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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

Souped Up

Get your start-up running at peak performance levels with our 20-point tuneup.
October 1, 2002 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Hiring Hardships

The economy may have taken a dive, but that didn't make the talent pool any deeper.
October 1, 2002 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Muddled Middle

Good or bad, slackers and stars are stealing attention from everyone in between.
October 1, 2002 in Managing Employees

The Late Show

Does it seem like your employee's procrastination problem is in repeats? It's time to find a solution or say your goodbyes.
September 1, 2002 in Managing Employees

How Embarrassing!

Highly publicized dry spells are poor recruitment tools. Will anybody decent ever want to work for you again?
August 1, 2002 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Still Playing With Toys?

Your interest in the toy industry survived the recession. Now how do you make the most of the recovery?
August 1, 2002

How's Your Health?

When health care is healthy, it's the industry to be in--and the current chaos in the sector may be the opening you need.
July 1, 2002

Can You Believe It?

How to tell the difference between a resume con and a typical dotcom
July 1, 2002 in Entrepreneur Magazine

That's Not Cool

Your brand has left the list of must-haves and is headed toward the list of things people wouldn't be caught dead with. How do you turn it around?
June 1, 2002 in Branding

On Their Own

Give your independent thinkers space--but not enough to get lost in.
June 1, 2002 in Managing Employees

Wholesell Changes

One look at the marketing methods in play when this magazine started and you'll wonder how anything ever got sold. One look at the future and you might see products selling themselves.
May 1, 2002 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Missed Mission

Watch out! If your mission statement is a joke, Enron may be the punchline.
May 1, 2002 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Keep the Faithful

Is it better to cut positions or just salaries? . . . and carry the eight . . . wait, stop calculating and think of employee morale.
April 1, 2002 in Motivation and Retention

Playing e-Detective

Checking out applicants online can save you trouble--and get you into it.
March 1, 2002 in Hiring Center

Security Blanket

Terrorists changed your employees. It's up to you to provide the nurturing.
March 1, 2002 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Worst-Case Scenario

How would your business take a September 11-level tragedy? Only the best preparation can ensure it rises from the rubble.
February 1, 2002 in Insurance

New Management

It's your way or the highway, right? So how do you get that manager you just hired not to hit the next on-ramp?
January 1, 2002 in Managing Employees

Who's Paying?

Should you choose to pay your employees a "living wage" today? Tomorrow, the decision may not be yours to make.
December 1, 2001 in Entrepreneur Magazine

"I'll See You in Court!"

Investors don't just cut their losses and go home anymore-now they call their lawyers.
November 1, 2001 in Legal Center

Swimming in IT

Surveys show your techies are up to their necks in work and going under. Toss 'em a life raft or something, will ya?
November 1, 2001 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Control Issues

Is one of your employees building an empire right under your nose?
October 1, 2001 in Managing Employees

Brand Awareness

Wake up! Your brand isn't your savior, and all the goofy ads in the world won't save your company. What can? Well...have you given good business a try?
September 1, 2001 in Branding

Staff Overhaul

Should you use the tight job market to replace mediocre employees?
September 1, 2001 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Just Doing Their Jobs

What do you do with the employee who says "That's not my job"?
August 1, 2001 in Managing Employees

When Ignorance Isn't Bliss

What do you do with an employee who is incompetent but can't see it?
July 1, 2001 in Managing Employees

The Outsiders

The number of free agents has grown, but is a backlash looming?
June 1, 2001 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Way Out There?

Is telecommuting the office of the future or just a bad idea that comes and goes?
June 1, 2001 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Take My IPO . . . Please!

Your public offering is dead in the water, and it doesn't look like the market will save it anytime soon. Now what?
June 1, 2001 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Ad It Up

Are you gonna make 'em laugh? Cry? Run and hide? Your advertising strategy makes all the difference.
May 1, 2001 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Tough Customers

Don't let "service with a smile" leave your employees with frowns.
May 1, 2001 in Managing Employees