Here are the best articles we found for the month of October:
How to Write a Business Plan for Your Small Business
If you plan to start your own business or if you have already started your business, you should write a business plan. A business plan is a document outlining your business goals and strategies for achieving them. It will help you to organize your thoughts, identify the competition, and help you generate more ideas to make your business successful. Your business plan is not static. It will change over time as your business grows.
There are many reasons why you should write a business plan. It will force you to research and think about what is best for your business. It can also help you obtain funding. Most financial institutions will require a business plan before lending money. Writing a plan will also help you focus and establish your objectives. It will also help you prioritize what is most important. Read more here.
5 Ways Leaders Can Fight Burnout Culture
I recently came across a viral post by Wharton School psychologist, Adam Grant, which claimed sacrificing health, social life and leisurely hobbies for work was not the “badge of honor” society has long thought it to be. Instead, this work-first, life-second ideology leaves us burned out.
Admittedly, I am part of the generation who thought burning the midnight oil was the right and only way to get ahead. Like many leaders, company executives and entrepreneurs, I spent much of my life working myself to the point of exhaustion. But wearing this “exhaustion badge” sets a dangerous precedent — one which leads to high levels of stress, and even physical ailments. Read more here.
Pre-Screening Candidates: How to Develop a Detailed Process
Pre-screening candidates is the process of assessing the quality of candidates before you interview them. It will help you remove those who do not meet the basic requirements of the job. By the time you are finished pre-screening candidates, you should have good candidates to choose from.
If you are using an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), those programs may do some of it for you. However, you may want to manually sort resumes. This will help you make sure you don’t miss anyone that may be great for the job. Once you sort them, you can start the pre-screening process. Once that is complete, then you will conduct interviews. Create a spreadsheet and list those that you will start pre-screening. This is helpful if you receive many resumes. Read more here.
How Small Changes Can Help You Build An Upward Spiral
“Think positive” has become a cliché, but Scott Glassman, PsyD, learned first-hand that it takes real work — and yields real results.
Glassman was bullied in middle school, and spent a long time in his youth feeling depressed. As an adult at the University of Pennsylvania, he worked with Martin Seligman, the leading figure in positive psychology. He then went on to study health psychology, and holistic approaches to physical, spiritual and emotional health. All of these experiences combined in Glassman’s work at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he built the A Happier You program. Read more here.