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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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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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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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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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Employee Management

Finding Self Starters

Recruiters are always on the hunt for self-starters to join their team. You need driven and goal orientated people with a strong work ethic to fuel your business, and these are the kind of qualities that you have to be on the look-out for as you skim through resumes. That’s …

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Operations

Ready for Apple Pay?

Anyone who’s been in business long enough will have seen more than their fair share of ‘The Next Big Thing.’ You know, that new, revolutionary technique, method or widget that was meant to revolutionize everything, only to fade away to irrelevance. Now, ever the critic, you may be wondering about …

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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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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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3 Ways Millennials Change Negotiations

As we learned at the recent ISBN Conference, millennials are changing the way businesses both market their products and services and also how they manage their employees. An abundance of ideas around teamwork, “story-living” and brand engagement were shared, noted and applauded. As a B2C industry, it often is forgotten …

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