Top 10 Best Strategies for Business Success

by RaeAnne Marsh

Among the “top 10 best strategies for business success” a business owner can follow is surrounding oneself with the right people to get the job done. But to do that requires, first, determining what those jobs are. We at In Business Magazine have identified the following 10 areas of action that are equally critical to the success of a commercial enterprise. No ranking of … [More]

Amy Hillman, W. P. Carey School of Business

from Amy Hillman

Having your own business has long been a part of the American dream, even more so now given the recent employment market. But starting a business and nurturing it to success requires a multitude of skills. To succeed, you’ll benefit from knowing the basics of business — but even business degrees won’t be enough if you don’t have a unique strategy that creates value. You’ll … [More]

Communication Is a People Skill

by Geoffrey Tumlin, Ph.D.

In the always-on digital age, we’re all guilty of indulging in communication shortcuts. These shortcuts save time, but they are costing us something valuable: Our overwhelming preference for quick and easy communication is causing our more difficult communication skills to erode from lack of use. It’s easy to email a client, but far more difficult to persuade the same person in … [More]

The Education-Workforce Connection

by RaeAnne Marsh

“A four-year bachelor’s degree in any subject used to be the most valuable thing you could do,” says Eric Flottmann, chief operating officer of Higher Ed Growth, a Tempe-based company that uses a marketing approach with colleges and universities worldwide to help them boost enrollment. But the fall 2014 Enrollment Pursuit Report he authored reveals that healthcare-related … [More]

Healthcare: A Tool to Strengthen Productivity

by RaeAnne Marsh

Employee benefits are both an attraction and retention tool, helping build loyalty within an employee pool, and healthcare benefits are first and foremost in importance, according to Stephanie Waldrop, a principal with Employee Benefits International. But more and more responsibility for healthcare decisions is being shouldered by the employee. This includes the “skin in the … [More]

Can Feedback Help Us Succeed?

by Barry Banther

There are five simple words that can spell doom for a leader — “If I had only known!” These are the words a person utters right after a major client cancels a contract, a customer stops ordering or an error occurs that will cost the business owner thousands out of his own pocket. That’s why the best leaders and the most competent managers thrive on employee feedback! So why … [More]

Business Divorce: Plan Ahead to Avoid the Pain of Breaking Up

by Sue Kern-Fleischer

Like a marriage, business partnerships don’t always last forever, and lengthy disputes can be nasty. Knowing one’s ownership rights is important, and many business executives make the mistake of not planning well and educating themselves before the partnership is formed. Pouria Paknejad, a trial attorney and partner with Scottsdale-based Smith Paknejad PLC, sees a wealth of … [More]

Leading and Elevating Arizona

by Laurel Kimball

On Sept. 19, more than 600 of the state’s most influential leaders — nonprofit executive directors and board presidents, corporate CEOs and elected officials — convened at the Phoenix Convention Center to learn about some of Arizona’s recent successful public-private partnerships and discuss the critical role of leadership in the state’s future. The third Arizona Leadership … [More]

TiE Arizona Membership

by Mike Hunter

TiE Arizona educates, transforms, inspires and offers invaluable resources in the form of global and local relationships, educational events and development programs designed for business growth. The organization offers Arizona entrepreneurs access, knowledge and connectivity to its global network of large- and small-business owners, inspiring mentors and influential … [More]

Accounting Tech Tool

by Mike Hunter

Designed to complement the look and feel of Apple keyboards, the just-released NewerTech numeric keypad features precision-machined aluminum housing, white keys and a bracket that attaches to the Apple keyboard — no tools needed. The design incorporates input from accountants to get every detail of the full-sized, 28-key, numeric keypad just right, including key-throw, feel, … [More]