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The reviews are in on the first search engine app optimized for tablets. Izik, a free app by Blekko, might just have you clicking something besides Google. Instead of a list of links with text explanations, Izik is a visual search-result provider.

Entrepreneurs tend to be “ready, fire, aim” people. “We often don’t make the best planners. We are action-oriented people,” says Bill McBean, author of The Facts of Business Life. That’s why it’s vital to step off the day-to-day treadmill and plan for your company’s growth.
The choices you make on your 2012 federal tax return can have a major impact on your overall tax liability. In fact, your tax return elections could make the difference between a sizable refund and paying more money to Uncle Sam. Here are five prime considerations.

For some people, a computer will never replace a pen and paper for note-taking during meetings. But for others, electronic notes may make more sense, especially if they have to share them electronically anyway. Here are three questions to determine which way is best.

Video is becoming the preferred method of communication for many customers. Using videos opens many new and creative ways to deepen the relationship with customers, increase communication and drive new business.

Say an applicant tells you she wouldn’t be able to work Friday nights due to her religion. Or an employee begins wearing a headscarf to the office. How would you respond? The increasing religious diversity in the workforce is causing more managers to make legal mistakes.

If you dread administering performance reviews, you may sugarcoat your appraisals by telling employees they’re doing “great” when they need to improve. Dishing out undeserved praise can backfire. By giving honest, thorough appraisals, you can avoid these traps.

We certainly do not suffer from a lack of data these days. But all the tools in the world will not get that data talking until it is in a format you can use. Excel is the most common place to fix data because it has tools to help scrub up your data files.

There’s no getting around it. Sooner or later you must summon a problem employee into your office to set him or her straight. How you conduct this meeting can mean the difference between turning a recalcitrant employee around or opening up your organization to costly litigation.

Do your hiring managers know the law when it comes to asking medical or health-related questions during job interviews? Are your job applications toeing the legal line and complying with the ADA?