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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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


ERP for SMB - 5 reasons why it is important

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) gathers all the various processes that are essential for running a business in one integrated system. It is considered the backbone of your core business and serves as a shared database for the different departments, making your business run smoother by breaking down organizational silos.


Five Secrets Of High-Performing Teams

Within any story, whether it’s fictional or real, everyone knows the main character—be it the CEO of a company, the lead in a movie, or the inventor of the latest technology. In business, it’s the executive who innovates and exceeds expectations who gets the spotlight.


5 Things Leaders Can Learn From Stand Up Comedians

As you can imagine, stand-up comedy can make you a better presenter. After all, it’s one of the hardest forms of public speaking you’ll ever do (aside from effectively teaching second graders), which means if you can do okay in stand-up, all other types of business presentations will seem easier. But stand-up comedy can also make you a better leader.


Struggle At The Junction Of Work Life Balance

In the wake of open office spaces and hot desking, another trend is making its way to the forefront: personal devices as work tools. Mobile tech has removed the barriers between work and personal lives. Before mobile devices, a clear division existed between personal and professional life; today, work emails are answered at 1 am and Facebook updates are sent from employees’ desks.


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