Startups: Important Tips to Secure the Right Loan

Congratulations on having a great business idea! You are now starting a journey that will challenge you to make critical decisions for your business. You now find yourself needing to secure funding. You can accomplish this by pitching your idea to angel investors, investors, borrow from friends and family or seek commercial lending. Majority ofContinue reading “Startups: Important Tips to Secure the Right Loan”

CEO Recap: Questions You Must Ask Weekly

When speaking to CEOs they are typically unsure how to evaluate their own company. Many CEOs will just push the task to the side since they do not know the best way forward. This can become extremely frustrating especially once it feels an impossible task to complete. In order to keep your business evolving andContinue reading “CEO Recap: Questions You Must Ask Weekly”

Startup Plans: Stock Option & Incentive Plans

Stock options or other similar incentive plans are a great way to attract top talent, incentivize employees and build long term employee loyalty for your business.  We have clients that prefer to grant them only to the senior management staff. However, I have always been a fan of distributing them throughout the entire organization, soContinue reading “Startup Plans: Stock Option & Incentive Plans”

How to write exceptional meeting minutes

5 Great tips for writing great meeting minutes! How many times have you found that meeting tasks were forgotten almost as soon as your team left the room? Writing meeting minutes can seem like an unimportant task but without them, meeting participants may leave a meeting with different versions of what was decided and unclearContinue reading “How to write exceptional meeting minutes”

Gauging Trust in Your Work Relationships

How do you gauge the strength of the working relationships you have with your fellow colleagues, your subordinates, and your boss?  When I gauge the strength of my relationships, it all comes down to trust.  The trust I have in others and the trust they have in me.  If a high level of trust existsContinue reading “Gauging Trust in Your Work Relationships”

Empowerment is the key to successful process improvement

Sustainable change management only occurs when you have an empowered organization. An empowered organization occurs when you have empowered and engaged human capital assets. To take and carry the thought forward, if you have engaged and empowered human capital assets they will carry that sense to their cross-functional team roles. An empowered team seeking organizationalContinue reading “Empowerment is the key to successful process improvement”

Unemployment Insurance Vs. Returning To Work

Clients are growing increasingly worried that due to the Federal unemployment subsidy of $600 per week, employees may refuse to show for work or return to work once “work is available”. We have laid out some facts to help if you find your business in a similar situation. While California is rushing to process unemploymentContinue reading “Unemployment Insurance Vs. Returning To Work”

Creating And Writing a Business Plan

A very crucial part of any business plan is spelling out your company history and telling your story to show potential teammates and investors how you landed on your business idea and why you are uniquely qualified to pursue it. Sharing your business background goes far beyond simply telling a clever story of how you triumphed over adversity toContinue reading “Creating And Writing a Business Plan”

Tips to Improve Your Business Acumen

It’s probably not a surprise to anyone but business acumen is one of the behavioral competencies in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) competency model. It’s important to know the business, be able to talk about it, and make decisions to help the business grow. It can honestly be a challenge to develop business acumen.Continue reading “Tips to Improve Your Business Acumen”

Working From Home…Beware of Scams!

Companies are continuing to make arrangements for employees to work from home, and others are fast tracking HR policies to meet the requirements of shelter-in-place orders by state officials.  These actions are making it an even higher risk for people being targeted by scammers, especially through phishing emails or through an unsecured network connection. EmployeesContinue reading “Working From Home…Beware of Scams!”