May 19th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Any business depends on its employees to run their operations. When one person is consistently absent, it can put an additional strain on the rest of the team. However, there are ways you can handle the situation that supports your company and the sick employee. Know the Law As an employer, you have to comply with laws that protect employees with health issues. The Family and Medical Leave Act gives…

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May 17th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

If you’ve ever considered a career as an entrepreneur, you’ve probably taken some time to brainstorm the next great product. In the history of inventions, some very strange ideas have turned out to be big hits, largely because they filled a need everyday consumers were not aware they had. If you want to start thinking outside the box, review this list for inspiration on your next great idea. Bottled Water…

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May 15th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

We’ve all heard the warning, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” While this observation is generally attributed to former world heavyweight boxer Bob Fitzsimmons (1858-1917), it advances an ancient bit of wisdom. It is a cautionary bit of advice that modern companies would do well to heed. Unfortunately, we have more than one fitting example of a large company falling hard. In the last 50 years, some of…

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May 7th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Dazzlingly effective CEOs are equipped with an array of talents, and the ability to run meetings effectively is one of their core skills. Unproductive meetings cost U.S. companies an estimated $37 billion each year, representing a large chunk of the 11 billion meetings that American workers sit through every year. Poorly-run meetings sidetrack everyone’s energy and waste valuable worker time, dissipating initiative and lowering productivity. Elon Musk approaches meetings the…

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May 1st, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Engineering is a lucrative profession. Not only can engineers expect to become millionaires, but most of the world’s millionaires actually have engineering degrees. Of course, not everyone who completes that credential will start with a seven-figure salary, but many of the world’s successful entrepreneurs have an engineering background. Research Shows Engineering Is a High-Paying Profession An April 2014 survey by Chef found most engineers fully expect to become millionaires. In…

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April 23rd, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

If you’re like most people, you politely deflect a compliment. While many think that shows humility, in fact, it may be insulting. Think about how you feel when you offer a sincere compliment and the receiver brushes it off — you’d probably prefer that they smile and say “thank you.” While a simple “thank you” is often the best way to respond to a compliment, it also depends on the…

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April 9th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Have you wondered why so many tech companies aren’t listed on the stock exchanges? Many of these companies find no incentive to go public, and with access to abundant venture capital, they are able to build privately held empires. Their private status allows them the freedom to direct their organizations’ fortunes independent of stockholder demands, keeping the tech IPO market “ice cold.” Below is a quick overview for you of…

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April 2nd, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Every great company has at least one founder and likely several CEOs over its lifespan. Even the most revered CEOs and founders often find themselves removed from the organization they started or led for a period of time. Famously, Steve Jobs was once pushed out of Apple. When money and leadership style is at stake, no one is immune to firing. Legally, it’s a perfectly viable option when the right…

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March 24th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Many tech companies, established and startup alike, tout the benefits of their company culture: free food, games and social activities right in the middle of generous work spaces. But inevitably, people get fired. Although most companies aren’t forthcoming about how and why that firing takes place, those on the receiving end of terminations have provided uncomfortable details of what happens to long-term employees and newbies alike. The Improvement Plan Some…

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March 15th, 2017 Isabelle Daigle By Isabelle Daigle

Great advertisements do more than sell products — they make strong statements and provoke an emotional response. Humor, bold graphics and memorable taglines are all potential hallmarks of great branding. However, in the age of viral media, some ads now take the form of short films. Others aren’t even created by corporate agencies, but by small businesses and individuals with a creative streak. Check out some of the most memorable…

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