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The five C’s for building a successful business PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marsha Friedman   
Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00

Small businesses have made a huge recovery since the economic crash in 2008 and that’s good news for all of us. Since we account for 63 percent of new jobs, our success puts people back to work. That, in turn, helps us even more – people with paychecks buy stuff!

 

And here’s more good news: Women are launching more businesses than ever – 1,288 a day, according to a recent analysis by American Express. That’s up from 602 in 2011 to 2012. Since 1997, women-owned businesses rose by 68 percent.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 08:09
 
Five things you need to know about leading yourself and being happy at work PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michelle Ray   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

When I came to North America more than 20 years ago, my bubble burst quickly and unexpectedly. Although I secured a good job within a very short time span, my encounter with my new boss, aka Attila The Hun left me disillusioned, disappointed and disheartened. I frequently found myself cowering in the restroom cubicle in order to avoid Attila’s daily tirades and explosive outbursts. I shut down and lost interest in my work, complaining about my crazy boss to anyone who would listen.

 

I was completely oblivious to the fact that no one really cared. It took many more months before it dawned on me that the only person who could alter my predicament was myself.

 

According to recent research by Gallup, 87 percent of workers worldwide are emotionally disconnected from their workplace and are therefore less likely to be productive. Gallup also discovered that 25 percent of people would fire their boss if they had the chance. The reality is that changing one’s work and career circumstances will happen only when we choose to take the lead and apply the following ideas:

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 09:30
 
How to painlessly deliver bad news to your sales team PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Harman   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:59

I don’t suppose your company has ever had to deliver bad news to the sales team. You know, missed sales goals, layoffs, no bonuses, the company has been sold, the sales team is being disbanded, etc. Is there a good way to deliver this news or do you just use your one-delivery style, regardless of the message? Are you a one-string banjo player? Well, that would be wrong.

 

So what do you do?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:01
 
Five steps to disaster preparedness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Crotty   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:32

With hurricane season upon us, many businesses find themselves severely unprepared for the storms, tornados and flooding that have swept the country in recent years. Everyone took note after Hurricane Sandy hit, yet many small and midsized businesses wait until it is too late and have already suffered a loss to do anything about it.

 

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 25 percent of small businesses are so devastated after a major disaster that they never reopen. The following five steps will help protect your business and employees from suffering harm as a result of disaster.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:37
 
Turn off your mouth and turn up your ears! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marvin Montgomery   
Monday, 29 September 2014 10:02

I want you to think back to the last conversation you had with a prospect, existing customer, co-worker or family member. If you haven’t learned to turn off your mouth and turn up your ears you are turning people off. People equate not listening to not caring.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 10:05
 

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