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Corporate Culture – Defining & Cultivating Yours

In case you missed it, Olympic Crest hosted a fun and interactive seminar this week on Corporate Culture.  We discussed the following topics: Building Safety Sharing Vulnerability Establishing Purpose Our panel consisted of three HR professionals.  From left to right they are: Nancy Maki, LMHC, SPHR – Open Gate Consulting Suzanne Campbell, SPHR – Wrangler+Co Lynn Ferrari, Chief Talent Strategist, Vettd If you would like to see what you missed, here is the private link to the recording:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cc4phrDq2k&feature=youtu.be  You may need to adjust the volume for best results. Don’t miss out on these quarterly Lunch & Learn opportunities.  They are presented at no cost to attendees and provide valuable information on timely topics and include a delicious meal.  Use the “Contact Us” page to be added to the invitation list.

It Takes a Team

I am a huge fan of the Tour de France. My husband introduced me to it many years ago, so we always look forward to the beginning of July and the three weeks of cycling that follows. My very favorite part of the Tour is the Team Time Trial, which might surprise most people as it is not the most exciting stage. There aren’t any dramatic sprint finishes or punishing mountaintop pursuits, but it is a beauty unto itself. The Team Time Trial doesn’t happen every year, so it is always a special treat for me when it does. Yesterday was the Team TT in the 2018 Tour. Team BMC, which is an American team, won the stage and they were able to do it as a result of beautiful… Read more »

Year Round Wellness

When the season’s change and temperatures shift, you may be more likely to encounter certain viruses, including the flu and the common cold. And if you have seasonal allergies, pollen and mold from plants can aggravate your immune system.  The good news is there are steps you can take to stay well, so you can welcome the new season instead of sniffling through it. Take time for yourself. The start of a new season can bring about schedule changes that might leave you overwhelmed – and more susceptible to sickness. Shuffling kids to spring sports practice or attending lots of seasonal events can leave you with less time to relax, exercise or eat right. The added stress can also slash your body’s production of infection-fighting white blood cells, putting you… Read more »

Core Values & Guiding Principals

Olympic Crest Insurance has seen many changes in the past two years, so when we decided to work on our agency processes and vision, it was necessary to start with who we really are. We began a process of defining our core values and crafting a statement around them. I have always had a sign on the wall that says “Accountability, Kindness, Respect, Honesty”, but I told everyone to pick their own words for what they felt the company was all about. Step one was a long list of words that we felt represented what OCI stands for and then we each ranked the words from 1 to 5. From there, we were able to narrow it down to five words. The original four were still there with the addition… Read more »

Twenty-two Years

A couple of days ago I started getting congratulations notices on LinkedIn for my work anniversary.  I hadn’t even realized it, but that actually represents the anniversary for how long I have been in business for myself. As a professional female business owner in a traditionally male-dominated field, I can tell you that things have changed a lot! I started in the insurance industry over 30 years ago as an administrative assistant in the benefits department of a smaller agency.  After about six months on the job, I went to one of the owners and asked for the opportunity to sell.  His answer was that I wouldn’t be any good at it, but after some negotiations, he agreed to let me do it in exchange for a cut in pay… Read more »

Broker, Consultant or Advisor?

Broker, Consultant, Advisor – which should you choose?  It isn’t the title that matters as much as the approach, expertise, advise and willingness to listen that separates the superior advisors from the merely average.   To get the most value out of your employee benefit program, it is important that you invest as much time in finding the right partner as you do in selecting your benefit plans. For the sake of this article, I am going to use the term “partner” because the title really doesn’t matter.  You want a partner that is focused on your company and your needs, not just meeting a sales quota and checking in with you once a year.  Your partner will want to understand how your company operates, what value it places on the… Read more »

10 Tips for a Healthier Heart

Healthy Heart

Heart health is a hot topic but one many people don’t do much about.  The typical person may have a routine cholesterol screening once a year and if the numbers are high, will find themselves on one or more medications. But what can you do to reduce your risk of a heart attack and potentially eliminate the need for medication in the first place?  Here are ten tips to improve your heart health, and they may even lead to weight loss and increased energy. Y Quit Smoking If you are a smoker, quit.  It is that simple.  It is the single best thing you can do for your heart health. Smoking is one the main causes of coronary heart disease.  After only one year after giving up smoking, your risk of… Read more »

Bigger, Better, Stronger

Failure, Setback, Frustration – those are words none of like this think about or experience.  But in reality, it is going to happen.  Life doesn’t happen in a linear fashion, it is a series of ups and downs, with the goal to continue on an upward trajectory. I have experienced more than my share of setbacks in the past year, but through it all, I try to keep my eyes focused forward and upward, not looking back.  When I do look back, I try to do it through the lens of evaluating what I did right and what I did wrong to affect the ultimate outcome. You often hear the term “fail faster” to indicate that if you aren’t failing, you aren’t trying.  Despite the truth in those words, it… Read more »

The Value of Worksite Products

I have a confession to make – I was never a fan of selling worksite products!  Voluntary products (or more traditional group platform) were fine, but I always shied away from worksite due to the high-pressure tactics of some of the sales representatives or “overselling” of these products. Here is the problem, I ended shortchanging both employers and employees.  Employees love to have options and choices when it comes to the benefits they can purchase through their employer.  Employers love offering additional products and services to their employees at no additional cost.  When surveyed, employees consistently rank their employee benefits package higher when it includes worksite products. Nowadays, there isn’t much difference between voluntary benefits or worksite plans other than the chassis they are offered on.   Worksite or voluntary plans… Read more »

Make Your Own “Immunity” Shot

Eating healthy can help boost your immune system, keeping you strong when everyone around you is suffering. But if you need to up your defenses a little, consider a homemade immunity shot Immunity shots are basically small but potent doses of fresh juices loaded with healthy herbs and spices like ginger and tumeric. Here is my favorite Immunity Shot recipe.   2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice – High in Vitamin C Juice of one lemon – Improves Digestion ½ cup water – reduce acidity 1” fresh ginger, peeled & grated – helps soothe sore throat and settle your stomach ½” fresh turmeric, peeled & grated – anti-inflammatory & anti-viral 4 tbsp. Manuka honey – anti-bacterial and improves sore throat & immunity 20 drops of Oil of Oregano – powerful antimicrobial that can help fight off… Read more »