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2 Harsh Experiences Convinced Me Never to Invest in Friends' Companies

How do you avoid the drama-filled minefield that can result when a friend pressures you for financial support?

I’ve lost not one but two friendships this year because my response to an investment opportunity didn’t meet those friends' expectations. The lesson I learned? Friends and funding definitely don’t mix. Here's what happened:Experience No. 1 occurred at 2 a.m., Sydney, Australia, time. I had just ...

by Alex Gold  | December 04, 2018 08:00:00
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Learn the 8 Rules for Texting at Work

An employee vexed by a co-worker's texting needs to politely speak up or back off

Dear Jacqueline,I have an employee who always seems to be texting on her personal phone. She keeps it beside her computer and checks it every few minutes. It looks like she’s more interested in her social life and I feel it’s unfair ...

by Jacqueline Whitmore  | June 24, 2017 02:00:00
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5 Ways to Give Feedback That Inspires People to Grow, Not Shrink

Feedback done wrong is worse than saying nothing

In the best businesses, everyone knows where they stand. Holding someone accountable is strictly between his or her performance and the expected standard. It’s not about you and that person, personally. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to get your team ...

by Angie Morgan  | June 14, 2017 06:00:00
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8 Essential Qualities Necessary to Be Great in Relationships

The variable we most control in relationships is ourselves

Great businesses are built upon a foundation of great relationships. Do you ever wonder how some people seem so natural and at ease in relationships, while others really struggle to maintain them? Is it a difference in temperament, like introversion or extroversion?It could ...

by Sherrie Campbell  | May 07, 2017 06:00:00
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White Lies Are Hurting Your Business. How to Stop Them

Organizations need to establish a culture of "constructive candor"

As the leader of a business, you're bound to recognize -- hopefully sooner than later -- that the reality is, much of the information you receive is not true. You may suffer due to others' sins of omission or commission, but lies are still lies.This may sound ...

by Dev Ittycheria  | April 12, 2017 06:00:00