Email Etiquette: Did you hear that?

We’ve all been there. An email arrives and as you start to read, you suddenly start to wonder if you are hearing something else in the message. Maybe it’s a word that they used. Maybe it’s a word that they didn’t. Maybe it’s too short or feels too long. Maybe it is even a tone……

The Problem with Good

“Good in the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” – Jim Collins In the first semester of my graduate school experience, as…

Why Every Kid Needs to Start a Business

Having a mom who teaches entrepreneurship can lead to some pretty interesting summertime activities. I believe that every kid needs to learn how to start up a business. (I also believe every kid should learn how to change a tire, make a turkey, fold a fitted sheet, work in retail at least once and and…

Want credibility? Stop telling people you’re too busy.

I hate the word “busy.” It’s right up there with other deplorable words like interesting, beige, moist or K.  The thing about busy, is everybody is doing it these days. Busy is the new black. For the majority of people there are constant streaming deadlines and demands pulling at us from home, work, school community and social circles. We are all operating in a perpetual state of busy. 

Educate to Empower

My sixth semester teaching Finance for Entrepreneurial Ventures at Creighton University in the Heider College of Business is winding down. Last night was our final exam and the sixth final exam I’ve administered as a professor. I’ve gotten into a nice groove with the course and material; freshening up the in-class work and cases we read to…

Being a Female Leader Today is Hard

by Carrie (Adams) Connors Being a female leader today is hard. No one probably told you growing up that you’d be a great manager one day and how a strong female leader does that. That you’d be awesome at running massive projects and being held to high standards of performance for not just yourself but…

Easy as Pie: How to Pass the Fork and Share Projects

When you effectively manage a team you must partition out the roles and responsibilities so that the whole effort is executed in manageable parts. You align the right person with the right role so that their effectiveness is maximized. That means they are focusing on their work and their piece most of the time. That focus means that there are going to be gaps in knowledge and awareness regarding co-workers efforts, circumstances, deadlines, priorities when it comes time for the proverbial pie forks to cross.

Five Ways to Improve Your Office Email Communication Skills

by Carrie (Adams) Connors Gone are the days when our written communication was relegated to pen and paper. We’ve exchanged ink for key strokes and the turnaround time for messages across time and space to seconds instead of a day or longer. In my own inbox and outbox, hundreds of messages are exchanged each day. With…

Acquisitions- Maintaining Soul in Your Newly Acquired Company

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In my last segment I discussed the importance of integrating inward, or focusing on your internal team first. This segment we will touch upon the value of prioritizing your integration efforts within the acquiree to maintain the soul of the organization and leverage both what you brought to the table…