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How to End Things on Good Terms with Employees

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / June 11, 2019

When you have an employee who needs to go, you might feel tempted to leave a resignation letter template lying on the copier. While that might work in some cases, passive-aggressive strategies rarely leave employees feeling good about their departures. Just like ending a business partnership, ending an employment agreement can be painful. No one enjoys firing an employee who genuinely wants to do well. Letting people go…

How to End a Business Partnership on Good Terms

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 28, 2019

Every business partnership has ups and downs. Usually, the lowlands and peaks balance each other out. When the valleys become the status quo, however, it may be time to dissolve the partnership. The good news for partners in this predicament is that there are always other entrepreneurial fish in the sea; you can even use a dating app to find them. In the meantime, though, you have to…

How to Turn an Underperformer Into One of Your Strongest Employees

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 24, 2019

When your co-worker underperforms, you have the option of looking the other way. But when you’re the team leader, you’re in a different position. As a manager, you’re expected to deal effectively with underperformers — either by letting them go or helping them improve. Easier said than done, right? However, with the proper mix of patience, guidance, and tact, you can manage your direct reports to success and…

Didn’t Start at the Bottom? Here’s How You Can Still Lead Like You Did

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 22, 2019

Are good business leaders born or made in the trenches? Early work experience forges how a person will lead. For many successful CEOs, starting out on the company’s bottom rung has been an invaluable opportunity for learning. For example, David Cote started out at General Electric as an hourly employee when he was 21. By age 33, he’d worked his way up to a midlevel financial planner role…

12 Best Motivational Speakers to Capture Your Audience

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship / May 11, 2019

Whether you’re looking to engage your audience, employees, customers, or family and friends, it boils down to communication. When you can effectively speak with others, you’re aligning your objectives, goals, and values with theirs. You’re also letting them know why and how they’re important within the bigger picture. Needless to say, this is an important area everyone should strengthen. One of the best ways to achieve this is…

How To Become Instantly Memorable With New Connections

by / ⠀Blog Personal Branding / June 1, 2016

Last Summer I surveyed my Idea Lemon audience the following question, When you ask to meet someone for the first time (this could be a professional connection, a friendly encounter, or even a date) what do you typically suggest? -Let’s Grab Coffee -Let’s Grab A Drink -Other (Lunch, tea, Let the person pick) The poll results showed coffee coming back at 49%, followed by an alcoholic libation at…

6 Lessons From 4 Years In Business

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 12, 2016

Recently my business, Idea Lemon, celebrated its 4 year anniversary. I use the word ‘celebrated’ loosely because really that meant Linkedin notified me it had been 4 years since I first added Idea Lemon to my profile, and I looked up at my Cofounder, Martin, and said, “Hey, apparently its our 4 year anniversary today.” He replied with, “Oh really? Cool,” and we got back to work. While there…

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