Author Archives: knjohn

How to Fire Someone So They’ll Thank You For It | Entrepreneur

In an earlier post, I described how our new CEO determined that we had to fire almost half our team. This sucked for many reasons, but the main one? It was emotional. Firing a terrible person is easy, but how do you fire a good person who is a bad fit in a way that doesn’t hurt them?

That was the next lesson from our new CEO, JT McCormick. He showed us how to fire someone, not just with dignity and respect, but in a way where they actually thank you for the experience. Literally, three of the five people he fired wrote him emails thanking him afterwards.

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Can Vitamin B-17 Really Kill Cancer? | Life Hack

Even if you are a health-conscious person who is aware of the importance of a healthy diet and taking vitamins and supplements, chances are, you probably have not heard of vitamin B-17.  However, in spite of an FDA ban on this vitamin, there are many in the medical community who believe in the health benefits of this nutrient, especially in regards to a potential cure for cancer. Read on to find out why.

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Flight Delayed? Here’s Why It’s Probably the Airline’s Fault |

It’s the euphemisms that kill you.

You get to the airport early. You check in. You get to the gate.

And then you get slapped in the face by “operational difficulties.”

At least that’s the phrase I seem to have heard once too often when I’m desperate to just get home.

You might imagine, though, that especially in the summertime of storms, that the weather is actually the biggest cause of flight delays.

Not any more, it isn’t.

Neither is someone in air-traffic control pushing the wrong button.

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Why Does the Moon Turn Red During a Total Lunar Eclipse? | Live Science

An oversized ruby-colored sphere rising in the sky as a total lunar eclipse turns the normally pallid moon scarlet is enough to make some people swoon. And perhaps with good reason, as the fiery glow is the most dramatic of the three types of lunar eclipses (the other two are called partial and penumbral).

In addition, perfection is a must: A total lunar eclipse happens only when the sun, Earth and moon are perfectly lined up.

So when the moon tiptoes into the outer portion of Earth’s shadow, becoming totally bathed in the darkest part of that shadow, why isn’t the result a “lights out” for the sky? Why instead does the moon become engulfed in a light-orange to blood-red glow?

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Protect Yourself From Common Credit Card Scams | All Business

Credit card fraud is growing over the Internet, email, traditional mail, and telephone. “Phishing” is when scammers send out fraudulent emails asking for your personal information, such as your credit card number or bank account number. Never respond to these—delete them immediately.

In a similar phishing scam, someone may phone you pretending to be your bank, the fraud department of your credit card company, or another organization, and may ask to “verify your information” or “verify you are in possession of your card.” They often ask for your 3-digit verification code on the back of the card or ask for the first 12 digits of your card (they may already have the last 4 digits from a discarded receipt). Reputable companies do not call and ask for this information. If you did not initiate the call, do not give them any information and hang up immediately.

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Sexual Harassment Policies: Why Even Small Businesses Need Them | Business News Daily

Sexual harassment is a big problem in the modern workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state agencies handled a total of 11,364 sexual harassment charges in 2011 (the most recent combined reporting data). Of those cases, 26 percent were decided in favor of complainants, with employers of all sizes paying out $52.3 million in victim settlements in that year alone.

Sexual harassment can happen to, and be committed by, workers of any professional level or gender. It is a form of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that it is unlawful to harass a person in the workplace. However, this federal regulation applies only to employers with 15 or more employees, and even businesses that pass that threshold are not legally required to have an official sexual harassment policy.

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Preventing Cybercrime: It’s About Awareness | The Startup Magazine

Security expert Emma Philpott has said: “There’s a lot of great talk, but most SMEs do nothing about cyber security. It’s shocking.”

The threat of cyber security is one that is very, very real to SME’s. In fact, despite the tales of the large corporations being victims of cyber-attacks – it appears its predominantly small- medium businesses that are being targeted. In 2015 a government report found that 74% of small businesses reported a breach in security.

Small businesses are often guilty of falling into the trap of feeling that they aren’t likely to be targeted due to their size and that hackers or cyber criminals couldn’t possibly be interested in what they do – but in reality, it’s the opposite that is true.

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