27 September, 2018
How many times have you heard that you must network to grow your business? I’d venture to guess the answer is, “a lot.” But what is networking, really? Basically, it’s the art of connecting with others. Pretty straightforward, right? But it is not as easy as it sounds.
20 September, 2018
28 August, 2018
What if your handwriting still looked exactly the way it did the first time you picked up a pencil? Maybe it does. Maybe that’s why you started reading this article. Your handwriting today may not be beautiful, but likely it’s legible, so maybe you, like me, just enjoy opportunities to take what’s acceptable and make it exceptional.
7 August, 2018
Some may say that good customer service is a lost art in our technology-obsessed culture. Some may say that customer service is just a bunch of C.R.A.P. And what do I say? I actually agree with the second statement, but probably not in the way you think. Stick with me and I’ll explain…
3 July, 2018
What do you think about when you hear the term, “Company culture”? Do you think of casual Fridays? Do you think of health benefits? A culture exists no matter which company you work with, and the connotation of the term is widely varied. Proactive companies work to incorporate a specific company culture that satisfies employees and attracts job seekers. For example, Google has a floor in their Googleplex that is a gym. They want to offer a worry-free environment for their employees. I mean, if you go to the gym on a regular basis, wouldn’t it be cool to go during your lunch break and not take time out of your morning or afternoon? With characteristics like these, Google has become one of the most sought out companies to work for.
22 May, 2018
Developing leadership skills is an important and necessary process in today’s workplace. For most of us, there will be a point in your career when you’re going to be asked to take the lead in an initiative or be offered a higher position earlier than expected. As this new opportunity comes about, you may wonder, “What are some key leadership skills I need to form a strong foundation?” At the start of my career, I thought you had to be the industry expert to be eligible to lead. Though knowledge is useful, the reality is that you must have people skills. Here are the four fundamental skills I’ve learned during my time with the Chamber.
4 May, 2018
The Garland Chamber took National Small Business Week April 30 through May 4 as an opportunity to celebrate business owners, and highlight the range of free, relevant resources available to them.
25 April, 2018
As tough as it is to admit, at some point we are all victims of poor time management. Managing your time effectively is important in balancing the various demands throughout your day, and though the concept of time management may sound simple, the actual practice is what can be difficult. Identifying the right tools is crucial, so here are a few useful tips that may be right for you.
28 March, 2018
Change is inevitable. In a society that constantly looks for sustainable opportunities to grow, innovate and improve, it’s unlikely that you or your business will ever get to stay “the same” for long. It’s only human to be afraid of the unknown, and change is often accompanied by uncertainty, so one of the most important steps to adapting to change is to look ahead and prepare yourself for what’s to come.
6 March, 2018
In the Garland Chamber’s mission of providing leadership in development of the local economy, we are drawn on an increasing frequency into the discussion on workforce. In today’s world, having a sustainable, trained supply of workers is the single most important element in attracting and retaining business in any community. At a recent workforce pipeline summit sponsored by the Chamber and DCMA, City Manager Bryan Bradford said, “The first question that a company asks when considering moving to Garland is, ‘Do you have people ready to go to work?’”