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2016

The Difference Between Resolutions and Resolve

Posted February 1, 2016

Tracy Letzerich Director, Human Performance Practice at Athenian Consulting Group   Millions of Americans made New Year’s Resolutions last month. Most of them will fail. In fact, 25% of people have already bailed on their resolutions after just one week. Are you one of them? All of those good intentions to make improvements in your health, family, or career…do they actually work? Research shows that less than 8% of us are successful by the end of the year. Don’t be discouraged by this dismal statistic. Many well-intentioned people simply don’t have the tools or knowledge to make their resolutions stick and accomplish their goals. Do you want to make this year different by turning your resolutions into habits and lasting change? You can. The key Read More

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Is Small Business Saturday Right for You?

Posted November 27, 2015

It’s a trend that started in 2010 — a way for locally-owned businesses to take part in the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy. Small Business Saturday celebrates the companies which might not be large corporations with numerous sites, but which still have a tremendous impact on the communities they call home. While most people associate the “holiday” with retail endeavors — restaurants, boutiques and the like — there’s no reason that other industries can’t join in. Here are a few ways you might consider getting involved on the small-business front: Welcome current and potential clients with an open house environment. This is a great way to invite prospects in to learn all you have to offer, without them feeling like they’re being set up for a sales Read More

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Always On Call: The Life of an Entrepreneur

Posted November 23, 2015

When you think about being “on call,” what comes to mind? A doctor prepared to drop everything for a patient? A policeman heading out for an unplanned patrol? Both examples certainly make sense, but what about applying the concept to the business world? A truly effective entrepreneur is one who is willing do to what it takes — whatever the time — to move a business forward. In line at Starbucks and overhear a person talking about troubles with a vendor? Introduce yourself and discuss ways your company might help. Last-minute project come in on a Friday? Stick around an extra hour to hammer it out. Your client will thank you, and the good deed could lead to future opportunities. We admit that a healthy Read More

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Athenian’s take on the social club

Posted October 19, 2015

In a world where so much of daily life is driven online, it is important to seek out ways to stay connected. We stress to our clients that if the Internet is where your colleagues, business partners and potential customers gather, they must have a presence. Today’s economy stresses efficiency and cost cutting, and a multiplatform online presence is a great way to interact with clients at minimum cost. This is one of the reasons we suggest social media to our clients. The growth of such platforms — and their expansion into the business sector — allows for incredible opportunities to foster strong partnerships. At minimal cost, your company can reach millions of current and potential clients with the click of a button. Just a Read More

Beyond a Cup of Sugar: Being a Good Neighbor in the Business World

Beyond a Cup of Sugar: Being a Good Neighbor in the Business World

Posted September 18, 2015

We all know the benefits a good neighbor can bring. They lend a helpful hand, keep you informed about the latest news and make you feel good about the place you call home. Have you ever stopped to think about how that translates to business? Everybody wins when you approach leadership with a neighborly point of view. Here are a few simple ways to start heading down that path: Lay Out the Welcome Mat. Host an open house or party, and invite nearby companies and community members. Learn more about them to better understand their needs and possible strategic partnerships that could form in the future. Offer guests a tour of the office and fill them in on what you do. It’s an effective way Read More

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Saving Costs in a Down Market.

Posted August 18, 2015

With today’s ongoing dip in oil prices, many companies find themselves searching to strike that perfect balance between cutting costs and maintaining effective operations. A global oilfield services company reached out to Athenian Consulting Group in hopes that we could help them do just that.

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A Guide to Effective Succession Planning Part 2: Creating Enterprise Value

Posted July 28, 2015

In our last post, we discussed succession planning and finding the right successor. There’s another equally important side to the process, though, and it’s creating enterprise value. While identifying and training the right successor is important, creating a

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A Guide to Effective Succession Planning Part 1: Finding Your Successor

Posted February 26, 2015

Leaders of organizations tend to overlook succession planning because they don’t think they have time for it or they’re unsure of the next steps. Succession planning shouldn’t be overlooked, though, because it sets the organization up for success through leadership continuity. If it’s not executed correctly, it will have a long-lasting, negative impact on the organization’s financial and operational performance.

At Athenian Consulting Group, we offer succession planning as part of our CEO Advisory Services, and below, we’ve included a few general recommendations for a key part of the process: finding the right successor.

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