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The Key to Having a Unique Business? Unique People!

Over the years of teaching in an entrepreneurship program, I realized a pattern. As expected, every entrepreneur thinks his business is unique. But in having a unique business, who works for you? What value do they bring to the table? Do they make your business “unique”? To some extent, they probably do! These are questions we will explore, but

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Can You Grow a Company With Only “A” Players?

LeBron James: hate him or love him, you have to admit that he’s a talented basketball player. When he started out his career in Cleveland, he was a promising player. Unfortunately, his gifts were too much for the team since there wasn’t a support system to cultivate his “A” player qualities. After 7 years, James

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Recession = Fewer Professional Jobs Available

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past 15 months, then you have probably noticed that the decline in oil prices has resulted in many Houston businesses experiencing symptoms of an economic recession. What does a recession mean for you? Historically, recessions equate to reduced availability of professional jobs. While the effects of the free fall in oil

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Hiring Process is Getting Longer

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports that employers are taking longer to pull the trigger on hiring decisions than in years past. According to the article: the average job in 2014 sat vacant for 27.3 days before filled; this is compared to only 15.3 days five years ago the average interview process

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The 3 Most Important Interview Questions

Preparing for a job interview can be intimidating. What should you wear?  Will you be able to find the place?  How early should you arrive? But probably the most terrifying concern of all is “What questions will they ask?”. 3 Important Interview Questions Bernard Marr wrote a great article on LinkedIn that can help take

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Behavior of Successful People

When researching the behavior of successful people, I came along an article regarding unsuccessful people. Steve Tobak wrote an article in Entrepreneur called 10 Behaviors You Never See in Successful People.  In his experience working with business owners over several decades, Tobak observed that behavior, as opposed to intrinsic characteristics or habits, determined whether an individual

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How Not to Get the Interview

When we’re conducting a CFO search for clients, it’s not unusual for me to read through (yes, I actually read them) hundreds of resumes looking for people I’d like to get to know better in an interview.  Through the process, I sometime feel a little like Goldilocks;  some resumes are too long and detailed, some

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Demand for Talented People: Addressing Employee Turnover

Working with clients over the years, it seems as though we’ve seen every employment trend come then go. Then they come back around again.  When the economy is bad, talented employees will stay in a less-than-desirable situation. Conversely, companies begin to tighten their belts and reduce headcount.  When the economy improves, these folks start looking for greener pastures and the

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Hiring an Investment Banker?

Since the economic recession that started in 2007, many people have perceived investment bankers negatively. The recession was caused in great part by the careless and unwise actions of investment banks and their regulators. Despite the negative impression people have of investment bankers, they are extremely beneficial for the economy and for individuals and companies

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Timing of Hiring Interns

What is the timing of hiring interns for the summer? How soon should a company start looking for summer intern help? Timing of Hiring Interns Just yesterday, I received a call from a business associate who was making introductions for his daughter for an internship this summer. All he was doing was opening doors. He

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3 Critical Roles in Onboarding New Employees

Onboarding new employees is expensive and time-consuming for employers. In order for you to maximize the value of your onboarding process, following are three critical roles in onboarding new employees: 3 Critical Roles in Onboarding New Employees Role of the Teacher Onboarding new employees involves teaching them about the company culture and ethics as well as developing their

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Should You Outsource Your C-Suite?

In last week’s issue of the Houston Business Journal, Molly Ryan reports on how businesses in Houston are looking to augment the leadership of their companies by outsourcing their C-suite executive positions.  Ryan interviewed several leaders and clients of Houston-area outsourced executives firms, myself included, to get their perspective on what is driving the trend and

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