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Lillian Bjorseth: How to be a better listener

Lillian Bjorseth offers tips for improving listening skills in business; Photo courtesy of Duoforce Enterprises. By Lillian D. Bjorseth Guest columnist You tell others how much you care by how well you listen. Why wouldn’t everyone try to do it well? That’s why I am raising the question, Is listening a lost art? I find […]

GlobalBiz: Michael Muth interviews local tech exec about opportunities in Iraq

By Michael Muth, GlobalBiz columnist   Increasingly, small businesses are targeting a global market. In this GlobalBiz c0lumn, Michael Muth interviewed technology project manager and Wilmette resident Terry Tierney, who spent12 months in Iraq during 2007 and 2008 as part of a Computer Sciences Corp. team charged with evaluating Iraqi factories owned by the central government and determining […]

Jenny Schade: Everyday ethics develop reputations

 By Jenny Schade Guest Columnist — Arnold Schwarzenegger decided not to tell his wife or top aides until last week about the child he fathered 13 years ago with a member of his household staff.  Former Berkshire Hathaway executive David Sokol traded shares in Lubrizol Corp. while pitching the company to boss Warren Buffet as […]

Tips for making complex changes in a merged organization

By Lisa Pollard Guest Columnist Mergers and other major business events often mean completing complex, cross-functional integration. For example, during a merger, one organization’s enterprise financial system might be selected to support the combined organization, requiring the integration of all systems from both organizations into that platform. When contemplating major organizational change, a report by […]

Seven ways to manage the first 100 days after buying a business

By Domenic Rinaldi, Guest Columnist A business broker’s job is not only to help buyers find businesses, but also to help them manage their time once they have the keys to the front door. And what those new businesses owners quickly realize is that those first few months of business ownership are both challenging and […]