Employee ManagementLeadership

Taking Our Training Online

The development and launch in early 2017 of a Ratner in-house app gave us the perfect vehicle to roll out online education to the devices on which the majority of our associates were most active – their smartphones. It became clear to the organization some years ago that Millennials and …

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Employee ManagementOperations

Defending Non-Compete Contracts

The impact of having a successful stylist or therapist abruptly announce her departure for greener pastures can be catastrophic. In the best-case scenario, there is suddenly a gaping hole in the team and clients are queuing up for services; worst case, she takes her clients and even tempts others on …

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EducationEmployee ManagementLeadership

Is Your Business Future-Proof?

Disruptions are happening quickly in all industries, the future of work belongs to companies and people in the companies who are the most agile, and innovative. The problems of today and the future will not be solved with past solutions. What is required is a new way of thinking, being …

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Leadership

Generations: Now and Then

Since joining this fabulous industry more than 30 years ago, I’ve been seen huge changes, some of which I touched on in earlier blog about how the industry and the ISBN have changed. But someone asked me the other day if the individuals in the industry itself have changed over …

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Employee ManagementLeadership

Measuring Performance

The wild card in the beauty industry has always been the human element. It is the biggest hurdle to expanding from a few salons to hundreds. One off-the-cuff remark to a client or a bad choice by a mediocre manager and the business could face a huge setback, with any …

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Operations

When is technology the problem?

We constantly debate how to disrupt Amazon and break its hold on the consumer, but that’s not our biggest problem. What’s holding us back is our inability to ensure the bricks and mortar, social and online shopping experience is completely seamless for the consumer. But to do that successfully we …

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Employee ManagementOperations

Communication Across a Huge Group

The challenge of winning the hearts and minds of thousands of employees over multiple locations can often seem insurmountable, even with the aid of technology and social media. But, with everyone carrying their own portable communication device in their pocket, it has become a little easier in recent years to …

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Leadership

Beauty: Then and Now

Since joining the industry and the ISBN more than 30 years ago I’ve seen some huge changes and I’ve seen many trends come and go. It’s very different in the industry than it was when I joined my brother Philip in 1985 to help grow his salon business. Then, we …

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Marketing

Gen Z Clients Are Headed for Your Salons

The beauty industry was one of the first industries to embrace Millennials. Successful salon companies were soon comfortable with this group’s individuality, expectations (whether unrealistic or not) and tech obsession. That’s just as well; Millennials are now most of the workforce. But don’t get too comfortable, because the next generation …

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EducationLeadership

Giving Stylists the Business Perspective

Delivering a superb service can’t all be about the technical. It’s important, but so, too, are those other skills that enable a service provider to sell products to clients, convince them of the benefits of additional services and make sure they don’t leave without booking their next appointment. These are …

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