1. The economy no longer matters to me; we are going to grow revenue in 2015 regardless of any external obstacles.
If you're looking to grow your business in the face of a stronger economy, chances are that most of you will be considering increasing at least part of your staff with contingent workers.
A client of mine hired a long lost relative and placed him in management. For the sake of confidentiality, let's call this gentleman Steve.
In a move intended to expand credit for qualified buyers with little cash, first-time buyers of single-family homes now can qualify for loans with down payments as low as 3 percent.
Almost everyone looks back at their career at some point. The good times are remembered, the tough times are recalled, and the things learned that might apply to what they are doing at the moment surface.
Captain Steven Hiller is piloting the alien craft toward the mother ship, when suddenly he loses control of the spacecraft.
Research conducted by The CEO Project suggests that the individuals who lead companies should spend their time very differently than how most are currently spending it.
By the time you read this, Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday will have passed.
This is the city, Santa Clarita, California. I carry a badge. My name's Thursday. The following story you are about to read is true – the names have been changed to protect the innocent.
The Huffington Post recently issued an 'Infographic' entitled "13 Disturbing Facts About Employee Engagement."
The economy and job market are improving, inventory is rising, underwriting rules are relaxing, and interest rates on home loans remain low, yet a survey released recently found the share of first-time home buyer at its lowest point in nearly three decades.
Right after I joined the company, I realized the owner was strange.
Earlier this year I attended the 2014 Los Angeles Digital Government Summit in Los Angeles. The theme of the conference was "Future Skills" and much of the conference focused on the need to prepare the future technical workforce in government. That same concern is a big issue in the minds of private sector employers as well. In the keynote speech by
In the fall of 1987 I was called into my boss's office and terminated. The meeting was short and professional. The company no longer had need of my services.
Six federal agencies recently announced plans to loosen overly strict home lending rules so that more people can purchase a home, a move that should boost the Santa Clarita Valley and nation's still-recovering housing markets.
Keep Your Home California recently announced a new pilot program to help low- and moderate-income senior homeowners avoid foreclosure on their reverse mortgages.
When an employee has been poached away, where can you find their successor?
It's a difficult thing when a loyal, dedicated employee walks into your office and tells you that they are resigning because they have taken a job someplace else.
I've often been asked by top executives "Where should I invest my time?" and my answer is that it should be divided between the tactical and the strategic.
It's only been eight weeks since the start of the New Year but it feels as if it has been an eternity.
Don't you think it would be best for your company if all those that work there knew exactly what is expected of them?
It seems appropriate, what with it being Lincoln's birthday, to write about what is known as the "Lincoln Law," or the False Claims Act.
Who is a manager? Those individuals held responsible and accountable for the proper supervision and leadership of employees. Managers should concern themselves with the key functional areas of planning, organizing, controlling, coordinating and leading.
It's not clear that staging a home for sale always achieves the desired effect, but spending $675 to grab buyers' attention sounds like an idea worth trying.
Last week I introduced John Naber's Gold Medal Process. John won four gold medals and one silver medal as a swimmer in the 1976 Olympics. The first four steps of his process are The Dream, Faith and Attitude, a Concrete Goal, and Strategy and Plan.
Every business owner, CEO and top executive I know is interested in growing their company.
In 2014, the California legislature passed approximately 900 new laws affecting California businesses and their owners. Many of these laws went into effect January 1, 2015, and still others become effective throughout the year. Staying on top of all these changes can be quite a daunting challenge. The following are some of the more significant changes to employment regulations that become effective in 2015.
Since its inception in 1982, the California Employee Training Panel (ETP) program has provided well over $1 billion to lower employer costs of training more than 800,000 workers at more than 78,000 California companies. Employers match training funds awarded by the ETP, making these projects real public-private partnerships (www.etp.ca.gov).
I've had the pleasure of being in the audience twice to learn of the process that John Naber, swimmer, followed to win four gold medals and one silver medal in the 1976 Olympics.
When was the last time you had a conversation with your weakest link, your lowest-performing direct report; the individual not doing what you want them to do?