The Elements

September 13, 2016

6 Proven Tips From Successful Mentors

Categories: Employee Engagement, Human Element, Leadership, Team Development

6 Proven Tips From Successful Mentors

I have occasionally heard mentors lament, “I just don’t know if I am making an impact for my mentee!” I always assure them, that indeed, they do make an impact and to give themselves some credit. Looking for a few tips to gauge whether you are on track as a mentor? Here are 6 specific ideas […]

September 6, 2016

Programming the Subconscious Mind to Achieve Positive Results

Categories: Culture, Health & Wellness, Human Element

Programming the Subconscious Mind to Achieve Positive Results

The quote, “I think, therefore I am” prompted me to think further about our ability to actually program our subconscious to redirect our destiny. We can actually program the subconscious mind to tell ourselves we “are.” When we consciously tell the subconscious mind that we feel a certain way, we program our subconscious mind to […]

April 5, 2016

Breathing Room: 10 Steps to Make YOU Your Top Priority

Categories: Health & Wellness, Human Element

Breathing Room: 10 Steps to Make YOU Your Top Priority

Life is chaotic, fast-paced, and overwhelming. You feel exhausted, busy yet not productive, and it’s causing you to disengage. Does any of this describe you or your team?  If so, keep reading!  Today’s culture of work is no easy feat. With all the responsibilities, decisions to be made, people asking for direction and guidance, and […]

March 15, 2016

4 Critical Factors to Consider with Non-compete Agreements

Categories: Hiring & Onboarding, Human Element

Client Documentation

One major goal of a healthy financial advisor business is growth over time. Creating healthy growth often means building a larger group of professionals to bring in and handle the business. As the owner, after searching and evaluating good candidates, you bring in new advisors, train them, introduce them to your clients, and encourage them […]

February 23, 2016

Top 10 Lessons from Comeback Women

Categories: Blog, Human Element, Leadership

Top 10 Lessons From Comeback Women

  Women, as the more creative of the human species, can also be more resilient. Check out the successful creative strategies women learned when they failed a few times along the way. 1. Do guy stuff Kathryn Bigelow has taken a lot of criticism over the course of her career for doing action and violence. […]

February 16, 2016

Why Employee Engagement is Critical to Success

Categories: Blog, Human Element, Team Development

Employee Engagement

  Employee engagement has become a top priority for many financial advisory firms, and for good reason. Leaders of top performing firms know that an engaged, high-performing team is essential for continued growth. Highly engaged teams increase productivity, innovation, and the bottom line, while reducing costs related to employee turnover. Wikipedia provides a straight forward […]

February 9, 2016

14 Reasons People LOVE Their Job

Categories: Blog, Human Element, Team Development

14 Reasons People Love Their Job

Have a little fun this week with Valentine’s Day! Can your employees name 14 things they love about their job? If so, great! If not, it may be time to look at areas for improvement. Businesses as a whole tend to spend time on client satisfaction surveys, but lack a system to ensure employee satisfaction is […]

January 5, 2016

Your Resting Face

Categories: Blog, Communication, Human Element

Facial Expressions

  Most of us aren’t aware of what our natural facial expression is saying about us – without us saying a word!  To anyone who isn’t sure, ask someone you trust to tell you the truth about your natural facial expression. Today, social media has a name and an acronym for this called BRF, “Bitchy […]

March 8, 2016

Women in Leadership, Through the Eyes of a Child

Categories: Blog, Human Element, Leadership

Women in Leadership, Through the Eyes of a Child

If a four year old can do it… Almost every executive, CEO, business owner, and manager that I have spoken with over the past 10 years asks the same question, “How do we get more women in leadership roles in our company?” The problem is large, vast, and permeates almost every industry and there isn’t […]

December 15, 2015

Naughty or Nice? A Holiday Guide To Leadership

Categories: Blog, Human Element, Leadership

Naughty or Nice - A Holiday Guide To Leadership

Are you a naughty or nice leader? Find out in our fun holiday guide to leadership infographic!   Ironstone’s vision is to forge and guide the personal and professional lives of entrepreneurs and business professionals alike to realize their full potential. Coaching and consulting allows us the opportunity to form an environment where success happens […]

October 20, 2015

Handling an Irate Client

Categories: Business Development, Communication, Human Element

Handling an Irate Client

Coming face-to-face, tete-a-tete with an irate client can be daunting, yet this potentially volatile situation presents an opportunity to distinguish yourself at your highest skill set. An irate client is essentially saying, “Give me attention!”  Therefore, we say, “Give it to them!” Kill them with kindness. Immediately establish yourself as the consummate professional, in control […]

September 24, 2015

What Do You Think I Should Do? Giving Advice: Active, Reflective, or Validating

Categories: Blog, Human Element, Leadership

What Do You Think I Should Do

  It happens daily. The friend, colleague, or family member who comes to you with that seemingly innocent question, “What do you think I should do?” From there they spiral out in all directions like the Octopus carnival ride from days gone by. They are ever spinning at breakneck speeds, dizzying heights, and around a […]

September 17, 2015

Shoes Reveal Your Standing

Categories: Blog, Human Element

Shoes Reveal Your Standing

You can be beautifully dressed, meticulously groomed, and well put together, however, when someone looks down at your feet and your shoes are scuffed, shabby, or stretched out; you have negated all your efforts toward making a professional statement. Appearance sends a message.  Shoes are not just an accessory, they communicate intention – from boat […]

August 4, 2015

Which is Better – Performance Management or Performance Reviews?

Categories: Blog, Human Element, Performance Evaluation

Performance Reviews

Feeling like your team is disengaged, lacking motivation, or merely showing up to put in a few hours of work each day? The problem could lie in your performance evaluation system. Effective leadership is often overlooked as emphasis is placed on the annual performance review. You can take your firm to a higher level of […]

July 28, 2015

Enough About Passion: Let’s Talk About Purpose!

Categories: Blog, Health & Wellness, Human Element, Leadership, Team Development

professional development, team development, human capital, leadership

By Ironstone contributor, Dr. Heidi Maston Lately, every job post I read on LinkedIn, every college tip advice article I see, and every pop culture reference to the Millennials in the workplace seem to espouse the strength of finding passion. Passion, it appears, seems to be the hottest and coolest buzzword of 2015. Apparently all […]

July 21, 2015

Most Job Descriptions STINK – Here’s How to Write them Including the Big Benefits

Categories: Blog, Human Element, Job Descriptions

job descriptions

  Job descriptions are a vital component to hiring and managing your team. They provide consistency and clarity and help ensure new hires and seasoned employees understand what is expected of them, how their role contributes to firm goals, and when and how they will be evaluated. Most job descriptions are written from a previous […]

July 7, 2015

Focus on the Fundamental 4™ – Key Performance Areas Required to Design, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Business  

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Company News, Human Element, Operational Effectiveness, Strategic Planning

Setting Goals

We are already into the second half of 2015! WOW, I can’t believe how time flies. Are you on track to reach your year-end goals? Now is a perfect time to conduct a mid-year business review. Without taking the time to reflect, it’s difficult to know whether your tactics and strategies in the first 6 […]

June 30, 2015

Best Communication Practices to Get Stuff (Work) Done

Categories: Blog, Communication, Human Element, Team Development

Best Communication Practices to Get Stuff (Work) Done

Think for a moment how your team communicates on a daily basis. What does it sound like? Is it idle chit chat, meaningful conversation, or perhaps professional collaboration? Growing your business relies on all team members learning to express themselves clearly, translate ideas into action, and implement and utilize workflows to accomplish tasks and projects […]

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