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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

How to Get Employees Excited to Do Their Work

Managers know that reading employees isn’t easy. Are the employees challenged? Do their job duties line up with their talents? Are they doing tasks because they want to, or because they have to? The distinctions are important. Equally important is having a plan to keep your employees engaged. Good workers might show up on time, […] Read More

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Look for Strong Communicators When Hiring Remote Employees

Do you have anxiety about remote workers? Does it feel riskier because you can’t walk down the hall and see what they’re doing? That’s a common worry, but it might be misplaced. Unless you continually monitor your employees with cameras and network tracking software, you’re still extending a high level of trust, regardless of their […] Read More

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Five Favored Traits of Engaged Leaders

Earlier in the series, we discussed traits and engaged leadership. In particular, we covered how traits show who you are, not just what you do. To add to the series, we’ll add traits of energetic leaders. When you think of an energetic leader, who comes to mind? John F. Kennedy? Maybe Walt Disney or Steve […] Read More

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Retention Through Communication

When you run a small-to-medium business in the technology sector, high employee turnover is an expectation. A quick Google search brings pages of stories about tech workers job hopping all over Silicon Valley. If that’s the environment at perk-saturated technology giants, how are you to adapt? You don’t have the same resources to weather turnover, […] Read More