Fun Facts with Hamilton: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Every year on November 25th, millions of Americans tune in to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade is one the most colorful and festive events in the entire year –bigger-than-life balloons, incredibly sophisticated floats, celebrity artists, marching bands, and street performers all make up this entertainment spectacle! Beginnings The very first parade was on November 27th, 1924. Macy’s …

Fun Facts with Hamilton:  It’s All About Halloween

Ah, Halloween. The time of the year when we purposefully try to scare ourselves silly and stock up on a year’s supply of candy with the after-the-holiday sale. In honor of all the sugary goodness, here’s your Halloween edition of Fun Facts with Hamilton! It started with the Celts Halloween originated in ancient Ireland. Way back in the day, over …

Proactive Employee Engagement

“To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.”   —Douglas Conant, To be perfectly honest, proactive employee engagement is the only genuine employee engagement. Creating an engaging workplace never just happens –it takes intentional choices. As Conant, who has led three major companies from a shaky spot to thriving, points out, your business success will only do as …

Managing a Negative Employee

We’ve all experienced it –the negative employee who never says anything positive and always anticipates the worst. Unfortunately, a single negative attitude spills over the rest of the team pretty quickly. It can: Lower morale Breed resentment Increase turnover Generate customer dissatisfaction Incur liabilities As you probably know from personal experience, working with a “Negative Nick or Nancy” is no …

Celebrating October — at Home and in the Office

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”      — Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables  We are thankful for Octobers, too. After all, some of the best and sweetest things in life come along with October. Like sweater weather and all things pumpkin. Glorious colors and crunchy, rustling leaves. Football, tailgate parties, and bonfires …

Top 7 Things To Avoid During an Interview

Congratulations! You just scheduled an interview. You are one step closer to getting your dream job! But studies show that candidates get pretty nervous regarding interviews. (So if that’s you, you’re not alone!) Thankfully, you can do things to help you calm your nerves and ace your interview, but today, let’s talk about some things you should avoid. 1. Coming …

Good Leaders Are Good Followers

“He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.”  –Aristotle Aristotle was a smart guy, but how does being a follower connect to being a good leader? Don’t, leaders lead, and followers follow? But wait –every military general started out as a lowly soldier. And every company president started somewhere a whole lot closer to the bottom. …

Setting Goals for Your Business — 5 Steps You Need to Follow! 

Setting goals for your business is an integral part of growth. Without goals, you have no way to chart yourself, and potential growth becomes random and ambiguous. However, there is a strategy to setting business goals. So, if you’re getting ready to set some new goals for your business, follow these five steps for success! 1. Determine Areas of Growth  Before you …

Office Etiquette — Top 7 Rules to Follow

Office etiquette is critical to a pleasant and functioning office space. Etiquette is just treating others the way you want to be treated. It is respect and professionalism. Of course, good etiquette includes being courteous, avoiding pettiness, and following basic social, behavioral norms. While every office and workspace has its code of appropriate behavior, some general rules are always applicable. …

Fun Facts with Hamilton: The Assembly Line and the Model T 

Without a doubt, manufacturing wouldn’t be where it is today without Henry Ford and his assembly line! So, because we just enjoyed Labor Day and in celebration of modern-day manufacturing, here is your next edition of Fun Facts with Hamilton! Interchangeable Parts   Before the Industrial Revolution, manufactured goods were created with parts often hand-crafted by people with different skill levels …