missing out on an opportunity to interact, share, and empathize with others.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Operations, Management

Recruiting: Both Sides of the Talent Acquisition Story

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 19, 2020 6:45:00 AM

Just as it takes two to tango, it takes two to realize a successful recruitment effort. As the nation slowly reopens for business and organizations look to bolster their staff rosters, both recruiters and job-seekers are hard at work looking for that perfect fit.

Let's take a look at what a winning recruitment effort looks like from both sides of the interview table.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources, Management

Artificial Intelligence, Welcome to the C-Suite.

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 16, 2020 6:45:00 AM

Who in your leadership is an expert on the impacts of global trauma, stress, and anxiety? Whose your specialist in pandemic response?

Do you have someone or a team that can assess and predict the effects of stress on consumer behavior? Who in your C-suite has the authority to make decisions based on market scenario planning? Whose your expert futurist?

Do they have the tools to find patterns and shifts quickly and accurately? 

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Topics: Management, C-Suite

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: the Importance of Practicing Empathic Leadership

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 12, 2020 6:45:00 AM

The terrifying boss who shouts commands and berates subordinates may make for good TV, but not so much for a good leader. In fact, it turns out that bosses who have mastered the "soft" skills - i.e., the people-centric skills - are the ones who get top marks in today's workplaces. Unlike the organizations of old, where hierarchies reigned, and workers simply followed orders, today's workplaces are built around adaptiveness, collaboration, and flat leadership structures.

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Topics: Management, Leadership

Crystal Ball What Do You See? Changes the Workplace as We Move Forward

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 9, 2020 6:45:00 AM

Over the past few months, COVID-19 has completely reshaped how we live and work. As the nation gradually reopens for business, we will see even more changes in how we go about our days. While measures like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing are the visible face of our new normal, there are plenty more underway - many of them designed to make life better, easier, and more equitable for today's workers. Here are some of the workplace shifts we hope to see in the coming months. 

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Topics: Operations, Management

CEO Reboot: You Can Teach a Lead Dog New Tricks, Redeveloping Your Good Work Habits

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 4, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Good habits are all about routine, and with so much of our lives up in the air right now, it's easy for those habits to go out the window. Maybe you're sleeping in, slacking on deadlines, or spending too much time scrolling Twitter. Now's the time to stop and take stock before those new behaviors become your new habits.

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Topics: Management, CEO Series

Recruiting Tips for Conducting a Successful Virtual Interview

Posted by StellaPop on May 27, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The changing times mean that those who can are working from home. Where possible, all of our daily responsibilities have shifted online, including the interview and hiring process. While virtual interviews aren't new, it's only with the coronavirus that they've become the norm across the board. Since lockdown, organizations ranging from universities to tech giants have started conducting interviews online or over the phone. 

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Topics: Human Resources, Management

CEO Series: Managing Your Business During Times of Uncertainty

Posted by StellaPop on May 22, 2020 6:45:00 AM

Performing at your peak during uncertain times is no easy task. When what worked before won't necessarily work going forward, and when no one knows what tomorrow will bring, decisive action and decision-making is an all-new frontier. But although COVID-19 may have thrown a wrench in your business plans, it doesn't have to mess with your management style.

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Topics: Management, Leadership, CEO Series

OK, Computer: How Video Games Can Level Up Your Workplace Skills

Posted by StellaPop on May 14, 2020 6:30:00 AM

With most of the world under lockdown, our entertainment options are limited to whatever we can pick up or plugin at home. Unsurprisingly, video games are seeing a huge surge in interest - and we're not just talking about Animal Crossing, the simulation game that's taking your social media feeds by storm. But if you're feeling guilty about all those hours spent trading turnips or battling strangers in a PvP matchup, don't. Gaming is not just an escape. It can also be a valuable way to level up your workplace skills. Here's how.

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Topics: Management, Leadership

Hey, You! Listen Up: 4 Ways to Improve Your Listening Skills

Posted by StellaPop on May 6, 2020 8:00:00 AM

We've all had that awkward experience where we've zoned out during a conversation, only realizing we've done it when we're asked a question we can't answer. Our attention spans are short enough, to begin with - and the stresses and challenges of remote working during a global pandemic definitely aren't helping matters.

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Topics: Management, Leadership

Professional Development: Continue Learning at Home or Get Left Behind

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 29, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Being great at our jobs is all about continuous improvement across every dimension. But the coronavirus lockdown means that many of our usual professional development avenues are closed off to us. But it's not all bad news. Even when we're sheltering in place, most of the world's knowledge is just a Google search or app download away.

Here are some tips for building your on-the-job skills and smarts while out of the office.

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Topics: Management, CEO Series

4 Snap-Happy Activities for Virtual Team Building

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 23, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Remote working has long been the dream for many. But until the coronavirus turned life as we know it upside down, most of us spent our 9-5 in a face-to-face environment. Believe it not, only about 3.5% of the US workforce worked from home more than half the time. 

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Topics: Human Resources, Management

4 Tips to Prevent Work from Home Burnout

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Working from home can be a catch-22. On one hand, freedom! It’s freeing not to have to commute to work each day, to be able to set your own schedule, and to work from your bed in your pajamas if you want. However, there are costs to working from home too. One of those costs is burnout. With the current COVID crisis, many are forced to work from home and have no idea how to do that in a healthy way.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management

Business as Usual - How Will You Reenter the Big Game?

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 10, 2020 7:00:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world as we know it. The global economy is on pause, with entire industries halted. While things may start back up again in May or June, we probably won't see a return to "normal" until 2021.

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Topics: Operations, Management

Overcome the Challenges of Managing Remote Teams

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 31, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Remote employees are on the rise. For some, this might be a temporary change in response to the Novel Coronavirus. Other's the increase in remote workers is an ongoing shift in direction, reaching for the advantages of a remote team.

Regardless of your reason to utilize remote teams, you'll need to prepare for the challenges that come with managing a remote team.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management

Habits for Success that Never Go Out of Style

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 26, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Tom is frustrated that he's not further in life. Tom feels like there is never enough time. Tom spends his days banging his head against the wall and then asking why his head hurts. 

Bob has a lot of goals set out in front of him but feels content in life. Bob has developed habits that allow him to make the most of his time, spending it purposefully. Bob starts and ends his day refreshed. 

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Topics: Management, CEO Series

How Your Brand Can Survive the Pandemic

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 24, 2020 7:30:00 AM

As the Coronavirus spreads across America, businesses are feeling the pinch of self-isolation practices, curfews, and mandatory closures. But even though these are tough times, they don't have to spell disaster for your brand. 

Here's how to make the most of a bad situation, and come out ahead.

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Topics: Branding, Management

Great Leaders Let Their Employees Fail

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 28, 2020 7:58:00 AM

The words "fail" and "failure" can have many connotations. There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes on the approach to understanding failure.

The first is failure means you didn't do whatever you set out to do and you never will. It's a period at the end of a sentence.

The second is its proof you're working towards a goal that's worth achieving.

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Topics: Management, CEO Series, hr

Recruiting Tips: Hire Right the First Time

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 28, 2020 7:45:00 AM

The hiring process can be equated to a thorn in your side. That’s not how hiring has to go and if it is, you’re not alone. Many people don’t know where to begin with hiring and find themselves unsure of how to attract the right talent for their needs.

Right now, it’s an applicant's market. The demand for qualified, hard-working candidates is well outweighing the supply. This means if you want to attract and retain the best available talent you can’t afford to wing it.

To that end, let’s talk about the, how in successful hiring.

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Topics: Human Resources, Management

CEO Series: Are Your Marketing and Sales Teams Aligned?

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 27, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Your marketing and sales teams have the same goal: to generate leads, close deals and make you money. When they're in sync, it's good news: marketing and sales alignment can boost sales by 67%. However, it's all too common for these teams to be working independently, or even at odds with each other. This can impact your marketing ROI, sales productivity and top-line growth.

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Topics: Marketing, Management, CEO Series

The Growth Mindset: Empowering Your Employees to Drive Success

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 20, 2020 7:30:00 AM

It seems like a simple question: Would you rather continually improve or hold yourself back from success? That may sound like a biased comparison, but that's essentially what's happening when you have a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset. Let's explore how that impacts your employees and business.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, CEO Series

Six Predictions About the Future of Coworking

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 5, 2020 8:16:00 AM

With nearly 19,000 coworking spaces and more than 3 million coworkers globally in 2019, the shared workspace model is more popular than ever before. It's grown a lot, especially in recent years, and is showing no signs of slowing down. So what can we expect out of coworking spaces in the years to come? We have a few predictions.

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Topics: Coworking

It's All About the Experience – Business Management Trends for 2020

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 30, 2020 7:48:00 AM

This entire past decade has been about the foregrounding of experience. Experience is key to how we interact with brands of all types, from these we shop with to those we work for. Brands that recognize the value of experience give us something to align ourselves with and something to get behind. They don't just have customers or employees: they have fans. Those that don't? They risk being relegated into the dustbin of "businesses" instead. 

Here's what will separate the brands from the businesses in 2020.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Management

Don’t Stop Recruiting: Why You Should Always Be on the Lookout for New Talent

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 28, 2020 7:38:00 AM

When a position needs to be filled, you recruit somebody to fill it. And when somebody leaves your organization, you recruit somebody to replace them. But you’d never stop selling once you hit your goals. So, don’t stop recruiting either.

It’s a competitive marketplace out there. And new talent needs a home. When you don’t nab the best people for the job, your competitors will. Today, I’m going to reveal to you how and why you should always be recruiting.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources, Management

6 Ways to Sharpen Your Skills and Master Your Craft

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 24, 2020 7:50:00 AM

It's probably a safe bet to say that most business leaders want to be the best they can be — at the top of their game. Of course, that's easier said than done. Becoming a master at what you do can be intimidating. It takes time, patience, drive, and so much more.

But there are some strategies and tricks that can help you in your quest to become one of the best in the business.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, CEO Series

8 Tech Trends to Watch in the New Decade

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 22, 2020 7:54:00 AM

With a new decade, brings a new wave of tech and I bet you are wondering what’s in store for 2020. On the rise is a wide range of tech that will affect businesses and consumers. We advise always staying updated on tech trends as they can help accelerate your business past your competitors.

Here’s a shortlist of what we think you should look out for in 2020.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Management

Does Your Business Have Agility?

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 8, 2020 8:52:41 AM

Age gracefully. What on earth does it mean when someone tells you to age gracefully? 

Everything in popular media tells us to freeze aging– stop it in its tracks while you can. But, time moves. Technology transforms everything from customer needs to business models. Everything Ages. 

The thing to remember, however, is that to age gracefully isn't to go quietly into the night. It's not getting stuck in "old ways" and it's not taking on everything new for the sake of it being new.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Management, C-Suite, Leadership

Strategies for Successful Franchise Management

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 7, 2020 7:58:00 AM

Owning and/or managing a successful franchise requires you to stay on your toes and be constantly willing to learn, tweak, and re-evaluate processes to refine what works and eliminate what doesn’t. Not only are you managing your staff, but you’re also managing your franchisees. Obviously you want to do your best to help them succeed because their success is ultimately your success. Growing your franchise means implementing strategies that not only serve your customers well but also attract new franchisees for expansion.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, CEO Series

Strategies for Optimizing Your HR Department

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 2, 2020 7:51:00 AM

These days, there are several core key areas every HR department should be in charge of in order for a business to be effective and successful. Without an HR department that knows what it’s doing, roles like recruitment, on-boarding, and managing compensation packages will fall on your managers, taking them away from their day-to-day operations and essentially hobbling your company’s ability to grow.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources

The Magic of Transparency in the Workplace

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 31, 2019 8:26:00 AM

Transparency in the workplace is a tricky matter. As Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman nicely stated, "it comes with tremendous responsibility, but also an enormous opportunity." This responsibility and opportunity lie mostly in the hands of management and human resources. It’s up to them how much information is shared with employees and in what manner. So what are the best ways to be transparent within your business? Are you doing enough? How can you foster an open work environment that drives everyone forward?

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, CEO Series

Knowledge Is Power: The Importance of Developing a Knockout Employee Handbook

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 19, 2019 6:30:00 PM

Your employee handbook is the cornerstone of your HR program. It’s the one fundamental requirement to keep your program sound. And it should have an impact. Take your time to build the right employee handbook for your company. Today, we’ll discuss what this looks like.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources

What is Storyless Success? A Great Brand Story Connects and Creates Attention

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 18, 2019 8:58:08 AM

People are hardwired to connect with stories. Storytelling gets attention, creates empathy and fosters a sense of belonging and alignment. And importantly for brands, it's humanizing.

If your business is doing well but no one really knows your story, now is the time to change that. Storytelling is the secret sauce that can take you from good to great.

Here's how to use storytelling to drive brand success.

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Topics: Branding, Marketing, CEO Series

CEO Series: Strategic Analysis & Analytical Thinking - The Critical Steps

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 12, 2019 7:58:00 AM

Your business, no matter the industry, is about problem-solving at its core. Your product or service answers a need; it solves a problem. Your company started because it saw a problem or need and wanted to fill that void.

You should approach every “problem” in your business with that same thinking. Strategic analysis is critical, though often skipped, step for every decision made in your business.

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Topics: Management Consulting, CEO Series

The Major Keys to a Successful Coworking Business

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 27, 2019 7:45:00 AM

The rise of the gig economy and our societal shift towards entrepreneurialism has proven big business for the coworking world. Just last year more than 1000 coworking spaces opened across the US, and those figures show no sign of petering out.

With more than 3.9 million Americans spending at least some time working from home, there's still a huge market opportunity for those interested in moving into the coworking space. As coworking consultants, we've helped plenty of such companies go to market and capitalize on the market.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Coworking

Embracing Education – Why Employees Should Never Stop Learning

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 20, 2019 7:45:00 AM

Thomas Jefferson was known for his philosophy that learning doesn’t stop after graduation. At The University of Virginia, students are known as ‘first years’ rather than freshman, ‘second years’ rather than sophomores, and so on, in honor of this idea— that learning never stops. TJ has made a great point. Learning does not stop, even when we grow up and become adults. But how does this apply to the modern workplace? Do you have policies in place that embrace this idea?

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, CEO Series

All is Well That Ends Well, Helpful Tips for Dealing with Difficult Employees

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 12, 2019 8:28:16 AM

Difficult employees can slow down business and suck colleagues into a negative vortex. They often seem to have a dark cloud above their heads in the office and even the best professionals, managers, execs, or CEOs spend valuable time worrying about what to do and how to manage them. While being on top of hiring can prevent this issue, it’s somewhat unavoidable. Problems arise in employee’s lives, business processes change, personalities clash, the possibilities are endless. 

Here we have some tips to follow when you are faced with this challenge in your own office.

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Topics: Human Resources, Leadership, CEO Series

5 Big Business Trends You Need to Know For 2020

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 6, 2019 8:02:00 AM

The end of the year is fast approaching, and with it, estimations on what the future has in store for businesses everywhere. While some trends are already fading out, there are plenty of new trends on the rise.

We foresee shifts in thinking, shifts in creativity, and shifts in public discussions just beyond the horizon.

Businesses that want to stay competitive will have to keep an eye on the evolving landscape and become early adopters of new ideas and technology. A little risk today can lead to big rewards tomorrow.

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Topics: Business Consulting, CEO Series

Avoid the Graveyard: How to Increase Business Longevity

Posted by StellaPop on Oct 31, 2019 2:29:02 PM

In 1958 the average lifespan of a business was 61 years. Today, the average lifespan is around 18 years, according to a study by McKinsey.

As we walked (and then ran) into the digital age, how, when and where we do business has completely transformed. In its wake, the business graveyard has grown and not many are pausing to mourn the losses of Blockbuster, Blackberry, Yahoo, or any other ghosts of businesses' pasts.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, CEO Series

Business Innovation – Beyond the Buzzword

Posted by StellaPop on Oct 31, 2019 8:59:43 AM

Innovation. It's a term all too often used to describe the latest technology, as if it's synonymous with invention. But, in reality, invention is only ever one aspect of innovation in the business world. 

Business innovation is all about finding new, disruptive and more effective methods in the name of boosting the bottom line. It's implementing new ideas, products, processes and more in order to increase revenue.

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Topics: Business Consulting, CEO Series, Start Up

Can You Keep Up? Scaling Your Business Without Sacrificing Your Competitive Edge

Posted by StellaPop on Oct 23, 2019 8:15:00 AM

So you’ve successfully bootstrapped your way to a real company with great offerings and you’re starting to see some real growth. Congrats! Hopefully, people are spreading the word and the trajectory is trending nicely upward for the foreseeable future. Up next on the leadership todo list: Scaling your operations to handle this growing amount of work.

First, let's get this out of the way. Growth and scaling are two different goals, growth is about adding incremental growth percentages as a factor of turnover whereas scale is a process-driven approach to growth. Growth and scale require different management styles, below we’ll run through a few important questions you should be asking yourself before you start the process of scaling.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, CEO Series

The Loose Threads: Immediately Discover the Weaknesses in Your Business

Posted by StellaPop on Oct 16, 2019 9:25:16 AM

When interviewing potential employees, we don’t merely ask them to list their strengths for us. Often, we’ll ask them to tell us what their weaknesses are as well. This helps us get to know them better. And it reveals where we might be able to assist them if we bring them onto our team. Our businesses could use this same type of insight.

Knowing your company’s weaknesses will only make your organization stronger. It’ll reveal two things:

  1. Where your organization still needs to improve
  2. How to reposition your company’s weaknesses as strengths
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Topics: Business Consulting, CEO Series

Start at the Top: How to Instill Values in Your Employees

Posted by StellaPop on Oct 12, 2019 7:50:00 AM

Company values are a collection of ideas and guidelines that establish your company culture and drive your employees to daily success.

These values are essential to a company overall, but in many cases, they are only found written on the office walls or inside employee handbooks. They aren’t being talked about daily or living and breathing within the company. So how do we transform values from plain text into a way of life?

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Topics: Management Consulting, CEO Series

How Good is Your Recruiting? It's All About Saving Time and Money on the Front End

Posted by StellaPop on Oct 3, 2019 8:04:00 AM

 

Hiring is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. According to the SHRM, it costs an average of $4129 to hire an employee, and takes an average of 42 days to do so. These figures increase exponentially the more senior-level the hire.

Given the time and expense involved, executives and decision-makers need to make the right decision the first time. Hiring well can be a great investment for the company, as high-quality talent quickly pays for itself in terms of knowledge, efficiency and leadership potential.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources

Is it a Flat Tire or Blown Engine? How to Fix a Broken Workplace Culture

Posted by StellaPop on Oct 1, 2019 8:14:16 AM

There's nothing more frustrating than car trouble, it doesn't matter if it's flat tire on the way to work or the dreaded dead engine. Workplace culture is a lot like taking care of your car, invest a little early and it can pay big dividends later.

Workplace culture is the buzzword of the business world in 2019. It's catching on reflects the fact that consistent and positive workplace culture is essential to business success.

A workplace's culture is the sum of the company values, superior to inferior dynamics, norms, and goals from the top down.

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Topics: Management

CEO Insights: How to Minimize Opportunity Cost in Business Decisions

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 29, 2019 8:35:00 AM

Just like in life, everything in business is a tradeoff. Every decision that you make has an opportunity cost - basically, by taking one route, you're giving up the opportunity to take another route. Some of these tradeoffs are small, and others are major; some are simple, and some are extraordinarily complex.

Say you want to purchase a computer. If your only requirement is that it meets a certain price point, the decision is easy. If, on the other hand, it needs to be a certain size, have a certain amount of processing power, a touch screen, and four USB ports, chances are you're going to have to make some tradeoffs.

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Topics: Management, Leadership, CEO Series

Think Outside the Box – The Benefits of Hiring Externally

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 19, 2019 8:04:00 AM

There are plenty of reasons why companies hire from within. It's cheaper, offers natural progression for candidates, and shows that as a company, you nurture and develop the people who are already doing a great job - but is this always the right choice for success?

Not always. It's vital to assess the company's specific needs and goals when hiring, but if you are looking for a strong leader, new ideas, the right experience, or a fresh set of eyes on things, hiring outside your company could be the right direction. While managing change in business can be difficult, there are actually lots of benefits to external hires, especially when it comes to leadership positions.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources, CEO Series

How Much Did Your Business Grow, Goldilocks? Measure What Matters.

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 17, 2019 7:58:00 AM

Most of us today can readily admit we’re suffering from data overload. Information comes at us from all directions, even when we aren’t necessarily looking for it. When you’re trying to run a business, it can feel as though there is an endless tide of data and analytics to wade through, information that sometimes feels tough to make head or tails of.

Though measuring certain things is definitely beneficial to the growth and success of your business, it can be easy for the most important data to be lost amid all the noise. The only way to combat this is to stick to measuring what matters. Don’t just focus on the nitty-gritty, make sure you assess the big picture too. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Management

How to Become a Well-Rounded Business Leader

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 5, 2019 7:55:00 AM

If you were to remove your work from your personal brand, what would others say about you? For many leaders, the answer is not much. But to be a great leader, you need to stand for more than just your work. Just as high schoolers strive to be seen as "well-rounded" on their college applications, business leaders should aim to live multi-dimensional lives. Being about more than your job helps you connect with people, expand your interests and skills, and identify new opportunities. In short, effective leadership is about integrating and leveraging the many aspects of being an interesting, engaged human being.

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Topics: CEO Series

Mind the Gap: What Gap Analysis Is, Why You Need It and How to Do It

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 3, 2019 8:47:46 AM

Everyone has a fantasy of who they want to be. And that often differs from who they are in reality. Companies aren't any different. We all have a vision of where we want our company to be. But to get there, we must know where we are. This is the purpose of gap analysis.

Gap analysis reveals the difference between your company’s goals and your present reality. It’s a valuable tool regardless of whether your company is currently succeeding, failing or treading water.

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Topics: Management Consulting, CEO Series

One Size Does Not Fit All... The Different Types of Clients You'll Meet and How to Deal With Them

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 28, 2019 7:49:00 AM

To each their own. To the same beat as Mitch Albom's The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – here are the 3 clients you'll meet in your career.

Every client comes with a different personality. Taking the time to recognize the type of client that you’re dealing with can put you ahead of the competition and make your life easier. Creating a strategic plan while keeping in mind who you're dealing with will eliminate problems down the line. Listed below are a few of the most common client personalities. We’ll go through how to spot them, the challenges they can bring, and some helpful tips on how to manage.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, CEO Series

Refuse to Lose: How to Craft The Perfect Pitch

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 22, 2019 7:38:00 AM

Being able to deliver a pitch that lands just right is a valuable skill to have in your arsenal. Pitching might sound daunting, but it's something we do all the time as part of our daily lives. We pitch ideas, stories, business strategies, and even dinner menus. The aim is to sell someone on something, whether it's a concept, a service or a product.  

Here's how to take that innate pitching ability and hone it to get the results you want.

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Topics: Management Consulting, CEO Series

Embrace the Process and Systematize Your Business

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 15, 2019 9:28:42 AM

Are you a Kepner or a Yang? In T.V.'s longest-running medical drama, Grey's Anatomy April Kepner and Christina Yang clash constantly as they approach their work very differently. 

Do you find a system of processes to be a valuable asset to effective work or do you see it as a hindrance? Either way, you're right and you're wrong. 

A Balance of Method and Action

Building a system of processes for your business is an essential aspect of good business management.

Systematizing has serious benefits.

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Topics: Management

Ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Succeeding in the Coworking Business

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 9, 2019 7:37:00 AM

At StellaPop we pride ourselves on being on the pulse of what's next. Which is why we've been following the coworking movement since the beginning. Since those early days, coworking has leaped from the niche to the mainstream, now spanning some 22,000 locations and 2.2 million coworking users worldwide. With 2019 growth estimated at a fifth on last year's levels, there's plenty of opportunity in the market.

That's why we decided it was time to pool our expertise and put together an ebook for enterprising business owners wanting to launch their own coworking space.

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Topics: Coworking

We've Got a Secret... Shhh. You Shouldn't Lead with Product Features

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 7, 2019 7:29:00 AM

So you’ve spent time creating the best product on the market, it has everything your customers want, and now it’s time to get out there and sell it. Naturally, you want to create content and shout to the world about the product’s amazing features. 

It makes sense. Product features are tangible, quantifiable, and create value for your customers—that’s what they want … isn’t it?

Not exactly.

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Topics: Branding, Marketing, Digital Marketing

Tips for Getting That Light-Bulb Moment

Posted by StellaPop on Aug 1, 2019 7:53:00 AM

Eureka! You've been trying to figure out the answer to a problem at work that seems to have no solution.

And then, you're drinking your morning coffee running your to-do list through your head and BOOM.

The sun hits the window seal and it's like that light bulb clicked on in your head and you know exactly what to do.

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Topics: Management Consulting, CEO Series

Didn't You Know? Ownership is Out, Rental Access is in.

Posted by StellaPop on Jul 24, 2019 7:55:00 AM

What's the first word you think when someone brings up the business Blockbuster Video

Out-of-business? Obsolete? Old school? Wasn't that in the Captain Marvel movie?

What if we were to tell you Blockbuster Video was ahead of its time? Really, it's too bad they couldn't have innovated to keep up with the technological shifts because, in terms of the trajectory of consumer behavior, Blockbuster Video was a trailblazer. 

You see, Blockbuster Video figured out something that many businesses are just now realizing: consumers are willing to pay for access to a product instead of ownership of it.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Start Up

How To Get Most From Your Mobile Work Force?

Posted by StellaPop on Jul 17, 2019 7:45:00 AM

Since about 2010 we've been seeing articles about the increasing trend of mobile workforces and remote workers. More and more companies are offering remote work days. Some are moving towards hiring more contractors who work entirely from home, sometimes even from the other side of the country. Then we also have a fading away from restrictions on sick days or personal time. 

All of this relies on the idea that your employees are adults who get their work done and can handle their business. 

We're no longer seeing a new trend or expecting mobile workforces to become popular. It's here.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Management

How to Understand and Enhance the Customer Journey - Map It Out

Posted by StellaPop on Jul 15, 2019 7:50:00 AM

Have you ever thought about the path that someone takes to become a customer? From the moment someone comes into contact with your brand – whether it's through a banner ad or a Twitter post – they're starting a journey. Once a potential customer is aware of your company, the hope is that they will seek out more information via things like your website, social channels, or online reviews. 

But ask yourself this: What does their experience look like? One of the best ways to figure this out is to understand and map your customers' potential paths of engagement with your company, otherwise known as their customer journeys.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Marketing, Digital Marketing

The Business Guide to the Power of Influencer Marketing

Posted by StellaPop on Jul 3, 2019 7:51:29 AM

If Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Garner recommend Capital One, are people more likely to consider it? Or if George Clooney tells you to drink Nespresso, will you? It's very possible.

Advertising that uses celebrities to endorse their products or services are part of what's called influencer marketing – and it's quite effective. In fact, influencer marketing is currently the fastest growing consumer acquisition strategy.

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Topics: Social Media, Marketing, Digital Marketing

How to Utilize Stories to Become a Networking Pro

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Networking isn't easy. It can be awkward and exhausting – and you might walk away feeling like you didn't represent yourself or your business the best you could. But never fear! There's a tool you can use to make your next networking experience a success: storytelling.

Storytelling is a powerful thing. It's leveraged in journalism, marketing, comedy, and so much more. We all love a good story, so why not use it to make a deeper connection with someone and potentially start a new business relationship?

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Topics: C-Suite, Leadership, CEO Series

Debunking the SEO Myth of Keyword Density

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Keywords are a hot topic when it comes to creating strategic content that is loved by people and search engines alike. Unfortunately, there is a prevalent myth that content should maintain certain levels of “keyword density” in order to rank well in search engines. Some believe this to be true, while others believe it to be pure baloney. It’s telling, however, that current legal patents held by search engines don’t mention keyword density as an important metric for search engine ranking.

So, what’s the deal?

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Topics: Website, Digital Marketing, Website Design

4 Powerful Tips for Leaders Speaking at Events and Conferences

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 13, 2019 10:23:35 AM

As a leader, speaking is part of the job, or at the very least should be. But giving a talk can be daunting, even for those who have done it many times before. Here are our tips for delivering a speech that keeps audiences enthralled, while communicating everything you need to.

You Talkin' To Me?

Your audience is a key factor in what you're presenting, and how. Presenting to a room of subject matter experts requires a different approach from presenting to marketers or career hopefuls. When you know who you're targeting, you can shape the length, style, and tone of your presentation accordingly.

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Topics: C-Suite, Leadership, CEO Series

Guiding Light: Is Your Business Vision 20/20?

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 12, 2019 7:55:00 AM

What's the vision of your company? Can you see it? Can you explain it? 

Having a clear vision for your company is crucial to not only its success, but it's basic survival. Operating a business without one is like walking blindfolded through a forest, hoping that by just moving your feet you'll get to the other side. 

Your vision should be succinct; a vocalization of your purpose; and a mark to aim your efforts. 

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Topics: Branding, Business Consulting, Management

Strategies for Managing Change in your Business

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 7, 2019 7:51:00 AM

Make sure you read part one of the series first!

If you’ve ever tried to get multiple people to understand and implement new processes, you already know that it can be akin to herding cats. The cats only grow in size when you're trying to change the way your business operates. 

It's important for all team members to be on the same page because as your business grows, this only becomes harder. So, how can you begin to overcome this hurdle?

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting

Why Business Change is Hard to Manage

Posted by StellaPop on Jun 6, 2019 7:49:00 AM

It’s no secret that change is hard. Times change, people change, and your business will definitely change.

There's this little saying among parents, "the days are long, but the years are short." It's often used to remind each other that while the tantrums can be draining, life moves and changes quickly. 

Whether you have kids or not, the sentiment that time passes and life changes quickly are relatable to anyone. It's probably even more poignant to business owners. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting

On a Mission: Building a Company Mission Statement

Posted by StellaPop on May 23, 2019 7:45:00 AM

As a company, your brand reflects what you stand for. A mission statement is the core piece of branding that the rest of your brand identity hangs on, so getting it right is critical. You want to make sure it aligns with your company's goals, beliefs, audience, and purpose.

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Topics: Branding, Marketing, Leadership

How to Measure Employee Performance

Posted by StellaPop on May 21, 2019 7:49:00 AM

Imagine that illusive mentor character that comes in at the right moment and says that little line, that's kind of cliche, but also totally drives the point across.

It might be your grandma. It might be Dumbledore. Either way. Get their voice in your head. 

Ready?

"A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link."

"Great leaders don't blame the tools they are given. They sharpen them." -Simon Sinek

"The only thing worse than training employees and losing them, is to not train them and keep them." - Zig Ziglar

"Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to." - Richard Brown

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Topics: Management, C-Suite, Leadership

8 No-Fail Ways to Avoid Scope Creep On Every Project

Posted by StellaPop on May 14, 2019 7:44:00 AM

It happens to the best of us. It can derail high-level projects in the best companies. When scope creep shows its ugly head, we are forced to navigate those dreaded and turbulent waters. "Creep" can create a massive ripple effect that is real, that can extend way beyond that one project. It can have a domino effect on timelines, pipelines, and possibly a whole client base. 

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Topics: Business Consulting, Management

Business Development: Nature vs. Nurture

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 21, 2019 10:11:00 AM

Do you let business come to you naturally or are you constantly nurturing prospects? Trick question - you should be doing both. If you're good at what you do and you invest in ongoing marketing efforts then business will come to you naturally. But, it's also important to do some business development nurturing. 

It's like when you're decorating your house. You invest in a houseplant, but then you fail to invest in taking care of that houseplant. It needs nurturing care. Sometimes specialized care. Or it won't last. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, C-Suite, Leadership, CEO Series

Business Leadership: How to Lead an Effective Meeting

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 16, 2019 11:55:55 AM

Meetings can be contentious things. Done poorly, they take time away from working hours and make participants feel as though their time isn't valued. Worryingly, some 67% of meetings a considered a failure - with these collectively costing the economy $37b a year

However, managed well, meetings can be a high-value endeavor. They can be a great way to share ideas, make progress on projects, oversee decision making, and bring the team together. With middle management spending some 35% of their time in meetings and upper management a huge 50%, leading effective meetings is a must for productivity and profitability.

Here's how. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management

Are You CEO Material? 7 Leadership Strategies to Look Like The Right Stuff

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 14, 2019 3:41:00 PM

CEOs earn their positions for a reason: They have the right mix of leadership, drive, personality, discipline, and skill. You know, The Right Stuff. If you're looking to climb the ranks and become a business leader of any kind, you'll want to adopt some key CEO habits. Below are some tips for becoming one of those rockstar employees who have CEO written all over them. The tried and true tricks of the trade.

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Topics: Leadership, CEO Series

What's Your Unique Selling Proposition?

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 12, 2019 8:06:00 AM

Your unique selling proposition (USP) is what sets your product apart from your competitors. It's a way of positioning your product, service or even yourself for market success, and it's critical for building a viable business that drives customer loyalty.

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Topics: Branding, Business Consulting

How Much Does it Cost Your Business to Get a New Customer?

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 4, 2019 8:41:44 AM

Do you know?

You might have numbers running through your mind about how much you're spending on a social media campaign, or how much it costs to maintain an active blog on your website - but this is a different question altogether.

Let's say you got up this morning to see a new sale from a brand new customer. A lead turned into a customer - huzzah! Now, how much did it cost you to convert that lead into a customer? And then convert them into a loyal customer

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Topics: Business Consulting, Management, Digital Marketing

When do you ask a Sales Lead to be in a Business Relationship?

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 26, 2019 8:32:20 AM

When it's qualified.

Your sales funnel is working the way it should, and leads are coming through. But not all leads are created equally. We all know that you're going to have to kiss a lot of frogs. For every person who'll ultimately buy your product or service, there are the tire kickers, the preliminary shoppers and those who can't or won't buy what you're selling. In fact, only about 25% of leads end up converting into actual sales. Every business needs to create marketing (three touchpoints is a good standard) touchpoints that lead people through their funnel.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Management

High-Level Executive: How to Nourish The Future Leaders of Your Business

Posted by StellaPop on Mar 5, 2019 8:10:00 AM

As a high-level executive, your days are bound to be extremely busy. But no matter how hectic your schedule is, it's critical to take time to build up the individuals who will become the future leaders of your company. Grooming someone to excel in a leadership role takes time, effort and resources - and it's best done by someone with on-the-ground insights into your company's culture, goals, and aspirations.

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Topics: Management, Leadership, CEO Series

How to Go From Idea to Entrepreneur: 5 Tips to Help Turn Your Business Dream Into a Reality

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 22, 2019 8:07:00 AM

Do you dream of starting your own company? Itching to build your own business and be the boss? While it is possible to succeed as an entrepreneur with a single great idea, more often than not, successful entrepreneurs come from seasoned backgrounds in their industry.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Start Up

How to Work at Peak Productivity - and Avoid Squirrel Time

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 12, 2019 8:03:00 AM

Ever asked a colleague about an email or task, only to get sidetracked talking about something else entirely? At StellaPop we call these moments "squirrel time," after Doug the notoriously distractible dog in the film Up.

Not all squirrel time is bad. We all need a break every now and then, and sometimes squirrel time can result in valuable discussions or insights about a client, a task or a process. But how do you control squirrel time so that you don't go nuts?

Here's how we ensure that we stay on task and meet our deadlines - while still allowing for occasional office chit chat and discussion. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, CEO Series

Mis-Approved! How to Go from First Draft to Final Approval

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 7, 2019 10:35:47 AM

Every new project starts first with conception. Conception is when the germ of an idea is born. That idea is then brought to fruition by creativity, sweat, and a healthy dose of humility if you’re doing it right. You have to be humble because the path from first iterations to final approval is a dark road littered with twists and turns and peppered with umpteen revisions.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management

Why We Go To Work: What It Means for Companies and Employees

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 5, 2019 8:24:45 AM

Ever since we are little, we are conditioned to think about what we want to be when we grow up (which really means what we want to do for work). As a kid, we start out dreaming big. We want to be a firefighter and face danger; we want to be a doctor and save lives; we want to help people. As we get older though, money often comes into the picture. Your career path may change based on salary, but if you're lucky it doesn't have to. 

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Topics: Human Resources, Management

Is Your Workplace Productive? 4 Tips to Help Boost Office Productivity

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 29, 2019 11:43:02 AM

Whether you’re dealing with wall-to-wall cubicles, an open layout, or a combination of both, here are four ways to help boost office morale and improve employee productivity.

1. Keep meetings to a minimum

One of the biggest traps most workplaces fall into is the habit of scheduling too many meetings a week. To help solve this issue, some offices have started designating specific timeframes for meetings (say, between 10 AM and noon), while others simply schedule one meeting a week and cover as many topics as they can. A weekly office gathering can often help cover most of the upcoming issues in one setting, as well as offer a little insight into what everyone has planned for the week.

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Topics: Workplace Services, Management

And Action! How to Give Actionable Feedback as a Leader

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 16, 2019 9:18:22 AM

As a leader, your team looks to you for answers and support. Being able to deliver clear, actionable feedback is a critical leadership skill - one that's both good for your team and good for your standing as a leader.

Here's how to deliver feedback that everyone can use to improve.

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Topics: Management, CEO Series

How To Develop A Winning Business Strategy: Knowing What Not to Do

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 9, 2019 10:20:05 AM

The beginning of the year is often flooded with goal setting. Goals are wonderful. They're motivating. They're often a way of tracking your success. Goals are great. 

But let's get one thing straight. A strategy isn't the same thing as a goal. A strategy is the how and the why. It's choosing what to do and what not to do. 

And a business without a sound strategy fueling its actions is sunk no matter how good you're at setting goals. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Management

Deep Change: 5 Simple Steps to Jumpstart Business Disruption & Innovation

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 1, 2019 8:04:00 AM

Almost all business leaders want to take their company to the next level — whether that means innovating product or service development, growing their consumer base, or becoming a household name. But what about really making waves? If you're looking to shake the very foundation of your space and take control, you're looking to disrupt your industry.

You may have heard this catchphrase before, but what does it really mean to disrupt an industry? It's about more than just developing innovative products or services — it's forcing deep changes to the way the industry operates. And because of the disruption, other companies are required to change to the new way of doing things in order to stay relevant.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Management

Big Ideas: How to Figure Out The Viability of Your Business Idea

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 27, 2018 8:25:00 AM

You've had a brilliant idea, one you think could turn into a rare "unicorn". But before you dive headlong into launching a business, first take the time to validate your idea. This will help ensure that there's room in the market for your idea - along with potential customers. It can also save you from doubling up on something that already exists, or attempting to shoehorn yourself into an overcrowded vertical.

Here's how to figure out whether your idea has legs.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Operations, Start Up

The Key to Start-Ups = Is Starting!

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 26, 2018 8:13:00 AM

The business startup scene is one of the most ruthless sectors in the world. With a 90% failure rate, it’s obvious most startups don’t make the cut. Sure, some of the blame can be placed on market saturation, but the bitter truth is that most startups simply don’t know how to, well, start.

Having a great idea is one thing; seeing that idea to fruition is a whole different story. Grit, gumption, tenacity -- these are the traits you need to survive in the industry.

If you’re looking to test your mettle in the startup world, here are four tips to help you start moving.

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Topics: Start Up

Resilient Businesses Survive, Thrive or Nosedive - Time to Build a Strategy?

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 19, 2018 7:23:00 AM

The word resilient has two definitions in general use. The first refers to a person or entity that's able to withstand and recover from difficult situations. The second reference an object with the ability to spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Management

Year-End Biz Quiz: #Goals

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 13, 2018 10:25:42 AM

It’s that time of year again. The time where we look back and assess where we’re at and what we’ve done. Evaluate what worked and what didn’t and make plans to do even better moving forward. With that said, the end of 2018 is closing in fast. Did you accomplish all of your business goals for the year? Achieve all of your business dreams? Or do you feel you’ve fallen short?

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting

Do You Have Control Over Your Digital  Footprint? Take Back Control

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 11, 2018 8:00:41 AM

Put the power back into your businesses hands.

Having your own website and social media profiles is a must in this day in age, but only a handful of companies actually have control over it. In fact, if you paid an outside contractor to build your site and set up your pages, chances are someone else owns it. This means your logins, hosting capabilities and more could be caught up in someone else’s hands. Sure, it may be convenient to hire an outside contractor to do the “dirty work,” but the associated legal risk is often more headache than it’s worth.

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Topics: Leadership, Website

Running Lean: Do You Have Mid-level Management?

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 4, 2018 8:03:00 AM

King Arthur ruled over Camelot, bringing it security and prosperity. How? By utilizing his best people - the knights of the roundtable - to get the job done. King Arthur didn't manage each and every farmer, blacksmith, and soldier individually. That would have been impossible- and possibly insane. King Arthur had a strong middle management team that executed his vision.

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Topics: Management, C-Suite

Productivity and Time Management Hacks for Busy Execs

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 27, 2018 8:00:13 AM

Productivity doesn't just happen - it's planned. And with our collective productivity increasing some 80% since the 70s, all of that planning is clearly working. Need some tips for squeezing a little more out of your day? Here are some of our failsafe ways to ensure that you're using your time as effectively as possible.

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Topics: C-Suite, Leadership

Culture Club: Avoid Groupthink With Diverse Business Teams

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 21, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Diversity in the workforce is a hot button topic. But studies have shown that diversity isn't only good for your company culture - it's good for your bottom line. Having a team that represents different cultures, genders, socioeconomic background, ages and even ways of thinking is a plus for your business. It helps you see beyond your own perspective - and it helps you get into the heads of your consumers. 

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Topics: Human Resources, C-Suite

How to Infuse a Startup Culture into Any Large Company

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 14, 2018 8:29:31 AM

You may be puzzled by the title of this post. You might ask yourself, "Why should I want to mirror a startup culture? My company is established and thriving." While that may be true, there are many positive things to be gleaned from a startup mindset that can improve any size business. 

When you think about a startup culture, visions of air hockey tables, modern furniture, brightly colored walls, and an all-fun mentality may come to mind. But in reality, a startup culture is so much more.

Here are a few common tenants of startup culture that could benefit your business and everyone in it.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Start Up

Solopreneurs: Tools to Help You Make it in the Business

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 13, 2018 8:29:55 AM

It’s not easy being a solo entrepreneur. But that's showbiz baby. 

Since you’re ridin' solo, you are forced to wear many hats which can be both exhilarating and exhausting, depending on the day. Thankfully, technology and the era of internet has made working alone easier than ever. 

There are tools and apps and goodies galore to help you make the most of your day, get “all the things” done, and even do them on a budget. Keep reading for some our best “gotta have ‘em” tools to help make your solo venture successful.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Start Up

How a Subscription Model Keeps Customers Coming Back

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 7, 2018 7:37:00 AM

Savvy consumers are moving away from single-use products - and so are savvy businesses. After all, the easiest way to ensure customer retention is to build it into your business model. So how are they doing it? With the subscription model.

Gone are the days when subscriptions were only associated with newspapers and magazines. In 2018, 29% of the value of the top 100 brands is in subscriptions - up from 18% in 2009.  If you shop via Amazon Prime, watch TV through Netflix, cook using Blue Apron and pay for an annual Microsoft Office license, you're buying into the subscription economy

So why are subscriptions so great, and why should you build them into your business?

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Topics: Management Consulting, Operations, Management

The Small Business Owners Manual: Operations 101

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The vision many people have when they dream about running a business is often a far cry from the day-to-day reality. The freedom, flexibility and fine dining lunches don't necessarily materialize. In their place, many small business owners struggle with long days, stress and cash flow.

Though common, those issues don't need to be part of the experience. Often, they arise when small business owners need a stronger grounding in the basics of business operations and process.

Here's what you need to know to ensure that your business ticks along like a dream.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Operations, C-Suite

Did You Draw the Short Straw? 7 Tips to Make Your Office Move Super Smooth

Posted by StellaPop on Oct 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Planning an office move is one of the most stressful tasks there is. Studies show that 80% of people who have the responsibility of moving a company leave their job within three years after the move is complete.  That’s a pretty startling statement, but it’s not surprising. So, if you're assigned the role of the chief mover, this one goes out to you. 

No matter how far the move or how big the organization, planning is critical. To help you get the most out of your move, here are six tips to help keep you calm, cool, and collected. That way, you can move your entire business without having to break a sweat.

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Topics: Workplace Services, Move Management

4 Powerful Business Lessons from the Solar Eclipse

Posted by StellaPop on Sep 5, 2017 11:35:48 AM

Our copywriter, Brad Dunn, jumped in his car and headed south on an epic road trip with his son to view the solar eclipse a few weeks ago, here are a few business lessons he learned. Take it away Brad...

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Topics: Business Consulting, Guest Post

Four Steps to Prep for an In-Person Interview

Posted by StellaPop on Apr 4, 2017 3:25:00 PM

I’ve been in the HR field twen—let’s just say long enough — and yet I’m still baffled by the number of candidates who get to the in-person interview and don’t prepare. Following these 4 steps in preparation for your interview will ensure you stand out among other applicants.

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Topics: Human Resources, Interview Advice

Entrepreneurs — Motivating Your Team is Like Pulling Taffy

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 28, 2017 10:01:00 AM

Entrepreneurs will totally get this analogy. Have you ever watched taffy being made? It’s a brawny ballet for the candy maker. Pushing and pulling the thickened ingredients into a sweet treat. It’s not pretty or easy, but the rewards are delicious. It's the same process for businesses, pushing and pulling toward innovation and change.
The best business teams stretch, wrestle and pull each other forward, leaving your organizational comfort zones at the door. It's better to struggle than to settle for easy. Lead by example. Mentor your team. Teach them to stretch and pull ideas from infancy to implementation. Allow them room to expand, discover and breathe. Encourage and reward risk taking. It’s all about the stretching.   

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Topics: Management Consulting

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