Print Page   |   Your Cart   |   Sign In
Business
Group HomeGroup Home Blog Home Group Blogs

How To Sleep Like a Leader

Posted By Chris Aird, With Purpose Business Consultants, Monday, April 2, 2018

As a leader within the company or as the top leadership executive, it can be accurately stated that you did not get to that position by only doing what was required of you or through minimal investment of your time.

It is also, safe to say, that through your dedication, determination, drive and sacrifice you have attained to this level of leadership success.

However, it is also important to remember that, as the leader within the organization, that many are dependent upon your continued success. Specifically, it would be your employees, your stakeholders, your family and above all, YOU!

Therefore, it is important to consistently invest in your well-being and one of the best ways to maintain your health, energy and drive is to Sleep Like a Leader.

It may surprise you that a recent survey conducted by the Harvard Business Review indicated that roughly 43% of business leadership surveyed said that they are sleep deprived 4 out of 7 nights a week https://hbr.org/2016/02/theres-a-proven-link-between-effective-leadership-and-getting-enough-sleep.

Consequently, a few important practical tips may be in order to ensure that you receive the adequate rest that you need to maintain your powerful leadership energy, vision and enthusiasm.

Some of those healthy sleeping tips would include:

  • Maintain a consistent bedtime hour.
  • Although keeping current on the events of the day may be necessary, the high-performing executive should detach from the world events at about an hour prior to retiring.
  • If experiencing difficulty going to sleep, check your diet and limit caffeine intake.
  • Indulge in consistent exercise through the course of the week.
  • As much as possible, detach yourself from communication devices at bed-time (cell phones, computers, tablets, etc.).
  • Instruct leadership staff to limit communication when you are “off the clock.”  Perhaps a separate number can be set up for extreme or emergency conversations.
  • Practical advice would include eating lightly at night as well as sleeping on a comfortable bed and in a sleep inducing environment.
  • Utilize homeopathic sounds such as running water or nature sounds available through inexpensive sound devices or listen to soothing music.
  • Take power naps during the course of the day at all possible.
  • Business travel is sometimes necessary – a few tips to manage jet lag may include staying hydrated, scheduling early arrivals, stay active, trying light therapy, etc.

Lead in your own life, take control, good night and sleep well!

Allow us to serve you and your business organizational needs as well as offering opportunities to mentoring your leadership staff.  You may contact us at (480) 280-6505.

Tags:  ASBA  business  business decision-making  business development  Business growth  business knowledge  Business Learning  Business Planning  business services  change  Employers  entrepreneur  finding your passion  getting unstuck  professional development  small business 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

New LegalShield Law Index Brings Leading Indicators Of Actionable, Hard Data To Reveal Economic Trends

Posted By Kenyatta Turner, LegalShield Independent Associate, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monthly Index Covers Over 70% of the GDP to Predict Economic Health

 

ADA, Okla.June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, the LegalShield Law Index—launched today—provides a forward-looking snapshot of the economic and financial status of U.S. households and small businesses. The Index is made up of five indices, including the LegalShield Consumer Financial Stress Index, LegalShield Housing Activity Index, LegalShield Bankruptcy Index, LegalShield Foreclosure Index, and the LegalShield Real Estate Index. Each index relies on LegalShield's unique and proprietary database of actual member demand for and usage of legal services to predict the health of the U.S. economy.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8115751-legalshield-law-indices-predictive-economic-trends

 "The LegalShield Law Index is generated from actual consumer and business demand for various legal services provided by our closed panel of dedicated law firms covering all 50 states," said James Rosseau, LegalShield's Chief Commercial Officer. "Each index is a leading economic indicator and is released in a more timely manner than traditional economic indices. Our index predicts economic activity that represent more than 70 percent of the Gross Domestic Product of the United States. The LegalShield Law Index provides actionable intelligence about the direction of the U.S. economy in the mid- to near-term," continued Rosseau.

The key predictive takeaways from the first public release of data, through May 2017, are as follows:

  • Consumer confidence may continue to ease in the months ahead, but will likely remain strong by historical standards.
  • Housing starts, which have risen at a stubbornly slow pace since 2012 and remain well below pre-recession levels, should continue to improve slowly in the months ahead.
  • Bankruptcy filings should remain subdued in the near term. However, elevated levels of household debt are worth keeping an eye on, as they could lead to upward pressure on bankruptcy filings in the future.
  • Foreclosures should remain subdued in the short term, but may begin to rise in the second half of the year.
  • Existing home sales should continue to improve slowly in the months ahead.

The LegalShield Law Index is made up of five indices that are generated from LegalShield's proprietary data, which tracks the demand for different types of legal services for the various areas of law over the past 15-plus years. Each time a LegalShield partner law firm receives a request from a LegalShield member, the request is logged as an "intake" within one of roughly 70 unique areas of law (e.g., real estate, criminal, bankruptcy), depending on the nature of the legal need.

"We are excited to share our forward-looking data about the U.S. economy, based on the actual legal needs of our members and the work of our provider law firms—data that covers more than one-and-a-half decades of activity. When our members contact their LegalShield provider law firm, we record the area of law," explained Rosseau. "In aggregate, our index foreshadows economic activity based on actual legal events in the lives of individuals, families and small businesses."

The flagship LegalShield Consumer Financial Stress Index tends to lead the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index by one to three months. LegalShield's May data suggest that the recent run-up in consumer confidence may have overshot economic realities, and that consumer confidence levels may consequently pull back in the months ahead.

"While there are reasons to be optimistic about the U.S. economy, since December there has been a divergence of 'soft data' based on consumer and business confidence surveys, and 'hard data' based on actual market events, such as demand for legal services," Jeff Bell, LegalShield CEO, said. "Historically, when the LegalShield Consumer Financial Stress Index drifts away from the Consumer Confidence Index, it is typically consumer confidence that falls back into line with our index, not the other way around. We saw this in 2006 and 2007, when our index provided an early warning signal of the drop-off in confidence at the outset of the Great Recession."

LegalShield will be releasing the Index monthly, on the sixth business day of each month. Today the company is releasing May data, along with an assessment of what the data suggest about the health and direction of the U.S. economy. For access to the economic assessment, please visit https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8115751-legalshield-law-indices-predictive-economic-trends/.

The five separate measures that comprise the LegalShield Law Index together provide a leading indicator of the economic and financial status of American households and small businesses. The indices closely track a handful of key economic indicators, such as the Consumer Confidence Index (developed by the Conference Board), Housing Starts (reported by the U.S. Census Bureau), and Foreclosure Starts (reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association). Each LegalShield index has undergone a battery of statistical tests overseen by a PhD economist to validate its relationship to an existing economic indicator that sheds light on the health and direction of the U.S. economy.

LegalShield's suite of law indices provides actionable intelligence about the direction of the U.S. economy in the near term. Each index is based on data collected through LegalShield's provider law firms across all 50 states, thereby offering insights that are not accessible to the general public.

The Index is based on data collected on a near real-time basis, and will be refreshed and released monthly along with forecast statements on each index. The Index is based on intakes among more than 1.6 million memberships (including individuals and small businesses), providing a window into the legal needs of families and businesses across the country at any given point in time.

About LegalShield 
LegalShield is one of the North America's leading providers of legal safeguards for individuals, families and small businesses. The company also offers one of the industry's most affordable and comprehensive identity theft plans, IDShield. LegalShield plans provide protection to more than 4.2 million individuals, and IDShield provides identity monitoring and restoration services to more than one million individuals across North America. In addition, LegalShield and IDShield serve more than 141,000 businesses.

For as little as $20 per month, LegalShield members get access to attorneys with an average of 19 years of experience in areas such as family matters, estate planning, financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate, benefits disputes and auto/driving issues. Unlike other legal plans or do-it-yourself websites, LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 50 states and four provinces in Canada that members can call for help without having to worry about high hourly rates.

For more information, visit http://www.LegalShield.com/hub/KenyattaTurner or contact Kenyatta Turner, LegalShield Independent Associate, 602-367-1069

Tags:  business  business decision-making  business development  Business growth  business plan  business resources  business services  business worries  economic development  economy  finance  ID Theft  Identity Fraud  Legal  legal services  real estate  setting goals  small business  small business marketing  small business strategy  women owned small business  women-owned business 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Customers Driving you Crazy - 7 Tough Situations

Posted By Tracelyn Sutton, American Cancer Society, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 

Turning Difficult Customers Around

Over time, you and your coworkers have probably developed some effective ways of dealing with challenges that come up in dealing with difficult customers. Sharing those ideas can benefit everyone.

The seven situations of difficult customers (and suggested ways of dealing with them) are:

  1. You don’t know the answer to a customer’s question (Tell the customer that you don’t know the answer, but you will find out)

  2. You have to say no to a customer’s request (Explain why you have to say no; offer alternatives)

  3. Your computer is working slowly and the customer is getting impatient (Tell the customer your computer is working slowly; keep the customer informed about what’s happening)

  4. The customer makes an unrealistic request (Explain what alternatives you can offer)

  5. The customers doesn’t seem to believe you (Offer to show proof or backup information)

  6. The customer is angry (Stay calm; acknowledge the customer’s feelings)

  7. The customer doesn’t want to give you the information you need (Explain why you need the information)

Although the saying goes that the customer is always right, there can often be a lot of space between knowing that the customer is “right” and accepting that they have a point. It can often be extremely frustrating dealing with certain customers, especially those who show limited understanding of your situation. Sometimes, due to the limitations of your job, a customer will present you with a request that you simply cannot deliver on. They may well become insistent on the subject, and in some situations customers have been known to become abusive. Dealing with this as a customer service provider can be difficult, but it is one of those challenges that makes you or breaks you in the role.

Sometimes customers are of the belief that a customer service provider is all-powerful. The belief seems to come from the fact that, as an employee of the company, you will have some access to the inner workings of the company. Frequently the extent of a complaint will be that “this doesn’t work and I want a new one/this one to be fixed/my money back”. Their displeasure will be clear, and may even shade into anger. Trying to defuse a situation like that is always a challenge, and requires a great deal of patience. It is not impossible, however – and emerging triumphant from such a situation can be a very big milestone.

The important thing to keep in mind when dealing with a customer complaint is that losing your patience with the customer will never lead to a satisfactory conclusion – for you and most likely for them. Although it may seem galling, and rather challenging, you will need to keep a firm hold of your temper and address their complaint to the best of your knowledge and ability. Tell them that you can see their problem and you will do everything you can to make sure it is corrected. Explain to them what you are going to do, and gain their assent for everything before you do it. If there is no way you can help them, do not chase a lost cause. Explain that you cannot help them, explain why, and offer apologies and a word of advice about where they can get help. This can lead to a positive resolution – but if it does not, at least you will have done what you can.

Adrienne is available with a custom Customer Service package that will fit your employee and client needs.  Adrienne is available at 407-744-5355 or by email at adrienne@professionalglobaletiquette.com

Adrienne offers a 20 minute pep rally for employees or a 2 hour workshop with role playing and discussion of best customer service practices.  

 

Tags:  business development  business etiquette  customer service 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Say Goodbye to Glass Ceilings

Posted By Kim England, Fast Inc. Network, Thursday, May 4, 2017

Everybody has been there. We set out to achieve our goals, and thanks to hard work and focus, those goals become a reality. We place ourselves in a bubble of success that appears to be long-lasting, and we think this is it. This is what my business does.  It is easy for us to become comfortable in our niche because more than likely it was the “bread and butter” from which the success of the company launched. However, nothing great ever came from a place of comfort. Nobody says I was so comfortable with where I was that I sprang forth this great new idea.

When Thomas Edison first invented the light bulb, it can be assumed that he was not determined to be innovative because he was completely comfortable with using a lantern as a light source for the rest of his life.

Great things come from motivated people who want more because where they are is not enough.

But what if there is more to the story? What if your business could plow through the glass ceilings that burned-out entrepreneurs place themselves under?

The first step in the process of breaking through those glass ceilings is to come to the understanding that your business does not have to keep doing what it has always done simply because it is a comfortable routine. Have you ever noticed that celebrities are continually re-branding themselves? They know that in their world, attention equals money. They cannot expect to keep the attention of their viewers forever by simply doing what they always have done. Just like notoriety, businesses have an expiration date if they do not do what it takes to keep things fresh.

Once a business owner has come to the realization that it is time to reach further, they have to locate the people who can take them where they want to be.  Connections can often be a greater resource than personal knowledge. Why place the load entirely on your shoulders when you can draw ideas from some of the greatest business minds out there. This concept of masterminding to reach success can exponentially grow your business. Founders of Fast Inc. Network, Kim and Lisha, discovered this to be the greatest truth when searching for growth opportunities in their 16-year- old business. By reaching out of isolation, they were able to 10x their business by busting through the glass ceilings that were limiting their success. This is just one example of the success that follows when you decide as a business owner that you are ready to get out of the rut, chase new goals, and destroy those glass ceilings that are holding you down.

Let us help you discover the success that exists beyond what is holding your business back.  Join us at the Fast Inc. Business Accelerator this June 7-9 in Phoenix, AZ! Register at www.fastincnetwork.com/june2017.

 Attached Thumbnails:

Tags:  arizona  arizona small business  business development  business owner  entrepreneur  small business 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Be SMART When Making Your Goals for 2017

Posted By Amy Geils, The Streamlined Office LLC, Monday, January 9, 2017
https://youtu.be/kMATlg2IrVg

The New Year is upon us!  Are you one of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions?  Are you one of the 8% of Americans who are successful in achieving those resolutions?  If you are, then this article might not be too helpful.  But, if you are in the remaining 24%-49% percent of people who don’t usually succeed or consistently fail to meet their goals, then read on!  Setting SMART goals might be the missing link between making goals and actually achieving them.

Where should you begin to create goals that are achievable?  Write them down using the SMART acronym!  The concept of SMART goals appears to have its origins in an article dating back to November of 1981 written by George T. Doran.  Although different people over the years have used different synonyms for each of the letters, the concept is generally the same.  SMART stands for:

Specific
Measurable (motivating)
Attainable (agreed, action-oriented, ambitious, aligned)
Relevant (realistic, resourced, reasonable, results-based)
Time-related (trackable, time-based, time-sensitive, time limited)

Did you know that you are more likely to achieve your goals if your goals are written, if there is a public commitment (you tell someone else about them) and there is accountability (you update someone about your progress)?

Write down a goal for 2017 and see if you can apply each of the 5 SMART criteria to it.  For a more detailed explanation of how to write smart goals, read the full article.

The Streamlined Office helps individuals and businesses improve their efficiency and productivity.  Regardless of what we are working on with our clients, we always start with goal setting.  If you need help setting your goals or developing a process to achieve them, contact The Streamlined Office at 480-221-0588.

 Attached Thumbnails:

Tags:  business development  consulting  office organization  productivity  professional development  small business  time management 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

PET PLANET Opens Newest Store in Queen Creek

Posted By Kristen Cherry, Pet Planet, Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pet Planet ~ Your Pet's Natural Grocer ~ is pleased to announce the opening of our newest store in Queen Creek.  We're located next door to Sprouts Market in The District Shopping Center at Ellsworth Loop Road and Rittenhouse Road.

Pet Planet is a community based retailer with an uncompromising commitment to helping our pets live healthier, happier and longer lives.  Stop in today to see what makes us different . . . 

 Attached Files:
We Are OPEN.pdf (24.77 KB)

Tags:  business development  entrepreneurship  finding your passion  Franchising  small business  women owned small business 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

How to Improve Your SEO Score and Why You Need to Do It

Posted By Cort Walberg, Power To Be Found, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Quick 8-Point SEO Checklist

Many people in the digital marketing world are aware of the importance of SEO scores, but may do not know how to calculate or improve them. There is a step-by-step process that can help you determine how your website is doing and what you have to do to improve your SEO score.

Consider these eight points:

  1. Analyze your domain authority
  2. Determine website load times
  3. Check and update the sitemap
  4. Monitor robots.txt
  5. Keep an eye on meta content
  6. Keep checking H-tags
  7. Add high-quality onsite content
  8. Include relevant keywords

In today’s digital world, information is the currency of online marketing. SEO encompasses a world of information, with everything from graphs to combinations of metrics, which you can easily use to boost your website’s visibility!

Read the entire article, click here

About Power To Be Found

With over 12 years of experience, Power To Be Found has helped a number of businesses grow their presence online by rethinking their digital strategy and adopting a content first approach to marketing. We can help take your business to the next level. Contact us today to to discuss more about your project or request our FREE website audit and SEO Analysis.

Tags:  Arizona  asba news  business development  business services  content  cort walberg  domain  keywords  marketing  online reputation  power to be found  SEO  small business 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

District Director Robert J. Blaney on AZ Small Businesses

Posted By Gabriel Salcido, Arizona Small Business Association, Friday, August 7, 2015
District Director Robert J. Blaney on AZ Small Businesses   

Tags:  business development  Resources  small business 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Today is a good day to start!

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What is the the ONE thing you've always wanted to try? So often we let our ‘obstacles’ get in the in way: I don’t have enough time; I don’t have enough money; I don’t know how…

More often then not, these ‘obstacles’ delineate our comfort zone. Find one thing in your list that will fly over the majority of your reasons why not and give it a go for 30 days. It might be a sensible project or a bigger one. In any case it will stretch your limits and build your self-efficacy.

Today is a good day to start!

Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., Biostress Imagery LLC

 

 Attached Thumbnails:

Tags:  business development 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Simplicity in the age of complexity

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

More is not always better. Simplify your life and your business, and you will find success. Here are 3 rules to get started. It will reduce your stress, unlock your creativity and boost your performance.

Simplicity is the quality or condition of being uncompounded, uncomplicated, clear, direct, and with no judgment.

Choose Simplicity over complexity:

Complexity like stress is a function of the view you take of events, not of the events themselves. It is an outgrowth of your response to the situation. So take a look at your perceptions. Do they offer you a clear line of sight on your goals and intentions?

  “Complexity creates a maze between you and success. Simplicity ensures a clear line of sight.” – Lee J. Colan  

Get rid of the clutter:    

Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. Being surrounded by clutter reinforces that principle by sending a visual message to your mind that your life is out of control. Getting rid of the physical clutter on your desk or in your house promotes your mental clarity.  

“Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren't necessary or important.” - Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psychologist.  

Act mindfully:  

We are creatures of habits, doing things the way we always have. We all seek stability, wanting to hold things still, to give us a futile sense of control. But the rules you follow were given to you, by your parents and teachers, and your boss. These rules serve the people who created them. Mindfulness will help you choose the best way depending of the context.  

“When you’re mindful, rules, routines, and goals guide you; they don’t govern you.” Ellen Langer, Psychology Department Harvard University  

The practice of simplicity promotes focus and clarity, enabling you to take advantage of opportunity when they present themselves. At the highest levels of any fields, you will find simplicity, because that’s only way to get there.

Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., Biostress Imagery LLC

 Attached Thumbnails:

Tags:  business development  simplicity  success 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 
Page 1 of 2
1  |  2

Affordable Dental Plans for ASBA Members

Delta Dental of Arizona

2 employees? No problem! We’ve got a dental plan to meet your needs & budget. Click to learn more!

LEARN MORE

Join ASBA

ASBA

ASBA is the most powerful resource for your business in Arizona. We ensure the tools we offer are valuable and support the growth, education and connections necessary for today’s top business minds.

LEARN MORE

Enterprise Bank & Trust

ASBA

Enterprise was founded on the idea of serving the lifetime financial needs of privately held businesses.Today, we continue to empower privately held businesses and also help families to secure their financial futures.

LEARN MORE

RSVP

Coffee Connect with ASBA

REGISTER

Date: Held monthly
Time: Click for times based on location

RSVP

ASBA Speed Networking

REGISTER

Date: Held monthly
Time: Click for times based on location

Have Questions on Health Insurance?

Health Insurance

Do you have questions on plans for Individual, sole proprietor, or group? We can get the answers needed to make sure you find the right plan for you and your employees.

LEARN MORE

Partner Program

CopperPoint

ASBA’s Partner Program delivers your brand throughout Arizona. Share insights, connect with small business and highlight your company’s involvement with the association. Contact Jodi Towns to get started.

LEARN MORE

Upcoming Event

Health+Plus

ASBA is bringing you Health+Plus, an all-inclusive healthcare experience for business owners! We’re getting you in front of healthcare providers, insurance carriers, health and wellness experts, HR, software solutions, telemedicine, and more.

REGISTER

Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal