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 …

Life Lessons from Booker T. Washington 

“Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work.”          — Booker T. Washington  If you’ve been around Hamilton Connections, you know some of the things that make us tick. We love people. We love merging talent and opportunity. We love the joy of doing purposeful work.  We also love …

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 …

Tips for Describing Yourself During an Interview 

During the interview process, the hiring manager almost always asks, “How would you describe yourself?”  It can be a scary question and a balancing act. It’s tough finding the line between self-confidence in your abilities and coming across as arrogant. How do you describe yourself to someone who has a real influence on whether you get the job! Yes, it’s a …

What is Inclusion? (Without it, Diversity Doesn’t Count)

There’s no doubt that diversity is a powerful and immensely beneficial tool within any organization, especially within the workforce.  A genuinely diverse work team has a tang, a flavor, a seasoned strength. It is the secret power of any successful team. It might be easy to assume diversity only focuses on gender and ethnicity.  But true diversity is so much …

6 Tips to Getting the Most Out of Networking

Networking is one of the most powerful tools at your fingertips for growing your business and career.  It is the process of establishing and maintaining mutually valuable connections and relationships with people inside and outside your industry. Your network includes people in your personal life (family, friends, neighbors, fellow car-pool parents) and people in your professional life (industry leaders, suppliers, …

12 End of Summer “Must-Dos”

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”        — William Shakespeare  Alas! It’s true! Summer is always far too short for our liking. It’s hard to say goodbye to the lazy, hazy days of summer. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate list of end-of-summer traditions and tips to help your family celebrate the summer season and mentally …

Customer Service 

Everyone knows customer service is a big deal –and the stats confirm it! A recent survey found that 68% of consumers tell friends and family or post about a bad customer service experience on social media. Another survey found that 86% of consumers are willing to pay more for better service. Sometimes, consumers are willing to spend more of their time as …

Problem Solving – Part II: Tips and Tools 

Last week, in Problem-Solving – Part I, we discussed the Why and How of problem-solving. But what if problem-solving skills don’t come naturally? Well, problem-solving is a soft skill, which means it comes naturally to some and is harder to learn for others. But the good news is that you can still refine the skill until it’s a sharp and ready tool …