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Category: RGJ Articles, Business,

December 5, 2017
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 […]

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March 17, 2015
One in Four CEOs Has a “Listening Deficit”

Listening in Business
Harvard Business Review reports results of a 360-degree feedback study: one out of four CEOs has a listening deficit. Did you hear that? Let me repeat it for the 1/4 of you that did not hear me. One out of four CEOs possess...

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March 12, 2015
How To Be An Effective Follower

The word "follower" these days is closely associated with social media like Twitter, who you are following and why. Forget the blue bird and celebrities for just a minute. As an employee, you can influence your career by knowing what's "trending" in th...

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February 3, 2015
How Small Businesses Can Keep Their Employees

During the recession, employees hunkered down and didn’t look. Now, 51 percent of employed workers are either actively seeking or open to a new job (Jobvite). With new companies like Tesla coming to town, your “A” players will go away...

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November 3, 2014
The Positive Power of Workplace Politics

The words “office politics” can make you cringe. We’ve all been there. That certain someone (often early in our career) who stabbed us in the back as they were over eager to climb the ladder, happily leaving everyone in their wake. Or...

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September 10, 2014
Profit Is Not a Dirty Word

Business owners, if you were away from your company for a month, would the company go under? Let’s say you installed a hidden camera while you were away. What would you see? Would they continue with your philosophy and vision for growth in your a...

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June 25, 2014
Observations on Sales in an Organization - Part Two

This is the second article in a two-part series on sales. The first was from the company perspective. Both approach the subject with a sense of humor. You just HAVE to as sales is truly a necessary evil. These articles are more of an experience share o...

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June 12, 2014
Observations on Sales in an Organization - Part One

This is the first article in a two-part series on sales – one from the company perspective and one from the salesperson perspective. We are approaching the subject with sense of humor. You just HAVE to as sales is truly a necessary evil. New busi...

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May 23, 2014
Affordable Care Act Update

What we know now
The Always Confusing Act (ACA) may have adjusted this content. Feb. 14 brought a delay to the pay or play. For employers with 2-99 employees, they got a delay until 2016. Employers with 100 or more employees need to pay or pla...

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April 23, 2014
What are the Opportunities of Doing More with the Right Less?

I never advise my clients to do more with less, because you start to make choices that are not the right thing to do. Doing more with the “right” less – now that’s a philosophy to live by.
Are objectives clearly defined?
What ne...

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November 14, 2013
How to Handle a Negative Co-Worker

Your co-workers, Negative Nancy and her counterpart Negative Nelson, are walking down the hall. You try to hide. Too late. They’ve spotted you! You brace for a gripe session and hope it doesn’t last the lunch hour. How do you handle negativ...

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September 25, 2013
Affordable Care Act NOW

Did you “hear the one about” the delay of significant elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate on July 2, 2013? Many employers breathed a sigh of relief then promptly wrote off and forgot about ACA. Did you? It’s not...

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