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How would you rather be sacked?

Tony Featherstone By using a blunt axe, some companies make redundancy programs a whole lot worse.

Are you resting on your laurels?

Valerie Khoo The small business owner's creed: don't just sit there, do something!

Job losses bode poorly for uni graduates

Uni graduates.

Tony Featherstone We need young people who can ‘create’ rather than ‘apply’ for their jobs.

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Register sneaks up on companies

Regulation

Ben Butler The Personal Property Securities Register opens for business on Monday, replacing 40 registers and 70 laws around Australia.

Startup

What's your problem?

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Startup

What's your problem?

Whats Your Problem Q. I've started an online store. How do I calculate postage costs for different countries?

Are restructures a waste of time?

Rubik's Cube.

James Adonis It seems the restructure is back in vogue, but what’s the point really?

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Leaving an audience bored speechless

Meeting.

James Adonis Business speeches don't need to be boring - but how do you become a better presenter?

State of the unions

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

James Adonis There has to be a way for unions and employers to work more collaboratively together.

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Beware the workplace psychopath

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James Adonis Terror at the hands of the workplace psychopath continues for many victims. And they can’t be stopped or cured.

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Guarding your business when you're sick

AFR photoillustration Tamara Voninski.

Financial advisers spend a lot of time creating contingency plans for their clients, but many neglect to prepare for their own worst-case scenario.

The real digital divide: are you at risk?

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Valerie Khoo In today's competitive world, business owners need to regard technology as an essential component of their business strategy and not just a pesky expense.

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Planning

How to write an effective business plan

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Christopher Niesche The research and analysis involved in writing a business plan can be more important than the document itself.

Do the most charming entrepreneurs win?

Richard Branson.

Tony Featherstone Apparently more US chief executives are hiring charisma coaches to make them compelling, charming and attractive. Good luck with that.

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Charity cafe fighting to make its daily bread

Damian Showyin.

Tim Elliott Anger and disappointment as employees of a Sydney institution face an uncertain future.

Gasp's sorry over service 'probably not' genuine

Gasp operations manager Matt Chidgey.

Larissa Ham The bride-to-be at the centre of the Gasp Jeans scandal is unlikely to take up the retailer's offer to return for a personal fitting, despite Gasp's grovelling apology on Today Tonight last night.

The celebrity CEO: Zappos's Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh.

Valerie Khoo There aren't too many celebrity CEOs in the world. But without a doubt, Tony Hsieh is one of them.

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Insuring yourself online

Got a problem?

Whats Your Problem Q. I'm selling sports equipment to customers around the world, but can't find insurance.

Why email still trumps social media

Scott Stratten.

Valerie Khoo It's time to stop marketing and start engaging with your customers.

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Closing the gap - at work

Aboriginal flag.

James Adonis Some employers have had huge success in hiring indigenous workers. Others, though, are struggling.

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