Are Quiet Leaders effective? Absolutely but…..there’s always a but isn’t there? One of my favorite mentors was a quiet leader, and also the person I learned the most from. He was highly intelligent, spoke with a quiet authority, and was open and honest. He was well respected by his employees and was the type of… Read More »Are Quiet Leaders Effective?
Question: Should you get your mortgage pre-approved before you shop for a home? Answer: Definitely! Here’s 6 good reasons why. Shopping for a home is exciting! However, it can be disappointing if you find a home you love only to find out that you don’t qualify for the mortgage. Make sure you do your homework… Read More »6 Reasons to get a Mortgage Pre-approved Before Buying
Buying a home is a really exciting time! But it can be stressful too because of the uncertainty of costs and financing, moving, or maybe relocating to a new city. This article will help you prepare for those costs in advance. When you’re ready to buy, you can focus more on what’s really important- your… Read More »Your First Home Purchase – Know the Costs
Buying your first home is a big event in your life. It is likely your most significant purchase and it involves a lot of time and many decisions. This brief article, and related posts, help you prepare for each step in the financing process. Your First Home-Know the Costs and 6 Reasons to have your… Read More »Steps for Getting a Mortgage
I attended an interesting leadership workshop early on in my career. In one of the sessions we were given some climbing equipment and taught how to rappel. Then, we were led up a few flights of stairs where there was a wall with a ledge. The goal was to stand up on that ledge and rappel… Read More »Take a Leap to Accelerate Personal Growth
When you take out a mortgage or loan at the bank, your banker will ask if you want insurance coverage. Most customers make this decision very quickly, and with little information. But the decision about insurance is important. The good thing is, if you rushed through the decision at the time of signing papers, you… Read More »Mortgage and Loan Insurance – Is it Worth It?
Tolerance. It’s something you do without thinking. You put up with or ignore things. You’re busy, have multiple priorities, maybe avoiding something, perhaps tired of asking. The problem is, when you tolerate something, you’re stamping it with a seal of approval. Do you ever ask an employee to do something and it doesn’t get done?… Read More »You Get What You Tolerate
Does anyone really like having those difficult employee conversations? You know, the ones where you have to talk to somebody about their performance, a behavior, or something sensitive like body odor or inappropriate dress. Those discussions seem to hang out on the “To Do” list while you hope whatever is going on just magically changes… Read More »How to Have a Difficult Employee Conversation
Feedback is a gift? Chocolate, diamonds, flowers, those are gifts! Feedback is just words.Actually, feedback is one of the most important (and inexpensive) gifts that you can give your employees so that they know you appreciate them and care about their success. Feedback provides tons of mini-moments of recognition, coaching, advice, training and affirmation. Have… Read More »Feedback is a Gift
You’re heading off to post-secondary school. Congratulations! There are great banking offers for students that you can take advantage of and this is also the time to apply for your first credit card and maybe student loans as well. These are the first steps to establishing your Financial Health. Here are some tips to get you… Read More »Best Banking Tips for Students