In 2015 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported 925 criminal actions against people or entities engaged in crimes against HHS programs and 682 civil actions (i.e., false claims, unjust-enrichment lawsuits filed in Federal district court, CPM settlements, and administrative recoveries related to provider self-disclosure matter). Companies in the healthcare industry should have top of the mind awareness of the OIG’s initiatives each year as they develop, change, and keep up their compliance programs for the year. Continue reading
Sometimes culture in entrepreneurship environments falls to the waist side to productivity, growth, and profit to meet your organizations goals. Culture is an immeasurable thing that holds all the pieces of your organization together. If you talk to almost any Silicone Valley executive, they will all have different opinions about how to evolve a company’s culture, but one thing they will all agree on is that a solid culture cultivates an organizations success.
Why do women want to become entrepreneurs?
I asked a couple that are in my graduate program and most common responses were to have freedom, be their own boss, and to hopefully empower other women to become entrepreneurs themselves. Personally, I have enjoyed to see the growth in female business owners over the last few years. In fact, I have been working close with two sisters on a gourmet ice cream business where we have a very niche product that is offered by other companies (that’s to be discussed in a later blog post).
In 2013, Cox conducted a survey that was given to 624 women entrepreneurs and business owners in North America. The survey asked the women participants various well-being questions in regards to business.
How is your self-care as an entrepreneur?
Self-care can be particularly tricky for some entrepreneurs, since most entrepreneurs tend to juggle a variety of hats. The most important hat an entrepreneur wears is the self-care hat, and that one tends to be ignored on a regular basis. Self-care is defined in the dictionary as taking care of one self without medical assistance. I look at self-care as taking care of you beyond the regular exercise and healthy eating.
If you are new at business start-up then you have found the perfect blog post for you. I am going to lie out in simple steps (given that order can vary from start-up to start-up). My goal is to get the wheels turning so you can develop your own protocol that works for your business. The most appealing attribute of being an entrepreneur is there is no single right way to start your new business venture. In fact, there are countless ways to get from point A to point B. The choice is yours in what path you take in starting your new business.
Communicating in the 21st century has unique challenges. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, your success is dependent on how well you communicate. Communicating occurs with more than your employees, you want to be able to communicate across all channels in your entrepreneurial bubble. The channels I am talking about typically happen in two ways: verbal communication and written communication. Both types are not innate behaviors, they are learned behaviors that we hope to evolve over time in our professional careers. Entrepreneurs need to be able to communicate effectively with customers and clients, social networks, employees, manufacturers, distributors, and any other group that has impact on your company’s success.
Have you ever thought to yourself why communicating effectively can sometimes be difficult within a work environment?
It’s because we have emotions, are human, and we are not perfect!
What does strategy have to do with diagonal thinking?
Strategy should be your mindset with every decision. Strategy is the plan of action you set in place to solve the problem. If you have a strategy, diagonal thinking is your vehicle to solve it successfully. Diagonal thinking comes into the picture when traditional approaches don’t work. What if you are challenged with a deeper rooted problem solving situation at work? What if the situation requires thinking in the box but not using rows and columns, rather a diagonal approach? Continue reading