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When you hear the term “Millennial” what comes to mind? Lazy? Unmotivated? Renegade? This generation tends to get a bad reputation in the workplace. The employees in their mid-20’s and early 30’s are often thought of as rebellious and hard to motivate. For older generations, working with Millennials is perplexing. How do you bring out their best talents and use these up-and-comers to your business’s advantage? A Look at the Millennial Employee Millennials are the future workforce.…

Gamification, or the process of integrating games into a task to encourage participation is taking the business world by storm, with estimates suggesting more than half of organizations will be gamified by the end of the year. Wondering how it can work for your business? #1. Recruitment The U.S. Army has long used games to train soldiers, but it has shifted gears to also include games in attracting recruits and promoting awareness of the armed forces. Gamification efforts began in 1999, with…

“Well my dear, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do”, said The Chesire Cat to Alice in Wonderland And no truer word has ever been spoken by any business coach or guru anywhere. But Planning is Guessing… So why bother? Nothing useful was ever accomplished by human beings without planning. The ability to plan at a high level is probably one those things that sets us apart from the other animals on earth. But planning is one of those frustrating…

There is a game, sort of a cat and mouse, humans often play when experiencing stress. For leaders of companies, it can tilt the culture or markedly slow down growth. Mark* is an accomplished leader who is passionate about improving his skills and facilitating the growth of his company. Yet, he admitted recently that he had played the avoidance game with his sales team because he is not comfortable with selling. Yvonne* is a recently-promoted CEO in her company and appears eager to move a new…

What’s in a small business name? Everything! And here’s why: Ever been searching for a business online and can’t find it? You know for sure they have a website, but every word you think should pull it up on Google doesn’t result in what you’re hoping to find? I know the feeling… I recently attended a baby shower where I ate the BEST cupcakes I’d ever had in my ENTIRE 30-something years on earth. When I asked the hostess where the cupcakes came from she said the company name…

People’s negotiation styles vary based on the circumstances involved. Some business negotiations are a mix of competitive and collaborative approaches. In general, it is a lot more profitable to steer events towards partnership rather than rivalry. In business, negotiators adopt various roles, each with their own strengths. #1. Different negotiators with different negotiation styles First, we have the factual negotiator who knows all the facts linked to the deal in questioning. He asks…

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy. They account for 65 percent of the new jobs created in this country, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of the different forms of business structures from which entrepreneurs may choose, business partnership is the second most popular behind sole proprietorships. Partnerships are formed and governed by state law. They are generally defined as a business structure in which two or more people come together to run…

You have your awesome idea; you have even written a mission statement and developed a business plan. You have accumulated enough start-up cash, either from your own pockets or from your first round of investors, and you are ready to launch. Hopefully, you understand that, even though you may have a team of managers for each function, you, in the end, have to be the start-up management of everything, at least in the early stages. Managing the Budget You’re the one with the idea; you’re the…

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, a celebrity coping with some temporary setback, or a charismatic personality eager to shine in the limelight…or a mixture of all these, you can still jumpstart your public persona by doing a few specific things. Being a thought leader is an enviable position, and therefore it takes commitment, hard work and homework to reach that status. Here are our top 10 ways to promote yourself as a thought leader, and be credible while doing it. #1. Lean on Your…

Situation: Floods, hurricanes, tornados, or other disasters happen multiple times a year. Everyone seems to be weirdly blasé about the fact that they have no plan… Most older companies have some sort of disaster plan. Why? They understand that the loss of product, the inability to keep the company running, and the property damage from those disasters can be expensive. They don’t want to be one of the 25% of businesses that never reopen after a disaster, so they formulate plans on how their…