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Fostering a healthy democracy at work

Negative rhetoric is already off the Richter scale in this year’s presidential campaign. As the Nov. 6 election nears, employers want to be prepared in case the negative tone of this year’s campaign carries into the workplace. Most employers want ...

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Motivate without manipulating

One of the largest misconceptions among leaders is the idea that they can motivate other people. The truth is that people do things for their reasons, not ours. When we use threats or cajoling to get people to do things ...

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The ripple effects of workplace lies

Few things are more frustrating than suffering the consequences that stem from someone’s lies. I recently learned that someone had lied about me (to cover her own unethical behavior), and those lies cost me greatly in terms of business as ...

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Gifts don’t count as income

Q: My mother and father gave me a gift of $30,000 cash. Do I need to report this as income on my next tax return? A: No, you don’t. Gifts are not considered income to the recipient, and you do ...

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Sometimes swearing at work works

Cursing and cursing abbreviations are everywhere these days. The guys who sing “Sexy and I Know It,” a song used in an M&M’s commercial, are in a band called LMFAO – a name their grandmother recommended. (If you don’t know ...

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Dear entrepreneurs: I’m proud of what you’ve built

Building a business is not easy. Anyone who’s built a business knows that you risk your money, you work long hours to make your effort succeed, and you risk making mistakes as a sub-collector for the government as you collect ...

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Internal controls protect company assets

Q: I own a small business with just a few employees including my longtime bookkeeper. While I have known her for years and trust her completely, I keep hearing of the importance of internal controls. I spend most of my ...

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How to get a commercial loan

In this punishing business environment, getting a commercial loan can be a challenge. While lending institutions are in the business of extending loans, they will steer clear of companies they deem to be risky investments. Companies with questionable track records, ...

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Naming a pregnant CEO is smart ‘womenomics’

It appears the good folks at Yahoo may have been paying attention when Pepperdine researchers showed putting woman at the top can bolster a company’s bottom line. Not only did they name a woman, Marissa Mayer, as CEO, but they ...

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Know what operating a home business entails

With the way the economy has morphed in recent years, any stigma that once existed about working from one’s home is largely gone. For some, starting a business from home was a survival technique after getting laid off. Others may ...

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