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I’ve often heard people warn young emerging professionals about the dangers of being too ‘narrow’ in their professional capabilities.  I think this is dangerous advice. From my experience, there are two types of people in the professional world: generalists and specialists. It’s quite the dilemma – should one aspire to be a utility player considering most organisations are under growing pressure and perhaps the jack of all trades covers many bases the specialist can’t. But…

*This is the first part of a two-part blog post focusing on how managing fear successfully can lead to a better outcome for your SME. The change process can be imposed on our businesses by external circumstances or sought out when we want to take our small to mid-sized company through a growth phase. In this post, we’re looking at the experience of fear in the change management process. On late night television I caught an interview with Kim Catrell ( “Sex and the City”).…

So you’ve set up in business. Now what? Well depending on your personality, you will either cut your own path or you will run yourself ragged following all the rules and regulations that are out there. More than likely you will fall somewhere in between those two ranges, like most business owners. I’m a believer that the boundaries, guidelines, etiquette or rules are very stretchable and not at all rigid. It is often by breaking them that we learn just which ones are only…

You have worked years to position your business to succeed and then you get served paperwork. While having a top-notch Web site, you failed to monitor your forum and someone posted a disparaging remark about a competitor. That competitor, in turn, has decided to sue for defamation and it could cost you plenty in more ways than one. Hopefully your business never gets to that point. Not only is the potential monetary loss to losing a lawsuit and attorney fees a threat to your survival, but…

New England’s coast is notorious for tricky currents and rocky shoals. Lighthouses were essential guides to ships that brought cargo into the harbours. As you might imagine, maintenance was important to keep these lifesavers operating. Lighthouse keepers had to polish each mirror and make sure the light burned brightly and consistently. They did this job every day of the year, regardless of weather or other considerations. All because they knew that lives depended on them Standing tall…

If the struggling economy has you as a business owner down, think what it might be doing to your employees. The potential for fear and anxiety can set in, with workers wondering if their jobs are in jeopardy due to the tough times. As more and more companies fight to get in the black and out of the red, what can you do to increase the morale of your employees on a daily basis? Among the things to focus in on are: Provide a vision – If you have not already, giving your employees a vision is…

You generally have a positive mindset, you see the good, the possibilities in things, you achieve (most of ) your goals and overall you are happy.  Your business is ticking along or growing and life is good. Great! How often have you encountered something difficult and after trying to give it a go for a while you give up, maybe for a while or maybe for good?  You don’t like to go back and think of those things because then you are slipping into negativity and you are a positive…

While scanning the headline news one day, I couldn’t help pausing to contemplate the meaning behind one article’s accompanying photo. In the picture, a protester is seen holding a sign with a simple expletive: More than praise… give us a raise! Underlying that statement has been an evolving and growing struggle between many small business owners and their employees. On one side of the equation stand the owners of small companies who are facing declining optimism, poor…

Every now and then, I run across a theme in conversations everywhere I go. It all started last week with a conversation with Judy Gombita and Judy Yi about women and identity. For the rest of the week, the theme morphed into the roles of women in business. It’s an understatement to write that gender roles are in flux and probably spurred by the global recession. For women in emerging economies, it is often about being able to provide survival needs and more. For women in more developed…

This is the last post in this series; please click to read the first and second post. In my last two posts I took at look at workplace bullying, what exactly is bullying, how to spot a bully within your company/team, the impact of bullying and how to spot the ‘bully’ within you.  In this final post I’m going to take a look at some of the actions that you could use should you ever find yourself in the position of been bullied at work, of course bearing in mind that every situation is…