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Archive By Section - Business Columns


Ken Keller: I owe you big time!

Don't you think it would be best for your company if all those that work there knew exactly what is expected of them?

February 20, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: How to get rich by spilling the beans

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.

February 18, 2015 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Avoiding the ten management traps

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.

February 13, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: To stage or not to stage?

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.

February 11, 2015 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Putting it all together to inspire

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.

February 08, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The ABC's of Growth

Every business owner, CEO and top executive I know is interested in growing their company.

February 06, 2015 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


New Year, New Employment Regulations

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.

February 06, 2015 | By Attorney Brian E. Koegle Shaffery & Poole LLP | Business Columns


John Milburn: Lower your employee training costs

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).

February 04, 2015 | By John Milburn Business Matters | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Earning gold medals

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.

January 30, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Continued frustration or fierce conversation?

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?

January 23, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: When does Yes mean Yes?

When does "Yes" mean, "Yeah, let's do the deal?" When does "Yes" mean, "Yes, I'm interested, let's talk further?" And when does "Yes" mean, "Yes, I believe you are a real jerk and I never want to see you again?"

January 21, 2015 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


Ken Keller: What are your (real) priorities?

Success in 2015 will be determined by how effectively the leader executes against their plan. At the end of the year, the only question that will matter is: "were the goals achieved?"

January 18, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa:Year of the first-time home buyer

Even California, with its higher home prices and greater demand than much of the rest of the nation, is poised for a return of the first-time home buyer, with more than a few analysts saying 2015 may see the full recovery of the housing market.

January 13, 2015 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Growth curve lessons learned

Early on in my career I had the pleasure of working in a fast growing corporation that doubled its revenue to a billion dollars in six years.

January 11, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: What must change in 2015?

This is the first full week of the New Year and if you are like most individuals, you are going to have a better year than last year, because you have taken time to carefully consider what you want to accomplish.

January 02, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


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Articles by Section - Business Columns


Ken Keller: The Benefits of Formal Accountability

One magazine article I have read many times for the valuable insight it provides and have passed on to prospects and clients is from Inc. Magazine. "Marcus Buckingham Thinks Your Boss Has an Attitude Problem" was published in the summer of 2001.

May 02, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The Perfect (Employment) Storm

Employers, batten down the hatches, the perfect storm is arriving now! The perfect employment storm that is.

April 28, 2015 | By Joe Klocko | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Building assets; growing people

I have long believed that if you are not growing, you are dying. This can be applied to individuals and organizations.

April 24, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Keller: Can’t we move faster?

The hungry, driven business owner ranks at the top of any list of the "most impatient people on the planet."

April 17, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Steps to a strong second quarter

By this time in April, everyone should be back at work from Spring Break and the related holidays.

April 10, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Business radio stations

Last week I mentioned radio station WIIFM, which stands for "What's in it For Me."

April 03, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Higher pay isn’t everything

My previous two columns have focused on how good employees are being poached away from their current employer followed by the why, how and where to find great contributors to succeed those that have departed.

March 27, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Pilot Program Helps Seniors Avoid Foreclosure

Keep Your Home California recently announced a new pilot program to help low- and moderate-income senior homeowners avoid foreclosure on their reverse mortgages.

March 25, 2015 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Great Contributors Are Everywhere

When an employee has been poached away, where can you find their successor?

March 20, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: They’re poached then you’re punched

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.

March 13, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The ROI on time invested

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.

March 06, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Ownership Burnout Warning Signs

It's only been eight weeks since the start of the New Year but it feels as if it has been an eternity.

March 01, 2015 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


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