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May 2010

Tolerance for Error

Most areas of life have some tolerance for error in them. In work environments in particular, there is usually some tolerance for error, but often, it is dependent not on the person making the error, but on someone else. As such, the topic of this article is the tolerance for error on the part of […]

A Preferencial NDA Clause

I recently had to look over several contracts, each which was for the same purpose, but all three were quite different. One was 2 pages, another 9, and the third 18. All three, however, contained the same basic elements – who the contract was between, what the purpose of the contract was, and several clauses […]

If You Have Time to Do It Twice

There’s a saying that I’m fond of quoting: If you have time to do it twice, you had time to do it right the first time. That is, any time spent correcting the work done the first time around could have been spent during the first iteration to do it correctly in the first place. […]

What’s Your Mindset?

Every company has a mindset, and it often reflects the personality of the person leading the company. If the leader of the company is laid back and likes to operate his business that way, then the impression that filters down will be one of a laid-back attitude. If he’s a stickler for the rules, then […]

Choosing Furniture for your Office

When I look around at a corporate office, I tend to see what has been described by one employee as puke gray cubicles, or, in more polite terms, neutral gray walls. The layouts vary, but that gray seems to be universal. While there’s nothing offensive about the color, it is not an inspiring color. If […]

International Business is Special

I recently had occasion to work with a company that has international offices, and discovered that what I might have considered to be common sense was not being followed universally. As such, I decided to outline the particular issue that we encountered, and how it can easily be avoided. In our case, the issue had […]

Professional Communications

I’ve been told, and like to believe, that my writing is of fairly high quality in general, even when unedited (as an example, most of the articles on this blog are completely unedited). I try, to the best of my abilities, to maintain a high standard of professionalism in my writing at all times, since […]

Your Word is Binding

When working with small companies, and in particular, when it is an individual doing the work, there is often a significant amount of work that is done informally. An email is sent, responded to, some phone calls exchanged, and the work begins. The terms may or may not be clear to everyone involved, the expectations […]