Ann Gatty

Dr. Ann Gatty is president of Strategic People Solutions, a business consulting firm, helping small businesses. For the past twenty years she and her husband, Gene, have been providing leadership development programs, business implementation strategies, and solving HR employment issues. Dr. Ann created The Business Sphere of Excellence®,a strategic business planning model used to construct annual and long range business plans. Dr. Ann Gatty is an expert in understanding and creating a diverse workplace culture. She consults with clients on iHR, workplace productivity, and leadership development. Her research focus is on women leadership issues.

Five Ways We Measure Your Business Success

We  are often asked to review an existing company’s basic operations and services to see what improvements we might suggest to boost sales and generate higher profits.  We also look at the workplace culture to suggest ways to improve the work environment.  We developed this checklist that is useful in determining the level of success […]

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A Strategy to Boost Your Employee Training Results

As business leaders, we know the value of employee training programs.  But, have you ever considered why some of these training programs are more successful than others?  Yes, some programs may have more interesting content, or may have more engaging activities, but there is another reason for the success of an employee training program.  It

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The Art of Journaling

Journal writing has many purposes.  Some people enjoy keeping a diary to document daily events, a recent vacation or maybe even the process of learning a new skill.  Journaling can be a significant aid in making changes in one’s life.  There is a benefit in writing down things that keep track of how an event

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Effective Time Management: Avoiding the Tyranny of the Urgent

For effective time management, we suggest using a tool from Stephen Covey.  He was an American educator, author and business consultant, most notably known for his time management strategies.   His Time Management Matrix focuses on two key dimensions:  1) urgency and (2) importance of the activities we handle.  In the graph below, the more

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Creating Effective Business Strategy

An effective business strategy is an action plan that coordinates the efforts of your well-crafted business model.  Your business model answers the question, “How does your business plan to make money?”  The answer—which formulates the business model—is a combination of (1) revenue sources, (2) customer base, (3) products and services provided, (4) operations and (5)

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Boosting Employee Engagement for Positive Results

The challenge before companies in today’s business climate is boosting employee engagement.  Leaders must determine ways to develop an organizational culture that is positively energized. In other words, getting employees engaged to successfully move the organization forward. To accomplish this goal takes steadfast leadership with the ability to motivate and support the employees with whom

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Including Emotional Support at Work

Building a business is hard work. Sustaining the organization over time is even more difficult. For leaders on all levels of the corporate ladder, designing a workable business plan, and implementing corresponding strategies can become an overwhelming challenge.  There will be long days and sleepless nights along the way. Even the most even-keeled rational person

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Ten Tips for Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

As a women entrepreneur, I have had experience in building businesses from the bottom up. It is hard work, and there are times when an entrepreneur experiences rough patches, but with perseverance, thoughtful planning and self-belief, the results can be very rewarding. Here are tips to navigate through the rough times and create a smooth

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A Professional Development Plan is Essential for Business Leaders

There are some very good reasons why leaders create personal professional development plans for themselves and for their staff. In our current business climate, maintaining a creative edge is essential to stay competitive. As the business world evolves, so should you. The future is uncertain and for many leaders, solid predictions are elusive. However, futurist,

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