Hiring the Right Fit

Why Hiring the Right Fit is So Critical to The Success of Your Small Business By Lorraine Grubbs  In today’s business environment there is little competitive advantage in price, product and process.  So, smart entrepreneurs rely on the other “P” to keep them on top of their game…People.   By focusing on their People and hiring…

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The Small Business Blueprint

The Small Business Blueprint for Great Customer Service By Lorraine Grubbs Imagine making a one-time decision to place the fate of your entire company in the hands of your Customers.  If your well-placed faith in the good relationship with your Customers is right, you get to stay in business.  If not, you’re history. Such was…

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How Friends and Family Help Your Small Business

How the Loyalty of Friends and Family in Your Community Can Help Jumpstart Your Small Business By Lorraine Grubbs   This is a story about how a small business in San Leon, Texas overcame the hurdle most start-ups face – lack of working capital.  That means no money for help or advertising.  Owners Matt and…

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The Top 3 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do

The Top 3 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do To Build Employee Loyalty Through Recognition By Lorraine Grubbs   In a recent SBT article, I learned that “more than 60% of small businesses have fewer than five employees”.  That means, “all hands must be on deck” to keep things running smoothly.  Employees of these small companies are…

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Team Building in the Workplace

Team building in the workplace… When people go into work two things can happen: they will go in with the mindset that they love their job and the people they work with, or they go in less motivated and do the same routine every day without investing themselves in the company or in their coworkers.…

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Blueprint for Great Customer Service

The Small Business Blueprint for Great Customer Service By Lorraine Grubbs Imagine making a one-time decision to place the fate of your entire company in the hands of your Customers.  If your well-placed faith in the good relationship with your Customers is right, you get to stay in business.  If not, you’re history. Such was…

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Jumpstart Your Small Business

How the Loyalty of Friends and Family in Your Community can Help Jumpstart Your Small Business By Lorraine Grubbs   This is a story about how a small business in San Leon, Texas overcame the hurdle most start-ups face – lack of working capital.  That means no money for help or advertising.  Owners Matt and…

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Employee Recognition

The Top 3 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do To Build Employee Loyalty Through Recognition By Lorraine Grubbs In a recent ‘Small Business Today’ article, I learned that “more than 60% of small businesses have fewer than five employees”.  That means, “all hands must be on deck” to keep things running smoothly.  Employees of these small companies…

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Pushing Limits

Leadership Development Pushes Past Comfort Zone   A company’s business may not be in a danger zone, but leadership development efforts can’t wait until it is. Even though business is good and the organization is humming along, challenging leaders to break out of their comfort zones and develop the skills needed to sustain and grow…

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Leadership Between Men and Women

Changing Approaches to Leadership Between Men and Women   Today’s American workforce is almost equally made up of men and women. How does this affect the way any leader, whether male or female, deals with employees? Below are five key areas where the difference in gender can impact leadership effectiveness. By ensuring your leaders are…

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Drastic Training Measures

How to Zap Business Executives Out of Their Comfort Zones What happens when a corporation’s leadership is engaged, talented and competent – but so stuck in their ways that they can’t quite grasp the importance of acting as a strategic, forward-thinking team? It could be time for drastic measures – so drastic that company vice…

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Disengaged Employee

How to Engage a Disengaged Employee   Several years ago, the Gallup Organization focused on employee engagement research and determined that a whopping 71% of U.S. workers are disengaged. These employees give poor customer service, lack initiative and don’t go the extra mile. Ultimately, they are costing American companies over $3 billion a year. So…

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Put People First

  Inspiring Quotes from Award Winning CEOs From the book “How To Create a Happy Workplace” by Lorraine Grubbs   John Johnson – David Weekley Homes We believe people are everything and we live by that philosophy.  Our company is only as good as our people. Our purpose Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives is applied to…

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Taking Risks

How to Train Your Business Leaders to Take Risks To drive your company forward, break the pattern of risk avoidance by immersing your leaders in high-risk situations. Thursday, July 7, 2016, 1:41 Pm BY LORRAINE GRUBBS NY DAILY NEWS CONTRIBUTOR In the volatile and ever-changing environment in which businesses find themselves today, it is more…

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Know Your Company’s Core Values

Building a Happy Workplace requires that Employees Know and Live Your Company’s Core Values   What is a core value?  It’s the basis of how your company thinks and acts.  It guides your decision-making, selection of vendors and employees and dictates how you treat your customers.  It is the backbone of who you are and…

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Morale Booster

The Hidden Morale Booster…Food in the Workplace   Want to boost employee morale?  Don’t overlook an easy and relatively inexpensive way to make an impression on your workforce.  Smart companies utilize “little things”, like providing food and refreshments to employees during working hours in a great environment like the company cafeteria.  This creates an ideal…

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Food in the Workplace

    Vending Times Magazine: The Value of Workplace Refreshments to Employees  Want to boost employee morale?  Don’t overlook an easy and relatively inexpensive way to make an impression on your workforce.   Smart companies utilize “little things”, like providing food and refreshments to employees during working hours.  This creates an ideal social platform on which…

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Recognize Good Work

The Top 3 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do To Build Employee Loyalty Through Recognition    In a recent Small Business Today article, I learned that “more than 60% of small businesses have fewer than five employees”.  That means, “all hands must be on deck” to keep things running smoothly.  Employees of these small companies are cross-trained…

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Do women and men respond differently to change?

Do women and men respond differently to change?   Published in Smart Business, Authored By: Lorraine Grubbs 12:01am EST July 22, 2016 As a leader in today’s business environment, you may wonder, “Do men and women respond differently to change?” Before answering, consider the following statement by Greek philosopher Heraclitus: “You never step in the…

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Hiring Practices

 Four Secrets Successful Companies Know About Hiring That Creates Loyalty In a world where there is little competitive advantage in price, product and processes, there is another  “P” that companies who are on the cutting edge utilize to keep them ahead of the game: their People.  By focusing on their People and using proven methods…

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Disruptive Training

Creative Disruption Enhances Leadership Performance     Creative Disruption has long been used in the marketing world to break existing patterns of behavior of a target audience. Smart CEO’s are using this technique to change the pattern of behavior in their leaders. National business consultant Lorraine Grubbs along with CEO Frank Granara of Boston based…

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Shake Up the Office Holiday Traditions

Shake Up the Office’s Holiday Traditions By Lorraine Grubbs   This holiday season shake up your team’s traditional ideas of giving money, canned goods or toys and wake them up to the value of immersing themselves in the activity of giving.  This will help them see the immediate impact of their effort, allow them to…

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Ten Benefits of a Happy Workplace

                     When You Put People First   # 1 – Happy Workplaces outperform the competition by 20% # 2 – Happy Workers are 12% more productive # 3 – Happy Employees stay on the job longer thereby reducing turnover # 4 – Happy Sales People produce…

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Pennies and Quarters

    Don’t overlook your hidden leaders; it’s like finding quarters in a bucket of pennies. By Lorraine Grubbs The other day while cleaning, I came across my “penny” jar and it was full.  I took it to one of those machines at the store that converts it to dollars.   As I prepared to pour…

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