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T Paul Thomas

Why Write a Note When You Can Email?

At Northern Arizona University, we are days away from graduation. The thing that makes the May 2017 graduation special to me is that my very first students from MGT 101 – Introduction to Business are graduating. The last several weeks have been a constant flood of those students coming to me to let me know […]

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T Paul Thomas

Do I Really Need a Board of Directors?

My column this month raises a question I received from a CEO. This is meant for those CEOs who are either running a non-profit or a privately held organization. All publicly held or publicly traded organizations are required by SEC law to have a board of directors.   Just feed them and get them on […]

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T Paul Thomas

How Important is My First Job After I Graduate?

I’m always amazed when a student walks in my office or approaches me after class to tell me that he or she isn’t accepting a job offer. It is usually followed with something like, “I didn’t go to college for four years just to stock shelves…make phone calls…work a front desk…etc.” I have three pieces […]

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T Paul Thomas

“Ask the CEO”

Honesty Should Be the Policy in a Family Business  As many of you know, I am fortunate enough to teach at Northern Arizona University. One of my courses is Management 300i where we teach students the basics for starting a business. They learn about writing a business plan, understanding the market, finding funding, staffing and […]

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T Paul Thomas

  Quitting Your Job: How To and How Not To Do It

Several months ago, my column discussed when to shut down a business. Oddly, in the last month, I’ve had several of my NACET clients have employees quit. And closer to home, my wife quit her job after three years. So, I decided to write this month on the two reasons you should quit and the […]

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T Paul Thomas

When Should the Founder Hire a CEO?

In the last 30 days, I have had four different CEO/founders come to me about a number of issues that all point to one thing. Is it time to hire an outside CEO/president/COO? I truly believe this one decision is the toughest for any founder/CEO to make. It involves coming to the realization that your […]

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How Do You Know It’s Time to Quit?

This month, I am touching on knowing when is it time to shut down the business, part ways with an employee (or partner) or just move on yourself.   “I knew from day one something wasn’t right”   Listen to your gut. And it will tell you a lot. A CEO I work with has […]

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