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Deciding on a Place of Business

Finding a location for your business (if you’re able to choose a location) is an important step. When choosing your business premises, aim to spend as little as possible while making sure that your place [more…]

How to Make Your Home Office Ergonomic

Ergonomically designed work surfaces and chairs are available in many affordable price ranges, and are scaled for children and adults. Forget about using a quaint kitchen table and a straight-back chair [more…]

What is Lean?

Lean is a customer-centric methodology used to continuously improve any process through the elimination of waste in everything you do; it is based on the ideas of “Continuous Incremental Improvement” and [more…]

Using Lean to Define and Improve the Value Stream

The value stream includes all of the activities, materials, people, and information that must flow and come together to provide your customer the value they want, when they want it and how they want it [more…]

Maintaining a Productive Environment in the Home Office

If you work from home, beware of perceptions and misperceptions that can cause your productivity at home to fizzle. Managing your time effectively at a home office can be challenging if you don't have [more…]

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Key Federal Laws Affecting HR

There's no substitute for the guidance of an attorney, but HR professionals need to have a basic understanding of the many legal issues and challenges that come with hiring and managing employees. Here [more…]

Improve In-Person First Impressions of Your Small Business

Protect your small business by controlling the impression you make on your customers, especially in-person. In-person contact can happen via telephone and voice mail, or through a visit to your on-ground [more…]

Making Your Restaurant a Great Place to Work

To make a success of running your restaurant, you need to have a great team on your side. And to get – and keep – a great team on side, you need to make your restaurant a really great place for them to [more…]

How to Plan a Successful Efficiency Project

To increase productivity or decrease waste in your business or organization, you need to plan carefully for an efficiency project. In order to progress efficiently and eventually arrive at the project’s [more…]

How Inefficiency Negatively Impacts Your Business

Take a look at the negative impact inefficiencies in all forms are having on your business right now. This way you will be prepared to get into sussing out the potential new inefficiencies that you may [more…]

Six Tips for Effectively Measuring Employee Satisfaction

HR efficiency is a quantitative element and as such can be measured precisely. In many cases, particularly if your company has fewer than 50 employees, you don’t have a hard time getting a good read on [more…]

Clauses to Make Sure to Get into Your Commercial Lease

When you're negotiating your commercial lease, there are a few things that should absolutely be in there. Including all of the following items in your lease is strongly recommended: [more…]

Five Lease Renewal Myths

Many tenants have preconceived notions regarding a lease renewal or how they typically work, and quite often these ideas are inaccurate or completely wrong. Some commons misconceptions include: [more…]

Clauses to Be Apprehensive About in Your Commercial Lease

Just as it's important to include certain key terms in your lease, you must also be cautious about what terms are in the lease to begin with and how they may affect you. You may want to remove or adjust [more…]

Questions to Ask Before Searching for the Perfect Commercial Building

If you're thinking of starting your own business, or if you're getting ready to change locations for your current business, you're probably anxious to get out the door and start looking at some properties [more…]

Critical Conversations and People Who Text, Type, or Check Messages

Modern technology devastates the art of conversation. People who continue to text, type, or check their messages won’t focus on critical conversations or hear the message you’re trying to convey. [more…]

Quick Tips for Stopping Me-versus-You Language in Critical Conversations

Critical conversations filled with pronouns like me, I, or you may quickly turn divisive and non-inclusive. Me-versus-you language turns ordinary conversations into battles by focusing on the “us versus [more…]

The Role of a Timekeeper in Critical Conversations

Everyone plays a role in critical conversations, even the guy who keeps time. The timekeeper tracks time’s passing, and how long a critical conversation is taking. The watch-checker is the evil and a bit [more…]

Tips for Encouraging People to Contribute to Critical Conversations

Dealing with silent team members during a critical conversation is often best done by creating opportunities for participation. Dealing with talkers who suddenly go silent during a critical conversation [more…]

Quick Tips for Handling Offensive People in Critical Conversations

During critical conversations, a person may become offensive, dominating the conversation. Even when discussing a problem one-on-one, a person who takes the offensive during a critical conversation is [more…]

Tips for Stopping People Who Blame Others during Critical Conversations

People who play the blame game during critical conversations love to avoid responsibility by throwing the blame around. If you want a critical conversation to be successful, you must learn to corral people [more…]

Ten Tips for Managing Your Emotions during a Critical Conversation

Critical conversations can help make decisions stick, work relationships grow, and teams operate better. Here are ten tips for handling your emotions during critical conversations, especially when someone [more…]

Ten Personal Benefits of Leading a Successful Critical Conversation

Mastering the art of critical conversations provides many benefits, such as learning how to deal with conflict. By mastering critical conversations, you may discover some other personal and professional [more…]

How to Facilitate Critical Team Conversations

An important element of critical conversations is how to facilitate team discussions. The goal of facilitating group conversations (critical conversations) is to help groups become teams that work together [more…]

How to Make Group Decisions during a Critical Conversation

When critical conversation techniques are used during the decision-making process, there is often better follow-through on the decisions made during the critical conversation because more than one person [more…]


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