You Have to Go the Distance to Reach Your Goals

By Craig I was recently coaching an individual who had a personal goal of starting an online business. He was looking for me to provide an immediate solution to his aspirations. You could say, he wanted a magic bullet. Frustration set in when I told him that there was not a quick path to success. Rather, reaching […]

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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

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

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

5 Ways You’re Telling People Your Time Isn’t Valuable

Do you value your time? You may say you do. Yet, your actions and behavior convey a different message. You let others schedule, interrupt, and otherwise squander it at will. If your time is such a precious resource, why do you let others take it freely? Giving Away Time When you let others take your time, you are […]

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It’s Your Shield — Use It!

By Voices Team

Voices on Project Management guest blogger Frank Gorman is a senior transformation program manager for Altisource in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA. He is currently a member of PMI’s Ethics Member Advisory Group (EMAG) and was a member and chair of PMI’s Ethics Review Committee (ERC) from 2006 to 2013. Mr. Gorman participated in the Ethics Standards Review team for PMI. He also writes and speaks on Ethics to other professional organizations and businesses.

Read his thoughts on ethics below:
Ethics is a set of rules that guide or govern behavior. As with most professions, PMI has promulgated a Code of Ethics …read more

31 Ways Your Meetings Are Inefficient

Meetings are one of the biggest time wasters in most companies. Yet, much of this pain is self-inflicted. Poorly run meetings lead to wasted time, de-moralized employees, and loss of productivity. Are meetings in your company run efficiently? Meetings Are Not Easy It would seem that holding a meeting is easy. Pick a time/location, choose some […]

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