Leadership Sets the Tone for Your Team

When you look around a company and see a common set of behaviors, you can usually tie it back to the behaviors of the leaders.

Positive, focused, driven behaviors by leaders set an example, and it’s very common for the team to generally behave in the same way and have similar attitudes. It’s contagious. And people tend to rise to this level of expectation or standard.

The same holds true for the negative behaviors displayed by leaders. When the team regularly sees poor behavior, they begin to see it as acceptable and respond accordingly. People also tend to lower their output to the level of expectation or standard. Continue reading

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Pro Tips for Training Your Employees. And Your Dog?

If you’re a dog lover, you’ve probably put a lot of time and effort into training your furry friends. Why? Because the ROI on a well-trained, happy dog is huge. Skip out on this important step and you’ll end up with a misbehaving yappy-pants on your hands.The same is true for your employees. If you don’t invest in proper training, it could come back to bite you.

When it comes to training employees, there’s a ton of research on how best to do so. But sometimes it’s fun to look at it from another angle. Besides, who doesn’t want an excuse to post an adorable puppy pic? So instead of hitting the business books for great leadership advice, we’re going to take look at some top training tips from dog whisperer Paul Owens to see how they stack up.

Ready to unleash the learning? Let’s go! Continue reading

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Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through August 11th

All the news you need to stay informed about what’s currently driving the market — courtesy of Raffa Wealth Management, LLC.

U.S. stocks had their five week winning streak snapped driven by trade concerns and the plunge of the Turkish Lira. Worries arose that the country would not be able to repay its debts and its troubles could ripple across emerging markets. The S&P 500 eased 0.2% and the Dow dropped 0.6% for the week. Internationally, Japan, sank 1.0% and Europe fell 0.8% for the week.  Emerging markets dropped 2.3% over the week. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell as investors sought safe havens ending the week at 2.86%.

With the finalization of an additional $16 billion in tariffs of Chinese goods starting August 23rd it will bring the total amount of Chinese goods covered by US tariffs to $50 billion. Continue reading

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Change Management: You’ve Got This

They say the only constant in life is change. And like most clever sayings, this one is also very true. Especially when it comes to your business.Today’s pace of change is faster than it’s ever been before. But here’s the kicker. It’s also the slowest it will ever be again. Just think about that for a second.

When it comes to change, you have three basic choices:

  1. Bury your head in the sand
  2. Wait for it to find you, and then react
  3. Get out in front of it and take control

Chances are we all know people and companies who have gone with option one— and how well that went. And yet plenty of people and organizations are all too willing to ignore impending change, or to embrace a strategy that is purely reactionary.

If you run a business, this strategy isn’t going to help you achieve your goals. You need a better plan. Here are some key ways to help you deal with the organizational change that will inevitably come your way. Continue reading

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Why You Want Your Employees to Take Vacation

vacationToday’s employees aren’t just mindlessly punching the clock. They’re looking for work that has meaning and purpose. They want to be in organizations whose values are in alignment, and where they are able to grow, both personally and professionally.

When they find that perfect fit, they’re often willing to put more time, energy, and effort into their work— including after hours. But this isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Over time, working non-stop will cause even the most enthusiastic employees to experience decreased job performance and, ironically, decreased satisfaction. If you let your best team members burn themselves out, you’ll soon be watching them walk out the door for the next “perfect” opportunity. Continue reading

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Executive Fitness: Try Mountain Biking!

Are you a busy executive trying to maintain some work/life balance? Is it a struggle to keep in shape, relieve stress, and exercise in a way that is enjoyable? Are you finding that running and other workouts you used to do are getting harder, boring, or are putting strain on your knees, hips, or your entire body?

I experienced all of the above. And then one day, I started riding a mountain bike.

Mountain bikes are a wide-ranging and versatile class of bicycles that all have one thing in common—knobby tires for off-road riding. A road bike is built only for the road, but a mountain bike can go anywhere. You can ride a mountain bike on paved trails, canal paths, fire roads, hiking trails, and even up and down ski hills.

Mountain bike specific trails are being built in record numbers all across the country, and tons of people are jumping on board. Including lots of busy professionals. Here are some reasons why: Continue reading

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Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through August 4th

All the news you need to stay informed about what’s currently driving the market — courtesy of Raffa Wealth Management, LLC.

US stocks posted their fifth consecutive weekly gain on solid earnings and economic news.  The S&P 500 gained 0.8% and the Dow ticked up 0.1% for the week. Abroad, Japan dropped 0.8% and Europe was down 0.7% for the week. The yield on the 10-year Treasury finished the week at 2.95% down slightly from the previous week.

US employers added 157,000 new hires in July falling short of the 190,000 expected.  However, May and June were revised higher by 59,000 jobs. The unemployment rate ticked down to 3.9% from 4.0% and the labor participation rate remained steady. Hourly earnings gains also were unchanged at 2.7%. Continue reading

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