Show Stoppers

CreativeMornings lets local leaders test their public speaking skills

When N’Gina Kavookjian was asked to speak at the local chapter of an international monthly breakfast lecture series for creative communities, she was hesitant to accept the invitation. The co-owner of South restaurant doesn’t typically find herself in front of a captive audience, and she was unsure how she would connect with people outside her industry.

Dec 28, 2017 Karen Wilkinson

Seek Solutions by Seeking Empathy

The planning stage of our December issue typically starts with a conversation reviewing what we mean by “innovation.” Technology is often only part of it — a starting point, if that. Notable innovation hinges on better solutions to existing problems.

Nov 30, 2017 Allison Joy

Buzzwords: Pain Point

A problem thought to be facing a person or group of people that entrepreneurs are looking to solve through goods and/or services.

Nov 17, 2017 Jennifer Newman

5 Ways Your Family Business Can Maximize Philanthropic Giving

1. Discuss your values and motivations. Explore your family’s motivations behind your giving to better understand what you want to accomplish. By identifying core values, you’ll be able to direct your support to mirror the causes important to you.

Oct 10, 2017 Nick Tedesco

3 Reasons Why Your Family Business Needs Systems

Call it a disagreement, difference of opinion or power struggle, but family-owned businesses are no less likely to have challenges about how things are run than any other company.

Here are my top three reasons why family businesses need systems:

Oct 6, 2017 Kelly Azevedo

Dilemma of the Month: Changing the Terms of Employment

My assistant “Jane” has a reduced work week, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. I agreed to this when she was hired. However, two years later, I now need her to work more hours. I don’t need or want to hire an additional person — I just need her to work an 8-hour day. But she doesn’t want to. What can I legally do?

Oct 5, 2017 Suzanne Lucas

Mitigate the Legal Risks of Terminating an Employee

When an at-will termination is at issue, there are certain steps to take and considerations an employer should evaluate to minimize the risk of later becoming the target of a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Sep 25, 2017 Marcus L. Turner

Dilemma of the Month: Retracting a Job Offer

I recently made an offer to a new director of communications for my company. However, I then found out this individual had posted to Facebook asking friends for feedback on two job offers — one for my company and another for a local competitor. I was horrified and I want to remove my offer. Any advice on how to tactfully prevent this from happening in the future?

Sep 7, 2017 Suzanne Lucas

Mono-Tize Your Life

Stop what you’re doing — which is probably a lot, all at once. As it turns out, experts say multitasking drains your brain power and dilutes the quality of your work.  Luckily there’s a solution: Start mono-focusing. 

Sep 5, 2017 Allison Joy

Dilemma of the Month: He Said, She Said

We have a female employee who reported sexual harassment from a male coworker. The woman didn’t want to come forward, but once the CEO found out, he felt he had an obligation to handle the claim. We currently are without an HR manager. What is the proper way to handle this? Should an investigation be made? 

Aug 3, 2017 Suzanne Lucas