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Managing Your Boss: How to Get the Support You Need in 10 Minutes a Week

Posted by Guest Contributor on Apr 13, 2017 2:05:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and author of Winning Well, discusses how to get the most out of your limited time with your manager.

When's the last time you had a really great one-on-one with your boss? If your answer is anything but "in the last 2 weeks," you're not alone. A great cadence of good one-on-one meetings is unusual. Why? Well first, everybody’s busy. It's easier to cancel a meeting with a direct report than with your boss. Or perhaps, your one-on-ones drag on, lack preparation, or generally feel like a waste of time.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

The Power of Personal Touches

Posted by Guest Contributor on Mar 2, 2017 1:45:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Tim Neroni, President and Managing Partner at KMH Systems, Inc., discusses easy methods for staying top-of-mind with your customers.

In today’s fast paced online world, the personal touch can turn a one-off sale into a lifelong relationship. With the speed at which the manufacturing and shipping world are going today, nothing beats taking the time to build relationships with each and every customer your company has a chance to interact and do business with. What may not turn into a sale today could become one of your best clients down the road.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Five Signs Drama is Destroying Your Culture

Posted by Guest Contributor on Feb 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and author of Winning Well, discusses how to solve workplace issues instead of just covering them up.

Diaper Genies are a FABULOUS invention-- for parents and nurseries. They hide the stink of a diaper and exponentially increase the interval necessary to empty the trash. The stink stays conveniently wrapped tightly in plastic so no one can smell it. The stink is unavoidable and the Diaper Genie provides a welcome reprieve.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Playing the Long Game with Your Productivity

Posted by Guest Contributor on Feb 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Andy McNulty of Communication Performance Management Associates, discusses how you can be more productive by keeping score of your goals.

No, life is not a game. But it can be a lot of fun and maybe we’d be better at it if we kept score. For example, everybody I know who plays golf wants to play more. But as marriage and work and kids tend to creep into our (tee-)time, it gets more and more difficult to find the time and the money, and even the accomplices, with whom to sneak away with and squeeze in even nine holes. If we were more efficient with those things which appear to be the obstacles to our golf game, we’d have more resources to allocate to playing. Ironically, “playing golf every day,” can help us to play more golf…or at least be more productive and do something we really want to do if playing golf isn’t it. (Some people would rather fish.) 

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

The Top Five Time Management Apps for Business Professionals

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jan 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Jason Dasher of Commercial Truck Financing discusses the apps everyone in the business world needs to save time.

Time is one of the most important resources for a company because it plays a key role in determining productivity and profitability. Unfortunately, time management depends on other factors of production such as workplace policies, collective staff morale, as well as financial incentives.

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Topics: Industry News, Talent and Leadership

10 Quotes That Will Inspire You and Your Business

Posted by Joe Ptak on Dec 9, 2016 4:15:00 PM

Everyone loves a good quote. We inhale them, forward them to friends, and post them on social media accompanied by comments like, “This.” They sum up exactly what was just on the tip of our tongues. They can explain why we did something, but most often, what we’ve been meaning to do. And more than anything, they challenge us. Not just to pass along, not just to digest, or enjoy, but on how to aspire to live. Which, takes a whole lot of effort. So therein lies the challenge -- to extend the kernels of wisdom past the moment of when we’re just reading them. To be inspired to act the next day, and the next day, and then next day after that. To keep the thoughts sitting at the forefront of our minds and not just in the notes on our phones.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market

Posted by Guest Contributor on Nov 16, 2016 2:45:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share their insights on the present and future of manufacturing success. In this post, Kari Bigot of ALTOUR discusses the measures your company can take to be seen above the rest in a jam-packed marketplace.

No matter the industry, it’s very likely that yours is a very crowded place to play. You and your colleagues are being bombarded on a daily basis by people who promise to make everything quicker, cheaper and better.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

For Salespeople, It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Posted by Guest Contributor on Nov 1, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Andy McNulty of Communication Performance Management Associates, discusses the questions to ask your customers right now to finish the year strong and set up an even better coming year.

It is for many others too, but it really is for those of us who make a living selling. As companies are coming down the “home stretch” for the year, they are not only scrambling to achieve the goals, initiatives, and objectives they set for the closing year, they are also strategizing about the new year as well. It is truly the best time to ask “business questions.”

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

5 Advantages of the Apathetic Boss

Posted by Guest Contributor on Oct 26, 2016 2:20:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and author of Winning Well, discusses how to excel at your job even when you’re dealing with a disengaged boss.

In an ideal world your boss is interested, eager to remove roadblocks, asking provocative questions, and helping build your career. That’s the leader I wish for you, and want you to be. But, with 71% of workers disengaged, chances are one day or another you’ll work for a boss with that same mindset.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Medical Expenses Could Be Hindering Your Employees’ Performance

Posted by Joe Ptak on Oct 20, 2016 2:00:00 PM

What's the number one reason for bankruptcy in the United States? Is it our Amazon Prime addiction? No. Is it our unused gym memberships? Nope. Is it grocery shopping when we’re hungry? No, it's not that either. The actual answer is, medical expenses. Now, fortunately for the majority of us, the financial horror never reaches the point of Chapter 13. However, ever-rising healthcare costs is an issue that creates some degree of stress for all of us. And that stress, could be costing your company enough money to name a wing of a hospital.

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Topics: Supplier and Member Best Practices, Talent and Leadership

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