Business Advice

Hiring For The First Time – No Easy Decision Or Task

By |Mar 20, 2018|

By Sandy Cody
You’ve started a successful business that has grown to the point that you need to hire your first employee. Congratulations!

It’s exciting to grow, but hiring additional staff is one of the most important decisions a small business owner will make. Adding staff will give you additional responsibilities, obligations and expenses. Having employees also can give you big headaches if your new hire is not a good fit.

Are You Chasing Away Your Best Employees?

By |Feb 8, 2018|

By Sandy Cody

It’s good news that the unemployment rate in the U.S. has dropped to 4.1 percent, but that low rate can make it challenging to hire good people. The answer is to make a concerted effort to retain your best employees.

Survival Skills for Today’s Leader: Lessons Learned from Barbarians and A Few Good Guys!

By |Nov 9, 2017|

Pressure to perform, to generate revenue, to create success, and to keep the organization healthy and moving forward in today’s competitive and still recovering economy is the plight of most leaders. Setting the right example, doing more with less, motivating staff, ensuring necessary resources to do the job, maintaining trust with employees and clients, managing ever-constant change, keeping on track with goals and objectives, and much more are integral to the leader’s job.

Employee Handbooks: Not Required but a Good Idea

By |Oct 23, 2017|

Sandy Cody, Draker-Cody, Inc.

Business owners frequently ask me: “Must I have an employee handbook? I really don’t want written policies that tie my hands. I’d rather make decisions based on issues, not a package of rules.”

While employee handbooks aren’t required, I tell my clients that there are a number of benefits.


Preparing for Hurricanes, Your Worst Business Nightmare

By |Aug 1, 2017|

Is your small- to medium-sized business prepared to survive the physical and financial devastation of a natural disaster? Hurricanes impact Texas Gulf Coast businesses of all sizes, but smaller businesses can be the most severely impacted for a number of reasons.

The Art of Listening in Business and Elsewhere

By |Apr 22, 2017|

How much do you hear when you are in listening mode?
The importance of communication for businesses with clients, with colleagues, with employees, and just between individuals, has been well documented in surveys, studies and various professional articles.

Recently, the Houston Business Journal (the Journal) published an article by Paige Donnell titled, “Why Employee Communications Matter […]

Preparing for Your Worst Business Nightmare

By |Jun 26, 2015|

Emergency/ Business Disaster Planning Can Reduce Time and Expense to Recover 

Working out of your home or in an office, this article is for you. Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their businesses successful, yet, many owners fail to properly plan and prepare for disaster situations. Major disasters, […]