It’s Just Business


“It’s just business.” It’s a mantra that fills many an employee with fear. It’s no wonder – the phrase typically is used moments before explaining to an employee or two that they are to be laid off. In some cases, the act may be necessary as in the case of an unruly employee or one […]

Why You Need an Editorial Calendar

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Editorial calendars aren’t for everyone. I recognize this fact, yet I still urge people to consider using them, especially people who are new to blogging for their businesses or who are determining the best way to lay out the components of their marketing strategy. Having an editorial calendar brings order to content that may or […]

Personal Branding, Reputation Management, and Character

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I haven’t written about personal branding because I haven’t felt equipped to do so. I’ve read posts about it, listened to arguments from both sides, and tried to figure out my own sense of the concept. Both sides provide compelling arguments, but I find myself falling more often on the side that says it doesn’t […]

Your E-Letter Content Matters

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A few weeks ago, I overheard two women in a coffee shop talking about e-letters. One of the women said, “I don’t care all that much about the content in my business’ e-letters. It’s the touch point that matters. You know, keeping the business’ name in front of people.” I was more than a little […]

How to handle conflict in the workplace

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I am, by no means, the best person to give advice about handling confrontations and conflict. I don’t like conflict. I avoid confrontations if at all possible. Having to confront someone makes me feel ill. I imagine how horrible the confrontation will go. I envision how flustered I will become.

How to communicate your vision

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Communicating a vision is problematic because it has to be easy to grasp by others, yet it has to have a depth to it. A vision expressed in fifty words should have, in its background, a full-blown vision of however many words it takes to express it. A vision is both an abstract and a […]