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Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned – Catherine Cary, President of Bremo Pharmacies

Clear Goals

I have learned that the best way to accomplish company goals is to lead a strong team with clear goals and expectations. Setting realistic and measurable goals, then empowering your team to take ownership of the steps to accomplish the goals will get you way further than trying to accomplish the tasks on your own.

“You’ve got to believe”

I learned the power of a positive attitude from my father Dan Herbert, who said “you’ve got to believe.” He had an optimistic vision for the future and saw each day’s struggles as a path toward reaching his vision. This inspired me and set me on my own pathway of optimism.


My business coach also gave me great advice to set a “cadence of accountability,” when outlining clear expectations for my team.

Clear is Kind

Similarly, I found […]

By |2023-03-14T16:34:21-04:00March 14, 2023|Article|0 Comments

6 Ways To Spring Clean Your Small Business

Are you ready to spring clean your small business? Here are six ways you can freshen things up at your company.

From Forbes

1. Tidy Up Your Website

It’s no secret that your small business website can help your business grow and evolve. But if you let much-needed changes fall through the cracks, your website can easily collect dust and damage your brand.

Chances are, your business has grown and changed during the last year. You might have revised your mission. Maybe you completely switched your business logo or color scheme. Either way, you should take time to scour your website for things that don’t line up with your business’s current brand.

Maybe there is some content on your business website that needs to be rewritten to better reflect your company’s offerings or target market. Or, maybe your website just looks completely outdated […]

By |2023-02-21T16:27:56-05:00February 21, 2023|Article|0 Comments

Rekindle Your Love For Your Job – Here’s How!

Some things in life need a little rekindling to keep the spark. Relationships might be the first thing to pop into your mind, but have you ever considered rekindling your job?


Excitement and enthusiasm are two emotions that are usually in excess when we’re starting something new that we’ve been after. Can you remember how elated you were when you received the offer at your current company? Perhaps you couldn’t wait to share the news and started to imagine your future commute, office environment and daily schedule.

Unfortunately, like most things, before long […]

By |2023-02-14T12:45:00-05:00February 14, 2023|Article|0 Comments

3 Ways to Rekindle Your Love for Your Business

Have you lost the passion you once had for your business? You are not alone. Keep reading to find out 3 ways you can rekindle the fire.

I want to share with you the three ways you can rekindle the love for your business.

1. Celebrate your successes.

I know from direct experience. For years my default setting in my company was to keep pushing my team to see all that was left to do and all the […]

By |2023-02-14T12:28:43-05:00February 14, 2023|Article|0 Comments

Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned – Pat Heaney, Co-Owner of Mango Salon

Valuable lessons learned from InUnison Board Member and Mentor, Pat Heaney, Co-Owner of Mango Salon

My first critical lesson was how to be more productive when stocking fresh eggs in the dairy case.

My first critical lesson was how to be more productive when stocking fresh eggs in the dairy case. This was my first job and I initially didn’t connect with productivity in how to restock the egg case. The store was really busy and I got behind with this task. The owner/manager saw how slow I was and took me aside and showed me how to stock eggs faster to improve my productivity. He didn’t embarrass me. He demonstrated the faster way and then observed me patiently. He mentioned that in the summer he would need me to work more hours If I wanted (to me this was […]

By |2023-04-04T17:26:43-04:00January 24, 2023|Article|0 Comments

Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned – Aaron Montgomery, Montgomery Development Group

Valuable lessons learned from InUnison Board Member and Mentor, Aaron Montgomery, Managing Partner of Montgomery Development Group.

experience comes from bad judgment

Good judgment comes from experience, but experience comes from bad judgement.

you think wrong

If you think long, you think wrong.

do nothing perfectly

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly.

your greatest success

That no matter who you are or what you’ve done, everything up until now could just be the prologue to your greatest success.

By |2023-04-04T17:26:54-04:00January 24, 2023|Article|0 Comments

Top 10 Tips For Being a Good Mentee

Being a mentee requires more than just showing up to meetings with a mentor. Mentoring relationships require a bit of work and significant input from the mentee. When the mentor and mentee are a good match and understand their roles, the mentorship will blossom into a valuable relationship. 

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Below, are our top tips for mentees that will prepare them to maximize their time with their mentor; leading to a happy and helpful mentorship.

Here are the top 10 tips for being a good mentee.

  1. Remember Your Mentor is a Volunteer
    First off, it’s important to remember your mentor is a volunteer. They have more experience in the field, and they are taking time out of their schedule to help you develop and grow, so there must be healthy boundaries and respect […]
By |2023-01-24T16:54:18-05:00January 24, 2023|Article|0 Comments

Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned – Kevin Reardon, President of Franco’s Fine Clothier

Valuable lessons learned from InUnison Board Member and Mentor, Kevin Reardon, President of Franco’s Fine Clothier.

When dealing with people/customers…

When dealing with people/customers, it is best to listen more and talk less. When listening to customers you are able to offer a better opinion as to what service or product you have that will best suit their needs.

Do not sell something just to sell it…

Do not sell something just to sell it, the product has to be right for the customer.

By |2023-04-04T17:27:08-04:00January 17, 2023|Article|0 Comments

Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned – Lisa McSherry, Lex’s of Carytown / Mamie’s Apothecary

Valuable lessons learned from InUnison Board Member and Mentor, Lisa McSherry, Owner of Lex’s of Carytown / Mamie’s Apothecary.

Always be willing to adapt.

Always be willing to adapt and change your business idea depending on customers’ needs.

Never give up!

There will be so many highs and lows of owning your own business but never give up!

By |2023-04-04T17:27:20-04:00January 17, 2023|Article|0 Comments
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Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned – Stephen Story, James River Transportation

Valuable lessons learned from InUnison Board Member and Mentor, Stephen Story, James River Transportation.

at all costs

Creating a positive company culture and integrity at all costs.

take advantage of it

There is so much creative talent in the world and many of us do not take advantage of it.

get involved

Get involved with as many groups as possible.

ask for opinions

Do not be shy about asking for opinions.

By |2023-04-04T17:27:30-04:00January 10, 2023|Article|0 Comments
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Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned – Steve Rosser, Gelati Celesti Ice Cream

Valuable lessons learned from InUnison Board Member and Mentor, Steve Rosser, Gelati Celesti Ice Cream.

Take the time to get to know the people around you.

Build trust and the team will outperform an individual any day of the week!

Treat everyone well.

Focus on the task/job at hand.

Focus on the task/job at hand before worrying about the next job coming down the road.

A positive attitude will always carry you through.

A positive attitude will always carry you through tough challenges.

By |2023-04-04T17:27:42-04:00January 10, 2023|Article|0 Comments

Mentoring vs Coaching: The Key Differences and Benefits

The Definitions of Coaching and Mentoring

Mentoring: The Definition
A mentor is someone who shares their knowledge, skills and/or experience, to help another to develop and grow.

Coaching: The Definition
A coach is someone who provides guidance to a client on their goals and helps them reach their full potential.

Now, looking at these two definitions, we would forgive you for still not being totally sure about the key differences between mentoring and coaching. One of the most distinct differences is that mentoring is directive, with coaching being non-directive. What does that mean in practice? Well, in mentoring meetings, it is likely to be the mentor doing more of the talking, whereas in coaching it is likely to be the coach posing questions and giving the person they are coaching the space to reflect and do most of the talking. Ultimately, both coaching […]

By |2023-04-04T17:25:56-04:00January 10, 2023|Article|0 Comments
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9 Effective Questions To Ask Your Mentor as a Mentee

Jennifer Herrity
Updated November 2, 2022
Published October 7, 2019

Jennifer Herrity is a seasoned career services professional with 12+ years of experience in career coaching, recruiting and leadership roles with the purpose of helping others to find their best-fit jobs. She helps people navigate the job search process through one-on-one career coaching, webinars, workshops, articles and career advice videos on Indeed’s YouTube channel.

A mentor is a trusted industry expert who can offer you advice and guidance as you progress in your career. The right mentor can help you outline a clear career path and choose steps to achieve your professional goals. Learning about questions to ask mentors may help you in future meetings.

In this article, we explore nine specific questions to ask your mentor so you can optimize this professional relationship.

A mentor often […]

By |2023-01-03T17:04:14-05:00January 3, 2023|Article|0 Comments
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10 Reasons Why You Need a Mentor

Here are 10 reasons why you need to find a mentor for your personal or business goals:

1. Increased Knowledge

Mentors are valuable sources of knowledge. Whether you’re starting a business, going back to college or changing careers, mentors have experienced similar milestones. Choose mentors who will give you the best insight into your current phase of life or career level. Because they have already been through it, they’ll provide advice on issues like how to save money, reduce stress and be more efficient, for example, and be able to connect their experiences with your own.

2. Constructive Criticism

Friends and family members may hesitate to provide the type of feedback you need to make a change in your personal or professional life. Mentors offer constructive criticism designed to strengthen areas of your life that need improvement. Without […]

By |2023-01-03T16:26:14-05:00January 3, 2023|Article|0 Comments
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How to decide if you’re ready for mentorship

Taking part in a mentoring relationship can be an exciting and rewarding experience. To help you be successful in your relationship, it is imperative that you are prepared for what it means to be a mentee or mentor. There are a few qualities that each of us can assess in ourselves that can help us determine our readiness to be a mentee or mentor.

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Are you mentally aligned with what it means to be a mentee or a mentor? In a traditional mentoring relationship, the mentee may be younger or hold a less senior position than the mentor. But in a reverse mentoring relationship, that format is flipped on its head.

Having the right attitude about mentoring can help you be an effective mentoring partner.

Here are some questions to ask yourself about your mentoring attitude:

  • Are you […]
By |2023-04-04T17:20:31-04:00December 20, 2022|Article|0 Comments
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SMART Goals Worksheet

Download this SMART Goals worksheet to help you achieve your goals in the easiest way possible.

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What Is a SMART Goal?

‘SMART’ is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable (or Attainable), Relevant, and Time-bound. SMART goals meet all 5 of these criteria — and, as a result, are strategic, focused, and actionable.

Let’s explore each characteristic a little further.

  • Specific: The goal should be very precise with no room for misinterpretation.
  • Measurable: The goal should be quantifiable, and progress should be easy to track.
  • Achievable: The goal should be attainable — not outlandish or unrealistic.
  • Relevant: The goal should contribute to your broader, overarching goals.
  • Time-bound: The goal should have a defined start and end date.

Why Are SMART Goals Important?

Why use SMART goals? When you […]

By |2022-12-13T16:33:08-05:00December 11, 2022|Worksheet|0 Comments
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Leverage a Mentorship to Grow Professionally

It’s likely we see the value in having mentorship to grow professionally. We see mentors as guides and advisors that can help us take our careers to the next level. 


From Radical Candor *This guest blog post about mentorship was contributed by Ryan Carruthers, content marketing manager at Together Software.

Despite the consensus that mentorship is beneficial, not every company encourages mentoring relationships to support employee development. For instance, the Talent Mobility Research Report found that over 40 percent of organizations said they did not provide this type of support to employees.

The reason for the disconnect between the value we see in mentorship and why companies don’t offer it may be a flawed mindset. Companies may feel that the job of career development rests on the employees’ shoulders. They should take the initiative — shouldn’t they? And performance reviews […]

By |2023-04-04T17:26:32-04:00December 11, 2022|Article|0 Comments
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Declining Revenue – 4 Creative Ways to Reverse It

With declining revenue – make small adjustments to the way you operate while you assess whether the slump is due to a larger macroeconomic issue.

Earlier this year, Meta (the company that owns Facebook) announced its first-ever yearly decline in revenue. Company leaders attributed the drop to a slowing economy, efforts to restructure the business, and to Apple’s new policy allowing iPhone users to opt-out of ad tracking.

When your small business faces a drop in revenue, the problem is also likely to be multifaceted. A new competitor may have entered your market, or consumers are responding to news reports of an impending economic recession. Whatever the cause of your revenue decline, here are some steps you can take to ensure your business rises to the challenge and comes through this period stronger than ever.

One bad […]

By |2022-10-10T16:34:11-04:00October 6, 2022|Article|0 Comments
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New Job Posting Checklist. It checks all the boxes for getting 2x applications.

Your job posting is often your first contact with potential candidates, creating that all-important first impression that’s sure to stick with job seekers for a long, long time.

Plus, your job posting is also the first step in getting job seekers excited about becoming your new employees.

The right job description will give a candidate all of the information they need to ensure the role is a good fit for both them and the business, increasing the likelihood that you make the right hires for your business and get serious applicants.

Here’s how to write the best job description:

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By |2022-09-27T18:11:21-04:00September 27, 2022|Article, Workforce|0 Comments

The Best Apps and Software for Small Businesses

These days, there’s no shortage of apps and cloud-based software programs designed to help businesses streamline their operations. Whether you want to track it, count it, schedule it, organize it, write it, or charge it, there’s an app. With so many different apps and programs on the market, it can be tough to cut through the clutter and figure out which apps work best – particularly for local businesses and those just setting out on their entrepreneurial journey.

We’ve pulled together some of the best free, or cost-efficient ones we’ve found for 2022 that are worth a look, whether you’re actively searching for a solution or just want to see what else is available.

Project Management Apps

Find a system that works to help organize everything from ideas to projects, to task delegation.


Asana is an intuitive, project […]

By |2022-09-19T16:05:59-04:00September 19, 2022|Article|0 Comments
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Establish a Hybrid Workforce Model

It’s been over two years since the last “normal” week of work for millions of workers around the country. In March 2020, employees were sent home with laptops, a second monitor if they were lucky, and told they’d be back in two weeks. Fast forward to September 2022, and the world in which we work looks completely different, including a hybrid workforce model.

At its core, the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the way that we integrate work into our daily lives, and for many, encouraged us to reevaluate priorities. For some, nothing has changed and they still long for the traditional work environment that existed pre-March 2020, but for many, they have seen a more flexible way of working.

As of March 2022, Gallup reported that half of the U.S. full-time workforce, or 60 million workers, felt that they could perform their current job […]

By |2022-09-13T13:18:12-04:00September 13, 2022|Article|0 Comments

TEDTalk: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator


Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.


By |2022-09-06T10:54:20-04:00September 6, 2022|Video|0 Comments

The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered you were up loading the dishwasher or engrossed in the Wikipedia entry about Chernobyl? Or perhaps you suddenly realize that the dog needs to be fed, emails need to be answered, your ceiling fan needs dusting — or maybe you should go ahead and have lunch, even though it’s only 11 a.m.?

Next thing you know, it’s the end of the day and your important task remains unfinished.

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By |2022-09-06T15:31:41-04:00September 6, 2022|Article|0 Comments
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How to Improve Your Communication Skills

Good communication is key in every aspect of our lives, whether we are at home or at work. But in a business environment, interpersonal skills and strong communication skills are critical soft skills employers are seeking. It is how we communicate with co-workers and team members, and how we get our message across. But sometimes, effective communication skills can be difficult. We might not always say what we mean, or we might bring our own emotions and personal life into the situation creating miscommunication. One way we can improve our communication skills is by engaging in active listening to understand what the other person is saying. Here are some additional tips to becoming an effective communicator, because if you can engage in clear communication, you'll be able to manage relationships, provide honest feedback, resolve conflicts, and build a successful career. From Katy […]

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By |2022-10-06T12:20:21-04:00August 15, 2022|Article|0 Comments

Guide To Business Casual Attire (With Tips and FAQ)

Business casual is a common dress code found in many offices today, and it serves as a great default option if you’re unsure what to wear to an interview, networking event or on your first day at a new company. When putting together a business casual outfit, it can help to revisit some basic fashion rules.

In this article, we offer tips and examples of business casual attire, plus answer FAQs, so you’ll feel comfortable and confident for work or your next job interview.

From Indeed

What is business casual?

Although there isn’t a universal definition for business casual (sometimes called corporate casual), the dress code is […]

By |2022-10-31T14:18:15-04:00July 5, 2022|Article|0 Comments

What is Spiff? Definition, Uses, and Tips

By Indeed Editorial Team

Achieving sales and keeping high client volumes increases the revenue and success of an organization. Many organizations offer various incentive programs to motivate sales representatives and reward hard work. SPIFF refers to a short-term sales incentive tool that provides bonuses to representatives who meet their goals.

In this article, we discuss the definition and uses of SPIFF in sales occupations and include a list of tips for implementing SPIFF strategies.

What is a SPIFF?

The acronym SPIFF refers to a short-term sales incentive strategy that offers monetary bonuses for sales professionals who achieve a specific goal. Many organizations offer SPIFF incentives based on goals such as sales […]

By |2022-10-31T14:36:40-04:00June 21, 2022|Article|0 Comments

85 Funny Work Quotes To Share With Your Colleagues

By Indeed Editorial Team

Humorous quotes can help you stay positive throughout the workday and allow you to develop a friendly rapport with your colleagues. Sharing these statements in person, via email or on a communal bulletin board can highlight your positive attitude and show that you’re a good team member. Understanding what quotes to reference can help you motivate your coworkers and be an empathetic and considerate member of your organization.

In this article, we list 85 funny work quotes to help you stay motivated and boost morale in your professional environment.

Funny work quotes about motivation

Staying motivated throughout the day is an essential aspect of executing your job duties efficiently and […]

By |2022-10-28T16:00:46-04:00June 21, 2022|Article|0 Comments
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Free Access: Manage Stress as a Business Owner

Owning a business comes with a lot of responsibility and an endless list of things that could potentially keep an owner up at night. And that was before a global pandemic crashed into the retail and hospitality industries especially hard. While it may be a foregone conclusion that stress comes with the territory of business ownership, there are still things that you can do to set yourself up for success –  after all, if you don’t take care of yourself first, you won’t be able to take care of your business. Below are five ways to help curb the manage stress, by creating a solid foundation.

Prioritize Your Time

While the company may be your baby and it’s true that no one else will be quite as invested in its success as you are, there’s surely […]

By |2022-10-31T14:28:53-04:00January 11, 2022|Article|0 Comments
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