13 Apr

Blue Jays Home Opener Should Inspire Business Owners

Posted in News on 13.04.15 by John Meloche

Thinking out of box conceptTonight is the night that Toronto baseball fans have been waiting for since last October. With another crack at making it into the playoffs for the first time since 1993, Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays are set to play their home opener at the Rogers Centre tonight at 7:00 p.m. Having started the season in New York on April 6th, the Jays currently stand at a 4-2 record – winners of their first two series. It’s a good sign for Jays fans, as both series wins came against division rivals.

Besting both the New York Yankees and last year’s American League East Division Champions, the Baltimore Orioles over the past week, the Blue Jays go into tonight’s home opener facing another division rival in the Tampa Bay Rays. A sell-out crowd is anticipated, as the annual home opener is a hot ticket each and every year. Here, at Synergy Marketing, we’re quite excited for the start of the new Blue Jays season, especially since the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs ended theirs so badly.

With the NBA’s Toronto Raptors winning the Atlantic Division and headed into the playoffs for the second straight year, there is quite a lot of excitement in Toronto over our hometown teams. Here’s hoping the excitement translates into a big win for the Jays tonight. They’ve had an interesting start to their 2015 campaign already. For starters, the team started the season with no less than six rookies on their squad – including Mississauga’s own Dalton Pompey, the team’s new centre fielder.

Pompey isn’t the Jays’ only hometown addition. Toronto-born Russell Martin is the Blue Jays’ new catcher. Tonight should be a special night for both men. Of course, for fans of the Blue Jays – many of them are part of the Synergy Marketing staff, in case it wasn’t already obvious – the first home game of the year is always a special night. A number of our team members plan on being in attendance at the Rogers Centre tonight.

The start of a new season – no matter the sport – should always be inspiring to business owners. It brings to mind the concept of starting anew and getting a fresh start. And sometimes, that’s necessary in order to keep a business successful. In other cases, starting over is required just to save a company from plummeting deeper into the abyss – so to speak. Does your company need to go through any changes to better itself?

“As a business owner, you have to be committed to constantly evaluating your business practices and making necessary changes if you want to see growth,” writes Chad Holvorson on Forbes.com, “If your small business is stagnant or not as profitable as it should be, sitting on your thumbs waiting for things to improve won’t help. You have to make strategic moves to build brand awareness, improve customer service and bolster social engagement to help it grow.”

If you’re looking to make some significant changes to bolster your business, Synergy Marketing can help! In many cases, it’s not the products or services offered by a company that leads to business growth – it’s the way they advertise. Our fantastic promotional products have long been known to give Canadian business owners the boost they need in getting their names better known.

Choose from pens, key chains, flashlights, knives, tools, water bottles and so much more! Not only are our gifts known for their high-quality, but they are excellent customer-relationship-builders. Long known for their ability to please their recipients, encouraging them to stay loyal, promo gifts are also the most cost-efficient way to adequately advertise your business. Give us a call today at 1-877-748-9884 for more information.

And let’s go Blue Jays!

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06 Apr

5 Ways To Strengthen Your Team Of Employees

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 06.04.15 by John Meloche

Multi Ethnic Business GroupToday is the day that baseball fans have been waiting for since the end of the World Series last October. It’s the start of the Major League Baseball season! And for fans of our hometown Toronto Blue Jays, the excitement is hard to contain. Although Blue Jays fans will have to wait a week for their annual home opener, they’ll be able to watch their team take on the New York Yankees in their home opener today at 1 p.m. on TV.

Over the past couple of seasons, the Jays have certainly had their ups and downs. With a dead last finish two years ago and a third place finish in the American League East last year, there is hope that Toronto’s team is steadily on the rise. As usual, there are high hopes for the team with the start of the new season as there have been many changes made to their roster. However, the opening day squad consists of no less than six rookies.

Many baseball experts question if such a young team will have the experience necessary to dominate their division. It brings to mind the fact that, in business, new blood is often required to uplift a team of employees. There are, of course, many other ways to bolster a staff. As Leslie Levine points out on AllBusiness.com, “your company’s chances for growth are closely aligned with its commitment toward fostering employee development.”

Here are five ways to strengthen your team of employees:

1. Turn your veterans into mentors. Just like in baseball, young acquisitions could always use the help of veterans. Levine writes that “pairing newer, less experienced employees with more experienced employees is a great way for people to learn from one another.” By creating “mentors” out of your experienced staff members, your new employees will have a better chance of developing as productive contributors to your company. Get your top producers to show your newbies the ropes.

2. Focus on employee training. It’s always important to have a good training program in place. And this isn’t just for new hires. Levine notes that “even after an individual joins an organization and the ‘honeymoon’ period has passed, companies should continue to provide training on an ongoing basis for any skills that may be pertinent to the employee’s job.” That way, you’ll always be able to keep the skills of the team members sharp.

3. Offer advancement opportunities. Hiring staff members from within your company before looking to the outside world to bolster your staff will help for your brand to grow professionally. It will also go a long way in boosting employee morale. “Hire and promote from within,” insists Levine, “Employees appreciate job security, but in order to grow professionally, people want and need new responsibilities.”

4. Encourage and implement feedback. One sure fire way to strengthen your team of employees is ensure that each member feels as if his or her contributions matter. That entails listening to feedback and making changes where necessary to improve business practices. Levine suggests that you “develop a method that makes it easier for staffers to share their creative ideas or suggestions with top management.”

5. Reward your star performers. At Synergy Marketing, we are always championing the concept of rewarding your staff members. And why wouldn’t we? Our fantastic promotional products have very often been used as employee rewards! “Don’t make the mistake of neglecting employees who do great work and don’t need much managing,” warns Levine. Remember that your star players need “occasional pats on the back” as “disregarding their hard work can be demoralizing.”

To order the perfect promotional product to represent your company, give us a call at 1-877-748-9884 today!

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26 May

Toronto Blue Jays Enjoying A Red Hot Streak!

Posted in News on 26.05.14 by John Meloche

Depositphotos_38268603_xsDon’t look now, but our hometown Toronto Blue Jays are in first place in the American League and are on one hot winning streak! You’ll have to forgive us for getting this exciting this early in the season. Considering the dismal end to last season (a dead last finish in our division), you can’t blame us for celebrating the recent success being had by our Jays.

As sports fans in the City of Toronto know all too well, before the beginning of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, many moves had been made to significantly improve the Blue Jays’ roster. Many even predicted our new look team would win the World Series. Of course, that was not to be. Not even close. A host of injuries coupled with underperformances by some big stars made for a bust of a season.

But as of yesterday’s 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics, the Jays managed to pull off their second sweep in a row. The reigning World Series Champion, Boston Red Sox fell in all three games played with the Blue Jays last week. Is this a sign of things to come? Will the Jays be able to hang on to their lead of the American League East? Will this season become the one we expected last year?

“It may be a little early to start planning any parades,” commented one of our Synergy staff members yesterday, “The recent winning streak is great. But let’s not forget that the Jays had an 11-game winning streak last year and that didn’t do much to save our season. What’s working in our favour is that the rest of the A.L. East isn’t playing so well. So if the Jays can keep up their winning ways, we’ll be in good shape.”

Well things are certainly in good shape right now in Blue Jay land. Yesterday’s afternoon game was a sellout at the Rogers Centre. The large crowd was encouraged, in part, by a free jersey giveaway. The first 20,000 fans received replica jerseys of either Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion – two of the Jays’ biggest stars. See…we told you free giveaways work!

“Man, was it a fun day!” exclaimed our rep who took the game in live at the former SkyDome, “The place was packed, the sun was hot and the Jays did it again. There was a lot of energy in the building reminiscent of the days when we were playoff contenders, back in the early 90’s. I’m hoping that the Jays keep it up, because there’s nothing like putting a winner on the field to fill the seats.”

It certainly does help that the Jays are currently 29-22 and have a two game lead over the New York Yankees for top spot in their division. This is a place they have not held in five years. Expect the Synergy Marketing Blog to devote a bit of attention to the Blue Jays’ season as it did last year. Here’s hoping that this year’s blogs, however, will be filled with much happier news.

Tonight, the Blue Jays welcome their division rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays to the Rogers Centre to begin a three game series. It’s certainly a good time for our hometown heroes to keep up their winning ways as beating teams in the same division is the best way to secure a playoff spot. Yes it’s early. But we’re excited! And if you’re a Toronto sports fans, you should be too. Let’s go Blue Jays!

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31 Mar

Detailing An Exciting Time For Toronto Sports

Posted in News on 31.03.14 by John Meloche

Depositphotos_38268603_xsIt’s a very interesting time in the world of Toronto sports. Being headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Synergy Marketing plays host to many a sports fan of the Raptors, Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. So a healthy number of our staff members are pretty enthusiastic about the chances that our city’s professional sports teams have in making waves this year. Well, some of the teams anyway.

The Raptors of the NBA have officially clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2008. Currently leading the Atlantic Division, the Raptors are poised to take third spot in the Eastern Conference overall. This is quite a feat for a team that traded supposed-superstar Rudy Gay earlier in the season in what some deemed to be an effort to “tank” or purposely do poorly to secure a top draft pick in the offseason.

“It’s amazing,” commented one of our team members right after the Raptors clinched their spot last week, “People may not expect the Raps to do much in the postseason, but this young team has a lot of promise. They’re so much better since the (Rudy Gay) trade because they’re really playing like a team now. You can tell they’re having fun out there. They will be fun to watch.”

The Maple Leafs of the NHL are arguably Toronto’s most beloved team. As a result, they also happen to be the most disappointing. The Leafs are currently on an eight game slide. Those eight losses in a row have pretty much secured the team a spot outside of the playoff race. Currently battling for the final wild card spot that would see them enter the playoffs, the Leafs sit four points behind the Detroit Red Wings who hold that spot. Things don’t look so good.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said our rep, “Especially after the what happened in the playoffs last year (with the Leafs losing in Game 7 of the opening round after taking a three goal lead into the third period), you would think that the Leafs were going to really make a go of it this year. It seemed like a playoff berth was a sure thing. This losing streak has ruined everything. It really hurts as a fan.”

The Blue Jays of MLB, however, start a brand new season today with high hopes. Getting underway at 4 p.m. EST in Tampa Bay, the Blue Jays will kick off a season that many believe can’t possibly be worse than last year. With a number of highly touted offseason moves being made before last year’s season, the Jays were heralded as a World Series contender. That, of course, was not to be so.

Instead, the Blue Jays finished the season dead last in the American League East, leaving many a Toronto baseball fan dismayed. This offseason was a completely different story. Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos pretty much stuck to his guns, bringing last season’s roster back to the field for another try. One significant change was made behind the plate, however.

The underachieving J.P. Arencibia is out and Dioner Navarro is in. And as Brendan Kennedy writes in The Toronto Star, Navarro is looking for a “rebirth” in Toronto. Jays fans are certainly hoping that a “rebirth”, of sorts, takes place on the field this year. After all, on paper, the team looks stellar. Perhaps, without the heavy expectations that were placed on the club last year, they will perform at a higher level this year.

Welcome back Major League Baseball! Here’s hoping the Jays have an amazing comeback year, the Raptors have an exciting playoff run and the Leafs find a way to mend the hearts of Toronto sports fans soon!

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14 Mar

Putting A Spring In Your Marketing Steps

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 14.03.14 by John Meloche

Flowerpots on old stairsOkay, so spring is officially under one week away. It sure doesn’t feel like it, does it? It’s been a snowy week in Toronto, making us feel as if there is truly no end to this dreadfully cold winter. The calendar can’t be stopped, however. And no matter what, spring is on the way. The cold and snowy days have to come to an end at some point, don’t they? Of course they do!

And that should be good news, not only to lovers of warmth and sunshine, but to business owners all over Canada. As we discussed in yesterday’s blog, the changing of the seasons allows for entrepreneurs to begin promoting their businesses in new ways. It’s important to take advantage of the changing weather and the new moods that come with it to promote your brand.

On Swipely.com, there are a number of tips listed on how to promote your business during the spring. Among them are simply talking about the weather and acknowledging the various holidays that take place throughout spring. In today’s blog, we’ll review a few more tips found on the website. Spring is coming. So let’s see how you can get in on the action now!

Sports & March Madness. Speaking of action, that’s what spring is all about! It’s an absolutely excellent time for sports. The Major League Baseball season gets underway (Let’s go Blue Jays!), the Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to begin (Go Leafs Go!) and then there’s March Madness which is a very popular NCAA basketball tournament. Do you have television sets set up at your place of business?

Make it a point to keep them tuned to big sporting events this spring. Doing so is bound to attract customers so that they remain for longer periods of time in your shop. Needless to say, sports make for great conversation starters. You’re bound to meet fellow fans of your favourite teams. Even if you don’t have TVs at work, talk about recent games and you’re likely to easily engage a lot of your clients.

Spring Cleaning + Fresh New Inventory. According to Swipely.com, “spring is a time to show off new product lines, and also for clothes retailers to remind customers that it’s time for cleaning out the closets and making room.” The changing of the seasons always helps for people to get that “wanting to start anew” feeling. Offer your customers ways that they can do just that.

Introduce a new product line. Begin a new “spring sale”. Offer significant discounts on your winter-based items. Plan a spring time celebration! There are countless ways that you can let your customers know that your business is celebrating the beginning of spring. In addition to new items, new décor will help to do the trick. It’s all about starting fresh and helping your customers to do the same.

Mix and Match. Maybe you’re not sure what elements of spring you want to use in your next round of marketing, says Swipely.com. Perhaps, using all or some of the suggestions provided in our last two blogs is the way to go. Use what feels best for you and your company. As long as you’re trying something new and inventive, it’s hard to go wrong. After all, how could we all not enjoy the disappearance of winter?

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30 Sep

Horrible Jays Season Ends, Leafs Start Tomorrow!

Posted in News on 30.09.13 by John Meloche

jaysMercifully, the Toronto Blue Jays’ season has officially come to a close. Finishing with a record of 74-88, the Jays recorded one more win than they did in 2012. One. This is after an offseason when Synergy’s home team picked up a slew of new players, boosted their payroll and promised fans a competitive season to be remembered alongside the glory days of the early 90s.

Clearly, that wasn’t to happen. And the Blue Jays are now forced to wait through another offseason to discover what moves will be made next to repair the franchise. “It’s embarrassing,” commented one of our team members who is also a long time fan, “There was a lot of hope going into this season. I don’t know what went wrong. And to make it worse, the Red Sox are being picked as favourites to win the World Series.”

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, left his managerial position with Toronto in favour of the Sox this past year. Needless to say, his decision did not sit well with Jays fans. Adding insult to injury is that while the Jays finished dead last this year in the American League East, the Red Sox are division champions. These same Sox, by the way, finished dead last in the A.L. East in 2012.

“Hey, maybe that’s a sign of good things to come,” said another member of our staff with a sense of optimism that not too many of his counterparts seem to share, “If the Sox can pull it off, why can’t we? The Jays have to learn from their many blunders this year and bounce back strong next year. I’m thinking it’s time we get another new manager because Gibbons didn’t work out.”

John Gibbons returned to the Blue Jays in 2013 after a previous stint that saw him manage the team to a .500 winning percentage. Not exactly stellar numbers, his statistics as manager made many a Jays fan question the decision to have him come back. It’s questionable if he’ll be back next season. One thing is for sure though, the Jays need to do a lot more than just worry about their manager in 2014.

“Our division has gone from hard to harder,” offered our first rep, “The A.L. East is already known as the toughest division in baseball and now it’s even hard for the Yankees to compete. Every other team had a winning record this year except for us. If we’re going to get anywhere, we have to able to beat teams in our division. If not, we’re toast!”

Toronto sports fans need not worry too much about the unfortunate Blue Jays season. And that’s because the Toronto Maple Leafs season starts tomorrow! Appropriately getting things underway with a tilt against the rival Montreal Canadiens, the Leafs are kicking off the new season with more optimism than they’ve had in a very long time. Are they playoff bound again?

Most fans think so. And even though their heartbreaking loss to the Boston Bruins in last season’s opening round of the playoff still stings for many, Leafs fans are excited about the donning of a new era in Toronto. At Synergy Marketing, our ravenous sports fan-filled staff is certainly hoping that the Buds do a whole lot better than their baseball counterparts from down the street. Go Leafs Go!

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16 Sep

Blue Jays Ending Most Disappointing Season Ever

Posted in News on 16.09.13 by John Meloche

encarnacion_sad640Well, we can pretty much close the books on the Toronto Blue Jays season. And if we’re being completely honest, the books were really never open all season long. In what can be argued as the most disappointing season in the franchise’s history, the Jays currently sit in last place in the American League with a miserable 68-81 record. That’s good for being 22.5 games back of the first place Boston Red Sox.

Adding greater sting to the cut is the fact that John Farrell – who left his position as Jays manager before the season started – has guided the Sox from worst to first. In what was expected to be a year when the Blue Jays would return to the playoffs after twenty years, this season will certainly see the Jays finishing dead last in their division. It was our hope, here at Synergy, that our blog would be covering a lot of good times for our home team.

“It’s been horrible,” commented one of our sales staff members last week, “At the beginning of the season, we were all ready to celebrate a championship. But the season really couldn’t have gone any worse. There wasn’t a point that we thought ‘oh we have a chance now’. It’s just been one let down after the other. Honestly, it’s been tough being a Jays fan this year.”

Yesterday’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles pretty much sealed the deal. Not that the Jays had a chance to make it into the playoffs before yesterday, but somehow the loss represented just another example of our hometown team has been unable to compete within their division. An A.L. East rival, the Orioles are actually still competing for a Wild Card berth.

In fact, every other team in the division still has a chance to make it into the playoffs thanks to the Wild Card spot. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are nowhere close. “That’s the thing that makes it all the more painful,” commented our rep, “Our entire division is competitive. Everyone has a chance. That makes it interesting for their fans to watch. There’s literally no reason to watch the rest of the Jays’ season.”

Sadly, this is true. Even the most die hard Jays fan – and there are quite a few who are members of the Synergy family – is not enjoying watching the games these days. With yesterday’s loss, the Jays are officially unable to finish any better than with a .500 record. One more loss and a losing season is guaranteed. In other words, the Jays will end up with a losing record this season – likely the only team in the A.L. East to do so.

Before the season began, the Blue Jays had acquired a wealth of incredible talent. Players including knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and shortstop José Reyes showed great promise for Toronto’s Major League team. Reyes, however, was injured early in the season forcing him to miss half of it. Dickey – last year’s National League Cy Young Award winner – has been less than stellar. His current record is a ho-hum 12-12.

“As they say, ‘there’s always next year’,” offered another team member, “But that’s what we said last year. And this was supposed to be the year! So I have no idea what the Jays are going to do to better themselves. We play in the league’s toughest division and we’re failing miserably. I can only hope that it doesn’t get any worse than this. At least, we have football to look forward to.”

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19 Aug

Jays Winding Down A Disappointing Season

Posted in News on 19.08.13 by John Meloche

Toronto Blue Jays v New York YankeesAt the beginning of this year’s Major League Baseball season, we endeavoured to keep readers of the Synergy Marketing Blog posted on our thoughts about the progress of the Toronto Blue Jays. Suffice it to say, there hasn’t been too much too celebrate in 2013. Our hometown heroes have been anything but heroes in a season that they were planning on dominating.

At the beginning of the season, many people actually had the Jays picked as World Series favourites. However, with about a month and a half left to go before the end of the regular season, Synergy’s hometown team sits dead last in the ever-competitive American League East. Saying that the season has been a disappointment is easily a huge understatement considering the expectations.

“I already had my playoff tickets purchased,” one of our team members half-joked, “With all the acquisitions made in the offseason, I was sure we were going to compete this year. I can’t believe how poorly things have gone. With the exception of that 11-game winning streak a couple months ago, there hasn’t been much worth cheering for. It’s another year wasted.”

Today, the Blue Jays have an off day, so one thing is for sure. The Jays won’t be losing a game tonight. However, they continue to lose heartbreakers just as they did last night against the Tampa Bay Rays in ten innings. Had they won, it would have been the first series that the Jays took over their division rivals in Tampa since 2007. Needless to say, they don’t have a good record in Florida.

“The Jays keep losing against teams that they need to beat,” explained another member of our team, “We had the Sox and Rays this past week and the Yanks are next. Potentially, we could have gained a lot of ground against these guys since they’re all in our division. Losing against them just puts us deeper in the hole. The season is basically won and lost on these games.”

Currently, the Jays sit at a record of 57-67 – a full ten games under the .500 mark. No other team in the A.L. East has a losing record. That puts Toronto 15 games out of first place and 13.5 games back of the Wild Card position. What this all adds up to is having to wait at least one more season before anyone in Toronto can see their baseball team in a playoff position.

“It’s bad,” added our first rep, “We may not have put together a championship team, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be this bad. Seriously, it’s embarrassing. The city deserves better than this and it’s not like we can blame the organization for not trying. All the new players were supposed to make a difference, but they didn’t. I’m not sure what they’re going to do next.”

Only time will tell what will happen with the Toronto Blue Jays. The team, here at Synergy, certainly hopes that the last few weeks of the season will be interesting, at the very least. Can the Jays actually make a push for contention? Is there any hope left at all? Even the most die-hard fans are likely to respond in the negative. Nevertheless, Synergy supports its Jays – as hard as that has been all season.

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16 Jul

Making Moves To Motivate Your All-Star Staff

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 16.07.13 by John Meloche

fully-motivated-engaged-team-membersTonight, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game takes place. The best in baseball will take to the field – Citi Field in New York, to be exact – to show off the skills that got them selected as All-Stars. Do you have all-stars on your team? If you were to choose the best employees on your staff to create a true group of champions, what criteria would you use when making your choices?

Hiring talented staff is a major part of running a good business. There are many traits that make up a top-notch worker. What makes someone an all-star, however, actually has a lot to do with his or her boss. That’s right! You have a great deal of influence on the productivity of your staff members. Encouraging them to always be committed to jobs well done will help your team to excel.

On Entrepreneur.com, a list of tips is given that can help business owners create what the site calls “a desirable company culture”. Keep in mind that because you are the boss, your job doesn’t just entail outlining tasks for your staff members to complete. It also includes being diligent in handling your own responsibilities as a leader. As a result, you’ll be able to create your own all-star team.

Put your employees first. The best employees want to work in an environment where people are treated with respect and consideration at all times, says Entrepreneur.com. Your job as boss means providing constant motivation and encouragement. Give your employees reasons to not only want to work, but to be the best at what they do. When you recognize their efforts, they will take pride greater in their work.

Maximize your best employees. Place your best employees in positions of great influence, suggests the website. Create job titles that reflect the talents and abilities of your top employees. Give them additional responsibilities that prove that you trust them. People enjoy being acknowledged for what they do that others cannot. Use this to your advantage by giving your all-stars the chance to shine.

Stay involved and use emotional intelligence. Don’t allow anyone to have greater authority than you when making your hiring choices. According to Entrepreneur.com, one of the worst things a business owner can do is disengage himself from the hiring process. If you want to establish the culture within your office, it’s up to you to take the responsibility of filling it with the right people.

Stay flexible. This is important. “If an employee you hire proves to be a good fit for your company but not for the specific position filled, try moving them to another position that capitalizes on their strengths and experience,” the website advises, “Employees who are a good fit organizationally can be hard to find.” Don’t be afraid to try some of your staff members at various positions.

You don’t want to be too hasty either. In other words, before thinking of firing someone, consider the skill set of that person and consider other positions that he or she may be better suited for. All in all, your role in creating an all-star staff is huge. Be sure to offer as much encouragement as possible in order to motivate your team to be the best they can possibly be.

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15 Jul

Creating Your Team Of All-Stars

Posted in News, Synergy Suggestions on 15.07.13 by John Meloche

jaysMajor League Baseball’s All-Star Week is finally upon us! It all gets started tonight with the ever-popular Home Run Derby. The official All-Star Game takes place tomorrow night. And it all goes down at Citi Field in New York, which is the home of the Mets. No less than four Toronto Blue Jays will be taking part. Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Brett Cecil were all originally chosen as All-Stars.

Reliever Steve Delabar made it in through fan voting last week as the fourth Jay. The team led an excellent #RaiseTheBar campaign that gained the attention of baseball fans from all over Canada. Now that the All-Stars are ready to take the field, it brings to mind the concept of recognizing a job well done on your team. Baseball All-Stars, after all, are chosen based on the excellence of their play thus far in the season.

To truly create all-stars at your business, it’s important that they be recognized. The recognition in and of itself can help inspire your team members to do better jobs on a regular basis. On Careerealism.com, Susan Ruhl lists a number of methods to help business owners get the most out of their employers. Looking to acknowledge your own all-star team? Here’s how…

Connect Individuals To The Bigger “Why”. Ruhl asks entrepreneurs a number of questions. What inspires you? What gives you passion? Consider the answers to those questions and attempt to inspire your employees. They should be on board with you when it comes to doing a good job for the betterment of the entire organization. Find out what makes them tick and tap into it to get them to want what you want.

Personalize Recognition. It’s important to recognize individual achievements. That’s exactly what Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game does. It doesn’t matter how well the team is doing, people who excel deserve personal acknowledgement. This will, in turn, inspire the other members of the team to step their games up. Be sure to publicly thank your individual employees for jobs well done.

Reiterate The Significance Of Each Role. Remind each contributor on your team of the importance of each role they play. They need to know that their involvement in your projects really matter. You should keep your team members informed of how their roles help the company to achieve its greater purpose. Include them and their contributions in your meetings and newsletters.

Celebrate. Bonuses. Wage increases. Promotional gifts. There are a number of ways to show your team members that you appreciate them. Who says you can’t throw a party because of their great work? Give your employees reasons to enjoy their work and they will work better, as a result. If you want a team of all-stars, you need to inspire them through creative and fun activities as well as prizes that reward their work.

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