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From the President’s Desk

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How much attention do you give to details? Some feel details are not important and they may be right some of the time. Most of the time it's the little details that make the difference. Listening attentively to details being shared and remembering them for later will set you ahead of the pack. It's the challenge of remembering every detail when you bump into someone. Watch their face light up when you mention something from the past and share the moment with...

What are your Do's and Don'ts of networking? Eating:  Do not go to a networking event on an empty stomach and do have an occasional beverage, little or no food. When hosting a business event, remember do not drink any alcohol. Your non-drinking guests will appreciate it. Baby-sitting: Do not stick with your friends, co-workers or close associates. Networking is a time to meet new people. Do sit at different tables with all new people. You can compare notes afterwards with your...

Effective leaders know how to set good examples to lead their team. What are you doing to lead by example? Leaders strive to be consistent with the kind of behaviour expected. Set the bar high enough to challenge everyone yet not too high to discourage some of the members. Focusing on the important tasks first and completing them before moving on to the next important task helps with the team understanding how to prioritize. Many teams have "busy" people focusing on tasks not...

All of us eBlast our audience from time to time. Here are 3 tips to help achieve better results. The Subject Line First impressions are everything. The subject line is your opportunity to make this first impression. Your audience reads it and decides if they will open your message or delete it. Make your subject line short, clear message about the topic. Remember to make it interesting and to show value to the recipient. Personalize Your Message Dear Sir/Madame is not personal. Yes you can...

After several months of planning, strategizing, renovating and logistics we have moved into our new location at 7800 Twin Oaks! The incredible AlphaKORians stepped up to make the move a very smooth transition. It is amazing to see how much "stuff" we accumulated in just six years at Mercer. Coordinating all the third party companies can be a daunting task. Thankfully most of it went extremely well and of course one would expect some bumps along the way. These were communicated and...

Making commitments and fulfilling these commitments takes discipline. Whether you make promises in your professional career or in your personal life, the ones you keep or the ones you break are a reflection of who you are. Sure we get over zealous from time to time and start saying a lot more than we can deliver. When this happens, it is okay to admit you are not able to commit. Most people understand most of the time and appreciate your honesty. Time...

How do you manage your time to be more effective? We have habits that fit our style.  Some are good, while others are not so good. How do you change and adapt to be more effective with your time? First thing every morning it has become an embedded routine to review the long lists of tasks while creating a new to do list by prioritizing the most important task first. Having the discipline to complete task one and then move onto task...

So many tasks, requests and distractions are thrown our way constantly. As communication tools keep moving forward, it seems the business pace and number of things to do are increasing exponentially!  Everyone expects you to be available all the time. Have you defined what exactly is the right stuff to focus on? Go back to your core values, vision/mission statements and determine if your priority list supports what your business/team has set out to accomplish. Remember "delegating" and saying "no"?  Working on implementing...

Networking Attend networking events on a regular basis and join a couple of business associations. There are many good events every week to choose from in our Region. Make a habit of arriving early, go up and meet two new people, ask for their story, listen, tell your story and exchange business cards. Follow-up by connecting on LinkedIn and sending an e-mail or making a phone call to continue the conversation. Volunteering Volunteer your time with organizations supporting what you stand for. These kinds...

Reading Michael Nichols' recent blog inspired this week's topic. These are four powerful words that will make your team think you are awesome:  Trust, Serve, Care and Encourage.   Trust You either trust or you do not trust a team member. If you start with trust first, the relationship will be stronger and will develop in a good way. Only when you have to question your trust, seek knowledge first before acting to ensure your instinct is correct. Overall most people can be trusted.  They...