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The Pixar-Inspired Guide to Managing a Creative Company

Unless otherwise stated, all quotations can be attributed to Ed Catmull.  Creativity needs to be protected. This is never more true than in the workplace, in which a creative culture is something precious and in danger of being stamped out if not nurtured. In his book, “Creativity, Inc.,” Ed Catmull shares his experience as a manager of...

By Candice Landau |

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Office Space

If you’re in the market for an office space, what you choose is incredibly important to your business. Not only does it affect your day to day operations and your staff morale, but also your brand image. There are so many things that can impact which office you choose; however, there are five factors that are...

By Sam Barnes |

What Is a Benefit Corporation?

This article is part of our “Business Startup Guide“—a curated list of our articles that will get you up and running in no time! I recently wrote a post on social enterprise, discussing what it entails, and what some of the legal structure options are for a business when the focus is on a social mission....

By Angelique O'Rourke |

What Motorcycling Can Teach You About Making Decisions

It’s been a long time now, but in my other life (when I was living in Hawaii and before I worked for Palo Alto Software), I was a motorcycle safety instructor. I trained over 1,000 people through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course. The course taught not only the mechanics of how to ride,...

By Teri Epperly |

The Art of Good Inventory Management

Inventory is generally defined as the raw materials a business has available to manufacture finished goods or merchandise available to sell to customers.  Too much inventory uses cash ineffectively, while too little inventory holds up production in a manufacturing environment or gives customers a reason to shop with the competition. Additionally, having the wrong inventory...

By Arlene Soto |

5 Creative Cost Saving Ideas For Your Company

As a business owner, you’re always looking for ways to cut costs and raise your profit margin. There are some obvious ways to save money, but we wanted to generate a list of creative ways to save money, ways that even experienced business owners could benefit from.

By Lisa Furgison |

3 Reasons Why Micromanagement Is a Macro Hindrance

“I’m just trying to help!” “I want to ensure our success!” If these lines sound familiar, you should know that they’re classic micromanagement warning signs. And, unfortunately for the well-intentioned micromanager, the results are rarely positive. For his book “My Way or the Highway,” Harry Chambers organized a interesting study about micromanagement. According to the survey...

By Ashley Coolman |

What is the Biggest Cause of Business Failure?

There are many reasons businesses fail: lack of money, changes in the economy, ineffective management, employee turnover, theft, illness, or death of the owner are just a few. According to SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), the main reason businesses fail is ineffective management, whether it be poor planning or not understanding all that is required...

By Arlene Soto |

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