Conferences, networking events, sales calls and business meetings (in and out of the office) all require a level of “icebreaking” that comes in the form of small talk. It doesn’t matter if you are in sales or not, some people love it and others hate it. This type of conversation is an important element of our culture, and is a first step to creating deeper relationships with the people we interact with.
This past September, a few members of the GSG Financial team went to the ELFA Emerging Talent Advisory Council’s (ETAC) meet and greet. The session included a panel of veterans from the leasing industry representing different aspects of the business. The topic of conversation was how to communicate with millennials, and how to get the next generation interested in leasing. There was a representative from a bank, a small finance company, and a large finance company. The panel was very well versed in millennial relations, and how to communicate and relate to the successors of the financing industry.
Wake up. Shower. Eat breakfast. Coffee. Commute. Work. Whether we like it or not we are creatures of habit. Just like any of the routines listed above, our day focuses on the “how” we will continue our routines, but we often forget the “why.” We forget what drives or motivates us to select the routines we keep, and discard those of our choosing. The answer lies in asking ourselves “why”? Years ago, I began asking myself “why” more often after watching a video that focused on the source of great leadership- a topic featured on TED Talks. In summary, asking “why” was a determinative factor that drives individuals to be their most successful selves. Interestingly, it allowed those individuals to inspire and motivate not only themselves, but those around them as well.
Change is scary. Changes to a routine that you’ve had for years is daunting. Yet as infamously quoted by Heraclitus, “change is the only constant in life”. Companies must continue to evolve their routines and processes due to both internal and external forces. The prominent external forces driving change include remaining relevant and up to date with societal changes and expectations. In order to meet the demands of their customer, the company must be willing to make changes in order to accommodate their needs. Typically the changes made to the organization are structured to achieve desired external outcomes such as to bolster sales, distinguish themselves amongst competitors, and to establish expertise. Yet other changes made in the workplace are not just to benefit the external forces, but to benefit the internal factors such as work flow of the office, the employee’s performance, or the morale of the organization. Described below are the most common changes in the workplace that employees tend to struggle with, and tips on how to best tackle these changes.
A lttle while back we took a look at what the GSG team was reading, so now we have decided to ask them what they are listening to. While we would love to share our favorite music, we have focused on which podcasts we listen to. Podcasts are a great way to learn about something new, pass the time while commuting, or keep up on current events. We’ve interviewed some podcast connoisseurs from our office to get their take on the best podcasts out there, and why they suggest you tune in! Please take a look at what we have in our headphones, and we would love to hear what you have in yours!
One of the hardest jobs in any organization is hiring. More and more companies are faced with not just offering competitive salaries to attract talented candidates, but also offering benefits that go above and beyond what other companies are offering. Gone are the days of just proposing a good salary, medical benefits, and vacation time. Today’s new hires are looking for a wider range of benefits to grow personally, as well as professionally.
I recently attended a dinner party at the home of one of my wife’s friends. Her husband, whom I did not know introduced himself, and asked what I did for a living. I told him I was in the financial services business financing and leasing equipment for companies that chose not to pay cash for various reasons.