Happy Thursday everybody,
At Levant, our project management team work year-round on upwards of 100 website and app projects each year. Even in our downtime, we like to geek out about ways to boost our project management skill and we want to help pass those skills over to you, as well!
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We're excited to announce that we won a Torch Award for Ethics! This is a huge honor and we're so grateful to the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma and our great clients and friends. If you're unfamiliar with the Torch Award, it's an annual award for Oklahoma businesses committed to ethical and sound market practices.» Read Full Article
Levant Technologies is proud to hire based on Character First methodologies. Our CEO is a firm believer that “nobody puts baby in a corner,” to quote the perennial Patrick Swayze classic, Dirty Dancing. She will not “test” prospective employees for personalities, profiles, type casting, or arbitrary assessments during the resume and interview process. Stacy Eads, our CEO, has three years of temp-to-hire HR experience, where she sorted through 90 resumes and 10+ interviews per day. » Read Full Article
Recently at the office, we were completing an online form and came across a unique question: How do your human resource practices recognize or support staff opportunities for personal growth among the team? WOW. We hadn’t thought of it that way. We simply thought of our inner-office motto, Help Others Grow, as relating to our customers' growth via new marketing strategies, or our internal staff growing their skillset or spreading their wings in their respecitve positions. » Read Full Article
Levant works to help our community grow and better the lives of those around us. We believe these values not only boost the wellbeing and success of our community, but also help to solidify the trust and support we receive from our clients and fellow Oklahomans. This trust allows us to provide the best possible web design and app development services we can offer. And as a result, you have honored us for five years in a row (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017) by voting Levant Technologies as the top website design company in Oklahoma per OKC.biz and the Oklahoma Gazette. » Read Full Article
Back in April, we announced that we were partnering with Luggage with Love, a Norman-based nonprofit that works to support foster children as they transition to a placement family by providing them with clothing and personal hygiene items to make life a little easier amid an incredibly difficult time. We asked members of our community to help us raise money for a clothing drive to support the kids assisted by this great organization and, as always, our friends, family, colleagues, and contacts didn’t disappoint. We received $500 in personal cash donations!» Read Full Article
Our Levant Tech CEO, Stacy Eads, enjoys creating challenges and quarterly themes that spur our project managers' creativity and goal-oriented human nature. It looks like all those years of cheesy, rhyming Student Council fundraisers paid off in the corporate ‘suit-and-tie’ world after all.
For example, in 2015 when the first two quarters of the year had yielded a great amount of sales but a low amount of website launches, the CEO initiated a three-month, third-quarter theme with a surprise reward. In the office, we kept discussing how a hot air balloon only works if there’s a fire lit from within, and how the balloon looks as it is “launched into the clouds” (similar to how we launch our client's websites into the cloud for web hosting). If the team could achieve 15 new launches to catch up on the sluggish first and second quarters, the CEO would have a huge surprise reward waiting for them.» Read Full Article
Accountability: Best HR Tips in Tech for K.P.I. or S.M.A.R.T. Goals
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K.P.I. = Key Performance Indicator
S.M.A.R.T. = Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound Goals
Levant Technologies follows the Gazelle business coaching Key Performance Indicator standards set forth by the Scale Up movement and books.
How will your organization put your vision statement into practice? Here's how we did it!
Our CEO, Stacy Eads, attended Rob Garibay’s Action Coach Mentor Club sessions each week to grow as a leader, set ethical standards, and commit our core values to writing in a new way than was done in the past. We wanted to spur creative ideas on how our ethical values could be naturally absorbed into the daily interactions of our staff. The staff completed an anonymous survey, called a Net Promoter Score; it asks if the employee feels they have purpose in their role and if they enjoy their job enough to ask a friend or family member to work here. We had a 100% score, indicating that all 14 full-time staff members would invite a family member or close friend to work with us. » Read Full Article
Bracelets & Banners: How Levant Uses Team Activities to Intentionally Build and Maintain a Positive CultureLevant Technologies May 12, 2017
Levant reinforces our culture of positivity and family values with intentional leadership behaviors from the top down: modeling, acting, and speaking in a way that all employees can be proud of. As an example of both her personal ethics, minimum employee standards for attitude, and an example of a tool utilized to maintain a high character zone within the workplace, our CEO wears a white rubber bracelet on her left arm every day when walking in the door. The employees follow suit with their participation as well, seeing that it’s important from the top down. » Read Full Article
Stacy Eads is not a coffee drinker. While "Coffee Chats" are all the double-C rage, she’s a chai tea kinda gal. In fact, she’s known for her triple-shot chai order at any Panera or Starbucks with WiFi for her laptop and a good atmosphere to network. Levant’s CEO sat down with a hot cup of triple chai, non-fat, skinny to give us the "skinny" on how she’s built a culture of trust, honesty, and integrity among her 14 full-time staff members. » Read Full Article
For as long as Levant has been in business, a long-standing goal of ours has been to give back to our community and help it develop into something even bigger and better. We’ve grown our business thanks to the support and aid of our community, which is why we love to help local nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways, from discounts on our services to acting as a mouthpiece for their cause.
This month, Levant has partnered with Luggage with Love (LWL), a Norman-based nonprofit that works to support foster children as they transition to a placement family by providing necessary supplies like clothing and personal hygiene items. We’ve asked our colleagues, clients, and fellow community members to aid us in raising money for LWL, as well as providing donations of (new) children’s clothing.» Read Full Article
If you’re like most business owners, then you’re likely concerned with the growth and development of your business. After all, it’s your livelihood and you want to make sure you’re doing what you can to stay relevant, provide great services/products, and keep growing.
According to business guru Keith Cunningham, nine out of ten businesses shut their doors within their first decade. Many business owners think it won’t happen to them, but the statistics indicate that without the right planning and preparation, it’s only a matter of time until some difficult choices must be made.
However, the good news is that this can all be avoided with the right tools. In his book, The Ultimate Blueprint for an Insanely Successful Business, Cunningham lays out some solid strategies to help keep business owners on track and bolster the growth and development of their organizations. Here are five tips to help you grow your business in 2017:» Read Full Article
In the business world, effective leadership is something that gets talked about a lot. Whether at business conferences, networking events, or inner-office meetings, it’s a topic that interests a clear majority of business owners and managers. At Levant, we work to foster a sense of leadership throughout the organization to empower our team and help them make the most of their work with our clients. One of the most effective ways to boost leadership skills is by leading through your weaknesses. In his book Don’t Lead Half-Dressed, Dr. Stephen Graves offers some advice to would-be leaders about their weaknesses, how to work through them, and how to use them to maximize effectiveness.» Read Full Article
Since Levant’s owner recruited his fellow laid-off employees to work for his new company after the dot-com bust, this company has been focused on helping others grow. We inform our customers up-front about the web-design process, and we teach them everything we can to take ownership of their “online storefront.” Lately, SEO has been getting a lot of buzz, and we want to keep our customers up-to-date on everything they can do to make the most of their website.
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I found this video to be really helpful in keeping business owners focused. There’s a lot to learn in the World of Web, but this video breaks down some simple tips business owners can use when updating their website or considering a re-design.
As the CEO of an Oklahoma web design and app company—where I manage 14 full time employees and over 550 customers' personal satisfaction—slowing down isn’t an option; I truly believe you can never stop learning.
Whether it's learning from your own mistakes or by reaching outside your sphere of comfort, working toward self-improvement is a must. Albert Einstein is credited with the idea that if you stop learning, you stop growing. And logically, if you're not growing, you’re dying. It's certainly true for a budding tree and it can apply to your career, as well. » Read Full Article
Sometimes when we’re in the thick of a workweek, we aren’t always thinking about the best ways to work on our business. We end up working in the business, where the day-to-day can easily become a series of fires to put out or items to check off a to-do list. Much of our time is co-opted by emails or text messages or meetings and by the end of the day, a lot has been done without any corresponding sense of accomplishment. Fellow Normanite and marketing guru, Korey McMahon, touches on several of these topics in his excellent book, Bottom Line Marketing: Concepts to Advance Your Brand and Profits, in which he gives some important advice on maintaining productivity and eliminating time theft.» Read Full Article
Our staff always makes an effort to stay informed (or, at least we try to). Whether that’s specifically in the field of web design or in broader areas of interest, the Levant team values learning and helping others reach their goals, both colleagues and clients alike. Achieving a goal is rarely accomplished alone—most people receive some help or encouragement from others along the way. And one of the best ways to encourage another person is by earnestly advocating for them and their interests. Bob Burg and John David Mann cover these topics in their book The Go-Giver, in which the authors’ primary argument is: “Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other peoples’ interests first.”» Read Full Article
At Levant, we’re not above a little self-education now and then. After all, exploring unique ideas on how to be a better web design company is never a bad thing. Throughout our thirteen-year history, we’ve made it a point to be as service-oriented as possible by really digging into the needs of our clients and providing fresh ideas for design, programming, and content. And though we’re proud of our accomplishments, there is always room for improvement. One of the most important aspects of customer service is actually hearing what the customer has to say, which is why Service Where it Counts by David E. Reed is an important read for advice on how to get the most out of what your clientele has to say. » Read Full Article
Chandler Neal is a self-proclaimed dork. And in the world of web design, a penchant for dorkiness is almost required, given that our industry teems with the biggest advocates for nerd culture around.
Still, she’s not all nerd. Chandler, who grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma, spent her youth riding horses and still does when she visits her family. She’s also been heavily involved in CrossFit since high school and previously worked in a CrossFit gym.» Read Full Article