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  1. Three Requirements for Employee Access to Company Data

    Who has access to sensitive files on your network?  You’ve probably locked down sensitive files, such as HR and bookkeeping information, ensuring that only certain people can view them.  But how about corporate strategy documents?  Data about your clients? Your sales team’s interactions with prospects? This is a question of employee trust, but it’s much…

  2. Want Successful Employees? Find the Ones That Value Relationships.

    It’s easy to write a business book on what it takes to succeed.  It’s hard to back that up with real data. Jim Collins’ business books are famous for this – each are based on years of meticulous research, scouring data on hundreds of successful companies for the small number of things that nearly all…

  3. What’s Backing Up Your IT Service Provider’s Promises?

    There are plenty of things to worry about with business insurance – what is covered, whether the deductible is affordable, and what you must do (and avoid doing) to keep the policy in force.  One thing you generally don’t have to worry about is if the insurance company is keeping enough money on hand to…

  4. Three Technology Options to Avoid in 2019

    It’s a new year, and every marketing team with access to your inbox is promoting how you can get better business results this year by buying their products.  If you bought them all you’d be bankrupt by February. That’s not to say that none of them are great products – some might be.  But if…

  5. Recognizing Your Employees – In a Meaningful Way

    The numbers on what percentage of companies offer a year-end bonus aren’t clear.  One study pegs the number at 63% of all businesses, while another says it’s only 35% of small businesses.  Regardless, millions of people will be receiving year-end bonuses, and millions of those bonuses will be based on their contributions to the company….

  6. The Importance of Succession Planning – Exemplified by Carlos Ghosn

    Over the past 20 years, Carlos Ghosn has become one of the most successful executives in automotive history.  In 1999, the then-CEO of European car company Renault rescued Nissan, orchestrating a two-way stock trade that left Renault owning 44.4% of Nissan.  In 2017, Nissan acquired a controlling interest in Mitsubishi, pulling all three companies together…

  7. WingSwept’s Most Popular Blog Posts of 2018

    From management to operations to technology, we covered plenty of topics in 2018.  Three of these topics, however, earned more interactivity than any of our other material.  Unsurprisingly, these three topics each have the potential to have a significant impact on your company in the coming months and years. Is Your Business Prepared for the…

  8. 3 Characteristics of an Excellent Company Culture

    Most business owners figure out pretty early in the life of their business that they can’t succeed with a group of individuals.  There has to be some unity of purpose. Employees at successful companies don’t arrive at work each day and simply do what they’re told without understanding why they’re doing it, or how it…

  9. What Meaning Means for Your Company

    We’ve talked about the importance of employee engagement before – how engaged workers are less likely to steal, negatively influence their coworkers and miss workdays.  “Engaged” here is defined as employees who are “involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace”, according to study sponsor Gallup. A recent study outlined in the…

  10. What Most Businesses Get Wrong About Marketing

    According to the Forbes “World’s Most Valuable Brands” list, Apple is the most valuable brand – the brand alone is worth $182 billion.  It’s followed by a bevy of tech companies (Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon) and Coke comes in at #6 as the top non-tech brand, worth $57 billion. That must be nice. The…