Here are this week’s links to a few good stories we found and selected. We feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to midsize businesses. 

Will a high EQ make you an MVP? Dana Manciagli seems to think so. In Communicate with emotional intelligence to become your company’s MVP, she makes five terrific points. My personal favorite is to “hire your weakness.” That axiom has always worked for me.

We have mentioned it in this space before: Business owners everywhere should stay on top of the many paid leave laws across the country. Massachusetts, along with California, Connecticut, Oregon, and Vermont have some laws on the books. This year a bill was introduced in the Massachusetts legislature to expand on the Bay State requirements. Sonya Rosenberg speaks to this ever-changing landscape in her article, With So Many Leave Laws, How Do You Know What Applies? 

I enjoyed The Simple Rules that Ultra-Productive People Tend to Follow, an Open Forum article written by Mike Michalowicz. Each and every point makes sense, and I would like to think I score well in all of them. The point is that I am better at some than others. I could always get more sleep, I make lists daily, and exercise is something I do every day. But, most importantly, I credit the success of Genesis to the fact that our employees are empowered. If I had to pick one piece of advice from the list, that would be the one.