Business Tips

Branding Your Business To Be Seen

Mar 12 2018, - by Jacki Hart

A brand is the sum total of the experiences your customers and potential customers have with your company. A strong brand communicates what your company does, how it does it, and at the same time, establishes trust and credibility. Your brand lives in everyday interactions with your customers, the images you share, the messages you post on your website, the content of your marketing materials, and in your posts on social networks. ..


Attracting Talent In a New Era

Feb 16 2018, - by Jacki Hart

The single-most common topic of conversation I’ve heard among business owners in January and February of this year, were centered on the topic of staffing. Discussions are ranging from how to find new ones, how to entrench the new ones, and how to keep the good ones. ..


Becoming a Master At What You Do

Jan 02 2018, - by Jacki Hart

The winding-down from a busy year has always been a time to ask lots of questions about the years’ results. Most particularly, self-reflective questions that I ask myself. I believe that January is a great month to create some quiet time for self-reflection. It’s a time of year to take stock of who you are, where you are, and where you need to grow to in order to reach your goals. ..


Embracing Millennials

Oct 12 2017, - by Jacki Hart

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet ….
Look! It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…. No, it’s today’s entrepreneur running madly in all directions trying to figure out how to engage their team! If that opening phrase tugs you down memory lane to a guy in a red cape, my guess is there’s room in your HR strategy for improvement. More now than ever, business owners and managers are finding it increasingly difficult to engage and retain their younger workforce. So, you’re not alone. ..


Standing in the Presence of Greatness

Sep 08 2017, - by Jacki Hart

Every now and then, business owners who combine passion with skill and professionalism, have very special (and memorable) moments. Some of those moments may include landing a great contract, hiring a right-fit dynamo, or creating your ‘best ever’ masterpiece. Some of those moments may happen when you come across a mentor, a coach, or perhaps a chapter in a book that really connects to your core, and ‘feels right’. ..


Get Me Outta Here | Succession Planning

Aug 05 2017, - by Jacki Hart

There is one important area of business planning the majority of business owners either ignore or are ‘too busy’ to put on their radar…. Until it’s almost too late: The Exit Strategy. ..


5 Metrics To Increase Profitability

Jun 26 2017, - by Jacki Hart

Measure only what you monitor, and monitor what you measure. ..


Creating Systems

May 29 2017, - by Jacki Hart

The rubber hits the road. Every business has it’s peak season each year. In the region where I live (Muskoka, Ontario) the seasonal residents start to show up in May, peak in July and August, and linger on in smaller numbers through mid October. By early November, you could shoot a cannon down any regional towns’ main street and not hit a soul. Its’ during your business’ busiest time of year that the Systems Test takes place. ..


Strategic Thinking: A New Perspective

Mar 27 2017, - by Jacki Hart

When I talk to business owners about strategy, they typically roll their eyes, conjuring up images of lengthy strat plans requiring days of work. That’s not why I talk about strategy. To me, strategy requires thinking strategically – which is a critical business leadership skill of which most entrepreneurs are unaware.  ..


HR Strategies: Building Employee Loyalty

Feb 03 2017, - by Jacki Hart

At the start of every calendar year, every business manager and owner I've ever met leaps enthusiastically into the new year with renewed enthusiasm for improved results. ..


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