Day: November 13, 2019

How to Overcome Procrastination at Work

We have all procrastinated. We set a goal to accomplish a task, only to become distracted on something less important. It’s easy to put off the thing we don’t want to do for the thing that really doesn’t need to be done. Before we know it, we are rushing like crazy to meet a deadline, or even worse, we miss it entirely.

Do you ever consider how much time you spend procrastinating? It’s typically longer than the actual work would take. We delay the inevitable because it feels like too much work, or we feel a sense of dread in doing it. Imagine what we could accomplish with the time and brain space freed up after accomplishing a task instead of hunting for every excuse not to do it.

Procrastination, or the art of perpetual delaying, comes from a Latin verb procrastinare defined as “to put off until tomorrow.” But this goes beyond our choice to delay efforts. The word is also derived from an ancient Greek word akrasia which means “doing something against our better judgment.”

Procrastination is the one thing that differentiates people with influence from those who don’t have it. Influential people do the work. They show up every day, without excuses, ready to put forth the effort to get a job done, improve their skills or rise to the next level. They bring a positive attitude to each day and see opportunity in everything. Procrastinators, on the other hand, put off the work required to accomplish tasks. They are perceived to lack self-awareness or motivation. Many think procrastinators are lazy and poor time managers. In reality, procrastinators live in a state of negativity: They dread work and putting forth effort. As a result, they lack the influence they need to get a promotion, land a new


How to Increase Employee Productivity

People usually have a dedicated workspace or office because they find they work much more efficiently without the distractions of home. In some circumstances, it also allows for a better work/life balance, as the home is for family life and downtime, whereas the office is purely a place for work. Working from home can often blur these lines.

Office spaces can – and ideally should – be crafted to improve the productivity of each individual employee, by designing the workplace better. An article in Inc. mentions that practical office design solutions tend to help workers focus more.

However, functional design is only one-half of the equation. Businesses also need to include a methodology for helping workers find mental peace. The modern world is increasingly hectic, and workers that have their minds focused on other things can’t function at peak performance levels. Companies can incorporate several things, both in their design, and to promote positive office culture, to help their employees enjoy their jobs. Here we explore some of the measures that businesses can put in place to help their employees be more productive.

Build off the company’s mission

A mission statement, as Shopify informs us, is a pure expression of a company’s existence. The business’s purpose, however, doesn’t always translate well to the employee’s goal of doing his or her job. By incorporating the company’s mission into the everyday workings of an office, a business can promote its reason for existing alongside what it needs from its hires. Harvard Business Review notes that when employees have a sense of purpose, they are usually far more productive. Individual goals tend to allow for more self-motivation in getting work done.

Incorporate individual and collective achievements

Employees are individuals, but most companies seem to overlook this fact. As a business grows,


How to Help Entry-Level Women Advance Their Careers

Managers, especially those of young female professionals, are on the front line in the struggle to achieve gender parity. These managers have the power to set women on the right path and reverse the cycle of discontent that occurs when women’s careers stall after a few years. When managers give regular feedback about expectations and performance, provide coaching about broad organizational context and facilitate exposure to decision-makers, they set the stage for women to succeed.

Ruth, a mid-level employee, provides an example. She put her name in for a job opening that would advance her career within the organization. When Ruth looked at the position description a second time, however, she withdrew her name. Ruth wasn’t comfortable applying for a job for which she wasn’t 100% qualified.

When Ruth learned that a male colleague had put his name forward for the same position, she thought, “I’m surprised he’s putting his name forward when he doesn’t have all the qualifications either.” 

Then Ruth had another surprise. The hiring manager asked why she had withdrawn her name. Ruth explained that she didn’t meet all the qualifications. 

“You don’t understand,” answered the manager. “I want you in that position. I think you’re perfect.”

Ruth, like so many of her female peers, created barriers to her own advancement. Why? One reason is that women have a different understanding of “perfect for the job” and “perfect in the job” than their male counterparts.

Women tend to enter the workforce with the assumption that outstanding work will be noticed and get them promotions. So, they overdeliver. For the first couple of years, it works. Women’s hard work is initially noticed and rewarded – but then things change. Promotions begin to go disproportionally to men, who don’t seem to be working as hard. Women begin to feel


How to Choose a Free POS System

  • The price of a point-of-sale (POS) system often directly correlates to the features, limitations and convenience it offers.
  • A free POS system can save you money and is ideal for small businesses that rarely process card payments and don’t need advanced POS software functions.
  • Most free POS systems are tied to high transaction fees, limited features or multiyear processing contracts.
  • To choose a free POS system, analyze your budget, industry, business size and the feature you need.

A point-of-sale (POS) system is an integral component for most businesses, and it’s challenging to find the system that’s the right fit for your company’s specific needs. Since POS software and hardware are available in various combinations and price points, business owners can pick and choose what works best for them. Sometimes, that best option is free of charge.

However, the age-old saying “you get what you pay for” rings true more often than not – and POS systems are no exception. Although using a free POS system to complete your consumer transactions may seem like a great option, it has its own set of pros and cons.

John Moss, CEO of English Blinds, said business owners should be wary of the limitations and additional fees that can come with a free POS system.  

“There are free POS systems in as far as there are systems you can get in place without any upfront cost, purchase price, or set monthly fee, but these typically cost more per transaction or have limitations in place in order to counteract this,” Moss told “There is no such thing as a free lunch, after all, just different ways of paying for things.”

It is essential for business owners to evaluate the benefits and limitations of free POS software before jumping into a plan that may


6 Steps for Acquiring Another Company

The decision to purchase a business is a large one, whether you are an individual, a set of individuals or a business buying another organization. There are several concrete steps to make the process easier that serve as an excellent guide of what to consider before acquiring a company

For nearly a decade, I advised organizations looking to acquire new assets in order to increase their scale, profitability and market competitiveness. During this time, I developed a key set of steps to effectively assess the viability of a target company for a potential acquisition.

This guide to buying a company encompasses what I learned during my time as a merger and acquisitions (M&A) advisor and can be a good roadmap for acquiring an asset to create value and expand your market reach. The following are the six concrete steps you should take when considering whether or not to purchase a company.

1. Develop your story.

Why are you seeking to acquire a company? What are your main goals of the acquisition? What type of transformation are you aiming to make within your organization? Answering these important questions is the first step of successfully buying a company. 

You should understand and clearly map out the end goal and long-term vision of your organization to fuel your acquisition strategy and decisions. For example, are you seeking to buy a company to increase your supply chain control, enter a new territory or eliminate a competitor? 

Develop the story of your acquisition and how it will fit into the larger goal of your organization and its future growth. Once you have this clear picture in mind, use it to drive the next five steps for buying a company.  

2. Create search criteria.

After clearly defining why you seek to buy a company, it