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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.

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...

4 New Year's Resolutions for Small Business Owners - And How to Keep Them

Happy New Year Resolutions 2017From crowded gyms to new hobbies, the beginning of the new year is usually a time to make personal resolutions. But according to a new Manta poll, only 23 percent of the general public made resolutions at the beginning of 2017. Small business owners, on the other hand, are much more committed to setting actionable goals for both their business and personal lives. For instance, Manta’s poll found 66 percent of small business owners set business resolutions while another 54 percent set resolutions for life outside of work. Read more...

Why Fully Engaging As a Leader Means Embracing Pain

leadership and painWe’re asked to make tough decisions, have tough conversations, take on tough workloads, inspire tough people and achieve tough goals. There are emotionally-charged conversations to hold. Deadlines are tight and the pressure is on. Read more...

Keeping the lines of succession open

Succession Planning copy222Most people think succession plans are limited to passing a business on to family but it can be to management, too, says Brad Frank, a partner with the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg. Read more...

Is your small business ready for a Board of Directors?

Board Meeting RoomThe good news is that your small business is humming along. The flip side is that as company owner, you are facing increasing challenges and considerations, such as whether it’s time to expand your brand locally, statewide or even further or how to finance such an expansion, if you wish to pursue it. While you ponder what’s best for you and your enterprise, you still need to oversee it, and you might find yourself somewhat overwhelmed. Read more...

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