Leadership: It's Vision, Not Bullying

Government, Politics and the Economy

Jobless Claims Rise

There was an unexpected jump in first-time unemployment claims even as continuing claims drop. FoxBusiness.com

Management and Operations

The Most Annoying People to Work With: The Top 13 Irritations

Wherever you work, even in your own business, you find people who have turned the merely annoying into high art. Now that art has been classified and here are the top 13 offenders. ManageSmarter.com

Leadership: Vision, not Bullying Needed

As many people will tolerate superaggressive leaders as long as their visions are exceptionally strong, as will not, making aggressive leadership a dicey proposition at best. You don't want to tip over into being a bully. BusinessManagementDaily.com

Legal Issues

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
Signed into law in 2008, GINA goes into effect on November 21, 2009. You need to be familiar with its requirements to ensure that your business is in compliance. Workforce.com

Taxes and Financial Issues

The Self-Employed: Repeal 'Health Care Tax'

We don't hear much about it, but nine million self-employed workers already pay a tax on health insurance premiums, and it hurts their business. The fix would be simple, but tough to sell as the tax nets billions in federal revenue. BusinessWeek.com

Want an A.R.C. Loan? Look in the Heartland

It is an interesting statistic: More banks in Iowa have made these emergency small business loans than the banks in California, New York and Florida combined. NYTimes.com

Technology Issues

Introducing ViewSonic's VPC100 Desktop PC
This is ViewSonic's first PC, an all-in-one desktop that could work for your business just as long as you don’t need high-powered performance. SmallBusinessComputing.com

Health, Benefits and Labor Issues

Remember the Midyear Performance Reviews

Even in the grips of a recession, it's still important to evaluate your employees and keep them motivated. One way to do that is with the midyear review. WSJ.com

Counselling Employees with Attitude Problems

The problem for some employees isn't their ability, it's their attitude. Whether it is quiet disobedience or outright insubordination, how should you respond? Address the situation strictly as a behavioral problem. BusinessManagemenDaily.com

Branding, Sales and Marketing

Email Marketing: Timing Your Back-to-School Specials
With school starting soon, what's the best timing for your back-to-school email campaign? Here are some ideas. ClickZ.com

Niche Marketing: Where Lefties are Always Right

By catering to a much-overlooked niche market, Lefty's San Francisco is profiting in spite of the recession. CNNMoney.com

Bad Service May be Killing Your Sales

Have you ever considered how much in sales your company may be losing due to poor customer service? Have a look, you may be surprised. BizJournals.com

The Cardinal Social Media No-Nos

You might know what to do in your social media efforts, but do you know what not to do? Here are some of the most common social media mistakes. Others have made them so you don’t have to. SmallBizTrends.com