By Tina Hatfield, Mountainland Supply
Your muscles are tense, breathing rapidly, your heart is pounding, and you have a strong urge to just run. Run away, that is. Why? Because you've just been informed of a significant change within the company. Not only will it affect you, but your team as well. Stressful? Absolutely!
How many of us have been here before? I'm betting all of us have in some form. Whether you've had to lead your team, or you have been part of a team being directed, we have all experienced this. Change is inevitable. It happens and it happens often. So, how do pull yourself together and pull off the smoothest transition possible with your team? While there are several ways to cope with the stress of managing and leading a team through change, I would like to focus on 4 simple practices.
By Stephanie Johnson, CCE, Gritton & Associates
It's not personal; it's strictly business. Right? At least that is what I learned from The Godfather. Do you know the scene? Michael Corleone says it when he offers to commit an act of violence to take revenge for their family. Their family business is VASTLY different from the family business I work for, thank heavens. Of course, I also learned to leave the gun and take the cannoli from the same family; so, I am not sure how sound the advice from this movie is. But I digress.
Sure, there is a line between business relationships and personal relationships. I have had more success in collection and credit management when I am a little more personal in my business connections. Not to cross the line into friendship, per se, but when I have a connection with a customer, I find my job more enjoyable and, often, will get paid sooner. Imagine how much more pleasant it will be to work with colleagues and customers with whom you have a connection.
By Rachel Beohm
I took my two daughters to Oregon Ballet Theater's performance of The Nutcracker earlier this month. We dressed up in fancy clothes, had brunch at an upscale restaurant, then headed to the auditorium for their first ever professional show. (They loved the whole experience.) After, we drove straight to our local community center. My oldest daughter didn't want to miss her final swimming lesson of the season.
In the parking lot, my younger daughter took my hand and whispered, "I feel kinda weird coming here in a fancy dress."
By Shane Inglesby, CCE, Geneva Rock Products
The crisp Autumn air has many of us thinking ahead to the Christmas holiday. As you are begin your holiday shopping please note that the Intermountain Credit Education League has chosen to support, once again, Candy Cane Corner as our Christmas charity this year. Many of you have taken the opportunity of donating time and items to this wonderful organization in the past and know how much this service benefits our community.
For those of you that have not had the opportunity to participate, Candy Cane Corner has been established to provide those that are less fortunate with the opportunity of selecting new toys and new clothing items for loved ones in their family. Candy Cane Corner attempts to provide a store-like environment from which its shoppers can select purchases that meet the needs and interests of the recipient. Last year, Candy Cane Corner helped to provide holiday assistance to 474 families, including 740 adults and 1,189 children.
All shoppers are screened by case workers who verify the legitimate need of those shopping at Candy Cane Corner. Beneficiaries of the store include battered and abused women who are striving to leave abusive relationships, homeless families, teen mothers and many other needy families. As you begin preparations for the holiday season, please consider including these individuals on your Christmas list.
New and unwrapped toys, toiletry and clothing items for children are always needed. Toiletry and clothing items for adults are also welcomed. Cash donations and gift cards are also accepted as the managers of the store will then, in turn, purchase items for the store that are in high demand.