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Shireen Qudosi

Taking Out the Middle Man: The Case Against Middle Management

Aug 28 2014, 06:00 AM by

Taking Out the Middle Man: The Case Against Middle Management I run my business from home. At present my desk faces a half wall laced with a railing. There, from above, my three-year-old will frequently pops up to dutifully inspect my activity with the most serious of faces. Of course he has no idea what I’m up to, but the routine inspections are like clockwork, along with the stone-faced disapproving look that can level most grown adults.

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Shireen Qudosi

Brand YOU

Aug 27 2014, 06:00 AM by

Brand YOU A fatal blow for most small business owners is their staunch aversion to exposing themselves as part of their brand. These types, usually running more or less a one man show, feel comfortable behind their brand rather than in front of it. Despite how much you try to pull them out from behind, they’re just not ready to have the spotlight on them.

Newsflash: You ARE your brand.

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Shireen Qudosi

How to Be Your Own Mentor

Aug 14 2014, 03:00 AM by

How to Be Your Own Mentor In this training and development series, we’ve gone over corporate universities and alternative methods of training and development. Both, however, require corporate participation. So the question now is: what do you do if you have no outside training and development resources? This dilemma is particularly powerful for the average business owner who doesn’t necessarily have the advantage of outside help.

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Shireen Qudosi

5 Alternative Training and Development Ideas

Aug 13 2014, 03:00 AM by

5 Alternative Training and Development Ideas Classic training and development horror stories recall experiences very similar to scenarios pulled from TV’s The Office. Purgatory redefined, the idea of sitting in a circle with an over paid facilitator seems like (a) a waste of time and money and (b) a completely unimaginative way to get the job done. If training and development is your goal, then shouldn’t your means to that end be infused with a little more creativity and imagination? After all, you cannot ask employs to better themselves if you’re doing very little to raise the bar yourself. Here are ten ways to do it better.

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Shireen Qudosi

Thought Leadership: Why Companies are Ditching Ivy League for Corporate Universities

Aug 11 2014, 03:00 AM by

Thought Leadership: Why Companies are Ditching Ivy League for Corporate Universities It used the be the case that you could go to an ivy league university, and you’d be a guaranteed top pick in a pool of job applicants. However, a changing market place includes the very real fact that today’s top companies are now looking at a very strong alternative to the ivy league contender. Corporate universities, like Apple University, are becoming equally (if not more) attractive for today’s top recruiters. There are three elements we need to look at the understand this shift in this thought leadership: (1) why is this happening, (2) what are corporate universities doing to draw such a wide appeal, and (3) how can the small business owner benefit from this.

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