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Why You Need Natural Disaster Protection For Your Data

Hurricanes, Tornados, and Wildfires, oh my! There are any number of natural disasters that occur, and we all think, ‘it won’t happen here.’ Truly, there isn’t a place on Earth that is 100% safe from catastrophe. While these disasters may not be likely, if one strikes, it’s as severe as it gets. How is your business protected from these catastrophic events? Specifically, how is your data protected?

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Sponsored: Streamlining Operations and Reducing Monthly Service Cost on Telephony

Rebeck & Allen Law – How they reduced telecom costs by an average of 35% and streamlined their operations.

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The client is a well-established tax law firm, faced with significant competition, increasingly complex regulation and rapidly escalating customer expectations. The client has built its reputation on its close contact with clients. As such, it was keen to exploit new business telephone technology to increase its core competitive advantage, namely a hands-on relationship with clients, as well as to streamline its operations to drive down costs and increase efficiency.

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How Small Steps Can Drive Big Results For Your Business

In business, it’s the major leaps that people notice and remember. Apple introduced the iPhone and the methods in which we communicate and gather information were changed forever. LEGO took some audacious steps over the last couple of decades and expanded its toy franchise into video games, TV and movies.

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What Board Committees Should NOT Be

How can you make sure your board member expertise is put to use, without overloading each individual? Nonprofit board committees make it easy. Committees allow the work that needs to be done to be distributed evenly throughout your board. Clearly, committees can be highly beneficial to a nonprofit board. However, that’s just the beginning of our committee journey. Because they operate somewhat independently from the main board, committees are especially vulnerable to the “5 Dysfunctions of a Team,” as written about by Patrick Lencioni in his book by the same name. Here are the dysfunctions and what your committees should NOT include.

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Is It Time to Blow Up Your Board Book?

The traditional board book is a long-standing tradition in the nonprofit board meeting. Of course, your board members need a certain amount of information to prepare for the meeting, including the meeting agenda, previous meeting minutes, budget documents, and so on. But is a paper board book still the best way to keep everyone informed?

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For Small and Mid-Size Businesses, Optimism and Growth Are on the Rise

Nearly every business in the United States is a small or mid-size company. According to the latest Census Bureau data, more than 99% of American businesses have 500 employees or fewer. In order to assess the opportunities and challenges for the national economy, it’s essential to understand the pain points and motivational factors at the heart of the small and mid-size business community. Unlocking those insights was the impetus behind First Citizens Bank’s Small Business Forecast, and the majority of small businesses that took part in the survey see a bright future ahead. As part of the Small Business Forecast, we conducted an online survey of 330 business owners across five U.S. states, each of which employed less than 500 people.

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Surviving A Workplace Attack

In light of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH you may be asking the question- would your company know what to do in an active shooter situation? If not, it might be time to put a response plan in place to give you and your employees the best chance at survival. According to the FBI, 45% of all active shooting situations occur in commercial places such as the workplace. While the likelihood of it happening in your workspace is low – an official policy should be standard protocol just like an evacuation plan. Diego Redondo, former FBI special agent and director of public safety and risk management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice recommends that every business should practice a response plan just as they do a fire drill or an evacuation route to ensure the best possible outcome.

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4 Key Steps To Creating Successful Business Partnerships

Starting a business is an exciting venture as well as a rewarding, fulfilling experience. However, it requires a lot of dedication, endless work, and constant attention that may be overwhelming to handle on your own. Entering into a business partnership may be a good opportunity to ensure you don’t get lost in the process of starting your own company.

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What Makes A Team Extraordinary?

“The people who need the most guidance on how to be successful in the workplace are often flooded with so much information, there’s no way for them to absorb it, let alone change what they do,” says business enablement expert Juliana Stancampiano, Founder and CEO of Oxygen.  In her new book, RADICAL OUTCOMES:  How to Create Extraordinary Teams That Get Tangible Results (Wiley Publishing; January 2019), she shows companies how to more effectively help their people do their jobs, to build more profitable and productive organizations.

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Three Types of Stories Every Leader Should Master

The fact that people are wired to react so strongly to stories should motivate business leaders to develop their storytelling skills. But what business situations call for a story?

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