we've actually had several days without snow here in new england! a significant development for the zen bunalow because, unlike last month, we didn't have to cancel february's lunchtime office hours (and it was sunny, to boot)!
like a fine wine, our monthly lunches are getting better with age, and pattie sinacole (first beacon group) did not disappoint the 10 or so business owners who attended.
in addition to providing a great handout summarizing the number of employees that trigger various federal and state requirements, pattie shared important information around the blurred distinctions between employees and independent contractors (are you in danger of having a "vendor" you do business with be considered an employee?) and a few horror stories some of her small business clients have recently encountered (like the local retailer fined $24,000 because he couldn't produce "hird" forms for his employees -- how many of you even know what a "hird" form is?)
much was learned, the discussion was lively, the food was great, and connections were made. mission accomplished.
One benefit to all this snow (at least 60" and counting) is the opportunity to ponder many things while dealing with the white stuff (a/k/a shoveling). In true Zen spirit, I've decided to label these my froZEN musings...
The most important question we answer for clients is pretty straightforward :: what does your business need to do today in order to achieve growth & profitability tomorrow? Most owners think they know the answer to this question. So do many employees. Each of their perspectives, however, are filtered through their personal beliefs and preconceptions. Our first job is to help businesses identify their unfiltered reality.
The process we follow to define an organization's unfiltered reality is our proverbial "secret sauce." My froZEN musings, however, resulted in eight questions that we're now going to ask clients to answer each month. Do the same, and you'll be positioning yourself down a path of growth & profitability (though you may not get there as directly or as fast without our "secret sauce") ::
Any others you'd like to add? (perhaps my brain was simply froZEN after 8 questions...) Would love to hear your thoughts...