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Archive By Section - 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


Nancy Starczyk: Boomers Still Wield Power In Housing Market

When it comes to housing, or most anything, the generation of Americans born between 1946 and 1964 sets trends, makes or breaks businesses and drives markets. And "baby boomers" still love owning a home.

December 31, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Business owner’s resolutions

1. The economy no longer matters to me; we are going to grow revenue in 2015 regardless of any external obstacles.

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


Keri Aaver: Staffing temporary workers

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.

December 24, 2014 | By Keri Aaver Business Matters | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The Failure to Evolve

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.

December 22, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


97% LTV May Change Game, Expand Credit

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.

December 16, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Lessons I Learned at the Food Court

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.

December 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: The $1.5 billion oops with Chase and General Motors

Captain Steven Hiller is piloting the alien craft toward the mother ship, when suddenly he loses control of the spacecraft.

December 10, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | 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


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Articles by Section - Business Columns


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


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


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


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


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


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