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A new perspective on casino security and surveillance teams During my days in operations, I would gauge a good Monday by whether the Director of Security stopped by my office to fill me in on the antics of the weekend. If he didn’t show by 10 AM, I knew I could make progress on my…

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New Workplace Culture Featuring Pets and Babies

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Why not create a policy to help company morale? Having spent my career working for Tribes, I have always appreciated the focus on future generations and the generosity towards community and family. This focus is the foundation for many innovative workplace policies that I believe lead businesses to workplace balance. Years ago, I remember being…

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The Results Are In: A Seismic Shift Regarding “Big Data”

Big Data

You can’t open an industry publication or attend a conference without seeing a discussion about Big Data or analytics. Now, that’s good news! Have we finally given the “millennial topic” a rest and could we be on our way to recognizing the need for data-driven decision-making in our operations? It appears an operational focus may…

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Tips to Ensure Your Technology Investment Pays Off

How to avoid technology purchase pitfalls Keeping up with technology is a time consuming and expensive proposition for most businesses. We are inundated with new software programs, hardware and applications touted as the next big “must have” to improve our operations. From accounting and human resources systems to security, slots and not to mention the…

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Why Do I Know More About Your Product than Your Employee?

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We now live in an age where our customers are more educated about our product than ever before. According to a recent study conducted by Forbes, 82% of consumers do research online before they ever venture into a retail establishment to make a purchasing decision. Additionally, a study by GE Capital Retail Bank found consumers…

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Is Your Operation Losing Millions?

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Incorporating Evidence-Based Decision Making Into Your Business Model Lately, I have been evaluating how successful businesses incorporate an evidence-based decision making process to increase profits in a highly competitive economy where old business models are dying. What is it? Evidence-based decision making is a process for making decisions about business practices, strategies and policy developments…

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How Non-engaged Employees Affect Your Bottom Line

Disengaged Employees

Are your non-engaged employees sabotaging your organization? My son graduated from college this year and recently landed his first “adult” job. It was amazing to watch him enter this next stage of his life. (And yes, paying the last tuition bill did provide a greater reason to rejoice!) I observed his anticipation of his first…

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Tips for Preparing Your Casino Marketing Budget

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Utilizing competitive data department feedback for your casino marketing budget As budget season rolls around, executives are busy planning, calculating, and the big one – justifying their proposed spending. This process hopefully is top of mind throughout the year, so when it comes times to put the spreadsheet together, it is much less painful. The…

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Lessons From The Road: What We Can Learn From Northwest Casinos

Open Road

As the summer season peaks, according to AAA, more people are on the road than ever before, traveling to their favorite summertime destination. Many of these stops now include Indian gaming resorts. In June, I did a Raving road trip throughout the Northwest, visiting tribal casinos near Seattle, then heading south, through Oregon to Northern…

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