first_imgAnna Mason Saint Mary’s students celebrate Belles Beginnings with designed posters welcoming incoming first years to campus.“That will really help girls target: ‘Who am I? What am I about? What are my passions?’” Nelson said. “When you get to college, you can have the study skills and you can have the intellect, but if you don’t have the confidence, if you don’t have the coping mechanisms, you’re going to kind of flounder. That wholeness framework is going to focus on that.”The road to begin building strong relationships, Allen said, starts with understanding the self through the new peer mentor program.“It’s all about exploring your core values and digging deep to know what makes you you, how you can take what you know about yourself and apply that to your friendships and how you get along with other people,” Allen said. “I think giving that to the freshmen is going to give them a huge leg up on being here and making strong relationships and having an amazing experience here.”Student Government Association (SGA) members welcomed incoming Belles with milk and cookies in their dorms Thursday night to make sure the new students felt ”really loved and special,” Nelson said.Friday will feature the Belles Outdoor Fiesta, a party with pinatas and guacamole, to provide students with another opportunity to meet one another as well as SGA members. Nelson and Allen said they hope to become familiar faces to first year students as another way to ease the transition to college.“It’s kind of like the more people you know and the more faces you’re familiar with, the more you feel at home,” Allen said. The new pre-Domerfest event will sport an ACDC-inspired theme with giveaways and t-shirts featuring the incoming class’ graduation year, Nelson and Allen explained.“We’re having food — we’re not making it, ‘You must be in by this time or you can’t go,’” Nelson said. “This year, it’s come between 8:30 and 9:30, and we’re going to hang out and have fun. You’re not going to feel miserable and then we’re going to walk you over to Domerfest.”Additionally, there will be an alternative event on the College’s campus for students who do not want to attend the traditional Notre Dame Domerfest.“[It’s] for the girls who don’t feel comfortable or maybe who don’t want to go to Notre Dame yet,” Allen said. “It gives them the option if they feel more comfortable staying, and that’s something we really want to emphasize — there’s a choice there, and we support whatever. We’ll have SGA girls at both, so the [first years], whether they want to go or not, they’re supported in both decisions.”The pair said they find it important that every first year student enjoys themselves at the pre-Domerfest happenings but know that they can stay on campus to build relationships with other Saint Mary’s women.“We just want each girl to be able to find their space, find their people, and it’s going to look different for each Belle,” Nelson said. “There’s no same girl, there’s no same interest. We just really wanted to create that space, and we’re really proud of the work that’s been done. We’re hoping that this gives them a good taste for what the rest of our term is going to look like.”The community-driven events will continue throughout the first week of classes with each night featuring a different event. Allen said this will continue first year students’ involvement around campus as well as encourage returning students to strengthen the relationships they have already made.“On our platform, where we talked so much about how we love the tradition of the College, we love the community and we want to enhance it. We want to make it better,” Nelson said. “Olivia and I, we hate when girls say there’s nothing to do at Saint Mary’s. We want them to say, ‘There’s awesome things to do at Saint Mary’s, and I was given a lot of opportunities.’”When it comes to the Saint Mary’s experience, Nelson said she hopes to provide first year students with an experience that will help them love the campus as much as a student returning for her final year.“It’s senior year, you come back and see your friends and it feels like home,” she said. “That’s the beauty of Saint Mary’s. It clicks; it happens. That’s senior year though. Freshman year, that feeling isn’t there yet. That’s where we lose retention, that’s where girls transfer, that’s where they say, ‘I don’t fit in here. There’s nothing to do here. I’m bored.’ ‘We want to start getting that ball rolling with the feeling that we have coming into senior year where ‘I am good and I love Saint Mary’s’ — we want them to be introduced to that feeling early on. They’re going to fall in love with it, I think, anyway. We just want it to happen sooner.”Tags: Domerfest, First Year Orientation, saint mary’s, Saint Mary’s Student Government Association Each academic year, Saint Mary’s focuses on one of its four core values — learning, community, faith and spirituality and justice — with this year’s focus being community. Seniors Terra Nelson and Olivia Allen, student body president and vice president respectively, said they plan to incorporate the Saint Mary’s sisterhood in as much of first year students’ experiences as possible, beginning with orientation.After receiving feedback on previous orientation experiences, Nelson said the pair have worked to make lasting changes to the peer mentor program as well as the weekend’s events to focus on community and wellness. These steps, along with the College’s increased focus on student life, sets to assist with first year students’ successes.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to a 2018 research study performed by Sales Management Association [1], there is as much as an 18% gap in sales revenue achievement between companies with strong sales coaching strategies vs. those that have less successful – or non-existent – coaching practices in place.  Proper leadership and support is vital to the success of any individual or team. Even the most recognizable luminaries of our time – Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Hawking – had mentors to help nurture and build their talent over time. With the dedicated leaders and coaching strategies in place, your organization can:Spot and foster talent and potential in peopleHold staff accountable to high performance and productivityHold managers accountable for consistent, quality, 1 on 1 coachingImprove communication skills and strengthen relationshipsBuilding a long-term coaching strategy may seem like a major undertaking, but the most effective coaching strategies have long-lasting impact that far overshadows any time or resource required upfront.Overcoming Coaching ObstaclesOf the organizations that reported subpar sales coaching practices in the 2018 Sales Management Association study, nearly all of them admitted that they recognize value in strengthening their coaching practices, but are unable to prioritize the need. The three biggest obstacles we hear are keeping sales organizations from adopting consistent coaching strategies are: Lack of timeInexperienced or unconfident sales staffUnmotivated sales staff Up front, these may seem like difficult challenges to overcome. However, establishing a strategic sales coaching program can address and strengthen each of these three areas, and here’s how –  1. Coaching Can Buy Back TimeTime is seen as a two-way constraint: it’s a challenge for managers to find the time to coach, and it is an impediment to the actual work time of sales staff. However, organizations that spend roughly 9 hours per week coaching see an average 7% growth in sales, according to Sales Management Association’s 2018 report. Coaching may take some time up front, but in the long-run it can vastly reduce the time needed for supporting unproductive employees.2. Coaching Can Build Skills and ConfidenceIf the proper coaching and training is not offered at an organization, then employees are much less likely to ever build the skills or confidence needed to consistently sell products. On the flip side, providing training and coaching within your organization can increase employee self-confidence by as much as 81%, and work performance by as much as 70%. [2] 3. Coaching Can Motivate StaffAccording to a study by Gallup [3], only 34% of U.S. employees are engaged in their jobs. A feeling of purpose within an organization is vital to being engaged. Proper, regular coaching can instill in your employees a sense of belonging and potential, which in turn will likely result in increased confidence, self-accountability and productivity throughout your sales force. When done right, coaching can have long-lasting impact on sales organizations. It may take some time upfront to build, but this initial time investment is nothing compared to the long-term payoff your business, staff, and bottom-line is likely to experience from a proper coaching strategy. So what coaching strategies have proven to be most effective in achieving this long-term sales success?Building a Successful Sales Coaching StrategyIn our 40+ years of working with sales organizations, we have found that the strongest coaching and development programs incorporate these four main components: Offering training solutions and tools that bolster skills and confidenceMeasuring performance to identify and nurture growth Finding the right incentives to stimulate performance and motivate staff to achieve goalsPrioritizing coaching at every level of the organization, from the C-Suite to the front lineTo get the most of your coaching program, you should also adopt practices that aim to consistently engage, encourage, and motivate sales staff.  Here are some practical tips for doing so:Schedule regular coaching sessions and check-ins year-round, to promote progress, accountability and consistencyEstablish challenging objectives for all coaches and ‘coachees’Adapt coaching approach to fit individual staff members’ learning and behavior stylesActively listen and provide positive reinforcement before, during and after coaching sessionsLeverage coaching to foster internal talent and encourage growth from withinInvest in solutions that have long-lasting sale and service value for organizations, employees and consumersDeveloping strong coaches to guide and maximize the potential of your sales people is central to creating a consistent, consumer-centric sales culture. And a focus on refining the skills of your sales team will allow your organization to reach its goals.Help your sales managers become confident and effective leaders by arming them with the proper knowledge and resources. Contact Allied Solutions to learn how we can help you can take your organization’s sales culture to the next level without sacrificing integrity. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Julie ann Wessinger Julie ann Wessinger has spent the majority of her career helping organizations develop and enhance their internal sales and service culture. In her role with Allied Solutions, she works with … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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first_imgShafik Bisaso appears to be exiting Soana FC pre-maturely. File photo.FOOTBALL– Shafik Bisaso appears to be staring down the barrel of a pre-mature exit at Soana FC, and he has been granted a one game ultimatum to save his job following an indifferent start to the 2017-2018 UPL season, PML daily has learnt.Following an off-season of a resounding Squad overhaul that was pertinently marked by appointing of Shafik Bisaso as new head coach, mogul Smart Obedi tasked his new coach to oversee marked improvements at his new work stations.But the Bisaso-coached side, four games in the new season, has displayed little or no promise to meet Obedi’s ambitions. They have managed only four point’s courtesy of 1-0 victory over league strugglers Masavu FC and a one-all draw against Bright Stars. They have however lost 1-0 to SC Villa and 2-0 to Proline FC.And it is reported that Soana FC Boss Smart Obedi held talks with Bisaso and his coaching staff seeking answers of why the start to the new-season has been disappointing.It is further understood that the club’s management have thought long and hard since Soana FC’s 2-0 loss to Proline FC since the league went into recess to give way for the international break, with the Youthful coach needing to indicate a willingness to change the dynamic and momentum to stand any chance of clinging on his job.And it seems Bisaso will now get Friday’s trip to the intimidating green Light Stadium to face Onduparaka FC to demonstrate that he can improve results, otherwise he will almost certainly be sacked. Although there is undoubted respect for Bisaso as a budding coach, it may be that a quick change suits all parties and ensures that Wallet-happy Smart Obedi gets his money’s worth after spending enormous fees on squad overhaul in the off-season.Soana FC ‘s last visit to the Intimidating Greenlight Stadium was a goalless stalement at the opening day of last season, and embattled Bisaso will hope a similar result or a win can help him save his job.Commentslast_img read more