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Hiring for Culture of the Company | What You Need to Know Before Your Next Hire
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Tips on Hiring For Culture Protection

There is no secret about the importance of hiring for company culture.  Every business has a culture.  Culture is generally defined as the customs, beliefs and values of a particular group of people.  Some cultures are developed by accident while others are developed with intention.  Typically, we all like to be in an environment with like-minded people when it comes to culture.  There is a great comfort in working around others with the same core values.

I recently read an interview with Jessica Herrin entitled “Put the Culture Over the Quarter” that caused me to think about the business clients we represent and how their culture impacts their business.  What an honor it is to have the opportunity to work with focused business owners as they drive to improve and grown their business.

The advice provided by Jessica Herrin of being “fierce about your hiring filters” is so true!  It is almost evident when I work with our business clients as to those who are fierce about making the best hiring decision or those that are in such a rush to hire that they hire people who are almost good enough to fit the culture.  I am sure you can guess why I get a call from our clients about the employee is who is not on the same page any longer and what they should do.  Should they counsel the employee or should they terminate the employment.

Spending time ahead of hiring employees and doing some thought provoking reflection is essential in making the best hiring decision.  What type of personality are you in need of hiring?  What skill set should the employee possess?  What will success look like for this employee in their new role?  How will they be trained in your company and do they have the same culture and values as you and/or your business?

Once you have determined the answers to questions such as these, it is imperative to know how to interview potential candidates in looking for the best fit to protect the culture.  As an attorney, I thought I knew how to ask questions and solicit the information I hoped to get.  In a court setting, I know how to ask the right questions and how to handle the question and answer game.  But, in an interview for hiring employees, it is a different game.  It requires a different mindset.  It took a hiring consultant to teach me how best to ask potential employees to open up and tell me about themselves and get to their core values.

Knowing what drives, motivates and challenges a person will tell you a lot about their values.  What does the potential employee want to achieve in life?  What are they passionate about?  What is their authentic passion about work?  How are they motivated about self or others?
Most of the calls I get from our clients about employee problems can be broadly summed up in that the employee is not a team player or is not on the same page any longer.  In short, the employee does not share the same corporate culture.  Having employees who do not share the company culture is an emotional and financial drag on the business. It generally dampens the positive outlook of others in the company.

As a business owner or an invested employee of a company, be fierce in protecting the company culture.  Be known for your perseverance in protecting what you have identified as your core values and beliefs while you grow your business.

If you have questions or need help in this area, please feel free to contact me.
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Following Your Dream
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You have a dream for a business idea, owning your own business, a product or service that you know will be a hit. You know the market, you know the product line. How do you successfully put that idea into reality? How do you handle the people who do not understand your dream or vision?

Following your dream requires persistence and perseverance. Many times, it will require the idea or business plan to be tweaked and modified. Staying true to your goals and dreams is important. Stay focused. Ask others. Ask trusted advisors and/or other experienced business people. If your idea is confidential, use caution as you ask others but seeking the advice and ideas of others can improve on the idea.

The electrifying energy and enthusiasm generated by a new idea or business is unbelievable! It is a joy to work with business clients as they develop a new business idea. Regardless of the industry, product or service, it is such fun to watch the business idea come to reality.

Surround yourself with people you trust, people who will be honest with you. It is important that you select trusted advisors who will give you encouragement but also tell you when an idea may not be so great. Then, trust your instinct as you listen to these people and your business begins to grow. Set goals for deadlines and accomplishments. If need be, adjust them as you grow.

If you have questions about how to get started, please feel free to reach out. We will be happy to help.
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Running a Business: Marathon or Sprint? http://vannattorneys.com/blog/running-a-business-marathon-or-sprint/

Diligence is so important when running your own business. Diligence is required in remaining focused in the early development, implementation of ideas and plans, detail orientation and dreaming for the next development in the business. It has been a joy to watch business clients as they remain diligent in developing business ideas into thriving economic engines. Diligence applies to both preparation for the sprint and the marathon portion of your business.

There are definite times when running your business will be the fastest sprint you could ever imagine. Going fast can be advantageous. Going fast can keep your competition far from you and keep you ahead of the pack as you set the new standard and stage for your business and industry. Keeping your business nimble and agile is a huge advantage. It is a huge plus to be able to change your business today based upon your customer needs. It is important to keep asking yourself how you can remain agile and flexible to avoid competitors from sneaking up and taking you out.

There are also many times in business when being diligent for the marathon, the long-haul, will also pay off. Being patient in business is a virtue. Making sure your numbers are in line, your supplier and vendor relationships are performing at peak performance. Making sure the plans you have put into place are the plans you need to carry the business to the next level. Check and re-check. Look at the business from difference angles. How can it run more efficiently? How can the business improve in its performance?

Remain focused and diligent as you develop your business ideas and put the plans into place. Feel free to contact us as you development new business ideas or need help in running more efficiently.
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Timing for Business Development Ideas | Following Your Gut Instinct

Have you ever had an idea for your existing business or a new business but the timing was not right?  Have you ever tried to put into place a business idea and it didn’t turn out the way you expected?  If you are a business entrepreneur or owner, the answer is probably yes.  Just because an idea did not work initially does not mean the idea is without merit.

Business development involves timing.  There are a lot of products and services on the market today that failed the first, second or third time out of the gate.  So, what business development idea are you hoping to start this year?  What have you learned from a business development mistake that you can and will apply this year?  What opportunities are around you waiting to be put into practice?  Are there allies you need to strengthen to make a business successful?

Asking these questions may create another business opportunity for you.  We love helping business clients develop ideas and helping form new businesses.  Please let me know if you have a business idea you want help in developing.

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Registration for ‪#‎HotLegalTopics‬ is now live on our website: https://vannattorneys.com/bl…/2015-hot-legal-topics-seminar/ Watch our special video invitation from James Vann.
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Arbitration, forum selection, governing law – these are all standard provisions found in many contracts. Too often, however, people are surprised when they learn just how those provisions can work against them when it comes time to enforce the other provisions of the contract – the ones they really care about. Obviously, the most important aspects of your agreements to your day-to-day business are those that involve price, delivery date, or other particular details. However, enforcing those provisions often involve the other terms, those that can be either overlooked if you are signing someone else’s agreement, or terms that may have not been updated in some time within your own forms.

Arbitration provisions, for example, are extremely powerful – but that cuts both ways. For many disputes which could involve lengthy litigation, arbitration may be a much more economical method for recovering what you are owed. However, for smaller and more straight-forward cases, the significantly higher upfront costs of arbitration – namely the filing fees – can be cost-prohibitive. However, just because you might choose to forego the arbitration provision in the contract, the other party may choose to invoke it. Because arbitration provisions are routinely enforced by the courts, with very few exceptions, you could find yourself forced to arbitrate a simple dispute.

Forum selection provisions are also frequently overlooked but can have a significant effect on the costs of successfully litigating a claim. In most cases, a lawsuit can be brought in a number of different counties; however, a forum selection clause could significantly narrow your choices. That could mean the difference between filing a lawsuit in your backyard versus halfway across the state. Similarly, provisions dictating that another state’s law will govern can introduce uncertainty and added cost to any case.

The takeaway is that, while these provisions may not seem as important as the “business terms” of those contracts, every part of a contract should be reviewed consciously to determine how it may affect your business.

Joe Davies discussing this and more on the Vann Attorneys blog: http://vannattorneys.com/blog/do-you-know-whats-in-your-contract/
Arbitration, forum selection, governing law – Too often, people are surprised when they learn just how those provisions can work against them. | Raleigh Law
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Join us this Thursday for a webinar on the 6 Steps for Collecting Accounts Receivables in 2016
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The Vann Attorneys Legal Pad, our quarterly newsletter, is available for you to download online: http://vannattorneys.com/blog/2016-first-quarter-newsletter/

Our 2016 Q1 Newsletter includes articles by James Vann, Jim Beck and Joe Davies discussing:

Does Your Contract Mean What You Think?
Covenants Not To Compete and Social Media | How Might this Impact Your Business?
Improving Outcomes When Customers File Bankruptcy
Top 6 Negotiation Tips Learned From Business Clients
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Grow Your Business with the Talents of Many
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As I help clients with business challenges, it is encouraging to watch many of our business clients depend on the varied talents of the team members.

Often times, our business clients derive valuable knowledge and wisdom from others in their industry and from similarly situated trade groups.  This is natural.  Many of these people have gained experience in their business/industry which they are willing to share with others.  What a great way to learn from the mistakes and fortunes of others.

We all can also learn from people who may appear to be different.  These differences are likely unlimited but could include age, business industry, socially, economically, politically, etc.

As we talk with our business clients about strategy, business growth, business opportunities, etc., it becomes even more obvious that most business owners enjoy learning and enjoy the challenge of business management.  Thus, it seems evident that at times we all could learn from those around us who are not even in our own industry.

As you ponder this year on how to grow your business, how to better manage your business and employees, how to improve your company profitability, and how to overall get better at what you do, consider seeking out those business leaders who may be totally different from you or your industry.  What will you learn this year?  Who might you learn from this year?  Enjoy the adventure of learning and improving your business!
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Join our webinar this Thursday as we discuss “How to Handle Judgments in North Carolina from a Creditor’s Perspective”. We will discuss how judgments are obtained, what to do with a judgment upon being issued by the court and how to turn the judgment into a valuable asset. When should you hire an attorney to help and/or what portion can you handle yourself? We will discuss these and other related questions.

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Save the Date for Vann Attorneys' best Hot Legal Topics Seminar Yet
This year's Hot Legal Topics seminar will be a fast-paced event on Business Credit

Vann Attorneys is excited to announce this year's Hot Legal Topics seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. We hope you will join us for this special event focusing on business credit. Save the date and be on the look out for registration details soon.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
North Carolina Bar Association Center
8000 Weston Pkwy Cary, NC 27513 
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All too often business owners believe that by procuring a commercial general liability policy, or CGL policy, they will be protected from almost all mishaps and accidents on any projects. However, few business owners take the time to understand what exactly they are purchasing and when the CGL policy’s coverage will and will not apply. For example, what happens if you are welding on a project and the sparks ignite, causing a fire that damages substantial portions of the project? Does the CGL policy cover all of the damage? Does the CGL policy only cover damage to certain parts of the project? Will it cover consequential damages such as the loss of use of the damaged property? Does it matter whether you took every safety precaution possible to prevent the damage?

Rob Armstrong discusses CGL Policies on the Vann Attorneys blog: http://vannattorneys.com/blog/cgl-policies/
Few business owners take the time to understand what exactly they are purchasing and when the CGL policy’s coverage will and will not apply.... Raleigh Law
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