2018 Year in Review: The 12 Stories You Loved the Most

As we ring in 2019, let's look back at our favorite articles from each month on the blog in 2018.

It’s hard to narrow it down to just one per month, but here are some of our favorite highlights from Mind Your Business in 2018. We wish you a happy New Year and thank you for reading all year long!

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    January: Emergency action plans 101

    The United States has averaged almost one mass shooting per day since this article first ran back in January. Does your emergency action plan include what to do in the case of an active shooter at your place of business? Don’t ring in another New Year until you are covered in this area. Here are nine things to include in your emergency action plan.

    February: So much to love about Tech Week

    In this February piece we did to show some love for the upcoming Tech Week 2018, we sat down with the 2017 winner to find out how their business has changed over the past year. So check out this feature on 2017 Tech Company of the Year Award Winner Futuri Media and don’t forget to save the date for Tech Week 2019.

    March: Protect your business against phishing scams

    Were you or anyone you know a target of the DocuSign email scam? One of our goals for Mind Your Business is to keep readers aware of threats that might impact their businesses, and in March we focused on this phishing email scam. Read on to find out the characteristics of this specific scam and how you can protect your business from future similar threats.

    April: Don’t make these networking mistakes

    In April, the self-proclaimed COSE godfather of networking Phil Stella shared with us ways to take the effectiveness of your networking efforts from drab to fab. Follow these guidelines to avoiding the most common networking mistakes and get a better return on your investment.

    May: Don’t be an annoying salesperson

    In one of our notable pieces from May, we helped steer you away from being a pain-in-the-neck salesperson. Check out the eight selling tactics to avoid, along with five steps to ensuring you are seen as a valuable, effective seller.

    June: Lessons you can learn from the Cavs

    Remember last June when we were still holding out hope for another Cleveland Cavaliers championship? It may not have been our year in that regard, but your business can still learn several lessons from last season’s Cavs team and the experiences they went through.

    July: Creating a strong presence for your brand

    We encouraged the idea of doing your due diligence before beginning a brand-building exercise in July. While you’re trying to create a strong presence for your brand, don’t infringe on anyone else’s—find out what you need to do to make informed branding decisions for your company.

    August: Drug testing policies in the workplace

    In August, we took a deep dive into the benefits, as well as the downsides, of drug testing in the workplace. Here’s what you need to know about the impact various drug testing policies can have on your business.

    September: An update from the COSE Chairman

    COSE’s Board Chair John Young provided an update in September following a series of informal meetings with board members. Grab a cup of Joe and read what John learned about the organization and the priorities its members have in mind—and find out how your voice can be heard as well.

    October: Leveraging content marketing

    If you missed the COSE Business Growth Boot Camp on building a content marketing program from the ground up, check out the October recap of this informative event. BoxCast VP of Marketing Sam Brenner laid out the blueprint of how his company leveraged its content marketing strategy to grow its business—and how yours can, too.

    November: Improve sales in 2019

    As we entered the final several weeks in 2018, we took the opportunity to discuss the importance of conducting a positive and honest evaluation of your sales successes and failures. Here are some questions to help guide that review and improve results for 2019.

    December: Don’t be an annoying coworker, either

    To end the year we’re checking in on your workplace etiquette. For those people who weren’t born with—or taught—common sense, here are 10 things you should do (or stop doing) to stay on the good side of your coworkers. A New Year’s resolution, perhaps?

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    Next up: 2010 CIO Symposium Plenary Session - CIO 3.0

    2010 CIO Symposium Plenary Session - CIO 3.0

    CIO: 3.0 - A forward view of the industry landscape from CIOs and select vendors. 

    CIO: 3.0 - A forward view of the industry landscape from CIOs and select vendors. 

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    Panelists: Lev Gonick, CIO - Case, Sandra Rapp, CIO - LinguistaLogix, Dan Dugan - Cisco; John Sprecher - Microsoft

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    Next up: 2011 CIO Symposium - A View to the Near Future

    2011 CIO Symposium - A View to the Near Future

    As the pace of advances in technology continues to quicken, leveraging new technologies can be a challenge as well as an opportunity. Advances in mobile technologies, open source applications, collaboration platforms and more provide IT executives with wide-ranging tools to foster IT innovation in the enterprise. 

    As the pace of advances in technology continues to quicken, leveraging new technologies can be a challenge as well as an opportunity. Advances in mobile technologies, open source applications, collaboration platforms and more provide IT executives with wide-ranging tools to foster IT innovation in the enterprise. 

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    But what are prominent technologies being deployed or coming on the horizon? And how are CIOs innovating in their organization with new technologies? 

    This opening session features successful CIOs and prominent vendors sharing their vision of "the near future". Confirmed panelists include Bill Blausey, CIO-Eaton Corporation; Greg Kall, CIO-Summa Health Systems; Jim DesPres, Regional Manager, Google Enterprise; and Terry Quinn, District Sales Manager, Hewlett-Packard.

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    Next up: 2011 CIO Symposium - Luncheon Keynote - Wolfpack Leadership for IT Executives

    2011 CIO Symposium - Luncheon Keynote - Wolfpack Leadership for IT Executives

    Mark Adams, an NCAA coach and noted program turnaround specialist, now regularly brings his inspirational insight to leaders across the country. A regular fixture on ESPN broadcasts originating across the country, Mark is a resident of Springsboro, OH. We’re delighted that we have Mark in our state long enough to meet with us – he’ll be at the CIO Symposium before and after his presentation to meet with attendees. 

    Mark Adams, an NCAA coach and noted program turnaround specialist, now regularly brings his inspirational insight to leaders across the country. A regular fixture on ESPN broadcasts originating across the country, Mark is a resident of Springsboro, OH. We’re delighted that we have Mark in our state long enough to meet with us – he’ll be at the CIO Symposium before and after his presentation to meet with attendees. 

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    Mark has prepared a special presentation for the CIO Symposium audience: Wolfpack Leadership for Technology Leaders. The distinctive howl of the leader, the thrill (and the danger) of the chase, and critical keys to the long term success of a sometime cooperative, sometime hostile pack — sound interesting? Sound relevant? 

    We think so, too. 

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    Next up: 2011 CIO Symposium Evolution of the CIO

    2011 CIO Symposium Evolution of the CIO

    The evolving role of the CIO has been recounted for years, from keeping the servers running to managing email to minimizing software costs to incorporating new technologies and on and on. Now more than ever, the role of the CIO is evolving into even more of a business partner role.

    The evolving role of the CIO has been recounted for years, from keeping the servers running to managing email to minimizing software costs to incorporating new technologies and on and on. Now more than ever, the role of the CIO is evolving into even more of a business partner role. In fact, Harvard Business Review paints a new look for the CIO: Chief Infrastructure Officer, Chief Integration Officer, Chief Intelligence Officer, and Chief Innovation Officer. 

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    This session will explore how CIOs are managing these disparate facets of their position to maximize the impact of information technology on their organization. Panelists: Leslie Pochaukas, CIO-Electronic Merchant Systems, Bob Gerardi, CIO-RSM McGladrey, Bruce Michelson, National Lifecycle Manager-Hewlett-Packard, Paul Stefunek , CEO-Paul-Lawrence Associates.

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    Next up: 2012 CIO Symposium Hal Becker Leadership Lessons

    2012 CIO Symposium Hal Becker Leadership Lessons

    Management is about doing and leadership is about being. But what exactly does it mean to be a “good” or “successful” leader? And what lessons can be learned from Abraham Lincoln and Captain Jean-Luc Picard? Yes, that Captain Picard. 

    Hal Becker presents Leadership Lessons: From Lincoln to Picard 

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    Management is about doing and leadership is about being. But what exactly does it mean to be a “good” or “successful” leader? And what lessons can be learned from Abraham Lincoln and Captain Jean-Luc Picard? Yes, that Captain Picard. 

    Author and national speaker, Hal Becker will share an energetic, entertaining and enlightening presentation, designed to challenge your thinking about leadership and offer valuable insights into what makes an exceptional leader. 

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