Today's leader is a little less famous, although he recently spent time in the national spotlight. It's always great when you thank your people for helping you get to the top. A heartfelt thanks lets them know that they matter and that you understand you couldn't have done it without them. Since it is a gesture so often overlooked, it always makes an impact on those being thanked. Tom Barnett, owner of Barnett Management in Phoenix, AZ, took it a few steps further. His company owns 24 Burger King franchises in Arizona, and he was given the Burger King Franchisee of the Year award. What he did with it might shock you.
Let's be real. When you think of branding your company, you think of getting a new logo, some new business cards, and maybe a new sign on the building. You also probably think it's an expensive exercise in vanity. If you've had any experience with a traditional branding company, you may be familiar with making all of your presentation materials - brochures, power points, print ads, etc - look and feel the same. But even still, as far as you can tell, you pay a lot of money to a graphic designer to slap some polish on the same old stuff. It's for these reasons that you have probably avoided branding or re-branding your company at all costs. And I'm here to show you that you're wrong.
It's a new year, so that means there is lots to talk about. There are some new laws here in California that are going to affect the way you do business. If you employ undocumented workers (either knowingly or not) you'll face some new challenges with health care. And there are some really positive predictions for 2015's economy. Here's what's going on this week in small business news.
A recent survey shows that small business owners are optimistic, State Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski announces the Small Business Crawl, and Square announces that they're trying their hand at small business payroll. Let's take a look at this week's news.
Silicon Valley may be headed for a burst bubble, Governor Jerry Brown seeks a long-lasting policy legacy, and California businesses show no signs of pay raises in the next few years. Here's what's going on in business news.
In the news this week, we've got some varied topics. California Governor Jerry Brown faces a bill that would drive state contracting power to the unions and leave out non-union small business owners. Companies around the nations have been getting creative in their methods of dealing with the ACA fallout. And today, Facebook rolls out it's new net-wide advertising platform. Here's what's going on this week in business.
When my clients meet me, they will usually find me in either a nice pair of dress shoes, or a comfortable pair of safety boots, depending on where I'm going or what I'm doing for the client. This Throwback Thursday, let's look at a different phase.
Sir Richard Branson, the UK's sixth wealthiest person and founder of the Virgin Group, has some great advice about the status quo. Have a read and find out what a leader of his caliber does to the norm.
When life gives us lemons, we can't always make lemonade. Sometimes we have to explain the citrus smell emitting from our pockets and continue our work. Let's talk about how to handle work when life interrupts.