by Mara Shorr, B.S., CAC II-XII and Jay A. Shorr, B.A., MBM-C, CAC I-XII You have already done the heavy lifting. You created the perfect job description and scoured the…
Leading a team takes more effort than simply hiring the right players. It involves keeping the right players and motivating and inspiring them to do their very best. Excited, eager,…
Bacteria can come in many different shapes and sizes with varying degrees of severity. It is important to note that not all bacteria are bad, as many of them are…
During breast cancer awareness month, spas and salons may be wondering how they can contribute to the cause. In addition to becoming educated about oncology aesthetics and making treatments as…
It is no secret that keeping clients interested in a spa’s products or services is a daunting task. With so much vying for their dollars, it is a wonder customer…
It is all about balance and understanding how everything and everyone can work together. I have been in the employer’s seat for more than 23 years now and I am…
Keeping employees happy and productive is no easy task. They may currently be dealing with personal issues or simply just having a bad day. However, a spa is a sacred…
When practicing professionalism in the spa, it is particularly important to remember that negative comments relayed by your staff and/or co-workers can potentially ruin your personal and professional relationship with…

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Throughout this series, we have discussed developing the principles of empowerment and leadership. Planning, prioritizing, organizing, applying initiative and overcoming obstacles all empower us, bring us closer to our goals,…
Obstacles await us in many forms. They test our will as well as our resources. They separate the wanton from the determined. Obstacles expose the easily frustrated and undisciplined. They…
In the work place, each individual has their own objectives, opinions, skill-sets, roles, responsibilities and deadlines to deal with. These factors coupled with outside influences and pressures, can manifest into…

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So, here we are. We have had in-depth discussions about motivation, goals, priorities, plans and organizing. But, we already have experience with time management. We have all been using schedules…
“You can do it; it is only mind over matter.” Has anyone ever said that to you? While we are experts at telling people how to run their lives and…
How many times have you been working on a project and imagined a better way to accomplish the task? Do you witness or experience wasted time or other resources? Have…
Volunteering allows you to connect on a personal level with others in your community, creating and strengthening your ties with the local population. Volunteering can be quite rewarding on both…

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How often have you been halfway through a project only to be sidetracked by unexpected obstacles? Can you count the times you have witnessed valuable resources being wasted from inefficient…
"Initially when I started having staff meetings, I would ask a question or for everyone's thoughts on a particular subject. But, I'd end up only getting blank stares from my…
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