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You’ll be surprised to see how under-30 women value workplace factors

I’m joking a little bit here, but do you think there’s a correlation between the increased popularity of yoga and the increased importance of workplace flexibility? A Fairygodboss online survey of 100 women showed that flexible hours/part-time employment is one of the most cherished job factors for women job seekers. But while workplace flexibility is […]

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Keys to engaging the perpetually connected customer

We’re surrounded by the cyber-sphere today almost as much as we are surrounded by the air we breathe. And, for many, maintaining a constant connection to this digital reality is almost as important as inhaling and exhaling. While this is true for members of every consumer demographic, it’s especially true for today’s younger consumers…and they’re […]

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The ABCs (and PDFs) of moving to a paperless office

  We’ve been talking about it for decades, but the idea of the paperless office still finds some resistance. However, with the dramatic increase of the use of mobile devices and virtual teams, eliminating as much paper pushing as possible is absolutely necessary to maintain a level of productivity that assures you are competitive in […]

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This week in small business: Older women, younger women, older companies, younger companies, they’re all here!

This week we chronicle over-50 women leading startups and younger women leading a startup that was spun off from company over 50 years old! Who would have thought it? Lots of fun and functional advice among the articles cited here. Entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation Moya Sarner introduces us to women in their 50s who are […]

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How to team up with ‘slash workers’ for small business success

The difficulty of hiring solid talent has been a complaint among small business owners for the last several years. I suspect the convergence of one economic development and one social development may be to blame in large part. The economic component is our emergence from The Great Recession. As the recession worsened, small business owners […]

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The two things you need above knowledge for success today

A lot of “know-it-alls” are unsuccessful. What’s worse, many know-it-alls do have an excellent command of a lot of information, yet they accomplish little. I’m making this point to stress the truth that knowledge alone won’t make you successful in business. I truly value and encourage your ongoing education, but two other elements are required to […]

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Nationwide study reveals troubling small business statistics

Looks like a disaster waiting to happen… We all know that common expression and it perfectly reflects my thoughts when I was recently reviewing the results of Nationwide’s 2017 Business Owners Attitudes and Usage Study. Here are the key findings that I found rather scary: Only 20 percent of business owners have built a disaster […]

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This week in small business: Insights from the poker table

Get some lessons in productivity from Millennials, learn about efficient distribution from NGOs, and take some entrepreneurial tips from the game of poker. Those are just a few of the insights you’ll get from this week’s crop of curated content. Leadership, management, and productivity In this installment of her Women in Business Q&A, Laura Emily […]

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Smart Business Owners Understand the Importance of Minding Their Ps & Qs

Editor’s Note: This essay originally ran in June 2014. We reprint it here today in recognition of Take Your Manners to Work Day. The advice is just as sound and important today as it was in 2014 because good manners never go out of style! People often make fun of me because I’m a stickler […]

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The power of Retro-New: Happy Days are here again!

Grab your boombox…or your Sony WalkMan! Cassettes are back! Have you heard the news? Many of today’s top recording artists are issuing their new tunes on the venerable cassette tape. Over the last decade, you probably heard how many  music aficionados have been buying up vinyl LPs, but right now the big thing is cassette […]

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