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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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Millennials as the New Boss

Millennials are growing up fast! And they’re quickly becoming the dominant leadership group in the American workforce. In 2015, millennial employees – born between 1980 and 2000 – outstripped the Generation X’ers to become the largest age generation of employees currently working in the US across all demographics. Even more …

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5 Reasons Emotional Intelligence is Crucial for Leadership

Emotional Intelligence was first defined by Psychologists John D. Mayer and Peter Salovey, as “the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions”. Although not a new concept, I’m predicting ‘Emotional Intelligence’ will …

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Is it getting harder to please customers?

Let’s put aside everything on your marketing ‘must-do’ list for a moment and talk about the foundation of any strong, thriving business – the customer relationship. After all, it doesn’t matter how great your pictures are on Instagram or how catchy your posts are on Facebook if your clients aren’t …

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Motivating the Modern Employee

A lot of business leaders seem to think that the only carrot they need to dangle in front of their staff is a green, made of paper, and has a picture of a deceased President on it. However, recent studies (and likely your own experience) have shown that money isn’t …

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8 Ways to Drive Employee Engagement

The term ‘engagement’ has gone from the holy grail of the marketing plan to a source of headaches for your management team. Getting any of your stakeholders to truly invest attention and precious time in your brand is crucial to becoming relevant to that person’s psyche and ultimately your business …

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Company Culture Powers Elle Marie Hair Studio

Elle Marie Hair Studio opened its first salon 9 years ago in the Pacific Northwest after attending Summit Salon Business College—which gave them a firm foundation from Day 1. Now, with three full-service salons and plans for the fourth, the family-owned and operated company is providing a culture that values …

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Leadership vs. Management

You’ve heard the term, but it’s an important differentiation between ‘manager’ and ‘leader.’ The new employee much prefers to be led rather than managed as well, so the separation of concepts can make the difference between constantly hiring and solid employee retention. Infograph by Acrasio.com – Click to Zoom

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Benefits of a Swinging Door

Many employers in the salon industry are finding value in developing a “swinging door.”  What is it?  The strategy or belief that if employees leave and return, it can create a positive experience for both the employee and the salon! Our industry has an incredible range of opportunities for cosmetologists/barbers. Let’s …

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Snapchat Management

As the director of technical and business development for Zano Salons, Sara Aikens’ biggest challenge is communicating a consistent message to employees at the salon’s four locations surrounding Naperville, Illinois. With 150 employees to motivate, manage and support, Aikens knows the best way to communicate with each one is through …

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