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How To: Lead with courage, compassion and wisdom

Jim Bouchard |

There's a lot of talk about courage and compassion in leadership today. That's terrific, these are two essential qualities for effective leaders. I'd add wisdom, too.

How to: Protect your brand by trademarking

Jordan Payne Hay |

Many business and service providers operate for years without considering whether they should trademark elements of their business. The most common way people think of (and see)...

How To: Run a more effective meeting

Jim Stewart |

I read an article a while back regarding the topic of meetings. According to a study, the typical American professional attends over 60 meetings per month, approximately 50% of meeting...

Expanding a part-time business to full time

Answered by Jim Casey, Casey Communications |

Q: I have a promising part-time business, and I'd like to expand it to full time. I need to identify possible new customers and the competitors I might face in a...

How To: Create opportunities that keep employees engaged

Robert Carmichael |

People often ask how my 27-year career in the military influences my work in human resources and training in a credit union. Some expect a caricature of a hard-knock military officer...

Take advantage of new tax incentives for year-end equipment financing

Stephen Krolikowski |

Forward-thinking business leaders should consider acquiring new or updated equipment before the end of 2016 to take advantage of legislation that both expands deductions and extends depreciation...

Prepare a data center for disaster recovery

Mike Reed |

The top 15 employers in the state of Maine are all medical centers, universities, financial institutions or government entities. All of these organizations have something else in common — they...

How To: Determine the health of your organization's culture

Rob Neal |

Organizations with healthy cultures live long and prosper. If you and the majority of your employees can answer yes to all of the following questions, then there's a good chance you work for an...

How To: Develop a succession plan for a family business

Michael R. Walp |

Consider this: Some 35% of Fortune 500 companies are family controlled, according to Conway Center for Family Business. Family businesses account for 64% of U.S. gross domestic product and generate...

How To: Create a good marketing plan

Steve Lovejoy |

Working with clients over the years has made me appreciate marketing as a key to success. The ability to create a great product isn't going to assure success. There are many great products and...