Tweak Your Biz » Management

I was in the airport at Newark, about to take an airplane to California. A traveler next to me pulls out a bottle of Purell® hand cleaning solution, and bathes her hands like she’s going into surgery. She offers, “Newark is one of the five US airports receiving people from Africa with Ebola!” I had no idea what was going on in this airport. I’d been driving cross country for the past two weeks visiting relatives and meeting with my book editor. The fear on all the TVs in the terminal…

General Motors ignition switch problems from the 2005-2008 period, and the subsequent lack of responsiveness on the part of the company, demonstrates just how bureaucratically handicapped the company has been and continues to be. Is there hope for curing this problem? I tend to doubt it, based on recent activities. More specifically, as noted recently in Fortune, it was on April 29, 2013 when a group of General Motors lawyers and technical personnel met and concluded that an ignition switch…

Did your manager ask you to work in “Sync” off lately? Each organization has a set of goals to achieve and we all realize the fact that it’s not just one task to be performed but in fact there are multiple tasks which are carried out at one single point. If things were so simple in an office, then there wouldn’t be so many hirings. Simplification in work can only be attained when there is a proper way of managing it. Since a business operates at various levels, therefore it is all about…

Effective communication reduces confusion, misunderstanding and dissatisfactions to a large extent. In our society, various businesses and even technologies are dependent on effective communication. Business communication is any form of verbal or non-verbal communication that is used to pass on a message, promote a product or service or exchange information both internally and externally. One must understand the basics of communication and its role in overall growth to operate a business…

Once upon a time, starting a business would have been a huge leap of faith. Thanks to technology, you don’t have to “leap”; you’d just have to take a step forward. But then, why spend any money when you don’t have any? Why take the hard route when there are easier options today? No matter how you cut it, it does take money to make money. Yet, it’s not money you should be after. Also, money is not what you should be spending when you are starting out with entrepreneurship. Spend…

If you’re a business owner first, and a manager second, there may be certain aspects of managing staff that flat out terrify you. You might have zero experience managing other people, but find that doing so is an essential part of running your own business. In honor of Halloween, let’s look at a few of those frightening facts. Which of them can you identify with? #1. You’ve Got to Tell Everyone What To Do Some people live for being bossy. Others, not so much. If the idea of having to…

One of the biggest questions often asked online is how can you create a successful home business. I could give many responses including excellent marketing, quality products and responsive customer service. While many of these elements are important to the success of a home business, these are not the true answers. There is no single formula for creating a successful home business and there will never be a ‘how to guide’ that works for everyone or any industry. Instead there will be advice…

There is an abundance of legislation relating to employment in Ireland. Employers are responsible for ensuring that all Employees receive certain basic minimal employment rights. There is employment law legislation with regards to pre-employment (recruitment and selection), during employment (terms and conditions of employment, working time, pay and benefits, record keeping etc.) and upon termination of employment (notice, dismissal and redundancy). Employers can take a number of steps in order…

I’ve been lucky to have some great bosses over the years (hat-tip to Anita) but I’ve also had some really bad ones. Dealing with difficult or nightmare bosses can be both physically and emotionally draining and unfortunately it can also have a direct impact on your career and your effectiveness. The following are ten types of nightmare bosses (behaviour patterns) that I’ve come across. In my experience, it’s rare that a bad boss fits the exact stereotype but rather will demonstrate his…

In a September 2014 article I wrote for Forbes titled 10 Ways Universities Can Improve Entrepreneurship Education, established entrepreneurs and endowed professors from around the country shared with me some powerful recommendations they had for business schools. They provided feedback and suggestions on how they believe universities can create a more meaningful entrepreneurship program and experience for their students. Unfortunately, I was unable to include all of their recommendations and…