business

Finding Your Career Passion

Earlier in the year, the job search websites went crazy as people tried to find work that was more satisfying. “While thousands of people are dealing with the tragedy of unemployment, many others are looking for jobs that are more fulfilling than the ones they have,” says attorney and author Pamela Samuels Young , whose newest novel, Anybody’s Daughter , was one of five nominees for National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards’ Outstanding Literary Work,...

Tips for Encouraging Productive Collaboration

In survey after survey, meetings get knocked by everyone from employees to senior executives as being among the biggest waste of work hours. In one poll, by Office Team, 45 percent of senior executives said their firms would be more productive if they banned all meetings at least one day a week. “The problem that often occurs—beyond the obvious, like lacking a clear agenda—is the underlying current of competition that each person brings to the table,” says Berny Dohrmann, chairman...

Reviews—More, More, More

“Everyone knows that online reviews can have a tremendous impact on consumers’ purchasing decisions,” according to Chris Marentis, founder and CEO of Surefire Social . “Ultimately, a single review—positive or negative—can tip the scale in favor of one company over another.” Malynda Vigliotti, also known as Boom Boom, owner of Boom Boom Brow Bar (New York City), spreads good news—instead of featuring bio’s for each of her staff members on her website, she features their picture with a review. “You...

Attitude and Spirit

My two most recent blogs explored the topics of honesty and accountability —key guideposts for living a life of conscious leadership. Today, I’d like to dwell on attitude and spirit. As you read this, take a pulse on your own outlook today. Are you feeling generous, expansive, centered, confident, and self-assured in your dealings with staff and guests? Or are you feeling insecure, jealous, envious, petty, or angry toward those around you? Be honest with yourself: Are you seeing people...

Tips to Help Ensure a Year of Growth

Most people love the fresh-scrubbed feel of a new year. It’s especially a great time to set goals for yourself and your company, which, in many cases, fires you up and inspires change ahead. We all look forward to making improvements rather than looking back, but it is important pause and take stock of how far you’ve come. Doing so it helps avoid making the same mistakes twice, and reminds us of things we did that worked well, so that...

Five Steps to Drive Successful Wealth Metrics

If you believe your personal or business net worth defines your success, then your goals and behaviour’s will need to be financially driven in order for you to feel successful. If you believe the value you provide to clients defines your success, then your goals and behaviour’s will need to be more value-driven. Ideally, you will be able to achieve a satisfying level of both, but first, you must ask yourself: What is the formula I will use to accomplish...

Protecting Your Identity and Money

At least 110 million consumers were affected by the hack involving Target and Neiman Marcus retailers. Whether or not millions more will have their identities manipulated and finances ruined within the coming months due to more breaches of security at other stores is anyone’s guess, according to Scott A. Merritt, CEO of Merritt & Associates and author of Identity Theft Do's and Don'ts . “By necessity, I became an expert on identity theft. My information was stolen in 2006, and...

How to Ensure a Successful Business or Property Sale in 2014

Corporations are holding record levels of cash, interest rates are low, and the housing market is rebounding. The result? Merger and acquisitions professionals are buying more businesses and high-end homes are selling faster. Silicon Valley had a 26 percent increase in sales of $1.5 million-and-up houses in the first half of last year. If you’re considering selling a business or property in this year—while business is good and before mortgage rates climb—keep in mind that focusing only on the price...