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DIY hiring: Crafting effective job listings and finding the right candidates for your team
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Many business owners have to play the role of HR and hiring managers when it comes to filling open positions on their teams. Read about how digital tools can help you craft effective job listings and make the best hires for your team.

Effective managers are those who succeed by bringing out the best in those who work for them.

The acronym has become many workers' reasoning to settle for less and therefore needs a different management style.

Keep going or move on? Here's a guide to answering that question.

Ideas wither when people's reactions are negative. Here's some advice on being better at receiving ideas.

How often do you tap into your high school/college/etc. alumni networks to create business opportunities?


The planning process is what development should focus on -- from there, you'll get the plan you need.

Steve McKee

Here’s a shocker: Your brilliance might not be so brilliant, your insights might not be so insightful and your plans might not be foolproof.

What is your approach to negotiating with vendors?


As your business grows, you need to let go of things. Here's an entrepreneur's advice on how to do that.


How can address simple yet common workplace conflicts?


How can you think positively about failures and setbacks?


Great leaders are ambassadors of happy. Learn from the examples of a president, airline CEO and more.


Leaders who speak with civility and integrity bring us together. Those who speak with grievance and hatred tangle us in their web of deceit and hate.

What kind of matrixed environment are you operating in?