You may hear Millennials and younger generations don’t like email. Is the death of email upon us? Social media platforms continue to grow as a preferred method of communication. Despite this fact, email remains a powerful and universal digital marketing tool in your toolbox. I believe the era of email is over when social sites […]
Heading toward the second half of 2017, Michigan’s economic fundamentals are strong. For instance, the state’s unemployment rate stood at a solid 4.7 percent in April, and personal income in 2016 increased by 3.6 percent in Michigan, which matched the national average and was the second-fastest increase among the Great Lakes states, according to the […]
Once Mark Fogarasi heard of a franchise business known as Rocket Fizz, he simply could not get the idea of owning a store of his own out of his mind. There was the first mention when he saw it on “Undercover Boss,” a popular TV show that Fogarasi had not regularly watched but happened to […]
Cash flow issues are one of the big reasons businesses fail. And these types of problems are directly related to an owner not staying on top of the numbers and having poor accounting practices.
“Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.” Management expert Peter Drucker said this, and I agree. If you’re like most business people, you probably feel there are rarely enough hours in a day – no matter how hard you work – to get things done. Being distracted […]
Business and government leaders from around the world gathered near the end of March for this year’s India Business Conference .
You can have the best ideas in the world, but they are no use to you or your company if you can’t express your thoughts clearly and persuasively. For over 15,000 years, humankind has had a close bond with “man’s best friend,” the dog. During this time, dogs have developed an amazing ability to engage […]
Leadership means doing a lot more than making hiring decisions, signing paychecks, and taking care of your team and your company. True leaders motivate others to take action. When you think of leaders in your community, who comes to mind? Public officials? Civic group presidents? Pastors? These are fine choices, but many entrepreneurs don’t realize […]
Make plans to develop your brand authority, find your fans, guide your audience and share your story in the year ahead.
What irrational fears are getting in the way of your work? Your relationships? Your family?
Can a smaller retailer compete against the big players online? Here’s how to maximise your visibility — however large or small you are.
Once we can get past the fact that everything is in a constant flux of change, we can begin our journey to tomorrow.
It’s an astounding statistic: 60 percent of small companies are unable to sustain their business within six months of a cybercrime attack, according to the U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance. John Hey and other information technology experts advise small business managers to foster a culture of cybersecurity.
You can make meetings much more valuable and effective — and have high-performance and mindful meetings. Use these steps to bring more creativity and emotional intelligence to the table.
In today’s environment of high-velocity change, a business’s technology, product innovation or unique distribution are only fleeting advantages. In fact, the only sustainable competitive advantage is an organization’s talent and how reliably they perform. Andrew Carnegie came to America from his native Scotland when he was a small boy, did a variety of odd jobs, […]
Over the years, I’ve traveled for business a lot — sometimes alone, but often with colleagues. One time, I found myself traveling with a colleague I didn’t know very well. We were both rushed to get work done before the flight, so we gave ourselves very little time to get to the airport. Everything had […]
When doing business with your bank in the traditional sense, most probably think of working with an organization to keep deposits secure, provide money transaction capabilities and make loans. After all, this is the traditional focus of how financial institutions, especially community banks, operate. What you may not know is just how much more your bank […]
One of our cats recently needed a course of antibiotics. Now, this particular cat is quite large, but also very sweet and has a purr that would put a motorboat to shame. Giving her pills is really a very simple task: pop the pill in her mouth, give her a treat, and we’re done. She […]
As a small-business owner, trying to maintain a work-life balance can be like walking on a tightrope. At any given moment you have to lean one way or the other to maintain your overall balance. It’s often tempting to work around the clock to make your company the very best it can be. After all, […]
Budget cuts and hiring freezes. Regulatory headaches, stalled initiatives, or the loss of a well-loved leader. Sound familiar? If so, rest assured, you are not alone. In over a decade’s work with top executives, I’ve yet to meet a leader who hasn’t been dealt any number of setbacks and challenges. Challenges that make leading difficult. […]
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