Teamwork is the Ultimate Shortcut

I’ve frequently heard busy designers say, “if only I could clone myself.”  If only.  I admit I’ve often wished I could add more hours to the day.  I wish.  As the old song says, wishing and hoping won’t get you where you want to go.  You can’t clone yourself or add more hours to the…

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The Value of Properly Defining Your Culture

Whether you consciously create one or not, your business has an organizational culture. And like a societal culture, it has a profound impact on how you and your team behave and interact. It affects productivity, colors every decision that is made, and sets the tone for all client and vendor transactions. Which is why when you properly define and establish your business’ culture, you can greatly improve your operations and the contribution of each team member.

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Set Compensation for What’s to Come, Not What Was

Year’s-end is just around the corner, and many of us are trying to figure out how to budget for the year ahead while there is still so much uncertainty as to when business conditions might begin to stabilize. Part of that calculation includes whether or not to factor in a pay raise and/or bonuses, especially…

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Hire For Attitude, Train For Skills

Hire for Attitude

By Drue Lawler, FASID Director of Coaching at Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Photo Credit: @bakerbroductions A challenge for a number of firms – particularly small firms – is that whoever is interviewing potential new hires has not really had training in how to interview. Consequently they may focus more on the resume and skills…

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Are You Ready To Hire?

By Gail Doby, ASID CVO and Co-Founder of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Photo Credit: Hayes Photography Deciding when and who to hire to grow your business can be challenging. While it can open up new opportunities, it also involves more expense and possible risks. There’s no magic formula for determining when you should hire,…

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Do You Have A Rock Star Team?

By Gail Doby, ASID CVO and Co-Founder of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Photo Credit-@bakerbroduction Running an interior design firm is a team effort. No matter how talented or driven each of us may be, at the of the day, the success and growth of our firms depends on how well we build and manage…

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Reviewing Team Members

By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching at Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Photo Credit: @bakerbroductions Team member reviews are essential. This process allows your employees to understand how well they are performing and what they need to do to improve their work. Also, if your employee is showing a lot of initiative and growth,…

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When You Should Hire?

By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching at Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting How do you know you are ready to hire? Are you (and/or your team) regularly putting in overtime? Paying overtime can cost almost as much as hiring a new member for your team, and that is just the financial cost. There is…

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Does Your Team Have the Right Stuff?

By Gail Doby, ASID CVO and Co-Founder of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Photo Credit: Emily Wilson Photography When you hired the members of your team, you no doubt checked their references, verified their experience, and perhaps even tested them on their design and office software skills. But what about the other important skills that…

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