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Posted by Steve Pieroway on November 21, 2017

Codify your commercial lines knowledge with this one vital thing

Think back to the whisper game you probably played as a kid. You know the game: a group of you would sit in a circle and one person would start by whispering a sentence in the person’s ear next to them. Then one-by-one, each person would whisper the sentence they heard to the person next to them.

The most common result? The sentence that made it back to the person who started the game was nothing like original one.

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Posted by Kathleen Kotchon on November 2, 2017

5 Tips for Using the Lloyd’s Lineage Portal More Efficiently

Lloyd's Lineage is an online portal used for the reporting and settlement of Canadian binding authority business that also generates reports for regulatory reporting.

Even though the portal is used for many things like accounting and claims settlement, Policy Works focuses on uploading commercial insurance transaction data (batches) generated by brokers and MGAs to the portal. Policy Works has been uploading data to the Lloyd’s Lineage portal for over a decade. Lorin McCaffrey, Director of Product Development at Policy Works, shares a few tips and tricks that will help ensure your batches upload smoothly.

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Posted by Crystal O'Hara on August 25, 2017

What is a Best of Breed System?

Has technology gone to the dogs?

During the month of February, the most famous dog show in the world takes place at the Westminster Kennel Club. I’m sure you’ve seen it on TV or heard about it on the news. One of the judging criteria is called “Best of Breed,” where an animal is judged as the best in its breed category.

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Posted by Crystal O'Hara on May 12, 2017

Cat videos are good for you. Your network? Not so much.

The research is in. Scientists say watching cute animal videos reduces stress and allows you to become more relaxed. Less stress and more relaxation is always a good thing. Sadly, there’s bad news associated with the good.

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Posted by Crystal O'Hara on May 2, 2017

Is your personal lines book on its deathbed?

Automation and the availability of obtaining quotes online in real-time has dramatically effected the way personal lines is sold in Canada.

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Posted by Debbie Summers on April 12, 2017

Are you on the copy and paste merry-go-round?


Most insurance brokers I talk to use Microsoft Office®, namely Microsoft Word. It’s an excellent tool, it was used to write this blog. Did you know MS Word has been around for over 25 years? Even if your brokerage started using it in 1997, that means you have 20 years of data stored on assorted Word documents.

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Posted by Crystal O'Hara on March 31, 2017

Are your requests for change dying on the vine? Here’s why.


You got your spouse to say “I do.” You’ve even got your kids to eat their vegetables. It’s obvious you have some skills at the art of persuasion. So, when you want to hear "yes" from your commercial lines manager, whether it's permission to take more training or the go-ahead on ordering a new computer or software, here’s how to maximize your chances by following these four tips.

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Posted by Debbie Summers on March 1, 2017

Twelve principles to help grow your commercial lines

 

Dr. Kazuo Inamori is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and the founder of Kyocera Corporation and KDDI Corporation. He’s also the Chairman of Japan Airlines and a bestselling author. His ideologies and management style is revered around the world. One of his key management philosophies is The Twelve Management Principles, that can be applied to any type of business, even commercial lines.

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Posted by Pier Luc Laurin on February 21, 2017

How assembling a barbeque is like purchasing software (with less drama)

If you’ve assembled a barbeque with your partner, then you’ve probably quarreled over assembly instructions. A dispute over putting a barbeque together usually goes like this:

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Posted by Crystal O'Hara on February 2, 2017

Five Things Spock Taught Me About Commercial Lines

 

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed First Officer Spock in the series Star Trek passed away two years ago on February 27th. As a tribute, I ‘d like to share five famous quotes made by Spock, also known as “Spock-isms,” that influence my thoughts on commercial lines processes and workflows.

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