Michael Feuer is co-founder of the mega office products retail chain OfficeMax, which he started in 1988 with one store and $20,000 of his own money, along with a then-partner and group of private investors. Michael Feuer appears courtesy of a partnership with Smart Business, www.sbnonline.com which originally published this column."
What does the other party want out of the deal?
Published: 05.01.13 By Michael Feuer
Everyone who chairs a business meeting should ask participants this same question at the conclusion of the session. One word of warning: Be prepared for some surprising responses.
Published: 03.01.13 By Michael Feuer
Being the boss requires being a very good teacher. When a pupil is not measuring up, the first question is: How can you help, and what can you do to …
Published: 02.01.13 By Michael Feuer
Trouble comes in many sizes and shapes, and often it comes in unexpected waves. As the boss, you must always be prepared to provide direction. While any one problem could …
Published: 01.01.13 By Michael Feuer
Nonverbal communication speaks volumes about your style of management and how receptive you are to new ideas without worrying about who comes up with them. The best CEOs are the …
Published: 12.01.12 By Michael Feuer
Disagreements and anger are a reality in the workplace and in life. People react differently under pressure. This behavior quickly reduces productivity. Here's how to call a timeout.
Published: 11.01.12 By Michael Feuer
In developing a strategy, creating a new business, or introducing a new product, intensive preplanning can make the difference between success and failure.
Published: 10.01.12 By Michael Feuer
It is unrealistic to believe we should think only good thoughts, particularly in business when things move at a lightning pace, and the path to achieving objectives is littered with …
Published: 09.01.12 By Michael Feuer
Business opportunities are everywhere, and the Internet makes it possible to always be ready.
Published: 08.01.12 By Michael Feuer
Customers expect constant improvement, which takes vigilance.
Published: 07.01.12 By Michael Feuer
a project goes south, it’s mandatory that you find out why. Don’t tell your employees to “handle it” without explaining what “it” means. Without the blanks properly filled in, it’s …
Published: 06.01.12 By Michael Feuer
The word “yes” is the launching pad for every transaction, but too many companies don’t seem to get it.
Published: 05.01.12 By Michael Feuer
Self-doubt and second thoughts come with breakthrough thinking. Fear of failure can even be a strong motivator, making us delve more deeply, analyze fully, and think through what it will …
Published: 03.01.12 By Michael Feuer