Category Archives: Protecting the business

Eye of the needle? Why worry over your bottlenecks.

Think for a minute whether there is any process or person that could be classed as the eye of the needle in your organization.  Is there anything,  process or person, that stalls the flow of work from start to finish? … Continue reading

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How to simplify your commission structure

Is your commission structure so complex that even you must have help understanding it – and calculating a commission on a pending bid? Sales people are incentivized by money.  They usually are able to calculate what’s in it for them … Continue reading

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Celebrate your mistakes!

How do you teach your work force that mistakes are OK as long as they learn and don’t repeat them?  By being a visible example.  A friend and fellow CEO states that he publishes each of his mistakes in his … Continue reading

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Careful with terminations. Don’t disparage.

It happens all the time when you’re a CEO.  Somebody important leaves or is let go, and you worry over the impact upon remaining employees and customers.  You worry that the person leaving will begin to unload all the pent–up … Continue reading

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Stop managers from gaming the system

Business unit managers are under lots of pressure to perform, and occasionally are tempted to step over the line finding ways to look better than reality reflects.  Of course, this has never happened to you, and you have never done … Continue reading

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Don’t go on a phishing trip!

Dave’s note: Our guest author this week is Kevin McDonald, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Alvaka Networks, a network services and security firm in Irvine, California. He is a trusted technology and security consultant and public … Continue reading

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Employee vs. contractor: Here we go again.

Several years ago, I wrote an extensive article on the ten most important tests of a company in classifying a person as an independent contractor.  See http://berkonomics.com/?p=662 for that important insight.  But things have gotten much more complicated lately, partly … Continue reading

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What you can’t ask in an employee interview

Dave’s note:  This week, let’s welcome an expert in employment background checks, Chris Dyer, CEO of PeopleG2, to help us explore one dicey subject that gets lots of entrepreneurs and managers into trouble by being completely unaware of what they … Continue reading

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How can I trust that my virtual employees are working?

Dave’s note: For the second week, we welcome my co-author of “Get Scrappy,” Kim Shepherd, to give us her answer to the oft-repeated question:  “How can I trust that my virtual employees are working?”  You’ll recall that Kim is an … Continue reading

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Leaping off the cliff: Making your business virtual

Dave’s note:  I am so pleased this week to introduce my co-author of “Get Scrappy,” Kim Shepherd, CEO of Decision Toolbox.  Her firm is a model of a virtual company, with over 100 employees and absolutely no office other than … Continue reading

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