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Of the many jobs I have worked over the years, there have been only a handful in which I actually didn’t mind going to work and my productivity was great. What was it about these jobs that made them different from the others? These jobs happened to be the ones where I shared a close kinship with some of my co-workers. It was this feeling of belonging, of being part of a family, that made the work feel less daunting and mundane. Having someone to confide in or share a funny story with…

The holidays are a magical time. Even corporate and small business life does not escape the holiday season’s cheerful grasp. Overused Christmas songs blast through speakers, decorations are tastefully (or not so tastefully) incorporated into the office design, holiday centered PR campaigns are kicked off, and a holiday party is eagerly planned. One other aspect of the season is incorporated into the office: the season of giving. Charitable giving and events can have a positive effect on your…

You made it! The craziness of the holiday season has come and gone. The shoppers are done wrapping their gifts. The travelers are heading home after enjoying time with their loved ones. Now, you’re ready to breathe a sigh of relief, right? Not quite. Handling an Influx of Post-Holiday Stressors The post-holiday rush can be just as daunting. Children’s toys that won’t be used get returned. Clothes that don’t fit or aren’t the right style get returned. Hotel checkouts get temperamental…

The digital age and the advancement of technology transformed many companies around the world into virtual organizations. Virtualization means your company can become a virtual or partially virtual. That means certain operations to be performed without the presence of yourself or one of your employees. For example, it means to attend a virtual meeting instead of the actual physical meeting. I met the term “virtual company“ for the first time in a book about management ten years ago. Then I…

For entrepreneurs, failure is only a hop, a skip, and a jump away. Bleak, yes. According to Forbes, 90% of start-ups will eventually crash and burn into obscurity. That makes every decision—from financial to security—managers and business owners make imperative. Failure to properly manage business security could lead to a loss of merchandise and money or the damage of equipment or property that the company cannot afford. As a business owner or company manager, it is within your best…

In the 1970’s, a drafty brick building served as an assay office for a local mining company. During the mild summers, the building was a pleasant place to work. However, during the harsh winters, the temperature would either drop to the point where water spilled on the floor rapidly became ice, or the building became much too warm, and overtaxed heaters would fail. The engineers and maintenance personnel cursed employees for turning up the thermostat. Employees would curse the engineers when…

In December 2014 I wrote an article for Forbes Magazine titled 5 Competitive Advantages To Help Nonprofits Think Like Entrepreneurs, which discussed how Nonprofit leaders should adopt perspectives like those of entrepreneurs. People like Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jay Z or Jeff Bezos can teach these leaders the art of risk taking, creative thinking and strategic innovation if they are to be successful. Nonprofits and public organizations can learn a lot from starts and entrepreneurs. After…

During the pre-holiday rush, it’s easy to get caught up in the grind. You have staff to hire, schedules to make, and inventory to stock up on. While you’re busy knocking items off your to-do list, don’t forget the holiday you’re celebrating – Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is about showing gratitude. It’s about slowing down, indulging, and giving thanks for another great year. During this period, show the people who have helped your business succeed, how grateful you are for their…

To a new entrepreneur, the first years of a business seems like the time to focus on immediate growth, not on a future exit. But when your business is still in its infancy, that’s exactly when you should start thinking long-term. Planning an exit strategy may provide protection against potential loss and financial hardship down the road. Moreover, many of the options available to you when you plan ahead may disappear as the years pass. You may have a vague idea that, one day, your son or…

Games can teach a number of life skills, and the next generation of employees is spending a lot of time gaming. In fact, by the time an average gamer has reached the age of 21, they will have spent 10,000 hours in front of the screen. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book on success, Outliers, that’s the amount of time it takes to become a virtuoso in any area. But what are gamers  good at, and how does that apply to the workplace? Education programs like the Environmental Science program…