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Lois Lang

How to Handle Embezzlement in the Family Business

By Lois Lang Hearing about embezzlement in a public company rarely shocks anyone, but when it happens in a family business, people are often stunned. “How could he steal from his own family?” “Doesn’t she know she’s hurting her siblings/cousins/parents?” As tough and painful as embezzlement is, it’s not as uncommon as many of us […]

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Stan Craig

Expecting the Unexpected: 4 Tips to Safeguard Your Business

By Stan Craig January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 was on its way to Charlotte, North Carolina, when, two minutes after takeoff, a flock of Canadian geese flew into the aircraft causing both engines to fail. The passengers braced for impact. As the plane fell from the sky, the freezing waters of the Hudson […]

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Pat Heydlauff

Stop Shifting Gears and Stay Focused

By Pat Heydlauff Research shows that a three second distraction doubles errors and a four-and-a-half second interruption triples errors. Are numerous daily distractions wreaking havoc on your productivity and efficiency? When was the last time you placed a “do not disturb” sign on your door? If the answer is never, today is a good day […]

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Stan Craig

Building Better Business with Generosity

By Stan Craig The full-page ad in a Sunday edition of The New York Times stated boldly that $60,000,000 was received in 2012, over $1,000,000 a week by a variety of recognized charities and community causes. The ad was not from a charity or fund-raising organization. It was from one of America’s largest retailers with […]

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Michael Menard

Four Things You Have to Get Right in Business

By Michael Menard Most organizations know that in order to grow and be an industry leader, they have to continually innovate and undertake key projects that lead to growth. Unfortunately, many companies do so in a haphazard or non-strategic way. Here’s what typically happens: Leaders keep saying yes as various projects and ideas are presented […]

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Steve Richerson

Sustainability is Good Business: Four Benefits for Your Organization

By Steve Richerson Going green to make green is red hot right now. Recently businesses all over the globe have gotten into the “going green” trend and it’s paying off big for many of them. In fact, several recent studies have shown that sustainability-oriented companies have a better stock performance, lower volatility and a higher […]

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Nathan Jamail

Technology In Business: Use It, Don’t Rely On It

Grab your smartphone and check your appointments, while you’re at it, see if any of your clients have posted anything worthwhile on Facebook, tweet your new prospect, check your e-mail for any new appointment requests and then go grab lunch—what a day! More and more sales professionals are relying on technology to drive sales and […]

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Keith Ogorek

Your Book as Your Business Card

Indie Book Publishing Provides Professionals the Edge By Keith Ogorek What is 6” by 9,” usually weighs roughly one pound, and is giving an increasing number of business leaders an advantage over the competition? A book. Thanks in large part to the explosion of Indie book publishing, the use of ‘the book as a business […]

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Peter DeHaan

The Opportunity to Change

By Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD In recent months there has been a great deal to cogitate about. There was a media preoccupation with the U.S. presidential election, coupled with a focus on the credit crisis, which seemed to worsen every day, eventually turning into a financial crisis and threatening the global economy. Throughout it all, businesses […]

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Peter DeHaan

Politics and Outsourcing

By Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD It seems that “outsourcing” has been politicized. Once a word becomes politicized, as outsourcing was in the 2004 United States presidential campaign, all reasonable thinking stops and logic becomes, well, illogical. Rhetoric steps in and common sense is relegated to lesser important things. Think of any major societal issue and it […]