Janet Behm's Keys For Empowering Your Employees For Advancement

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"My job as a leader is to make sure that everybody in the company has great opportunities and they feel they are having meaningful impact to the good of society." -Larry Page

If you do nothing to help your employees grow, complacency can become the norm. They might be "good" at their job but they may never become "great". And for those employees who are striving, regardless of their given opportunities, it's vital you recognize them in their good work. Is a promotion at hand? Possibly. Consider the following three questions before promoting your people.

Are they prepared?

Hard work and stellar performance does not mean they are automatically ready for the next step. Consider the highest award in college football: the Heisman Trophy. Those who win the award do not always excel at the next level. Some trophy winners leave college early when they should have prepared another year for the NFL. Your employees might need another six months or year to prepare for promotion. In that time-frame, give them educational goals that will prepare them to succeed at the next level. Read More...


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Evaluating Your Company's Marketing ROI

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"The sweetest two words are 'next time.' The sourest word is 'if.'" -Chi Chi Rodriguez

One of the big problems with "branded" style advertising, is that you simply cannot know whether your marketing is really working or not. After all... if you're "getting your name out" (as the ad reps tell you), how do you know if your "name" is pulling in new clients?

It's a classic strategy by which ad reps get you to purchase more advertising from them: "We just need to go a few more months, so you can get your name out more." For most small businesses, this is a waste of money.

Well, when I've worked with advertising agencies, we enjoyed the power position with our ad reps. Why? Because we knew our numbers.

We could attach dollars and cents to the ROI from our specific ads, and we used that info to make marketing decisions every season. And it's a MAJOR missed step for many local businesses. Read More...


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The "Profit First" Framework for Real Estate Businesses

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"Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant." -P.T. Barnum

Life is all about prioritization. Businesses are no different.

Where does profit fall in your list of priorities? Obviously, in the realm of cash flow, you are sparsing out revenue to various functions within your business: COGS (Cost Of Goods Sold), payroll, etc.

But the profit first mentality says to do just that -- prioritize profit as the number one item on your list. AND THEN move onto other areas of your business that need cash flow. This is the "pay yourself first" perspective -- many utilize this tactic to propel their personal finances in a favorable direction. But in a business sense, this concept requires a few shifts.

  1. The Bank Accounts

Setting up your bank accounts accordingly is crucial for profit first to succeed. The order is as follows: Read More...


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The Wisdom of the Crowd

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"To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions." -Stephen R. Covey

Mindlessly conforming to conventional wisdom about how to thrive in your calling is something I think we should all avoid. But with every (bad) magazine and social media post tossing around conventional wisdom left and right, allow me to question some of it...

"Just do your job"
Your job description is a bare minimum. Fulfilling it means you'll probably keep your job, or that client contract, but you won't stand out when buyers are re-upping contracts or managers are deciding whom to promote. Push the envelope a little so your contact sees that you're committed to helping the organization, not just safeguarding your position or contract.

"Never say 'No'"
You can't do everything, know everything, or even attempt everything your boss or contractor asks. Be willing to admit when you don't have the answer, or that you don't have time for every assignment. Then work with your contact to solve the problem, and accommodate his or her needs. Read More...




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Email Marketing Strategies That Businesses Should Avoid

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To build a long-term, successful enterprise, when you don't close a sale, open a relationship." -Patricia Fripp

I know that there are businesses who are doing extremely sophisticated, enterprise-level things with their email marketing. And they are most definitely worth studying.

But I prefer to live in the land of what is actually possible for a small business owner. And if you're like me, you like things simple.

So, I suggest you start by cutting out two bad habits, rooted in some mythology about the email medium:

1) Branded headers and clean graphics make your emails look more "professional".

So I ask you: how do you want your emails to be received? As a "professional" email -- with similar content that can be otherwise found through a simple internet search? Read More...


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Optimizing Productive Time for You and Your Team

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"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." -Abraham Lincoln

Anybody can see there's a huge difference between activity and progress. But this is one of those topics that many of us *think* we have handled pretty well, when in reality, we might be fooling ourselves.

So, consider this: How much time do you (and your staff) waste in meetings?

A recent survey of Fortune 500 CEOs showed they averaged only 28 MINUTES of actual productive time during a day, primarily due to useless meetings.

You're probably doing considerably better than that in your small business because of less bureaucracy, but still ... eye-opening, yes?

So, I have three cautions for you -- and inherent to each of them, I believe, you'll see the kind of "opposite" behavior you need, to win the time-management game for business owners:

1) Unless you have an agenda and specific goal for every meeting, you're probably wasting your time. Which leaves even less time that day for you to concentrate on the really important things. Read More...


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The Importance of the Landlord Screening Component of the Screening Process

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Hello, I’m Cody Reeder with Reeder Asset Management. We are a full- service property management company, serving Cache Valley to Utah County. Today I would like to talk about the screening process. In particular the landlord screening component of the screening process.

A lot of times when I talk with owners, they will tell me that they do screening and that is great. But, as I dig a little deeper overwhelming the majority just do a credit check. Sometimes they may call to make sure that they do work in the place they claim to work.  As I talk with owners I realize they are missing a very important component, and that is the landlord referral.  Part of our screening is the credit check, we check the sex offender list, we do a criminal background check, employment verification, we do previous landlord, we are a part of rent bureau, it’s kind of how property management companies talk to each other.  As I said, each one warrants their own discussion. But today I want to dive into the previous landlord because it is so important. In my opinion, it’s the most important. For example, we’ve had just recently a prospective tenant that we screened have a 780 credit score but had one tradeline. And the trade line had been opened for about 6 months. He was a young kid trying to build his credit. At first glance that looks really attractive, but as you look a little at the tradelines you realize they haven’t established themselves as a creditworthy tenant. That is why I want to dive in a little bit deeper and you should be diving in deeper than just the credit check.  Read More...


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IRS Scams Targeting Those Needing Tax Debt Help

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"The worst kind of lying I've ever done is keeping things from people." -Elijah Wood

With the October 15th deadline nearing (for extended personal returns), there is almost always an uptick in scammer activity, especially seeking out those who are facing debts to the IRS. Yes, criminals use databases too.

Let's start with email...

Take note of these email subject headlines:

"Automatic Income Tax Reminder"

Or

"Electronic Tax Reminder"

If you see an email with either of those subject lines, or something even close to resembling the like, PLEASE DO NOT CLICK. These emails can contain faulty information from scammers looking for personal information so that they can access your money. Read More...


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Preserving Your Digital Estate

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"A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door." -Confucius

This isn't particularly a "fun" topic, but again, this day and age calls for it. If you have a lot of important business and data online (most of us do) let's ensure that nothing is ever lost.

Define "Digital Asset"

Before we go any further, the following could be considered digital assets in your name:

  1. Emails
  2. Social Media Sites
  3. Blogs
  4. Financial Accounts
  5. Music Files
  6. Photographs
  7. Videos
  8. Customer Database
  9. Cryptocurrency

The list goes on, but these are a few common personal online assets. Read More...


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The Role Of The Business Owner

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"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." -Robert F. Kennedy

When I meet with Salt Lake County business owners and clients, we always go over the particulars of their business (how money comes in, how it goes out, accrual vs. cash, etc.), but when the moment is right, I often stump the client when I ask them this question -- and, actually, I'll ask it of you:

"What business are you actually in?"

As an example of what I'm talking about, let's say you run a daycare business.

In fact, not only do you run a daycare business, you run it very well. Your employees are licensed and trained to the highest standards; your facilities are top-notch; you've got years of experience and parents rave about how their kids are happy when they pick them up.

But you're losing money, because you don't "get" what I'm about to tell you.

You see, you could have the World's Greatest [your industry here] Business (in absolute truth), and still have a poor bottom line. Read More...


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