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Many people nowadays believe that by simply reading a book of quotes from Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, or Bill Gates they’ll master the world of technology or business. With a myriad of publications and products that promise success overnight, young and novice entrepreneurs are often misled that success in business is something that can be easily learnt. Are they in for a huge disappointment, or a whirl of success? Succeeding in business is usually the result of a good idea, hard work, right…

Where do you look when you have an open job position? If you’re like many employers, you start with active job boards online or by posting the position in your storefront window. Is that enough? Are you certain you’re getting the best pool of candidates from these efforts? Many employers didn’t think so, which is why more of them are using social recruiting. What Is Social Recruiting? Social recruiting involves using social platforms to source and attract talent. For example, if your…

One of my favorite books of all time is The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. It’s a powerful look into how habits impact our lives and our businesses. It highlights how the right habits can improve our businesses – and the wrong habits can lead to disaster. We all know resolutions just don’t work. Instead, it’s time to tweak our business day and create lasting productive habits. Some may be more difficult to implement than others. But if…

A small business is like a family: everyone has to work together in order for there to be success. However, when you’re working in such close proximity with the same people day after day, it’s often easy to become annoyed or frustrated with certain actions or traits found in your co-workers. Because of this, having problems between employees is almost inevitable at one point or another. But despite the fact that this type of situation is fairly common in almost every work environment the…

“Cartoons are created to amuse kids, and they have nothing useful for grownups” – is something that I get to hear quite often, but that does not stop me from still being in love with them. And I love cartoons not just because they are extremely efficient stress-busters. When I look closely and delve deeper beyond the usual plot, I find that every cartoon character has a deeper story to tell and a far-reaching lesson to teach me every time. As every big-shot business owner needs…

From chronic absenteeism to high employee turnover, poor office morale can be devastating to a company’s bottom line and lead to a downward spiral of disciplinary actions, terminations, and lost productivity. While negative employees can clearly contribute to a bad office environment, bad management is often the root cause of the problem. If employee incentives and team building exercises are no longer making an impact, consider whether the following 10 management mistakes are ruining…

News recently broke, that after two rejected bids, Anheuser Busch InBev raised its offer for SABMiller. The deal is one of a series of mergers and acquisitions currently taking place across the world. Some businesses may fear mergers and acquisitions, especially if they remember some of the horror stories of those that have not worked out in the past. In fact, research from the United States suggests that between 70% and 83% of all mergers and acquisitions don’t provide the expected results.…

You’ve gone through the lengthy process of interviewing, vetting and interviewing some more. Now, you’ve hired a manager to help your business succeed. Although you’re excited by your new hire, you might also be nervous – especially if this is a first-time manager. The managerial role is a difficult one. There are lofty goals to live up to and big shoes to fill. Employees might be apprehensive about the new person coming in to lead. The new manager might be nervous about how…

Wow, can you believe we are now in 2016? I spent a great deal of 2015 writing and talking about best entrepreneurship, business financing options, marketing, and new venture creation. We discussed ways nonprofits can benefit from entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, global marketing strategies, thought leadership branding, and emerging trends in business education. We also continued our discussion on digital marketing, best practices for crowed sourcing and lectured on smart marketing…

For more than 10 years, I’ve been the head of several companies. In those years, I’ve learned a thing or two—and more—about how important it is to be prepared for legal risk issues. The truth of it is, no matter how careful you are, something will come up, sooner or later. So it’s better be prepared and not to assume that nothing will ever go wrong. As entrepreneurs carefully plan out every step of their project, unfortunately one of the last things on their mind is legal…