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Is Fear of Rejection Impeding Your Success?

Posted In LEADERSHIP PROFILES

There's a two-letter word that can really hurt your success as an entrepreneur: No. Fear of rejection extends past worrying about being turned down for a date. In business, if you can't hear the word "no" without walking away crushed, you may not be in business long. Learning to be persistent, to keep knocking until [...]
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Are You Isolated as the Leader of Your Small Business?

Posted In EMPLOYEES

They don’t say “it’s lonely at the top” for nothing. It can be. And isolation is often hard on a chief executive’s psyche and bad for business. Leaders may want to portray a tough-guy or tough-gal image, but they have feelings too. In a 2012 survey by RHR International [PDF], 41 percent of CEOs polled [...]
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Tips for Working With Temps and Temp Agencies

Posted In EMPLOYEES

Temporary workers can be a godsend. They meet your small-business needs at a lower cost than regular full-time employees with benefits, which is a huge plus when you don’t have the resources to hire permanent staff. Increasingly, U.S. companies of all sizes are turning to temps for support. If you’re thinking about doing the same, [...]
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Excuses, Excuses: Is Risk Aversion Ruining Your Business?

Posted In GROWING YOUR BUSINESS

You can talk yourself out of just about anything. Sometimes being cautious works in your favor, but it can also limit your small business’s growth. The most successful entrepreneurs are not averse to taking risks. So says Tom Panaggio (pictured), author of The Risk Advantage: Embracing the Entrepreneur’s Unexpected Edge. He argues that risk avoiders [...]
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How to Know When Your Customer Isn’t Likely to Pay

Posted In MONEY

It’s tough enough to drum up clients. For a business being bootstrapped by its owner, getting stiffed for services rendered can spell financial trouble. Just how bad is the problem? The Freelancers Union in 2012 started an open letter to nonpaying clients dubbed “The World’s Longest Invoice.” To date, it’s garnered thousands of responses from [...]
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What to Do When an Employee Cries

Posted In EMPLOYEES

Tears can be tough to handle, particularly when it’s an employee who lets loose the waterworks. How best to respond as the boss is a delicate matter. Dan Chmielewski remembers when, as a manager, he had to put an employee on probation. “I was told by HR and my managers to have tissues ready and not to [...]
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Are You Too Optimistic?

Posted In EMPLOYEES

Andy Grove, co-founder of Intel, one famously said that “only the paranoid survive.” He was right, asserts Steven Blue, author of Burnarounds: Unlocking the Double-Digit Profit Code, a book about transforming small companies into global powerhouses. “Don’t make the mistake of being a fat, dumb, and happy CEO.” Blue points to the recent economic crisis, when [...]
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How to Deliver Bad News to Employees

Posted In EMPLOYEES

Nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Let’s face it, times are less than stellar for many entrepreneurs: August was the fourth consecutive month of negative job growth for small businesses, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. Should a crisis [...]
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