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

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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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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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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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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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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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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By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching at Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Photo Credit-Katie Klein “To build a winning team, you want to be consistent in your attitude, effort, and actions.” ~Jon Gordon Are you building a team or are you just hiring employees to work for your firm? Who would you rather be…

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By Gail Doby, ASID CVO & Co-Founder, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University When faced with a problem employee or a problem client, don’t hesitate to cut them loose. It may be unpleasant to give someone the boot, but it’s nothing compared to the pain you’ll get if you wait until things…

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By Gail Doby, ASID CVO & Co-Founder, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University Congratulations! Your business is thriving. You’ve got several projects in the pipeline and a list of likely prospects. Maybe you’re thinking now is the time to move out of that spare bedroom and into a real office space. Or…

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