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 […]
It was in 2008 that Sam Sisakhti began disrupting the fashion industry with the launch of ustrendy.com, an e-commerce site that calls itself a “curated marketplace” that brings together sellers and consumers from around the world.
Ask any of a number of filmmakers and producers nationwide about what they think the “next big thing” in the industry is likely to be and it won’t be long before the term “virtual reality” comes up. Certainly, Hollywood has taken note, as have media companies, including The New York Times, which has dallied with […]
Let’s start by defining a family business. The classic definition is a business where a single-family lineage has ownership control, is active in management and involves multiple generations. But some of those boundaries have become blurred. What about blended families? How about publicly traded companies? Would siblings who used “family money” for startup capital fit? […]
Art Van Furniture, the Midwest’s most familiar name when it comes to furniture and accessories, Wednesday reached an agreement to sell the company to Thomas H. Lee Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. After 58 years, Art Van Elslander, chairman and founder of Warren-based Art Van Furniture, said in a statement that the timing felt […]
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 […]
There are moments when a company and its management know something special has happened, and for a growing number of companies that monumental event is gaining national recognition through inclusion on the Inc. Magazine 500.
If communication isn’t a priority in your organization, then your company simply isn’t living up to its true potential. A first-class HR department makes it their mission to facilitate communication upward, downward and horizontally. Expectations and objectives need to be delivered and understood, frustrations need to be dealt with and concerns have to be heard. […]
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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