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Problems are the Breakfast of Champions: Cultivating An Entrepreneurial Mindset Throughout Your Team

  • September 18, 2018

Entrepreneurial Mindset Breakfast of champions

Entrepreneurial Mindset Versus Problems: Grab Your Bowl And Spoon

Running your own business has more than its fair share of ups and downs. Staff, vendors, customers, competitors – all vying for your time. A ‘normal day’ running your business is stressful enough but add to that the inevitable problems that come about in business and you can easily get discouraged. The solution? Cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset throughout your organization.

A customer is mad because something didn’t go as planned, you are short-staffed because two staff members are on vacation the same week, vendors late delivering supplies needed to complete a project you’ve had scheduled for weeks, the list goes on. These are all annoyances getting in the way of your business — or, could they be clues on how to grow your company? I want to challenge you to look at problems in a different light. Problems are GOOD! Why? They are growth opportunities for cultivating entrepreneurial mindsets throughout your organization’s team.

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Technology Associates Ranked Among America’s Top Entrepreneurs by Inc. 5000 For Third Year In A Row

  • September 6, 2018

Inc. 5000 Award Winner Technology AssociatesFor the Third Year In A Row, Technology Associates Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Among America’s Top Entrepreneurs.

NEW YORK, August 16, 2017Inc. magazine today ranked Technology Associates on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small and mid-sized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

“I’m so honored and humbled to announce that Technology Associates made the Inc. 5000 List for the third year in a row in this competition,” says Eric Hobbs, CEO of Technology Associates. “There are a ton of people to credit for this success including our awesome clients and our incredible staff who are dedicated to delivering outstanding service. I want to thank each of you for the trust and dedication to our mission. It’s been a fantastic 21 years, but we’re just getting started.”

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Are You Running A Patient Organization? 7 Key Truth-Telling Questions To Ask Your Employees by Walt Brown

  • September 4, 2018

patient organization 7 questions7 Difficult Questions To Ask Your Employees: Are You Running A Patient Organization?

This is a fantastic guest article written by our upcoming Expertise In Business webinar speaker, Walt Brown, Full Time Entrepreneurial Operating System® Implementer. Be sure to sign up for our next webinar, The Patient Organization: Leading With Clarity And Building Loyalty In Your Business.

Take a step back for a moment and allow yourself to envision your ideal employee. What attributes come to mind? Perhaps inspired, diligent, committed, and loyal resonate with you. Being mindful of what employees should embody is fine and well, but it’s far more important as a leader to be mindful of how to encourage your employees to actually demonstrate these attributes.

Through my years working with leadership teams, I have narrowed down what employees of any generation look for in their workplace. I’ve used these insights to compile 7 questions that employees should be able to answer yes to.  Trust me, if your organization has people, these questions will be relevant.

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Time Management: Top Time Wasters For CEOs And How To Free Yourself!

  • August 2, 2018

Time Management for CEOsA common complaint amongst CEOs is not having the time to catch up on work and actually get their job done.  Reality is, we all have the same 24 hours a day. Ultimately, it comes down to how you utilize this time every day. If you haven’t taken the time to analyze and improve your time management skills, this is a good place to start.  In this article, we will be breaking down time management for CEOs, tackling the top time wasters and how to avoid them.

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Essential Traits for Exceptional Leaders: A Guest Post By Cindy Anderson

  • July 24, 2018

Essential Leadership QualitiesEffective Leadership Is About Providing Inspiration And Guidance. 

Exceptional leaders exhibit courage, passion, confidence, commitment, and ambition. They nurture the strengths and talents of their people and build teams committed to achieving common goals.

On a fundamental level, most leaders share a common set of leadership skills and traits that helped them grow into their leadership position. In the very best of leaders, we innately expect them to exude strong communications skills, accountability for themselves and their teams, and demonstrate compassion and creativity.

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Phishing Email Scams May Cost North Carolina Business Owners Triple Damages

  • June 27, 2018

BankruptcyPhishing emails, we’ve been pounding this topic religiously these past few weeks, covering this topic in our Webinar Recap: How To Avoid Falling Victim To An Email Phishing Scam.

If you’re just joining us around this whole Phishing epidemic, and you’re not entirely sure what Phishing means, to quote an earlier article What Your Staff needs To Know About Phishing:   

Phishing is the security industry’s term for trick emails. Someone is wanting to trick you into giving them data, information or access to something they can exploit. Think of them as email con artists.

So we’ve read the “Beware” and “Don’t Take The Bait!” signs, and herein lies the point: failure to heed such warnings, protect yourself, educate your employees and create email protocol that protects your business can become especially costly for North Carolina employers.

According to a recent feral court decision around a recent case, Curry et al. v. Schletter Inc., an employee who is tricked into sharing personal information in response to a phishing e-mail can be seen as committing an intentional disclosure under North Carolina’s Identity Theft Protection Act. As a result, the employer could face triple damages for the employee’s mistake.

Wait what, say that again?

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Why Letting Your Staff Deal With IT Issues Doesn’t Save You Money

  • June 14, 2018

Letting your staff deal with IT issues doesn’t save money and in many cases has a huge negative impact on the larger costs in the business.

I often hear business owners tell me that they have one of their staff handle IT issues before calling in their IT provider.  It usually boils down to costs – something which has their hand on the throttle and can triage problems first “fixing the easy ones” then trying to set and manage expectations with their Managed Services Provider when they do need to pass something along.  The fear here is that the problem will drag on and on and result in some humongous bill.

I get it – understand precisely why they think this way, but I see things differently.  This approach doesn’t save money and in many cases has a substantial negative impact on the larger costs in the business.

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Building A Social Media Policy That Protects Your Business

  • June 5, 2018

Building a social media policy in your business to protect your brand and your employees.Social media is very influential in many aspects of our daily life, and the workforce is no exception. 

Used correctly, social media can be one of the most powerful tools in your tool belt when it comes to marketing, cultivating loyalty amidst clients and building your business. Misused, it can damage social perception, destroy connections and drive a negative image of your brand’s products and services. 

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GDPR’s Impact On Small Business In The US

  • May 17, 2018

GDPR's Impact On Small Business

You may think that US businesses aren’t impacted by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), but it is time to take a closer look.  The impact of GDPR could be far reaching.

GDPR represents a huge leap in data security and protection for EU citizens against their personal data being used, or even kept, without their consent.

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Managing Your Cyber Risk

  • May 10, 2018

The conversation around cybersecurity is here to stay, and organizations must be diligent about evaluating, managing and protecting against cyber threats. When it comes to cybersecurity, the best option is to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.…

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