Trust and the Relationship Between Strategy Formulation and Execution

Trust and the Relationship Between Strategy Formulation and Execution Your strategy failed. It happens. And it’s OK, because you’ll recover from whatever the reason was. Maybe you underestimated the competitive challenges. You didn’t keep up with market changes. Customer service mistakes were made. Money was mismanaged or allocated in ways that didn’t line up with […] Read More

Passive Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills

Strong companies prioritize continuing education. As a leader in your company, you hold yourself responsible for attending training whenever possible. It keeps you up to date with your employees, and sets a good example. But leaders are busy, too. You probably miss more training than you’d like. What if you can learn leadership skills passively, […] Read More

Four Vital Lessons For Your Leadership Candidates

  What will leadership look like in your company in the next five, ten, twenty years? Where will your leaders come from? Will you hire outside the company or train from within? And when you find driven employees who understand the company mission, how do you mentor them into new leaders? Valid questions. Whether you’re […] Read More

Cisco Live 2016 – Las Vegas

It’s that time of the year again! Once again I am excited to share that the RAY ALLEN team will be attending the annual Cisco Live conference.  We will be in Las Vegas in less than a month, specifically from July 10-14.  Aside from the announcements from Cisco and the many companies that work with […] Read More

Four ways to critique your company culture

  If asked to define your organization’s culture, could you do it? Do you have rules that define it? If so, how have they developed and changed over time? The culture, and the perception of it by both employees and the public, are vital to the success of a company. But where do you start […] Read More

Struggling with Millennials

“Kids these days.” We’ve all heard the saying. Maybe we’ve even said it ourselves. It’s generally used to describe younger generations of workers who have a worldview different from ours. More often, it’s used to complain about work ethic or style choices. But it also describes our lack of understanding of what younger generations offer […] Read More

Managing Teams in Growth Stages

Your tiny shop has graduated to burgeoning startup, meeting head on the challenges of shipping product and dazzling customers. It’s an exciting, satisfying feeling! Everyone on your team is buzzing. Things look great, and your job as a manager is . . . Well, it’s different. Your days are filling with administrative headache. People get […] Read More

Appreciation is a Driving Force in Productivity

“Suppose I ask your employees if they feel appreciated. What will they say?” You’re sitting across the table from an interviewee who just surprised you with that question. How will you respond? Your immediate reaction might be to recount your management style and take a mental inventory of the times you’ve shown employees how you […] Read More

Grassroots Management of High Performance Teams

High-performance teams strengthen every part of an organization’s structure, from groundskeeping, to payroll, to technology support, to C-level executives. Regardless of the team’s objectives, their methods and efficiency are worth studying. First, we need to understand there is a stark difference between a high-performance team and a work group. The individuals of both may have […] Read More

RAY ALLEN 2015 Year In Review

As we approach the end of 2015, we have had a successful year at RAY ALLEN. After celebrating our 10 year anniversary last year, we have made a great deal of progress.  The legacy business in IT Asset Management continues, where we provide best practices for optimizing spending and value added services, while also providing […] Read More