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Great post! There was a recent WP critical security update (7.1) that is imperative to implement - so many of my clients don't give due diligence to their WP site, it's cringeworthy to see all those plugins, themes and core files not being looked after. Security is more important than ever. Glad it was highlighted in thsi post. Thanks Sian and Susan."
One key message I get from this post - is the word SOCIAL (I know, such a cliché) but seems to be missed by many business pages - the examples you have provided are great examples to get tips from for our own biz pages - thanks Sian!! "
Overwhelm of the bigger picture - this should be the end-game - the dream result - not the journey! Distractions and procrastination - the first skills to be utilised when starting out - we need to learn how to focus more! Fear of failure - failure is the new success! Learn and move on! 3 great points Harry - great reminder of why businesses never get started, or fizzle out after the initial try. We CAN combat them, but that takes courage, planning and execution - something I still struggle with - to implement all 3, in the right order, at the right time. Not for the faint of heart - thanks for pointing that out too! Small steps build momentum, and that can help drive the motivation to keep going :)"
Hi Warren, Super post, again!! It's ironic that most front-line employees are the least educated, empowered, or trained (I am generalising here.) Yet, these people are the knowledge workers, the power workers, the executives in their area of expertise - why do we (on the whole) not spend more energy, time and resources training, empowering and rewarding them? That was just a thought as I read your post. And, yes your points on matching skill-sets and ability are very good. Many small and medium businesses could do with a regular review to see if employees happen to shine in areas other than what they were originally hired for. We need to keep on top of this to make the best of the talent we already have in place in our businesses. A great read, thank you!"
I was thinking of Dale Carnegie as I read this post - He implies that every person has one main inherent need - to be appreciated, to feel important. Everything else comes from that core need. Any praise, reward or feedback needs to be genuine, and as Heather below mentioned, not an "empty gesture" - I'm sure we have all experienced similar at one point. Talent will walk if not enriched, empowered, appreciated and rewarded. One thing I would add to this conversation is the importance of the "hirer" role in all of this. Strategy will only work if executed well, and by the right people. I have many clients who have been frustrated by the hiring process used in companies they applied for work. The most common complaint is about the interview, and more specifically, the interviewer. It's hard enough to find the right talent for our businesses, but we must honour them with quality and experience in our human hiring process. Great post Janine."
Great thought-provoking (or guilt-provoking) post Lewis! I think we all need an Internet Holiday - whereby nothing works for a period of time :) Ironically, I find myself here, after lunch just catching up on my SM activities. If I had timed it properly, I should have logged off mid sentence..."
I think we will all be in limbo land for a while, until business becomes much more social, and less formal. Great point about connecting with customers, I feel we should connect with them, using their preferred method of contact. Great comments, thanks!!"
Hi Martin, I smiled when I read your comments - absolutely, everything stems from email really, and we will need to replace that before we can leave it completely. Meanwhile, I have turned off most notifications from SN channels, as the noise can be deafening. I visit the SN sites directly, and deal with notifications then. But you highlight a valid point - SN AND email can be very demanding and controlling. It is important to not allow this, so we can improve our productivity and maintain sanity :)"