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Incorporating U.S. Military Leadership Techniques into your Business’ Success Strategy

It’s no secret that the military produces great leaders, and this has been proven, not only in the field, but in the office as well. Many successful businesses are led by individuals with some form of military background. For example, Verizon’s Chairman and CEO, Lowell McAdam, was in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. for six years. Aside from discipline and obedience training as a results of boot camp, the military teaches you various skills and techniques that translate from victories on the battlefield to success in the boardroom. Here are just a few:

 

  • Proper and Clean Attire – The military enforces a strict dress code down to shined shoes. Dressing sharp ‒ that is, well-fitting, professional clothes and coordinated outfits ‒ creates a sense of confidence, which is important in decision making and leading. Confidence is the key to making tough decisions and being sure about them, versus hesitation no matter which way you look at the situation.
  • Becoming a People Person – First and foremost, the military teaches you to care for your team, and a strong team is founded on diversity. A diverse group of people means that each member has unique experiences, which may provide special skills, talent, or thought processes down the road in order to achieve goals or objectives.
  • “Be, Know, Do”– Taken from the U.S. Army Manual of the same name, this is all about knowing how to do a job or perform a task. When giving instructions, orders, or just telling someone what to do job-wise, you yourself should know the ins and outs of the task itself. Lead by example and show them how to do it correctly, and they will follow suit.

 

 

The military mass-produces great leaders who can adapt and confidently lead their team into battle. The ability to adapt is important because once they’re out of the military, they can take what they’ve learned and modify it for an appropriate job setting, and achieve a level of success which might otherwise not be attainable.

BLS Provider CPR (1-day Initial or Renewal Course, multiple sessions available)

(Initial or Renewal Course based on the 2015 AHA Guidelines)
Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. This course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings. This course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills.

In addition, BLS training can be appropriate for first responders, such as police officers and firefighters, as well as for laypeople whose work brings them into contact with members of the public, such as school, fitness center, or hotel and restaurant employees.

Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for a BLS Course Completion Card.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a completion cad valid for 2 years.

Conveniently scheduled on Saturday, please choose the session that works best for you.

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Building a Strong Staff

2676859-A-group-of-people-team-up-in-a-pyramid-to-celebrate-success-teamwork-cooperation-winning-etc--Stock-Vector“People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” Mary Kay Ash – Mary Kay Cosmetics

It’s no secret that high-performing companies have high-performing teams.  How can business leaders ensure that they are building a strong staff and team to make their business successful?  According to Insight Assessment Online, building a strong staff to help your company consists of three key components:

  1. Hire Smart – Don’t hire someone who is not highly skilled for the position you need filled.  Ask yourself several questions before hiring:  Does this person have the ability to expand or build on the skill set they already possess? Does this person have the self-motivation needed to be a contributing member to the team? Is the person a thinker and problem solver or do they require hand holding? Can you envision this person meshing with the rest of the team with a personality that fits with the rest of the company and ultimately your brand image?  Does this person have skills that compliment the skills you already have in the office or do they have skills that fill a void in your team?
  2. Identify strengths and talents of team members – This may take time and some level of trial and error but place team members in positions where they can perform the best.  Once you have identified each staff member’s strength or weakness, build off the positives through professional development, conferences and incentives that will make them more productive and invested workers. Position your top performers in positions that will make them shine.  Match people with certain talents with others to build on their own natural strengths.
  3. Foster a positive environment – Encourage team members to be creative and work productively by valuing the great job they are doing.  Be connected and communicative with employes so they know you are aware of their hard work.  Be sure that everyone knows the ultimate goal and has clear responsibilities.  A lack of clarity and purpose can confuse and frustrate teams.
  4. Be Flexible – Not all employees are the same.  Realize that home and family life can be complicated.  Team members will be more invested and possibly more productive if they worry less about what is going on at home.  Does your company have a flex scheduling, telecommuting or other incentive policy that could make for happier team members?  Building a strong team can sometimes mean understanding the needs of the team both at work and at home.

Business Breakfast – Economic Development on the North Shore: A Regional Perspective

The Enterprise Center at Salem State University has a big announcement and wants you to be a part of it! The Enterprise Center has been working with businesses on the North Shore for more than 15 years and is now expanding and offering new programs, workshops, and events that will be of interest to companies from all industries, revenue size, employee size and business type.

To learn more about the new and improved Enterprise Center, please join us for our introductory monthly Business Breakfast on January 8, 2015 at the Peabody Marriott. Check-in, networking and breakfast begins at 7:00AM with a speaker presentation to follow. The topic for January’s Business Breakfast is, Economic Development on the North Shore: A Regional Perspective, presented by Matt Smith from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.