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Oct 12
2020

Virtual Job Interviews

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In the past, final job interviews were conducted face-to-face. It often included travel when filling key positions. Today, because of COVID-19, more final selections are based on online interviews. Given this reality, many of us need to prepare for Zoom or Skype interview opportunities differently.  

Consider what God said to Samuel: "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."  (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV, italics mine) However, since your interview is with another person, the reality is that physical details matter, and there are several things you can do to prepare for an online job interview to assist you in landing an offer.

Oct 05
2020

When All Business Choices Are Bad

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Like most of us, I don’t remember everything from business school.  However, one phrase from an instructor has always stuck with me. The professor said, “There will be times in your business career when all of your choices are bad, and your job will be to carefully analyze and select the least bad option.” Unfortunately, I have experienced this when none of my options were attractive.

Sep 28
2020

Becoming Involved in Employees’ Personal Issues

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We all have employees who come to us and share personal problems and information. My experience has taught me not to become overly involved in an employee’s personal challenges. I listen and endeavor to triage the situation when somebody is venting legitimately. For example, if a spouse has a cancer diagnosis, I allow them an opportunity to express their pain and suffering. We need to be good listeners.

There are several reasons I don’t to get involved in staff issues such as financial difficulties, marital concerns or other personal issues. I avoid this, not because I don’t care, but because when I insert myself into an employee’s problem; the situation becomes partly my problem. I don’t give investment advice because if what I suggest goes wrong, the person will likely blame me even if other ideas turned to gold.

Sep 23
2020

Shifting Sands Around Colleges

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Investors have learned that buying houses and renting them to college students is a good way to make money.  They have also learned that building businesses that cater to students brings a good return on their investment. This includes pizza parlors, bars, and coffee shops. These businesses have done well in many situations because of the students who patronize them.

However, over the past eight years there has been a significant decline in student enrollment in colleges as the chart below demonstrates. Across the country today, news reports a significant reduction in in-class teaching, with some schools going to online instruction only.

Sep 17
2020

Sharing Decision-Making with Your Staff

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Every day, great ideas flow from our employees. Owners and managers who believe they have nothing to learn from their staff should consider how King David managed his army: “Then David consulted with the captains of the thousands and the hundreds, even with every leader” (1 Chronicles 13:1). Considering the size of David’s army, that was a lot of people to ask. We will gain important information we need to keep our business intact.