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Archive By Section - Business Columns


Ken Keller: The wimp at work

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.

December 05, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: 'Be thankful for what you have and do'

By the time you read this, Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday will have passed.

November 30, 2014 | Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: The true story cautions

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.

November 26, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


Why your managers are disengaged

The Huffington Post recently issued an 'Infographic' entitled "13 Disturbing Facts About Employee Engagement."

November 23, 2014 | By Ken Keller BRAIN FOOD FOR BUSINESS OWNERS | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Fewest first-timers in three decades

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.

November 19, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: ‘Smell the overhead’

Right after I joined the company, I realized the owner was strange.

November 16, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Paula Hodge: Workforce skills for the future

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

November 12, 2014 | By Paula Hodge BUSINESS MATTERS | Business Columns


Are You Missing Honesty and Decisiveness?

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.

November 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller BRAIN FOOD FOR BUSINESS OWNERS | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: New rule can boost sales

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.

November 05, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Addressing slow revenue growth

One of the most common issues in business today is how to improve top line revenue.

November 02, 2014 | By Ken Keller BRAIN FOOD FOR BUSINESS OWNERS | Business Columns


FedEx and the quacks like a duck test

Quiz: If a company does what is detailed in the following quote, are its workers employees or independent contractors?

October 29, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Five promises for 2015

This is the time of year when many businesses are reviewing, refocusing and planning for the New Year.

October 26, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: New era dawning on the Internet

A new era for real estate dawns on the Internet Thursday, Oct. 23, as registration begins for a unique top-level domain name: .Realtor.

October 22, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Is company culture good or bad?

I have a client that takes deep pride on its "company culture."

October 19, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Teens and saving

Learning to drive and buying a car can be an exciting time, especially for teenage drivers, and it's an important step toward adulthood. While it may offer a sense of freedom and pride, it can also provide valuable lessons in responsibility and financial planning. The following tips may help teens become financially prepared for their first car purchase.

October 15, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


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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


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


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


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