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by James A. Roberts Your financial goals for the next year are set. On the list are things like “pay off credit cards” and “save for retirement.” You’ll be putting some money away for your business or for emergencies. There will be little splurges, sure, but cautiously. Nothing on the list indicates that you would… Continue Reading Book Review: “Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy”

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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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Interior designer Christine D’Alessio has a deep-seeded belief that every “thing” matters. There is no one thing or item in a room that should be thoughtlessly left as clutter. Every element of a space should contribute to a feeling, mood or sense of comfort. She has operated according to that philosophy since he founded D’Alessio… Continue Reading Market shift forces D’Alessio to design new strategies

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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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Retail sales rise for sixth straight month

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The start of the crucial holiday shopping season in November helped fuel the sixth straight monthly increase in retail sales. Gift-buying Americans spent more on clothing and electronics, and sales of autos and furniture also rose. Still, the overall gain was the smallest since June. Consumers pulled back on some purchases unrelated to holiday shopping,… Continue Reading Retail sales rise for sixth straight month

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by Susan E. Reed Your customer base is changing. You’ve been noticing it for the past few years: the face of your average client isn’t what it used to be, not surprisingly. These new customers are savvier, they’re men and women of all age groups, they’re smart about where they shop, and they look like… Continue Reading Book Review: “The Diversity Index: The Alarming Truth About Diversity in Corporate America… and What Can Be Done About It”

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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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For years, the personal shoppers at the Women’s Resource Agency heard stories of women in need of interview suits but had no transportation to the agency’s Dress for Success boutique in The Citadel mall. Continue Reading With shuttle, Dress for Success suited for the road

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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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