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Taunee Besson

Leadership and career
October 3, 2016

Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better, Part 2

Read Part 1 here. Q: I am seriously thinking about starting my own business, but I’ve always worked for large companies. I liked what I read in your last column about going from large to small, but I can use some more convincing.  Do you have any other good reasons…
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Leadership and career
September 26, 2016

Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better, Part 1

By: Taunee Besson Q : I’ve heard that small companies always lead our country out of recessions, yet the media tells us little about this workforce “best kept secret.” What is the case for giving up the big-business power and perks to move to a smaller organization? A: Anthony M.…
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Leadership and career
September 19, 2016

Successful, Yet Unhappy and Bored

By: Taunee Besson Q: I am a national sales manager of a medium-sized company. I rose from the ranks, overcoming every obstacle to attain my success. Yet my success is empty. I make a wonderful salary, am respected by my peers and enjoy a fine reputation in my industry. My…
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Leadership and career
September 12, 2016

Chairing an Effective Meeting

By: Taunee Besson Q: For the last three years, I have attended a weekly staff meeting that, for the most part, has been unproductive and frustrating. Now I've been promoted and will take responsibility for the content and structure of these dreaded get-togethers. Do you have any suggestions about how…
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Leadership and career
August 29, 2016

Excellent Work + Communication = Success

By: Taunee Besson Q: I don’t know what happened. I just finished managing a project that has occupied most my days for the last 18 months. It was on time and within budget. I expected a lot of kudos and probably a raise or even a promotion. None were forthcoming. What…
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Leadership and career
August 22, 2016

Pig in a Python Syndrome

Q: I'm in my early 40's.  I spent the first few years of my career in various technical positions and eventually, through job changes, progressed to middle management.  While nothing is wrong with my current job, there's absolutely no room for advancement.  I'm considering a change that would allow me…
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Leadership and career
August 15, 2016

Tips for Building (or Severing) a Mentoring Relationship

Q:  I’ve been a mentee for about three months. Both my mentor and I were excited about our new roles and ready to roll when we began. Now I’m not sure it’s going to work out. It took a long time and lots of work for me to find my…
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Leadership and career
August 8, 2016

Building Rapport in a New Job

Q: I have recently been recruited for a mid-managerial position with a large property management firm in the Southwest. Given that I'm an outsider, I'm concerned about how to build good rapport with the supervisors reporting to me, some of whom undoubtedly think they should have been offered my job.…
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Leadership and career
August 1, 2016

From Professor to Consultant

Q: I hope to combine 10 years of college teaching experience in the areas of interpersonal skills and communications with my interest in training to move into the field of image consulting.  I am comfortable with my credentials and previous experience but lack direction and information on the best way…
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Leadership and career
July 25, 2016

Your Personal Think Tank

Membership in a “mastermind” group will help you make better career and small business decisions Making major decisions can be a lonely, solitary task. Perhaps that's why presidents have cabinets, coaches have assistants and CEOs have executive committees.  A sounding board of trusted, intelligent associates can help ease the decision-making…
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