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To whom it may concern: A letter to the small business minister

2:59PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Last week, the Taskmaster suggested it was time to write to a few pollies ahead of the next election. However, after four small business ministers in just 14 months, it’s easier said than done.

Get emotional buy in from your staff

2:28PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Employees. I tell you what, some days it’s like they have a mind of their own!

The one (election) day in September we want to remember

1:39PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Taskmaster

The 2013 federal election has been called for September 14. Old Taskmaster says it’s time for a little less conversation and a little more action.

Start-ups’ federal election wish list

1:25PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

With an election coming up in September, both parties will be keen to win your vote. Here are five areas the major parties will need to focus on if they want to win the support of start-ups. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Your staff have no old boss, they just have a boss

1:21PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Are you sick of your employees talking about their “old boss” all the time? The Taskmaster says it’s time to do something about it.

The summer holidays are well and truly over – so get back to work!

1:01PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Taskmaster

So, you say January has been a slow month for your business? It's time to end the excuses!

The seven secrets to pitching to new clients

1:32PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Bowden

Sales is one of the most critical aspects of building any new business. Here are seven tips to help you improve your sales pitch technique. BY MICHELLE BOWDEN.

Seven in 10 employers fearing Australia Day sickie surge

1:31PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

More than seven in 10 employers expect staff to pull sickies due to the Australia Day weekend, although it appears that bosses can only do a limited amount in order to prevent them, according to a new study.

Fair Work Commission awards fashion employee 22 weeks' pay for unfair dismissal

1:45PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The Fair Work Commission has found Dolina Fashion Group unfairly dismissed an employee of 17 years, without a valid reason for termination or appropriate warning.

Super-hyper-mega-ultra-synergy Industries? Time to cut the buzzwords

1:28PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Can “synergies” and “solutions” really generate sales or win funding for your business? The Taskmaster certainly doesn’t think so.

Academic names worst CEOs of 2012 – five lessons for start-ups

1:01PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up founders looking to avoid being labelled a bad chief executive should heed the advice of US university professor Sydney Finkelstein, who has compiled a list of the worst CEOs of 2012.

What Lance Armstrong means for your workplace

1:25PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Old Taskmaster has found a valuable management lesson amidst the fallout from Lance Armstrong’s confession.

Software worker outsources his job to China

1:30PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

After a software developer in the US recently outsourced his job to a Chinese consulting firm, here are four tips to help you make sure your staff aren't doing the same thing to you.

Beware the monoculture of Inertia

1:46AM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a large multinational corporation we’ll call Inertia Corp. Their business model was dead – but senior management didn’t realise it.

Concreter sacked for "smirking" wins unfair dismissal case

1:55PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

A Melbourne concreter has won an unfair dismissal case against his employer, after the company fired him for allegedly smirking during a conversation reprimanding him for a safety violation.

How to find an informal mentor for your business

1:11PM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Especially if you’re a soloist, advice from friends and family can be invaluable. StartupSmart spoke to three experts to help you get the most out of your mentor. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Hot desks, cold pies and chocolate bars

1:35PM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Hot desking has become a popular management trend in recent times. However, as Old Taskmaster discovered, the practice mightn’t be as effective as some of its proponents claim.

“Abbott has F***ED UP badly”: Brendan O’Connor's Twitter gaffe

1:43PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Cara Waters

The Small Business Minister has apologised after describing volunteer firefighting by the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, as “f***ing up”.

An inconvenient seat

1:35PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Taskmaster

As long time readers will know, there have recently been some renovations at Taskmaster Towers. Of course, this has raised a tricky dilemma: Who sits where?

Failed start-ups should return funding, says local investor

12:44PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A failed Canadian start-up has turned heads after promising to return all remaining funding to its investors, with the move applauded by one local expert.

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