5 Tips for Doing Honest Business With Dishonest People

By Mike Michalowicz

Whether we want to or not, many of us find ourselves doing business with people we don’t want to work with. Self-interest is a very powerful motivator—it can cause people to do amazing things as well as cause them to act unethically, dishonestly or just plain old selfishly. To navigate those tricky waters and come out ahead, you need a game plan for how to go about doing business with people you don’t trust, and still feel good about it.

1. Realize and accept self-interest is part of business. I’ve often wondered if Mother Teresa would have told a lie if …read more

How to Compete With the Top Companies Everyone Wants to Work for

By Vivian Giang

Hiring the right people can take a lot of time and cost a lot of money. But what if you had your pick of the most talented, hard-working professionals out there? Finding the best team might not be such a struggle anymore.

LinkedIn recently teamed up with InDemand Employers to create a list of the top 50 companies that do have their pick of top talent. The ranking was calculated by analyzing billions of interactions between U.S. and Canadian members and companies on LinkedIn. For example, the list researchers considered how many people viewed a company’s profile within the …read more

Building Leadership

By JJ Ramberg

Some people are born with great leadership skills while others must learn it. But one thing is for sure, great leadership is essential to running a successful business. In this week’s Business War Chest, Les McKeown, President & CEO of Predictable Success and author of the book, “Do Lead: Share Your Vision, Inspire Others, Achieve the Impossible,” joins us. He talks ways you can create effective change by building a culture of leadership at your small business.

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Appy Couple Is the Wedding App Modern Brides Have Been Waiting For

By Katie Morell

Appy Couple Sharmeen Mitha-Sehga

Sharmeen Mitha-Sehgal has singer Bruno Mars to thank for changing the direction of her life. A former marketing executive, Mitha-Sehgal had just quit her job and moved to New Jersey from New York City to find what she calls her “purpose in life.” She wanted to start a technology company to solve a problem she hadn’t yet identified when Mars’ song, “Let’s Get Married,” streamed through her car radio around 4 p.m. on a hot day in July 2011.

“I thought, ‘That is it!’” Mitha-Sehgal recalls. ”‘I keep getting crappy Evite invitations to weddings, and that can’t be the future …read more

How a Culture of Quality Can Save You Millions

By Alexandra Levit

According to a study covered in a recent Harvard Business Review article, companies with highly developed quality cultures spend, on average, $350 million less annually fixing mistakes than companies with poorly developed ones.

The research, which was commissioned by CEB—an advisory firm of more than 60 multinational companies—revealed that employees who ranked their companies in the top-quintile in terms of quality made 46 percent fewer mistakes in their daily work than employees in bottom-quintile companies.

The High Price of Everyday Mistakes

In the survey employees reported that it takes about two hours to correct a …read more

From Apple to Zappos: Could Big Companies’ Hiring Tactics Work for You?

By Donna Fenn

The Muse founders- Kathryn Minshew and Alex Cavoulacos

Tony Hsieh, the offbeat and highly respected CEO of Zappos, recently sent the recruiting world into a frenzy when he announced that Zappos was eliminating all job postings. At the end of May, the company launched an alternative career site: Zappos Insider. On this new site, people interested in working at the online shoe retailer can sign up and start ongoing conversations with existing Zappos employees to learn more about the company and its iconic culture.

Stacy Zapar, social recruiting and employer branding strategist at Zappos, wrote on the company’s blog that the program represents a return …read more

Managing Time: Who’s Responsible for Your Work-Life Balance

A very expensive New York hotel is now offering a new service – a work-down call. When you check in, you can arrange for the front desk to phone you at a certain hour to remind you to power down all your electronic devices. Isn’t this like having your mother tell you it’s time to get ready for bed?

Some companies are even instituting bans on replying to emails after hours. And Volkswagen in Germany shuts off emails sent to employees’ Blackberries half an hour after shifts end.

Many employees sing the work-life balance song. But do they need to have their activities controlled by others so they can have it? May be they just need skills to manage their lives and time better.

Workshops on Managing Your Time

Time Management : Make it a Habit
This workshop analyses the participants three-day time log. The Wiley Time Mastery Profile

Article on Managing Your Time

Time Management — Getting Back Control of Your Life


The Key to Productive Meetings: The Cardinals Know It

The cardinals in Rome have much to talk about as they participate in closed-door, pre-conclave meetings. In fact, some of them have so much to discuss that they have had to set up a 5-minute time limit. When the green light flashes, the speaker must halt.

It’s the best way to run a productive meeting. Time allowances for speakers prevent one person from monopolizing a meeting and encourages the speaker to organize his or her thoughts in a logical manner.

Why don’t more meeting chairs do this? Oftentimes, it’s because they don’t feel comfortable dictating to their members – some of whom may be higher ranking than themselves. But in the long term, the chair looks more capable, meetings finish on time, and more work gets done.

How do you set up the time limits? In the agenda. A good agenda doesn’t just list the topic for discussion. This would make the agenda just the chair’s grocery list. Effective agendas include the name of the person who will lead the discussion and the purpose for the discussion – update, decision required, or action needed. It also assigns a time limit for each topic. Obviously, if the topic becomes heated or more time is needed, the chair can make some adjustments during the meeting.

When in a meeting, do what the Romans do.

By Jane Watson

5 Ways to Become a Better Manager

Recent studies show employee engagement is down, and that many employees are looking for new opportunities — or they intend to — as soon as the economy picks up steam. A number of studies have also revealed what these employees are looking for, and what can motivate them to stick around – good management. This means a manager who understands personal motivations and who is looking out for their employees’ best interests and development.

Work now to improve your relationships with your employees and to provide tailored learning, training and development opportunities for them. This can help stem future job losses – as well as build a more productive and motivated team today. The best way to strengthen workplace relationships is to study your employees’ behaviour profile. If you understand the strengths of a person, you will understand what motivates them.

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