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Creating a culture of compliance

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Thursday, June 19, 2014
DataBY MONICA ENAND | GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Nine tips for building habits among employees to respond when needed.

 

Protecting your business from cybercrime

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Monday, May 05, 2014
050614 thumb heartbleedBY DON MORRISON | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

While the technology renaissance we have gone through has certainly benefited consumers and businesses alike, it’s also brought a new vulnerability with it – the emergence of cybercrime.

 

State of your personal union

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Friday, February 07, 2014
4 01.07.14 Thumbnail LeadershipManBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

President Obama's State of the Union address held lessons for all leaders.

 

Out of crisis: stop fighting fires

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Friday, December 20, 2013
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

12.20.13 Thumbnail FireWhat if being in chaos was optional? What if crisis, or chaos, or “firefighting,” or feeling behind schedule, behind the press of constantly emerging problems, could be stopped? It can. It’s simple. It’s not easy. Here are your three steps to stop fighting fires — and getting control, confidence, and clarity.

 

How to measure marketing effectiveness

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Friday, December 06, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

12.06.13 Thumbnail MeasureHow can you measure marketing effectiveness? If it gets better, how can you measure the improvement? By business modeling. The modeling process itself will uncover any holes in your marketing process.

 

Three ways to be nicer to your future self

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Friday, November 22, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

11.22.13 Thumbnail FutureSelfHave you noticed how different your future self is, from yourself today? My future self, apparently, has lots of free time. He has money. He’s very decisive. He goes to the gym with the regularity of a metronome. His self-control is a thing of legend. Or would be, if he existed. Future-me’s only weakness is on-time performance — he still hasn’t shown up. All his work keeps showing up on my desk each morning. Current-me needs a new strategy.

 

4 strategies to keep from losing out to chains

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Thursday, November 07, 2013
BY MICHAEL BECK | OB BLOGGER

11.07.13 Thumbnail SmallBusinessIt's worth looking at why some small businesses thrive while others fade away. People choose where they shop based on value, quality, variety, and the experience the business provides. Here are some strategies to think about if you're a small business - regardless of whether or not you're competing with a chain, and regardless of whether you offer a product or a service.

 

How to add merit selection in a family business

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

10.22.13 Thumbnail FamBizIf you have a family-owned business, younger family members can expect to start near the top. Here's how to create a new culture where merit selection is the new rule.


 

More on acing your personal improvement plan

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Friday, October 11, 2013
BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

10.11.13 Thumbnail TomCoxHere are some advanced tips on succeeding in your Personal Improvement Plan.




 
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