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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

Lead Buzz 08/05

Redefining medical leave, unhappy employees and more
August 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Homing In

The call center may become a thing of the past--home-shoring is poised to make its mark on the economy. What's in it for you?
August 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Monitoring Your Staff's Personal Habits

Controversy heats up over off-the-clock regulation.
July 1, 2005 in Employment Law

Lead Buzz 07/05

FACTA explained, pregnancy discrimination and more
July 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Bartering in Business

Barter is back in style and spanning the globe. Here's what you need to know to become the master of your exchange.
July 1, 2005 in Management & Operations

Corporate Raider

A joint venture with a big company sounds great -- until they back out and take your idea with them.
June 21, 2005

Stop, Thief!

A joint venture with a big company sounds like a dream--until the company backs out, takes your idea with it and leaves you in the dust.
June 1, 2005 in Growing Your Business

What Lies Beneath

Today's consumers no longer fit into yesterday's molds. Here's how to get a grip on the new demographics--and get inside your customers' heads.
May 1, 2005

Passing the Buck

If you're asking employees to manage their own benefits, you could be asking for trouble.
May 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Lead Buzz 05/05

A "booming" workforce, the importance of "vision" and more
May 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Inside Job

Need a fresh perspective on projects, markets and more? Chances are, the answers you need are right under your roof.
May 1, 2005 in Leadership

Five Magic Markets

Learn tricks for getting in tune with today's five hottest consumer markets, and watch your profits soar.
April 14, 2005

All the Rage

Angry consumers are using the internet to get revenge. How can you keep them happy?
April 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Lead Buzz 04/05

Sexual harassment training, biometric employee tracking and more
April 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Innovating With Fresh Ideas

R&D is being neglected in too many companies. Here's how to ensure your product pipeline is flowing with imaginative and innovative ideas.
April 1, 2005 in Innovation

Managing the 'Lone Wolf'

Have an employee who's not a team player? It is possible to deal with loners in a way that makes everyone happy.
April 1, 2005

Helping the Family Business Grow

Can a newcomer revitalize a family business--without igniting a family feud? Learn from 3 entrepreneurs who did just that.
March 1, 2005 in Family Business

State Your Case

Many states are luring small businesses with big promises--so what's in it for you?
March 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Lead Buzz 03/05

Well-written business documents, leadership qualities and more
March 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

How to Stop Passing the Blame Buck

Playing the blame game is out. More CEOs are taking responsibility for their actions--and building stronger businesses as a result.
March 1, 2005

Management Buzz 02/05

Employee auctions, the value of employee reviews and more
February 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Lower Your Employee Expectations

Are your first impressions of new hires forcing them out the door? Then it's time to open your eyes.
February 1, 2005 in Managing Employees

Peering In

Peer-to-peer interviews give you a closer look at how prospective employees will get along with your staff--but be careful whom you introduce them to.
January 1, 2005 in Hiring Center

It's All in Your Head

Feeling optimistic or pessimistic about the state of the economy? Uncertain times like these can really mess with your mind. Here's what other entrepreneurs are doing to keep it together--and keep mov
January 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Management Buzz 12/04

Rewarding top-rung employees, the work/life balance and more
December 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

By Degrees

You can show highly educated employees the corporate ropes--but you'd better do it step by step.
December 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Taking Advantage of Trends to Start a Biz

Jumping on a hot trend can be a great way to launch your biz. Find out how to tell a biz-boosting trend from a passing fad!
November 19, 2004

Easy Steps to Startup

Everything has its place, especially when launching a biz. But what comes first? Here's what the experts say.
November 16, 2004

Backward Thinking

Reverse auctions could help you get more contracts.
November 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Management Buzz 11/04

Ombudsmen programs, executive wishes and more
November 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine