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    Separating Business from Personal

    Separating Business from Personal
    It's very easy to say that you have to separate personal from business. So much harder in real life. During the time I was a human resources director in Corporate America, I was always pretty guarded at work. I never knew when I would have to discipline or terminate someone. So to avoid the emotional turmoil, I tried to steer clear ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Obama Endorses Paycheck Fairness Act

    Obama Endorses Paycheck Fairness Act
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to press Congress today to pass pay-equity legislation that would make it easier for women to sue employers who pay them less than their male counterparts, the White House said Monday. "Women deserve equal pay," White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said in an interview, citing government statistics that show women earn 77 cents for every ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    5 Business Lessons from MythBusters

    5 Business Lessons from MythBusters
    Mr. Bartender and I really enjoy the show MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. If you're not familiar with it, two special effects experts – Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage – recreate "myths" (read: urban legends, Hollywood effects, idioms, stuff) to see if they are true or not. To give you a flavor of the show, some of the things they've tested ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Playing Fair in Business

    Playing Fair in Business
    When you're a little kid, everything is unfair. The fact that I had to go to bed before the end of a basketball game on TV. Or that my sister got birthday presents on her birthday but not me. Or that I couldn't ride my bike out to the lake with my friends. It wasn't fair. So because it was unfair, ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Money Tips from Alice in Wonderland

    Money Tips from Alice in Wonderland
    Does the world of investing seem like a mysterious place? You may feel like you’ve dropped down a rabbit hole into a strange land of creatures with names like TIGR, GNMA, and LURMS. Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass, was a mathematician and logician of the 1800s. His inventive tales are full of ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Run My Business With a 4-Day Work Week?

    Run My Business With a 4-Day Work Week?
    A reader writes: As a future employer (I hope!), I have an idea that I've been kicking around in my mind for awhile. I feel that a five-day work week is stifling and that people in general would be happier with a four-day work week at approximately 32 hours a week. However, in my scenario, this would be considered full-time: such ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Ask the CEO to Fund My Side Business?

    Ask the CEO to Fund My Side Business?
    A reader writes: I work in an online marketing company. It is a small startup company and it feels like a family. The partners, CEO, and managers are great. I came up with a business idea that will be in a market that is totally different than the company. I want to pursue this on the side and it won't interfere ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Being a "High Potential"

    Being a "High Potential"
    We make a lot of assumptions about “high potentials”, such as: - They should be told that they are high potential - They should not be told - Their status should be informally implied - If you tell them, it will be a motivator - If you tell them, they’ll become more of a retention risk - If you tell them, ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Change Your Stressed Business Lifestyle

    Change Your Stressed Business Lifestyle
    I’ve been traveling quite a bit and people always ask me if I can relate to the movie Up In The Air. I don’t know if you’ve seen it but it basically follows the travels of this guy who helps companies across the country layoff people. He flies thousands and thousands of miles a year. His home looks like an empty ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Distinguishing Business from Hobby

    Distinguishing Business from Hobby
    One of the things I do in my spare time is make jewelry. My first job out of college was a commercial artist and, after getting away from art for several years, I'm channeling my creative side into jewelry making. It's also a relatively inexpensive way to feed my bling habit. Sweet. But when I started making jewelry, my immediate inclination was ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How Do You Solve a Problem Like Eyjafjallajokull?

    How Do You Solve a Problem Like Eyjafjallajokull?
    Several i4cp network companies are among those that have been cursing the name Eyjafjallajokull … that is, if they can pronounce it. The Icelandic subglacial volcano is still making headlines as we write this, with most EU flights resuming but the travel chaos far from over. The gigantic ash cloud produced by an April 14th eruptions shut down the skies over ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Your Corporate Blog Sucks

    Your Corporate Blog Sucks
    With apologies to the couple of corporate blogs I do read, corporate blogs suck. I am talking about the SEO fodder, copywriter driven, press release whoring and/or link bait attracting garbage that are corporate blogs today. I’ll read a lot of lousy blogs and standalone articles but I won’t read your company’s blog because even a guy who consumes as much ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Refining Your Business

    Refining Your Business
    Are you letting business get away because of your processes and people? I received a call this morning from a large tire retailer, who wanted to offer my husband an additional 10 percent off the purchase of the four tires he tried to buy there yesterday. My response was, "Why didn't you offer him your best deal while he was there? ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    It's All About Value

    It's All About Value
    Businesses are obsessed with talking about value.  The conversation is focused on departments providing value, or people delivering value or processes creating value.  Don’t get me wrong…I’m not anti-value.  But in our fast-paced, real-time world, the definition of value is changing all the time.  And, if we don’t understand what it means, how can we work toward creating the value concept? ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Speedy Decision Making

    Speedy Decision Making
    Several months ago, I had the opportunity to hear Eamonn Kelly, author of Powerful Times, speak about current events and the impact they have on the world.  If any of you have the chance to hear him speak, I would highly recommend it. As he was talking, it occurred to me that his message was really about change.  How the world ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Let’s Stop Blaming Lawyers For Business Decisions

    Let’s Stop Blaming Lawyers For Business Decisions
    You’ve heard it before either in the board room, an industry conference or webinar: someone heard from their legal team that they shouldn’t be engaging in some sort of new business activity. The latest version of this has been social media but it has come through the years with various regulatory and technological changes. We heard there were some pretty strong ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Agile Leaders Generate Greater Corporate Performance

    Agile Leaders Generate Greater Corporate Performance
    In an environment of rapid technological advances, economic turmoil and changing consumer behaviors, most companies recognize that to be successful, they have to be adaptable. And yet, fewer than half of companies say they are good at making changes, according to a new research report on leadership agility by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). The Organizational and Leadership Agility Survey ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Top 5 Recession-Proof Industries

    Recession-Proof Industries The rate of job openings and new hires has steadily decreased since 2007, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And unemployment rates are holding fast at 10 percent, which also doesn't bode well. According to the December employment report, 6.1 million people face long-term unemployment. Even though experts are hollering about the impending end ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Is Transparency a Buzzword?

    Is Transparency a Buzzword?
    I’ve seen some recent rants about transparency being nothing more than a buzzword. The implication being, transparency is just a trendy fad. It got me wondering if it’s true. So I looked up the word buzzword in the dictionary. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a buzzword is: 1. an important sounding usually technical word or phrase often of little meaning used ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Social Media Etiquette

    Social Media Etiquette
    Businesses would be foolish not to be on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, but they are even more foolish if they don't have policies protecting themselves on those sites. This was the message at a seminar held by Portland law firm Bernstein Shur on Wednesday on workplace legal issues arising from social networking sites. The seminar was part of a larger symposium ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This

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