Reading Time: 3 minutesWe celebrate a lot of things at Maximum FX. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, skill certification milestones, when the salon hits a goal, five-star Google and Yelp reviews and the list goes on. We love to celebrate but it can get expensive real quick! If you’re not careful, it can become a real problem financially. Add […]

August 11, 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutesI’m hearing this a lot lately and it’s a situation that can easily leave us salon owners feeling vulnerable and helpless. Why do employees leave? That is the million dollar question. I don’t think any of us really know the answer because the reason is different for every employee. It is like the client who […]

June 17, 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt seems like every day, I hear salon and spa owners complain about how hard it is to get quality candidates to interview for positions inside their businesses.  Does it seem like nothing is working? Resumes are barely trickling in and you occasionally have an applicant stop by. If this sounds familiar, keep reading. Guess […]

March 17, 2017

Reading Time: 4 minutes  When I’m teaching a class, hosting a webinar, or networking with other salon owners, I’m often asked, “Chris, what is your company policy on smartphones? Do you allow your stylists to use their smartphones at work? Is your team allowed to have their phone on the salon floor?” My answer is going to shock […]

March 28, 2016

Reading Time: 4 minutes  Cosmetology schools are for learning.  So, we teach.     Historically, we have found that recruiting and hiring from cosmetology schools has always produced some of the most loyal and best stylists that we have on our team today.   Now, that’s not to say that we refuse to hire experienced stylists.   Some […]

December 16, 2015

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis past weekend I attended the Strategies Team Based Pay Conference in Chicago. It was a rare treat for me because this time, I was able to attend as a participant which allowed me to soak up all the great content created by my Strategies’ colleagues and mentors. While all the presentations had powerful messages, […]

October 6, 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutesWhen was the last time you showed up to a sporting event after the game had already started?   Upon your arrival, what’s the first thing you did?  You looked for the score.  Why?   Because you wanted to know who was winning! The practice of scoreboarding in business is a common open-book management practice where […]

February 17, 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutesThere’s a saying that goes something like this, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”    In most cases, this could be true but not always, especially in business.     When implementing change or guiding your company through a culture shift, you want your teams to know exactly what’s going on every step of […]

May 17, 2014

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn my last post, I talked about finding comfort among other entrepreneurs when managing your way through change.   In this second of a four-part blog post, I’d like to focus on a very powerful word, Trust.   In particular, I’m referring to trust among leaders within your company.    During times of change, one […]

April 28, 2014

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe secret to the whole core value thing is to use it in your day to day operations as much as you can. Here are some ways that we do that in our salons: 1) Before you can do anything, you need to first establish your core values are. Here’s a blog post that I […]

February 25, 2013


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