Developing Company Culture in a Small Business

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Company culture is the behavioral environment that drives your company. On the way to building a successful small business, consuming thoughts of product, services, locations, cash flow and customers devour an entrepreneur’s mind. Small business owners do not typically spend much time pondering the merits of developing an effective company culture, but maybe they should…. Read more »

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Eggs and Education Issues, North Carolina Style

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As a short-time North Carolina resident and a long-time educator, I was disheartened when I saw other states luring away our state’s teachers with the promise of better pay and more professional consideration. Back in the dark ages of the 1990’s when I was a classroom teacher in Colorado, North Carolina teachers were held in… Read more »

Small Businesses Need an Onboarding System, Too

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Years ago when I developed the workshop “18 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make,” one mistake failed to make the list: not establishing an onboarding system. I addressed the importance of taking an idea to the marketplace, securing cash reserves, finding the right location, and using effective communication among other topics, and I still stand… Read more »

Every Student Succeeds

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The latest effort to “fix” public education arrived on the scene December 10, 2015, when President Obama signed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). President Johnson signed The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as an attempt to ensure that every child had access to an education. In 2002, George W. Bush… Read more »

Kindness is an All-Year Action

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As my flight was landing at RDU Airport a few weeks ago, I was moved by the pilot’s unexpected parting message to the passengers: “Be kind to one another.” Our world is so volatile and “me centered” these days that kindness seems to be an elusive action. I suspect the pilot’s words were appropriately suitable… Read more »

Don’t Talk about Team building, Experience It

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My colleagues and I are often brought into corporations to do team building. Whether the audience is executive management or employees that work on the manufacturing line, the purpose for hiring my organization is to help teams strategize how to be more cohesive and productive. Early in my career it was theory, structure and small… Read more »

PSAT Scores: A Key Piece to College Prep

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Last month thousands of high school students sat uneasily in their chairs, sinking teeth marks into their pencils as College Board unveiled the new PSAT/NMSQT. Hailed as the next panacea for high stakes pre-collegiate testing, the new and improved PSAT is part of a suite of assessments that includes the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 and… Read more »

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Mindfully Embracing 2016

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Mindfully Embracing 2016 January 8 to 10, 2016 Start 2016 off with a weekend retreat designed to give you time for reflection, creativity, sharing and solitude. Mindfully embrace the New Year with a welcoming community in an exceptional and peaceful retreat setting.  St. Francis Springs is a comfortable, state-of-the-art retreat center located on 140 acres… Read more »

Make Friends Through School Activities

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How are middle and high school students expected to move past the “hi” and “bye” stage of friendship in a period of their lives where peers rule? The teenage years are ripe with angst, growing pains and social adjustment. Childhood friendships often collapse under the strain of new schools, peer pressure, unequal maturity levels and… Read more »

The Real Position of Women in the Workplace

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Since APLS Group is a woman-owned company, I forget that business hasn’t progressed to the point that women can expect a level playing field at work. According to recent studies, about 75% of men and 78% of women come into an organization with the desire to eventually be promoted. However, once on the job, women… Read more »