Fresh Thinking: Insights + Resources

Information Created to Address Your Business’s Top Challenges and Concerns. To Spark Transformative Thinking and Problem Solving.
July252014

How to Take a Vacation From Work: Tips for Leaving the Business Behind

Business man at desk on a beach
Small business owners are under a great deal of stress—between making a profit, managing staff and exceeding customer expectations, they're the ideal candidates for some much-needed time off. But according to a recent Inc. article reporting on data from a Staples survey, nearly half of all small business owners skip taking a vacation every year, while 40 percent of those who do make time to get away can't fully relax.Thinking about taking a vacation from work?
May232014

Data Theft / Intellectual Property Theft: Don't Make It Easy to Steal from You

How to Protect Your Business from Data Theft and Intellectual Property Infringement
Many companies store sensitive data or information. Customer credit card numbers, client account numbers, payroll records, proprietary content or patent specs, when compromised, may create big problems for small businesses. You're just as likely to lose data or intellectual property to an unhappy employee as you will to an anonymous hacker who finds entry into your company files or steals your content from the Web. What can you do? Be proactive.
May132014

Business Continuity Plan: A Must-Have Tool to Navigate Potential Crises

IT Manager Oversees Systems Backup for Business Continuity
Most business owners face countless real-time issues every day as they work to establish and run their company. Often, the remote risk of a large-scale disaster takes a back seat to daily problems requiring concrete solutions. Yet, companies don't want to be left scrambling to keep their business operations afloat if a large threat arises. By devising a business continuity plan before a disaster hits, and reviewing the plan on an annual basis, companies can help