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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

Off the Clock

Flexibility is the workstyle of the future.
May 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Keep Up!

Your business is improving its offerings--and that's a good thing. The problem is, your customers don't always see it that way.
May 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Play It Safe

Protect your business information when you subcontract.
May 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Time Out

Never enough time? Practice these simple time management techniques, and get your life back in control.
April 11, 2007 in Business Management

Bring On the Night

If your best work happens in the wee hours, you're not alone.
April 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Time Out

Never enough time? Practice these simple time management techniques, and get your life back in control.
April 1, 2007 in Leadership

It's Easy Being Green

There are more ways than ever for your business to save energy, money and the environment.
April 1, 2007 in Management & Operations

Values Added

Can you grow your socially responsible company while staying true to your values? Sure, just use your natural resourcefulness.
April 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Mind Your Money

Get a handle on expense reports.
April 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

The Baby Boomers Are Coming

The boomers are coming. Can you help your city prepare?
March 1, 2007 in Targeting Niche Markets

Will a Computer Take Over Your Job?

Soon, it may be a computer calling the shots.
March 1, 2007 in Management & Operations

5 Big Biz Think Tank Techniques

Larger companies are using innovation centers to encourage and implement new ideas. What can you learn from their tactics?
March 1, 2007 in Growing Your Business

Keep the Peace in Your Company

Getting your company's departments to work in harmony is sometimes a battle, but you can keep discord from reigning supreme.
March 1, 2007 in Managing Employees

More Than a Game

How to use video games in training programs.
March 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Are You Suffering From Information Overload?

You have the data at your fingertips, so why is making business decisions so hard? It could be information overload.
February 1, 2007 in Management & Operations

Mind Games

How to deal with an employee you suspect has a psychiatric disorder.
February 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Mine, All Mine!

Think you should have complete control over your company? Think again.
January 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Hiring Stay-at-Home Moms

Looking to hire? Hire stay-at-home moms.
January 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Driving Factor

Keep gas prices from pushing employees over the edge.
December 1, 2006 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Creating Community at Your Office

Your employees are feeling more socially isolated. Should you help?
December 1, 2006 in Managing Employees

Just Checking

Should you conduct ongoing background checks on your employees?
December 1, 2006 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Small-Business Answer Book

Get the answers to your crucial business questions in the last of our three-part series.
December 1, 2006 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Promoting on a Budget

Not sure what to spend marketing your business? Here are some quick tips on developing a marketing budget.
November 21, 2006

Choosing a Business Loan Type

When you're in the market for business financing, determining what kind of loan you can qualify for is the first step.
November 21, 2006 in Startup Financing

Improving Online Customer Service

If your orders are down, you might need to boost your e-commerce customer service.
November 21, 2006 in Customer Service

Raising and Lowering Prices

How do you know when to adjust your prices? These quick tips will help you determine the right timing for your business.
November 21, 2006 in Money Basics

Setting Your Entrepreneurial Salary

Deciding how much to pay yourself is one of the trickier questions facing business owners.
November 21, 2006 in Money Basics

Tips for Lowering Business Taxes

If your taxes are killing you, here are 5 quick tips for finding more deductions and lower business tax costs.
November 21, 2006 in Tax Center

Changing Your Business Name

Before you undertake a serious decision like changing your business name, consider these four factors.
November 21, 2006 in Naming Your Business

Keep Up-to-Date With Business Tech

Consider these four tips when trying to stay current with today's ever-changing tech.
November 21, 2006 in News and Trends