Business Articles

June 28, 2011

HR: How to make excellence an addiction

This is a new way to look at employee motivation, and it does not start with money.Its great when employees know exactly what you want and have the persistence to stick with it until that goal has been met. When developing a culture of excellence, …
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June 24, 2011

Sales: It's all in the presentation

Think about the last time you went to a movie. Or out to dinner. Heres one thing I can guarantee: You didnt call up the theater, ask what the price of their tickets were, and then pick a feature at random.You didnt randomly quiz a restaurant hostess …
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June 21, 2011

Management: Resources available to help businesses expand overseas

For businesses looking to grow, Fred Monique has some simple advice: Look overseas.More and more companies from across the New North are engaging in international trade and seeing results, says Monique, interim president of the Green Bay Area …
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June 20, 2011

Marketing: Beware of social media backfire

In 1986, I was a long-haired, bearded 22-year-old with a lousy job that paid irregularly. I was also engaged and preoccupied with becoming responsible, not to mention passing muster with my soon-to-be father-in-law. That meant, among other things, …
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June 17, 2011

Management: How to catch a liar

In business, there is no shortage of lies. People tell them at all levelssometimes to seek a payoff and other times to avoid responsibility, some lying with guilt and others lying with a habitual delight. But the complexity of business makes lies …
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June 17, 2011

Summer Reading: Five management classics

Although Peter Drucker was a self-described workaholic, he did take time off each summer to hike amid the peaks of Colorado, reflect on the previous year's successes and failures, and, of course, read.As you head to the beach or the mountains with …
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June 10, 2011

HR: Seek common ground

My work group seems to be the always caught in the middle between other work groups. We provide operational support to a number of departments. As a result, we know whats going on (both good and bad) in a number or work areas. The problem is when we …
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June 10, 2011

Leadership: Focus on what you can control

We live in an uncertain world. How many times have you heard that? Every time I hear it I wonder about a certain world whenever did that exist? This line of thinking leads me to ponder related words, such as trust and security.Security is defined …
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June 01, 2011

HR: Improving business emails

Three suggestions for improving business e-mailsMillions of people use e-mail at work and at home almost every day. But a funny thing happened on the business worlds way to the information superhighway: It left etiquette standing by the side of the …
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June 01, 2011

Management: Five ways business owners cope with rising costs

If you build it, cook it, sew it, ship it, or import it, chances are your cost of business has spiked over the past two years. Even Internet entrepreneurs are feeling the sting of a weak dollar. "As we expand our coverage of hotels in Europe, we pay …
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