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April 7, 2016
How to manage project managers

By Jim Annis   This is a cautionary tale of The Project Manager (external) and The Sponsor (internal). Imagine for a moment both taking the Shakespearean stage, then bowing, encouraging audience members who are cheering, while holding their noses at those who relentlessly "boo." Neither role is an easy one. Each requires a range of […]

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March 4, 2016
5 Ways to Continue the Momentum of the New Year

By Anastasia Warren, Marketing Manager   So, it’s a month or two into the new year. The holidays are well over, the year-end bonuses have been spent, and there are no major holidays in sight. The excitement of a great year is wearing off, and looking into a new year full of possibility and new goals has pretty […]

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March 2, 2016
Investing in yourself and your skill set

By Jim Annis, CEO   From the break room to the boardroom, you have admired them from afar. They are magnetic personalities who truly take care of themselves physically. They are committed mentally to lifelong learning — including developing their career through certifications or college degrees. At a cocktail party they may be fascinating with a […]

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February 16, 2016
A better method for employee performance reviews

By Jim Annis, CEO   Traditional performance reviews can be a source of conflict. A slightly negative review can break an employee's morale and be a precursor for their exit. If they are a "keeper," taking a risk is not an option, especially in this competitive market for talent. According to the Society for Human […]

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February 4, 2016
Millennials in the Workplace: What We Really Need To Talk About

By Anastasia Warren, Marketing Manager   I've recently noticed the amount of people in the world pointing out problems. Yes, this is needed. We need to understand the root of the problems we as a society face. We need to identify pain points and different issues. What I wish I saw more of, are solutions. […]

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February 2, 2016
Breaking up with vendors is hard to do

By Jim Annis   Ah, Valentine's Day is in the air. Romance, proposals, new flirtations and sometimes ... the inevitable big breakup. Well, nothing lasts forever, so that's why it's good to have some guidance on how to manage situations when they go south. Aside from a longtime personal love, breaking up with a long-term business vendor […]

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January 28, 2016
$14 is the new $10

  Caution: This is a tough love article. We live this every day. What does it mean? There is a lot of lip service out there about how local companies are paying good, competitive wages but we do not see it in action. We challenge every business owner in Northern Nevada to read this, share […]

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January 5, 2016
X Factor or 'Ick' Factor: What's your sales personality?

By Jim Annis   It's January and every business salesperson is champing at the bit to get over the holiday slowdown (unless you're retail) and get new customers. Make way! Here they come! As a CEO, it is important to give some coaching reminders to your sales team before you release them. To increase your […]

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December 29, 2015
EDAWN: The New Nevada

The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) put together a great video on new companies and economic and job growth in Nevada.   Take a look: Visit EDAWN here.

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December 23, 2015
How does Santa do it?

By Jim Annis, CEO When we think about how Santa accomplishes all that he needs to, there is only one true answer: It's his wife. Somebody has to run the place while he's gallivanting around the world. Therefore, we decided to have some fun and create a parable in the form of a poem about […]

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December 2, 2015
Switching to a virtual office? 6 things to consider

By Jim Annis   So, you've been thinking about giving yourself a "gift" this year and going virtual. Perhaps you've made a list of assumptions about going virtual — in whole or in part — that might need to be checked twice. Here are some things to think about. This is not a big deal: This can be […]

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November 25, 2015
Take the challenge

By Anastasia Warren   It’s that time of year again. Time to set the table, baste the turkey, take the pumpkin pie out of the oven, and eat… probably a little too much. It is a couple of days off from work, a time to see family and friends, and a time to prepare for […]

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