Category: Business & Entrepreneurs

Counter Offers

Receiving a counter offer is like being asked to be a bridesmaid… flattering at first, but ultimately a pain in the ass.  Here’s the good news, you can decline a counter offer:   It’s not you, it’s me… While counter offers feel flattering and a boost to the ego is nice, the reality is that…

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How Goodly Do You Talk?

By Catherine Lam, CPA, CMA   How important is communication? Being in IT, I work with a lot of developers, technical architects, and folks whose first language is not English. First and foremost, I wrote this post for people in the North American corporate world, where the primary language of business is English. However, I…

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How Guanxi can be the Wind in your Sail

By Catherine Lam, CPA, CMA Have you heard of Guanxi? Chances are, you might have encountered this term in passing when talking about business. If you grew up in a Chinese household like I did, you’d definitely grew up with it. It’s the Chinese term for relationships. The term guanxi (pronounced ‘gwon-shee’), is usually used…

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Temps for vacation coverage Y/N?

Right off the bat let me start by saying, “Yes!  Almost always yes!”  I might be biased because my world is temp-focused, however, there are many advantages to having a temporary employee join your team!   “I don’t have time to train” This is the most common statement I hear. And most of the time…

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Are business cards a thing of the past?

By Cat Lam, CPA, CMA, http://ITsolopreneurs.com   In the past few weeks, I attended an extraordinary number of networking events. One thing that is synonymous with networking is, of course, the exchange of business cards. Now, you might as well know. Ask me what I do with these business cards afterwards, and I’ll show you…

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How to Make a Smashing Introduction

Guest Post by Cat Lam, April 2017   If you’re anything like me, I’m naturally an introvert. I am uncomfortable in large group settings. However, I know that if you want to build your network, there is only so much you can do online. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to suck it up…

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Millennials: Can’t live with them… pass the Pomme Frites.

Millennials are generally defined as “a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000”… As an elder of said generation, I feel it’s important to understand why Gen Y, those born in the 1980’s and 1990’s, is of particular interest in Pop Culture, Marketing and specific to my current thesis, the workplace. For a hiring…

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How to Hire Right

Making the decision to bring in a new person onto your team is an extremely important decision, especially in our economic times, where you don’t have the budget (or time) for a poor hire. Done poorly, hiring the wrong person can be an extremely expensive mistake that could set you back months and potentially do…

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Networking: Step One – Show Up

Networking.   Step One – Show Up         Step One: Show Up It sounds simple, yes, but how many times have you been invited to an event and you have every intention to go, and then last minute “something comes up” and you bail?  Probably more often than any of us would…

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