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A holiday e-card just for me? (yawn)

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The holidays are fast upon us, and as we huddle up for yet another recessive year-end, the thought of lavish corporate celebration is far from our minds. Yet it’s still important to thank clients and strategic partners for their business. Oh! I have it! Let’s make an E-Card. Stop right there. Just stop it. News… Continue Reading A holiday e-card just for me? (yawn)

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As we near the end of December, it’s time think about how our businesses have fared this past year and what we’ll do differently in 2012. In last week’s article we looked at how to complete an assessment on your overall business. In this week’s column we want to address one topic — making money.… Continue Reading Year-end Part 2: Are you any good at making money?

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Assessing 2011 and planning for 2012: Part 1

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As we near the end of December, it’s time think about how our businesses have fared this past year and what we’ll do differently in 2012. Over the next few weeks, we want to discuss some areas of assessment that should be considered as you begin to plan for next year. Next week we’ll look… Continue Reading Assessing 2011 and planning for 2012: Part 1

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Are we only as strong as our weakest link?

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We all want speed, agility, adaptability, innovation and sustainability in our businesses, especially in these difficult, complex and volatile times. To attain these measures of success, our organizations need to take a look in the mirror. We are only as productive and effective as our “weakest link”. For some leaders, this may be a process… Continue Reading Are we only as strong as our weakest link?

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Increasing employee engagement, military style

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By Mary Kelly Corporate managers frequently complain that employees are unfocused, unproductive, and struggle to work cohesively. Employees not actively engaged generally lack interest in the goals of the organization. In economics, we call this the ‘principle-agent problem’ meaning employees look out for their own interests before considering their employer’s interests. Motivating employees and ensuring… Continue Reading Increasing employee engagement, military style

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A couple ideas about bases in foreign countries

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Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has some interesting ideas, and they don’t all make sense but let’s consider a recent one. During a CBS “Face the Nation” interview, Paul said the idea that the U.S. must have 900 military bases spread over 130 countries is an old fashioned. “It makes no sense at all,” he… Continue Reading A couple ideas about bases in foreign countries

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What is “Occupy Wall Street” — along with other “Occupy” movements that have popped up in various spots — all about in the end? Many people seem bewildered. They ask: What does the movement want to achieve exactly? What’s the point? Occupy Wall Street claims to speak for the 99 percent that are not in… Continue Reading “Occupy Wall Street” and the morality of free enterprise

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Book Review: “Social Q’s”

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by Philip Galanes Every year, you’re faced with a quandary. Missing the office holiday party is not an option. You have to go, no question. But attending is filled with potential trouble. Will you, in the holiday spirit, say the wrong thing to the boss? What if your beloved makes a fool out of you?… Continue Reading Book Review: “Social Q’s”

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Unanswered questions about the Nerd Herd

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I’ve noticed two things lately; first that everybody is going nerdy with their iPads, Xooms, and laptops. Second; today’s nerd customer service needs are under served. Now that we’re working from home or launching side businesses (because no one is sure they’ll have a job from week to week,) the need for free wi-fi and… Continue Reading Unanswered questions about the Nerd Herd

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Delegation can be a touchy subject for business owners. They often find it hard to relinquish control but failure to delegate can cause problems. Frequently overworked, they can experience severe burn-out from carrying too many responsibilities, and many of the jobs they’re handling aren’t the best or most profitable uses of their time. Too many… Continue Reading Owners should learn to embrace the ‘D-word’ (delegation)

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