How to prioritize using the urgent/important principle

Do you feel like you could prioritize more efficiently at your business? You're not alone -- and this problem is not a new one.During a speech in 1954, former President Dwight Eisenhower said, "I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent." A theory was created around that quote, now known as the Eisenhower Principle. It involves the use of a matrix to classify the four types of tasks on your list, as follows: U...
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How to design gender bias out of your workplace

Top traits to look for when adding members to your team

As you're building your new startup team, there are some things you want to consider.You want to put together an effective team that not only has the qualities necessary to do the job, but you want a team that works well together and has strengths that are complimentary.A good team is the team that propels your startup into the future and with maximum productivity and growth.In this article, we discuss the top traits to look for when adding members to your team.Strong organizational skillsIt's n...
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Want more time to grow your business? Track your daily activities

The best way to ensure that you can find more time in your day to focus on growth is to eliminate non-core responsibilities from your schedule. The problem is that you may not be able to identify which tasks you can delegate or outsource. The solution? A time audit. Use the following infographic to find out how to determine the ways that you're spending time.  

Coronavirus - how it shutdown the world


5 of the most common hiring mistakes startups make

According to Career Builder, 74% of companies that admit they've hired the wrong person for an open position lost an average of $14,900 for each bad hire.What's more, according to the US Department of Labor, the cost of a bad hire can reach up to 30% of the employee's first-year earnings.These stats show you just how important it is to hire right the first time. To assist you, let's look at five of the most common hiring mistakes startups make.#1: Hiring people you knowWhile in some instances hi...
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50 ways companies are giving back during the Coronavirus pandemic

Most people's lives have been completely upended by the Corona Virus or COVID-19 sweeping the world. That said, today I'm highlighting 50 helpers. When the pressure is on, and governments are overloaded, it is up to businesses large and small to do things that will better their employees, customers and the community at large, until this difficult time passes.  ​[Read full article on Forbes] 

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What startups need to consider before forming a board of directors

​A board of directors helps oversee the activities of a company or organization. Publicly held companies have to have a board of directors, while private companies don't.That begs the question for many startups as to whether or not they need a board of directors, and if so, when? There are many reasons this is a good idea for most startups. So, for the purposes of this article, let's say you do need one.In this case, we look at what startups need to consider before forming a board of directors.B...
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