News & Insights2022-02-18T07:57:10-06:00

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Virtual Accountability

Virtual Accountability What is an Accountability Culture? In our recent whitepaper on virtual accountability, we defined personal accountability as "delivering on a commitment and accepting responsibility for the outcome." Personal accountability is an internal force that drives behavior. Your agents and advisors can choose to hold themselves accountable. At best, you can impose consequences; you can't compel them to feel personally accountable. However, what you can do as a leader is create a culture that supports and nurtures accountability by applying what we call the three E's: Expectations, Environment, and Encouragement. In [...]

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The Power of Storytelling

The Power of Storytelling Since LinkedIn launched in 2003, the professional social networking site has grown to more than 630 million registered members. In addition to the basic and premium services, LinkedIn Talent Solutions offers LinkedIn Recruiter, a platform to search, connect with, and manage candidates. Regardless of which level you use with LinkedIn, it can be a powerful tool for finding new associates for your agency and remains the preferred method of recruitment for most businesses. Facebook and Instagram are gaining in popularity, especially to reach younger applicants who aren't as active on [...]

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Financial Considerations for Special Needs Children

Financial Considerations for Special Needs Children The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than 60 million adults in the United States, approximately one in four, live with a disability. Struggles with mobility, cognition, hearing, vision and other impairments make it difficult to make decisions, provide adequate self-care, and live independently. As the parent of a special needs child, you know these struggles; you have been there to guide, support, and aid your child since birth. With your dedication to providing extra guidance and care, you have most likely lost sleep thinking about [...]

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Getting Ready for Retirement

Getting Ready for Retirement As you spend decades in the workforce, you dream about retirement. As it gets closer, you think about how to bring your dream to life. Each person’s idea of retirement differs based on their goals, desire or need to continue working, as well as other considerations. Regardless of your idea of retirement, you need to consider some specific things and take preliminary steps to get ready for retirement. Financial and life goals, as well as feelings about working and planning for healthcare needs are some of the most crucial factors [...]

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The Importance of Measuring Training Results

The Importance of Measuring Training Results It is important to measure the effectiveness of training, yet many organizations don’t take the initiative to do so. If you don’t measure the impact, you won’t know whether your training is worth your investment. According to a study carried out by the Association for Talent Development, or ATD (formerly the American Society of Training & Development, or ASTD), only 35 percent of talent development professionals evaluate the business impact of their learning programs. The study noted that measuring the impact of training can encourage better work from employees [...]

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There Is No DNA That Delivers Great Sales Skills

There Is No DNA That Delivers Great Sales Skills Training is an important investment in the people who represent your organization and drive revenue. When you train people, it makes them more valuable to your organization and helps you retain them. We can’t expect that people will arrive at our firms and agencies already knowing what they need to know to excel in this often difficult career. There is no DNA that delivers great sales skills. Today’s Employees Want to Learn and Grow in Their Careers Today’s employees, especially millennials, fundamentally think [...]

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Think Twice Before Promoting Your Top Producer

Think Twice Before Promoting Your Top Producer Your top producer is such a superstar that it makes sense to promote him or her into management, right? Maybe not. Remember the classic “Peter Principle”? It was Laurence J. Peter’s management concept that in any kind of hierarchy, people tend to rise to their “level of incompetence.” In other words, as people are promoted, they tend to become progressively less effective because good performance in one job does not guarantee similar performance in another. A lot of managers look at their star performers and [...]

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Stop Procrastinating!

Stop Procrastinating! Do you find yourself frequently putting off tasks you dread? Do you often wait until right before a project is due because you “work better under pressure?” If so, you are not alone. According to the Association for Psychological Science, 20 percent of us are chronic procrastinators. There is room for all of us to become more productive. Why We Put Things Off Procrastination is the gap between what we know we should be doing and our actions. When it comes to self-sabotage, procrastination is king. We know what we need [...]

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How to Stay Productive in Changing Times

How to Stay Productive in Changing Times Massive change is upon us. Speculation about how governments and businesses will handle the COVID-19 crisis has given way to a new quarantine reality. The good old-fashioned handshake is out. Social distancing is in. As those of us in sales and customer-facing roles try to navigate the new work-from-home reality, we thought it would be a good time to offer some strategies for how to stay productive and keep momentum (and morale) as high as possible. Certain industries and professions are particularly impacted by the COVID-19 social [...]

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Everyone Wins with Mentoring

Everyone Wins with Mentoring Let’s admit it - the financial services business can be tough. It requires selling products to individuals who really need them but who often are in denial about this fact. That’s why the two-step preparation process for learning how to become a successful professional in the financial services industry is so important: 1. Educate yourself Acquire the education and knowledge to build a successful and ongoing practice and to have the confidence to engage prospects and clients in healthy and honest discussions. 2. Educate your prospects and clients. Develop [...]

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