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How to spot a dodgy business coach

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Natasa Denman 9:56 AM   COMMENT: With scant regulation in this area, it pays to have your wits about you when selecting an adviser to help guide your enterprise.

The absurdity of payroll tax

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James Adonis   Why are businesses being penalised for hiring more staff?

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How to respond to nasty emails

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Kate Jones   Catherine Gerhardt had just launched her business when she received an email so nasty she still hasn't forgotten it.

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Would you hire the Chief Rock Star?

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Tony Featherstone   Fanciful job titles are all the rage - do you buy them? Do you have one?

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Does money really motivate?

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James Adonis   Be honest - how important is moolah when it comes to getting you out of bed each day?

Lessons for entrepreneurs from Lego

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Tony Featherstone   Want to learn how to build a world-class venture, brick by brick?

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The problem with illegal workers

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Clandestine employees are everywhere. Are you one? Were you once? Should the rules be changed?

Do soft skills really matter?

At one City of London law firm, prospective partners who did not say a friendly "good morning" to the receptionist were either turned down for partner, or were told they would have to learn better manners.

Tony Featherstone   Is it up to businesses to train people in presenting, communicating and selling?

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Face it, you're racist

Have you really looked at your attitudes towards people who are not like you?

James Adonis   Reckon you're not? Complete one of these tests to find out for sure.

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Easiest four weeks of your life

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Tony Featherstone   How did you spend your last notice period after handing in your resignation?

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An insider’s guide to developing foreign markets

GP Graders has had substantial success in export markets.

COMMENT: Australian exporters and manufacturers are growing thanks to a sliding dollar and international demand for a diversity of goods and services.

Employees from hell are taking over

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James Adonis   Why are so many staff so insubordinate? And why are managers so powerless?

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Nice CV – but will they fit in?

The Vend development team: an unusual family.

Sylvia Pennington   There are ways to ensure your new hires will get on with the rest of the team.

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The lies entrepreneurs tell

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Tony Featherstone   You don't get an ambitious new venture off the ground without playing a bit of fast and loose.

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Are you a reader?

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Jamdes Adonis   There's a very good business case for reading books.

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Seven crack negotiating tactics

Frank Valentic's advice is to leave something on the table for the other party.

Caroline James   Using these techniques can make a real difference to your business's bottom line.

Would you like crumbs with that?

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Tony Featherstone   What's your worst experience seeing someone eat while serving you?

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What's your calling?

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James Adonis   Are you merely working in a job - or does some more lofty ambition drive you?

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Should you friend your boss on Facebook?

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Louis White   It's one of the trickiest question facing today's employees.

There is a solution to traffic chaos

Sydney drivers spend more time in traffic than with the kids

Tony Featherstone   So why hasn't it been acknowledged by policy makers?

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Impersonating a heroin dealer taught me about trust

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David Deane-Spread   Comment: this former covert operator says posing as a drug dealer and leading a multimillion dollar company both require a huge amount of trust.

Have you got 'hurry sickness'?

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James Adonis   It's the bane of modern existence and it's ruining your life.

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Rules for wining and dining clients

Other Australian councils are adopting Brisbane's  hygiene rating system for restaurants.

Kate Jones   Nailing etiquette can make all the difference when it comes to sealing the deal on new business.

Would your boss care if you resigned?

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Tony Featherstone   Perhaps more importantly, do they want to know why?

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Are you an authentic leader?

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Christine Long   Find out what separates the truly great among us from those who are just faking it.

Performance appraisals: why bother?

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James Adonis   When was the last time you or your employer got any value from this archaic tool?

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I don't want to work at Apple

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Tony Featherstone   Why would young people prefer to work for the government over an amazing tech business?

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Stop office stress for good

Data bill shock: Telstra plans to combat it with a new initiative.

Christine D'Mello   What's the one thing that makes a real difference to obliterating office angst?

Is your business ripe for disruption?

Google's driverless car could be one way goods are delivered in the future, MYOB says.

Louis White   Cars without people, energy without electricity and athletes recruited directly by clubs. What's next?

What has got jelly shoe makers talking?

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Caroline James   Industry support grows for stricter plastic footwear rules.