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The importance of written contracts

ContractLaw“Cutting corners in a contract situation will often cost you more than had you invested initially in the proper documentation because legal cures are more expensive than legal prevention,” says Greg Clement, a partner with the California law firm of Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George LLP. Read more...

3 Ways To Make Company Priorities More Clear To Your Employees

PrioritiesGood communication is a key to success in any endeavor. Yet in the business world there’s often the sort of "failure to communicate" referenced in the movie Cool Hand Luke. That failure in the movie resulted in the premature demise of the hero. In real life when leaders are unclear about their expectations, employees often muddle through blindly, work at cross-purposes or pursue unintended, unproductive directions. The result is poor organizational performance, if not an early obituary for the leader and his or her vision. Read more...

How to Franchise Your Business Early On

FranchiseThe largest single point of failure for a new franchisor is to not sell the initial five units who start to validate the business model and brand.  This puts a significant amount of pressure on new franchise systems to get these initial units sold and as a result typically the failure rate is higher for early stage franchisees. Here are 4 tips that can help you work through the difficulties as you start to franchise. Read more...

Techniques Leaders Can Use to Diminish The Monday Morning Slump

monday 706919 960 720The numbers are sadly staggering. Some 70% of American workers are not engaged and dread Monday morning, according to an annual poll by the Gallup organization. Many are quick to blame the organization, the working conditions or that old, tired industry. If only I worked for the next Google, that would be exciting. If it were that easy then why were highly compensated, key executives recently bolting from Uber like the building were on fire? Read more...

Adopt 3 Terrific Tools From Anthropology To Conquer Change

broken heart valentine background 1048 4957Forget what they say about love. It’s change that really hurts. Corporate leaders will tell you it’s the biggest challenge they’re facing today. Constant change makes it difficult to remain relevant and to create value for customers.
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How long should you keep business records?

business documentsAt the risk of being labeled a hoarder, it is imperative for small business owners to retain certain documents in case they are needed in the future. Still, it would be unwieldy to keep every scrap of paper that ever touched your desk, so that is not a realistic option, either. Read more...

Does the NLRB impact small businesses, too?

labor relationsThe work of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Federal administrative body that enforces the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), relates to employers of all sizes Read more...

Many Factors Contribute to Small Business Failure

According to Small Business Trends, 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first five years. There are several factors contribute to business failure including running out of cash and not having a good team.   Read more...

Business Lessons From Three Little-Known Entrepreneurs Shaping Our World

entrepreneurBill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are just a few examples of dozens of high-impact American entrepreneurs who have become household names. Yet, in our globalized twenty-first century economy, some of the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs can be found beyond our borders. Read more...

It’s All About the Brain: The Real Reason Communications Don’t Stick

brainSadly, most business presentations are really pretty dismal.  Despite the high stakes involved (convincing our boss to back a cherished project or a customer to buy into our solution), survey after survey reveals that only about one quarter of internal business presentations are rated as good or better by their audiences, while 75 percent languish as mediocre, poor, or terrible. Read more...

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