Why this health company made a risky bet | A good draw for websites: Illustrations | How to gather honest feedback from employees
October 18, 2017
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Why this health company made a risky bet
A company called League began by offering a digital platform through which people could schedule a wide range of health services. In response to requests from companies that used the platform, League decided to roll out a full line of insurance products, a move that founder Mike Serbinis described as a "bet-the-company moment."
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (10/16) 
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Marketing
A good draw for websites: Illustrations
Illustrations are a fun and interesting way to attract visitors to your site while enhancing your branding strategy. This column highlights more than two dozen examples of animations that go the extra mile.
Line25 (10/16) 
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Management
How to gather honest feedback from employees
Feedback from employees is a valuable resource for managers, but getting honest input from workers who may fear being candid can be tricky. Ensuring anonymity during the feedback process, organizing business lunches and practicing transparency can help, experts say.
Forbes (10/17) 
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3 ways to let your best workers shine
There is much to be said for hiring smart people and giving them the freedom to lead your organization forward. Leading highly skilled knowledge workers will require managers to redistribute decision-making processes, encourage teamwork and listen carefully to the people around them, writes Marcel Schwantes, founder of Leadership From the Core.
Inc. online (10/17) 
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Employee retention begins in the hiring process
Employee retention needs to start with recruitment as employers identify workers who are qualified and committed to the job, says John Waldmann, CEO of scheduling-software company Homebase. Businesses can retain staff by working with employees on schedules and time-off requests, Waldmann says.
Business News Daily (10/16) 
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Money
Using invoicing etiquette to encourage prompt payments
Practicing good invoicing etiquette is key to maintaining professional relationships with clients while receiving payments on time. Establishing clear payment terms, sticking to your invoicing policies and offering a variety of payment options can help, writes John Rampton, founder of Due.
Entrepreneur online (10/17) 
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Tips & Tools
Tools to make the most of your Facebook ads
A variety of tools can help small businesses identify target customers and improve their ad targeting. Bill Widmer explores three tools that can offer insight into user behavior and help you determine which customers are most valuable, among other things.
Social Media Examiner (10/17) 
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10 apps to deliver polished business presentations
Smartphone apps can help entrepreneurs deliver business presentations to win over new customers. Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead reviews 10 options, including MightyMeeting, Haiku Deck and Keynote.
Small Business Trends (10/17) 
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Just for Fun
The story of US camping's overnight success
William Henry Harrison Murray took his first camping trip to the Adirondacks in 1864, subsequently writing a book on camping outdoors called "Adventures in the Wilderness." The book immediately become popular and encouraged Americans to embrace recreational camping.
Zocalo Public Square (10/12) 
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In the knowledge economy, leaders build community by developing strong relationships.
Marcel Schwantes, founder of Leadership From the Core, writing at Inc. online
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