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Understanding Performance Through Employee Demand

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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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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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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Are you ready to hire (and manage) Gen Z?

Chances are, you’ve just gotten used to working with Millennials, but it’s already time to start thinking about the next generation of employees. A new crop of 21-and-unders are pushing open your doors, demanding jobs and exciting opportunities. All those kids coming out of beauty school are the oldest members …

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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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Supporting Peers

You’ve probably heard the phrase “it’s not personal, it’s business” more times than you care to remember and each time you have likely cringed and wished that particular piece of jargon made it on the ‘do-not-say’ list for the year. In theory, it sounds like it makes sense, right? After …

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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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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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