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Getting the Right People is Only the Beginning

Possibly the greatest challenge facing the industry is the recruitment and retention of staff. But for some companies, such as Design 1 Salon Spa in Michigan, it is less of a problem. Next Generation council member Graham Walt, Director of Salon Development & Education of Design 1, shares what he …

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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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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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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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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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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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How do you attract top talent?

There are many recognized ways to recruit and retain talent. Paying well is up there near the top, of course, along with benefits such as medical. But there are a few other actions that we’ve found at Hairzoo can help attract the best and we’re curious about what works for …

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Appealing to Millennials

The relocation of the Gene Juarez Bellevue salon in 2017 was the opportunity the company had been waiting for to update and re-energize our long-established brand. Bellevue, sitting across the lake from Seattle, has become a magnet for Millennials, and that’s a demographic our group needed to attract if it …

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Favoring the Hybrid Ownership Approach

Dry Bar is the classic model for rapid scaling. It has a narrow remit with a well-developed, hugely attractive brand identity. To quote founder Alli Webb: ‘Our philosophy is simple. Focus on one thing and be the best at it. For us that’s blowouts.’ In seven years we’ve gone from …

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