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This article contains sound, straightforward advice and specific "how-to's" about performance documentation that any manager or leader of people needs to have and use. Entrepreneurs: Practice and preach!
Good advice is worth hearing twice. This article doesn't plow any new ground, but coming from a venture capital blog it should command the attention of growth-hungry entrepreneurs.
Specialized or technical advice or skills not closely related to your company's core objectives can often be handled effectively by outside contractors. Typically less expensive that hiring full-time staff, potential outsource services should be carefully considered with these topics in mind: expertise, experience, proposals, and attitude.
Firing an employee isn't easy--at least, it shouldn't be. Well-known author and consultant Guy Kawasaki offers 11 considered guidelines to making the process productive for all concerned: the departing employee, fellow employees, and you, the entrepreneur.
Terry Gold, a seasoned tech entrepreneur, tells you he is not an expert at hiring salespeople, but he has had some experience. Here's some advice on what to watch out for. First off? Hire people who will "sell stuff." Like Terry's advice? See the blog posts and articles Terry authored for the eVenturing site.
Is your business facing the need for additional man power? Does the workload or budget warrant hiring a full-time employee? If not, consider the alternatives covered in this article: temporary help services, employee leasing, professional employer organizations, and service contracting.
This basic article on provides a practical overview of the interviewing process and specific questions to ask. It also points toward additional resources to help you hire the right people.The site itself is a solid resource for handling issues facing growing companies.
Recruiting the best people begins with the having the best attitude--hire better than yourself--and, truth be told, doesn't end even after they're on the job. Ten practical tips delivered in classic Kawasaki style can deepen your insights and improve your skills.
This article is specifically about managing creative people. But nearly any entrepreneur can benefit from a better understanding of the creative process and what motivates copywriters, designers, and programmers to perform at their very best. After all, the public face of your company might someday be in their hands.
Want to be an employer of choice? Don't simply ask employees for specific results. Train them in behaviors that produce those results--and then provide consequences that change and reinforce those behaviors. Part 1 of two parts, this article offers seven implementable suggestions for cracking the "motivational code."
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