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Raising Prices in a Bad Economy

When currency exchange rates go down, small businesses often make mistakes in setting prices, which can lead to serious problems. This article contains practical advice on what to do in such a situation. We must think of inflation as an economic condition that will persist for some time and, most likely, get worse. Thus, trying to “wait it out” is a bad strategy....

Motivate Your Team in 30 Minutes

What should you do when your team’s motivation suddenly drops? How do you revitalize your juniors with positive energy?...

How to Bring About a More Orderly and Productive Work Environment

Is your workplace in need of increased efficiency, productivity and prosperity? There are many vital tools that must be in use to make this happen, and one of those tools, believe it or not, lies in having a disciplined and orderly system. And what exactly do I mean by that? Let me give you an example to illustrate it clearly....

Have You Hired the Right Person?

You’ve got a great product or service to sell. You’ve identified your target audience and are creating a market niche for yourself. But, you can’t do everything yourself, so you begin to hire employees to help you. Following that stage, many entrepreneurs find themselves with their employees going through a revolving door and eventually determine that, although it means working 14 + hour days, it is better to do it all themselves. What happened? You probably didn’t hire the right people....

Staff Education In Business

My profession as a management consultant involves the education of business owners and their staff. Having been at this for 30 years, I wanted to pass on something I’ve learned along the way....

Using Conditions Formulas with Your Employees

If you are familiar with Mr. Hubbard’s management system, you know that he recognized that conditions in a business can be improved by applying certain specific and identified condition formulas.  In an article entitled THE CONDITIONS, STATES OF OPERATION, he said:...

How to Overcome Productivity Killers in the Workplace

This article follows “The Interruption Industry” piece previously released. In that article, we touched upon the seemingly endless variety of external activities that distract you from optimum performance in your work environment....

The Interruption Industry

I’m sorry, I just got a text message, where were we?...

Using Gender-Inclusive Language at the Workplace

1. Include “her”: An easy fix to a stand-alone male pronoun is to simply include the female by inserting “she” or “her.” This can be cumbersome in complex sentences, but sometimes it is all you need. Consider this example: “When an employee reaches retirement age, he or she will be entitled to certain benefits.” Avoid using “he/she,” however, or “s/he” in written documents. They are awkward and detract from the flow of your writing....

Create a Paper Trail

“To have a boom, you have to keep your nose clean legally…”1 —L. Ron Hubbard...

Taking On New Employees

When hiring a new employee you will most likely encounter two things:...

Training—The Path To Success

Over the last quarter of a century as the CEO of Sterling Management Systems, I have seen hundreds of thousands of people introduced to the Hubbard Administrative Technology. I’ve even proudly received an award from WISE International for my work over the decades. After the awards ceremony, I was asked by a number of people how I do what I do....

Personnel Expertise

In speaking with hundreds of business professionals over the years, I"ve found they have no real tools for hiring and no real method of detecting who they should hire or not hire, or for that matter, even who they should or should not interview. There appears to be a lot of advice out there but very, very little workability. The advice I"ve seen given by most "experts" on hiring doesn"t work in the real world. Many entrepreneurs, we find, are concerned about whether they are asking the right questions in the interview, as if there is some magic question that will detect a good or bad employee. There is no such question. It is a myth....

Creating a Paper Trail Supports Employee Discipline and Discharge

Firing an employee who does not expect it is often the impetus for that employee filing a discrimination lawsuit against his or her former employer. When the employee does not see it coming, he or she can think the termination is discriminatory. Clear and blunt written communication with employees to communicate expectations and to document an employee’s...