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How to Build a Business Dashboard
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How to Build a Business Dashboard

I’m an impatient person. I want to know what’s going on with my business without having to wait for other people to pull reports, summarize data, update spreadsheets, and build presentations. And, frankly, all that activity wastes a ton of time. Yes, it’s critical to know what’s going on in my business, but the number… Read more »

Should You Offer Equity Compensation to Employees?
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Should You Offer Equity Compensation to Employees?

In 2005, David Choe was invited to paint a number of murals at Facebook’s HQ in Palo Alto. At the time, Facebook wasn’t the goliath it is today and so, Choe was given a couple of options: he could have $60,000 in cash, or stock (equal to the equivalent amount of the cash back then). Choe… Read more »

LivePlan Makes Your Numbers Bigger—Literally!
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LivePlan Makes Your Numbers Bigger—Literally!

How big is your monitor? I’ve got a great 27″ monitor on my desk that’s great for building presentations, working on spreadsheets, and just having a bunch of things open and visible at the same time. While most technology in our lives seems to keep getting smaller and thinner, monitors keep growing in size while… Read more »

Eating Your Way to a More Productive Workday
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Eating Your Way to a More Productive Workday

You are what you eat. It’s a cliché, we know, but some clichés stick around for a reason. Food (and beverages, to some extent) turn into the sugars, fats, amino acids, and other things that keep us alive. There’s lots of talk about how people eat right now because of the country’s obesity epidemic and… Read more »

The Death of Black Friday?
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The Death of Black Friday?

On REI’s homepage, visitors are greeted with a pronouncement: “875,256 will #OptOutside this Black Friday.” And the number just keeps growing. (Seriously, check the site—the number of people opting out goes up every few minutes.) This year, REI won’t be participating in Black Friday. In a surprise move, the venerable vendor of outdoor gear announced… Read more »

8 Easy Ideas to Motivate Your Employees
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8 Easy Ideas to Motivate Your Employees

Your employees are the most important asset you have. Their successes (or failures) have a direct impact on your company’s future. The crazy thing? You have the ability to change your business by the way you interact with your employees. You can change their environment. You can offer perks. You can help build teams of people… Read more »