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How to Motivate Seasonal Workers to Perform at the Highest Level

’Tis the shopping season, and as joyful and not-so-joyful customers flock to stores in droves, you don’t want to find yourself short-staffed. Hiring seasonal workers for the holidays can alleviate …

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How to Find a Great Employee

If you’ve been disappointed by a new employee, you’re in the majority. About two-thirds of U.S. employers have hired someone who didn’t fit the job or perform well, according to …

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4 Steps to Reduce Employees’ Mistakes

It’s exasperating when the employees you carefully hired for their excellent skills and positive attitude make dumb mistakes. But yelling at them won’t fix the problem. Here are four actions …

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San Francisco Skateboarding Business Is on a Roll

Thuy Nguyen and her husband, Shawn Connolly (both pictured), started San Francisco Skate Club in 2007 to nurture children’s creativity and confidence through skateboarding. The company’s summer and after-school programs …

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Are You Too Optimistic?

Andy Grove, co-founder of Intel, one famously said that “only the paranoid survive.” He was right, asserts Steven Blue, author of Burnarounds: Unlocking the Double-Digit Profit Code, a book about transforming …

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In the Trenches: A Sudden Absence

A couple of Sundays ago, I was awakened by a phone call. It was my father, telling me that my 90-year-old grandfather had died. Although it’s relatively easy for me to plan …

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9 Tips for More Productive Meetings

A meeting is a terrible thing to waste. There’s no quicker way to sap morale and productivity than by convening a meeting that fails to produce results. On the other hand, efficient meetings can …

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How Better Listening Makes You a Better Leader

In an era of continuous sound bites and instant messaging, the ability to listen well is in danger of becoming a lost art. More importantly, for many frenetic business owners, listening …

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7 Steps to Better Business Writing

You probably wouldn’t be where you are today without a certain command of the English language and an ability to communicate well. Yet you should always strive to make your …

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Small Business Employment Drops for Fourth Consecutive Month

Both small business employment and per-business revenue dropped in the last month, according to the Intuit Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes, which were released today. October employment saw a slight …

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Why It Pays to Hire [INFOGRAPHIC]

More and more small businesses are realizing that they can’t do everything on their own, and sure enough hiring among small business owners is on the rise, jumping from 21 …

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Get the Most Out of Your Creative Thinkers

The best work comes from teamwork, right? It’s a concept that’s been drilled into our heads since grammar school. But, as it turns out, it’s not always true. In her …

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Getting the Right Employees: The Key Points Every Job Description Should Have

Having trouble finding the right employees to help expand your business? You may be turning off prospective new hires by filling your job posts with jargon and unclear expectations. “People …

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2 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity

When it comes to achieving business success, creativity may be more important than rigor, discipline, integrity, and even vision. So how, as an entrepreneur, do you keep your creative juices …

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In the Trenches: Trusting Your People

I’ve written about vacations a lot on this site, and for good reason: I think taking time off is as important as anything to maintaining my sanity as an entrepreneur. …

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