Thomas in Flagstaff Business News 2016
Quitting Your Job: How To and How Not To Do It
Posted December 29, 2016
"Several months ago, my column discussed when to shut down a business. Oddly, in the last month, I’ve had several of my NACET clients have employees quit. And closer to home, my wife quit her job after three years. So, I decided to write this month on the two reasons you should quit" [...] Full "Quitting Your Job: How To and How Not To Do It" article HERE.
When Should the Founder Hire a CEO?
Posted November 17, 2016
"In the last 30 days, I have had four different CEO/founders come to me about a number of issues that all point to one thing. Is it time to hire an outside CEO/president/COO? I truly believe this one decision is the toughest for any founder/CEO to make." [...] Full "When Should the Founder Hire a CEO?" article HERE.
How to Have a Great Job Interview
Posted October 4, 2016
"It has been an interesting last 30 days. I find myself answering the same questions from my son, Ross, as I’m getting from my students that are graduating this semester: 'What should I do during my job interview to make sure I get the job?'... So, for this month, I’ll share my Top Four tips for acing a job interview." [...] Full "How to Have a Great Job Interview" article HERE.
Also in Flagstaff Business News' October issue:
Grand Canyon Cafe Turns to New Chapter
Posted October 11, 2016
"The [Grand Canyon Cafe] officially closed Saturday, Sept. 17. It is scheduled to reopen in December after being gently revamped by the new ownership team: two couples, Paul and Laura Moir, and Michael and Alissa Marquess, who already own and manage several high-profile restaurants and beverage and food supply businesses in Flagstaff, as well as minority partner Paul Thomas, who is a faculty member at NAU’s W.A. Franke College of Business." [...] Full "Grand Canyon Cafe Turns to New Chapter" article HERE.
How Do You Know It’s Time to Quit?
Posted September 13, 2016
"This month, I am touching on knowing when is it time to shut down the business, part ways with an employee (or partner) or just move on yourself... Listen to your gut. And it will tell you a lot. A CEO I work with has four different businesses. In the industry in which he operates, he is a 'golden child.'" [...] Full "How Do You Know It’s Time to Quit?" article HERE.
Is Your Business Really a Lifestyle?
Posted August 25, 2016
"What I continue to be amazed by are the number of start-ups that actually turn into lifestyle businesses for the wrong reason.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a lifestyle business. Lifestyle businesses produce great products and services and employ lots of people in the world. But they will never really change the world or end up on the Fortune 500 annual list..." [...] Full "Is Your Business Really a Lifestyle?" article HERE.
Be the Yoda of Networking
Posted May 19, 2016
"'We now refer to you as the Yoda of business networking and contacts.'
...I’ve been fortunate to have worked for some of the best companies in the world and to have met some of the most talented and successful business people during my career. But after Paul’s comment I wondered how is it that I’ve mastered the art of business networking. I believe it comes down to a few simple steps..." [...] Full "Be the Yoda of Networking" article HERE.
“Ask the CEO” Should the Founders be Fired?
Posted April 26, 2016
"...My best friend happens to be the founder of a company that I was hired as the CEO, so it isn’t that I dislike founders personally, it is just that most founders tend to be their own worst enemy once they accept venture capital." [...] Full article HERE.
What to Consider When Buying a Business with Partners
Posted March 28, 2016
"...if you have a partner, it is critical that they know everything that is going on or bad things may happen in the business. Which takes me to my topic for the month. I received an email from someone interested in buying an existing business wondering whether he should buy the business with a partner or go it alone." [...] Full article HERE.
'I Quit Because My Scissors Are Broken'
Posted February 5, 2016
Employees might say they are quitting to make more money, or for better opportunities, but it is the little things that cause employees to leave an organization...I was asked why I had decided to leave. I responded, "Because my scissors are broken." Was that the real reason?... "Why didn't you just ask for a new pair?" "No one ever took the time to ask me." [...] Full article HERE.
Experts Offering Achievable New Year Resolutions
Posted January 18, 2016
With the stress of the holidays winding down, a new stressor has arrived: New Year’s resolutions. ...judging from the advice of Flagstaff experts across multiple fields, now, in fact, is a great time to make achievable and measurable changes that are the perfect antidote to unrealistic resolutions.
Small Business Planning
...Paul Thomas, chief entrepreneur at the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) accelerator, explains just how much is at risk for small businesses, even New Year’s resolutions. [...] Full article HERE.
Don’t You Know Who I Am?
Posted January 14, 2016
Because we are starting a new year, the idea of New Year’s resolutions comes to mind... For 2016, I’m not asking you to lose weight, exercise more, drink less or anything like that. I’m suggesting you treat employees and those with whom you interact on a daily basis a little bit better [...] Full article HERE.
Thomas' backstory as FCB Executive in Residence HERE
Thomas' FCB news story index HERE
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