You: mold maker, breaker or taker?

  • July 01, 2004

A new database on business leadership is starting to yield insights into the nature of leaders within the context of their times. Tony Mayo, who directs the Harvard...

Richard Sears on hiring & motivation

  • July 01, 2004

It’s the people you hire who make your success, said Sears, Roebuck & Co. founder Richard W. Sears. Here are some thoughts from an article he wrote in 1910:

How to spot a dishonest purchasing manager

  • July 01, 2004

Issue: Employees handling your organization's purse strings could be pulling them in the wrong way. Risk: Lax controls leave your organization wide open to invoice...

Know the COBRA notice deadlines

  • June 28, 2004

Q: My wife was just laid off from her job. She was told she'd receive a package in the mail about COBRA health insurance. It's been more than a week, and it hasn't...

Ben Franklin’s 4 rules of conduct

  • June 01, 2004

After being burned a few times early in life by “rogues of dubious character,” Benjamin Franklin started finding himself more attracted to practical,...

Give employees advance notice of pay changes

  • June 01, 2004

Issue: Should you provide notice about commission-formula changes that could alter employees' pay? Risk: If you rework pay formulas behind employees' backs, you could...

Bada bing! Leadership, Tony Soprano-style

  • June 01, 2004

It may strike you as odd that someone could see fictional TV mobster Tony Soprano as a leader, even though his character is quite literally a “boss.”

Roth conversion after 70 1/2?

  • May 31, 2004

Q: I still do some work as a consultant, but I must start taking distributions from my IRA before April 1 of next year. If I convert to a Roth IRA this year, can I avoid...

Accidental death benefits are taxable

  • May 03, 2004

Q: My husband died in an accident, and we received an accidental death benefit from his company's insurance plan. Is this benefit subject to estate tax? I'm receiving...