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Best Practices

The Small Business Entrepreneur's Naughty and Nice List for Business Growth

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 12.11.2014 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

What does every entrepreneur want to find under his or her Christmas tree more than anything else? Without exception, small business entrepreneurs want to open the gift of business growth that lasts through good times and bad.

How to Create a Virtual Summit in 4 Simple Steps

Nick Unsworth | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Nick Unsworth

Virtual summits combine the convenience and connectivity of the Internet with the valuable educational opportunities of conferences. But instead of packing a dense block of interviews and discussions into a few days, you can spread them out over several weeks.

Want to Trigger a Business Growth Spurt? Here's What You Need to Know

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 10.28.2014 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

There are points along the continuum of growing and developing your small business that signal the need for change. These are key points when your...

Autism Without Fear: Is Corporate Use of 'Emotional Intelligence' Grounds for Discrimination Under the ADA?

Michael John Carley | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Michael John Carley

The business world loves metrics. And in an era where data has never been more valuable, many executives believe there is a direct correlation between employee productivity and a high Emotional Intelligence score.

Just Pick Up the F*#@ing Phone

Matt Douglas | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Matt Douglas

Like most people, I send dozens of emails a day. Pretty much anything that I work on can be dealt with using email. But is that always the right choice?

The Toilet That Thinks You're Done When You're Not and Other Stupid Annoyances That Lose Customers

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Lenore Skenazy

Customers are picky, prickly, and ever ready to jump brand if they feel someone isn't feeling their pain. A customer who can't find the right answer in the FAQs, or discovers gum under the table at the fancy restaurant can quickly become a fugitive.

Best Practice in Business

Stacey Cole | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Stacey Cole

The term 'best practices' can be a confusing one, but it can also be a limiting one if you don't pause to reconsider it on a regular basis.

Looking For The Best Wellness Advice? Ask Your Elders

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living

Every day, new research emerges to help us decipher the best ways to live a long and healthy life. And while these findings can be interesting and enl...

5 Lessons Startup Founders Can Learn from Salsa Dancing

Jim Pugh | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Jim Pugh

Whether you're launching a startup or taking up salsa dancing, you're going to have your work cut out for you. These lessons will come in handy while you're still fumbling around in the dark -- and even help you find your groove.

Education & Employment: The Keys to Increasing Women's Economic Participation in the Middle East

Badr Jafar | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Badr Jafar

It is widely accepted that increasing female representation in business decision-making is not just a women's issue. Rather, it is a business issue that is consistent with global best practice in corporate governance.

The 5 Traits Businesses Look For When Hiring Salespeople

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

One of my favorite questions to ask a potential hire is, "When do you think your relationship with the client ends?" I always have a few interviewees that tell me they are finished with the client after the sale, which is the wrong answer.

10 Best Practices for Tweeting in 2014

Ari Herzog | Posted 04.26.2014 | Media
Ari Herzog

There are no hard rules on how to tweet, but there are certainly best practices -- and I intend to showcase 10 people and organizations you should emulate on the social networking site.

The Four Tenets of Individual Courage

Jonny Bentwood | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Jonny Bentwood

It is the duality of individual-initiated and business-led courage that creates an optimal formula for progress. The courage to identify a pivot, and the freedom to be able to see that change through, is what's required to show up differently. And if you're lucky, like I am, that is exactly the culture of the company you work for. If you have that freedom, here are my recommendations to be courageous within it.

Sustainability and Corporate Consciousness: The Facts Are In

Kyle Dowling | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Kyle Dowling

I asked financial advisor Rebecca True about her take on the idea of sustainability, after reading her thoughts in Chapter 8 of Organizational Survival, "Does Corporate Sustainability Create Measurable Value?"

8 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Their Autism Service Provider

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Sara Gershfeld

These are just a few suggestions about what information parents should gather to evaluate their providers before making a decision. If possible, be sure to visit and evaluate several places before you make a final decision on which provider will work with your child.

7 CSR and Employee Engagement Conferences You Need to Attend This Year

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Robert J. Rosenthal

If you go to a lot of corporate social responsibility and cause marketing conferences each year, the beginning of the year only means one thing: The budget is set and it's time to get to work! Here's our list of the events that we think are worth attending in terms of investment, impact, networking and fun.

Why You Should Give Your Kid an iPad for Christmas (It Isn't What You Think)

Adam Levin | Posted 11.25.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Set aside the money and get them an iPad of their very own -- and make sure the Genius Bar helps you set up all those parental controls.

The 5 Types of Mentors to Avoid

Anthony Hughes | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Anthony Hughes

In most cases, finding an entrepreneurial mentor boils down to understanding the motivations of those individuals who are looking to "help."

Can I Bring Cosmo to Work Today?

Erin Daruszka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

A best practice is to have a contract with those employees wanting to bring animals to work. This isn't exactly 'fun,' spontaneous and informal, but that way an employee can determine whether it is appropriate to bring their beloved pet into the office.

Get Focused: Know Your Type of Meeting in Order to Keep Your Project on Track

Amanda Schneider | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Amanda Schneider

We've all been in a meeting that never seems to end and you wonder to yourself, "Why am I even here?" Most companies are what I like to call "meeting happy" and call meetings for just about everything and everyone is invited

Apple Has Lost Its Mind, Part 2: Woe Is Apple

Pam Murtaugh | Posted 09.17.2013 | Business
Pam Murtaugh

This ode overturns Apple's original, unspoken premise. Its contrived poetry celebrates Apple's past as if it's the path to the future. Woe is Apple.

Creative for Good

Peggy Conlon | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Peggy Conlon

Rather than using our resources to create individual campaigns, it would be smarter and more efficient to create a resource for campaigners worldwide.

Making Co-Working Spaces Work For Your Business

Amanda Schneider | Posted 07.15.2013 | Small Business
Amanda Schneider

Co-working spaces can be a genuine boon to the often lonely pursuit of one's entrepreneurial dreams.

Four Marks of Lasting Genius

Ted Harro | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Ted Harro

We know the black bear Yellow Yellow was a genius. What will only become clear with time is whether she was more than a genius. Was she also a teacher?

Pinterest and Quora for Business? Ignore at Your Peril

Jim Yu | Posted 06.11.2013 | Technology
Jim Yu

Since it introduced Pinterest for Business just last November, the three-year-old pinboard photosharing website has been on fire. And if you haven't yet heard the company's new set of tools and terms designed to help brands use the site, you'd better catch up fast.