Archive for August, 2014

The Key to Employee Retention

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Our success at ConnectOne Bank is a direct reflection of the hard work of our team. Our people make our business and I believe that attracting top talent is just as important as retaining it.  Creating an exciting workplace, fostering a culture of growth & development, allowing employees to take ownership of their work and be a part of the company’s growth story are what leadership teams need to be doing to attract and retain top talent. While financial incentives are important, investing in these intangibles will make your company even more attractive to both new and existing employees.  You can hear more of my thoughts in my most recent video from my Inc. Playback Series.

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The JOBS Act: A Game-Changer for IPOs

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

At ConnectOne Bancorp, we filed and completed our Initial Public Offering (IPO) in February 2013. We were the first bank  to do so since 2010, during a time when investing in the financial sector was perceived to be undesirable. Our filing under the JOBS act allowed us to discuss the strategic direction that we envisioned with potential investors and gain their perspective. We took advantage of the “Testing the Waters” option, which allowed us to confidentially talk with institutional investors, get their feedback and refine our presentation accordingly, all before publicly filing our IPO. It is a tool that  that every small business looking to go public should utilize. See more of my thoughts and our experience with the Jobs act in Part 2 of my Inc. Magazine Playback Series

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The Secret to Maximum Productivity? Balance

Monday, August 18th, 2014

In today’s hyper-connected, high-speed world, many of us are constantly concerned with keeping up with our schedules, meeting goals & deadlines, and trying to cram as much into one day as possible. While long hours, caffeine, and no sleep will give you more time, they won’t translate into more productivity. In my recent visit with Inc. Magazine, I discuss how sometimes stepping away and creating balance can get you much further. While this seems counter-intuitive, it will actually produce positive results. Check out the first video in my Playback Series.

I look forward to hearing about your productivity tips and tricks…

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