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From the President’s Desk

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  This week we welcome Guest Blogger Brandy Vaillancourt, Marketing Director at AlphaKOR Group. A friend shared this story with me – and as a business owner or executive, I’m very curious to know which side of the argument you’re on. A mother with two young children planned to ‘surprise’ her husband with a visit from her and the kids.  Dad was at a Windsor area recreation establishment where he is part of a team. The kids were excited to see their dad in...

There are many ways you can empower your team. Managers who coach and nurture their team and provide different levels of autonomy are successful in achieving this. All teams require a leader to manage the team's direction based on established goals. The team requires coaching along the way to develop the strategy to reach and surpass these goals. This week we are going to look at three ways: Direction Goals Accountability Setting clear direction is part of the ever-challenging element of human interaction called "communication". Most...

This week, I thought we would revisit "The Pendulum Never Stops" topic. In business and in life, you are either moving forward and growing or you are moving backwards and not growing. If the pendulum happens to stop moving, then it is over. The pendulum must always be moving and preferably moving forward. Being mediocre and complacent is not an option. What are you doing to keep the pendulum swinging forward? What do you measure and define as successful growth? Is it number of...

Do you actually "unplug" from work while on vacation? I admit this is one of my self-induced weaknesses. I do not even bother with the "out of office" automatic reply to e-mails. The main reason is I want to know what is going on and I want to respond or delegate while away. My reasoning: it is easier to take care of things instead of them piling up to address when I get back. Another reason is many will call my cell...

Many people ask how I accomplish so many things with work, volunteer, family and leisure time. My answer to the question is: I just do it. So you already know I am an early bird. Up at 5 am except Saturdays when I sleep in until 6 or so. First thing every morning I prepare my task list by creating a new list starting with the most important task first. Having the discipline to complete task one and then move onto...

What separates you as a successful leader or as a successful professional from the rest? Here are my top 5 things that I strive to do to stay focused and to keep challenging myself. Follow-up By now the Building Circles audience knows my golden rule about the 3 keys to following up: follow-up, follow-up and follow-up. The sooner you embrace this and the sooner you make this part of your everyday make-up, the more successful you are going to be. Are you following...

Recently read an article and jotted down these 7 things successful people do quietly. How many of these are you doing? 1. Network - OK so some of us do not do this very quietly. People like us love to network and meet new people on a regular basis to grow our Circle. 2. Start New Projects - Interesting to note there are many good ideas and only a few materialize to actual projects. Enjoy being instrumental in new projects and like...

What I mean by "Did you get that?" is did you get all the details and did you actually understand what was communicated? We hear the news and share the headlines with our peers. What amazes me is how the stories are different even when we listen to the exact same report. Check it out next time and ask someone if they heard the news and what their understanding was. It is easier to communicate in face-to-face meetings by observing body language....

When a client communicates their experience with you, your team and your organization, are you hearing their message and really listening? Sharing good experiences with your company and complimenting your team is great to hear. What are they actually trying to tell you? How do you react to the compliment? Listen to what they are sharing with you. Understand what sets you and your team apart. Is it the process, the people, the leader, the relationship, the experience in general or a...

This week we welcome Guest Blogger Jacob Osborne, student at Villanova High School who shares his experience as an intern at AlphaKOR. As an intern, you may think of many things when you start at a new location. Will you fit in? Will you get the respect you deserve? Can you do this? I’m here to tell you, yes you will. As an intern working for AlphaKOR I have been able to experience so many more things than I could just sitting...