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I have spent a great deal this year writing and talking about best practices for entrepreneurs and startup creation. We explored branding from the Wu Tang Clan, lessons learned from Breaking Bad, Bootstrapping like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and we discussed motivational factors for entrepreneurial and best practices for crowed sourcing. On radio and podcast, we explored marketing and brand on a tight budget and workplace balance for new entrepreneurs. I ended the year by traveling to the United…

While friends and family members are decking the halls, putting up the tree and baking delicious items, you’re trying to work diligently to finish up projects before the holidays are officially here. With the temptations of slacking off, munching on cookies and snagging some great holiday deals online, when could there possibly be time to work? Keeping your focus during the holiday can be tough, but there are steps you can take as a business or self-employed individual to make the holidays…

As a small business owner, it can be a challenge finding just the right employees. What’s the right fit? How much background should they have? Too much education or too little? Can they be over qualified, or not qualified enough? Let’s take a look at some of these questions. How much education should employees have? That depends on a lot of things. How much are you willing to train them is the first one, and how specific are their duties is the second. If you are hiring someone to…

To work with people who are talented is great, but to work with people who take charge and are sensible enough to answer for their actions is even better. Accountability is one virtue that every company wishes for their employees, although not all of them are able to integrate this into their system. The thing is managers are presumed to personify this quality given that they’re holding a post that automatically puts them in a big place to fill. One the other hand, you won’t become a great…

Imagine walking into a bank, in the hopes of borrowing a little money for your business, and bringing your deadbeat ex-boyfriend along for the ride. You’ll be dressed in your finest, armed with a great credit score and professional credentials, and he’ll be dressed in rags, filling the lobby with cigarette smoke and his desperate cries for spare change. What are your chances of getting said loan? Pretty slim, right? That’s why most of us work hard to keep our friends out of…

So you’ve just on boarded a new client for your marketing firm. They’re a startup that’s spent a great deal of time and effort building the foundation for their business, but they’re still struggling with determining the target audience for their marketing efforts (and subsequently your efforts too). Even if they have a line of products or services with broad appeal, it still pays to figure out where the best return on investment lies. Although your client probably wants…

Strengthening and growing your business along with engaging and developing your employees should be the items at the top of your “to do” list. Fortunately, when executed properly, these goals complement one another very nicely. However, when they are poorly executed, they can put your business into a slow motion death spiral, or at least cause major setbacks. You’re probably familiar with the Peter Principle. It says that when employee promotion is based on…

I have been managing people since I was 16 years old. I started my management career as a volunteer leader of a school organization. Managing a bunch of my peers (who were also volunteers) quickly taught me strategies that I still use today.  I got my first job, with actual hiring and firing responsibilities, at Target when I was 20 years old (that seems like an eternity ago). I walked into a situation where I was supposed to manage people three times my age who had been with the company since…

Only the largest of corporate businesses and government bodies will have specialist procurement departments, leaving many leaders and managers responsible for purchases of goods and services for their own departments. This puts them into direct contact with sales people who are often highly trained to maximise revenue and profits for their businesses. This short article is designed to equip inexperienced managers with some hints and tips for handling the negotiation phase when purchasing high…

When I was at Microsoft, we hired a creative thinking specialist on one occasion as our guest speaker at an event we held each year to review the trends in the technology industry and the marketing approaches we were using in support of our products.  His name was Edward De Bono and he was a prolific writer in the area of creativity and innovative thinking. One of De Bono’s most famous contributions to the field of innovation was what he called lateral thinking.  He described the human…