Timely Insights

  • Should you do business in the buff? . . .
Open-book management can dramatically improve employee performance and loyalty. Firms that share reams of key numbers with their entire workforce say that if your staff truly understands your business and how they can shape its fortunes, they'll work harder, propose more business-building ideas and get religion on cost control. Still, there are potential downsides. Here's how to avoid them by stripping the right way. Go to Canadian Business... 
  • How happy are your staff—really? . . .
Your employees smile at you when you pass them in the hall. But are they truly happy, engaged, profit-producing people? It's a tricky business to measure whether your staff is as committed to your company's growth, vision and strategy as you'd like them to be. In this installment of the PROFIT Growth Planner, discover how to conduct an employee engagement survey that will give you a true picture of your staff's attitudes.
  • Using Linked In to find a job . . .
Here’s an underexploited resource whether you’re on the market or not. I’ve been in Linked In for several years but didn’t appreciate what a great resource it really can be – for networking – sure – but also for mining ideas, offering tangible help to others and just for learning about what’s out there. Try it for yourself.
  • Quotable Quotes . . .
"Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
- Ann Landers      

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."
- Albert Einstein      

"Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold -- but so does a hard-boiled egg."
- Anonymous     

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."   
- Clay P. Bedford