How to Conduct an Effective Performance Review

A proper performance review can be a very useful tool for both managers and employees. Ideally, a performance review should help drive employee development, it should establish clear expectations, and help motivate employees. While the idea of a review can create anxiety for both a manager and employee, it doesn’t need to be that way. […]

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How This Company Bounced Back After a Toxic Hire

It takes time, but it’s possible. “Culture fit” is the Holy Grail of hiring, but when Tracy Lawrence launched the catering startup Chewse, in 2011, she gave experience an inflated importance. “We’re really into transparency and talking truth to power, but we didn’t always have a way to vet it,” she says. That led to […]

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5 Financial Mistakes Business Owners Can Avoid

Dave Rowan gives advice on how to avoid financial disaster: As a business owner, my guess is you’re quite busy. Hopefully your company is growing and your days are consumed with marketing your business, caring for your customers and running day-to-day operations. I get that you have a million things to do. But I also know […]

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An Introduction to Business Plans

A business plan is a written description of your business’s future. That’s all there is to it–a document that describes what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business strategy, you’ve written a plan, or at least […]

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