Business Articles

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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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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