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Happy Halloween

Once, I had to hire five people in two weeks. The first day, I interviewed about ten people. By the end of the day, I couldn’t remember which was which, or who said what. So on Day 2, I had a plan. I asked each person when the last time they dressed up for Halloween [...]

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Who’s Hiring Santa Claus this Year?

OK, we’re putting the word out to help one of our community members–you can read her article in this week’s newsletter, actually… Linda Case. Here’s her challenge and her request for help: —- Hello StartupNation. You guys were able to help me out once before and I am hoping you can help me again. I [...]

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Rehiring Employees

I was always told that once you leave a company to work for a competitor, you can’t return. Have times changed? A couple years ago, a friend quit his job to work for the competition. Within a week, he was back at his original job. The first job paid less, but the new company was [...]

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Big Changes for a Key Employee.. and your reaction

Continuing on the theme of throwing scenarios at you that you respond to, here’s one that we (as business owners) have to be ready for…because it could happen when we least expect it… — One of your key employees walks in to have a private talk with you. He has a serious situation he’s dealing [...]

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Flex-Time- Is the Concept Coming or Going?

Do your employees make their own hours? This week, the subject of “Flex-Time” kept popping up on my computer. USA Today said the practice of flexible hours and allowing your employees to work at home has stalled. Major companies aren’t offering the option, and many employees fear that having such an arrangement puts them a [...]

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Who’s On Your Superstar List?

I ended a recent blog with this statement: "I’ve got my superstar list. Who’s on yours?" A superstar list includes people that you’d love to have on your team in some capacity. They could become employees, partners, advisors or part-time consultants. I believe you should have a list of 12 that you constantly cultivate. Keep [...]

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Taking Responsibility

Obvious? Maybe. For me though, it wasn’t clear until I’d screwed it up a few times: you have to take responsibility for everything that happens at your business. At times in the past, I’ve been in situations where our company was stumbling, and I *did not* do everything I could to bring it back on [...]

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Hire the ones who smile

Whenever you need to add a new person to your team, make the decision easy on yourself: just hire the ones who smile. Smiling is awesome. The act of smiling makes a measurable positive impact in the physiology of a person. Smilers are obviously more upbeat and smiling is darned contagious. The StartupNation team just [...]

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Your employees represent YOU

My fiance Suzanne and I went to a movie last week and wanted to purchase the tickets before grabbing a quick dinner prior to the show. It was a boutique theater that plays "artsy" films which we love (the film we saw is Mad Hot Ballroom, a documentary on the New York City public school [...]

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Great on paper, but do you hire her?

We’ve been throwing lots of challenges at you lately–like… what would you do if you had an opportunity to sell a product but knew it wasn’t really what the customer wanted? Or what would you do if someone dangled startup money in front of you, but it came with some serious strings attached? Well, this [...]

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Road Trip!!!!

Our L.A. – San Fran – Chicago road trip is complete. Actually, it involved 4 flights ending up back at the StartupNation HQ in Michigan. What a blast we had! The photo is from our chicago breakfast panel sponsored by Washington Mutual. Entrepreneurs were IN THE HOUSE! and they were looking for answers to their [...]

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We’re looking for Key Moves

Everyone says you can learn from failure. True. But you can also learn from success. And that’s why we created "Key Moves." Perhaps you’ve heard how we feature success stories on our 1-minute StartupNation radio spots airing all over the U.S. (they’re called "Key Moves for Success.") We also feature them on our website–you’ve probably [...]

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