Ep. 26 – Successful Government Contracting: It’s the People and the Systems

In this episode of the Lead. Learn. Thrive. Podcast, Sharon Tiger, Vice President of Business Development at Raffa Financial Services and Glenn Anstead, a partner in Raffa’s technology practice, discuss government contracting and their rules and regulations.

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Sales, Wells Fargo, and more

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through April 21st

US stocks rose on solid corporate earnings. The S&P 500 rose 0.5% and the Dow gained 0.4% for the week. Internationally, Japan jumped 1.8% and Europe climbed 0.7% for the week. The yield on the 10 Year Treasury bill climbed to 2.95% its highest level since January 2014 on increasing inflation expectations.

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Say Goodbye to the Annual Review. Say Hello to Weekly Conversations.

For many companies, performance management is the thorn in our sides. We know it needs to be done, but we haven’t figured out how to make it efficient, effective, and a wise use of everyone’s time.

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How to Improve Your Employee Communication Processes

Good communication shows employees they are valued. Lack of communication can make them feel unimportant or under-appreciated, both of which can easily lead to disengagement and low morale.

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Oil, Manufacturing, Bayer, and more

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through April 14th

US stocks gained over the week on reduced concerns of a trade war and a solid start to corporate earnings season. The S&P 500 gained 2.0% and the Dow rose 1.8% for the week. Internationally, Europe was up 1.2% and Japan climbed 1.0% for the week. The yield on the 10 year Treasury rose over the week to finish at 2.83%. Oil also rose on concerns there could be supply disruptions stemming from unrest in the Middle East and reduced inventories. Oil posted an 8.6% weekly gain to finish at $67.39 a barrel, its highest level since December 2014.

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Can’t Let Go of the Little Things? You Might Be a Micromanager.

Being an effective manager is no easy task. Not only do you need to provide vision, goals and guidance for your team, you also need to give them the freedom and autonomy to take on projects, learn new things, and be the best they can be.

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Trade War, Tariffs, and more

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through April 9th

Trade war fears with China reared their head again to drive a weekly decline in US stocks.  The S&P 500 fell 1.4% and the Dow eased 0.7% for the week.  Internationally, Europe gained 1.1% and Japan was up 0.5% for the week.  The yield on the 10 year Treasury bond edged up to finish the week at 2.78%.

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