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Your Team In The New Virtual Reality While Giving Back (Episode 1)

After “Zasterminding” with top agency entrepreneurs all of last week, we ended our time Saturday night with a collaboration of how we all should not just ”go through this adversity” but “grow through this adversity”.

This includes leading our team to effectively prosper in a remote setting while helping our customers survive and thrive through these unprecedented times.

In this Zebinar, Mike and over 50 other independent agency entrepreneurs collaborate to help lead our agency teams with certainty, clarity and simplicity.

 

Resources:

Link for SBA assistance. It’s still too early to know exactly if the “senate leak” senario from March 22 attached will become reality:

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Brochure on SBA assistance:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jcw2iw9vk2hcq9y/COVID%2019%20-%20Rev6.pdf?dl=0

Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the effective date of the leaves available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be April 1, 2020:

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Deadline changed to 04-01-2020

Webinar with Don Phin March 23,2020. Lot of great info for employers…. ok to share:

http://www.workcompprofessionals.com/covid-19-information-employers-need-to-know/

Our proprietary HR system. We possess unlimited licenses that we distribute. For anyo0jne that sees this that TRULY needs this tool, I open to providing at no cost.  Email me at [email protected]

www.thinkhr.com

Chat Log from the meeting:

CHAT – Your Team in the New Virtual Reality While Giving Back

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Giving Back & How Your Company Can Benefit

Giving Back & How Your Company Can BenefitOur society rewards entrepreneurs who give to those that are less privileged than themselves. 

There are some great rewards that come from giving to charities and to the less fortunate. This exchange is a huge part of the free market philosophy and has led to much opulence. Successful business people are generally well rewarded for their ability to provide what society expects and wants. Here are a few good reasons why you should give back to your community (and the rewards that come with it).

  1. Employees Respect Just Leaders
    Many team leaders go through the motions but never really make the employees feel appreciated which leads to apathy or resentment of those leaders. If your company helps out the less fortunate, your employees will feel proud of working for such a company and come to respect the employers.
  2. Make the Community a Better Place to Live
    Fixing up local parks, giving to public schools, and donating to local nature parks can all help the community become a better place to live. New computers for children with which to learn, maintenance at the park may increase its longevity and provide hundreds or thousands of great places to camp and spend quality time with the family.
  3. Build a Good Relationship With Community
    A community is built on people who help people. This means that your donations will not go unnoticed! Customers and prominent members of the community will appreciate your gifts and may spread word of your business, all because you helped out the community.
  4. Tax Purposes
    You can always just donate to get some tax rewards at the beginning of the next year.

Society rewards for giving, and with all of these benefits, why would your business not contribute to the betterment of the less fortunate? Contact Mike Stromsoe’s Unstoppable Profit Producer Program for tips and help on how you can generate new income for your business.

How Can Your Business Give Back In A Different Way This Thanksgiving Holiday?

Thanksgiving is all about giving! Most businesses take the easy way out when giving back by simply writing a check, which they can put on their taxes for a deduction. Stand out and give back in a new way! Giving back can look great for your company. It may be subtle and more marketing related, but your employees and others will see your company as one that cares and wants to make a difference. This can drum up business for your company as well as enhance pride or morale in the workplace for your employees. Some possible ways to give back are:

  • Give time: Time is equally valuable to money during the holiday season. Organize your managers and employees to give some time to serve on a charitable board or help build a home for someone to spend the holidays.
  • Volunteer Time Off (VTO): You can formally allow a paid day-off each year for employees to provide a volunteer service of their choice. This is a great way to encourage your employees to give back.
  • Have employees participate in the donations: Create a donation pool or a gift-matching program where you match the amount that employees raise for the donation. Getting your employees involved sends a message that they have some control and that they have a chance to help give back if they do not otherwise have the time. Offering to match their donations shows that you appreciate their efforts and it can inspire them to give what they can.

Contact Mike Stromsoe’s Unstoppable Profit Producer to ensure your business’ success! Utilize these ways to give back to the community to really make your business stand out this holiday season.

Battling the Monday Blues

Monday’s can be the most dreaded days of the workweek. A case of the Monday blues can have a negative impact on your productivity and performance. They can also have a negative impact on those around you. These easy steps can help you avoid the Monday blues.

  1. Identify the problem – knowing what is causing the Monday blues can help you solve the problem, especially if it is consistent problem. Figuring out if the problem is due to your job or outside issues can help you find a remedy.
  2. Prepare for Monday on Friday – try and leave yourself the least amount of dreadful work to finish the following Monday. If there is no way to avoid the work on Monday, make sure to get them done as early as possible so you don’t have to think about it the whole day.
  3. Make a list of things you’re excited about – on Sunday evening, make a list of all the positive things about the upcoming week. This will help make you more excited for the week.
  4. Unplug for the weekend – try to avoid checking you work emails or voicemails during the weekend. Checking emails or voicemails that you are not going to return until the next week will only make you more anxious about the upcoming week.
  5. Get enough sleep and wake up early – going to bed a little bit early on Sunday night can help ensure you wake up well rested on Monday. Waking up even 10 minutes early on Monday may seem like the wrong way to start your week, but the extra “me time” can help you feel like you are not crunched for time.
  6. Dress for success – wearing your favorite outfit on Monday morning can help build your confidence around the office. It could also lead to some compliments, raising your spirit even more.
  7. Have a post-work plan – making plans after work on Mondays can help you look forward to the start of the week.

Mike’s Unstoppable Profit Program hopes you never have to deal with the Monday blues, and to contact the program if you want to learn how to help your insurance company work less and earn more.

Creating a Positive Work Environment

Creating a positive work environment can help raise employee moral and maintain a positive work environment. Although the employees of a company can help in creating the overall environment, it is ultimately up to the supervisors that set the tone in a company. These 10 easy ideas can help create a positive work environment and lead to increased productivity in the company.

  1. Encouraging trust – employees who know they can trust their supervisor will be more loyal which will lead to thriving employees.
  2. Demonstrate positive communication – being open with employees and being open to new ideas can help lead to a more positive work environment. It is also important to be receptive to employee feedback.
  3. Encourage staff to be their best – having high expectations for employees and providing positive reinforcement will encourage employees to do their best.
  4. Create team spirit – part basic human nature is the need to feel as if you are part of a group. Creating a sense of unity will allow your employees to feel as if they are part of a team, which will increase the smoothness of business, and decrease tardiness and absenteeism.
  5. Offer recognition and appreciation – a simple thank you or good job will go a long way.
  6. Be accessible – having an open-door policy will allow employees to feel as if they can come to you with any problems they may be encountering. Closed doors give the impression of barriers between the levels of employees.
  7. Offer credit and be responsible – when things are going well, always make sure to give credit where credit is due. This also goes the opposite way of assuming responsibility when things are not going the right way.
  8. Present an encouraging physical environment – small things such as natural light and keeping the office clean will go along way to creating a positive work environment.
  9. Make evaluations an encourage experience – employee evaluations are a great way to provide positive feedback. If an employee needs further development, don’t only focus on what they don’t know, make sure to point out what they are doing right as well.
  10.  Make room for fun – welcoming celebrations is a great way to create a positive and fun work environment.

Mike’s Unstoppable Profit Producer Program encourages you to make sure that you are creating the most positive work environment for your employees and remember to contact them when you want to learn how to enjoy more freedom when it comes to your insurance agency.

Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day is April 23rd, and is the perfect day to recognize the administrative professionals in your workplace. Administrative Professionals Day falls on the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals week, which is from April 20th to 26th.

Administrative Professionals Day is observed in many businesses throughout the United States and around the world. It is an observance, but not a public holiday in the United States.  Some employers show their appreciation for their administrative professionals by arranging events to highlight there their importance in the workplace and to help enhance their work related skills.

The National Secretaries Association was formed during World War II to recognize the contributions of secretaries to the economy, support their personal development, and help draw people into the rapidly growing position. The association’s name was changed to Professionals Secretaries International in 1981, and then finally to the International Administrative Professionals in 1988.

The changes in the names were done to reflect the changing tasks, qualifications and responsibilities of the members. The International Administrative Professionals organization now has an international voice, and provides education and training to set standards of excellence that are recognized around the world.

National Secretaries Week was started in 1952 in combination with the United States Department of Commerce and numerous office supply and equipment manufacturers. The Wednesday of that week was recognized as National Secretaries Day. The names of the holidays were changed to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day in 2000 to keep up with the changing job titles and responsibilities of the modern administrative workforce.

Mike’s Unstoppable Profit Program would like to encourage your business to observe Administrative Professionals Day by recognizing all the hard work of dedicated administrators in your field. The program would also like to remind you to contact them to learn how to teach your insurance company how to work less, earn more, and enjoy more freedom.

10 ways for your business to go green

With Earth Day just around the corner, it is important to think of ways that your business can go green. Making these 10 small changes to your business can help change your business into a green business.

  1. Refurbish office furniture – if it is possible, refurbish old office furniture instead of buying new pieces. It can not only save your business money, but it can help the environment as well.
  2. Choose suppliers that take back packaging – this is not only better for the environment by reusing the packaging, but it can help cut costs down for both companies.
  3. Encourage emails – whenever possible, encourage employees and clients to communicate through email to cut down on paper waste.
  4. Print double sided – this can help cut down the amount of paper used at your business, which can also help save you money in supplies.
  5.  Reduce fax related paper waste – if it is avoidable, fax documents without a cover page to reduce the amount of paper that needs to be printed.
  6. Turn off equipment – when equipment, such as computers and printers, are not being used, turn them off. This can help reduce your businesses energy usage.
  7. Turn off taps completely – dripping water can waste thousands of gallons of water a year and cost your business a lot of money.
  8. Encourage carpooling – giving perks to those employees who carpool, such as a front parking spot, can help reduce your company’s overall emissions.
  9. Use energy efficient bulbs – replacing all light bulbs in the office with energy efficient ones can help cut down on the amount of energy used throughout the building.
  10.  Buy remanufactured ink and toner cartridges – one returned ink cartridge can keep 2.5 pounds of metal out of landfills, and remanufacturing one toner cartridge can save about half a gallon of oil.

Mike’s Unstoppable Profit Producer Program encourages you to make your business as green as possible. They would also like to teach you how to enjoy more freedom when it comes to your insurance agency.

Small business owners: Employee retention tips from big companies

Every business owner, no matter how big or small the company is, struggles with employee retention. However, larger companies seem to use the right techniques and tactics to maintain a higher employee retention rate. When it comes to improving the employee retention rates, small business owners needs to learn from, understand how and follow the lead of big companies.

Here are some big company tactics that every small business owner should use to help with employee retention:

  • Employee compensation: This includes pay, health insurance packages, discounts and anything else that can be offered to encourage employees to want to stay long-term.
  • Recognition programs: Reward employees for a job well done by recognizing them in front of their peers.
  • Leadership programs: Show employees you are willing to invest in their future by offering training opportunities to help them grow.
  • Mentoring programs: Develop a program where other employees help new hires understand what to expect while on the job.

Start taking the lead from the big companies and enlist a set retention program for your small business. The happier your employees are, the more likely they will want to stay long-term with your company.

For more information about how you can work less, earn more and enjoy more freedom within your insurance agency, contact Mike’s Unstoppable Profit Producer Program today.

Are you Taking Advantage of the Holiday Opportunities

In today’s competitive marketplace, it is important to set yourself apart in the eyes of your clients (or potential clients). And what better way to position yourself before clients than to send out cards during the holidays?

Think about it–everyone loves the holiday season, as we send forth goodwill and make the effort to be kind to everyone around. A great way to reach out to clients, though, is to send Thanksgiving cards instead of the traditional Christmas or Hanukkah cards. Why? The Hallmark Corporation estimates that approximately 1.5 billion Christmas cards are sent in the United States annually. It is possible, then, with that many cards circulating, for your gesture to get lost in the sea of cards.

Thanksgiving is still a very joyous holiday and a great way to expand your reach for potential customers, who may just be thinking of switching carriers or adding additional coverage for themselves, their families or their businesses.

As a highly successful agent and broker, Mike Stromsoe has tested and refined methods for building and revitalizing every aspect of an insurance agency for more than 26 years. Equipping other industry professionals with the tools for success is Stromsoe’s passion, making him the perfect trainer to help you grow your business to a level you’ve only dreamed about.

Mike Stromsoe’s Unstoppable Profit Producer Program offers unparalleled information, advice and strategies for becoming unstoppable in business, attracting abundance and creating space for more quality time with family and friends. It is the resource no insurance agent or broker should ever think of being without! Get yours today!

The WHY

The end of the first quarter is near, are YOU still laser focused on your goals or have you lost some of your drive?

It is during this time that it’s critically important to clearly understand the “WHY” in what we do.  This is a significant factor in knowing where you want to go and culminate this year.

Our team recently had the opportunity to view a video about the “WHY”. It was a video that has caused daily reflection for some time. In fact, so powerful, we felt it would be unfair not to share it with each of you.

The focus is WHY we do what we do, whether it be in business or in life. Below are some of the key points of the talk. We hope these simple, yet important thoughts truly make a difference for you, your family and your business this holiday season:

Why – Why we do what we do – It is our purpose, our cause, our belief system. Why do we get out of bed in the morning or why does an organization exist?

How – How people do it – your differentiating proposition. The processes by which we do what we do. Does our make “all the difference” for others?

What – What is it that we do? Do we have clarity on our mission?

People aren’t in it because of what you do, they are in it because of why you do it; When the opportunity to connect with people who believe what you believe arises, a common why occurs. It is our hope that everyone will consider the WHY in everything you do and that your true belief will reflect in your efforts, whether it be business or pleasure, family or friend. Every relationship matters.

There is so much to be thankful for–our families and friends, our health, our homes, our daily lives. And there is incredible opportunity going forward in 2013.

Thank you for your support, confidence, your business and friendship!

 

Mike Stromsoe
The Unstoppable Profit Producer

PS Are you ready to start living life on your terms and for your WHY, let us help.  The next Agency Wealth Mastery Academy LIVE 2 day event is right around the corner.  This event is designed to give you EVERYTHING YOU NEED to put your agency on autopilot… so you can enjoy more PROFITS, more FREEDOM and more time off in 2013!

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