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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 Turn an Underperformer Into One of Your Strongest Employees

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 24, 2019
Need to transform a low performer?

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…

3 Principles to Be a Great Business Leader, Not a Manager

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / November 4, 2014

I have a pretty straightforward philosophy on the types of head honchos that are out there. Simply put, there are the leaders and there are the managers. I think the biggest misconception about leadership is that being a leader and being a manager are mutually inclusive, that one can’t exist without the other. Not true. Sure, the head honcho of your company can definitely be a leader if…

‘Managing Up’ in a Virtual Work Environment

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / August 21, 2013

How do you establish a good, solid relationship with your co-workers and, most importantly, your boss? Sucking up isn’t the answer. But “managing up” is. It’s a term that’s often confused with the former, and some people define it as simply climbing the corporate ladder. In reality, though, it’s the act of going beyond expectations to make your manager’s life easier and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of…

4 Mistakes of Managing Seasonal Interns

by / ⠀Career Advice Startup Advice / July 28, 2013

Should you hire an intern this season or forgo the concept altogether? This can be a tricky question. On one hand, seasonal interns can prove helpful in a small business setting. They can assist with non-critical tasks around the office, add young spirit into a company and cost a business owner next to nothing. On the other hand, bringing on a seasonal intern can also turn into a…

Pump Up Your Risk-Tolerance Muscles

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 19, 2013

I’m going to take a wild guess that the majority of you included “exercise more” as one of your New Year’s resolutions. I’m going to take another wild guess that many of you haven’t done the best at sticking with this goal (good for you if you have!). Either way, there’s one muscle group you might want to consider: your risk-tolerance muscles. Unless exercised regularly, these too could…

5 Ways to Prepare Your Business for a Disabled Employee

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 25, 2013

As a manager or business owner, you can’t prepare for every employee situation you might find yourself in. An employee who becomes disabled is one that can cause both confusion and concern for the entire company. Here are some ways you can prepare your business now for any unforeseeable changes in an employee’s abilities. Don’t Panic There are many government agencies and nonprofits whose sole purpose is to…

Managing a Company Virtually Leads You to Focus on What Matters Most: Results

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / November 10, 2012

It is no secret that the pace of technology innovation gives workers ever-increasing ways to do work more efficiently. Naturally, businesses are adopting these innovations to make daily tasks more manageable. It has become increasingly easy for employees to work from the comfort of their own homes. Currently, more than 60% of U.S. companies already have at least a portion of their employees working remotely. The miles between…

Finding Similar Personalities for Your Company

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 26, 2012

Like Lucy and Ricky, peanut butter and jelly, and Bert and Ernie, some things just go together – and it’s the same with business. The most successful companies are those with employees who “fit together” – a fit that includes an elusive blend of culture, personalities, and passion for the business. When recruiting, it’s important to seek out talented people who will contribute to this sense of cohesion.…

Being Busy Doesn’t Make You Successful – How To Transparently Manage Your Time

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 19, 2012

Today, being “busy” often equates to being important, making a full schedule a must. As an individual, however, having a full schedule means that you are often spending more time talking than actually doing your job, and burnout is virtually inevitable. Rather than blocking out your entire week with bogus events because another meeting may be your demise, here are guidelines on setting a reasonable schedule for yourself,…

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