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Government Shutdown: React, Communicate, Control

Small organizations are at extra risk during the government shutdown – you already know that. But what can you do? 1. Keep your fears at home. Your employees need concrete information and clear communications. But don’t add to their burden by discussing your fears. 2. Grab control where you can. A big part of this […]

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May, Memorial Day and Our Military: Lessons for Now

Memorial Day, the critics charge, has become nothing more than the start of summer vacations and summer sales. Yet, May is the month we recognize and remember several aspects of our military: Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10) is a recent recognition of their support. Armed Forces Day (May 18) recognizes those currently in service. […]

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Common Small Business Problems Hinder Success

One of the advantages of consulting is that you get to see others’ mistakes. And learn from them. I have made more than my fair share of mistakes. Yet, I still am surprised by how often the basics underlying how you run your operations are the most common small business problems. Good administrative processes will […]

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Veterans Day – Make it Count

Veteran’s Day is barely a holiday in the US, except as a retail sales gimmick. But why should we expect this to be different? Fewer than 2% of us have ever served in the military. And since we moved to an all-volunteer service, those who do serve come from a smaller slice of the population. […]