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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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Inappropriate sexual remarks to co-workers Inconsistent productivity Reduced profit Disparaging comments about the company left on Facebook Taking money from a cash register. These are all real examples that have forced employers to terminate jobs. No business owner wants to be put in the position of having to fire someone or have lay-offs but sometimes… Continue Reading When you terminate an employee, take care to avoid lawsuits

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Tech Talk: Losing my (OS) Religion

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Behold the great conundrum: After you choose Mac or PC for your office network, which operating system (OS) should you pick for your mobile devices? Do you go with Droid, Windows or iPhone, and what mobile OS works best with each laptop OS? Operating systems loyalists have created something akin to a religion about their… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Losing my (OS) Religion

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The Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in New Jersey is home to the Kingda Ka roller coaster. According to the park’s website, the coaster ranks as tallest in the world, and fastest in North America, with riders rocketing 456 feet high — that’s 45 stories — and then plunging “vertically into a 270-degree spiral.”… Continue Reading Republican political roller coaster: Newt’s turn

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Listening is a public duty

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Take any business course, and one of the first things you will learn is that you should listen to those you communicate or have a relationship with, especially if these are your customers. Without listening to them, how would you know what they want? Why is this simple lesson lost on politicians? Perhaps those who… Continue Reading Listening is a public duty

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Four questions employees want answered

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Supervising people is a thankless task. Anyone who has supervised employees knows that directing the performance of others requires patience, skill, and courage. People come to work with all of the messy stuff of life, including their own expectations and demands. And as business becomes more complex, and management styles more involved, it is hard… Continue Reading Four questions employees want answered

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The holidays are upon us and it’s time for most of us to enjoy time with family and friends, indulge in overeating, and have some fun. It’s also the time of year when we take stock of our lives and show gratitude for our blessings. If you’re a business owner and have successfully navigated the… Continue Reading Business owners should give thanks this season, too

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The problem with overseas tech support

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It’s obvious that technology jobs have been outsourced to India and other developing nations. The U.S. technology community watched sadly as hundreds of thousands of technology projects, development hours and maintenance contracts moved to the other side of the world. But I’m not worried, even though many think I should be. Here’s why: I understand… Continue Reading The problem with overseas tech support

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Be mindful and grateful this Thanksgiving

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Instead of belaboring the painful debates about pilgrims, natives and Thanksgiving, let’s jump right into its reality: Thanksgiving is a feast accompanied by televised football games. The rituals associated with this feast bring together the best America offers: abundance without guilt. As we experience the bounty of the land or supermarket, we collectively over-indulge, sampling… Continue Reading Be mindful and grateful this Thanksgiving

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Ethical lessons courtesy of Penn State

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A great deal of ink has been spilled and megabytes used in expressing outrage over the child abuse scandal at Penn State University. And justifiably so. Young boys apparently were victims of a sexual predator, who was a Penn State assistant football coach, and even when such atrocities came to the attention of various key… Continue Reading Ethical lessons courtesy of Penn State

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