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October 15, 2010

Entrepreneurs Need to Partner with Specialists to Complement Their Strengths

In my previous column, we got inside the heads of the entrepreneurial generalists. Now, lets find out what makes the specialists tick.As an entrepreneur, see if you can identify with any of the personalities or behaviors described in this article.As …
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October 15, 2010

How to Get Buy-in for Big Changes

We are in the middle of a reorganizing effort. As the VP of human resources, Im very involved in this project. Among other things, weve created a new executive-level position that is going to have several VPs reporting to it. These positions …
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October 15, 2010

The Five W's of Marketing

When developing a marketing program, it's not enough to know who, what, when, where, and why. You need to keep them in order, says Steve McKee.You've heard of the Five W's: who, what, when, where, and why. They're the elements of information needed …
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October 12, 2010

Figure Out What Everyone's Excited About, and That's Your Business Plan

Creating a plan is hard. That is why, according to a national survey conducted this year by 3GoodQuestions and B2BCFO, only 9.6 percent of American businesses have a written plan they follow. That's right, fewer than one in 10. So, for all the talk …
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October 12, 2010

Job Security, Benefits Highly Rated in Annual Job Satisfaction Survey

Research indicates, not surprisingly, that employees who are satisfied with their jobs are more likely to stay with their employers. If you don't do formal surveying or otherwise aren't sure what things may be most important to your employees, …
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October 12, 2010

Make Sure to Read this Checklist before Launching your new Website

Your company has spent months redesigning your old website. Everyone is excited about the prospects a new website will bring to your company and you're eager to launch. One key question before you do is, "have we taken the steps necessary to ensure …
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October 12, 2010

Making the Most of your Time 'is Simple - it Just isn't Easy'

Life is crazy, and it seems to get crazier every year. We work longer and harder than just about any other country in the world. Burnout, fatigue, turnover, diminished performance, and teetering work/life balance are increasingly important problems …
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October 12, 2010

To Unlock Creativity, Learn from Steve Jobs

Author Carmine Gallo digs into how Apple's co-founder and chief executive comes up with novel business ideas, then offers advice on ways to spark big innovations of your own.This column is adapted from The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely …
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October 10, 2010

Managing Generational Differences

In todays workplace, employees across the generations interact with one another at every level. Imagine needing to educate all of those employees about safety, technical skills or personal development. It can be a tall order, but as Terri Luebke, …
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October 06, 2010

Overcommitment: A Happiness Killer

We often say yes because we want to make others happy and are afraid to admit we aren't superhuman. Learn to say no, advises Marshall Goldsmith What kills happiness? It's usually a series of simple little things, like saying yes too much when you …
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October 06, 2010

The Secret to Small Business Tech Support

Put down the golf club: You're the bossso please behave like one when technology goes on the fritz.Ever get that sinking feeling? That pit-of-the-stomach sensation when you know something's gone wrong. Business owners know what I'm talking about. We …
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October 04, 2010

Employers can help Lessen Stress in Workplace

Stress is stress.Clinically speaking, the negative health effects of stress havent changed since the condition was first diagnosed as a health problem. But the amount of stress the average person carries and its causes have changed tremendously …
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