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Category >> Managing Your Staff
Jan 18
2017

Hiring Family Members

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The question about hiring family members comes up frequently. I’ve seen this work out well and I’ve seen catastrophic results from a relational point of view.

When asked this question, my first response is another question: “Would you be able to let the family member go if circumstances required termination?” In most situations the short answer is no, at least not without great pain and difficulty.

Jan 13
2017

Keeping Your Team Together

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In the book of Romans Paul gave us a valuable lesson.  “Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who caused dissensions, and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned,  and turn away from them. For such a men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive hearts of the unsuspecting.” (Romans 16:17-18, NASB)

Dec 26
2016

Learn from a Master

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Often I will advise a client against opening a new business until they have apprenticed for at least one year and learned from a master in their field. If you want to open a bakery but have little experience in that field, you are setting yourself up for losing money and your business. You need to learn the basic aspects of the business first.

At times the client will ask me for some help with starting a business in a field with very little specific information available. One example was “Tom” who had an idea to provide massage services to corporate employees. The idea was to contact businesses and contract them to pay for their employees to receive a massage as a way to increase productivity while providing a nice fringe benefit to staff.

Dec 20
2016

Avoid Becoming a Guidance Counselor

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From time to time I encounter clients whose circumstances go beyond business issues and into personal counseling matters. I try to be clear with myself and my clients that I am not a counselor; I’m a business consultant and business coach. If I allow a client to move me outside my area of expertise into becoming a counselor, I am likely to do everybody a disservice.

Nov 23
2016

Do Your Rules Have Teeth?

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Any government rule or law without consistent enforcement and penalty is merely a suggestion. When I lived in Detroit, drivers on a certain section of freeway consistently went 10-15 miles per hour over the speed limit and at times considerably more. When traffic allowed you could cruise between 65 and 70 in a 55 mph zone without much concern of being stopped. Clearly the speed limit was more of a suggestion.