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Employee Ownership: ESOP Pros and Cons

There are roughly 7,000 employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) covering about 14 million employees, according to the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). An ESOP is a type of retirement plan that invests primarily in company stock and holds its assets in a trust. This is the main vehicle for…

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An Online Marketer’s Guide to Audience Engagement

Effective content is crucial for audience engagement. Companies are increasing their content marketing efforts, according to Smart Insights, creating a more competitive environment for online marketers. More than 90 percent of companies are utilizing content marketing in 2017 75 percent of companies increased their content marketing budget in 2016 43…

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How to Practice Dynamic Leadership

From businesses to nonprofits to the military, all organizations can benefit from dynamic leadership. Cpl. Matthew Progen at the Marine Corps Association & Foundation describes dynamic leadership as a dual-focused form of adaptive leadership where a leader reacts to changes by being proactive. It requires a fluid style of leadership…

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6 Common Leadership Challenges in 2017

Leadership challenges exist for any manager or mentor. Businesses require leaders who are skilled at guiding employees, helping develop workers’ skills and providing direction for the organization. The following sections illustrate some of the most common leadership challenges in 2017. 1.    Building Trust Almost one in three employees don’t trust…

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A Guide to the Employee Onboarding Process

Each year in the United States, more than 25 percent of the working population experiences career transitions, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Managers begin new jobs every two to four years, and in Fortune 500 companies alone, approximately 500,000 managers take on new roles each year.…

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What Is the Job Description of a Product Manager?

Each member of a product team helps an organization design, build, test and market the product effectively. However, “there is one role that is absolutely crucial to producing a good product, yet it is often the most misunderstood and underutilized of all the roles,” according to the Silicon Valley Product…

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Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

The study of business ethics refers to the ethical dimensions of productive organizations and commercial activities, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. It applies to the production, distribution, marketing, sale and consumption of goods and services. It can include potentially controversial issues like insider trading, bribery and discrimination. From…

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Global Impact: Social Entrepreneurship Companies

Blake Mycoskie visited Argentina in 2006 and saw children walking in the streets outside Buenos Aires without shoes. He was inspired to take action after learning how shoes are an effective way to combat disease. Nearly one-quarter of the world’s population has soil-transmitted infections, according to the World Health Organization,…

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3 Inspiring Christian Business Leaders

Not all business leaders measure success by corporate growth and financial considerations. Several high-profile companies were founded and continue to be run by Christian business leaders who devote what they do to Christ. These business leaders demonstrate the eternal impact that a business can have. 3 Examples of Christian Business…

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Nonprofit Management: Applying Christian Servant Leadership

Despite some similarities, Christian servant leadership is only superficially related to a secular understanding of servant leadership. Robert Greenleaf, a Quaker who had a 38-year career at AT&T, first coined “servant leadership” to refer to leaders who put other people’s needs, aspirations and interests above their own. They serve others…

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