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Executives should adopt habits of the successful

Mention the word “habit” and people generally think of addictions or bad behaviors. Change the word to “disciplines” and negative imagines of drudgery and hard work generally come to mind. But anyone who has ever raised children knows the positive value in developing “constant inclinations to act in a particular way, acquired through repetition over… Continue Reading Executives should adopt habits of the successful

What makes nonprofit leadership so hard?

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Yesterday a conversation with the executive director of a nonprofit organization reminded me of many similar conversations over the years. “Nonprofit leadership is really, really hard. Why is that?” she pleaded. “I’m not sure if my board or staff really understand how much I struggle trying to run this organization. Was it meant to be… Continue Reading What makes nonprofit leadership so hard?

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Good intern programs accelerate hiring success

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Have you thought about incorporating interns into your business, but decided against the idea because you reasoned you were too small or couldn’t compete with large companies and their professional intern programs? Think again. In today’s under-staffed economy, interns offer unique benefits to companies of any size, including sole proprietorships. An effective intern program can… Continue Reading Good intern programs accelerate hiring success

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Once again the news is filled with another workplace shooting. In a Minneapolis sign shop, a former employee fired hours earlier came back with a gun and took the lives of five people, which included the shop owner and a visiting UPS driver, before taking his own life. Could anything have been done by the… Continue Reading Employers need role in preventing workplace violence

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Hiring family and friends: Benefits and pitfalls

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A common question that often surfaces is whether it is wise to hire family members or friends. Opinions are generally strong concerning this issue, and there seem to be as many on one side of the fence as the other. In many cultures business is largely based on relational lines — many even in the… Continue Reading Hiring family and friends: Benefits and pitfalls

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Mastering the art of executive small talk

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As an executive, you have lots of work to do. In fact, you have so much to do that it sometimes feels like you are chained to your desk. Visits away from your desk are generally purposeful, brief, and mission-focused so that you can get back to the piles at hand. Your team members, on… Continue Reading Mastering the art of executive small talk

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Five most common hiring mistakes

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Hiring a new or replacement employee is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as managers. It also happens to be one of the most strategic and costly decisions as well. There are many ways to improve your chances of hiring well, but the simplest is to avoid the most common hiring… Continue Reading Five most common hiring mistakes

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Peer advisory groups

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Are you feeling a bit lonely at the top of your business? As a leader in your business, who can you turn to for trusted advice, perspective, experience, and accountability? When you have important decisions to make, who can you trust to check your thinking? Imagine having over a dozen peer company executives and leaders,… Continue Reading Peer advisory groups

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Nonprofit board structure

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Last month we looked at the eight critical functions of an effective nonprofit board. This article will focus on the various types of boards one often encounters and the type of board that is more effective for a given organization. Organizations go through stages of development, and their boards evolve as well, often belatedly. Since… Continue Reading Nonprofit board structure

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Powerful business tools are often forgotten

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Recently I helped refinish a basement for a friend and kept lamenting the fact that I often didn’t have the right tool to effectively get the job done. It is frustrating knowing that the perfect tool exists but I can’t put my hands on it to do the job. But imagine how I’d feel if… Continue Reading Powerful business tools are often forgotten

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