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.

Often during the hiring process, employers paint a rosy picture of their companies. This could be the result of interviewer’s ego—or, more seriously, an attempt to overpromise.

The phrase of “truth in advertising” is something every employer should be aware of. In his article Be Careful Not to Withhold Key Information When Courting a Potential New Hire or Business Partner, Shep Davidson writes about a recent court decision regarding hiring. The facts in this case are profound, and it serves as a reminder to be honest and fair-dealing in all aspects of business—including the hiring process.

As an employer, do you feel that many of your employees are not accountable? If so, you’re certainly not alone.

According to a 2013 survey of leaders by the American Management Association, one in nine employers say that more than half of their workers are not accountable. In Build A Culture Of Volunteered Accountability, author Randy Pennington offers standard strategies, but he also speaks to the importance of management mindset. For employees to be accountable, management needs to provide the inspiration.  

Even as a CEO, you may not know as much as you think about your own company.

Perhaps your employees are not as forthcoming as they should be. “…I don’t mean they’re being deceitful or lying to your face all the time. What I mean is, because you’re a CEO, your employees may often hold back from telling you their true opinions about what’s going on in the company,” Claire Lew says in Are Your Employees Being Honest With You?.

She elaborates on two recommendations:

  • Asking for advice from your employees.
  • Explaining why you are not doing something.

If you have been a CEO long enough, this has likely happened to you. I know it has happened to me—and her advice is spot-on.