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Business Leadership Series Part 7: Motivate the Team

Jul 30, 2019 3:21:42 PM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Business Leadership Series

You’ve made it to the final instalment of the business leadership series. Your business model is sound, the vision is set, and the operation is running – but how do you keep your people motivated and ready to do their best work, day after day, month after month, year after year?

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Life Underwriting Expert Series: Off-Label Drug Use

Jul 26, 2019 11:56:00 AM / by Al Thai posted in Underwriting Expert Series

The medications we take control our ailments and make us feel better, but what many patients don’t know is that the pills they take may not be approved for their condition. After all, in the US, Canada, and the UK once a medication is approved to treat a condition, a physician can legally prescribe it for any other purpose. This medical practice of writing prescriptions for non-approved medication is called off-label prescribing or off-label drug use. Off-label prescribing is widespread in medicine: some estimates place the rate of all off-label prescriptions as high as 20%, with psychiatric drugs alone at 31%.

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Business Leadership Series Part 6: Run the Operation

Jul 5, 2019 2:44:04 PM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Business Leadership Series

Parts 1-5 of this business leadership series helped you set the foundation to run the business successfully. Now you are ready to zero in on the challenges and opportunities that will have the biggest impact on your customers and on your bottom line. It’s time to put words into action and start running the business each day.

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Evaluating Underwriters Beyond Auditing

Jun 18, 2019 11:04:31 AM / by Tiffany Primerano posted in Underwriting, E-Learning / Training

As underwriters, we analyze risk in insurance proposals and determine policy terms and premiums on the basis of actuarial, statistical, and background information.  We receive intense training and amass great amounts of knowledge through hands-on training.  We accordingly possess stellar analytical skills, keen attention to detail, and advanced verbal communication skills.

Moreover, we exercise sound judgement, show consummate negotiation skills, and maintain an extraordinary ability to think outside the box in making the pieces of insurability evidence fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.  These special powers make us the superheroes of the insurance industry.

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Why Being a Leader is More Effective Than a Boss

May 14, 2019 2:11:52 PM / by Darlene McFadden posted in Business Leadership Series

I just came back from a three-day leadership course. It was an insightful course that not only reinforced some of what I already knew about leadership, but also taught me new skills to help me improve as a leader. Most importantly though, it got me thinking about why I’d decided to become a leader in the first place.

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2019 Update on Type 2 Diabetes: New Advances in Management and Monitoring

May 14, 2019 12:02:12 PM / by Al Thai posted in Life Underwriting, Underwriting Expert Series

 

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Business Leadership Series Part 5: Understand the Levers

May 1, 2019 3:48:25 PM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Business Leadership Series

In part 1-4 of this business leadership series you’ve investigated the business structure, identified the gaps and communicated a clear and vivid vision. Now, it’s time to start thinking about how you can improve the financial results of your business. In part 5, you will analyze and identify what you can (and should) focus on in your business to make it profitable.  In other words, you have to find the key levers that drive results and that you have control over.

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Business Leadership Series Part 4: Balance the Constituents

Apr 23, 2019 11:16:24 AM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Business Leadership Series

As you reach step 4 of this business leadership series, we return to the idea that every business has several key constituents.  And, importantly, these constituents all have a different focus.

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Life Underwriting Expert Series: Longevity and Life Insurance

Apr 2, 2019 2:04:01 PM / by Vicki Zandbergen posted in Life Underwriting, Underwriting Expert Series

 

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Business Leadership Series Part 3: Create the Vision

Apr 1, 2019 4:41:59 PM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Business Leadership Series

Absolutely essential in your role as business leader is inspiring everyone involved in your company to achieve higher and higher levels of success by: creating the vision. After implementing part 1 and part 2 of this Business Leadership Series, you now have a solid understanding of the company, and should be ready to paint a picture of the future.

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