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.

Many times, being “great” rather than “big” is what really counts.  

Bo Burlingham seems to agree, given his Best Small Companies In America, 2016 list published in Forbes.  As a member of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Privately Held List (#3 in 1996), we might take the size over quality route.  But Dan Harris’s piece, 3 Hiring Lessons the Mid-Market Can Learn from Small Companies, shows the importance of the quality that small businesses can bring to local commerce.

Employers continue to wait on the NLRB Board.

The “kindler, gentler” NLRB has yet to emerge according to the article The NLRB is Still in Business – Watch Your Handbooks. Making sure your handbook is well written is always important, and the promises of any administration should not be taken for granted.

Knowing how to talk so that people will listen is a skill that can serve you well in business.

So says Kit Pang, Founder of Boston Speaks, in an article entitled How to Become a People Whisperer.  Frankly, this is a skill set that every small business owner should have—or at least, try—to develop.