Exciting News From Dogwood

I am excited to announce my “Business Builders” and “Lunch & Learn” programs are actually going to happen!  Teaming up with Mr. Pete Emmons of On-Track Consulting LLC, our first monthly “Business Builders” session will be held on Thursday January 23, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at my office.  The topic will be “Recruitment & Retention of Quality Employees” as this is the No. 1 stress-filled challenge facing business owners. Learn how to reduce that stress through practices that attract the right applicants and retain the employees you want.  To register on-line, please visit the Dogwood website today.

Our first monthly “Lunch & Learn” will be held on Friday February 7, 2020 from 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. at my office.  The topic, “Using DISC Profiles”, will cover how this employee behavioral assessment can serve as a valuable tool for more effective communication in the workplace.  We will guide you through what DISC is, how to access an assessment(s), and how to use the results in your business. To register on-line, please visit our website.    

We are offering these programs in addition to our one-on-one business mentoring to better serve the business community.  Pete brings his inimitable wit along with a wealth of knowledge and business experience to this collaboration and I am thrilled to be working with him.  We are sure you will benefit from attending these sessions and cordially invite you to attend.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best regards,
Duane Hammer

Posted in News

Employees – Ugh!

For all of you hamsters out there frantically running on the wheel of finding and keeping employees – STOP!  There’s a better way.  

Employee acquisition and retention cause more stress than any other single aspect of business.  The frustration that comes from finding people who will simply show up for work and that you can count on to work the hours assigned let alone are competent in their job, has become overwhelming and nearly a full-time job.  Then once you have found the “right” person, keeping them from quitting or threatening to quit for more pay or better benefits becomes a headache and a financial nightmare. 

For help in stopping the spinning, we invite you to attend our upcoming “Business Builders” program dealing with recruitment and retention of quality employees.  This session will be held on Thursday January 23, 2020 from 8 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. More information and registration are available by visiting our website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted in Teamwork


Recently I posted a blog where I presented the acronyms for goal-setting:

“S(pecific).M(easurable).A(chievable).R(ealistic).T(imebound).” and “P(ositive).U(nderstood).R(elevent).E(thical). for goal-setting.  (with acknowledgement to Cheri Alguire)  

Ms. Alguire presented a third acronym for goal-setting that you may find helpful, interesting, and fun: C.L.E.A.R. goals. 

  • Challenging – Is your goal challenging to you? Does it fill you with excitement at the possibilities?
  • Legal – Of course, you don’t want to break any laws, so be sure your goal, and the steps to achieve it, all are legal.
  • Environmentally Sound – Does your goal make sense within your environment? In both your work and your home environment, be sure that your goal is achievable.
  • Appropriate – Is it an appropriate goal for you to be focused on? If not, why not?
  • Recorded – Have you recorded your goal and your steps in any form? Checklist, to-do list, calendar – whatever your way, finalize your dreams by putting them into a tangible form.

Per Ms. Alguire, “Using acronyms such as SMART, PURE and CLEAR are great ways to make sure you are writing goals that are really specific enough, clear enough, detailed enough. By having this kind of a goal you can really measure it, you can really create a plan around it, you can really achieve it.”

Yet another way to make sure your goals are effective and great!

Posted in Goal Setting, Planning

PURE Goals

You are probably familiar with the acronym: “S(pecific).M(easurable).A(chievable).R(ealistic).T(imebound).” used in discussions regarding goal-setting.  We use it in our Quarterly Planning Sessions to make sure goals set are indeed “SMART” goals.

I recently came across an article by Cheri Alguire that presents another acronym for goal-setting: P.U.R.E. Goals.

  • Positive – Is your goal positively stated? Our brains are tricky and if you have any negative connotations surrounding your goal, you’ll have a less likely chance of success.
  • Understood – Are you sure you completely understand your goal, the methods for achieving it, and the results you want to attain?
  • Relevant – Is your goal significant to you? Does it connect in your life in an appropriate and significant manner?
  • Ethical – Does your goal pertain to a high standard? Is it an honest and moral goal?

Just another way to make sure your goals are great!

Posted in Goal Setting, Planning

Never Enough Money

Why is it that I never seem to have enough money?  No matter how hard I work or how much I earn or how careful I am with my spending, I always seem to need more money.  Not just want more…NEED more!

My “needs” seem to increase as my available dollars increase.  I remember thinking a while back that, “If I just had an extra $1,000…”.  Well, over the years, I have been blessed with more than that $1,000. Yet, I find myself continually wishing for an “extra $1,000.  Realizing this, I thought, “Shame on me!”

The issue is that I alone determine my “needs”.  No one else. Yes, costs and expenses increase but I’ve managed to survive.  Maybe if I focus more on gratitude, I won’t worry so much about my growing “needs”.  Hmm.  

What do you think?

Posted in Cash Flow

Today’s Motivation:

  • There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving. Your own self.