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Freelance journalist Chris Penttila has covered employee management and leadership issues for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including Entrepreneur magazine, where she served as a contributing editor and monthly management columnist for ten years.

Penttila has interviewed hundreds of small business owners, consultants, professors and other business experts, and she also draws on her own days as a rank-and-file employee at dysfunctional small companies to give entrepreneurs the straight dope on what employees really think about management. She chronicles workplace and leadership trends on her workplace blog .

Penttila has a Master's degree in Journalism and Communication from the University of Oregon. She resides in the Chapel Hill, N.C. area with her husband, Tom, and their two daughters.

30 Recent Stories

Talent Scout

The best way to grow your business is to get the most from the people behind it.
July 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Election Talk

Find ways to allow a healthy mix of politics and productivity.
June 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Dream Teams

Joining forces with a supplier can be a boon to business on both sides.
June 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

How Rude!

If your employees' dining habits are breaking deals, teach them to mind their manners.
May 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Buckle Down

A slow economy doesn't have to spell trouble. There are always new ways to move forward.
May 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Green Team

Make your employees part of the solution by tapping them for environmentally friendly ideas.
April 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Do Something!

Frazzled employees are no good for business. Stop their stress before it starts.
February 7, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Get Absorbed

Being acquired can be a very good thing for your business.
February 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Compensating Overtime Employees

Here's why one entrepreneur hired on an HR person to take care of overtime pay.
February 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Can You Compete?

Chinese manufacturers aren't just making your stuff--they're making their own, too.
January 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Down to Earth

Ellyn Schoen sees obscene displays of wealth every day as founder of Baby J Catering, a New York City catering company that serves wealthy clients in Manhattan, the Hamptons and Greenwich, Connecticut
December 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Breaking the Fall

Is your industry in big trouble? Don't despair--just look for new ways to grow.
December 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Risky Biz

Get your employees taking chances and learning from their experiences.
December 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

When Success Isn't Enough

Business is good, but it could be better. So get out of that rut and take it to the next level--here's how.
November 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Getting Feedback From Peers

Looking for some support? Put in a little face time with someone who understands.
November 1, 2007 in Work/Life Balance

Rumor Has It...

Relying on blogs and fan sites can shed some light on public opinion, but read them with a grain of salt.
October 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Just Say No

Providing great service is vital to your business, but so is knowing where to draw the line.
October 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Buh-Bye

Say hello to a better way of firing problem employees.
September 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

I Spy a Secret

Got a skeleton in your closet? Bring it out before seeking VC.
September 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Keep It Clean

With the recent rash of tainted imports, how can you be sure your goods are safe? Being vigilant is your best antidote.
September 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Shades of Green

With more large companies going green, the entire industry is under scrutiny.
August 1, 2007 in Going Green

Are You Game?

Gaming racks up points as the work model of the future.
August 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Grow Your Business By Tapping New Resources

Partnering with other entrepreneurial companies can help all of you bulk up and throw your collective weight around.
August 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Minority Women Entrepreneurs: A Major Presence

Minority-owned women's businesses are growing at a fast clip. What's going on, and what does it mean for the U.S. economy?
July 5, 2007 in Success Stories

D'oh!

Sure, hindsight is 20/20, but foresight could be, too. Here's how you can catch more business blunders before they happen.
July 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Temper, Temper!

That employee who came to work today in a bad mood could actually be a very good thing for your company.
July 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Hire Away

How to bring new hands on deck--and keep them there.
June 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Creative License?

A recent court ruling could put a damper on licensing.
June 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Money in the Bank

Possible changes coming in small business checking accounts.
June 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Check Mate

Your competitor has just been taken over by a huge corporation. To stay ahead of the game, what should your next move be?
June 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

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