Entries by Jim Annis

Enough with the Millennials Already – Gen Z to the Rescue

By CEO Jim Annis Millennials are no longer the newbies. As HR experts, we are “over” over-analyzing this generation. We’re also tired of everyone blaming them for whatever ails us at the moment. It’s time to press the refresh button. Welcome Generation Z! This generation is the largest on the planet, numbering 72 million and […]

Success Insurance

By CEO Jim Annis As a business owner, how do you ensure (and insure) your business will work and be successful? Put your risk management hat on. Identify each risk and decide what to do about each. There are four main strategies: avoid it, reduce it, transfer it and/or accept it. Buying commercial business insurance […]

Your Work is Honorable so Sell Yourself

By CEO Jim Annis This article speaks to you – the student – who may be facing the philosophical duel that society has been fighting for a while now. Which is more important? Education or experience? In my mind, there is no clear winner. It is akin to, “which came first? The chicken or the […]

We Still Need Artists in the Workplace

By CEO Jim Annis Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, once said, “The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin … or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences […]

What Did You Expect Us to Do?

A Play in Two Acts by CEO Jim Annis Cast of Characters Older generation: Traditionalists, Boomers and GenXers who get upset with younger generations for being addicted to their devices (versus being workaholics like themselves). Younger Generation: Gen Y and Gen Z who have been told to not play outside alone or talk to strangers, who […]

Moving at the Speed of Nevada

By CEO Jim Annis The accolades are everywhere, “Reno is Starting to Look Like the Next Silicon Valley,” ‘Reno Places #9 in the Top 100 Best Places to Live,” and the list goes on. This is a speeding train. You decide whether you want a ticket to ride and then pay for it.   Backgrounder […]

White Space versus Empty Space

By CEO Jim Annis   There’s a new battle being waged for your time that will suck the life out of your innovation culture…if you let it. In past articles we have talked about the importance of white space to the six roles of the CEO (Strategist, Ambassador, Inventor, Coach, Investor and Student). Social media […]

Work Culture is like Diet and Exercise

By CEO Jim Annis Company culture is probably the most written about and one of the most misunderstood subjects. The term refers to the beliefs and behaviors that determine how a company’s employees and management interact and handle business transactions. Often implied, it develops organically over time from the cumulative traits of the people the […]

Selecting the right employee for conference attendance

By CEO Jim Annis Conference attendee selection might be agonizing at your organization because 1) everyone wants to go, or; 2) it’s just the opposite and you resort to drawing straws and the short one is sent off. Budgets are tight, you’ve set goals as to what you want to accomplish and you want the […]

Positivity vs. negativity in the workplace

By Jim Annis, CEO   It’s morning. You wake up, throw your feet over the bed and – oops! – there’s the family dog. What do you do? Kick the dog? Or pet the dog? That’s always been my litmus test about whether a person has a positive versus negative attitude. I would pet the […]