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December 12, 2010

Employment Law: New Employment Laws you Need to Know, and Comply With

Ripping on a supervisor on your Facebook page, which led to the firing of a Connecticut woman and her subsequent complaint before the National Labor Relations Board, might well be next year's point of employment law. But there is plenty of new …
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December 10, 2010

Human Resources: Training Wheels

Traditionally, companies invest in new technology, new products and services. But how many invest in training programs that pay immediate and long-term dividends?The answer: not as many as it should be.There are three training programs beyond the …
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November 17, 2010

Golden Angels Network Director Sees Significant Uptick in Quantity & Quality of Strategic Buyers

Tim Keane is the Marquette University Entrepreneur in Residence, the director of the Golden Angels Network and a friend of the firm. Tim has bought and sold several companies and also works as an independent consultant with a special focus in …
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November 15, 2010

How You Do Business: Do you have a Code of Ethics?

Whatever the size of your business or how many employees you have even if its just you it is important for a business to have a set policy in place regarding the ethics and conduct that will be the standard for that business, area professionals …
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November 12, 2010

Innovate or Die: Don't Let Stagnation Turn Out your Lights

Remember we first learned about entrepreneurship when we studied that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb? We grew up with it. It helped change the life of Americans for generations. This iconic American invention will now disappear from the …
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November 12, 2010

Leadership: How to Ensure Disaster in Four Easy Steps

I appreciate that there are many capable, well-intentioned people who work on both sides of the aisle in our political system and I mean them no disrespect. However, I think most people would agree that if our political system is not broken, it is …
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November 12, 2010

Management Dilemma: The Rule of 98/2

I started to write this article some 22 years ago but never got around to finishing it. It involves a management dilemma I call the Rule of 98/2.The dilemma boils down to this: Should top executives focus workplace policies on identifying and …
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November 12, 2010

Performance Reviews: Dreaded Conversations can be Productive Opportunities

Its that time of year when managers and supervisors sit down with their subordinates and have that annual dreaded conversation, the performance appraisal.This conversation is made more difficult this year by the fact that there is less to go around …
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November 01, 2010

Your Future Is on the Phone

Comcast (CMCSA). Redbox. Fandango. Amazon.com (AMZN). Bloomberg. WebMD. The Weather Channel. Runner's World. Chipotle (CMG). Starbucks (SBUX). ESPN. Southwest Airlines (LUV). Hertz (HTZ). A list of my favorite brands? Sure. But only a handful of …
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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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