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Uncategorized Feb 25, 2020

One of the best ways to show appreciation to someone is by giving them time. But do you have time to give the time?

The last two appreciation languages we will focus on are around quality time and physical touch. The premise of both of these concepts is rooted in being visible in your workplace.

As the founder of your company, you are responsible for every aspect of your organization, ensuring the company thrives and is able to continue to employ your workforce. But with that responsibility can come less time spent actually in the workplace. What many owners forget is that the people that are working with you are there because they believe in you and the company. Time with YOU is what means the most to them. Emails and thank you gifts are nice, but there is nothing likegetting to be with the person that attracted them to the company in the first place.  When it comes to giving time, being present is an easy place to start. Start with hosting in-person meetings or if...

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Do you like gifts?

tuesday toolbox Feb 18, 2020

Do you like receiving gifts? Of course, you do, who doesn't? But bringing a culture of gift-giving to your workplace can be tricky to navigate. As a leader, it is important to understand that appreciation takes many forms and one form is giving gifts.

But this doesn't have to conform to traditional ideas of gift-giving. The best part of being the leader of your organization is that you can determine what fits within your company culture and values while ensuring that you are respectful of those that you wish to feel the appreciation you are seeking to provide.

Consider creating a program where employees can select from rewards or "gifts" that are right for you and your business.

Examples could include:

  • A day off/extra vacation day
  • Taking them to a special lunch
  • A massage/spa day - especially if you have completed a stressful project
  • Tickets to a local event/team/location

Other ideas can be providing a team member with an opportunity they have been interested in such as...

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Are you a servant leader?

tuesday toolbox Feb 11, 2020

What is servant leadership? We hear about it, we know it's important, but what is it really?

A servant leader is a leader whose main focus is to serve the business they are heading/running which differs from the traditional philosophy that the leader's main objective is ensuring the company is thriving/profitable. The premise behind this is simple: satisfied employees are happy employees and happy employees give more (time, effort, ideas) to the organization that cares for them.

Henry Ford said, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

The focus on "Acts of Service" as the second language of appreciation in the book, The Five Languages of Appreciation by Gary Chapman and Paul White is grounded in the simple concept of using small gestures to show that you value someone.

How does this play out in the workplace? It could be as simple as bringing a colleague a cup of coffee and can be as large as offering to jump in on a large...

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What's your appreciation language?

tuesday toolbox Feb 04, 2020

Business ownership is an amazing journey. Being the boss, while exciting and dream-worthy, comes with the responsibilities of not only keep your customers pleased and eager to do business WITH you, but also ensuring that your employees are satisfied and eager to work FOR you. Even if you don't have direct employees, you probably have contractors or partners that you want to keep satisfied and eager to help your company grow.

So how do you do it? How do you ensure that those people that are the foundation of your business feel appreciated and in turn desire your success and will go to great lengths to ensure it?

The book, "The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace," (Gary Champman & Paul White) outlines five key areas or "languages" that will speak to your workforce and ensure they feel the appreciation you have for what they do for you and your company.

 The 5 Languages are:

  1. Words of Affirmation
  2. Quality Time
  3. Acts of Service
  4. Tangible Gifts
  5. Physical Touch

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Is your plan YOUR Plan?

tuesday toolbox Jan 28, 2020

How often do you review your strategic plan and what exactly do you need to include?

Strategic planning is all about setting the direction for your business. It should include your vision, mission, and overarching goals as well as clearly outline your company values. It is critical to ensure that all of these elements are included as they should serve as the means by which you measure what actions you need to take. If an action does not fit your values or your vision/mission, then more than likely that is not the action you need to take to achieve your goals.

An article published by identifies five key components of a strategic plan (click here to read the full article):

  • Mission, vision, and aspirations.
  • Core values.
  • Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
  • Objectives, strategies, and operational tactics.
  • Measurements and funding streams.

The strategic plan is a full picture of your business and is the "map" which you should continually reference to...

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What is your 2020 vision?

tuesday toolbox Jan 21, 2020

The start of a new year is the perfect time for reflection. As a business owner, you pause to look back on the previous year and all that you achieved and the areas you could continue to grow. But do you take a moment to review your vision for your business?

When starting a business, we are all about vision. We take the time to map out the organizational, financial, and brand vision for our business. We see it as clearly as we see the sun. But as the years pass, do you take the time to revisit this process?

Why do you need to, you might ask? Well as all things change with time, our vision for our business may change as well. In order to continue moving your business forward, it is important to check your vision and ensure you are still in alignment with where you want to see your business go.

How? One of the easiest and most powerful ways is to do a vision board. Yes, it's time to take out the magazines, scissors, and glue and get back in touch with the simple process of pasting...

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