Although tax season usually isn’t anyone’s favorite season, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Rich Augustine, CPA, of R.J. Augustine & Associates, Schaumburg, Ill., provides some helpful hints on the new tax laws that may apply to your business situation. Read the rest of this entry »

During an episode of “managing-happily-ever-after disappointment” a quarter-century ago, The Enjoyment of Management by Frederick and John Dyer seemed like the right book for me to read. One chapter covered “the fight-the-report syndrome.” Everyone probably has had an experience with FTRS, but may not realize how extremely common it is. Read the rest of this entry »

And they lived happily ever after. What a comforting way to end a story. In the romance of fairy tales, things are resolved once and for all. The challenge is met, the yearning fulfilled, the scary thing defeated. Tuck the covers under the smiling chin, kiss the unfurrowed brow and turn out the lights. Now, re-enter the adult world. Read the rest of this entry »

An equally important step is to come up with an effective opener to these conversations. You will be calling people who are busy and you need to quickly give an overview of your background and your objective in calling them. Here’s an example:

“Hi, this is Matthew Thomas and I got your name from Sally Armenta who thought you might be willing to share your insights about the field of copywriting with me. I have been in public relations for seven years, working for a variety of financial institutions. I am interested in applying my writing skills in a new direction. Would you be willing to set up some time to meet? I’d love to ask you some questions.” Read the rest of this entry »

Last week we examined how to tell if it’s time to change jobs. We looked at ways to assess whether your interests, skills, values and personality style are a good fit for the kind of work you do. If you’ve now come to the realization that you may in fact need a career change, the next challenge is investigating all of the options and deciding among them. Read the rest of this entry »

2. Most managers today share an awareness that they and their workers don’t have time to do all that can be done. As a result, we all need to be able to prioritize and, at work, that means spending some time constantly re-focusing to see what business the company and you, as an individual, are really in; Read the rest of this entry »

When asked about their greatest every day stressors, most people respond that it is time or lack of it. As I sit in front of the keyboard composing this article, I have to face the normal interruptions of E-Main, the telephone, and other emergent priorities, most of which are not factored into the amount of time allocated for this particular task. Read the rest of this entry »