Monday, January 26, 2015
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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:00:00 -0600

The five books are must reads for those looking to change their life and path to success.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:30:00 -0600

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:15:00 -0600

Centering an organization on the customer takes a courageous leader more interested in excellence than ego. Find out three strategies for doing so.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:12:04 -0600

As the first blizzard of the year begins, settle in with some cocoa and check out these stats.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:00:00 -0600

Ego in most people is the dominant driver of all thoughts, actions and ways of going about life. It doesn't have to be. Nor should it be.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:45:00 -0600

While many executives might regard physical and cybersecurity risks to their operations as separate issues, they may be intertwined.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:30:00 -0600

Recruit and retain this generation by recognizing that many of their ideas and goals can work to your benefit.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:15:00 -0600

Find out the quick path to launch of a daring cadre of startup leaders, including the owner of the new company, SparkleSlap.com.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:00:00 -0600

Elevated Element combines unmanned technology and photography, and sales are soaring.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:59:00 -0600

Just weeks ahead of Toyfair 2015, Bryan G. Stockton resigns as chairman and CEO of the toy-making giant.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:47:00 -0600

2014's game day viewership broke records, which certainly didn't hurt the businesses with ads in the broadcast.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:30:00 -0600

Being a mom and dad while running a business can feel like an overwhelming and un-winnable challenge, until you consider these five things.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:22:00 -0600

In the past, the company has come under fire for surging prices during times of crisis.

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Seeking your first round of capital can be a daunting task. Here's how to effectively position your venture by telling a compelling story that will entice investors.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:00:00 -0600

Styles may vary, but the results are usually the same: inspired and motivated employees who want to come to work every day.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:45:00 -0600

The shipping company cuts its profit forecast, blaming the cost of extra measures it took to ensure deliveries were on time during the 2014 holiday season, and hinted it would start charging retailers more.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:30:00 -0600

Kevin O'Leary sees interest rate rising and China's economy rising. He advises companies to get more productive.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:15:00 -0600

Running a startup can resemble playing a game of blackjack. Be savvy and strategic yet willing to take risks at the right moment.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:00:00 -0600

Twitter is a great marketing platform, but simply firing off tweets isn't going to necessarily translate into leads and sales.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:30:00 -0600

Failures of trust and communication can be tricky to navigate. The Ethics Coach can help.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:20:00 -0600

The idea is to give people an alternative to pricier data plans from the big cellular companies.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:13:00 -0600

For $15 a week, Vida delivers live, one-on-one personalized medical advice from health-care pros.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:00:00 -0600

The sharing economy increasingly looks like the quickest route to your own business for most people.

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The Creatrs Network would give marketers access to the kind of content that is already resonating among Tumblr's 420 million total users.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:30:00 -0600

Simplifying the challenge of managing a growing workforce is better for the company and appreciated by employees.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:03:00 -0600

Probably true.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:02:00 -0600

Instead of a chicken sandwich, this woman was given $2,631.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:00 -0600

A commitment to transparency often spreads to the wider company culture, promoting more honesty and candid expression among your team members.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:40:43 -0600

It is aimed at emerging market users with low-end mobile devices.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:30:00 -0600

If you know you want to do more with marketing, but you're not sure where to start, spend some time with these resources.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:57:00 -0600

Forget the big, new Windows 10 features - it does something far more important.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:45:00 -0600

When leaders are faced with new challenges such as this, they often rely on their instincts to make decisions. I’ve learned that trusting your instincts is often in direct proportion to your ability to detect probability patterns in the behaviors, circumstances and tendencies that are bound to transpire. When you don’t trust yourself or understand the situation at hand, your past experiences and the facts surrounding the situation will often influence you to take a stand against your instincts and the negative consequences that you sense (your gut feeling). As is often the case in such a predicament, the results don’t work in your favor and people begin to question your leadership judgment.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:56:00 -0600

Don't know what IMbp is? If not, then it'll cost you, starting today.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:17:00 -0600

Speaking at a high profile panel on energy at the 2015 annual meeting for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Nigerian billionaire and philanthropist Tony Elumelu emphasized the key priority for 2015 for Africa as “policy, policy, policy”. Launching the African Energy Leaders Group (AELG), a multi-stakeholder advocacy group [...]

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:26:00 -0600

The vertical world of "management" and the horizontal world of "Agile" are incompatible.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:52:00 -0600

Dear Liz, I'm a big fan of yours. I'm writing to you in a very upset state right now. I hope you have some advice for me. I took a new job a year ago. I hadn't worked for two years before that, because I had spent that time with my dad [...]

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:18:00 -0600

"60 Minutes" on Sunday night pulled off a minor coup: The newsmagazine hosted House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in their first joint interview since Republicans won the Senate in November. And "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley wasted no time in quizzing the nation's two top Republicans [...]

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:41:00 -0600

Set aside, for the moment, the diplomatic row being sparked by Speaker of the House John Boehner as he seeks to create two conflicting foreign policies for the United States—one pursued by the President and the other pursued by the Congress. Boehner’s hubris, in conjunction with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s desire to [...]

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:55:00 -0600

  When I suggested that McDonald’s should change its name in a previous piece here, I was half-joking. But with sales and earnings continuing to slide, and with a product that is less appetizing to younger consumers than competing brands like Chipotle, Panera Bread, and Five Guys, it may not be a bad [...]

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:00:00 -0600

I’ve been hearing since before Christmas about Project Chrome, the code name for what has been touted to me as the biggest reorganization in IBM history. Well, Project Chrome is finally upon us, triggered I suppose by this week’s announcement of an 11th consecutive quarter of declining revenue for IBM. [...]

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15 Reminders for Chaldeans Leasing or Renting
By Rita Abro :: Monday, May 4, 2009 :: 22960 Views :: Article Rating :: Living & Lifestyle, Business & Finance

California, USA – “You have to know your rights.  Otherwise they may take advantage of you when you rent from them,” says Khaloud “Kelly” Heso, a property manager in Orange Grove Townhouse and Apartments in a small town outside of San Diego, California.  “I once worked with a company that taught us not to share renter rights with the tenants.  I could not work for a company that operated in that way, so I left and came to Orange Grove.” 

Chaldeans should know what their rights are when renting and you don't have to be expert in landlord-tenant law to protect yourself. Chaldeans are reminded to review their rights when renting or leasing and to always read the agreement before signing the dotted line.

Laws that protect both landlord and tenant have become so complex that understanding your rights can be difficult. Since landlord-tenant law varies by state, the key is knowing your rights -- preferably before you even sign your rental agreement. Understanding your state law and the terms of your lease are your best guarantees against future problems.

15 common renters' rights all Chaldeans should know:

Although Chaldean renters' rights vary by region, many are similar and predictable. Here's a sample of rights likely to be addressed in your state's landlord-tenant law:

1. The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to deny housing to a tenant on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, disability, family status, or national origin.

2. Residential rental units should be habitable and in compliance with housing and health codes—meaning they should be structurally safe, sanitary, weatherproofed, and include adequate water, electricity, and heat.

3. Many states limit the amount landlords can charge for security deposits. For Chaldeans in California the amount is 2 months' rent (unfurnished); 3 months' rent (furnished). Add extra one-half month's rent for waterbed.  In Michigan and Arizona the amount is one and one-half months' rent. In Nevada is 3 months and Illinois there is no statutory limit. 

4. A landlord should make necessary repairs and perform maintenance tasks in a timely fashion, or include a provision in the lease stating that tenants can order repairs and deduct the cost from rent.

5. A landlord must give prior notice (typically 24 hours) before entering your premises and can normally only do so to make repairs or in case of an emergency.

6. Illegal requirements in a rental agreement (section counter to state law) are usually not enforceable in court.

7. If a landlord has violated important terms related to health, safety, or necessary repairs, you might have a legal right to break your lease.

8. If you have to break a long-term lease, in most states landlords are required to search for a new tenant as soon as possible rather than charging the tenant for the full duration of the lease.

9. Damage or security deposits are not deductible for "normal wear and tear." Some states require that a landlord give an itemized report of any deductions.

10. Most states require landlords to return refundable portions of a security deposit within 14 to 30 days after the tenant has vacated the premises, even in the case of eviction.

11. Landlords usually can't legally seize a tenant's property for nonpayment of rent or any other reason, except in the case of abandonment as defined by law.

12. Landlords are legally prohibited from evicting tenants as retaliation for action a tenant takes related to a perceived landlord violation.

13. A landlord cannot legally change the locks, shut off (or cause to have shut off) your utilities, or evict you without notice; eviction requires a court order.

14. If a landlord makes life so miserable for you that it forces you to move, it may be considered "constructive eviction," which is usually grounds for legal action.

15. In many states, it's illegal for a lease to stipulate that the tenant is responsible for the landlord's attorney fees in case of a court dispute.

Chaldeans should protect themselves.  Before you move in, tour the premises with your landlord, and note and photograph any existing damage. When you move out, if your landlord withholds part of your damage deposit, ask for an itemized list of charges and the reason for the charges. If there's a discrepancy between this list and the one you made before moving in, let the landlord know immediately. Keep copies of all correspondence with your landlord, as well as dated records of phone and in-person conversations.