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March 26, 2015

Five reasons to train your supervisors

The fix is easy

By Pamela Howland

While employers are quick to train their office managers and human resource personnel on key employment law concepts, they frequently overlook the importance of training those on the front line—their supervisors—on employment law basics. This mistake can expose your business to liability and can hamstring your ability to terminate poor performers. Consider five other reasons to train your supervisors.  1. Supervisors need to know enough to flag problems. Chances are, your human resource professionals know the law and the protocols your business has in place so

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March 26, 2015

To B clear

The line between B Corps and benefit corporations

By Kerby Meyers

Lately, the buzz around companies that account for environmental and social impacts on par with profits has been rising. Yet as the discussion has spread, so has the confusion over what constitutes a B Corp and how it’s different from a benefit corporation. As a result, it’s fairly common to see a company that has registered as a benefit corporation declare that it’s a B Corp. Or, a corporation that has achieved Certified B Corp status will refer to itself as a benefit corporation. Essentially, the terms are used interchangeably, and while that may suffice at some point

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March 25, 2015

The business of gender equality

There's more we can do

By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

Well said, Oscar winner Patricia Arquette: “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights, it's our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” And thank you for raising this topic that never seems to get resolved! Women in Hollywood have at least this one thing in common with the rest of womankind—they are still treated like second-class citizens when it comes to money and power. Even rich, powerful women like Meryl Streep

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March 25, 2015

Executive wheels: Toyota redux

I'm still a mini-van man

By Jeff Rundles

2015 TOYOTA SIENNA LTD 3.5L AWD 7 PASSENGER 2015 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER LIMITED V6 AWD I drove and reviewed these two vehicles just last fall, and I mentioned that to the Toyota people when we were discussing what was available. They seemed to think that the 2015 models were somehow different. Aside from a couple of minor design changes, the only change that really matters is the base price: The exact same Limited 3.5-liter, seven-passenger Sienna with AWD carried a base price last year of $41,700; this year they upped it to $42,780. So for almost everything I think about the Sienna I

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March 24, 2015

Destroy fear in five steps

Face it and beat it

By Lauren Miller

Fear is simply a label we place on a situation we do not feel capable of handling successfully. As soon as we categorize a situation in the fearful file, we render ourselves limited in our capacity to show up with our greatest strengths and talents in life. What do you fear? Public speaking? Leadership positions? Conflict resolution? What’s your muse? Sometimes, we don’t even know what we fear until we are face to face with this creepy little serpent that seems to pop up in the most inopportune moments. Take presentations. Perhaps you feel that because you took debate class in

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March 24, 2015

Best of CoBiz: Check your ego at the door

Narcissism can be toxic

By Derek Murphy

Everyone knows someone with a narcissistic personality. Often, it is someone of power that shows the extreme symptoms of narcissism. Even a few leaders in the ancient world believed they were gods. I hope those times are done. A narcissist, by definition, is a personality trait of egotism, vanity or simple selfishness. They have grandiose visions about their own importance and believe they are special. In a sense, narcissism is arrogance on steroids. Well, these are not the type of qualities one typically looks for in a business leader. Many even say narcissists helped spurred the

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March 23, 2015

Good habits close more sales

Your mindset controls your paycheck

By Liz Wendling

Successful selling begins with a successful mindset. The right mindset is built on the right habits. Habits form the foundation for high performance. High performance produces outstanding results. It’s what separates the winners from the under achievers. There is compelling evidence on how properly ingrained habits can transform a business. I’m surprised how few actually follow this money making practice.  Employing these habits will have life changing results. We all know people who achieve the results they crave by practicing great habits and rituals. They set a goal

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