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Startup Tips

Should you allow employees to record meetings?

Those recordings can easily lead to invasion of privacy.

Businesses today are filled with smartphones. Employees use those smartphones to check email, make work-related calls, and research information they need to do their jobs. They may also snap photos and record video or audio, sometimes even without anyone even realizing it.If ...

by Dan Steiner  | June 06, 2016 11:00:00
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If you want to win, you have to learn how to fight

Passive-aggressive behavior is extremely dysfunctional and toxic to an organization.

There have been plenty of cringe-worthy moments in the 2016 presidential race. I’m not just talking about goofs, but intense debate and attack ads where candidates go after each other with such vitriol, it makes you wonder if we really are as ...

by Steve Tobak  | February 11, 2016 08:00:00
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5 signs your employee is in dire need of a promotion

How do you know when it's time for promotion?

Having that one all-star employee is a life saver when your calendar begins to bulge at the seams. Star performers are “stars” because they pick up what you forget to put down, they read what slips your mind to write, and they generally ...

by Jeff Boss  | February 10, 2016 01:00:00
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The 8 characteristics of healthy confrontation

When is a confrontation in the workplace considered as healthy?

Imagine you have a mediocre employee who has been underperforming for a while. He or she is loyal, with some great attributes, and has been with you for a long time. What do you do?Related: 6 best practices for managing unhappy employeesThis dilemma ...

by Garrett Gunderson  | September 19, 2015 03:00:00
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How to create a productive workplace (Infographic)

Your work environment greatly contributes to your productivity.

As a business owner, it is in your best interest to have happy, comfortable, productive employees. Satisfied employees do better work—and more of it—than their cranky, frustrated counterparts. And that’s good for your bottom line.So what do your employees need to do ...

by Catherine Clifford  | September 19, 2015 08:00:00
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7 ways to work fewer hours but get more business traction

Improve your work and business productivity with these tips.

In a startup, or any business with limited resources, the last thing you need is people who put in lots of time and effort, but never seem to move the ball. Successful entrepreneurs must never stop looking for ways to improve their ...

by Martin Zwilling  | September 17, 2015 09:00:00
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5 everyday actions that help leaders grow

Here are five ways you can start being a better leader today.

While leadership qualities may be something certain individuals seem to be born with, the reality is that leadership is developed over time and through challenges—it isn’t a birthright.Leadership is a growth strategy that you can develop, but it takes time. However, just ...

by Matthew Toren  | September 10, 2015 09:00:00
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4 ways to be the boss employees want to work for

Here are four tips to help you be the boss everyone admires and respects.

Ask enough people and you’ll find someone with a story about a horrible boss. Many entrepreneurs choose to start their own businesses specifically because they’ve experienced a supervisor who was simply not an effective leader.As a business leader, employee job satisfaction can ...

by Jacqueline Whitmore  | August 28, 2015 04:00:00
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4 leadership fundamentals that every entrepreneur should know

You should know by heart these four fundamentals of entrepreneurial leadership.

Communicating effectively and managing people is extremely difficult to learn, let alone apply, so add this section to your startup plan: leadership fundamentals. As you go through your business plan and begin to envision the various stages of development and resources necessary to ...

by Jeff Boss  | August 23, 2015 12:00:00
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12 ways successful people handle toxic people

How do successful entrepreneurs deal with toxic people? Read here and learn.

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst ...

by Travis Bradberry  | August 23, 2015 10:00:00
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4 ways to transition from founder to successful manager

Here are a few ways to ease your transition from being founder to manager of your business.

All entrepreneurs dream of founding a startup that turns into a successful venture. But when forming that dream, it’s easy to overlook what will become of your business—and your role within it—once that dream becomes reality.As customers start rolling in, your company needs ...

by Per Bylund  | August 23, 2015 08:00:00
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13 signs of a disengaged employee (Infographic)

Avoid recruiting an employee that may have any or all of these unlikely personality traits.

Complaining, gossiping, and lying are just a few of the worst traits of disengaged employees.Everyone has worked with a disengaged employee or coworker at one time. They're easy to spot once you chat with them for a few minutes: they just don't ...

by Kate Taylor  | August 09, 2015 03:00:00
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3 toxic employees you need to fire now

Get rid of these three types of unlikely employees in your business.

From a thoughtful hiring process to a thorough training program, you've done everything you can to find and prepare the best employees for your company. But no system is foolproof and sometimes a few bad apples can slip through the cracks. Of ...

by Gwen Moran  | July 22, 2015 06:00:00