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14 Ways to Keep Your Talent Happy and Incentivize “Intrapreneurship”

by / ⠀Startup Advice / November 16, 2012

Q. As a Gen Y founder, how do you keep Gen Y (and X) talent happy? How do you incentivize intrapreneurship over, well, leaving?! The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and…

Partner Offer: Get the Right People – 9 Questions for Getting the Best Hires

by / ⠀Startup Advice / November 15, 2012

The most important decision a company makes about employees is whether to hire them. Whether a company succeeds or fails ultimately depends on whether it hired the right people to effectively execute its strategies. And as many companies have already learned, quality hiring is now mandatory. In this paper, you’ll learn how the hiring environment has dramatically changed and things you need to consider, including: Creating a more…

Keep Employees Engaged in Workers’ Comp

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 1, 2012

Nobody likes workers’ compensation. If we’re honest, everyone hates it. As a business owner, it can be tempting to hang up the mandatory information poster in a break area and never mention workers’ comp until an employee needs it. While it may be tempting to keep employees in the dark by not fully explaining their rights, this approach can backfire in the long run. It may seem that if employees…

Outsmart Yourself: Hire People Who Know What You Don’t

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 2, 2012

No one is the best at everything. And when it comes to running a business, you simply can’t do it all. Many entrepreneurs have a variety of great skills, but may be lacking in some essential areas. It can be difficult to admit that you’re not the best in every aspect of your business, but because that’s probably the reality, it’s imperative to employ people talented in the…

Three Ways Doubling Your Company’s Size Can Double Your Free Time

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 10, 2012

Building a business requires a high degree of motivation, focus and support. The first years can be lean, with little spare time. It’s during these times that entrepreneurs might begin to adopt the old adage “You don’t own the business; the business owns you.” However, as the business grows, your confidence, strong team and community support can begin to alleviate a lot of headaches and stress. And then…

How To Hire the Best Employees For Your Young Startup

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 10, 2012

Hiring your first staff as a young entrepreneur and business owner is crucial to determining how far you go with growing your company. You have certain challenges as a young business owner looking to hire great talent to work for you. The earlier you know of these challenges and how to overcome them the better for you. What possibly could be the challenges you will likely face as…

7 Affordable Ways To Boost Your Support Team’s Morale

by / ⠀Startup Advice / March 31, 2012

Unhappy employees can be detrimental to your business. Not only are they less productive and absent more often but turnover costs can accumulate and make it difficult to recover. Lucky for you, improving morale doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The following are 7 affordable ways to boost your support team’s morale. 1. Recognize individual employees This is simple, and it works well. Praise your employees at staff…

How do You Create an Environment of Productivity?

by / ⠀Startup Advice / March 17, 2012

Energetic. Electric. Focused. Committed. Professional. Value-based. Determined. Passionate. Inspired. Motivated. These are some of the single-word adjectives people in my company have used to describe the environment I’ve created for us to work in. On any given day in my career helping Realtors sell real estate around the nation, people in leadership often ask the question, “How do you create an environment of productivity?”  Today, this question came…

Lighting the Fire: 8 Ways to Engage Your Staff Through Emotional Investment

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / March 9, 2012

Let me start with the bottom line: the economy sucks, and Americans are being forced to find meaning in their work versus meaning in all the materialistic crap we have accumulated over the last few decades. The beauty of this reality is that, as a country, we’re being forced to redefine ourselves, to shift from an overindulgent and gluttonous society to a culture where meaning drives the ship…

10 Steps to Managing Employees Older Than You

by / ⠀Startup Advice / March 6, 2012

Business owners are getting younger and younger, it seems. At the same time, unfortunately, many of our parent’s generations are facing job loss due to layoffs, a receding economy, or changes in trends. Interestingly, these young entrepreneurs are now providing jobs to the hard working, dedicated workers of older generations. As the head of a company and a leader of the team, the entrepreneur has the responsibility of…

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