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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

Intern Burn

Hired the ultimate intern from hell? Here's how to avoid making the same mistake twice.
November 1, 2004 in Hiring Center

eBay Made Easy

Intimidated by eBay? Don't be. For nearly half a million entrepreneurs, it's a great place to build a business.
October 8, 2004 in Selling Online

Management Buzz 10/04

Business plans and game plans, define your brand and more
October 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

No Train, No Gain?

You've invested a lot in training your employees, so see if you're getting what you paid for.
October 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Time's Up

New laws tell you who gets overtime--and who doesn't.
October 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Heart of Gold

Nonprofits are reaping the rewards of starting for-profit ventures.
September 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Domestic Dispute

The debate over benefits for same-sex couples heats up.
September 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Separation Anxiety

Don't worry if you have an employee who's not a team player--it is possible to deal with loners in a way that makes everyone happy.
September 1, 2004 in Managing Employees

Magic Markets

Learn the tricks for getting in tune with today's 5 hottest consumer markets--and watch as your profits begin to levitate.
September 1, 2004

Crisis Mode

Economic crises are trickling down to entrepreneurs. How are they fighting back?
August 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Setting Sale

Is your business anchored down by a stale sales plan? Learn how to navigate the 5 biggest sales challenges facing entrepreneurs today, and get back on course.
August 1, 2004 in Sales

This Is a Test

Just how effective are puzzle interviews when it comes to singling out the best candidates for a job?
August 1, 2004 in Hiring Center

In Vain?

What does the future hold for the once-hot metrosexual?
July 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Here to Stay

When you're looking for new hires, temps may not be as temporary as you might think.
July 1, 2004 in Hiring Center

Hit or Miss

Jumping on a hot trend at just the right time can be a great way to launch a business. But how can you tell if a trend has enough staying power to stake your startup on it?
June 1, 2004 in Evaluating Your Idea

Taking It Personally

Consumers want to make their mark—in more ways than one.
June 1, 2004

Learning From Your Employees

You may be the boss, but that doesn't mean you can't let your employees teach you a thing or two.
June 1, 2004 in Learning to Lead

Talent Scouting

Employees' hidden star qualities might be just the thing to put your business's name in lights.
May 1, 2004 in Human Resources

Out With the "In"

If you want happy, harmonious employees, it's time to kick those workplace cliques to the curb.
April 1, 2004 in Managing Employees

Status Woe

Contractors' illegal workers could put you in a legal pickle.
April 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Age Rage

Younger employees are crying age discrimination.
April 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Battle of the Brand

Is image really everything when it comes to your business? Listen as entrepreneurs and experts sound off about whether branding is crucial for success, then decide for yourself.
March 1, 2004 in Branding

Otherwise Engaged

Get blase employees motivated about their jobs, and they'll really take care of business.
March 1, 2004 in Motivation and Retention

New Arrivals?

Signs of recovery have some businesses hiring.
February 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Got It Covered

If you can't afford to offer employee benefits on your own, why not join forces with a PEO?
February 1, 2004 in Compensation and Benefits

Testing the Waters

Want to get an idea of how prospective employees may perform on the job? Use a situational interview, and take them on a test run.
January 1, 2004 in Hiring Center

Out With the Old . . . ?

Chambers of commerce will have to rethink their programs-or risk losing Gen X entrepreneurs.
January 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Show of Good Faith

It's more important than ever to show customers you'll keep their information private.
December 1, 2003 in Entrepreneur Magazine

An Art in Itself

Managing your creative employees can be a challenge, but doing it well is crucial to your business.
December 1, 2003 in Managing Employees

Get Talking

Make no mistake about it: When it comes to employee relations, silence is not golden.
November 1, 2003 in Entrepreneur Magazine