Smart Advice

How to Choose A Growth Strategy

I recently participated in a Skype call with a successful midsize 10-year-old business on O‘ahu. It is owned by a committed and ambitious young man who wants to grow his company into a larger and more profitable operation. The owner…

IRS Opens Tax Filing Season

The IRS announced today that it is accepting tax returns, with April 17 as the filing deadline for individuals.  The IRS also explained tools and resources that will make the tax filing season a little easier for taxpayers. Here is…

Make Next Year Better

Now is the time to start planning so next year is better than this one. Start by reflecting on the current year and identifying what worked well and what didn’t. Were the challenges hiring good staff or training them? Making…

Spread Out Your Taxes (This Year Only)

It’s not every day that the federal government allows people to pay taxes over two years instead of one. But that’s what it’s offering to those who convert their traditional individual retirement accounts into Roth IRAs. The catch is people…

Advice from the Top

Warren Haruki has seen his share of companies in transition. The current CEO of both Grove Farm and Maui Land & Pineapple, Haruki was also at the helm of Verizon Hawaii as it morphed into Hawaiian Telcom. Here, he gives…

Advice from the Top

What’s your advice to business executives thinking about volunteering? Do it. Get involved. Volunteer for something. If you don’t know what you like, try them all; find out what you don’t like. It’s just like restaurants: Sometimes you don’t know…

Advice From the Top

What is the most important thing you’ve learned about yourself during your career?  It sounds cliché and it’s easier said than done, but the most effective way of leading is to trust being yourself instead of what you think other…

Advice from the Top

When should a young executive take a risk?  Take a chance after conferring with a small group of advisers; venture with people you trust and respect. And take bigger chances when you are young and have limited responsibilities for others.…

Family-Business Lessons

In 1960, K.J. Luke founded Hawaii National Bank. Since then, three generations of the Luke family have run and grown the business. K.J.’s son Warren Luke and his children Bryan and Cathy Luke say the secret to operating a successful…

Build Employee Loyalty by Helping Parents

Early childhood education is everyone’s issue. It’s about having successful families and contented workers now, but it’s also about building a high-quality workforce for the future. As part of its mission to improve early education in Hawaii, Good Beginnings Alliance…

Popcorn, Broccoli, Durian? PHEW!

Of course, you’re not supposed to eat lunch at your desk, but sometimes there’s no choice. You can’t risk missing that critical telephone call or a meeting that might be called at any moment. So, thinking ahead, you brought something…