President of The Marks Group
Gene Marks is president of The Marks Group, a ten-person Philadelphia-based consulting firm specializing in sales and marketing technologies. Gene is the author of six books, most recently, The Manufacturer's Book Of List (CreateSpace - October, 2013).
Employees will suffer through pay freezes, no-bonus Christmas and downsizing but if there is no coffee you'll have a mutiny.
Taking the crew to lunch once a year between Thanksgiving and Christmas doesn't make up for taking them for granted the rest of the year.
It doesn't matter if you can't yet say 'President Trump.' A lot of people are depending on you to keep the business open, whatever the next four years brings.
Quitting so you come out ahead is good business. Throwing your career away because you're in a bad mood is something different.
Courtesy requires a simple response to an email, especially if it's from someone you know.
Remember Julius from 'Everybody Hates Chris'? His meme wasn't about being a cheapskate. It was about being frugal.
Why are 85 percent of recalled phones still in pockets, purses and airplanes despite danger of fire and explosion? For the same reasons people let their businesses slowly fall apart.
You should know this without being told but putting your politics in your employees' faces is making them really uncomfortable.
Business is mainly about numbers. If you don't understand that, you have more than a math problem to solve.
Starting a Business
An entrepreneur who liked dogs far more than his corporate job looked walked a winding, messy path to launching his own business.
For everyone seeking an astronomically expensive and frustrating time suck with no health benefit, there is golf.
Seriously, you're "passionate" about organizational development? That sounds lonely.
Owning a business means being responsible for much more than you really have any control over.
Even the fairest of employers knows that, for some jobs, gender, age and physical ability are valid reasons for hiring one person and not another.
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