Gwen Moran

Gwen Moran

Gwen Moran is a freelance writer and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Business Plans (Alpha, 2010).

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4 Ways to Avoid Holiday-Party Mishaps
Managing Employees

4 Ways to Avoid Holiday-Party Mishaps

Holiday parties can be a minefield. But, with a few simple tweaks, you can have fun and curb potentially bad behavior.
4 Steps to Creating a Successful Job-Swapping Program
Managing Employees

4 Steps to Creating a Successful Job-Swapping Program

Educate employees and inspire innovation by incorporating your own version of the job-swap techniques big companies use.
Should You Fire an Employee Who Lies?
Business Management

Should You Fire an Employee Who Lies?

5 factors to consider before handing over a pink slip because of a white lie.
5 Steps to Building a Business Book Club
Grow Your Business

5 Steps to Building a Business Book Club

How one entrepreneur put a new spin on an old concept and created a way to help fellow business owners.
Swap Seats, Change Your Company? Why Where You Sit Matters
Managing Employees

Swap Seats, Change Your Company? Why Where You Sit Matters

From enhancing daily interactions to finding more efficient ways of accomplishing tasks, the right office seating approach can make a big difference in your business.
A Website That Lets You Get Away From It All
Apps & Software

A Website That Lets You Get Away From It All

Calm.com provides online zen for the stressed.
5 Ways You Might be Undermining Your Authority
Leadership

5 Ways You Might be Undermining Your Authority

Are these habits hurting your influence in the workplace? An expert tells you how to identify and correct them.
4 Ways to Manage Working Relationships With Toxic Family Members
Managing Employees

4 Ways to Manage Working Relationships With Toxic Family Members

Strategies for dealing with family employees who've become too much to bear.
Leadership: Nature or Nurture?
Leadership

Leadership: Nature or Nurture?

While inherited characteristics may give some an edge, leaders require skill development and training. Here are four essential leadership traits that are a combination of nature and nurture.
Are You a Risk-Taker or Just Reckless?
Grow Your Business

Are You a Risk-Taker or Just Reckless?

Calculated decision-making is essential for entrepreneurs while recklessness puts you and your company at risk. Here are four traits to watch for to prevent dangerous decision-making and its damage.
New Payment Platform Puts an End to the Daily Deposit Ritual
Payments & Collections

New Payment Platform Puts an End to the Daily Deposit Ritual

The expense and time it takes to get money deposited can gouge a company's profit margins. Jay Bhattacharya decided to address nearly every pain point in the transaction process.
Groupon Co-Founder Shares How He Created an Idea and Creativity Hotbed in Chicago
Grow Your Business

Groupon Co-Founder Shares How He Created an Idea and Creativity Hotbed in Chicago

Now in its third year, Chicago Ideas Week eclectic program attracts world leaders and nearly 30,000 attendees in search of creativity and new ideas. Here’s a look at how they did it.
4 Ways to Cultivate Greater Diversity in Your Business
Hiring Center

4 Ways to Cultivate Greater Diversity in Your Business

If everyone looks, acts and thinks the same, you could be missing important business opportunities. Here's how you can recruit and retain a more diverse employee group.
Which of These 4 Types of Managers Are You?
Leadership

Which of These 4 Types of Managers Are You?

The impact that different personality types have on leadership style.
One-Stop Comparison Shopping for Moving Companies
Business Ideas

One-Stop Comparison Shopping for Moving Companies

Unpakt takes part of the pain out of moving by allowing customers to compare moving company prices online.
4 Things to Consider Before Hiring an Executive Coach
Business Management

4 Things to Consider Before Hiring an Executive Coach

Before you start spending big bucks on an executive coach, check their effectiveness on these four crucial points.
4 Ways You Are Driving Your Employees Crazy
Managing Employees

4 Ways You Are Driving Your Employees Crazy

No one is telling you that you are making these management mistakes. Here are ways you could be trashing your culture and killing employee engagement.
Forget Advisors -- How to Find and Woo a Power Mentor
Starting a Business

Forget Advisors -- How to Find and Woo a Power Mentor

Power Mentors are super successful people who can offer startups a long-view perspective and wide network of contacts and resources. Here are some tips on how to find them.
Should You Give Your Employees Unlimited Vacation Time?
Business Management

Should You Give Your Employees Unlimited Vacation Time?

Unlimited vacation isn't as radical as it sounds. Here are four ways to make the policy work for you.
The Ins and Outs of Creating a Parental Leave Policy
Human Resources

The Ins and Outs of Creating a Parental Leave Policy

Maternity leave is nothing new, but should you give dads equal time? These four steps will help you to set a policy that works for your business.
4 Steps to Deal with an Employee's Substance Abuse Problem
Managing Employees

4 Steps to Deal with an Employee's Substance Abuse Problem

If you suspect that an employee has a drug or alcohol addiction, here are four steps to help protect your business.
4 Ways to Destroy Toxic Office Politics
Human Resources

4 Ways to Destroy Toxic Office Politics

When the workplace is filled with drama, employees and productivity suffer. Here are four ways to stomp out the politics and get back to work.
Managing Employees

3 Ways Teams Undermine Themselves

Make your teams more effective by avoiding these three common pitfalls.
3 Annoying Online Communication Habits You Need to Break
Business Management

3 Annoying Online Communication Habits You Need to Break

You're tweeting, posting, emailing and texting like mad. But are you driving your audience crazy? Possibly, if you're doing these three things.
Human Resources

When Are Pay-to-Stay Bonuses a Good Idea?

Cisco's deal to acquire Sourcefire includes retention bonuses for key executives. Is it worth paying your top employees to stay?
Online Resource for Expert Advice Lines up More Than $50 Million in Financing
Success Stories

Online Resource for Expert Advice Lines up More Than $50 Million in Financing

Founder Andy Kurtzig calls Pearl.com "the Amazon.com of professional services," and he has plans to expand into the app market.
3 Toxic Employees You Need to Fire Now
Managing Employees

3 Toxic Employees You Need to Fire Now

If you can't correct their bad behavior, there are three types of employees that have to go.
Growth Strategies

3 Questions to Get Your Business Unstuck

Dogged by a recurring problem in your business? Ask yourself three simple questions to help you get unstuck and back on track.
Taking on the Big Guys: How a Small Company Is Competing With YouTube
Growth Strategies

Taking on the Big Guys: How a Small Company Is Competing With YouTube

People, product and passion can help you compete against a giant company in any field.
Lifestyle

4 Simple Actions to Lead a More Meaningful Life

Motivational speaker Dan Clark shares easy steps you can take to make your life more significant and fulfilling.
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