How can surety bonds benefit small businesses

Strategy Driven

Depending on your type of business, you might also be required by the state to obtain a license to legally operate. A common state requirement for licenses to operate different types of businesses is a surety bond. What Are Business Bonds? How Surety Bonds Work.

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5 tips on how team bonding can assist to build a solid company culture

Strategy Driven

Team bonding activities are one way to bring employees together on a personal level. Team bonding activities have also gained more popularity post-pandemic as employers are grappling to rebuild positive organization cultures.

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5 Employee Training Tips for Smoother Operations

Strategy Driven

In order to make your new employees comfortable and get operations running smoothly, you need to train them well. Try Team Bonding. They will feel happier at work if they can form bonds with others. Take your staff out for a team bonding exercise.

Weekly Round-Up: Future of the Comms Function, Internal Comms Tools for 2021, Why Vaccine Mandates are Good for Business, Bond with New Hires Remotely, Incentives to Get Employees Vaccinated


Our research indicates that while structure is important, other components are arguably more so, such as the operations, relationships, and resources within and among the other organizational functions.

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What it means to be Bonded, Licensed, and Insured

Strategy Driven

Service companies and contractors usually mention that they are “bonded, licensed, and insured” when they advertise their services. When companies claim that they are bonded, licensed, and insured, it tells us that they are committed to giving their best and most valuable service to their customers. As customers, it is important to know whether a company is bonded, licensed, or insured. What does it take to be bonded, licensed, or insured? Bonded.

Green Bonds Benefit Companies, Investors, and the Planet

Harvard Business

The past five years have seen explosive growth in “corporate green bonds” issued to finance climate-friendly projects. While investors bought just $3 billion of these bonds in 2013, they scooped up $49 billion worth in 2017, bringing the total sold since 2013 to $113 billion at an average of $308 million per offering. A wide range of companies including Apple , Unilever , and Bank of America have issued green bonds in recent years, and the trend is likely to continue.

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The Big Question: What does it takes to lead?

N2Growth Blog

A leader who is motivated, passionate and spontaneous can use these attributes to build what all leaders need: trust, that bond that links followers to the individual and the cause. Leadership Operations & Strategy Success how to be a leader how to be the best leader how to lead how to lead well John Baldoni what it takes to lead By John Baldoni , Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth. People often ask me, “What are the essential attributes of leadership?”.

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Leaders: How do you say Hello?

N2Growth Blog

As a young Army leader, I frequently moved from one leadership position to another and searched for a way to forge strong bonds in a hurry. Communications Leadership Operations & Strategy Talent Management Brian Layer first impressions as a leader gen brian layer General Brian Layer getting to know your team knowing your team leadership and teamwork leading well N2growth N2growth Blog Teamwork By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth.

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Leadership & The Expectation Gap

N2Growth Blog

Nothing engenders confidence and creates a trust bond like delivering on promises made, and likewise, few things erode confidence and credibility like commitments not kept. Communications Innovation Leadership Operations & Strategy Talent Management aligned expectations CEO Coach Expectation Alignment Expectation Gap expectation management expectation management for CEO expectations Leadership and the Expectation Gap managing expectations Mike Myatt N2growth promise management

Public Service Announcements

Strategy Driven

The earliest PSAs promoted the selling of war bonds and were shown in movie theatres during World War I and II. Non-profit organizations and the causes they promote are greatly served by enlightening the public. Public education is an important part of the charge for those organizations. The campaigns included: “Loose lips sink ships” and “Keep them rolling.”

Mentoring and Lifelong Learning

Strategy Driven

This is a bonded collaboration toward each other’s success. Professionals who succeed the most are the products of mentoring. I heartily endorse that find a great mentor. I have had many excellent ones in my long career and have in turn mentored hundreds of others. The mentor is a resource for business trends, societal issues and opportunities. The mentor becomes a role model, offering insights about their own life-career. The mentor is an advocate for progress and change.

Team Building Sometimes Isn’t

Lead Change Blog

With the purse-strings less tight, leaders try to create a fun atmosphere and help team members bond with each other. One Denver firm operates an indoor kart racing facility that is very popular for company team building events. The reality is that team building will not likely have beneficial impact on your day-to-day operations. One of his first jobs was with a start-up that operated out of a house.

Let’s Not Kid Ourselves – The Debate Over Hybrid Work Comes Down to Trust

Leading with Trust

I think in-person gatherings are critically important for team formation, bonding, and cultural development. In my line of work, I get the opportunity to interact with leaders from a wide variety of organizations from a diverse range industries, including government and non-profits.

The Changing Role of Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Today, leaders need to be able to combine operational business expertise with high levels of emotional intelligence. The first step to providing psychological safety with team members is to form a deep connection with them—a bond. When people feel bonded to each other, they trust each other. These bonds are created through “water cooler talk” and actually investing time in getting to know your team members as individuals.

What Should a New Employee Do for the First Week?

ExactHire - Restaurants

Culture loosely refers to the company’s values and how those values translate into its daily operations. Connection refers to the emotional bonds and friendships your new hire will form with her colleagues and the company.

The Big Picture of Business – Community Relations and Cause Related Marketing Are Business Strategies, Not Sales Promotions: Determining the Right Kind of Tie-In Causes.

Strategy Driven

No business can operate without affecting or being affected by its communities. It is a bond of trust that, if violated, will haunt the business. Business marries the community that it settles with. The community has to be given a reason to care for the business. Business owes its well-being and livelihood to its communities. I recently stopped for lunch at a franchise restaurant. Nobody was at the register. A crew member told me to wait, then later took my order.

Three Tips for Budgeting Your Business’ Money Well

Strategy Driven

Of course, keeping on top of your company’s money isn’t always easy, especially if you have a lot going on in the day-to-day operations of your business. Ideally, you should have a budget for every facet of your company, from salary to office equipment to bonding activities.

Protecting Employees from Covid-19 through Connection

Michael Lee Stallard

For many years now, we have been helping organizations develop healthy, high-performing relational cultures where people expand from operating primarily out of self-interest to also caring about others and their group as a whole.

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The Big Picture of Business – Achieving the Best by Preparing for the Worst: Lessons Learned from High-Profile Crises, part 3 of 4

Strategy Driven

Random acts of violence are certainly threats to all, and the ADL built broad coalitions in order to sensitize, educate and further bond communities. Risk Management Big Picture of Business budget development budgeting business big picture business leadership business management Business Tree consultant Corporate Speaker crisis management goal setting hank moore keynote speaker operational risk management risk management strategydriven The Big Picture of Business the business tree

How to Overcome Proximity Bias for a Better Hybrid Team

Let's Grow Leaders

Most people will bond better over a real lunch than even the best virtual taco party. If you’re a senior HR or operations leader, you can also track as part of your DE&I measures. Avoid the Unconscious Proximity Bias Frustrating Your Hybrid Team.

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Uncharted Waters: How to Navigate the Future of Leadership and Business

Lolly Daskal

But more than ever before we are operating in uncharted waters, and building long-term success in business and leadership means not just implementing new methods but creating a whole new mindset.

Artificial Persuasion: The Invisible Brand

Leading Blog

Increasingly, people are creating emotional bonds with AI-powered machines. Through psychotechnology these brands operate invisibly, but collectively they are reshaping the market and the role of marketing.”. M ASS MEDIA has been replaced by mass personalization through the rise of Artificial Intelligence.

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How to Improve Your Organization’s Culture Through Employee Connections

Michael Lee Stallard

Article Published by Forbes I believe it’s wise for leaders to develop their organizational culture by being intentional about strengthening the bonds of connection and trust among leaders and employees. As the president of a company that helps coach leaders on improving connections within their businesses, I have seen the importance of strengthening bonds and trust among team members.

How Digital Health Care Can Help Prevent Chronic Diseases Like Diabetes

Harvard Business

Some of the San Francisco-based groups, for example, bonded via discussions about the Golden State Warriors basketball team and opportunities to be more active in the city. Technology Business models Operations Healthcare Digital ArticleEric Frommelt/Getty Images. Diabetes is one of the most pervasive and expensive chronic diseases: It affects an estimated 30.3 million people in the United States and costs a staggering $245 billion per year to treat. In addition there are 84.1

Protecting Remote Workers’ Productivity and Performance

Michael Lee Stallard

Virtual distance has three components: physical distance; operational distance, including such conditions as poor internet connections and technical problems; and affinity distance that prevents deeper connections from developing.

Health Systems Need to Completely Reassess How They Manage Costs

Harvard Business

hospitals and health systems experienced an average 39% reduction in their operating margins from 2015 to 2017. Cost reduction requires an honest and thorough reassessment of everything the health system does and ultimately, a change in the organization’s operating culture. Here are some examples of what will be required to change the operating culture: Contract rationalization. Yet whether economies of scale truly exist in hospital operations remains questionable.

How to Humanize Leadership

Leading Blog

As leaders, we operate within a web of people relationship systems, and the health and power of these relationships are dependent upon the level of trust we carry within ourselves. Humanizing leadership creates the glue that holds the fabric of a human system together, and the elasticity, bond, and effectiveness of the glue is determined by the overall relationship welfare of the organization.

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3 Keys For Building Relationships With Those You Lead

Tanveer Naseer

Although we may have access to a greater number of channels through which to communicate and exchange ideas, that doesn’t mean that we’re being effective in creating lasting and meaningful bonds with those around us, and especially with those we lead. Rather, it’s about those connections, those bonds we develop and nurture with our employees.

General Jim Mattis on Learning to Lead

Leading Blog

At a time when, “alongside those I led, I had a personal, often intense bond with troops I frequently knew better than my own brothers.”. His call sign, CHAOS , was given to him by his operations officer, John Toolan.” Developing a culture of operating from commander’s intent demanded a higher level of unit discipline and self-discipline than issuing voluminous, detailed instructions. Commander’s intent provides a framework that everyone can operate from.

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How to Provide Connection Equity in a Hybrid World

Next Level Blog

What you can’t do well on Zoom is giving a team plenty of space to get to know each other, have some down time together and establish the informal bonds and connection that make work meaningful and fun.

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Are you shutting people out with your communication?

Lead Change Blog

Looking across how companies operate, there’s a reason we use shorthand. Common abbreviations, phrases or sayings that encapsulate specific themes or things can save time, reinforce a brand and, in some cases, encourage team bonding. One of the perils of working at the same place for a long time is that you forget that the terminology you use with co-workers is obtuse, confusing or bewildering to people not in the know.

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Baldheaded Leadership

Lead Change Blog

She was the chief operating officer of a large company, and this was the leadership conference for her company. When we boldly remove the cover-ups of clever presentation, smile-generating politeness, kick-butt power, and aesthetic prettiness, baldheaded leadership is the reliable basic bond that makes employees feel confident, even gallant. I was there as a keynote speaker, and her “message to the troops” came right before my closing remarks.

The 5 C’s of Creating Championship Teams

Lead Change Blog

The stronger the bonds within the team, the more they will support and cover each other—and in doing so, work more collaboratively together. I’d love to hear how this 5-step process works for you in creating a championship team that is highly effective and productive and operates harmoniously and collaboratively. “No single leader can any longer meet the demands placed on them and there is a growing recognition of the need for highly effective leadership teams” —Peter Hawkins.

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Building Corporate Community Through Humor

Lead Change Blog

This is particularly true in today’s complex and uncertain operating environments in which a culture of solidarity and knowledge sharing become critical drivers of staying relevant. It is well understood by psychologists and social scientists that people who laugh together generally have stronger feelings of empathy and bonding.

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The Magic Potion in Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Some served as heads of businesses that operated across geographies in multiple countries and many continents. A promise is a promise was their unspoken shackle bonded with truth and trust. It was about reaffirming leadership in sectors in which the conglomerate operated.

5 Strategies for Building High Trust, High Performing Teams

Leading with Trust

It takes time and shared experiences for people to bond with one another. It provides direction and boundaries for the team to operate and channels their energy toward their goals.

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Is kindness as important as toughness in leadership?


In turn, I had no problem giving him feedback or suggesting new ways to operate; he wanted it and received it with grace. Finally, our team (those who reported to him) forged bonds with each other that I found to be rare. I once interviewed for a position where the hiring manager interrogated me mercilessly. The immediate impression I had of him as a leader was not favorable. My concern was that he would be overly demanding to his staff and possibly a micromanager.

Do More, Together: 5 Effective Ways to Improve Collaboration Among Employees

Strategy Driven

50% are forced to cease operations within 5 years of starting up. Collaboration boosts everything from operational efficiency and effectiveness through to the working environment and company culture. Good team-building tasks inevitably make people smile, laugh, and bond.

When Work Has Meaning, The Culture Changes

Great Leadership By Dan

Mayo and his team focused on two groups – a control group which operated in an unchanging work environment, and a test group which endured the changes to their working conditions, including lighting, such as working hours, rest breaks, food offered during breaks, etc. The test team bonded together like no other team in that factory, because they felt their ideas were valued. Guest post from S.

4 Forces that Shape an Organization’s Success

Skip Prichard

We often compare the typical experience of culture to operating a plane on autopilot. Organizations have standard ways of operating. Everyone wants to build a common bond with others, do meaningful work, and feel valued and respected.

Easy Initiatives to Improve Your Office’s Morale

Strategy Driven

It should be a straightforward and easy task to make it part of your admin tasks and company operations. No matter what, there will be something that could appeal to your whole team and help them bond a little better.

Hiring Former Offenders

ExactHire - Restaurants

Companies need employees now, and if companies do not meet their staffing needs to operate, doors will close—maybe permanently. Federal bonding programs also offer additional security for organizations who hire former offenders as well. Help Wanted! Now Hiring!

Resurrecting the Street

CEO Blog

I read a gripping book on the weekend - Resurrecting the Street - Overcoming the Greatest Operational Crisis in History by Jeff Ingber. It is the story of what happened to the bond and stock markets during Sept 11. Even this many years later, it is difficult to read about. 9/11 is one of those days in history that I remember clearly where I was (my EMJ office) and what I was doing (a marketing plan). Ingber is a Wall Street veteran who lived through the crisis first hand.

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