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6 Steps to Create an Effective Employee Onboarding Experience. Jim Collins once said, “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” Finding the best talent can feel like an uphill battle for many startups, but the real test lies in the first few weeks or first month for any new employee. Onboarding is a well-known practice in human resources (HR) management and one we know can create a huge impact here at Bizzabo. As the newest members of your team, these will be the people sharing lunch with each other, taking responsibility for huge projects that can make or break your company and eventually onboarding new hires themselves.

Onboarding is more than logistics. It’s personal. Related: 4 Simple Ways to Make a New Hire Feel Welcome Companies can potentially waste tens of thousands of dollars on ineffective onboarding. Here are five steps to creating an effective onboarding experience at your startup. 1. The onboarding process should begin when a new employee accepts the offer, with simple tasks given to them before they arrive on their first day. 5 Steps to Master the Art of Negotiation. Wouldn’t it be a different world if everybody thought the way you did? If everybody spontaneously conformed to your every wish, your every thought, your every feeling? Since life doesn’t work that way, you would do well to become skilled at the art of negotiation. Related: Be Calm, Flexible and Speak Up in a Negotiation, and Everyone Can Win In negotiation, after all, neither party holds all the aces. Instead, negotiation proceeds (or should proceed) on a rather level playing field.

Since both parties want to win, what is the best way to proceed? Here are five steps. 1. The wise negotiator establishes the relationship before proceeding further. You are best positioned to negotiate when the other party respects you, not only as a businessperson, but as a human being. 2. You’ll do better with honey than with vinegar -- but the honey must be genuine. When negotiating, you too can sense if the other party's values are subpar or lack integrity altogether. 3. Win-wins are the only way to go. The Secrets to Creating Perfect Social-Media Posts. Does the perfect social media post exist? If it did, this hypothetical post would publish at exactly the right moment to optimize organic reach and engagement.

It would be written in the precise tone and voice that would garner positive audience response. And it would capture some sentiment or zeitgeist-y thing in such an authentic way that your audience would have no choice but to share it. Does it exist? Probably—but it’s so rare, so elusive that its pursuit has become the marketer’s holy grail. [RELATED: Create superb visual communications.] What Really Makes a Good Leader? What makes someone a leader anyway? Such a simple question, and yet it continues to vex some of the best thinkers in business. We’ve written several books on leadership, and yet it’s a rare thing to actually pause to define leadership. Let’s start with what leadership is not... Leadership has nothing to do with seniority or one’s position in the hierarchy of a company. Too many talk about a company’s leadership referring to the senior most executives in the organization. They are just that, senior executives. Leadership doesn’t automatically happen when you reach a certain pay grade.

Related: How to Blow Your Boss' Mind Leadership has nothing to do with titles. Leadership has nothing to do with personal attributes. Leadership isn’t management. So, again, what makes a leader? Let’s see how some of the most respected business thinkers of our time define leadership, and let’s consider what’s wrong with their definitions. Really? Related: 10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders. Why You Need to Cultivate a Business Culture of Giving.

With Christmas around the corner, the spirit of giving is stronger than ever. However, it’s not just individuals and households volunteering time and money to those in need, the impact of businesses in the volunteer sector is quickly rising. While the giving culture is most prominent in large companies that have large reserves of cash, small business owners and sole entrepreneurs like you can have a powerful influence on your community. As a for-profit business, you can use your creativity to come up with channels for you and your employees to invest time, money, resources, and even pro bono services to those who need it. This type of culture not only enriches your community, it has an amazing effect on your business as well. Why is a giving culture important? Before you start cultivating a giving culture in your business, you need to ask yourself why it is important. On an individual level Here’s a somewhat selfish question; what does giving benefit you as an individual?

P.S. 2. 5. Insurance. 15 Resources for Creating Beautiful Social Media Images. A Smarter Planet Blog « Instrumented. Interconnected. Intelligent. A Smarter Planet Blog. CFO Key Challenges and Predictions for 2016. As the CFO, you play a vital role in the success of your company, and your responsibilities in driving shareholder/policyholder value are immeasurable. Staying abreast of competitors, keeping up with regulatory changes, managing product pricing, evaluating M&A opportunities, and staying ahead of investment portfolio changes are just a few of the investment, reporting, and accounting related challenges that CFOs must tackle. Clearwater’s 2015 Insurance Investment Benchmark Survey collected data from more than 100 CFOs at leading insurance companies. The survey questions focused on CFOs' best practices and top challenges in today’s investment environment. Although focused on insurance CFOs, the survey data is a revealing study of how top financial executives tackle universal issues of board reporting, compliance monitoring, expense ratio management, investment strategy, staffing, and other factors that are critical to driving profits and growth.

CEO Best Practices for Reducing Office Space Costs for 2016 - Webinar - Download Now. Instant Access Now Available In this webcast, CEO Briefs examines everything you need to know in 60 minutes about reducing your current office space costs, new terms being accepted by office buildings, negotiation strategies with your current (or prospective) landlord and capitalizing on current market conditions. Take the 60 minutes to view this webcast (on your computer, smart phone, tablet device, or ExecSense iOS/Google Android App) to understand the leverage you have, enabling you to negotiate (or re-negotiate) your office lease more efficiently in the upcoming year.

This webcast is led by an expert on the topic, Alfredo Munoz (Founder & Principal - ABIBOO Architecture), and focuses on: Upon ordering, you will gain instant access to this webcast on your computer, smart phone, tablet device, or ExecSense iOS/Google Android App. Take advantage of your next commute, lunch, or free hour in your schedule to view this webcast at your own convenience.