9 Tips for Designing a Benefits Plan for Millennials

9 Tips for Designing a Benefits Plan for Millennials

Millennials have been the largest demographic in the workforce for two years now, and their needs are different than the generations before. They want things out of their benefits package that previous generations didn’t demand. And if you want to be able to attract and retain millennials, you’ll have to design a plan that fits what they want. Here’s how.

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MINI – Great Brand, Cars and Company Culture

MINI – Great Brand, Cars and Company Culture

MINI is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. It has reached a level that all car manufacturers and companies want to reach: Cult Brand Status.  What makes MINI special and unique is that it appeals to all ages and both women and men.  People in their 20s all the way up to their 80s buy MINIs.  MINIs are fun, and the people that own them and love them are loyal. MINI is a great company to study if you want to learn how to create a great work culture, branding, influence and reach.

I was reminded of this a few weeks ago at the Auto Show that took place in Ottawa. MINI Ottawa was at the show and it was one of my favorite areas to visit and be in. The cars are fun and great looking and the staff that was there from MINI Ottawa were engaged talking all about MINIs. They didn’t have to do a ‘hard sell’. They let the MINI cars speak from themselves.  I fell in love with the brand all over again.

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7 Steps to Setting and Achieving Goals – Guest Post by @BrianTracy ‏

7 Steps to Setting and Achieving Goals

There just isn’t enough time for everything on our to-do list—and there never will be. Successful people don’t try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs.

I am very excited to be participating in the revised and updated launch of Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy this week. Eat That Frog! is still one of the best books on time management around. Eat That Frog! shows you how to organize each day so you can zero in on these critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively.

In this fully revised and updated edition, Brian Tracy has added two new chapters. The first explains how you can use technology to remind yourself of what is most important and protect yourself from what is least important. The second offers advice for maintaining focus in our era of constant distractions, electronic and otherwise.

I am honored and thrilled to host the following guest post by Brian Tracy:

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Where Does All The Time Go?

Where Does All The Time Go?

There are a lot of valuable resources in your business. From your finances to equipment to your employees. However, there’s one resource which is just as important as others in your business – TIME.  Time is basically the only resource in your entire business that, no matter what happens, you simply can never get back. For example, if you end up wasting money in your business then there us a chance that you might make it back again. If your equipment breaks, it can be replaced. Wasted time is gone no matter what you do. Because of this, you cannot underestimate how important it is to use your time wisely and efficiently. Here are a few tips to go about doing that so that you can make the most of the time that you have.

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The Real Costs of Guessing in Problem Solving

The Real Costs of Guessing in Problem Solving

Bad problem‐solving is everywhere and costs individuals and society incalculable amounts of time and money. Problems persist because people have only been trained to solve easy problems, usually by guessing. This guessing approach is rarely successful when applied to hard problems. When problem‐solving efforts fail, people often find expensive or painful ways to live with or work around the problems they face, sometimes growing so accustomed to problems that they no longer even notice them.

Great problem-solvers are armed with a set of behaviors, not just a methodical approach, that allows them to avoid guessing. They consistently solve hard problems to root cause in a way that can seem magical to most people.

Author Nat Greene has spent over 20 years solving hard problems, and developing and leading great problem-solvers. In this time he has found that great problem‐solvers consistently exhibit certain behaviors when solving hard problems. In Nat’s new book, which is out this week, Stop Guessing, you will learn what the behaviors are, why they’re so important to success, and how to begin adopting them. Developing your strength in these behaviors will help you to:

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Finding The Root Of Why Your Career Has Stalled

Finding The Root Of Why Your Career Has Stalled

Most people will hit a brick wall at one time or another during their careers. After all, we can’t expect the road to success to be smooth from start to finish. Nevertheless, when you do feel that your career is stalling, it’s imperative that you find a quick resolution to get it back on track.

Before unlocking the solution, however, you must first discover the source of your problems. No two people are the same, and your situation will be unique. Still, some issues are far more common than others. Here are five likely scenarios, and what can be done to overcome those obstacles.

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Hiring Employees Abroad: The HR Manager’s Cheat Sheet

Hiring Employees Abroad: The HR Manager's Cheat Sheet

When you run a business, there will be times where you need to position your brand in a foreign market. As your enterprise grows, you will no doubt want to target international audiences to make your brand the dominant one in the industry. Many successful companies from English-speaking nations have managed to do that. Examples include Microsoft, Ford, and McDonald’s to name but a few!

Aside from the obvious tasks of setting up local offices and organizing the distribution of your products and services, there is one thing you need to consider: staff. Unless you plan to export some of your existing employees, you’ll need to hire locals to work at your foreign bases. As an HR manager, you will want to make sure this process is as streamlined and straightforward as possible.

Keep reading to learn more about the art of hiring employees in foreign countries in today’s handy cheat sheet:

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