Time is not on my side!

Dear Ken Keller:

I own a successful business. My time is at a premium and money is tight, because I reinvest back into my growing company.

It seems that I am constantly being asked by non-profit organizations to make a financial donation, serve on their Board of Directors, or both.

While I am flattered to be asked, I don’t have the time nor the financial resources for either.

What do you suggest I do when approached? —Rick B.

Dear Rick,

Part of success is “giving back” ...

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Are we kissing too many frogs?

Dear Ken Keller,

We are hiring and we’ve been having trouble filling our open positions. Our ads seem to be working, generating a lot of interest and replies. Fortunately, we are easily able efficiently screen out those that clearly don’t qualify, even though it does take time.

Those applications and resumes we do intend to take further action on also take time to review. We then schedule telephone interviews and in-person meetings.

As we move through the interviews, despite our best efforts, no ...

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Can the seasoned pro teach the rookie?

Dear Ken Keller,

I’ve got a situation that I need some help addressing.

One of my employees has been with me for many years. He is a hard worker and knows his stuff. While he hasn’t been good about making himself better at his craft, I am OK with that because he is punctual, does quality work and works well with his fellow employees. I’ve never had an issue with him until now.

My employee is not getting any younger, and he is ...

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Learning from Super Bowl Winners

Dear Ken Keller,

I like to play and watch sports, and I do my best to learn and put into practice from what I see and do. My company has a group of individuals who are good people and work hard, but they don’t play as a team as often as I need them to. I don’t think this issue is unique to me, my company or my industry but I could use some input so my people work more together.

Ed ...

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How do I get out of here before 8 p.m.?

Dear Ken Keller:

I’m swamped and overwhelmed. How can I take back control of my workday so that I am not getting here when it is dark, driving home in the dark, and in between, missing lunch and never being able to finish even half of a cup of coffee before it gets cold?

Mike D.

Dear Mike,

Probably the best thing you can do for you is to sit down and write a list of things to stop doing. When you finish this ...

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