The 25-year-old business book is still supremely relevant--but the number of distractions fighting for your attention might make you work a little harder.I remember meeting Dr. Stephen R. Covey during my days as a corporate manager. It was at a training conference that ran for about two days straight, and I was blown away by his ability to captivate the crowd, present salient details, and whip through a presentation.The author and speaker, who wrote The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in 1989, died tragically in a bike accident in 2012.
People who seem perfectly stable on paper or even in an interview might not act that way on the job. A reference check–done properly–can help.It’s every business owner’s worst nightmare: You hire someone who looks smart on paper and seems fine in the interview, who then turns out to be a disaster. And not just a run-of-the-mill disaster. As recent incidents in Aurora, Colorado, and New York City have shown, it’s possible for heinous acts to be committed by people who, outwardly at least, appear perfectly well adjusted.Mental illness is a taboo subject on so many levels, and that taboo puts small businesses at risk when they hire. I have worked with some absolutely brilliant people who live with mental health challenges.
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