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5 Ways Good Managers Prevent Employee Check-out

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2015 / Comments Off on 5 Ways Good Managers Prevent Employee Check-out

Experienced managers know what to look for in a poor employee or one who may be looking for a new job — showing up late, not meeting deadlines, a poor attitude, wasting time. But what about those who have mentally checked out but choose to stay? They may not be as easy to spot and…

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Time Keeps on Ticking: Tracking Employee Time

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2015 / Comments Off on Time Keeps on Ticking: Tracking Employee Time

Tracking employee time can be a major challenge for small to mid-sized businesses. As a business owner, you should be aware of all the labor compliance issues that can cost you a lot of money if you aren’t carefully tracking employee time. Incorrect or misrecorded wages are unfair to employees and can cost you a…

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The 4 Most Common Human Resource Challenges

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2015 / Comments Off on The 4 Most Common Human Resource Challenges

Human resources professionals juggle a lot. They take care of everything from recruiting, hiring and retaining employees to developing benefits and compensation packages. They make sure the employees are happy and productive, while balancing that with the needs of the business. They also ensure that the company is up to speed with current legislation and…

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9 Things That Will Help You Beat Your Competitors

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2015 / Comments Off on 9 Things That Will Help You Beat Your Competitors

If you even take a quick glance at a computer screen, your eyes are bombarded with sidebar ads, pop-up ads, targeted ads. Customers have choices, and there are so many businesses out there competing for the same customers. How will you stand out from the crowd and earn their business? Here are a few ways…

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Current State of the Glass Ceiling

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2015 / Comments Off on Current State of the Glass Ceiling

The glass ceiling — the invisible barrier between women and high-level jobs — has been inching up over the years, but we are still far from smashing it. We hear excuses for why women don’t reach top positions, like women pass up on high-level positions to take care of their families. According to the Huffington…

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Can you deduct your home office? Find out here!

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2015 / Comments Off on Can you deduct your home office? Find out here!

Many people are fortunate enough to have a short commute – to the office in their home.  If you’re one of those lucky people who only have to go downstairs, upstairs or to another room to get to work, you may be able to deduct your work space as a home office.  Here are the…

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Four Professional Resolutions You Should Be Making

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2014 / Comments Off on Four Professional Resolutions You Should Be Making

We know.  The title is a bit pushy, especially since it’s not the new year yet, but that’s how much we believe in making meaningful resolutions.  Doing so could impact that little difference in how successful you are in the months to come.  Some of these resolutions will sound familiar.  Some will be brand new. …

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Organize Your Calendar, Organize Your Life

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2014 / Comments Off on Organize Your Calendar, Organize Your Life

Whether you use your phone, your Blackberry, other electronic device or good old paper and pen, as a business owner, your calendar is crucial. But not all who run small businesses have the luxury of having administrative assistance. If this describes you, then you are in the right place. Read on to find out how…

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It’s Not about Turkey or Ham

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2014 / Comments Off on It’s Not about Turkey or Ham

“I’m utterly convinced that the key to lifelong success is the regular exercise of a single emotional muscle: gratitude.” – Geoffrey James, Inc. Gratitude. It’s popular around this time of year. It has also become part of pop-psychology. Thousands of books and speakers are touting an attitude of gratitude as the best way to approach…

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Motivation: What is it, and where can I get some?

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2014 / Comments Off on Motivation: What is it, and where can I get some?

It’s something we all need in life and in business: motivation. Motivation is what gets us up in the morning and moves us along. It’s the energy encouraging us to grow, produce, take action and improve. As professionals, we require motivation to expand our scope of knowledge and our businesses, as well as our profit.…

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It’s time to grow your business. Start now!

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2014 / Comments Off on It’s time to grow your business. Start now!

By Katherine Gotthardt You launched your business. You’ve worked hard, and you are doing well. You have confidence that your client base will continue to be steady or even grow. But now what? What steps should you take to get to the next level? Here are some ideas whose time might have come. Expand your…

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Five Reasons Your Company Needs Solid Job Descriptions

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2014 / 0 Comments

In a previous article, you might have read how much goes into a solid job description, and now you might be thinking, “Do I really have to write one of those??” The answer is, yes. While it’s an often loathed assignment, writing the job description is crucial to hiring and managing. Many managers prefer to…

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When is it okay? Living the Writer’s Life

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2014 / 0 Comments

I wrote the draft of a poem. In it I ask, “When is it okay to wake me up this way?” I’ll give away the punchline. The piece is about my dog who paws me with her clawed feet, sits on my chest and licks my mouth trying to wake me up so I will…

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Five Steps to Holding More Effective Meetings

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2014 / Comments Off on Five Steps to Holding More Effective Meetings

By Stephen Trask, MT, and Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed. The assertion is that face- to-face meetings are no longer relevant or needed, given the number of communication technologies available. Email is used to exchange basic ideas, conference calls and Skype are used for audio exchanges and video conference is used to get small and large groups…

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How to Retain Clients…and Be a Better Person

By Katherine Gotthardt, CEO / 2014 / 0 Comments

I love my networking group. I always leave with something to think about and so much to write about, I can’t possibly keep up.  But I’ve carved out some time today because the question posed this morning by our leader, Peggie Arvidson, was an important one: how do you retain clients? Now, this networking group…

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