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How to Override Your Default Reactions in Tough Moments

Ever work with a colleague or customer who is trying to get you worked up? Then you most likely have a default reaction that you go to. That reaction may work, but most likely you would benefit from a different reaction. Controlling and avoiding that can make all the difference. Read more

The Big Problem With Small-Business Websites

It's no secret that many small businesses struggle with building and maintaining their websites. It's a huge commitment that many small-business owners have a hard time justifying. This infographic shows just how much small-business websites are lacking and can provide insight into where you might focus your efforts. Read more

In the Face of Ruinous Online Reviews, Businesses Are Turning the Tables

Online reviews--many of them anonymous--can break a company. What particularly pains business owners are reviews that aren't verified by the sites posting them. That may soon change, however, as business owners are finding new ways to fight back. Read more

2 Critical Investments for Contractors Wanting to Grow Their Businesses

If you want your business to grow, you have to invest in it. Where to invest will depend on your business, but two key areas to focus on are your long-term goals and your ability to sell. REMODELING contributor Shawn McCadden explains why. Read more

First Impressions: 5 Things Not to Screw Up

First impressions are powerful things. Within those first few seconds, the person you are meeting is going to place you in a "mental box" based on their perception of you. That's why it's important you make that short time as positive and effective as possible. Read more

3 Steps to Become a Better Leader

Do you consider yourself a leader? Sure, you might run a business or oversee a team, but leadership requires more than just that. In this video, LearnVest founder Alexa von Tobel and Samuel Bacharach, co-founder of Bacharach Leadership Group, discuss just what makes a leader. Read more

How to Discuss Pay With Your Employees

Discussing compensation with your employees is probably one of the hardest conversations you have each year as a business owner. What's the best way to handle it? Be prepared and willing to communicate why you reached the decision you did. Read more

What The Happiest People Know About Work

Being productive and successful is all about enjoying what you do, and enjoying what you do is greatly influenced by your mindset. What gets you in the mood to do your best work? How do you get your problem-solving juices flowing each day? Use these tips to be productive and content at work. Read more

The Problem with Being Too Nice

Is it better to be feared or to be loved? It's an age-old question, but one that every leader must face. Yes, it's important that your employees enjoy working for you, but being too nice is not the way to do it. In fact, it can be almost as detrimental as being too tough on your employees. Here's why. Read more

Why Family Businesses Come Roaring out of Recessions

Own a family business? Then congratulations, you are more aptly suited to survive a recession than your non-family owned competitors. Here's why family businesses are so well suited to survive when times get tough. Read more

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