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Tips for Working with Angry Business Partners

Tips for Working with Angry Business Partners Did you ever have to work with a person that you were mad at? Years ago, I heard men threaten to take their problem outside at work, and on occasion I've heard women literally scream at each other in the office. But that was a long time ago.…
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Planning in the Past, Present and Future

Planning in the Past, Present and Future After teaching a recent business planning workshop, I noticed something different about the business plan drafts written by these entrepreneurs—other than the fact that most of them were already in business. One group of people wrote plans that were almost entirely about doing business in the future. While…
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Should I Hire An Assistant?

Should I Hire An Assistant? Do you ever get through your day and think, “I could have gotten so much more done today if I had an assistant? I feel so unproductive.” How about when you look at your to-do list and feel like you could definitely leverage your time better? How can you tell…
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Time Management for Business Owners

Time Management for Business Owners Did you ever finish your workday and wonder, “What happened to my time? Where did it go?” One of the hardest parts about being a small business owner is to manage you. We often ignore managing ourselves. Let’s face it; one of the reasons many of us own small businesses…
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What Should You Do When Employees Bring Personal Problems to Work?

I've been managing people for years, but I continue to be conflicted about how to deal with employees who bring personal problems to work.  According to recent research, by Bensinger, DuPont & Associates concludes that forty-seven percent of employees say that problems in their personal lives sometimes affect their work performance. We all know that…
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The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

  John - "An innovative approach to pitching investors, customers, business partners, etc. that enables the innovator to obtain feedback from people before writing a complete business plan."   A new product, a new service, a new company, a new division, a new organization, a new anything—where there’s a will, here’s the way.   It…
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Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

   John - "A consultant’s guide to getting your expertise used."   This Third Edition to Peter Block's Flawless Consulting addresses business changes and new challenges since the second edition was written ten years ago. It tackles the challenges next-generation consultants face, including more guidance on how to ask better questions, dealing with difficult clients,…
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What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School: Notes From A Street-Smart Executive

   John - "In fairness to Harvard or any business school, many critical business skills cannot be taught in a classroom. Here the author teaches us about selling, reading people, getting ahead, strategies, negotiating, etc. that are almost timeless."   Listen to Mark McCormack as he tells you how to read people, create the right…
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