Posts by author: Maria Milanetti

The Role of an Advisory Board in Start-Ups and Independent Businesses

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As the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) says, “it’s impossible for one person to know everything about their industry or business” (BDC, 2017). The concept of an Advisory Board, made up of knowledgeable business people, can provide experience and perspective that you may not have within your organization. These types of Boards are being… Read more »

A Succession Planning Vlog

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We recently did something new – a vlog – thanks to Tim Haunn of The Haunn Group.  Maria Milanetti’s participation in the vlog was by interview, in which she and Tim Haunn discussed succession planning and we wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

Performance Appraisal is Going the Way of the Dodo Bird

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Have you had a performance appraisal in the past 12 months? What did you think, was it positive, beneficial, or meaningful? Is your system working? Most people, when asked, are not overly enthralled with their company’s performance appraisal process.  A tool that has been created to deliver accountability and productivity is often having the opposite… Read more »

The Gift of Feedback

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How we see ourselves, as well as the ways in which we choose to develop, are often greatly influenced by others. If we reflect on our lives, our choices, it is easy to see how the awareness of how we have impacted others greatly influences the person we have become. It is this ongoing ebb… Read more »

The Price of Avoiding Conflict

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We often hear about conflict management within organizations, and I don’t imagine it is something that will die down anytime soon.   Recently, the topic resurfaced when I got my own Conflict Management Style results from a Thomas-Kilmann Instrument (TKI).  It seems that my chief way of handling conflict (according to my own answers) was to… Read more »

How to Act with Courage in Business

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Courage: The ability to do something that frightens one; to act in accordance with one’s beliefs, especially in spite of possible criticism. Any Google search on courage takes us to a long list of children’s books on the topic, so evidently, we value it and do our best to pass it along to children early… Read more »

Leadership Values in Organizations

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At MarchFifteen we pay attention to the organizational culture of our clients, and how it relates to the creation of an environment that is successful for employees, customers and their organization as a whole. Since organizational culture is a complex thing, in this blog we want to focus on one of the essential ingredients of… Read more »

Simplicity – Concentrating On Doing Less In Your Business

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As we reach our fourth Anniversary here at MarchFifteen and the third Anniversary of our Family and Independent Business Practice, we wanted to reflect on Simplicity – a common theme that has come up in conversations with our clients. My business partner Edyta Pacuk, President and Founder of MarchFifteen, did a fantastic speech and blog… Read more »