Ethical Issues In Business: I’m Here to Vilify the Investment Adviser Industry

Ethical challenges and ethical decision-making processes experienced or witnessed by U.S. financial advisers. Hello, I’m here to vilify your Industry, As an investment adviser, I am not frightened by many things including questionable ethical issues in business.  I have weathered enough negative markets to give me the tools, knowledge and courage to help my clients... Continue Reading →

Regulatory Compliance – Small Business’s Biggest Buzz Kill (or is it?)

When we ask clients what wins the prize for providing the most headaches, it’s almost unanimously regulatory compliance. Most comments seem to be something like: “compliance administration takes the fun out of being an entrepreneur”. No matter what your business focus, governmental agencies such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, OSHA, ADA, FINRA, SEC, etc. will have an... Continue Reading →

Attention all Organizations – Train your Managers to be Mediators!

We were recently directed to an article by Lisa Dunbar by New Directions Consulting (Vermont and New York) entitled “Conflict Management – the Manager as Mediator”.  It holds an important message for any organization that emphasizes the benefit of team building.  What we like is the discussion on the need for our managers to recognize... Continue Reading →

Team Building Red Flags – You Probably Need Conflict Resolution

Get to the bottom of the conflict. We were recently involved in a team-building project, not conflict resolution, stemming from long standing disagreement(s) between two managers. Over time criticisms that enlisted the support of departments and businesses outside the organization had escalated. Within the past 12 months, issues that began as small, bloomed into direct... Continue Reading →

Office Culture: What’s the Temperature of Your Office?

What a sick office culture looks like. The bad news: if your office displays 2 of the following 5 team maladies, you have a sick office culture: Interoffice sabotage (usually driven by gossip)Excessive non-medical absenteeismLimited dialogue, lack of free expressionHigh turnover – all staff positionsNo passion. Lack of direction. It’s for the paycheck, not the... Continue Reading →

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