There is no doubt about it. Everyone is in holiday mode. Clients are busy trying to wrap up their year-end and are pressing with last minute requests before budgets disappear. There are extended vacations. There are stops and starts because Christmas and the New Year fall within the week. Let’s face it… it is a wonder anything can get done. Staying productive during this or any holiday season requires a huge effort- especially for service businesses. However, that does not mean that you can’t get meaningful work done.

the ceo magazine, decision making,

Recently, my seven-year-old granddaughter told me about an exciting day they had at her school. John Mabry, former St. Louis Cardinals player and current batting coach for the team, paid a visit to Julie’s second-grade class.

I asked Julie what Mr. Mabry’s speech had been about, but she informed me he didn’t deliver a prepared speech. Rather, he answered the kids’ questions. I asked what she had asked. “Well, I asked Mr. Mabry what his favorite color is, but some kids asked really stupid questions.” 

the ceo magazine, values,
Cindy Wahler

Our values form the basis of our personality. These values permeate our personal and professional lives. It is believed that during what is considered our formative years, approximately the period between ages 0-7 our basic personality is formed. ( )

Of course ensuing life experiences also shape who we become.

Our values determine how we treat others. Respect, kindness, honesty, integrity, fairness and equality are fundamental attributes. These attributes define how we interact with others relative to collaboration, partnering and supporting the advancement of others. It is the essence of who we are and how we interface with the world.

the ceo magazine, employee engagement,
Tina Hodges, CEO and Chief Experience Officer, Advance Financial

Employee engagement may sound like a workplace trend or HR buzz term, but when embraced by company leadership and planned strategically, it’s anything but a fleeting concept.

Taking a holistic approach to employee engagement is a sound business practice even today when digital engagement beckons and entices. People are what make up the heart of every company, and there’s never been a more critical time for open and honest dialogue with employees. Local economies are becoming world economies, and technology is forcing all industries to evolve in order to stay relevant.

the ceo magazine, change management,
Mary Van Skiver

Regardless of the timing or the method of your business transition, developing and executing a roadmap for the journey takes time, thought and effort. This often makes it difficult to turn the key and start the first leg of the adventure. However, owners and leaders who have the desire for their business to not only survive, but thrive for years to come, engage their team to develop a plan with elements to ensure successful navigation to their final destination.



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