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Self-Taught MBA: Youre Fired!

Self-Taught MBA: You're Fired!

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It’s the hardest thing you'll ever do as an employer--so hard, in fact, that some firms hire it out. But you can't, and shouldn't, so from time to time you'll have to say those two devastating words: “You're fired.” Still, you can break off with kindness and with a touch of class.

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Self-Taught MBA: Writing Job Descriptions

Self-Taught MBA: Writing Job Descriptions

Every position in your company, including yours, should come with a written job description. What basic elements should a job description contain? Here, you'll find a quick guide to help you create clear, concise descriptions for your employees.

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Self Taught MBA:   New Recruits: The Art of Hiring Right

Self Taught MBA: New Recruits: The Art of Hiring Right

Faced with a shortage of qualified workers, contractors suddenly have to confront hiring decisions. In case you've forgot how, here’s a primer on handling the good hire.

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Self-Taught MBA: Motivating Employees Through Lean Times

Self-Taught MBA: Motivating Employees Through Lean Times

Anyone making weekly payroll knows the meaning of stress. Avoiding white-knuckle Fridays while still motivating your employees requires creative, nonmonetary incentives. Here are a few tricks for keeping the troops happy without a raise.

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Self-Taught MBA: Strategies for Communicating With Couples

Self-Taught MBA: Strategies for Communicating With Couples

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Building or remodeling a home can stress couples to the breaking point. On a scale of 1 to 10, with the highest number equating to the death of a child, psychologists place remodeling at about 6 in terms of relationship stress.

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Self-Taught MBA: Good Communication with Homeowners is Crucial

Self-Taught MBA: Good Communication with Homeowners is Crucial

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The most basic element in good customer service involves frequent and fluent communication. But this simple chore eludes many in the construction industry and represents the number-one customer complaint. How do you handle communication?

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Self-Taught MBA: Building Abundance in a Tough Market

Self-Taught MBA: Building Abundance in a Tough Market

You're a good customer, using the same subs job after job, yet your costs keep skyrocketing and you can barely keep up. Just hiring the same guys time and again isn’t enough. Building mutually beneficial alliances requires the most difficult but ultimately most rewarding type of negotiation: the collaborative approach.

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Self-Taught MBA: Collaboration and Competition

Self-Taught MBA: Collaboration and Competition

In real estate and construction, you will engage in every sort of negotiation, from win-win to the most disheartening losses. By learning the techniques and tactics of professional negotiators, you will see through the fog of war, understand the gambits being played to focus on achieving desirable results.

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Self-Taught MBA: Lets Make a Deal

Self-Taught MBA: Let's Make a Deal

The negotiator's playbook includes a handful of tactics and a few dirty tricks.

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Whens the Right Time to Go Out on Your Own?

When's the Right Time to Go Out on Your Own?

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A carpenter who works for a custom-home builder is entertaining thoughts of starting his own remodeling business, but he doesn't know if this is the right time or how to get started.

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Self-Taught MBA: The Real Value of Experience

Self-Taught MBA: The Real Value of Experience

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In the end, the hard-won soft skills are more solid assets than the technical skills that got you started in business

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Self-Taught MBA: The Little Lumberyard that Could

Self-Taught MBA: The Little Lumberyard that Could

Meek’s Lumber & Hardware does not have some of the advantages of a national chain, but it competes by providing what a megaenterprise cannot: heart, and lower prices. This small lumberyard chain has set up a responsive, contractor-focused alliance with its customers to build up sales through the success of their contractors.

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Can We Get Smarter About Job-Site Communication?

Can We Get Smarter About Job-Site Communication?

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An inquiry into ways to eliminate waste and increase productivity on construction projects

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Self-Taught MBA:  Make Your Digital Devices Work Harder and Smarter

Self-Taught MBA: Make Your Digital Devices Work Harder and Smarter

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Builder and business owner Sergio Grado recommends his go-to desktop, tablet, and smart-phone apps for finance, construction, and more

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A Talk With The Home Depots Vice President of Pro Business

A Talk With The Home Depot's Vice President of Pro Business

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The market view from The Home Depot’s national perspective and how the chain has changed to serve its contractor clients better. Plus, an introduction to The Home Depot’s free online estimating program and aerial job-site maps—you’ll never get up on a roof to measure it again.

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