One Tip To Make Meetings More Effective

Whether your meetings are in person or virtual, this one tip can change everything and make your meetings run more smoothly. To use this tip, your meetings must have an agenda. Beside each agenda item, add the type of item it is. Every agenda item can fall within one of three types: decision-making, discovery, or informative.

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Leadership Lesson From COVID-19: Tough Lesson
It’s not easy to be an effective leader, but effective, strong, and decisive leadership is what is needed when you are entrusted with the health, safety, lives and/or livelihood of others.

Leadership Lesson From COVID-19: Tough Lesson

It’s not easy to be an effective leader, but effective, strong, and decisive leadership is what is needed when you are entrusted with the health, safety, lives and/or livelihood of others. When Gavin Newsom and Jay Inslee (the Governors of California and Washington state respectively) essentially shut down their states, the timing was excellent. The novel coronavirus had already invaded. Citizens were concerned. We had seen what happened in China and it was time for decisive action. While the decisions to send everyone home from work and shut down stores, entertainment, and religious gatherings seemed dramatic, the leadership shown was effective. As days and weeks followed they have been lauded for their actions. It didn’t stop the virus from afflicting the states’ residents but it apparently slowed the curve and magnitude of incidents.

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Why Remote Work Fails
Distracted Working From Home

Why Remote Work Fails

The coronavirus has taught us that there are both positives and challenges to working remotely or working from home. It can be a bit of a minefield but getting things set-up well and starting out the right way can mitigate many of the challenges. If your employees are already engaged in remote work, you can make some small adjustments to have a big effect. Take a look at these aspects of remote working, especially for small businesses or departments.

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Four Bad Management Styles
Toxic Office Environment

Four Bad Management Styles

Understanding four of the destructive management styles can help you avoid or quickly address issues that may lead to a disruption in employee performance. The goal of a good manager is always to bring out the best in organization and the people they manage. Sometimes poor managers generally don’t know how to do that or they are following patterns and behaviors of managers from their past. The Bully The Enabler The Rescuer The Abdicator Disrupting poor management styles starts with awareness. Then giving the manager new behaviors and strategies for dealing with specific situations.

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Questions Not To Ask A Job Candidate
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Questions Not To Ask A Job Candidate

When interviewing job candidates there are a lot of questions you can ask; however, the list of things you should not ask applicants is long and growing. And like everything related to employment, it varies by state. It is important to know what you can and what you should not ask. You want to establish rapport, but it is a slippery slope into the realm of illegal or at a minimum inappropriately invasive. And it gets really tricky when the applicant brings up a “forbidden” topic. In this article we will discuss the most common categories of questions and comments to avoid when interviewing job applicants.

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Business-to-Business Advice: PiikUp

We posed a question to April Fenall, Founder and CEO of Piikup (and Attaché for Business customer), Relatively new small business owners or entrepreneurs often feel self-conscious and second guess decisions they make. What advice would you give these individuals?

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Stop Doing Annual Performance Evaluations
Business situation, job interview concept. Confident businessman in a job interview with a corporate personnel manager.

Stop Doing Annual Performance Evaluations

Annual performance appraisal, performance evaluation or performance review. A 20th Century concept that should be abandoned.

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Predictions for 2022

As 2021 comes to a close, we will read the predictions of psychics throughout the world answering the question, “What will happen in 2022?”  In this commentary, our CEO, Lesa…

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Business-to-Business: Sara J. Bronson & Associates

Today’s Featured Friday company is Sara J. Bronson & Associates. We posed the following question to Sara, Founder and CEO of Sara J. Bronson & Associates What's one thing small business owners need to know and do to manage their money and cash flow to help them grow their business?

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