4 business email etiquette tips

By Jim Annis   “As I said before, I’m sorry if this touches a nerve because I just know you people never read this column all the way to the end.” – The Annoying One How did you react? The sentence encapsulates everything that can go wrong in workplace email communication. It floors us how […]

The power of paid time off

by Jim Annis Unlimited paid time off, or PTO, has almost reached superhero status in the media, showcased by startups and giants like GE and Adobe. This permissive approach to time off has burst forth from the phone booth with a super cape, promising that if employees are getting their work done and have received […]

Investing in yourself and your skill set

By Jim Annis   From the breakroom to the boardroom, you have admired them from afar. They are magnetic personalities who truly take care of themselves physically. They are committed mentally to lifelong learning — including developing their career through certifications or college degrees. At a cocktail party they may be fascinating with a ring of […]

How to manage project managers

By Jim Annis   This is a cautionary tale of The Project Manager (external) and The Sponsor (internal). Imagine for a moment both taking the Shakespearean stage, then bowing, encouraging audience members who are cheering, while holding their noses at those who relentlessly “boo.” Neither role is an easy one. Each requires a range of […]

Investing in yourself and your skill set

By Jim Annis, CEO   From the break room to the boardroom, you have admired them from afar. They are magnetic personalities who truly take care of themselves physically. They are committed mentally to lifelong learning — including developing their career through certifications or college degrees. At a cocktail party they may be fascinating with a […]

Breaking up with vendors is hard to do

By Jim Annis   Ah, Valentine’s Day is in the air. Romance, proposals, new flirtations and sometimes … the inevitable big breakup. Well, nothing lasts forever, so that’s why it’s good to have some guidance on how to manage situations when they go south. Aside from a longtime personal love, breaking up with a long-term business vendor […]

$14 is the new $10

Caution: This is a tough love article. We live this every day. What does it mean? There is a lot of lip service out there about how local companies are paying good, competitive wages but we do not see it in action. We challenge every business owner in Northern Nevada to read this, share it […]