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  • Some of the Best Ideas On Making Money Through Affiliate Promotion

    Money Making Schemes
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Use your website to make some extra cash by starting an internet marketing venture. In order for your online marketing program to be successful, you must know and incorporate the right information. The information in this article can help you see tips helpful to other successful affiliates. When evaluating different affiliate promotion opportunities, ask what process they use to monitor and fulfill orders placed from locations outside their own website. If the company doesn’t track your sales well, you may lose out on commission. Being open with your readers is important to develop…
  • Best of Multimedia: Benjamin Zander on Choosing Possibility Thinking

    strategy+business - All Updates
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    It takes discipline to empower others to awaken their creativity, energy, and spontaneity.
  • Fashion Revolution Day to promote supply chain issues on Rana Plaza anniversary

    Procurement Sense
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    By Ilaria Bertini This post first appeared on Leading fashion designers, celebrities and entrepreneurs will join together for Fashion Revolution Day on April 24, in order to highlight serious issues in fashion brands’ supply chains and commemorate last year’s deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh. Supporters of the initiative include fashion designer Katherine Hamnett, journalist Lucy Siegle, ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth and entrepreneur Jo Wood. The campaign asks people from across the world to wear an item of clothing inside out for one day, to…
  • 6 Storytelling Ideas to Inspire Marketers

    CyberAlert Blog
    William Comcowich
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    If you look at the photo above, you see what appears to be a man walking on the moon. The photo, taken from The Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever, shows how the right photo angle can captivate an audience. The same is true for stories. Storytelling as a marketing technique is powerful because people think [...]The post 6 Storytelling Ideas to Inspire Marketers appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • The Power of Inspirational Storytelling

    Enlarge. Excel. Evolve.
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    Note-I have recently been invited to publish on LinkedIn, as LinkedIn Influencer (Marketing area). In future, I would be blogging more actively on LinkedIn, to reach out to larger number of people. To read my posts in future, you can Follow Me Here.My primary area would be story marketing (including storytelling for sales, personal and organisation branding and related areas).Inspiring stories can change lives, inspiring stories can change our world. But how do they work?How to make stories inspirational?Fundamentally what inspires us is success, passion, victory against odds,…
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  • PR Firms Joining Data Alliance Programs for Comprehensive Customer Data

    William Comcowich
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Advertising holding companies can now offer real-time data streams for agencies to leverage big data across the globe — and PR firms want a piece of the data set. Participating agencies are using so-called big data programs— WPP calls its program the Data Alliance — to identify and target audiences and study consumer buying habits.  [...]The post PR Firms Joining Data Alliance Programs for Comprehensive Customer Data appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • From the Sistine Chapel to BuzzFeed: How Native Advertising is Evolving

    William Comcowich
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Native advertising is nothing new. It’s been around for centuries. Native ads, also called sponsored content and advertorials, are paid content in which the advertiser gains attention by placing corporate or product information within the context of an article, in order to be less intrusive to the audience. While the native ad craze seems to [...]The post From the Sistine Chapel to BuzzFeed: How Native Advertising is Evolving appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Shining Stars: Creative Content Marketing Campaigns that Generated Buzz

    William Comcowich
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    One of the major reasons organizations value media monitoring services is that they significantly enhance content marketing programs. Media monitoring services like CyberAlert reveal important trends and conversations about an organization’s competitors and industry. The delivered articles often spark ideas for new marketing and social media campaigns for the organization.  By including competitor brand names [...]The post Shining Stars: Creative Content Marketing Campaigns that Generated Buzz appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • 6 Storytelling Ideas to Inspire Marketers

    William Comcowich
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    If you look at the photo above, you see what appears to be a man walking on the moon. The photo, taken from The Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever, shows how the right photo angle can captivate an audience. The same is true for stories. Storytelling as a marketing technique is powerful because people think [...]The post 6 Storytelling Ideas to Inspire Marketers appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • How Small Businesses Get Publicity

    William Comcowich
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Public relations is small businesses’ most effective and cost-efficient tool for creating consumer awareness and marketing. While advertising certainly holds an important place in the marketing mix, PR helps small businesses and startups build their credibility in the market. Small businesses also profit from PR because:  Placement is free. Consumers are more likely to remember [...]The post How Small Businesses Get Publicity appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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  • Easter Basket Ideas for Adults

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A basket full of treasures is part of what makes Easter special. Easter baskets are fun for both adults and children, and their contents are usually rich in tradition. Children usually receive a few small toys, marshmellow treats, chocolate bunnies, and jelly beans. But these treats aren’t as appealing to adults. Here are some ideas […]
  • NEW! “Wanted” Ads

    Vanessa Unger
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Now you can post ads in our new “Wanted” section. Need guidance from a gardening guru or help tech troubleshooting a tech issue? Post a “Wanted” ad. We partnered with Rewarder, the largest marketplace for knowledge and expertise, to make sure your need is solved fast by someone you can trust. “Wanted” ads posted on […]
  • Three Reasons Shelter Adoption is a Great Idea [Guest Post]

    Vanessa Unger
    10 Feb 2014 | 11:19 am
    The eBay Classifieds team recently visited The Humane Society Silicon Valley to check out their adoption procedures and facility. We wanted to see what types of local adoption centers surround us and also build relationships with local shelters. We were happily given the opportunity to have one of their adoption specialists and blog writers, Finn Dowling […]
  • Five Ways to Prepare for Super Bowl Day

    Vanessa Unger
    30 Jan 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The Super Bowl is right around the corner, airing on February 2 at 3:30PM between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. Who will you be rooting for? And how are you preparing for your Super Bowl bash? Here are the top five ways to get prepared for the Super Bowl: Food is the name of […]
  • Staying Warm in the Winter

    Vanessa Unger
    10 Jan 2014 | 10:43 am
    As many of you have noticed on your Facebook news feeds, Twitter walls and hopefully the news, 49 states in the US have suffered from bone chilling cold weather so far this year. The extreme drop in temperature have been due to the polar vortex sending almost the entire US into a freeze (except for California – […]
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  • Now You Can Boost Your Reach With +Post Ads, Here’s Why You Should

    Jennifer Beese
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Timing is everything. At any given moment, there is someone interested in your brand, but one of the biggest challenges you face is reaching those people at the right moment. Last December, Google introduced +Post ads to a limited number of advertisers as a way to amplify content. The ad unit turns your Google+ content — such as photos or videos — into display ads that can run across the Google Display Network. +Post ads were previously only available to a select group of advertisers, but yesterday Google announced that the ad unit is now available to all Google+ Pages with at least 1,000…
  • Brands Shine on Google Helpouts and You Can Too, Here’s How

    Jennifer Beese
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Content is key when creating a successful social media strategy, but there’s more to it than just blogging and tweeting. Podcasts, infographics, and video have increased in popularity among consumers. In fact, video content has become one of the most effective ways to reach and engage audiences. YouTube and Google+ Hangouts have become integral parts of today’s marketing campaigns. The former currently claims more than one billion unique visitors monthly, second only to Facebook. Google+ Hangouts, which seamlessly integrate with YouTube, have been used for everything from live concerts to…
  • Learn How 3 Innovative Travel Brands Found Success on Twitter

    Jennifer Beese
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    From research and mid-travel engagement to post-trip reviews and feedback, social media has become an integral part of the travel experience. Travelers have become increasingly social, forcing brands to get creative with their marketing strategies. We’ve already seen some of the unique ways travel brands have leveraged Facebook to connect with customers; and now we turn our attention to Twitter. According to a July 2013 study, 33 percent of analyzed tweets directly addressed tourism and travel professionals. The platform is mostly used by travelers to help organize a trip and finalizing the…
  • Need Inspiration? How 4 Top Brands Are Using Twitter’s New Profiles

    Jennifer Beese
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Last week, Twitter began rolling out a new and improved web profile that  emphasizes your visual content. Some of the businesses that have access to it have done some lovely things we’d like to showcase. Businesses are understandably eager to gain access to the new look and its accompanying features. But with such significant design changes, sometimes a gradual rollout pays off because it gives you more time to consider how you’ll take advantage of the updated elements of your profile. As a quick recap, your Twitter Profile will soon feature a much more prominent header image — if…
  • LinkedIn Groups, Twitter Profiles, Facebook Ads, and More Top Stories

    Jennifer Beese
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Another busy week has reached its end and we’re here to help you catch up on all the social media news you might have missed while you were working. Some of the big social stories from the past seven days include the rollout of Twitter’s redesigned profiles, the discovery of the “Heartbleed” vulnerability, and the enlargement of Facebook’s sidebar ads. You can read more about these stories, as well as others, in the recap below. You Can Use LinkedIn Groups to Engage Fans, Here’s How to Get Started With more than 200 conversations happening each minute,…
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    Start My Consulting Business

  • The most common consulting mistake people make, and how to prevent it (Client Pipeline Mastery excerpt)

    Greg Miliates
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life.I’m excited to show this to you because it includes some of the deeper material from the Client Pipeline Mastery course — specifically, on selling. And though I reveal the power behind an ideal client profile, I also show how to prevent making the single biggest consulting mistake I see people make. In short, you can crack the code and learn to systematically build a reliable pipeline of high-value clients, just like my other students have, and even ramp it into full self-employment. Today, a…
  • The biggest thing I wish I knew starting out

    Greg Miliates
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life.When you start out in your consulting business, there are tons of things you have no idea about, and getting clients–since it’s the foundation of your business–is one of those things. But first, if you haven’t yet registered for tomorrow’s (4/1/2014) free webcast, where: I’ll reveal the exact ways I get clients, and you’ll get access to a proposal example that allowed me to earn $300/hour),  you need to save your spot (registration is free, but required). Click…
  • 5 stupid things I did to get clients when I started my consulting business

    Greg Miliates
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life.Apparently I hit a nerve with last week’s 3 Huge Mistakes post: a lot of you said you’ve been wasting time on busyness instead of business, and as a result haven’t been able to get clients. In today’s post, I’ll share 5 stupid things I did to get clients when I started my consulting business. We all make stupid mistakes, and few “gurus” and self-proclaimed “experts” talk about their failures. Why not? Well, who cares whether an “expert”…
  • The 3 essential systems for getting clients

    Greg Miliates
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life.I’m going to do something unusual in this post. I’m going to reveal my actual results from my first 3 years as a consultant, and share the 3 essential systems I use for getting clients. I’ll reveal even more during next week’s live webcast mini-course on getting clients (see below to save your spot). Looking back at my first year consulting, I didn’t have any idea what I was doing or how to get clients. I did get a handful of clients, but I hadn’t yet figured out a…
  • 3 huge mistakes that took me years to overcome (I bet you’ve made at least 1, if not all 3)

    Greg Miliates
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life.When you start consulting, you’re going to make mistakes. And some mistakes have bigger effects than others. Today, I’ll reveal 3 huge consulting mistakes that took me years to overcome (these are mistakes I hear again and again from readers like you). I bet you’re making 1, or even all 3, right now. I’ll also reveal exactly how these consulting mistakes affected me personally and affected my consulting business. The 3 huge consulting mistakes that took me years to overcome…
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    Enlarge. Excel. Evolve.

  • The Power of Inspirational Storytelling

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    Note-I have recently been invited to publish on LinkedIn, as LinkedIn Influencer (Marketing area). In future, I would be blogging more actively on LinkedIn, to reach out to larger number of people. To read my posts in future, you can Follow Me Here.My primary area would be story marketing (including storytelling for sales, personal and organisation branding and related areas).Inspiring stories can change lives, inspiring stories can change our world. But how do they work?How to make stories inspirational?Fundamentally what inspires us is success, passion, victory against odds,…
  • "Her New Avatar" and Other Mini Stories

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:38 am
    Musings and Mini-Stories on Love and WisdomAnd You Won Me Over With your sharp intellect, you won over my mind. With your unconditional love, you won over my heart. But with your touching story, you won over my very soul, my eternity. "Everything that I ever was, Everything that I'll ever be."-----------------------And the Stories Go On Behind every face there is a story. Behind the story, there is often another story. And sometimes like an onion, there is a story inside a story, inside another story and it goes on.-----------------------The Playful Couple -2 They were a truly playful couple…
  • "The Wild and Party Girl" and Other Mini Stories

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    Mini Inspiring Stories on Wisdom & LoveThe Wild and Party GirlHer mother was happy yet confused and surprised at the same time. Even when she would stand next to her mother in the kitchen, she would suddenly start smiling without reason. And the mother was almost bewildered."How come my daughter, who had no interests beyond partying & wasting her life in numerous other ways, has suddenly developed interest in housework and other stuff? This is either abnormal or paranormal.", she kept wondering. All of a sudden, her daughter had developed interests in playing with children,…
  • Dr Nupur Gupta-The H2H Doctor at Well Woman Clinic

    5 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    Ever heard of a doctor, who makes a H2H (human to human) connection with a patient first and starts treatment later, unless of course it’s an emergency. Here comes one.BackgroundSyringes and tablets were her toys and a genuine heart to heart smile was a divine gift to her. After all, Dr Nupur Gupta wanted to be a doctor, right from her childhood days.Her father being a doctor, she knew of the respect and recognition the profession commanded. She began her medical studies in 1990 at Jaipur and finished her post graduation in the year 2000. A decade of in-depth medical studies had laid the…
  • Drumming-Tools for Transformation

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    Two Perspectives on Personal TransformationTwo Perspectives’ is a bi-monthly column with two different perspectives from two different continents, genders and cultures on the same topic viz.Dr Janet Smith Warfield (based in Florida, USA) and Dr Amit Nagpal (based in New Delhi, India).Dr Janet Smith Warfield's Perspective, USADrumming is a practice that uses sound, rhythm, and vibration to heal. By fully immersing oneself in the experience, the drummer can enter into an altered state of consciousness that is sometimes verbalized as "journeying between the physical and spiritual…
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    Business + Economy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Superannuation sharing can help bridge the gender divide

    Rodney Maddock, Vice Chancellor's Fellow at Victoria University and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Monash University
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Anyone who has been married knows there is a lot of compromise involved. Each party gives up something in order to get the benefits which can arise from sharing. Nobody get exactly what he or she wants: there is a lot of give and take. One major area of compromise involves having children. Inevitably it’s the woman’s career that is interrupted, even if only for a short time. The norm whereby people have multiple children means women will normally expect to have more than one such career interruption. And when partners decide to have children close together it simply compresses the…
  • Trains, planes and automobiles: how our cities get the mix wrong

    Chris Hale, Lecturer, Department of Infrastructure Engineering at University of Melbourne
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:16 pm
    It’s hard to get past the feeling that we are stuck in 1970s thinking when it comes to planning infrastructure such as airports. The Federal government has finally announced Badgerys Creek in Sydney’s south-west as the city’s second airport, with an intention to go to tender - but without vital details on the role of the airport or its passenger prospects. Earlier this week, the Victorian government announced in vague fashion an intent to push ahead with delivery of a Melbourne airport rail link - costs, benefits, delivery timing and network integration issues all uncertain. These two…
  • Japan-Australia deal leaves beef trade in the 20th century

    Bill Pritchard, University of Sydney
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) signed last week is a bilateral trade deal in the old-fashioned mould. In the twenty-first century, global economic negotiations tend to be preoccupied with rules about investment and intellectual property, rather than trade. It is not coincidental that a member of the Liberal Party (Andrew Robb) rather than a National, has charge of this portfolio in the Abbott Government. But the JAEPA is a twenty-first century rerun of the narrative that dominated Australian trade policy during the latter twentieth century. The Japanese wanted…
  • G20 tax reform mired in shadowy world of lobbying

    John Barrick, Associate Professor of Accountancy at Brigham Young University
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Researchers estimate the US loses more than US$90 billion annually in corporate income tax revenues from tax loopholes and tax havens, also known as base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). With a growing perception that multinationals consider income taxes voluntary, international tax reform is on the agenda. However, prospects for significant reform are dim as large, well-funded groups successfully lobby the US – where corporate tax reform has stalled – to maintain the status quo. At the OECD, proposals to replace current toothless transfer pricing rules are off the table. In the most…
  • We are all sheep: what Uniqlo and H&M tell us about Australian retail

    Paul Harrison, Senior lecturer, Graduate School of Business at Deakin University
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    What do H&M, Uniqlo, Krispy Kreme, New Year’s Eve, and the AFL Grand Final have in common? Scarcity. Well, at least for a short time. And a little bit of hype, plus some tribal instincts and social modelling thrown in for good measure. If you’re one of those people who lined up in the rain last week so that you could get some Scandinavian bargains at H&M in Melbourne, you’ll have a sense of what I am getting at (and you may also be open to the idea that maybe the future of traditional shopfront retail is not all doom and gloom. Rain did not deter shoppers for queueing for hours…
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    Birds on the Blog

  • The Power and Perils Of Procrastination!

    Amy Havok
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    How often do you find yourself putting things off, whether it’s writing a blog, organising a presentation for work, sending an important email, tidying the house, or even looking up train tickets and small things like that? Do you also find yourself doing smaller, not so important tasks instead, such as reading a book, playing […]Author informationAmy HavokI like music, tea, pugs, Animal Crossing, writing and reading :)
  • 4 ways to eliminate content creation madness

    Sarah Arrow
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    I love creating. Do you? I never realised how creative I actually was until 2000. You see up until then I’d mistakenly thought that being creative was painting a great work of art. Whilst studying at university, I realised that one of the incredible things that I brought with me was my gift from the gutter… As […]Author informationSarah ArrowDo you want more clients from your website? You've got the shiny website. You've got your email list set up, you've added your services and you sit back and wait... and wait... and wait. And you might start wondering what you've done…
  • 7 Unexpected Business Lessons in my Two Weeks Away

    Haseena Latheef
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Dearest friends, I’m back again after an “unannounced” sabbatical of two weeks… Pardon me, I didn’t forget you. Far from it. You’ve been on my mind. I meant to write but couldn’t!! Sarah hasn’t gotten my throat. Yet. Smita, my partner has been quite busy too. She should write to you soon about her adventures! […]Author informationHaseena LatheefI'm an entrepreneur- a fashion entrepreneur (at the moment). I am an Indian raised in the Middle East. I'm in London for the foreseeable future . I have grown up amidst a lot of cultures ; I love their creative expressions and…
  • Peruvian snapshots from the Inca Trail

    Special Guest
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve always had a special fondness, very platonic you could say, for South America. I liked its shape on a map and the fine balance of colours representing different altitudes: lots of deep green – for jungles – all the way to dark browns all over the Andean peaks. A part of me used to […]Author informationSpecial Guest
  • Let Them Eat Cake! Feed Your Hungry Crowd What They Want

    Daphne Bousquet
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    I have a confession to make.  I love sweets. It is my downfall.  If I have sweets (especially chocolate) in the house, I eat it. I don’t NEED it, although my cravings tell me otherwise. What I need is good wholesome foods.  Unfortunately, that is not nearly as attractive. Just like workshop leaders know what […]Author informationDaphne BousquetFor more strategies to make your workshops and seminars more profitable, you’ll want to pick up a copy of the free report "Three Simple Secrets To Making 10K In A Day With Small Workshops." Daphne Bousquet uses her 20+ years of event…
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    Interpersonal Communication Blog

  • Become More Efficient with Electronic Records

    Mark Coburn
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    As medical clinics transition to keeping records electronically, they are finding it difficult but worthwhile. The advantages are many: more details records kept in less time, savings on paper, files, and labels, and, best of all, time saved in searching for missing records. This article includes tips to consider when making the change. ICS WorkplaceCommunication, Carolyn Shadle, PhD and John Meyer, PhD
  • Efficient Practices Use Mentor Modeling

    Mark Coburn
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:12 pm
    “People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.”  These are the words of the 18th century Irish author and poet, Oliver Goldsmith. Getting new hires off to the right start, especially if they are coming … Continue reading → ICS WorkplaceCommunication, Carolyn Shadle, PhD and John Meyer, PhD Remarkable Leadership: Unleashing Your Leadership Potential One Skill at a Time Remarkable Leadership is a practical handbook written for anyone who wants to hone the skills they need to become an outstanding leader. In this groundbreaking book, Kevin…
  • CCL Repeats Top 10 Rankings in New Bloomberg BusinessWeek Global Survey

    Mark Coburn
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) once again ranks among the world’s Top 10 providers of executive education in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s new biennial survey. Center for Creative Leadership Presentations (20-Minute Manager Series) Feeling stressed about your upcoming presentation? Whether you’re nervous about how you’ll organize your thoughts or how you’ll articulate them on the big day, Presentations provides the quick guidelines and expert tips you need to:? Craft your message? Prepare and rehearse effectively? Engage your audience? Manage Q&A sessionsAbout…
  • New Book Shows How to Drive On-the-Job Leadership Development

    Mark Coburn
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:11 pm
    How can learning and development professionals put learning on the job at the center of leadership development in their organizations? Experience-Driven Leader Development: Models, Tools, Best Practices, and Advice for On-the-Job Development provides practical answers. Center for Creative Leadership Presentation Skills For Managers ISBN13: 9780071379304 Condition: New Notes: BRAND NEW FROM PUBLISHER! 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Tracking provided on most orders. Buy with Confidence! Millions of books sold! This reader-friendly series is must read for all levels of managers All managers,…
  • Russ McCallian Named New Head of CCL’s San Diego Campus

    Mark Coburn
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Russ McCallian, who has led the human resource division for several global companies, has been named the new Managing Director of CCL’s San Diego campus. Center for Creative Leadership UNLEASH YOUR PRESENTATION POWER: The 17 Presentation Secrets of Anthony Robbins: Part 1 of TED:ology series UNLEASH YOUR PRESENTATION POWER How to Unleash Your Presentation Power is a short, straightforward guide that will reveal to you how to give powerfully persuasive presentations. Whether you plan to deliver a TED talk or simply want to be a more persuasive speaker, this How to Unleash Your…
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    Theme Park Post

  • Merlin Entertainments appoints Fru Hazlitt as new Non-Executive Director

    F Depraetere
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    (News) The Board of Merlin Entertainments plc, a global leader in branded, location-based family entertainment, has confirmed the previously announced appointment to the Board of Fru Hazlitt as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 April 2014. Fru Hazlitt is currently Managing Director, Commercial, Online and Interactive of ITV. Hazlitt was previously Chief Executive Officer […]
  • Ireland’s Belfast Zoo celebrates 80 years

    F Depraetere
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    (News) 80 years ago, on 28 March 1934, Belfast Zoological Gardens first opened its gates to the people of Belfast. The background to the Bellevue site is a well-known one, with its connections with the tramways and the pleasure gardens. At the beginning of the 20th century, passengers from Belfast were transported to the villages […]
  • New director of conservation appointed by Bristol Zoo Gardens

    F Depraetere
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    (News) A world-leading primatologist has been appointed as the new director of conservation at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Dr Christoph Schwitzer joins the senior management team at Bristol Zoological Society – which operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the new Wild Place Project at Cribbs Causeway. Christoph now has responsibility for a broad portfolio of the Society’s […]
  • New themed restaurant opens at Oakwood theme park

    F Depraetere
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    (News) A major new restaurant which showcases the best of Welsh produce has opened at Oakwood Theme Park in the UK. The Oak Tree Restaurant Bar & Grill, which features real oak wood extensively throughout, includes waitress service and aims to provide visitors with a stylish and themed experience at the heart of the park. […]
  • Euro Attractions Show prepares move to Amsterdam

    F Depraetere
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    (News) From Tuesday, 23 September, to Thursday, 25 September, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) will host Euro Attractions Show (EAS) 2014 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam. EAS is the largest conference and trade fair for the attractions industry in Europe. This three-day event will feature more than […]
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    Andy Hayes

  • A Great Example of Customer Bias: The Weather

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    FYI: I’m running another mastermind class for Portland, Oregon based businesses – signups end TODAY. RSVP here. Last year I talked a bit about the role of bias in setting up and testing you website. I got emails with questions about this, and it’s an important topic, so I wanted to bring it up again for conversation. Bias is where, as website owners, we fail to consider the perspective and experience of our customers before they arrive to our website. This often presents itself as making incorrect assumptions about our customers. In my recent how to build an audience…
  • 3 Things I’ve Learned About Teaching

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    FYI: I’m running another mastermind class for Portland, Oregon based businesses – signups end Thursday, April 17th. RSVP here. When I started my business nearly 7 years ago, I never thought of myself as a teacher – and yet, when I look back, that’s what I’ve been doing the entire time. My first paying gig was teaching small businesses in tourism and hospitality how the web was changing and they need to react, because their customers were all online already. Many of those businesses then hired my team to help them build websites and teach them how to drive their…
  • How to Build An Audience (My Pioneer Nation Workshop)

    29 Mar 2014 | 6:22 pm
    I had the pleasure yesterday of speaking at Chris Guillebeau’s inaugural Pioneer Nation, an intimate event centered around helping aspiring and early-stage ‘solopreneurs’ get on the fast track to success (and perhaps a better idea of what success means!). My talk was on how to build an audience – based on my learnings on how Plum Deluxe has exploded in the past few months; this year, we’re launching our own product line, entertaining guides, and a nationwide event program.  Holy carp, how did that happen? (HINT: Want to stay apprised of all our awesome new…
  • What would be easy?

    8 Dec 2013 | 9:38 pm
    After my last announcement about Plum Deluxe Productions, I had a few emails asking if I was going to offer my end-of-year planners like I have in the past.  The answer is no, but Leah Goard, Michelle Nikolaisen, and Jamie Tardy all  have some excellent resources for you. I do have an interesting assessment for you to do with yourself and your team.  I simply call it What would be easy? When talking with a lot of my peers about what’s next in the evolution of Plum Deluxe, a lot of the conversations centered around a simple principle:  ease. Forgive me for sounding too meta, but my…
  • “Tired of” Something? It’s a Sign.

    2 Dec 2013 | 3:05 pm
    It’s that time of year again.  The season when people trample each other in big box stores for discounted products, the weekends are filled with holiday parties and over consumption, and business folks reflect on the year past and goals/aspirations for the year ahead. Unless you’re a pure retail brand, this time of year is a good time to reflect and look at where you’re headed.  I wanted to share some personal insight on a big decision I made recently; it relates to something all of us have said at one time or another: “I’m tired of _______________” Have…
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  • Infographic: 5 Key Factors That Affect Your Employees’ Productivity

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    When it comes to employee productivity, there are a few factors that play a major role. These influencers determine how many sick days your employees take, their attitude toward daily tasks and larger products, and how they feel when they come to work every day. It’s important to be aware of the five biggest factors [...] The post Infographic: 5 Key Factors That Affect Your Employees’ Productivity appeared first on NBRI.
  • Leverage Consumer Behavior for Financial Success

    Ken West
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Consumer Behavior What exactly is “consumer behavior” and what kind of impact does it have on your business’s financial success? Consumer behavior is something that is studied by a research professional. Psychologists and statisticians then analyze the data and turn it into actionable advice for a company or business. For example, a research professional may [...] The post Leverage Consumer Behavior for Financial Success appeared first on NBRI.
  • How to Foster Employee Engagement Through Employee Satisfaction in the Workplace

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Employee satisfaction must exist before employee engagement is possible. Employees who feel vested in the success of their company are committed to their own advancement and productivity in the workplace. Consider implementing these employee satisfaction measures to help ensure employee engagement. Share the knowledge Strive to be more transparent about company profits and losses. There [...] The post How to Foster Employee Engagement Through Employee Satisfaction in the Workplace appeared first on NBRI.
  • How Telephone Surveys Improve Customer Service

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:58 am
    It’s not an exaggeration to say that the success or failure of your company depends upon the level of customer service you provide. Satisfied customers may recommend you to two or three people, while one disgruntled customer can log on to social media and steer thousands of people away from doing business with you. One [...] The post How Telephone Surveys Improve Customer Service appeared first on NBRI.
  • What Market Research Surveys Can Tell You About Your Business

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:08 pm
    If you have never conducted a market research survey about your business, you are missing out on incredibly valuable insights that will help you address weaknesses and gain a powerful advantage over your competition. Market research surveys gather critical information that you can use to analyze the size of your market, its need for your [...] The post What Market Research Surveys Can Tell You About Your Business appeared first on NBRI.
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    Simply stated business

  • Social Media Pill-Popping Mentality

    Cathy Miller
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Social media strategy is a thriving business. Specialists emerged Books were written Technology evolved You have endless ideas on the right and wrong way to use social media. As with most edicts in life, I find there is no right or wrong. Just different. Social Media Pill-Popping The sheer volume of content extolling social media strategy is like pill-popping medicine. Suffering from too little exposure? Pop over to Facebook. Need social media validation? We prescribe Klout. Google rankings lagging? Stock up on Google + All prescribed based on automated symptom-checks. The situation reminds…
  • LinkedIn Changes to Terms of Service

    Cathy Miller
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    LinkedIn changes to their Terms of Service (TOS) went into effect March 26, 2014. Did you review them? If you’re like most of us, probably not Since they came smack dab in the middle of my unscientific poll of LinkedIn members, I thought I should take a peek. The following highlights a few LinkedIn changes. But don’t take my word for it. You can review the new User Agreement on LinkedIn Or read their blog post about the changes LinkedIn Changes The TOS changes occurred to the User Agreement and the Privacy Policy. Both summaries offered by LinkedIn reveal more clarification than…
  • LinkedIn Members Voice Opinions

    Cathy Miller
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    LinkedIn members total over 250 million. My little poll barely scratched the surface But who doesn’t want to be heard? LinkedIn’s Clashing Cultures discussed a shifting culture in the business networking platform. My poll asked LinkedIn members (who are connections) the following three questions. What do you like about LinkedIn? What do you hate? Any pet peeves? Readers also left their views in Comments at the prior post. The following brings voice to those opinions. LinkedIn Members Unscientific Poll The illustration below captures the major likes, dislikes, and pet peeves.
  • LinkedIn’s Clashing Cultures

    Cathy Miller
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    LinkedIn launched in 2003. In over a decade of existence, the professional networking site introduced plenty of changes. Some cosmetic Others more fundamental Depending on your perspective, you may or may not applaud those changes. In my five years as a LinkedIn member, the biggest change I observed was in the culture. Online marketers and social media aficionados began invading the hallowed ground of more traditional LinkedIn members. Gradually, there was a shift in culture, causing a rift between members with very different ideas on business networking. Will LinkedIn’s clashing…
  • Your Marketing Plan B May Save the Day

    Cathy Miller
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Raise your hand if this ever happened to you. A key marketing person suddenly quits Your marketing material gets lost in delivery Your marketing presentation crashes Stuff happens. We may not be able to control every aspect of a marketing project, but we can takes steps to deal with the unexpected. In Part 10 or our 10-Part Marketing Plan Process, we review the value of a contingency plan. Call it your Marketing Plan B. The following story shares how having a Plan B saved the day for our fictional heroine. Your Marketing Contingency Plan How Plan B Marketing Made Mary a Star from Cathy…
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  • The IoT Market Is Big, But How Can Businesses Monetise It?

    Mathieu Baissac
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Simply selling more units will not result in the massive spike in profits manufacturers are hoping for as they make a play for the $1.9 trillion Internet of Things (IoT) market, concludes the report: “Software Licensing & Entitlement Management is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things“, by Gartner. In addition to selling more … Continued
  • The Missing Link: Preventing Security Vulnerabilities

    Lawrence Jones
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    There are a number of security issues that frequently fall down the gap when it comes to whose responsibility they are to look after. One such issue is that of code; whose job is it to keep it up-to-date? The problem arises when this question is left unanswered, with businesses believing that once software is … Continued
  • Usability In ERP

    Christophe Letellier
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    The industry has long desired Enterprise Resource Systems to up their game when it comes to usability. It been recognised that unintuitive user interfaces hinder and frustrate users, and ultimately interfere with successful adoption and utilisation. Many business systems have noticeably lagged behind consumer applications. According to a recent study from Aberdeen Research, improved accessibility … Continued
  • 7 Tips For Dealing With Heartbleed Right Now

    Rick Howard
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Last week was a fun week. We’ve not had a significant cyber event like Heartbleed – something that affects just about everybody on the Internet — since the Kaminsky DNS vulnerability of 2008. Everybody I know has been scrambling to understand what it means to their organisation, to their business and to their immediate family. … Continued
  • Video Communication: Breaking Down The Barrier To Working From Home

    Wayne Mason
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    With training budgets slashed, team sizes smaller, and expectations higher – three typical results of a tough economic climate – businesses are faced with an impossible challenge. How do I get more from my staff when they’re already pushed? One surprising solution – and one which Yahoo received great media attention for banning – is … Continued
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  • The future of the workplace in three points

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    “The workforce is getting away from the idea that you have to work at a fixed place at a fixed time. Travelling into the office increasingly seems like a 19th Century practice particularly to the generation of workers for whom communication electronically while on the move is second nature.” These are the words said by Peter Thompson, Director of the Future Work Forum, in 2006. Beyond doubt, the world of work has been and still is in the midst of radical change. Central to this “revolution” are the word “flexibility” and “mobility”: the number of new startups and work-at-home…
  • 5 Ways to Have Your CPAs Pay for Themselves

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    When it comes to small businesses, it’s important to know everything that can be deducted. You may be paying way more than you actually should. Here are a few ways to have your CPAs pay for themselves by discovering these deductions. Your Home Office There’s a shocking number of people who work from home that choose to not deduct the cost of doing so. There are many reasons for this, the primary of which is that many small business owners believe that this is a red flag for an audit. That’s not the case. If you have an area of your home that you use exclusively for business,…
  • How To Plan For Company Growth & Avoid Growing Pains

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    “One of the greatest achievements a person can strive for is starting a successful business. Once that business is up and running, many people believe that the hardest part is over,” stated CEO and Internet Guru Danny DeMichele.“However, businesses, not unlike humans, are living entities that must be nurtured properly over the years. As a business expands, growing pains debilitate some companies, stifling their success until problems smooth out. Preparation and planning are key elements to avoid company growing pains to move business forward swiftly.” Here are a few helpful tips from…
  • Do Transactional Emails Work More Effectively Than Bulk Emails For Business Owners?

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    If you’re an online marketer, you might know a bit about the difference between bulk emails and transactional emails. In case you don’t, here’s the essential scoop. Bulk promotional emails are the kind of messages that all marketers who do email marketing know intimately; they’re all the messages you send on a regular basis as part of an opt-in subscription model of email addresses collected from your blog or site. These could be weekly newsletter messages, regularly scheduled sales offers or anything you’re promoting to your readers on a regular basis. By nature these kinds of…
  • Your Remote Team Will Fuel Your Success

    Kuty Shalev
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:26 pm
    These days, the abundance of freelancers and cloud computing allows you to manage your well-running engine of a company from the comfort of your home — but not without clear communication, set goals, and the right team. To find success, you need to follow these fundamentals of maintaining productivity while managing your team remotely: 1. Start With the Right Team The first thing I look at when hiring remote team members is their list of past accomplishments. I need to see not only what they’ve done in the past, but what they learned from it. For example, if you’re looking for a good…
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    Joanne Dewberry

  • Beginners Tips For Google Analytics

    Joanne Dewberry
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:42 am
    As any small business owner will know, it’s vitally important to understand your customer-base. How people reach your site and what they do once they’re there is crucially important to ensure you are attracting the right audience for your product or service. Google Analytics offers unrivaled measurement tools for your business with cross-channel performance metrics […] The post Beginners Tips For Google Analytics appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • A Pinteresting Q&A

    Joanne Dewberry
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:16 am
    The thing about social media is that one platform will work for your small business and another won’t! There are no hard or fast rules to say your small business will fail if you don’t have a Facebook page or that you can’t run a successful etsy shop if you aren’t pinning on Pinterest!  Social Media should […] The post A Pinteresting Q&A appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • What effect does the teacher strike have on small businesses?

    Joanne Dewberry
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I don’t have an issue with teachers striking but gah! Midweek! And the week before the Easter Holidays! This is in no way an attack on any teacher but being a small business owner and a parent is hard enough without spanners being thrown in our carefully crafted routine! Our school provided plenty of notice […] The post What effect does the teacher strike have on small businesses? appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Maximise Your Images Share Potential

    Joanne Dewberry
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    We all want to drive traffic to our blog posts, we also want the reader to tell everyone how great our posts are. Right!? With more activity being recorded on platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest maximising your images can in fact make them super shareable. I’ve recently noticed how many mummy bloggers annotate images […] The post Maximise Your Images Share Potential appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Flexible Office Solutions – from bedroom to boardroom

    Joanne Dewberry
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:21 am
    Many small business will start off, like me, working from home. For me its currently the logical choice. I have my office set up and can be dashing in and out for school runs, clubs and when Olive takes an unexpected nap. To have an actual rented office space wouldn’t be viable – Olive is […] The post Flexible Office Solutions – from bedroom to boardroom appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
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    SunGard Availability Services UK / Blog

  • Plans and Testing Don’t Deliver Outcomes – People and Processes Do

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:56 am
    By Bob Bates, delivery manager, technology consultant and Murray Truman, ICT disaster recovery consultant Companies now recognise they cannot afford to be unavailable for any significant period of time – customers will simply go to a competitor – and, consequently, organisations are becoming ever more aggressive with their availability and recovery goals.   Adding to the challenge, globalisation means today businesses need to recover on a wider geographic scale than ever before.   There are many reasons why organisations fail to meet high availability and…
  • Prestigious Award Recognition for Newly Independent Sungard Availability Services

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    London, UK: 11 April, 2014 – Sungard Availability Services, the pioneer and leading provider of Information Availability services, has been recognised by Cisco as its Cloud Provider Partner of the Year for UK and Ireland. The award, which was presented at the 2014 Cisco Partner Summit, acknowledges the strong emphasis Sungard AS has placed on working strategically with Cisco to deliver the highest level of service and assurance for customers.  Coming as it does within days of Sungard Availability Services becoming independent of SunGard Data Systems, the award signifies industry…
  • The Sky’s the Limit for CashFac with SunGard Availability Services Cloud Solution

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    18 Mar 2014 | 3:38 am
    CashFac, which provides high volume cash and treasury processing and compliance services for more than 500 corporate customers with complex cash and client money operations, needed a secure, scalable platform to replace its physical hosted infrastructure.  Historically, CashFac’s infrastructure was hosted in a third party data centre in the Channel Islands but CashFac recognised a cloud-based managed service would better meet business needs.  To this end, they decided upon SunGard Availability Services enterprise cloud solutions and vaulting services. John Ferguson, head of…
  • Transics Drives Business Forward by Outsourcing IT Infrastructure with SunGard

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    20 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    SunGard Availability Services Maps the Right Route to a Highly Available and Agile Technology Platform Through Managed Services and Hybrid Cloud Services London, UK – SunGard Availability Services, the pioneer and leading provider of Information Availability services, today announced that leading European fleet management solutions provider, Transics, has selected SunGard to provide a high performance hosted environment to optimise the agility, flexibility and reliability of its solution. By deploying a broad range of Managed Services and Hybrid Cloud Services, Transics offers its…
  • Transics Drives Business Forward by Outsourcing IT Infrastructure with SunGard

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    19 Feb 2014 | 11:59 pm
    SunGard Availability Services Maps the Right Route to a Highly Available and Agile Technology Platform Through Managed Services and Hybrid Cloud Services Dublin, Ireland – SunGard Availability Services, the pioneer and leading provider of Information Availability services, today announced that leading European fleet management solutions provider, Transics, has selected SunGard to provide a high performance hosted environment to optimise the agility, flexibility and reliability of its solution. By deploying a broad range of Managed Services and Hybrid Cloud Services, Transics offers its…
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    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies

  • [Video Series] Speak with Confidence series – Video 5

    Roberto Monaco
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter March 15th, 2014 San Diego, Ca Windy 67 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Speak with Confidence series – Video 5Welcome back to our “Speak with confidence” video series. From all the ideas we have covered so far in this FREE training series, this specific strategy has impacted me the most.When you fully implement this simple idea, you will have an entire new attitude about presenting your message in front of groups of people, regardless if it is in front of a camera or a live audience. Let me know if this…
  • Answer this Question or Die

    Jeff Paro
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter April 10th, 2014 San Diego, Ca Comfortable 67 Degrees Dear 10 X Business Builder,One of the great benefits of being a public figure in your chosen space is you are always abundant with opportunity.  Meaning, people will always want to be involved with you, either as a client or as a partner.  It’s a phenomena that will happen 100% of the time if you put yourself out there.People recognize, by the mere fact that you are willing to get out there and speak, you’re a go-doer.Some of the opportunities are great and…
  • Game Changer. Little Known Communication Skill that Some Consider the Most Powerful of ALL.

    Jeff Paro
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business LetterMarch 27th, 2014San Diego, CaCloudy 62 Degrees~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dear 10X Business Builder,What I’m about to share with you could change your life forever.If…You take the time to marinate on how and where you can apply it.It’s a concept that we teach at our premier presentation skills workshop, but it can be (and is) used in many other forms of communication.  As a matter of fact, I recently purchased a marketing book from Internet Marketing guru Frank Kern and I was surprised to learn (shouldn’t…
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    Naomi Simson's Blog

  • Four steps to Happiness – Hear me speak at WiRL

    Naomi Simson
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I’m pretty excited to be speaking at the up coming WiRL Summit – Women in Real Life  (An Online Summit for professional women seeking career success and a balanced life) There is a very impressive line up of speakers – to which I am humbled to be a part. You will note that my session is listed for 22 May 2014 (however if you are in Australia that means that it is 9.00am on 23 May – so for the other sessions you may be interested in – check for local times). It is expected to be the largest gathering of like minded women online at one time. (Though of course the…
  • The Power of Appreciation

    Naomi Simson
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Kristie CEO recognizing Jane for living the RB values Yesterday I was asked to speak spontaneously to the RedBallooners at our company wide meeting. As I stood in front of what appeared like a massive group of people…. I felt a wave of deep gratitude. Not just for those who were present – but all the past team members too. I thanked all of the past employees too – for their contribution – not only the amazing one’s, but also those who had been challenging and perhaps troublesome. Because if it had all been smooth sailing perhaps we would not have made such a deep…
  • “Can I hold your baby?”

    Naomi Simson
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Kristie and I holding our other babies 1 April is my 13th anniversary as a RedBallooner. It feels like it has been my whole life… I struggle now to remember a time before RedBalloon. My role has changed more in the last 2 years than in the 10 years prior to that. As mentioned in my previous post – Kristie CEO is well and truly out in front of RedBalloon leading the next wave of growth. We recently presented at the Growth Summit on how we transitioned from me as CEO to her. I of course said whatever popped into my head – relatively unprepared, authentic and spontaneous. Kristie on…
  • Preaching what we Practise

    Naomi Simson
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Jemma GM – RED As most know I have moved to a founding director role at RedBalloon – Kristie Buchanan CEO has well and truly put her stamp on the business as she leads the business to it’s next phase of growth. We presented last week at the Growth Summit to fellow entrepreneurs on what it is like working with the founding director and how we transitioned to CEO. One of the questions came from the audience “what are you going to do now Naomi?” Of course I felt like responding something flippant such as “read a few more books”, or “go on a yoga retreat”  But the reality…
  • One word on happiness.

    Naomi Simson
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:40 am
    Today is International Day of Happiness – 20 March every year is set aside to focus on the human emotion of happiness. Governments, industry and education facilities all know that happy people are more able to be creative and far more productive. So they have given ‘Happiness’ it’s own day of celebration. Given that I am fundamentally curious and have been exploring vast reams of research on happiness for many years, I have learned much. Firstly happiness is only one of the many emotions we experience as humans – it is not a constant state of being. We might feel…
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    Midas Touch

  • How to Use Facebook for Business

    Fresh Business Thinking
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
    By Lauren Morris, Fresh Business Thinking  With over 200 million members accessing Facebook every month, you may wonder how you can make Facebook work for your small business. There are a large number of reasons why a business would adopt a business group or fan page, however it won’t necessarily be right for your business. This article will give you some guidance as to whether this social network is a good option for your business and, if it is, how you can use the platform effectively. Facebook, like many other social media sites, connects with a wide range of people from different…
  • Group Buying your Way to Success

    Guest Blog
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Whenever I speak to anyone about the business of group buying the conversation automatically turns to the ‘deal-of-the-day’ style websites that burst onto the scene around six years ago. Few people even realise that there is a whole different style of group buying available. Even fewer realise that a group purchasing organisation (GPO) may be able to help their small business grow. So what exactly is a GPO? A GPO is an organisation that has been created in order to provide increased buying power to a large group of businesses. The more businesses that they represent, the higher their…
  • Windows XP support cessation: SMEs warned of cyber-attack risk

    Mark Child
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    With Windows XP residing within 77% of UK IT environments(1), Kingston Smith Consulting urges SMEs to review their IT infrastructure to avoid cyber-attacks. Following Microsoft’s decision to cease producing any new security patches for Windows XP from 8 April 2014, and to withdraw any technical support for the programme unless customers have a paid support plan, Mark Child, partner at Kingston Smith Consulting LLP, advises businesses on how to avoid being caught out by cyber-attack vulnerability in the following Q&A. 1.   What will this mean for SMEs? Windows XP systems won’t stop…
  • Communicating Effectively with Employees

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    By Simon Bussell For any business to be successful, it is essential that you communicate with your employees. Without regular communication, it can cause employees to feel unacknowledged, misinformed and unheard. As a result of this, it can lead to misunderstandings, poor performance, low morale and wasted time. First and foremost, it is important to remember the key to effective communication is being as honest and open as possible with your employees. It will allow you to set organisational purpose and consequently strengthen their trust in you and your business’s vision. So, what…
  • Sharing Content: How to Promote your Articles

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Zeenat Ikram To compete within any market, it is important to ensure that you share information that will be read and shared amongst consumers in order to make your business stand out. So how do you get people to read and share information from and about your business? Make your content current What current affair is being discussed within your office and can the service that you provide be linked with any of these topics and worked into a relevant article? Have you ever been in a conversation and someone shares a story that is irrelevant, and nobody responds? It is the same when writing…
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    Latest blog entries

  • Three Secrets to Help Your Team Finish Strong

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:43 am
    When I was coaching basketball, one of the key requirements to the team’s success was the ability of our athletes to finish strong and make layups around the rim.  As a team, success ultimately came down to our players finishing strong. Over the years, it became clear that there were three main reasons that players finished weakly around the rim and were unable to score. Find those 3 secrets, and the rest of this article to help your team finish strong, published as a guest post on the #leadwithgiants website. Many thanks to Dan Forbes for sharing it with the #leadwithgiants audience!
  • Team Building Podcast With Smarter Team Training

    9 Mar 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I am both honored and excited to have been a recent guest contributor to the Smart Team Training Podcast with Coach Robert Taylor. His Smarter Team Training Website offers information and resources for coaches that focus on athlete and team development, performance, and education. The podcast episode runs about 30 minutes, and in it you will hear me speak about a number of topics that can help your team - including why you should "CLAP" for mistakes, how to develop toughness, the three things that build team trust, and much more... I enjoyed the chance to share what I expect will be helpful…
  • Life's Most Important Assignment?

    5 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    This is one of my favorite stories. As a teacher (or in any field) life's most important assignment is not just to follow our rigid job description or to simply check items off of our daily to-do list... One day a teacher decided to do something different. She wanted her class to complete an assignment that they would all remember. So, rather than completing another worksheet, she asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. She told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their…
  • Top 10 Questions to Ask Before You Dismiss a Team Member

    12 Feb 2014 | 4:45 am
    The decision to dismiss a team member is never an easy one, and should never be a decision that is made in a tantrum of momentary emotion. Whether you coach a team of athletes, lead a team of teachers, or manage a team of salesmen or corporate executives, you will at times find yourself having to wrestle with issues of negative or destructive behavior. Before you dismiss a team member, though, there are 10 questions that I would encourage you to ask yourself.  You can read this article and learn how to encourage more postivie conflict by visiting the #bealeader website, where I am now a…
  • How to Sell a Team Building Event to Your Management

    26 Jan 2014 | 4:16 am
    Are you searching for ideas to help you sell the benefits of a teambuilding event to your management? If you are in an organization where your management has not prioritized the need to build a cohesive culture, how do you go about convincing him/her or any decision maker of the beneficial impact that a team building event will have on team productivity? Well, I’m glad you asked… If you want your management to consent to scheduling a fun and impactful team building event, there is a simple step-by-step plan that you can follow to get the great results you desire. The following five steps…
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    The Hiring Tips

  • The World’s Toughest Job

    Stan Dubin
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    A short video on the world's toughest job!        
  • Does the Job Align With Their Goals?

    Stan Dubin
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    If your candidate is very goal-oriented, it would be helpful to know how this particular job fits in with his goals.        
  • How Did They Handle Employee Arguments?

    Stan Dubin
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:46 am
    When two employees near you were going back and forth in a heated argument, did you take steps to break it up? Or were you more inclined to let them sort it out?        
  • “She Just Rubbed Me the Wrong Way”

    Stan Dubin
    5 Feb 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Have you ever had a job interview with someone and you came out of it thinking: “She just rubbed me the wrong way.” From the perspective of making a hiring decision, what exactly does that mean?        
  • What Was a Typical Work Day Like?

    Stan Dubin
    10 Jan 2014 | 4:42 pm
    “George, what was a typical work day like?” George might ask for clarification and you could say, “Well, I’d like to get an idea what you did in your previous job but from a different perspective than what is on your résumé.        
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    EMA Blog

  • What QM Means for Lenders

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    Last January, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set forth new rules and regulations that impact both borrowers and lenders. One part of the statute that is of special interest is the definition of Qualified Mortgages. These would be more difficult for consumers to challenge later on with regard to ability to repay rules. The Basics The new rules place responsibility in the hands of mortgage lenders when it comes to determining that a borrower is indeed able to pay back their loan. According to CFPB director Richard Cordray, 2 million households across the country are still at high risk…
  • Ability to Repay Rule – The Good and The Bad

    25 Mar 2014 | 3:11 am
    New mortgage rules went into effect earlier this year, aiming to simplify the approach to mortgage lending. At the same time, this “back to basics” alignment was done with additional goals of reducing the risk of defaults and foreclosures from borrowers. The new rules were developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and director Richard Cordray says “No debt traps. No surprises. No runarounds.” The new rules put a lot of pressure and responsibility on mortgage lenders, which is why it’s so critical that lenders across the board understand how to comply. Implementing…
  • What Is A Jumbo Loan

    3 Feb 2014 | 1:27 am
    If the house of your dreams doesn’t fit in with standard sizes or costs, you might need to consider a jumbo loan. This term is defined as a loan that goes beyond the conforming loan limits established by the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the majority of locations across the country, the conforming limit is $417,000 for a mortgage, but it is increased up to $625,500 in areas where the costs are higher. Out of the 3,300 counties located in the country, only 100 or so are eligible for this increased limit. Homes For Jumbo Loans Bigger single family homes are…
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Set Conforming Loan Size Limits for 2014

    27 Jan 2014 | 1:29 am
    The government sponsored enterprises of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have established the conforming loan limits for 2014. There are no major changes to these levels, which haven’t been altered in the previous nine years. The goal of the current limits has been to allow homeowners and buyers to have access to as many government-backed affordable home loans as possible. The loan limits remain effective immediately and are applicable to all conventional mortgages in the country. The most important thing to note is that there are not major changes for these loan limits in the upcoming year. Loan…
  • Qualified Mortgage (QM) Rule

    14 Jan 2014 | 2:57 am
    New rules will be coming into effect for the Qualified Mortgage stipulations starting in early 2014. Let’s review some of the most important facets of these new rules to get you up to date. What’s A Qualified Mortgage? A qualified mortgage came about under the Dodd-Frank Act, which was passed in 2010. This rule creates new categories of mortgages that puts into place minimum underwriting requirements for the majority of home loans. These minimum underwriting standards are referred to as the requirement on ability to be paid. In order to qualify for one of these loans, an individual must…
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  • Considerations for Outer Banks North Carolina Real Estate

    outer banks nc property
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:53 am
    Selling vacation rental property in North Carolina is different than selling a primary residence. North Carolina was the first state in the country to have laws specifically related to the transfer of vacation rental property.
  • Bridging Demand Expected To Decline As Market Opens Up

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    3 Mar 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Many finance experts are expecting a slump in the demand of bridge loans. The year 2014is going to be the year of the property market and long term lending market. The world economy is trying to back on track with a slow but steady effort.After this expansion, the need of short-term loan among short-term borrowers is going to decrease for sure. Many experts think that the remortgage market in all over the world is changing rapidly, and that gives the options to many borrowers to release equity from their assets or properties. 
  • House Hunting 101: Six (6) Steps to stress-free house-hunting trips

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    2 Mar 2014 | 11:15 pm
    House-hunting is generally a very exciting experience. After all, you are out on a mission to locate your dream home. However, it can be also be emotionally-draining especially if it’s your first-time to buy a house. Aside from the fact that it can consume a big amount of your time and energy, it can be costly and incredibly stressful too as it can take months, even years before you find a perfect place.
  • 5 Common Logbook Loan Blind Mistakes - And How To Avoid Them

    loan against your car
    28 Feb 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Before deducing the facets of a log book loan, you need to assess and understand its fundamental characteristics. The system denotes a British mechanism for a bill of sale. This refers to the securing of this loan on the debtor’s vehicle. The lender retains the registration certificate of the car or its logbook till the entire amount is repaid. The primary mold of this loan means that the concerned lender can repossess your car without any court order or definite jurisdiction. This invariably these form of loans as car title loans. Despite the fact that logbook have acquired considerable…
  • RVD Markets: A perfect choice to completely understand diverse forex trading strategies

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    25 Feb 2014 | 6:41 pm
    hello i am guest blogger and internet marketing ... When I was studying in college, I used to think about business. I knew that money matters a lot for personal as well as professional lifestyle. Mutual funds, futures and stocks were proved to be great choices to make concern in the financial market. But, all these require large trading accounts and handsome capital. All of a sudden, I knew about forex market trading policies through the help of World Wide Web. At that time, I decided to enter in forex world which was quite difficult to manage but perfect to take a noble start. In this way, I…
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  • Motivate Your Employees By Answering These 5 Questions

    Howard Shore
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Motivate Your Employees By Answering These 5 Questions Whether you like hearing it or not, you will find that many of the daily problems leaders and managers deal with are caused by their own poor management. A well-known State of the American Workplace report from the Gallup Organization (See my previous article “Profit Leak 2 — Is Poor leadership Holding Your Company Back?” ) identified that only 30% of all workers could be referred to as “Engaged Employees.” More importantly, the survey uncovered that leadership is causing the other 70% to be “not engaged” or “actively…
  • How Is Decision Making Affecting You as A Leader?

    Howard Shore
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    How Is Decision Making Affecting You as A Leader? Do you consider yourself and emotional or rational decision maker? If you are like many leaders I have met in the entrepreneurial ranks you think you are both. Some of my clients would just argue that their emotion is rational. Regardless, what I would like you to consider is that you are likely well overestimating how good you are at making decisions and that you need to use a different approach depending on your circumstances. Do not Confuse Your Ability to Earn Wealth with Good Decision Making I find that many leaders are capable of making…
  • Great Leaders are Surrounded By Great People

    Howard Shore
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Great Leaders are Surrounded By Great People Do you remember growing up and noticing the different circles of friends in school? You also probably noticed that the circle of friends influenced a lot of the activities a person involved themselves in, the people they came in contact with, whether they were considered popular or not, and many personal habits such as studying and staying out of trouble. Success has a lot to do with the People you Surround Yourself With! Now let’s fast forward many years. I am closing in on fifty and nothing has changed. Success has a lot to do with the people…
  • Are You Leading For Approval Ratings?

    Howard Shore
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Are You Leading For Approval Ratings? Are you generally a nice person? Does your need to be liked by others sometimes affect your ability as a leader? The challenge for everyone is that when positive qualities are overextended, they can work against you. The reality is that everyone has “need for approval” to a certain degree. Do you have too much? If you do, and your natural style is also to avoid conflict, you can be flirting with disaster as a leader. How this Back Fired Costing a Client Millions In several of my recent articles, I referred to an owner who sold his business…
  • Is Lack of Financial Discipline Hurting Your Business?

    Howard Shore
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Is Lack of Financial Discipline Hurting Your Business? Here is where you may be blowing it! Do you have someone that helps you stay financially disciplined both in your business and personally? Do you listen? Financial Questions to Consider Have you used cash flow forecasts to determine how much money is needed to fund your growth? Do you know how much of that you need to fund before banks and other external sources will agree to contribute? Do you take money out of the business before considering how it will affect your growth? Do you know how much cash you must leave in the business to…
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    Half Bridge Business Review

  • Phillips 66 Looking Beyond Refining

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on April 9, 2014 By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research  assistant: Gohar YousufNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- For Phillips 66  (PSX_), will higher margins mean a higher stock price?The energy company, which has seen a profit decline in its core refining business, is diversifying by investing more in its higher-margin midstream and chemical businesses.This year, Phillips 66 and its joint ventures will spend $4.6 billion in capital expenditures, primarily to expand the company's midstream and chemical businesses, both of which posted…
  • Should Investors Be Worried About Chevron’s Profit Warning?

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    This article was originally published by GuruFocus on April 10, 2014By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research assistant: Gohar YousufYesterday, America’s second biggest oil and gas company Chevron (CVX) issued a profit warning for the first quarter of the current fiscal year. Does this mean that the investors should start panicking?Chevron’s shares have risen by just 1.3% in the last 12 months, trailing behind its rival and America’s biggest energy company Exxon Mobil (XOM) which his up more than 9% in the corresponding period.As compared to Exxon Mobil, Chevron is cheaper (in…
  • Stay Away From CVR Refining

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet  on April 08, 2014By Sarfaraz A. KhanNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- An attractive yield isn't everything. Here's why you should stay away from CVR Refining (CVRR_).CVR Refining is a limited partnership and the refining arm of CVR Energy (CVII_), which, in turn, is mainly a holding company that is also engaged in fertilizer manufacturing operations through CVR Partners (UAN_). CVRR offers attractive yield of 7.80% and it is trading just 6.6 times its trailing earnings. But this $3.4 billion market-cap company is not…
  • Should You Buy Into Anadarko's Rally?

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on April 7, 2014 By Sarfaraz A. KhanNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Anadarko Petroleum  (APC_) have rallied about 16% since last Thursday when news broke that the energy company reached a record $5.15 billion settlement in an environmental case.The question now is whether the stock has more upside.The shares trade at about 63 trailing earnings, which is not extraordinary considering the stock was trading at a similar multiple about nine months ago. With 6% to 7% growth in production expected this year and…
  • Don't Give Up on Symantec

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on April 4, 2014 By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research assistant: Gohar Yousuf NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Analysts hate Symantec (SYMC_) -- at least seven of them have downgraded the Internet security company. But I don't think it's as bad as you may think.On March 20 Symantec fired CEO Steve Bennett, who has been running the struggling company for less than 20 months. Although Symantec has shied from giving specific reasons for the CEO's exit, rumors abound that Symantec was not satisfied with the pace of the…
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    The NFPT Blog

  • Sitting; the New Smoking

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Sitting is a tremendous health hazard, and the average American sits for eight hours per day. It is really important to address the issues that arise from sitting and to examine your clients’ daily activities outside the gym. Clients spend the majority of their day at work or home and the work done in the gym should reflect clients’ everyday behaviors to ensure proper function and prevent injury. The most obvious hazard from sitting too much is a bad back. There is a greater risk of herniated disks and inflexibility in the spine. Slumping over also affects the neck and shoulders. …
  • Making Leads into Clients

    Ryan Farrell
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    Check out Bedros Keuilian’s latest video about fitness training marketing. He describes his “funnel method” to marketing. He describes how to make leads into long-term clients by using Facebook, Google and online review sites. Watch the video and let us know what your thoughts are on his methods. How do you change your leads into long-term clients? The post Making Leads into Clients appeared first on The NFPT Blog.
  • 7 Nasty Habits

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    How many nasty habits have you picked up that will sabotage your training and leave you injury prone and underdeveloped? You probably are not even aware of these habits. You will be when you look into the mirror to find not the “after” image you expected, but the same old “before” image. May you never realize your bad habits through injury. Bad habits impede your progress before you finish even your first week of exercise. Breaking bad habits is hard. Recognizing them and nipping them in the bud is the only way you’ll get back on track toward results. Are you…
  • Want New Clients? Take the RED Pill

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    One of my favorite movie scenes is from The Matrix when Morpheus offers Neo a choice.  Neo has been feeling like there was something wrong with the world but couldn’t quite put his finger on it.  Morpheus offers Neo the opportunity to find out exactly what is wrong which leads to this classic movie line “Take the red pill and I will show you just how deep this rabbit hole goes”, which is a reference to Alice in Wonderland.  Of course, Neo can take the blue pill and he will wake up in bed the next day and go back to his normal life. Neo takes the red pill and quickly realizes that the…
  • Preventing Back Pain at Work

    Blake Wade
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    Back pain is a very common problem. Many people suffer from chronic back pain every day. As trainers we need to know how to deal with clients that have back pain and how to help them prevent it. Hopefully this will help you give your clients some suggestions they could use to prevent back pain and keep on track with their fitness goals. What causes back pain? While there can be many factors involved regarding back pain, some common sources are, stress, strained muscle, poor posture, sudden jerk or fall, and even sleeping in the wrong position can lead to back pain. Back pain can range from a…
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    Custom Toll Free® Blog

  • Small Business Winter Victims: Where Are They Now?

    Vanity Numbers
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Several months ago we posted an article on how small businesses really suffered from this year’s harsh winter. Plunging frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and the works have forced small businesses to cut costs, close down shops for a couple days, and have even prevented customers from going out and spending money. Now that most areas are finally beginning to see signs of spring, are small businesses finally on the mend? As we now stop and look around and finally see plants sprouting and the grass turning green, it’s amazing to think that not two months ago we thought this…
  • The 5 Worst Things that Can Happen to a Small Business

    Vanity Numbers
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    Small business owners need to exude the "Glass is half full" optimism that motivates employees and attracts new customers to their small businesses. While it is great to have a positive attitude, the fact is reality lurks behind every small business counter and under every small business desk. The reality is things can go wrong with your small business. Here are the five worst things that can happen to a small business so you can do whatever it takes to avoid them. No Vision read more
  • Google Adds Snippets for Toll Free Numbers

    Vanity Numbers
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    Through the years, Google has provided small business owners with several online communication tools to level the playing field against larger competitors that possess more resources to devote towards marketing strategies. For example, Google Local allowed small businesses to achieve high rankings in Google's vaunted search engine. Now, Google has added another tool that helps small businesses increase their online presence. Google's Customer Service Phone Schema read more
  • 3 Easy Ways to Take Control of Your Toll Free Vanity Number

    Vanity Numbers
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Small business owners always look for an edge to stay ahead of the competition, especially larger businesses that can devote more resources towards marketing strategies. However, many small business owners try the wrong strategies when it comes to marketing their products and services. By acquiring vanity numbers, they can boost small business awareness and receive a higher return on their marketing dollars. The benefits of vanity toll free numbers also include enhanced customer and brand recognition of your business and a stronger market presence. read more
  • 8 Catastrophic Content Marketing Mistakes

    Vanity Numbers
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Content marketing involves the creation of fresh, relevant content that utilizes the keywords potential customers use to find your small business online. This is the good news. The bad news, however, is that many small business owners commit one or more of the following eight deadly sins that sink their content marketing strategies before their content can truly come alive. Content Does Not Equal Selling Never use your content marketing platform to pitch products and services. Your customers visit your small business website to learn how to solve problems and gain insight into how to…
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  • VIDEO: Obama announces $600 million for job skills programs

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    President Obama announced two grant programs and pledged $600 million to train more Americans for jobs that may otherwise go unfilled. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • Top 5 Tips to Boost your Job Search!

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The wise time management is the key to success. To make the most of the job hunt, you must be prepared and organized with the right kind of information. Otherwise, you might not able to get the result in the stipulated time-span. And always make sure the strategies you plan can straight away lead you […]
  • VIDEO: Opportunity, Not Necessity, Drives More U.S. Startups

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Recessions tend to drive people to entrepreneurship. Those who might never consider starting a business will do so if they can’t get a job. As the United States economy gets stronger, a smaller percentage of the population is starting businesses, according to the Kauffman Foundation’s Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, released a few days ago. Last […]
  • VIDEO: UPS Unfires 250 Who Walked Off Job To Protest Coworker’s Termination

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Brown has raised the white flag in its battle with a local union, with UPS unfiring 250 workers who had walked off the job in New York to protest a fellow co-worker’s termination. The union and UPS said the 250 employees involved in the walkout had their terminations reduced to 10 days suspension without pay. […]
  • VIDEO: Is The Rise Of Mobile Changing The Modern Concept Of “The Office”?

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    There was a time when you probably related all too well to TV’s The Office (whether it was the British or American version) but, thankfully, the times are changing. Less and less are people required to do the daily commute, clock in and tuck into their cubicles where they pretend to work until 5pm. Telecommuting, […]
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    The Career Secrets

  • How to Use Google Alerts for Career Search

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Career search online is very tricky and if you know how to make a good career search online, it become very easy for you. There are so many ways to make career search online and Google Alerts is one of them. Google Alerts is an excellent tool provided free by Google for monitoring your online presence. It is very helpful for personal business as you get alerts sent to you as soon as you are talked about somewhere on the Internet. You can also use Google Alerts to monitor news about your;CompanyCompetitorsShare pricesWeather warnings and so onOne often ignored use of Google alerts is to…
  • Make Money as a Freelancer-5 Important Steps to Get Paid

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:28 am
    Making money as a freelancer is one of the legit money making ways and if you have some abilities in any field, do try it. Now who are the freelancers? How they can get hired by others is the topic of discussion in this post. Freelancers are basically ‘service providers’ or out workers. In other words, someone who has jobs with a number of companies, websites, organizations, etc. without any permanent contract? They are not the permanent members of any company or organization but work for them on contract basis. Freelancing is the most attractive term for those who loves to write, design,…
  • Career Jobs in Dubai-Select the Best One

    16 Mar 2014 | 6:28 am
    Career jobs in your desired country are very difficult but if you have the abilities and talent, you can find it everywhere. Career jobs are available but it’s you who have to discover them. If you are looking for to find career jobs in Dubai, the following is a list of the five highly paying career jobs in Dubai;Stock Market Traders or DealersInvestment Adviser/ConsultantPR Managing DirectorEngineering Managing DirectorPR Managing DirectorTheir description and payment details are given below; 1.    Career Jobs as Stock Market Traders or DealersCareer jobs as a Stock Market Trader or…
  • eBook Selling is a Legit Way of Earning-Do Try It

    1 Mar 2014 | 9:20 pm
    ‘Make money …….’ is very attractive phrase and very interesting as well. There are so many ways you can make money with but many of them might be scam. On the other hand there are numerous legit money making ways online and eBook writing and sharing online is one of them. The eBooks are just book-format publications that are disseminated by electronic means, rather than printed on paper. As there are mainly no expenses to publish an eBook, almost anyone with a plan can do it. Now we will discuss ‘How You Can Make Money with an eBook’.eBook Publishing OptionsMaking money with…
  • 3 Secret ways to make Money from Facebook

    6 Feb 2014 | 8:52 am
    Facebook is the best place to make money online but it also fact that Facebook is not a secret money pile just waiting to be found. Yes, it can be a consistent source of extra income with some effort and a smart approach. If you wish to Make Money with Facebook, you have to know some strategies. In this post we will discuss 3 secrets ways to explore Facebook for money making. Therefore, follow the guidelines below to learn how to make money using Facebook in an easy but genuine way.Make Money using Facebook-Make Great postsAs we know that ‘Content is the King’, therefore, you must have an…
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    Half Bridge Business Review

  • Phillips 66 Looking Beyond Refining

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on April 9, 2014 By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research  assistant: Gohar YousufNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- For Phillips 66  (PSX_), will higher margins mean a higher stock price?The energy company, which has seen a profit decline in its core refining business, is diversifying by investing more in its higher-margin midstream and chemical businesses.This year, Phillips 66 and its joint ventures will spend $4.6 billion in capital expenditures, primarily to expand the company's midstream and chemical businesses, both of which posted…
  • Should Investors Be Worried About Chevron’s Profit Warning?

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    This article was originally published by GuruFocus on April 10, 2014By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research assistant: Gohar YousufYesterday, America’s second biggest oil and gas company Chevron (CVX) issued a profit warning for the first quarter of the current fiscal year. Does this mean that the investors should start panicking?Chevron’s shares have risen by just 1.3% in the last 12 months, trailing behind its rival and America’s biggest energy company Exxon Mobil (XOM) which his up more than 9% in the corresponding period.As compared to Exxon Mobil, Chevron is cheaper (in…
  • Stay Away From CVR Refining

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet  on April 08, 2014By Sarfaraz A. KhanNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- An attractive yield isn't everything. Here's why you should stay away from CVR Refining (CVRR_).CVR Refining is a limited partnership and the refining arm of CVR Energy (CVII_), which, in turn, is mainly a holding company that is also engaged in fertilizer manufacturing operations through CVR Partners (UAN_). CVRR offers attractive yield of 7.80% and it is trading just 6.6 times its trailing earnings. But this $3.4 billion market-cap company is not…
  • Should You Buy Into Anadarko's Rally?

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on April 7, 2014 By Sarfaraz A. KhanNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Anadarko Petroleum  (APC_) have rallied about 16% since last Thursday when news broke that the energy company reached a record $5.15 billion settlement in an environmental case.The question now is whether the stock has more upside.The shares trade at about 63 trailing earnings, which is not extraordinary considering the stock was trading at a similar multiple about nine months ago. With 6% to 7% growth in production expected this year and…
  • Don't Give Up on Symantec

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on April 4, 2014 By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research assistant: Gohar Yousuf NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Analysts hate Symantec (SYMC_) -- at least seven of them have downgraded the Internet security company. But I don't think it's as bad as you may think.On March 20 Symantec fired CEO Steve Bennett, who has been running the struggling company for less than 20 months. Although Symantec has shied from giving specific reasons for the CEO's exit, rumors abound that Symantec was not satisfied with the pace of the…
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    Smart Business Revolution - Turn Relationships into Revenue

  • SBR044: How to Master Face-to-Face Networking, with BNI Founder Dr. Ivan Misner

    John Corcoran
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    In this episode, I talk with Dr. Ivan Misner, the founder of the world’s largest business networking organization, BNI (Business Network International). I know a lot of people who have participated in local BNI chapters, and many of them swear by it.  BNI has chapters which only take 1 or 2 professionals from a particular vocation (i.e. 1 masseuse, 1 realtor, 1 accountant, etc.) and then the group meets weekly, gets to know one another, and refers business around. BNI boasts that it generated 5.4 million referrals representing $6.5 billion in business amongst its members last year…
  • How I Ended Up On A Billionaire’s Yacht this Weekend (plus course update)

    John Corcoran
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm
    (I know you’re all jealous of my deep auburn tan.) In this post, I want to give you an update on the course I am developing, with your help, on how to connect with influencers and VIPs. At the bottom of this email, I included a video I shot for you revealing the unexpected response I got from last week’s survey. But first, I want to tell you a quick story about how I ended up hanging out on billionaire Barron Hilton’s yacht in Cabo San Lucas this weekend. You read that right. You know, heir to the Hilton Hotel chain, Mega-billionaire and grandfather to a shy socialite you…
  • How to Grow Your Network and Your Income by Creating Your Own Blog, in Under 10 Minutes [with 3 videos]

    John Corcoran
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Tinkerbell decided to finally set up her own blog. And enjoy some Kung Pao chicken at the same time. Let me let you in on a little secret. One of the best things I’ve done for my business is also the simplest: I started a blog. Creating and publishing my own blog has made a bigger difference in my business than almost anything else I’ve done to date. However, I recognize that setting up a blog for the first time can be kind of intimidating. It’s been known to reduce grown men to tears. Well, not anymore. It’s actually gotten much, much easier. And what barriers do…
  • SBR043: How to Work a Room with bestselling author and keynote speaker Susan RoAne

    John Corcoran
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Have you ever seen a master mingler work a room? Someone who is really good at diving into a roomful of strangers, making friends and having a blast at the same time? My guest on episode 43 of the Smart Business Revolution podcast is a true master mingler. (I worked for another.) 25 years ago, Susan RoAne broke ground with her book, How to Work a Room (referral link). At the time, people were just beginning to become savvy to the importance of socializing in a business context. Today, there are more “rooms” — especially online — but working a room is no less important.
  • The Formula for Getting More Clients for Your Freelancing Business

    John Corcoran
    11 Mar 2014 | 5:41 pm
    An earlier version of this post appeared at Let’s say you work for yourself. It doesn’t matter what you do. You could be a coach, a consultant, a photographer, or a pet therapist for neurotic cats for that matter. For the sake of argument, let’s just pretend you’re a freelance writer. You’re self-employed. Question: What’s your biggest problem? Answer: Getting clients. It’s always getting clients. You’ve tried everything. But actual paying writing projects are still few and far between. It makes you question whether you’ve got the…
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    Project Exponential

  • You have three seconds.

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    In three seconds, your story has to align with my needs. The only reason a person who doesn’t know you is interested in you is because they’re interested in themselves, and they want to know how you will help them. Your proof is your obsession. Your work shows me whether or not you care.
  • Life is meant for sharing.

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    In over two years, hundreds of people I respect and admire have attended my events. Many have asked how to easily find and connect with others within this community. Now it’s possible. I’ve spent the last few months building a private online resource just for this reason. My friend Clay and I have made unique profiles detailing the skills and interests of those who have requested to share their information. It’s a curated rolodex of individuals who are kind, generous, adventurous and creative. I can’t help but imagine what the world might be like if we all gave a…
  • 7 sins of crowdfunding

    4 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    My recent indiegogo campaign has elicited a flurry of emails from people looking for support and advice on projects of their own. I’ve attempted a few fundraising efforts — one that failed, one that supported inner city kids (and got me to Everest Base Camp), and another that had me running the 2011 NYC marathon (never again!). I’ve noticed a few patterns surrounding the psychology of asking and giving and hope this compilation might help you think carefully about your next crowdfunding endeavor. ONE: APATHY. You don’t really care about your cause. If you aren’t…
  • The best moments of my life began with a plane

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:44 pm
    I started writing a post titled “The Best Moments of My Life Began With Getting on a Plane.” I was thinking about my first memory of travel, the second I knew I had a lifelong relationship with foreign places. I was a young girl visiting my father’s family in Holland, and I was standing in the produce section of a local market with my aunt. The vivid green of the vegetables and the neat rows of roots picked from the ground were like nothing I had seen in the aisles of King Soopers in Longmont, Colorado. I couldn’t understand a word of what anyone was saying, and a poppy Dutch radio…
  • The people in your life will make or break you.

    20 Mar 2014 | 12:49 pm
    It doesn’t matter if you’re running a business or trying to finish your degree. The people you surround yourself with have the power to dramatically influence your life. Their habits, what they think about themselves, whether or not they view the world as a place of abundance or scarcity — all of these things will impact you. When I first began as a social worker in the South Bronx, I noticed not much was different from the people I worked with on probation in Colorado. Except one major thing: community resources and social support. If you’re trying to do something great, you need…
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    Crisis Insights Blog

  • Going on the Offense During a Crisis

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When a crisis hits a company, the organization will have a better chance to emerge from the crisis with a positive outcome if it has the benefit of the doubt from its stakeholders. If the company has the reputation of being an upstanding corporate citizen, it will be easier to earn trust to resolve the crisis. This allows the company to go on the offense to tell its side of the story. A recent article by Christen Graham from the 2014 Crisis Management Handbook puts forth five preventative measures to develop the corporation into thoughtful corporate citizens. 1. Focus on your team roster Make…
  • See Groundbreaking Apps at the Continuity Insights Conference

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We'll be exhibiting in booth 200 at the Continuity Insights Management Conference in New Orleans on April 28-30. The conference is one of the premiere conferences dedicated to business continuity and organizational resilience. The show attracts business leaders from around the world. If you're attending, ask about a demonstration of our innovative emergency notification, incident management and mobile communications applications. Our new mobile apps are changing the game for Business Continuity and crisis management professionals. They enable you to coordinate a response using tablets and…
  • How To Simplify Internal Crisis Communications

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Swift, accurate communication is the most important factor in successfully overcoming a crisis. While there are many articles detailing the methodology behind external communication, the art of maintaining internal communication in crisis is often overlooked. When a crisis breaks, everyone involved in the response must be contacted quickly, as well as those who need to be made aware of the situation. There are several critical things that must be accomplished, especially in the initial stages of the crisis. This presentation covers a number of principles that will help your internal…
  • 12 Emergency Notification Best Practices

    17 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    For several years, Campus Safety magazine has been compiling a list of best practices recommended by campus protection professionals, emergency notification manufacturers and other subject matter experts. Below are the 12 best practices that apply to the corporate world. While these best practices are numbered, the creation of an effective mass notification program is not a linear process. These recommendations should be considered as a whole when adopting new systems, revising emergency notification plans and updating policies and procedures. 1. Conduct a risk analysis for your overall…
  • Business Continuity Awareness Week 2014

    10 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is on March 17-21, 2014. It’s an annual global event that is facilitated by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI). The purpose of BCAW is to provide a vehicle to raise the awareness of and to showcase the value of Business Continuity as an integrated part of an organization’s strategy. BCAW is a high-profile event that delivers high-value benefits to both the BC newcomer and the BC professional. BCAW opens up the doors to anyone who wants to find out more about what business continuity is all about and how it might benefit their own…
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    Currency News: UK daily forex news

  • Exchange Rate Forecasts: Pound to Euro (GBP/EUR) Losses & Pound to Dollar (GBP/USD) Gains

    John Cameron
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here is our Exchange Rates Forecast: Pound to Euro (GBP/EUR) and Pound to Dollar (GBP/USD): <br> <br>The &lt;b&gt;Pound US Dollar exchange rate&lt;/b&gt; has broken to a fresh 4 ½ year high during this morning’s European equities session, touching 1.6843 GBP/USD a few hours ago. The move has been driven by a combination of support for the Pound Sterling following yesterday’s strong UK employment figures which revealed that the overall level of British joblessness has dropped to 6.9%, alongside a furious bout of back-pedalling from US Federal Reserve…
  • Pound Australian Dollar (GBP/AUD) & New Zealand Dollar (GBP/NZD) Exchange Rates Climb; CAD Forecast

    Minesh Chaudhari
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The high yielders endured a poor day on the markets yesterday with the Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate and Pound to New Zealand Dollar exchange rate climbing to as high as 1.7993 GBP/AUD and 1.9561 GBP/NZD respectively. <br> <br>The current Pound Australian Dollar exchange rate is trading up +0.28% at 1.79777 GBP/AUD and Pound New Zealand Dollar exchange rate is trading up +0.2% at 1.95076 GBP/NZD. <br> <br>Meanwhile, the commodity-driven Pound Canadian Dollar exchange rate jumped to 1.8530 GBP/CAD. The shift lower for these risk-driven tenders was fuelled by…
  • Sterling Exchange Rates: Pound to Euro, Dollar, Canadian Dollar & New Zealand Dollar Gain on UK Data

    Tim Boyer
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    &lt;b&gt;The Pound Sterling (currency:GBP) has been the major winner in the global currency markets so far today, sending the Pound Sterling to Euro exchange rate up +0.35% at 1.21518 GBP/EUR, the Pound Sterling to US Dollar exchange rate up +0.44% at 1.67971 GBP/USD and Pound Sterling to Canadian Dollar exchange rate up +0.66% at 1.84945 GBP/CAD. &lt;i&gt;See below for full list&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt; <br> <br>The move in favour of the UK tender followed the publication of British labour market numbers this morning which thrashed analysts’…
  • Pound Canadian Dollar Exchange Rate Forecast: Near Term Top Predicted For GBP CAD Rate

    David Woodsmith
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    &lt;b&gt;Pound Canadian Dollar Exchange Rate Forecast - Near Term Top Predicted For GBP CAD:&lt;/b&gt; Investor sentiment ebbed late yesterday following comments made by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen which had a distinctly risk averse flavour to them. The new head honcho at America’s central bank set off a bout of market jitters when she delivered a set piece speech in Stone Mountain, Georgia, which contained calls for major global retail banks to be forced to maintain a higher capital ratio. Any such move would effectively signal a Quantitative Tightening which would…
  • GBP Today: Sterling Gains Send Pound Euro Exchange Rate up; Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast to Fall

    John Cameron
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Figures released by the Office of National Statistics earlier today revealed that the rate of British price rises slumped to its lowest level since the Autumn of 2009 last month, but the Pound still managed to register a small gain on the day against the euro &lt;b&gt;sending the Pound euro exchange rate up to as high as 1.2120 GBP/EUR earlier on.&lt;/b&gt; <br> <br>The UK inflation numbers, which pointed to annualised level of domestic price rises of 1.6%, came in exactly as per the consensus opinion amongst analysts. In a clear case of placing the cart before the…
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    The Portfolio Partnership

  • Prospecting is not dead: Search Vs. Discovery

    Ian Smith
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Seth Godin published one of his mind-dismantling blog posts earlier this month: Search vs. Discovery. In the post, he was drawing a clear distinction between the two. In Seth’s words, “search is what we call the action of knowing what you want and questing until you ultimately find it. Discovery, on the other hand, is what happens when the universe helps you encounter something you didn’t even know you were looking for.” There it is in a nutshell. If you believe that inbound marketing will generate all the possible prospects that will be interested in your product, then Prospecting is…
  • 13 Myths About Entrepreneurship

    Ian Smith
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s all about profitability. It’s not. It’s about positive cash flow. You go bust through lack of cash, not profit. Websites are the responsibility of marketing people. Wrong. Today the website is the responsibility of the CEO. Most websites are a disjointed, verbose, inward facing version of your story. Simplify your story and focus on outcomes you achieve for customers. Innovation is all about thinking outside the box. Wrong. The most successful innovation involves tweaking existing products in the marketplace. Growth is the same as scaling. Wrong. Lots of companies grow but fail to…
  • The Turnaround of H-P – Smaller Company Lessons

    Ian Smith
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    There was a great article last week in the WSJ – H-P Overhaul Shows Promise by Spencer Ante. I’ve summarized below some great takeaways to consider. It certainly inspired me to revisit the operational plan I’m executing in the businesses I’m scaling.  Symptoms & Operational Actions  The sales force was struggling with proposals based on Oracle software. Quotes were taking days to produce. Way too complex. Consumers couldn’t find printers and PCs on its out of date web site. Moved to cloud solution. Deployed and re-engineered the sales team to make it easier to…
  • Why Companies Grow But Fail to Scale

    Ian Smith
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I’ve been delivering some presentations in February and March about scaling private companies. I’ve had great positive feedback from attendees. I thought it would be useful summarizing 10 quick reasons companies are failing to scale and what to do about it. But first, think of scaling as five outcomes you want to achieve: Growth, Alignment, Predictability, Control, Safety – GAPCS. Scaling is more than just growth. And my top 10 reasons companies are failing to scale are as follows: 10 Reasons Why Companies Are Failing To Scale Complexity: You’re making your story way…
  • Sales Teams – 5 Major Actions Needed For Success

    Ian Smith
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    #1 Develop more urgency – Processing deals through your Sales Process: I’ve blogged many times about my favorite Sales Process – the Diagnostic Selling approach called Prime, developed by Jeff Thull. Read my summary here. Once deals are in your sales process, you really need to control the timetable to PO. You need to establish 10 things really quickly: You can help solve their issues. Your sponsor’s life (ie the person) can be improved with your technology. The problem is a priority for that person. Your sponsor can find the money because it’s a priority for the company. You…
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  • Edible Matboards | Matboard&More

    31 Mar 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Edible Matboards | Matboard&More: Check out this great April Fools joke video by Matboard and More.
  • Startup ProudBoard is Aiming to Make the Lives of Talented Individuals and Recruiters Easier

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:52 am
    It was not long ago as I was finishing up my MBA, I had a pivotal question to answer: should I join an existing company or start my own as an entrepreneur?  Fast forward to present day and we know the outcome of that question, as my experiences as an entrepreneur have been well documented on this blog. However, as I was pondering the question during my MBA, I took it upon myself to network with others in hopes of gaining insight from their experiences. At networking events, it seemed like everyone would ask the same question: Tell me about yourself? To that question, I would give my…
  • My Year at Matboard And More

    1 Dec 2013 | 3:24 pm
    I was at dinner the other day with some friends, and we were discussing careers when someone asked me what it feels like to be an entrepreneur.  It feels odd to be called that, but after more than a year of running my own business with Matboard And More while also facilitating and expanding OES I suppose it’s a fair classification. I love being an entrepreneur, I just wasn’t sure if I lived up to title.   I have always admired and respected those individuals who were able to craft a niche in the world by creating something out of nothing and in the process add substantial value…
  • "We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior."

    21 May 2013 | 11:31 am
    ““We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior.”” - Stephen M.R. Covey
  • Does the MBA Brand Represent the Values of the MBA Student?

    3 May 2013 | 11:04 am
    There is a school of thought that is quickly gaining steam, which says the MBA is useless.  I really enjoyed reading this particular article on the topic.  Technology has enabled people all across the world, particularly with the ability to start up their own business.  Apps, social media, blogs, online marketplaces and various other technologies have made it incredibly easy to create a business.  Business is fast, sexy and accessible. The MBA brand seems to defy that.  When people think MBA, they think corporate, they think suits, they think Finance, HR and Marketing.  Traditional.
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    Kathryn Welds | Curated Research and Commentary

  • Stress Increases Women’s Performance and Empathic Attunement, but not Men’s

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Livia Tomova Task performance, social interaction skills, and empathic attunement increase for women under stress, but not for men. Women seek social support (“become prosocial”), but men turn toward themselves and away from others when they experience stress, according to University of Vienna’s Livia Tomova and Claus Lamm with Bernadette von Dawans and Markus Heinrichs of University of Freiburg, and Giorgia Silani, International School for Advanced Studies, SISSA-ISAS, Trieste Claus Lamm Tomova’s team evaluated the impact of stress on 20 women and 20 men, elicited by Clemens…
  • Symbolic Gestures Can Prompt Behaviors, Shape Perceptions

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Michal Parzuchowski Non-emotional gestures can “prime” abstract concepts, like “honesty,” and prompts people to behave consistent with these ideas, according to Michal Parzuchowski and Bogdan Wojciszke of University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sopot, Poland. Bodgan Wojciszke They evaluated a symbolic gesture, putting a hand on one’s heart (“HOH”), which is associated with “honesty” in Poland, where the studies were conducted. In the U.S., this gesture has a different meaning: Patriotism when enacted during The Pledge of Allegiance. This distinction…
  • Racial Categorizations Change Based on Social Status Markers

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Aliya Saperstein Race is a changeable status marker of rather than a fixed individual attribute, according to Stanford’s Aliya Saperstein and Andrew Penner of University of California, Irvine. Andrew Penner “Racial fluidity” – or changeable racial categorization – influences and is influenced by racial inequality in the United States, noted Saperstein and Penner. They analyzed longitudinal U.S. national survey data collected over two decades and found that individuals’ racial classification, both rated by themselves and by others, changed over time in response to changes in…
  • Attractive Appearance Helps Men Gain Business Funding – But Not Women?

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Laura Huang Entrepreneurs create jobs and contribute to economic growth with support of early investment by financial backers, who determine funding decisions based on the perceived business proposal viability and founders’ previous experience. Alison Wood Brooks However, there are additional unacknowledged and perhaps implicit criteria for new venture-funding: Gender and physical attractiveness, according to Harvard’s Alison Wood Brooks, Laura Huang of Wharton, MIT’s Sarah Wood Kearney and Fiona E. Murray. Sarah Wood Kearney Brooks and colleagues enlisted 60 experienced investors to:…
  • Anxiety Undermines Negotiation Performance

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Maurice Schweitzer Anxious negotiators make lower first offers, exit earlier, and earn lower profits than less anxious people due to their “low self-efficacy” beliefs, according to Harvard’s Alison Wood Brooks and Maurice E. Schweitzer of University of Pennsylvania, Alison Wood Brooks Brooks and Schweitzer induced anxious feelings or neutral reactions during continuous “shrinking-pie” negotiation tasks. Compared with negotiators experiencing neutral feelings, negotiators who feel anxious typically expect to achieve lower profits, present more cautious offers, and respond more…
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  • Corporate Culture Directly Affects Financial Performance

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    The question as to whether corporate culture has an effect on financial performance has been asked before and it will likely be asked again. In a study published in the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, research demonstrated a link between corporate culture and financial performance. However, not all corporate cultures are created equal. Some corporate cultures had a positive effect, some had no effect, and some even had a negative effect. First, let’s look at the 4 kinds of corporate culture from this study (there’s a picture above for those that prefer to see it visually):…
  • What Do You Want to Hear First: Good News or Bad News?

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    As it turns out, our answer to this question is different depending on whether we’re the one delivering the news or we’re the one receiving the news. If we’re delivering the news, we’re more likely to want to lead with the good news and if we’re receiving the news, we’re more likely to want to hear the bad news before the good news. Research published in last month’s Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin indicates that the order the news is delivered has implications for both the deliverer and the recipient. The deliverer, wanting to avoid the…
  • An Alternative to Coffee During the Afternoon Lull — Meditation

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    No doubt you’ve come across articles that explain that we have a tendency to fall into an afternoon lull. There have also been a number of article that offer a solution to beating this afternoon lull. However, I’ve yet to see any of these articles offer what could be the best use of that time, yet — meditation. The benefits of meditation are endless not the least of which is mitigating the effect of cognitive biases. So, instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, why not try doing a quick 2-, 3-, 5-, or 10-minute meditation when that afternoon lull comes along. In…
  • A Can’t-Miss Strategy for Making the MLB Playoffs

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    The baseball season is long — the regular season lasts more than half of the year. And that’s just the regular season. It doesn’t even include the preseason or postseason. As the season spans six months, one would think that it might be hard for some players to keep their focus during the middle of the summer. In fact, this past Sunday while watching a Blue Jays game, I saw a graphic that depicted the wins/losses of the teams in the division during the last game of the series for the 2013 season. The graphic showed how the other teams were far more successful than…
  • Why Humanistic Psychology is Still Relevant

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    The development of humanistic psychology began in the late 1950s and was ‘born‘ in the early 1960s. Given the time that humanistic psychology grew, there’s no doubt that it informed the civil rights movement. However, some say that humanistic psychology peaked in the 1970s. An article last year in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology argued that humanistic psychology is, in fact, more important in the 21st century than many had previously thought. DeRobertis enumerates the ways in which, “numerous contemporary transformations in the field are directly…
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    Bank-Able Views and Ideas

  • How To Teach Your Children Financial Responsibility

    29 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    Financial responsibility is a concept that benefits individuals at every stage of life. If you want your children to understand this basic concept and grow into adults who manage their money the right way, start teaching them the basics at a young age. Start At A Young Age Start teaching children about money at a young age.  Children need to learn that money is more than just an object if they are to one day appreciate it and understand it. If the most basic education surrounding money starts at a young age, children will grasp this concept quicker and benefit from it. Teach your four year…
  • Stabilize Your Finances Sooner Rather Than Later

    28 Feb 2014 | 8:48 am
    Stabilize your finances When (or if)  your finances start to decline,  it can be a difficult thing to come to grips with. Yet,  even if you are in a bad financial situation, there is always a way out.  You can make  significant changes in your way of life and general life-style if you apply the proper methods of financial stability discussed here. Are you unsure on how to go about such a situation?  If that is the case, it  is fine. It has happened before to others just like you. Therefore, do not panic.   There is a lot to learn,  when it comes to balancing your finances and your…
  • The 3 Important Attributes Of Creativity

    28 Jan 2014 | 1:34 am
    In his book ‘The Art of Looking Sideways’ Alan Fletcher  talks about 3 key attributes needed for having brilliant ideas. 1.    The Inquisitiveness Of A Child 2.    The Determination of An Evangelist 3.    The Spadework of a Nanny. I love that because in terms of having viable ideas and implementing them well, these are really vital clues.  So let's unpack them 1. The Inquisitiveness of A Child When coming up with ideas its really easy to cop out and go for the adequate solution and stop there because it's often easier and quicker.  But that won't pay you the big dividends.
  • Creating Great Experiences For Your Customers Through Your Staff

    22 Jan 2014 | 1:24 am
    image courtesy of Ted Goff Top managers and business owners routinely authorize the expenditure of thousands, if not  millions, on advertising, product re-branding, office renovation or even new technology  while investing very little in customer service. But the truth is, one is likely to get higher returns if they  focused on improving customer service. Granted, customers sometimes make decisions based on aesthetics, but more often than not, they spend their money with businesses that provide excellent products and services at competitive prices— and those…
  • How to Control Your Finances for A Secure Future

    9 Dec 2013 | 4:15 am
    When you control all of your finances you take control of your life. Controlling your finances also allows you to be happier as you are less stressed with trying to figure out how much money you need on a daily basis. If you want to learn what it takes to control your finances then you're lucky because this article is going to help you do just that. Avoid Loans Avoid getting yourself in debt, this is the most unhealthy thing you can do to manage your finances. When you properly manage your finances you don't build credit card debt or take out loans and waste all of your money. Look at how…
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    Education-Navigation's Blog

  • Autism Isn’t A Day Or Month

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    I’m a big supporter of raising awareness of causes and issues, encouraging people to rally to bring about change.  Yet when it comes to autism, a day or a month simply won’t suffice. On various media outlets over the past few days, individuals have been sharing their insights into the realities of autism.  Some were identified as “experts” which, in my opinion, is a term that needs to be affixed carefully.  There was one – a mother – who spoke about raising her child with autism, sharing the realities with an emotional overlay that was as real as it…
  • Permission Granted

    18 Nov 2013 | 11:37 am
    Here’s how I see it…there are three types of people – those who ask for permission, those who don’t and just back away from whatever it is, and those who just do and deal with the consequences later. The “typecasting” typically starts in childhood – e.g. asking to stay up past 9:00 or just doing it and dealing with the parental wrath later.  We were taught that the act of asking shows good manners and respect for the other person, and we teach the same to our kids as what parent doesn’t want their child to be considered well-mannered and…
  • It’s All About Having Choices

    27 Oct 2013 | 9:28 am
    Walk down the aisle of the supermarket and what do you see?  Choices.  More corn flakes, types of ice cream, and varieties of toilet paper than anyone needs.  Yet it’s there…choices.  The reasons (and this isn’t a marketing discussion) involve wanting to target and satisfy various preferences since not everyone eats whole wheat bread or wants shredded cheese.  So why all the fighting about education? Listened to another discussion on MSNBC yesterday about public education.  Education Nation is one of their signature features and I applaud them (and everyone) who places…
  • The Roller Coaster Ride That Never Ends…

    13 Sep 2013 | 11:04 am
    How many parents haven’t agreed to ride the roller coaster at least once with their kids?  It’s almost a “right of passage” – sitting for 3 minutes on a ride that you can’t wait to end.  Yet riding the roller coaster at an amusement park doesn’t come close to the other roller coaster ride – the one that parents can’t get off because it simply doesn’t end. I can count on two hands the number of days school has been in session yet would need my hands and toes plus those of others to count some of what I’ve already been…
  • The Strain Of Parenting A Child With Special Needs

    11 Jul 2013 | 10:50 am
    It may seem pretty obvious that parenting a child with special needs requires more – more time, more patience…just more.  And you’d be right – it does.  Yet as is the case with many children and teens whose special needs are hidden, so too are the realities facing parents when this exceptional caregiving becomes front and center.  Hidden from the outside world perhaps, but not from their own view. Late last night, I spent time speaking with a parent who shared with me that their marriage was ending.  Weeks, months, and years of focus on their child tore the fabric…
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    Zintro Blog

  • Nanotechnology May Be Worth the Wait

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers have developed a formula for creating a nearly perfect compound semiconductor that could lead to more efficient photovoltaics, safe and high-resolution biological imaging and the ability to transmit massive amounts of data at higher speeds. According to Discovery News, there is even a chance that nanostructures will allow for internal imaging without the need of X-rays, which carry a risk. Zintro expert Anco Blazev is a chemical engineer with over 30 years of hands-on experience in the solar industry. He has written about and consulted…
  • Quora Raises $80 Million in Venture Capital

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The question-and-answer website Quora has raised $80 million in a new venture capital round as it looks to increase growth and protect its independence. Tiger Global Management and four current Quora investors –Benchmark. Matrix Partners North Bridge Venture Partners and Peter Thiel– are participating in the Series C round. Although Quora won’t reveal the valuation the new round paced on the company, there has been speculation that it was higher than the $400 million Quora was valued at after a $60 million Series B round in 2012. When Tiger Global approached the company about…
  • Part 2 of Marketing Tips for Consultants Webinar Series — “B2M, Growth and Visibility for Niche Consultancies”

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Please join us for the second webinar in this series, presented by Kahshanna Evans, Director of Public Relations for Kissing Lions Public Relations.  “B2M, Growth and Visibility for Niche Consultancies”. Thursday, April 17th @11:00am (EDT) — Register Here (free)   Presenter’s Note:  B2M, Growth and Visibility for Niche Consultancies will explore media strategy as it relates to visibility for owner operated small businesses and independent, highly specialized consultants. B2M will be introduced; a concept that will support small consultancies in better…
  • What it means to be an Expert – Infographic

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The post What it means to be an Expert – Infographic appeared first on Zintro Blog.
  • Inquiry Roundup- Navigation and GPS

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Navigation System Import of GPS tracker into India .so licence requirement form WPC..more GPS Systems I need to speak with someone who has extensive experience in micro/nano GPS technology, and who can consult me on a design/business idea regarding the implementation of small, cost-effective GPS devices (and batteries) into an already existing, non-mechanical object, as well as the creation of software to accommodate the devices….more GPS I have a legal case in Sonoma County, CA, wherein my client, while carrying his cell phone, fell on a sidewalk. The medical records show a history…
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    Sensei Marketing

  • Business Strategy: Reinventing the Rules of the Game

    Sam Fiorella
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    I spent this past weekend in Chicago, Illinois, delivering a keynote presentation to the innovative folks attending the 3M Frontline Sales Conference. At most of these events, I try to sit in on presentations offered by others whom I admire. Such was the case this weekend when I sat in on a presentation made by Stephen Shapiro, author of Best Practices are Stupid and Personality Poker. Stephen delivered an outstanding presentation on the thinking (or rethinking) required within business organizations to foster true innovation. During one segment he reminded us that to truly innovate we must…
  • Community Management: The 90-9-1 Rule is Dead

    Sam Fiorella
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    We’re all familiar with the 90-9-1 rule, which states that in any group of 100 people there is/are: - 1 member that is a super active communicator, actively engaging everyone else in the group –  he/she becomes the thought leader - 9 who are somewhat active, engaging the rest of the group occasionally -90 who are content to simply listen or follow the 10 This model has been used as the basis for many sales and marketing strategies including the growing popularity of influence marketing. Applied to social media, the 1% represents those who actively produce content across multiple…
  • Managing Disruptions in Customer Acquisition Strategy with Social Relationship Software

    Sam Fiorella
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    In my last post for Sensei Blogs, I discussed the disruption to customer acquisition strategies that has been driven by SoLoMo or social, location, and mobile technologies. The point was that the merging of these technologies, which has increased real-time user engagement by consumers and customer data collection by businesses, has ushered in a true paradigm shift in sales and marketing strategies. However, as with any such shift in business marketing and communication, some businesses will take advantage and prosper while others will sit on the sidelines watching their competitors surge…
  • SoLoMo – Disruptions and Opportunities in Customer Acquisition

    Sam Fiorella
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:39 am
    New insights from the Global Consumer Study by the IBM Institute for Business Value confirm what social marketers have been predicting: social technologies have disrupted the manner in which consumers make decisions, possibly foreshadowing the death of many physical retail outlets. Big words maybe but let’s analyze the findings. According to the study, which surveyed 30,554 consumers from 16 countries, brick ‘n’ mortar stores are still the largest source of retail purchases; however, those purchases have declined from 85 percent in 2012 to 72 percent in 2013. In contrast, the online…
  • Real-Time Marketing Vs Real-Time Content – Do You Know the Difference?

    Sam Fiorella
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:33 am
    This time last year, marketing strategists and bloggers declared 2013 the “year of real-time marketing.” These marketers felt vindicated when Oreo famously reassured everyone that we could still “dunk in the dark” when the lights when out in the stadium during Super Bowl ’13. The reaction to the real-time social media campaign received an extraordinary amount of attention throughout the year and fueled many attempts to emulate the success of this program. As we enter 2014, some are calling real-time marketing a fad, and predicting its death.  Shane Atchison, CEO of Possible, is one…
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  • Coop Achieves Automation Goal

    Vincent Po
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by TheHealthyShoppers TGW has capitalized on a deal prompted by Swiss Coop Group. Swiss Coop Group is looking to significantly reduce their carbon footprint while maximizing profits and they have awarded the task of creating a fully automated system to TGW. This article is for Premium Members only. Please login below to read the rest of this article. Not a Premium Member yet? Become one today Username Password Remember Me
  • Proposed P3 Alliance Likely to Receive Approval in 2014

    Vincent Po
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by L2F1 The world’s three largest shipping companies are planning to move ahead with their proposed alliance. They also expect approval by the three governing bodies assessing the situation by late into the second quarter of this year. Denmark’s Maersk Line, France’s CMA CGM, and Switzerland’s Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MCS) are organizing a separate company, which will act as a mediator to combine resources and shipments between the three shipping giants. This organization will do no marketing of its own, thereby avoiding much of the…
  • Study Concludes More Training Needed for Next Generation of Air Cargo Managers

    Vincent Po
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Aero Icarus A joint two-year study conducted by four of the world’s largest air cargo and freight organizations has concluded the industry most needs more focused courses emphasizing high level skills currently lacking in the industry. These skills are crucial for ensuring that the next generation of air cargo managers have the skills necessary to take the industry into the future. The study was a joint effort among the International Air Cargo Association, the International Air Transport Association, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the…
  • Competition Heats Up Among Online Retailers

    Vincent Po
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by kia4067 As the economy plods on at a sluggish pace, online retailers are seeking to prompt people to part with their money more readily by dangling incentives such as cheap same day delivery services. Most of the major online giants are in on the action, each seeking to outdo the others with their services, convenience, and shipping prices. Google has been offering low-cost same day delivery services in the San Francisco area of northern California for some time, but is now expanding similar services to southern California, particularly in the Los Angeles area.
  • How Big Data Will Shape the Supply Chain of Tomorrow

    Vincent Po
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by gagilas Information management is at the top of the supply chain. Big data, and the innovative algorithms that drive it represent the future of supply chain management and the way companies will interpret bottom-line figures. As new technologies abound, companies are becoming even more creative with the way they analyze and store their data. If you’re interested in the way new information management technology can change your supply chain, then read on for the top trends in big data – including those of tomorrow. This article is for Premium Members only. Please…
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    Steelhenge Crisis Thinking

  • Situational Awareness – supporting the CEO’s critical decision-making in a crisis

    Dominic Cockram
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Dominic Cockram This blog is the second in a series that looks at the challenges of managing information in a crisis and how to ensure the top team gets the information it needs. The first looked at “Managing the Upward Flow of Information in a Crisis – What Matters Most?” Here managing information to build situational awareness is under the spotlight – how to pull together that cohesive and informative picture that gives the boss just what he needs and no more. It is a fact that almost all crisis teams find information management one of the greatest challenges in responding to…
  • Resilience and Crisis Management – what to look for in 2014?

    Dominic Cockram
    6 Feb 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Dominic Cockram As the torrential rain and gales continue and, with the wettest January in UK already recorded, the mind swings to what else 2014 will hold for us within the resilience and crisis management world. Just for starters, we should see the launch of two new British Standards for Crisis Management and Resilience, both borne of the increasingly turbulent world in which organisations are operating and striving for success. I have also compiled a list of the Top 10 topics most likely to influence us this year. Standards Crisis Management (BS 11200) Firstly, we have the imminent…
  • Managing the upward flow of information in a crisis – what matters most?

    Dominic Cockram
    18 Dec 2013 | 3:00 am
    By Dominic Cockram Having worked over the last few months with some of the larger organisations in the world, both in the UK and internationally, it has been fascinating to reflect on the unique challenges presented to a “super-corporate” in delivering crisis management and crisis leadership at the top. Naturally, one of the greatest challenges is in the management and transfer of information about the crisis.  Quite rightly, it is filtered as it percolates up to senior leadership levels but any CEO worth his salt wants to get a feel for the reality “on the ground”…
  • Reflections on BCM World 2013

    8 Nov 2013 | 3:20 am
    So, the BCM World Conference 2013 is now over and we can all reflect back on the trends it has presented.  Dominic Cockram from Steelhenge  led a presentation on “Achieving Control in a Crisis” on the first day and the stream – Thought Leadership – had an excellent turn-out. Dr Paul Robertson followed on the subject of crisis leadership and both sessions seemed to go down well although it was a quiet audience in terms of questions which was a shame. Overall the conference felt as though there were slightly less people than last year but still a good turn-out at…
  • Crisis Management Planning 101: Learning from Asiana’s Mistakes

    Isobel Nicholas
    9 Oct 2013 | 6:09 am
    By Isobel Nicholas South Korea’s Asiana Airlines was roundly criticised in the aftermath of its response to the crash of Flight 214 on Sunday 6th July 2013 at San Francisco airport, inflicting severe damage to its reputation.  The criticism largely stems from its silence in the hours after the crash and the lack of information made available to support victims of the crash and their families as they struggled to find out what had happened and whether their loved ones were involved. Here we review what happened and look at what lessons in crisis management planning and crisis communications…
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    Project Management Resources

  • What is a Post Implementation Review

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project post implementation reviews are called many things so if you don't recognize the name don't despair. Maybe in your organization they are called project post-mortems or post-project reviews. Maybe you just know them as an acronym: PIR or PPR. Or maybe you don't have them at all!It may come as a surprise but plenty of companies don't bother to assess the success (or otherwise) of their projects and that is the main reason that we do post implementation project reviews.In the simplest form they are a meeting or workshop which is facilitated and has a structured agenda. The project team…
  • Project Communications Plan

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    The project communications plan defines when where how and with which stakeholders / audiences that you want to communicate. Watch this video to learn a few simple steps you can follow to create a communications plan for your project.Find us on Google+
  • What Does A Project Board Do

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Does your project have a Project Board? While some small projects manage with just a project sponsor it is common for projects to have a Project Board. This is a group of senior managers who all have an interest in the project. It is usually made up of the project sponsor along with the main customer for the project and any other senior business vendor or client representatives. In short it's the decision-making body for the project.Project Boards normally meet once a month and the project manager will attend. The agenda for the meeting can vary although it is usual for the project sponsor…
  • How to File Project Documents More Easily

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project management creates a lot of paperwork electronic these days of course. I spend far more time than I'd like to admit searching for project files. There's the Project Charter my schedule the requirements documentation from the customer team resource plans a training log for team development meeting minutes my summary list of risks paperwork to do with changes...the list goes on and on.And all projects are the same. It takes a lot of management to run a successful project and that requires a level of administrative overhead. As a result there are dozens of project documents even on small…
  • Procurement Planning Made Easy

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Procuring services on your project is a common occurrence but it can be a risky procedure for project managers. The problem is that you have very little say over what a supplier does or how they do it. Once you've outsourced the work they are responsible for managing the process to deliver it and they might not do it exactly how you would like.That's why procurement planning is so important as it helps mitigate the risk that something goes wrong.Every project should have a procurement plan and this will give you confidence that you have put the processes in place to make the procurement go as…
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    Frederick J. Goodall

  • Houston Matters: Houston Ship Channel Oil Spill, Montrose Fire, BARC, and Zipcar

    Frederick J. Goodall
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:38 am
    From the oil spill in the Houston ship Channel, to the fire in Montrose, to BARC’s new authority, to Zipcar’s expansion, it’s been a busy week in Houston news. My fellow panelists and I consider “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of these events. In this episode of Houston Matters, I’m joined by the Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Falkenberg, ComedySportz Houston’s Dianah Dulany, and host Craig Cohen.       The post Houston Matters: Houston Ship Channel Oil Spill, Montrose Fire, BARC, and Zipcar appeared first on Frederick J. Goodall.
  • Best Times to Post on Social Media

    Frederick J. Goodall
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Have you ever wondered time is best to post on your various social media channels? If so, check out this infographic from CuCo Creative. It identifies the peak times to post on a few of the most popular social networks. In addition, applications such as Buffer will automatically post to Twitter and Facebook at the best times of day.       The post Best Times to Post on Social Media appeared first on Frederick J. Goodall.
  • Men’s Health & Nutrition Twitter Chat with Puritan’s Pride

    Frederick J. Goodall
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Join me on Twitter March 20, 2014 at 9pm CST as I moderate a discussion on men’s health and nutrition with Puritans Pride, Adam Cohen, Juan Alanis, and Jeff Bogle. We’ll discuss healthy eating, health concerns and exercise, and share fun facts too. You can participate by following the hashtag #PuritansPride. We will also give away four Puritans Pride prize packs worth $50 each and one worth $100.   The post Men’s Health & Nutrition Twitter Chat with Puritan’s Pride appeared first on Frederick J. Goodall.
  • The Social Media Conversation Prism

    Frederick J. Goodall
    15 Mar 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Each year Brian Solis and Jess3 publish the Conversation Prism to show how social media continues to evolve. Here is the latest version:     The post The Social Media Conversation Prism appeared first on Frederick J. Goodall.
  • Houston Matters: Over-Sized Luggage, HISD Closures and Suburbanizing The Heights

    Frederick J. Goodall
    6 Mar 2014 | 7:42 pm
    On this episode of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly we discussed topics ranging from the HISD school closing saga to Houston’s stray dog problem, to a crackdown on oversized luggage at the airport, to concerns over the suburbanization of The Heights, as most recently evidenced by the planned opening of an Olive Garden in the historic Houston neighborhood. I was joined by Houston Chronicle’s Kyrie O’Conner, area comedian Ty Mahany, and Houston Matters host, Craig Cohen. Listen to our conversation and share your thoughts in the comments section:   The post Houston Matters:…
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  • 3 Ways to Foster Brand Loyalty with Email Marketing Autoresponders

    Guest Author
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Email marketing is one of the leading ways businesses can build and maintain relationships with customers, and ultimately, encourage loyalty to their brands. Brand loyalty is becoming even more effectively nurtured with email marketing autoresponders, which are the main component of email marketing automation. Businesses are increasingly taking advantage of this valuable loyalty-building tool. In October 2013, an Epsilon study found that “In Q2 2013, triggered messages accounted for 3.5% of total e-mail volume, an increase over this same time last year (2.6%).” And according to a study by…
  • Quote of the Day – April 18, 2014 Editorial Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    “No one ever reached the top of a mountain by digging underneath it.” - Chris Murray is the author of “The Extremely Successful Salesman’s Club.” The post Quote of the Day – April 18, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • 12 Best Systems for Speeding Up Product Development

    Scott Gerber
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The last thing you need when developing a new product or service is a system slowing you down in the process. That’s why we asked 12 Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) founders about their favorite systems for keeping product development milestones on track. Here’s what they had to say: 1. Trello My recent discovery of Trello was akin to discovering a hidden treasure at the bottom of the sea. It has rapidly increased my product development cycle by making it easy to see all of its moving parts. The system is made up of three simple components — boards, lists and cards. I…
  • Quote of the Day – April 17, 2014 Editorial Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    “In business, three things are necessary: knowledge, temper, and time.” - Owen Feltham was an English writer, author of a book entitled Resolves, Divine, Moral, and Political, containing 146 short essays. It had great popularity in its day. The post Quote of the Day – April 17, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Finding the Perfect (Already Employed) Employee

    Vanessa Johnson
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In small and medium-sized companies, each and every hire has the ability to influence a business in either a highly positive or damaging way.  When the stakes are so high, you need to make sure you are finding the “A Players” that are going to engage in your business and drive your company’s strategy forward.  While 60% of the workforce is not actively seeking new employment, they are open to exploring their options (Tweet This).  So how do you find these hard-to-reach candidates when they aren’t applying for your jobs? Related: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Who’s on Your…
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    Repossession HQ

  • Usually How Many Payments Behind Before Repossession is Assigned

    Steven Cohen
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The repossession department of a bank like Citibank or Bank of America will typically put a repo order out right at around 90 days of delinquency. These departments are on their own away from other banking departments within the bank, usually located at the corporate location of the particular bank you hold the loan with. […] The post Usually How Many Payments Behind Before Repossession is Assigned appeared first on Repossession HQ.
  • Man tries to unhook car that was already repossessed

    Steven Cohen
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:08 pm
    CONYERS — A Conyers man unhappy with having his car repossessed decided to take matters in his own hands and attempted to unhook his car from the tow truck and try to destroy the evidence by breaking the surveillance camera system, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. A Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy was […] The post Man tries to unhook car that was already repossessed appeared first on Repossession HQ.
  • Repossession without having a license to repossess becoming common place

    Steven Cohen
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I have been saying for a while now how badly unlicensed repossession would affect this industry, how badly rules would change as populations increased especially in Florida. These days, dealing with cultural and societal differences that seek nothing less than massive short cuts have taken place and aside from all other business, licensing and legal […] The post Repossession without having a license to repossess becoming common place appeared first on Repossession HQ.
  • Nevada Man Guilty of Shooting TV Show Crew

    Steven Cohen
    21 Jan 2014 | 8:14 pm
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge set bail at $100,000 and a sentencing date for a 43-year-old former schoolteacher jailed after he was found guilty last week in a shooting involving the crew of the reality TV show “Repo Games.” Carlos Enrique Barron returned Tuesday to the Las Vegas courtroom where he was convicted […] The post Nevada Man Guilty of Shooting TV Show Crew appeared first on Repossession HQ.
  • Can a Dealer Repossess a Car Before Registering it

    Steven Cohen
    13 Jan 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Over the years of being in both liquidations and repossessions I have encountered the problem of needing to repossess a car or vessel before actually titling it for several reasons I will outline below. First off quite often someone makes a car purchase and might be short on the registration fees or the tax money […] The post Can a Dealer Repossess a Car Before Registering it appeared first on Repossession HQ.
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    The Project Plan Blog

  • Going South on a Northbound Escalator

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    We have choices to make every day as project managers. Some choices are easy and some are more complicated. What can help us make those decisions? Look at the outcome of any choice you make and then follow the natural course of events.The following story definitely fits into the category of being awkward. By the way Ill deny this story if anyone comes to me and asks me what happened. Ill simply look at them and tell them I dont know what theyre talking aboutAbout a month ago I was walking from the parking lot of the airport to the main terminal. As usual the first parking space I could find…
  • Time Out

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:15 am
    Vince Lombardi is credited with the quote we didnt lose the game; we just ran out of time. What a great quote! It highlights such a positive attitude and indicates that eventually given enough time Lombardis beloved Packers could have won every game.Think about how successful each of our projects would be if we didnt have the nemesis of Time dogging us at every corner. The triple constraint of Time Scope and Cost would disappear. Gone would be the unforgiving triangle of these elements. When one side of the triangle moves the other two have to move with it as well. Want to include more scope…
  • 4 Emails You Should Never Send

    10 Mar 2014 | 7:15 am
    Email is ubiquitous in our work and personal lives. What ever did we do before it? Its been a long time but I do have some vague memories of what life used to be like before email. For one I recollect making a lot more phone calls. In those days we would step out for lunch come back in about 45 minutes and as we passed the receptionists desk would look for our name on that black slotted spinning thing that was the home for those little slips of paper titled While You Were Out. The receptionist who took our calls would record the name company time and the phone number of the caller. If you…
  • My Project Manager Twin

    24 Feb 2014 | 6:15 am
    Our perceptions concerning our own appearance and behavior are largely formed by the reactions and feedback of others and how we think we should look and act in front of a group of people. We envision in our minds how others perceive us. We may think we come across as intelligent witty knowledgeable credible and a host of other positive qualities. But do we really? Does the perception we have of ourselves mirror the perception of those around us?My company recently hired a new project manager. He came on board as one of my peers so he and I worked for the same manager attended many of the…
  • Making More Noise than Necessary

    10 Feb 2014 | 6:15 am
    I travel a couple times a month. I used to hate traveling but Ive done it for so long now that Ive figured out how to make it almost enjoyable. Dare I say I almost look forward to hitting the road every now and then to meet with clients in new cities and locations.Up until a number of months ago I noticed that a lot of people looked at me when I traveled. It was just a quick glance in my direction and then they would look away. I didnt get the same kind of interested looks when I was in my own neighborhood or even city so was never quite sure why but I guess I got used to it. Maybe they liked…
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  • Everything to Know About Bitcoin in Simple Terms

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Given the momentum of countless headlines about Bitcoin, we thought it made sense to explain in simple terms why the escalating buzz behind Bitcoin needs your attention now more than ever. (To take a deeper dive on how the Internet and Bitcoin could disrupt your industry, access this free report, which covers bitcoin ATMs and a new currency exchange with more regulation.) Most of us have heard the phrase “Internet of Things,” which refers to devices such as refrigerators or even toaster ovens made to wirelessly connect to the Internet. Well now, we have the Internet of money:…
  • How to Deal with Anxiety When Doing Competitive Intelligence

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
     Imagine waking up in the morning to find your biggest competitor has launched the next “it” product, causing their stocks to soar while your company lags behind. This was the case of Google’s Android team on January 9th, 2007 when Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone model. Similar situations have occurred to companies like Blockbuster, Kodak and Sears. Working under the fear of a competitive threat or market disruption creates anxiety, confusion and stress.  To preparecompetitive intelligence teams spend a significant amount of time collecting information from market…
  • SCIP Meeting Recap: Why Strategies Fail

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Why do smart strategists choose bad competitive strategies? As we learned from South Florida’s Strategic & Competitive Intelligence Professionals’ latest meeting, the reasons for strategy failure are more simple and powerful than we realize. Presenter Mark Chussil, Founder/CEO of Advanced Competitive Strategies, Inc. and Co-founder of, opened our eyes as to why competitive strategies fail across companies, regardless of industry or history. Mark initially presented a collage of companies, from Kodak to Lehman Brothers, that went bankrupt at some point. He reminded us the…
  • clearCi Makes Top Finalist for Two Popular Awards

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    When we win, our clients win even more. That’s our take on success. With that said, we’re proud to share that clearCi was recently named top finalist for not one, but two popular awards: “The 2014 Business of the Year Awardsby The South Florida Business Journal (SFBJ) and Technology Leaders of the Year Awards by The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC). With 15 talented employees and counting, we’re making a name for ourselves as the next top company to put South Florida on the map by giving organizations quick and relevant insights about their competitive landscape. We are…
  • New Market Research Shows People How to Compete in Digital Era

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    ALERT: This is a wake up call for most professionals.  The Internet changed everything in just 25 years, making business dramatically competitive for everyone. The industries impacted the most are the telecommunications and tech industries, which currently dictate how every businessperson competes regardless of their industry. clearCi's report mentions that 87 percent of American adults now use the Internet and 68 percent of them connect to the Internet with either smartphones or tablets to do more than most people think. These two industries brought the world into the homes and offices…
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    NCTechNews -- North Carolina technology and business news

  • "The Real Deal" to Launch Crowdfunding Event in Raleigh April 24

    David Menzies
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- With an unprecedented focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and crowdfunding, a group of live funding specialists and entrepreneurs have formed The Real Deal. This first of its kind live crowd-sourced funding event aims to bring together real companies, real investors and real money in a new, entertaining and interactive way and will be held on April 24th at the Contemporary Art Museum in Downtown Raleigh.  In order to bring this exciting new event to life, The Real Deal team has collaborated with such leading local and national organizations as Citrix, Gust, Royalty…
  • ZABRA Selects Dana Hills High School to Kickoff Highly Anticipated Social Media Awareness Program

    David Menzies
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    CHARLOTTE, N.C.--ZABRA, the leading online family safety solution has selected Dana Hills High School as the groundbreaking pilot school to kickoff their nationwide cyber awareness and social media protection program. In 2014, school districts across the country will be implementing the ZABRA program in an effort to arm parents and families with the most advanced tools available for effectively parenting, and navigating through, today's intimidating social media landscape.ZABRA was created to provide support and guidance to parents with children who are, or will be, users of social networks.
  • New CloudPay White Paper: Best Practices in Implementing a Global Payroll Platform

    David Menzies
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. & LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--Payroll is one of the most challenging aspects of international expansion, but a new white paper from CloudPay, the pioneer of SaaS-based payroll automation for multinationals, explains how to smoothly implement a SaaS-based global payroll platform. As organizations continue to expand their business overseas, payroll remains one of the most complicated and complex issues for growing, multi-national companies. Those that wish to implement a global payroll system must often win over local managers who have a different language and culture, while…
  • Steve Moule Named President of Gilbarco North America

    David Menzies
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    GREENSBORO, N.C.--Steve Moule has been named President of Gilbarco North America. Steve reports to Martin Gafinowitz, Danaher Senior Vice President and Group Executive for Gilbarco Veeder-Root. Moule was most recently President of Gilbarco Veeder‐Root, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He has held significant leadership positions within Gilbarco Veeder-Root since 2007, with his first role as Managing Director UK. As President of Gilbarco Veeder-Root EMEA, Moule grew the core business and spearheaded acquisitions in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Germany and Africa."Steve brings strong…
  • Secure Designs' Vulnerability Management Solution Provides Simple, Affordable Way to Drive Down Network Security Risk

    David Menzies
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    GREENSBORO, N.C.--Secure Designs Inc., ( -- a leader in managed IT security solutions for small to mid-sized businesses (SMB) -- has introduced new, cloud-based Vulnerability Scanning software that makes security assessment and remediation affordable and easy. The solution reduces upfront costs and empowers even the most resource-constrained IT departments to drive down security risks and improve productivity."Vulnerability management is considered a network security best practice and is increasingly required by compliance regulators," said Ron Culler, CTO and…
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    Newsfile Corp News Releases

  • TG Residential Value Properties Ltd. Announces Successful Completion of Private Placement

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - April 17, 2014) - TG Residential Value Properties (TSXV: TGP.H) ("the Company") is pleased to announce the successful completion of its non-brokered private placement ("Private Placement") of 2,090,909 Class "A" Common Shares ("Shares") of the Company for aggregate gross proceeds equal to $230,000. The shares were priced at $0.11. Certain parties received finder's fees in connection with the Private Placement in the amount of $11,500 in cash as well as 104,545 3-year finder's options. The Shares issued pursuant to the Private Placement are…
  • Alliance Mining Corp.: Financing Updated

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - April 17, 2014) - Alliance Mining Corp. (TSXV: ALM) is pleased to announce that further to the Company's private placement announcement of March 7, 2014, the Company announces that the offering will be increased to 8,000,000 units at a price of $0.05 per unit in the capital stock for total gross proceeds of up to $400,000. The Company has closed on the original portion and has increased the financing due to public interest. All other terms remain the same. About Alliance: Alliance mining has been focused on acquiring and delineating highly…
  • IIROC Trade Resumption - Tinka Resources Limited

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - April 17, 2014) - Trading resumes in: Company:  Tinka Resources LimitedTSX-Venture Symbol: TKResumption Time (ET): 15:00 IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and…
  • IIROC Trade Resumption - Azincourt Uranium Inc.

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - April 17, 2014) - Trading resumes in: Company:  Azincourt Uranium Inc.TSX-Venture Symbol: AAZResumption Time (ET): 13:15 IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and…
  • IIROC Trade Resumption - Macusani Yellowcake Inc.

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - April 17, 2014) - Trading resumes in: Company:  Macusani Yellowcake Inc.TSX-Venture Symbol: YELResumption Time (ET): 13:15 IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and…
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    HostGator Web Hosting Blog | Gator Crossing

  • Perilous Pivots: When A Dream Meets Reality

    Cy Khormaee
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    The post Perilous Pivots: When A Dream Meets Reality appeared first on HostGator Web Hosting Blog | Gator Crossing.Editors Note – Cy is a friend of HostGator, currently pursuing entrepreneurial dreams in Silicon Valley. We have asked him to share his adventures.  If you missed it see Part 1 The Spark: A Startup Is Born. Startups are inherently messy.  The media makes it appear as if home run successes happen on the first try.  In reality all progress is the result of founders careening for months between false fits and starts until they land on the idea that works.   Contastic’s…
  • Infographic: This Will Make You Feel Old

    Sean Valant
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    The post Infographic: This Will Make You Feel Old appeared first on HostGator Web Hosting Blog | Gator Crossing.Every now and again a gentle reminder comes along to let us know that we’re just not as young as we used to be. That game system we played so much as child, or that toy that came out that we remember so vividly… oh, that was over 20 years ago, wow! Well, this infographic is one big reminder that yesterday was likely longer ago that we’d prefer it be.     This Will Make You Feel Old via HostGator web hosting
  • Heartbleed Bug

    Sean Valant
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    The post Heartbleed Bug appeared first on HostGator Web Hosting Blog | Gator Crossing.You may have now heard of the “Heartbleed Bug.” Before we continue, we want to reassure you that if you are hosting on a HostGator shared or reseller server, that your server has already been patched. For everyone else, HostGator customer or not, we have created the following tool to assist you with determining whether or not your site is presently vulnerable and what further action to take, if necessary: Now, what exactly is the Heartbleed Bug? Technically…
  • Put Facebook to Work For Your Business

    Kyler Patterson
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    The post Put Facebook to Work For Your Business appeared first on HostGator Web Hosting Blog | Gator Crossing. For small businesses, advertising and marketing is an expense that most don’t want to have to budget for. It’s costly and ineffective unless you know what you’re doing. Not all of us went to college for a Marketing Degree. Luckily, there are ways to bring the cost down and do it all from the comfort of home or office. For any small business online, you need to understand what SEO is and how to do it. Although SEO is a must and it is worth it, these results take time to deliver.
  • 15 Keys to Providing Customer Service Through Social Media

    Taylor Hawes
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    The post 15 Keys to Providing Customer Service Through Social Media appeared first on HostGator Web Hosting Blog | Gator Crossing. Social media is great for connecting your business to your customers, and allowing them to have direct close access to you can be a boon for your brand image. However, unfettered access also means that more customers feel free to complain either directly or indirectly about companies through social media. In this media climate, it’s important to leverage your PR skills to positive effect, and here’s how.   Respond quickly Your customer turned to social…
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    Evolution Capital Partners » Blog

  • Preparing Your Business For Sale

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Are you contemplating selling your business, but unsure where to start?  On today’s episode of The Second Stage our guest, Tom Zucker, Founder of EdgePoint Capital Advisors, offers his expertise on how and when a business owner should begin the preparation for just such event. While there are many factors as to why a business owner may be motivated to sell his or her company, under all circumstances, he or she must understand the value of their business to set expectations and potentially improve the value should time allow. During out discussion Tom outlines what he believes to be the top…
  • 4 Business Growth Strategies That Won’t Work

    Gene Marino
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Running a business is about growing a business, and once a small business hits the established stage, it’s time to put in place a long-term strategy for growth. We often hear of a number of strategies passed down to small business owners that don’t seem like very good advice. Typically, they promise something they can’t deliver upon, and will end up placing the owner in a bad situation. Here are a few that we’ve heard that should be avoided, or at least assessed with a critical eye. 1. Be Everything to Every Customer While being opportunistic can have its perks, one has to be careful…
  • Make Your Management Meetings Meaningful

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    One of the most common frustrations for business owners and their management teams are unproductive meetings. If your weekly management meeting is anything like ours once was, not everyone is on time, there is no set agenda and most are on their laptop or smartphone, engaged only when addressed. On today’s episode of The Second Stage we invited Certified Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) Implementer, Rene Boer, to discuss a solution … the “Level 10 Meeting.” It is something we have implemented here at Evolution and I can honestly say, it is a wonderful place to begin simplifying…
  • Is Your Company Ready for Small Business Investors?

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    One of the first questions I’m often asked is exactly what type of company Evolution Capital Partners works with. Before I answer that question, let me take a step back and talk about the different types of businesses we’ve encountered. From a startup to an established business, to one experiencing tremendous growth, there are three different stages your business can fall under. In the startup stage, your business is pulling its pieces together, looking for its spot in the marketplace, and working toward financial security. In an established stage, you’ve secured your spot in the…
  • Office Space Assessment and Lease Negotiation

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Start early, be informed and understand the market when it comes to evaluating your office space needs and lease negotiation. This is the message our guest, Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle, Andrew Coleman, shared during today’s episode of The Second Stage as we discussed best practices for assessing your business’s space needs. Mr. Coleman offered that understanding how your business operates and utilizes the space within which it resides (offices vs. cubes, open collaborative space vs. closed meeting space, etc…) is extremely important in finding the right “fit” (from…
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    NetMotion Wireless Blog

  • Policy Management: Granular Control of Wireless Networks

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Administering a mobile environment is challenging, involving issues above and beyond those encountered in a wired network. Little control or visibility of wireless networks can cause a number of issues. Devices, applications, and data networks that are misused accidentally or deliberately can trigger trouble tickets, waste bandwidth, and hamper workers from doing their jobs. To effectively manage these variables, an additional element of network control is needed. The NetMotion Mobility Policy Management module allows IT administrators fine grained control over application, device, and…
  • Real-time Operational Intelligence: The Next Wave of Mobile Adoption

    Harish Nataraj
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:45 am
    Real-time Operational Intelligence: The Next Wave of Mobile Adoption Today, the improvement of wireless technologies, like always-on applications and the significantly lowered cost of broadband, has made remotely accessing data no longer a primary issue for field service workers. In fact, today’s workers are faced with a data deluge, with the new challenge becoming how to find and receive the data they need, when they need it. The next wave of mobile adoption is being driven by RtOI, allowing workers to use real-time information to provide the most optimal customer service. Real-time…
  • The Importance of Real-time Data at DistribuTECH 2014

    Lee Johnson
    19 Feb 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Although a cold and “the cold” attempted to keep me from attending DistribuTECH this year, I eventually found myself exiting the jet way into San Antonio International Airport. Arriving at the show later that day, I learned that more than 10,000 attendees from over 60 countries were attending, making for a busy conference and very long lines for coffee. This may be the last year for a San Antonio DistribuTECH, the show was simply bursting at the seams and was pushing the limits for what the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center could hold. Sounds like the show will flip between the…
  • Why Network Performance Matters

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:06 am
    When deploying a mobile workforce, special attention must be given to ensure that mobile workers are productive and deployment costs are kept down. While organizations can supply their workers with the latest technology and applications, slowed or lost network connectivity will reduce productivity, increase worker frustration, and can prove to be as costly as not having the technology at all. When these issues are addressed proactively with network performance in mind, the result is a more productive and profitable mobile deployment. Improved Network Performance, Improved Productivity For…
  • NetMotion Wireless 2013 Year in Review

    31 Dec 2013 | 2:06 pm
    2013 was an amazing year for us. We refined our Enterprise Mobility Management solution with the release of Mobility 10, which gave our customers extended support for mobile platforms including Android, and enhanced the visibility and insight into their mobile deployments. We also made it easier for customers to deploy our Locality cellular network management software by offering a cloud-based solution, Locality Cloud. This past year also marked the introduction of the NetMotion Wireless blog. We’ve covered a wide variety of industry topics and hope to continue providing insight into…
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    Jon R. Patrick

  • 6 Days to MLM Success Audio Course

    Jon Patrick
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Finally Achieve MLM Success? Where are you in your MLM Career? Struggling for MLM Success? Brand new and wondering “what’s next?” Been in for a while and have questions about how you’re proceeding and how Top Earners structure their days? Upline disappears or not able to help? Well, these are … Continue reading → The post 6 Days to MLM Success Audio Course appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • MLM Mentor – Why You Should Have More Than One!

    Jon Patrick
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    MLM Mentor – Have One For Each Speciality I read something on Facebook this weekend that sent chills down my spine… A struggling distributor, questioning why something they heard from another MLM Mentor was different than what they’d heard from their upline was criticised for “going outside the company” and … Continue reading → The post MLM Mentor – Why You Should Have More Than One! appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • MLM Memory Jogger

    Jon Patrick
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Build your warm market recruiting with a MLM Memory Jogger You’ve just joined your MLM, or you’ve got a new Team Member – what’s one of the first questions that will be asked? “Who do I talk too?!” Let’s ignore the 6 Billion people in the world, and the billions … Continue reading → The post MLM Memory Jogger appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • WakeUpNow Review

    Jon Patrick
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    An Unbiased WakeUpNow Review that led to my becoming a new member! Hi, I’m Jon Patrick, and I’m a full-time work-from-home dad and Network Marketing Pro… and I’ve chosen to align myself with the Wake Up Now Opportunity. Why?  It’s honestly pretty simple – I’m tired of having success but … Continue reading → The post WakeUpNow Review appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • When to go Full Time

    Jon Patrick
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Wondered When to go Full Time in your Network Marketing Business? For most of us, it’s the dream.  That day you turn in your notice and begin your life working for yourself full time, from home. We can craft the How We’ll Do It dreams – singing “Take this job … Continue reading → The post When to go Full Time appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
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    Office Space News & Serviced Office News from Easy Offices

  • Check mate: The shrewdest moves in business

    Adam Francis
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    We’ve all heard the over used cliché that you’ve got to “think outside the box”, so much so, it has pretty much lost its appeal. In business most of us try to play by the rules and patiently wait for the results to roll in, but others, past and present have taken a more creative approach, which despite the risks involved have well and truly paid off. For these individuals, “thinking outside the box”, has been the smartest move they’ve ever made in business. Ideas may have been radical, decisions considered hasty and thoughts unconventional, but these were well planned and even…
  • The must have reading list for the aspiring entrepreneur

    Adam Francis
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Surrounding yourself with the right people can bring your business on leaps and bounds; sometimes it’s necessary to bring in the experts. We’d all love to have a one to one with the best in the business who have successfully been there and done that, but let’s face it, hiring business consultants can be a very costly exercise. Luckily, those in the know have put pen to paper and shared their recipes to success, meaning we can pick up some helpful tips and tricks all from the comfort of our sofa. We understand any entrepreneur is short of time, which is why we’ve picked out a number of…
  • The Office Move Checklist

    Adam Francis
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
                              An office move is a huge undertaking for a business of any size; from SMEs to global company headquarters. With a great deal of forward planning required to keep things running, disruptions minimal and stress levels at bay. Ideally give yourself three months preparation time to plan the ins and outs of the move effectively. Where each office move will be different and require a unique approach according to your business needs, common features will always prevail. We’ve combined the most common issues…
  • View from inside the office- April

    Adam Francis
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:54 am
    Each month we will be following 2 companies, both sharing their highs and lows and everyday business challenges, as they describe any issues or problems connected to their office any and the choices and solutions they come up with or are presented with. The companies will remain anonymous as we want an insight into their office situation and not create a branding or P.R. exercise for them. Both are SMEs, in totally different industries where one company has decided to lease their own offices and the second is in a Serviced Office. This is the post from the Company in a Leased Office – they…
  • The World’s Strangest Job Adverts

    Adam Francis
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    If you are looking for a new challenge to make your way up the career ladder, or are on the hunt for the best candidates around to fill your latest vacancy, chances are you’ve taken a look through many of the online job directories out there for a push in the right direction. Where the best job descriptions are category specific, provide accurate descriptions of your duties and provide clear calls to action, you may find some rather questionable openings on your search; real red herrings. Here’s a collection of some of the strangest job adverts around. 1.       Dwarf for canoe trip…
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  • Why Large Retailers and Small Business Owners Struggle Equally with Local Online Marketing

    Trevor Sumner
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With 7.6 billion local searches being made per month – and with millions of people interacting with brands daily on social media and mobile, giving us a computer in our pocket at all times – no one is discounting the importance of local online marketing. In fact, a recent study by Forrester Research shows that about half of in-store revenue is influenced online. Half!The post Why Large Retailers and Small Business Owners Struggle Equally with Local Online Marketing appeared first on
  • Four Ways to Enhance your Company Culture

    Michelle Benjamin
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Company culture affects all aspects of a business. When most people think about company culture, they think about programs that will affect the employees of the company. Decision makers try to answer questions such as how can I improve our workplace morale? What can I do to benefit both employees and the company’s bottom line? What is important to the demographics that make up my current and/or future workforce? The post Four Ways to Enhance your Company Culture appeared first on
  • Protect your business

    Sean Blanks
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Your business will be victim to numerous threats in its lifetime. We’re no exception, constantly facing challenges from competitors and changing consumer behaviors. For example, two years ago one of our rival brands duplicated our website copy word for word. As a consequence our website, a result of our tireless commitment to perfect the best possible customer journey, was completely ripped off. Unfortunately for them they did not offer the customer service we did. Meaning even though they stole our words, they couldn’t steal our customers. It was still frustrating to see our hard work…
  • Setting Up a New Venture: What You Need to Think About

    Michael Clapperton
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    When you set up a brand new business venture, there are a number of logistical elements to consider. You have to think about the network, phone and email systems, what kind of computers to use (along with storage) and how to organize finances. Though it may seem like (and certainly is) a daunting task, you can break it down by tackling each component individually, making the overall business picture far more manageable.The post Setting Up a New Venture: What You Need to Think About appeared first on
  • Connected, but Not Linked-In: Using LinkedIn as an Effective Marketing Tool

    Patricia Baronowski-Schneider
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Without searching, I imagine there are thousands of business and marketing books regarding LinkedIn. (After writing that sentence, I did, in fact, search "LinkedIn" on; there are, as of this moment, 2,389 books with some reference to LinkedIn in the titles of those many volumes.) The post Connected, but Not Linked-In: Using LinkedIn as an Effective Marketing Tool appeared first on
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  • Welcome to The Indefinite End

    Stefen Zhao
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:26 pm
    I’ve thought about it a lot of times, and now have made my decision. I don’t enjoying writing anymore. I’ve given it more than 2 weeks to give myself a break, but that fire just isn’t re-igniting. I then asked myself the purpose of this blog. It was to me and equivalent of a portfolio to a graphics designer. An alternative resume. But then I realized after talking to many senior marketing folks, most marketers get hired over their accomplishments unless they are thought leaders. Maintaining my LinkedIn would be so much more effective in achieving that objective. Also,…
  • Want to be Productive? Be a Minimalist

    Stefen Zhao
    28 Feb 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Want to be Productive? Be a Minimalist I am a minimalist. The central idea of a minimalist lifestyle is minimize on less important things in order to focus on things that really matter. One reason is because life is short so no one should waste time on things they don’t really value. But a very important reason for being a minimalist is because it allows you to be laser focused on your goals. Why? Losing focus is one of the biggest reasons people aren’t achieving their goals as fast as they could. Think about it. Why do so many success / productivity experts talk about the need…
  • Book Overview: The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing (4th Edition)

    Stefen Zhao
    22 Feb 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Book Overview: The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing (4th Edition) *The Book Overview series covers a Summary and Practical Takeaways of the Book. It is designed to give you an idea whether the Book is worth purchasing/reading, not to replace the reading of the book. All Books in the Book Overview series are recommended to be read word by word to extract maximum learning value which cannot be replicated by a simple Book Overview* Arguably the most mind-blowing Textbook I’ve ever read, The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing explains in full depth how Pricing works, how to use Mathematical…
  • Inspired by Charles Munger’s Multi-Disciplinary Thinking – Business 101 Version

    Stefen Zhao
    14 Feb 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Inspired by Charles Munger’s Multi-Disciplinary Thinking – Business 101 Version *Charles Munger is the Partner of Warren Buffet and Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation (Warren Buffet’s investment company). In his speech to USC Business School on 1994, Charles Munger talked about the concept that “80 or 90 important models will carry about 90% of the freight in making you a worldly-wise person”, and that “models have to come from multiple disciplines—because all the wisdom of the world is not to be found in one little academic…
  • Marketing should Be Like Water

    Stefen Zhao
    31 Jan 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Marketing should Be Like Water *I am agnostic, so I’m not promoting any religious agenda with this article. However, there are some Taoist concepts that illustrates my own Marketing Philosophy very well* Be like water. Flow, respond to the landscape, move around obstacles, and be graceful in your movement. – Leo Babauta Hi Have you ever observed a water dam opening up its gates and letting water flow? I’m talking about exponential increase in water flow. I recall going White Water Rafting in Guangxi Province in China in 2010. Everyone was settled in their rafts, but the…
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  • UNC Kenan-Flagler Dean Doug Shackelford Invited to White House Discussion

    Rebecca Lindegren
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    B-School deans unite at the White House. White House senior advisors invited UNC Kenan-Flagler Dean Douglas A. Shackelford as part of a small group of deans from leading U.S. business schools to discuss best practices for the 21st century workplace. The April 16 roundtable was part of a lead up to the White House Summit on Working Families, which seeks to identify best practices for developing “workplaces that work for all Americans and better meet the needs of women and working families.” That goal, according to the White House blog, could not “be achieved without thinking of the…
  • Why Going Green Is Good for Business

    Rebecca Lindegren
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Social and environmental responsibility is much more than a passing fad. Many consumers are turning their backs on businesses that utilize exploitative manufacturing processes, and some are becoming actively involved in evangelizing for environmentally conscious brands. With demand for responsible enterprises and products at an all-time high and word-of-mouth marketing more important than ever to many brands, aspiring executives and business professionals need to understand the importance of social and environmental responsibility within a corporate context to prepare themselves for a career…
  • The Qualities of a Good Leader, and How an MBA Helps Develop Them

    Rebecca Lindegren
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    At the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, we want to create passionate leaders who can inspire their employees and partner with other ambitious individuals to effect real change in the world of business. Our MBA@UNC program is designed with our unique leadership values in mind to prepare the next generation of leaders for the rigors of working in today’s competitive business environment. Here are a few ways MBA@UNC can help you realize your professional goals. Problem Solving One of the most important qualities of an effective leader is the ability to calmly…
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Ted Zoller Talks Entrepreneurship

    Rebecca Lindegren
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Some people are big dreamers and risk takers. Full of drive and determination, these innovators are ready to seize new opportunities, start new enterprises and improve existing business models. According to Ted Zoller, who oversees the teaching and outreach programs of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School, these are the business leaders of the future. Dr. Zoller has encountered many of these individuals during his time with MBA@UNC. “I think the thing that’s most exciting about the MBA@UNC program…
  • MBA@UNC Global Immersion: Johannesburg, South Africa – Day Three

    Rebecca Lindegren
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Four times a year, MBA@UNC students have a unique opportunity to attend action-packed Global Immersions to get a closer look at how business works around the world. By participating in lecture sessions, visiting important sites and engaging with their classmates, attendees are able to bring a new perspective to their studies. The students who travel to South Africa for the latest Global Immersion will spend the last day honing in on the local education system and economy, areas that impact the business framework here. How has the mixed economy evolved in this newly industrialized country?
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  • How to automatically add business cards to address books

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Recently, a few of you have been asking about uploading business cards to Contactzilla. We know what it’s like. I get handed dozens of business cards every week and if I’m not careful, I’ve lost half of them within what feels like minutes. I’ve just discovered Evernote’s business card scanner and it’s perfect for adding your business cards to your Contactzilla address books. The business card scanner is available to Evernote Premium users as part of Evernote’s iPhone and iPad app. It’s so simple to use. All you need to do is take a photo of your business card with…
  • Workplace Hack: Read Fiction as a Form of Meditation

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    If you’re serious about becoming more productive, start meditating. Meditating has been proven to help you concentrate, reduce stress, improve working memory and reduce emotional reactivity – all of which will help you to become more productive. While there are clearly benefits to meditation, I don’t necessarily think the office is the place to do it. Our office can be busy and loud and as it’s open plan, there’s not really anywhere I’d particularly want to meditate. So how can you get the benefits of meditating, without actually having to meditate? Many people have suggested…
  • How to Battle the After Lunch Productivity Slump

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    At Contactzilla HQ, we provide our team with hearty, healthy sandwiches and soups for lunch. We love a delicious free lunch and it’s a great way to make sure everyone gets at least one healthy meal a day! While I love my Contactzilla sandwiches, I often find myself feeling drowsy and struggling to concentrate in the hours after lunch. One particularly lazy afternoon, I decided to do some research into how I can prevent this slump and how I can battle it when it happens. Here’s what I learned about the afternoon productivity slump, how to beat it right now and what you can do prevent it in…
  • 5 Psychological Theories of Motivation to Increase Productivity

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    We all want to be more productive but getting motivated enough to actually get things done can seem impossible. Social scientists have been studying motivation for decades, trying to find out what motivates our behaviour, how and why. Dozens of theories of motivation have been proposed over the years. Here are 5 popular theories of motivation that can help you increase workplace productivity… 1. Hertzberg’s Two-Factor Theory The Two-Factor Theory of motivation (otherwise known as dual-factor theory or motivation-hygiene theory) was developed by psychologist Frederick Herzberg in the…
  • Workplace Hack: Get More Plants To Increase Productivity

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    Staying indoors all day can be a creativity killer. When I’m struggling to get stuff done, I often yearn for the great outdoors and find going out for a quick walk usually refreshes me. Ideally, we’d all be able to work outside for a portion of each day but for office workers, this isn’t really an option. While a walk around the block might be enough to refresh you, bringing nature into your office might be a great way of keeping you focussed and productive in the first place. There’s a growing body of research suggesting that bringing plants into the office can have a positive effect…
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    Global Articles

  • How To Invest In Bonds

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    This website has put together information having to do with how to invest in bonds and assembled it together at a central place. The world wide web has a large quantity of webpages on how to invest in bonds topics and all of it is convenient by simply studying everything reachable. Our feelings on this [...]
  • How To Invest A New Housing Subdivision

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
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  • How To Invest

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
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    17 Apr 2014 | 11:27 pm
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  • How To Indicators For Intraday Trading

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Your interest in this enthralling topic presumably initiated due to an advertisement you saw. Our zeal for the business of how to indicators for intraday trading has brought about this site. Giving up the time necessary to track down the best how to indicators for intraday trading information is a commitment which will compensate in [...]
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    Winnipeg Hockey Talk

  • Winnipeg Jets Year End Grades: Def & Goal

    Mitch Kasprick
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Winnipeg Jets Final Quarter Report Card: Defence and Goal –  The Winnipeg Jets finished their third season in River City with a record of 37 – 35 – 10.  The Winnipeg  Jets defensive corp went through a bit of a makeover during the third quarter of the season and during the final quarter were a patchwork group of third pairing defence led by Mark Stuart who was actually playing up in the lineup due to the fact he was paired with super rookie Jacob Trouba. Zach Bogosian had a bit of a slip this season but I’m not too worried about Bogo, he’ll bounce back.  My…
  • NHL And Winnipeg Jets News

    Mitch Kasprick
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    April 17, 2014 Winnipeg Jets, NHL & Local Hockey News   Scheifele, Maurice headed to world championships Paul Maurice is going to get a chance to work with Mark Scheifele in playoff circumstances Staying the course, of course After three seasons and three missed attempts ….  more headlines ☛ ☛  Maurice returning to coach NHL’s Jets Guess his family said yes. Paul Maurice, who stated remaining in Winnipeg Trouba headed to Minsk for IIHF championships Jacob Trouba’s 2013-14 hockey season …. Buff still prefers ‘D’ job DUSTIN Byfuglien was asked…
  • Winnipeg Jets Year End Report Card: Forwards

    Mitch Kasprick
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Winnipeg Jets Report Card for the Final Quarter: Forwards –  The Winnipeg Jets season is over and they have missed the playoffs again albeit in the tougher Western Conference.  I also must point out that the Western Conference lost the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Detroit Red Wings to the Eastern Conference and the Jets competition was reduced by two good teams, so where does this season compare to the previous two years?  The Winnipeg Jets record after 82 games was  37 – 35 – 10.  Eight games below the real .500.  Usually a real .500 will get you into the playoffs,…
  • Winnipeg Jets – Final week in review

    Darryl Mills
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Winnipeg Jets Week in Review for April 7 – 13 –  The season is over and the Winnipeg Jets finished pretty much where most expert prognosticators predicted before the season started ~ last place in the Central Division and out of the playoffs.  Although their strong finish to the season (3-1 in final four games, 4-2-1 in final seven) cost them three positions in the 2014 NHL draft (dropping from a potential sixth pick, to ninth), it leaves some air of optimism amongst fans and the team itself for what the next season might hold.  But, so many questions!  Will Paul Maurice…
  • Alternative Western Conference Standings

    Mitch Kasprick
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Western Conference 3 Point Standings –  as of  Monday morning April 14, 2014 The actual NHL standings are posted on the left and the alternative standings on the right.  The alternative standings are based on the NHL allotting 3 points in every NHL game.  Three (3) points would be awarded for a win in regulation time instead of 2 points. With the season winding down to an end I will update these standings daily. The standings will now be in a  3 – 2 – 1 – 0  format. Keep in mind that these standings are skewed because if NHL teams were actually playing in this…
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    Arizona Hockey Talk

  • NHL and Phoenix Coyotes News

    Mitch Kasprick
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    April 17, 2014 Arizona Hockey News         Tippett named Canada coach Hockey Canada announced Tippett as its coach for the national men’s team ….  Off-season gives Doan time to rest One of the few upsides of an early off-season that the Coyotes can identify is extra time for captain Shane Doan to rest up. Smith won’t need surgery At season’s end, the Coyotes cleaned out …. more headlines  ☛ ☛  Missed opportunities plague Coyotes’ season Had the chasm between the Coyotes and a playoff spot been any wider  Sundogs win double-OT…
  • Kasperi Kapanen: 2014 NHL Top Prospect

    Mitch Kasprick
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Kasperi Kapanen –  League:  SM – Liiga      Team:  KalPa Kuopio Position:  RW     Shoots:  Right DOB:  July 23, 1996     Birthplace:  Kuopio, Finland  Height: 5’10     Weight:  165 2013-14  Stats:  Games: 47   G: 7   A: 7  Pts:  14  PIM: 10 Plus/Minus:  -8 Kasperi Kapanen plays in the SM-Liiga (Finnish Elite League) for KalPa Kuopio. Week 25:  Arizona Hockey Talk’s preliminary evaluations of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Kasperi Kapanen. Achievements:   1.  Represented Finland…
  • Phoenix Coyotes vs Dallas Stars

    Mitch Kasprick
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    Game 82 — Apr. 13 vs Dall Phoenix  37 – 30 – 15   vs  Dallas 40 – 31 – 11 – Phoenix – 2 Dallas – 1                          Venue: Arena                Time:   6:00 pm   TV Network:  Fox Sports AZ    Forwards: C+           Defence:  A      Goal:  A    PP:   F PK:  D The Good:  ended the winless streak The Bad:  not capitalizing on an abundance of scoring chances and powerplay opportunities. Three Stars: 1.  Shane Doan    2. Jeff Halpern        3.  Thomas Greiss  Comment:…
  • Alternative Western Conference Standings

    Mitch Kasprick
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Western Conference 3 Point Standings –  as of  Monday April 14, 2014 –  The actual NHL standings are posted on the left and the alternative standings on the right.  The alternative standings are based on the NHL allotting 3 points in every NHL game.  Three (3) points would be awarded for a win in regulation time instead of 2 points. I will start by doing weekly updates every Monday before the Olympic Break and then after the Olympics we will update more often if there is an appetite or interest in these standings. The standings will now be in a  3 – 2 – 1 –…
  • Phoenix Coyotes vs San Jose Sharks

    Mitch Kasprick
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Game 81 — Apr. 12 vs SJ Phoenix  36 – 30 – 15   vs  San Jose  51 – 22 – 9 – Phoenix – 2 San Jose – 3                          Venue: Arena                Time:   6:00 pm   TV Network:  3Tv     Forwards: C+           Defence:  C      Goal:  C+    PP:   D PK:  D The Good:  created some good scoring chances The Bad:  no finish around the net   Three Stars: 1.  Joe Pavelski   2.  Dan Boyle         3.  Kyle Chipchura Comment: It was nice to see Mark Visentin get an NHL…
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    BelieveBelong 3.5.1

  • A Sneak Peak: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014

    Sheryl Yasger
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Diners Club International® is gearing up for this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, taking place in London on April 28, 2014. As the Official Financial Services Sponsor for the second year in a row, we’re elated to be a part of this gathering of global food-aficionados who will be celebrating culinary excellence as exemplified... Read more »
  • A January River Calls: Rio de Janeiro

    Sheryl Yasger
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    IMAGE: The Travel Attaché Rio de Janeiro, meaning January River, is the second largest city in Brazil and one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Once you discover the gorgeous beaches, carnival celebrations, excellent dining and natural beauty, it’s easy to see why this city is such a popular destination. As the... Read more »
  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman

    Olga Londono
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    In February, Diners Club International® collaborated with 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks on the worldwide theatrical release of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The collaboration was another milestone for the Diners Club brand since its first cinematic partnership with Life of Pi in 2012, perfectly aligning to our core values of global access and superior service. Twelve franchises... Read more »
  • Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014: The Diners Club Roundtable and the Complete List

    Veron Ang
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 was announced on February 24. The event, one of the biggest in the fine dining scene, unveils this year’s 50 best restaurants in the region as voted by over 900 international restaurant industry experts of The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. Thanks to Diners Club International, I had... Read more »
  • Chef Ivan Li: Heir to An Imperial Chinese Legacy

    Chrysoula Economopoulos
    23 Feb 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Last week, the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 was announced. The winner: Ivan Li (Li Xiao Lin), Executive Chef and co-owner of Family Li Imperial Cuisine. Chef Li has made his mark on the culinary world, drawing inspiration from recipes recorded by his great-grandfather, Li Shunqing, who oversaw the imperial... Read more »
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    Business Setup Services Blog | Flying ColourBusiness Setup Services Blog | Flying Colour

  • Register your company today for better profits

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    Looking for a better market to give life to your business? Well, I would not blame you. The simple reason behind this is the fact that there are so many different players in local Indian or Asian markets that competing with them boils down to only one factor and that is funding. That typically should not be the case, because I believe in service and quality delivered. Now, this is coming from a person with years of experience in the service industry – but I really believe that is where the difference matters – the quality of service. This was the biggest difference I found in the Dubai…
  • A company setup in Dubai calling you?

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    Gone are the days when it took a lot of money to be a part of your plan to set up a company in UAE. With fantastic growth opportunities and plans, UAE has become the place to invest at. With its huge infrastructure and plenty of land to boast of, Dubai has become a favorite amongst many for investment. More people want to put their money here because of the huge brand presence, the super relate to a huge MNC and lastly, because it instantly makes you a large player. The question is the procedures behind the set up of a company in Dubai. Of course, it is not a walk in the park – unless you…
  • A business setup Dubai has never been this easy

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    We have always been striving for better working conditions when it comes to a business. Especially with a competitive business in the world today, there is no room for an error or complacency of any kind. That is why it takes a lot out of anyone to choose the field of interest and the way you want to grow in that space. Dubai is a land of opportunity for sure; there is no doubt about that. But it is this case only for those who take the right steps towards a business setup Dubai. This boom in the industry will not stay for long, so it makes it an obvious choice to invest now when the time is…
  • Look for a company formation in Dubai for high profits

    Aalee Ishat
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    We are all looking for that elusive business model that is bound to give us superb returns. Most of us keep looking for such options endlessly. The fact of the matter is to explore to better markets that can give us better returns and dividends. Such options are present by large and we just need to tap it at the right time. One of the best ways to do this is by forming a company in the Middle East. There is no doubt that morning a company in the GCC has huge benefits. When you invest in a company in Dubai, you are assured for amazing tax structures & huge profits because you are not…
  • Buying an established company in Dubai a new trend?

    Sarfarazali Meghani
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    There is no feeling parallel to owning a business! Just being in the rut of things and pushing for work coming your way can be quite an adrenaline rush. It is an entirely different approach to work in the Middle East especially when you are forming your own company. In the midst of things, you need to worry about the different law structures in Dubai and planning in place before you begin your work on the same. There would have to be careful steps taken on each front before you are sure about each of your business requirements. There are two ways you can be a part of a successful business –…
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    The power of collaboration

  • CBP-21: Philips and Strategic Alliances with Cees Bijl

    Peter Simoons
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Business collaborations exist in all kind of flavors. Today we are entering the world of strategic alliances in multinationals with Cees Bijl, who is the head of strategic alliances and the head of emerging business areas at Philips. As you may know Royal Philips is a multi national headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and is a diversified technology company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting.  Strategic Alliances are of increasing importance to Philips. The changing industries in lighting…
  • It’s time I was moving on

    Peter Simoons
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    “I’m moving on I’ve been hanging around too long It’s time I was moving on” These are a few lines of Gary Moore’s song “Moving On”, where he sings about how he has been hanging around too long and it is time for him to be moving on. There is a parallel between the lyrics of the song and many aspects of business life. Every alliance or partnership will reach a point of transition: the point where it is time to transform or innovate the partnership or the point where it is time to move on. But when is it really time to move on and to exit an existing collaboration?
  • CBP-20: Accelerate revenue through sales channels with Dede Haas

    Peter Simoons
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Dede Haas is the Channel Strategist for DLH Services in the Washington DC area in the USA. Being in channels since 1985, Dede is an experienced channel expert who helps small and medium sized businesses build channel sales teams and channel programs. In this episode you will hear Dede explain what a channel is and how OEM and licensing can fit into the description of channel sales. Dede brings experience to the conversation from large companies like Intel and smaller companies. Many of the channel development situations that Dede is involved in start from the ground up. Many companies are…
  • Pay What You Want and Core Process.

    Peter Simoons
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    In last week’s blog post I wrote about how I am applying the Pay What You Want-model to my coaching. That post led to a lot of questions that inspired me to explain in this article a bit more about the model and my drive to use it. The principle behind Pay What You Want is that you decide what a service or product is worth to you as a customer and you pay that amount. As the definition of Pay What You Want on Wikipedia indicated, a seller can set a recommended price and a minimum price as guidance for the buyer. In the end you as the buyer decide: you pay for the expected value and you…
  • CBP-19: Alignment Optimization with Michael Taylor

    Peter Simoons
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Alignment is an essential element for success in any type of business collaboration. However, alignment is an abstract concept that is somehow difficult to comprehend. People often approach it in a closed way: we are aligned or we are not. Michael Taylor is one of the founders of SchellingPoint. SchellingPoint provides a tool for measuring the degree of alignment before, during, and after any collaborative effort involving two or more individuals – providing a mathematical calculation of their like-mindedness, and highlighting the potential problem areas where their interests diverge.
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    Turning linear systems into circular ones

  • 10 Steps to Turn Social Media into a Self-Directed Center of Learning

    Chris Oestereich
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    I just read the latest post from Andrea Learned.  It got me to thinking about a post I have been meaning to write on how I believe that I’ve accelerated my learning via social media… Social media is an openended, polyphonic stream of consciousness.  That stream can lead to an endless procession of cat pics, fiery discussions over a host of controversial topics, or just about anything in between.  The great thing about it is that the experience is largely dependent on you.  If you like, it can be a great echo chamber in which multitudes will line up to agree with your…
  • Proposing Egon’s Law

    Chris Oestereich
    9 Mar 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The quote below was attributed to Harold Ramis shortly after his passing. It sums up my outlook on life pretty well and I think it’s one that, given a critical mass, could make the world a better place for all. I propose that the concept of an other-focused, supportive perspective leading to generative, mutually-beneficial outcomes henceforth be referred to as Egon’s Law. All in favor?
  • Afternoon (3/7/14)

    Chris Oestereich
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:57 pm
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    Chris Oestereich
    16 Feb 2014 | 12:29 pm
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    Chris Oestereich
    10 Feb 2014 | 9:41 am
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  • How Outsourcing Solutions Multiply Productivity

    Pat Keegan
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:48 am
    Outsourcing solutions helps businesses gain competitive advantage in their industry. The three main benefits of outsourcing include reducing overhead costs, increasing quality control processes, and multiply productivity. While most companies generally implement outsourcing to lower financial costs, this article will talk about how outsourcing solutions multiply productivity. Increased Productivity, Quality, and Speed Outsourcing has become synonymous with saving money on business processes, and productivity is considered only as an additional benefit. But there is more to increasing…
  • Jobs You Won’t Believe You Can Outsource

    Outsourcing Insider
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    People are familiar with usual tasks being outsourced like customer service, IT, accounting, research and development, healthcare, and data entry, but did you know that there are also uncommon jobs that can be outsourced too? Here are some of those jobs you won’t believe you can actually outsource: 1.     Concierge service There are tasks that you can’t just attend to immediately like assisting a family member to install their computer or take care of booking your next travel. Instead of delaying these tasks, outsourcing this service is much better and will free you to focus on other…
  • Is Outsourcing the Answer to Your Business Needs?

    Pat Keegan
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Businesses are increasingly considering outsourcing as a strategy to reduce cost, scale efficiently, and reap other benefits. However, while outsourcing can be a powerful business tool, this is not always the case. To help managers/decision makers with early stage outsourcing decisions we have created an Outsourcing Feasibility Tool. The tool is easy to use. After registering you will be asked to answer eighteen questions. Once the questions are answered, you will receive a quantitative and qualitative score that estimates the feasibility of outsourcing the process in question. The entire…
  • Visualized Data: Making Sense of Big Data

    Al Pangan
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Big data – the bigger it gets, the harder it is to make sense of. Big data can be a powerful tool for discovery, but “without the right framework for understanding it, much of that knowledge may go unrecognized”, said Dorie Clark in her Forbes article entitled Data Visualization Is The Future – Here’s Why. What is the right framework for understanding Big Data? Visualization. Understanding Big Data with Visuals The 2011 McKinsey Global Institute declared that there will be a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of big data. By 2018, the United…
  • Is Big Data Necessarily Better Data?

    Al Pangan
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:20 pm
    So much has been said about the power of Big Data to supercharge the economy, science, and society at large that you’d think it’d be the only good data. And it seems like its popularity won’t be slowing down any time soon. In fact, a study found that in January 2014, 70% of enterprise organizations have either deployed or are planning to deploy big data related projects and programs. Big Data has become so much of a big deal that a book about it by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kennet Cukier is entitled Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. With such…
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  • Want To Be Successful: Remain Positive!

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    "Most of us are familiar with the terms "economic capital" or "human capital". But, have you considered the notion of "psychological capital" and how it relates to your work life? Researchers studying the application of Positive Psychology to the workplace have carefully considered this idea — as a growing body of evidence demonstrates that a positive mindset can not only affect our attitudes toward work, but the outcomes which follow. Indeed, the "psychological capital" that we bring to the table, can have a significant impact upon work and career."The quote above was written by Dr. Marla…
  • Build Trust...Build a Great Team

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    As a manager how do you build a great workplace environment? How do you connect with your staff and build trust in order to accomplish the mission? What I have found is that you have to do this on an individual basis with each employee.The first thing is to figure out any shared experiences with each employee. This can include everything from a similar educational background, shared tastes in popular culture, or places both people have traveled to. The idea is to establish a kind of bond by letting the employee know that you are not that much different.Next, you should recognize the…
  • The ART of Negotiation

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The art of negotiation is imperative for relationships to run smoothly, for successful entrepreneurship, and for everyday interactions. It involves the ability to express ideas and navigate several factors that are at once intellectual and creative. The key tips below will help you understand this dynamic process.“A” - Acceptance: Negotiation often begins at the point where you or someone else does not accept or agree with something. In either case, you are tasked with accepting that the person or entity that you are communicating with has ideas and opinions you must consider.
  • Destructive Employees...You Have to Stop Them

    26 Mar 2014 | 3:36 pm
    What are the qualities of destructive employees and what you must do about it? recently listed some of the qualities of a destructive employee who, while they may not have done something that can cause them to get fired, can still be a living nightmare for a manager and other employees.Is This Person Familiar?An employee that is normally unwilling to perform tasks outside his or her job description, especially if it is considered beneath them. This can be a particular problem in a small company where people have to take on other tasks as the situation warrants.They…
  • Sell Yourself Without Selling Out

    24 Mar 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Some entrepreneurs, including some of the most determined and successful are under the impression that they either don’t have to bother with selling themselves, or that selling yourself is wrong. There is a huge difference between "selling yourself”  and “selling out.” Selling yourself is simply marketing your skills and who you are, to both your clients or your organization. Selling out is trading in what makes you unique, like your standards or mission statement for an immediate dollar or advantage. See the difference?Sometimes entrepreneurs think, "I don't have to be…
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    Market Business News

  • Dean Foods – Company Information

    Marie Singer
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Dean Foods is one of America’s leading food and beverage companies, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. It is one of the largest processors and distributors of milk in the US, operating over 50 dairy brands and private labels. Dean Foods was founded by Dean R. Honas in the 1920′s. His company started off with an evaporated milk processing facility in northwestern Illinois.  It now operates over 70 manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S., with product distribution across all 50 states and a team of over 19,000 employees. Its products include milk, ice cream, cultured dairy…
  • Brown-Forman Corporation – Company Information

    Marie Singer
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    The Brown-Forman Corporation is one of America’s largest spirits and wine companies, based in Louisville, Kentucky. The company was founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown, a young pharmaceuticals salesman, who sold top-grade whiskey in sealed glass bottles. Brown’s company became well known for producing the country’s first bottled bourbon (Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky). Brown-Forman went public in 1933 on the New York Stock Exchange – the same year the prohibition ended - providing the company with enough capital to increase its strength in the…
  • Emerging markets forecast 2014

    Christian Nordqvist
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    An emerging markets forecast for 2014 sees an upswing later this year when growth in Europe and the US picks up, more than making up for the slowing GDP (gross domestic product) growth in China and geopolitical risks elsewhere, according to the April Global Macro Views from Standish Mellon Asset Management. Chief Economist and Global Strategist, Thomas D. Higgins, said: “In the U.S., we are beginning to see tentative signs of a pickup in economic data following a harsh winter. The Eurozone, we have become slightly more optimistic given declining sovereign spreads in peripheral Europe…
  • Starbucks European headquarters moving to London from Amsterdam

    Veronica Cruz
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    After months of pressure from the British media and lawmakers, Starbucks European headquarters will move to Chiswick in London from Amsterdam, the company announced today. It added “This move will mean we pay more tax in the UK,” but did not say how much. Manufacturing will continue in the Netherlands, the company emphasized. In 2013, Starbucks paid £5 million ($8.4 million) in UK corporation tax, its first tax payment since 2009. It had managed to legally avoid paying UK taxes by transferring funds to its Dutch sister company in royalty payments. In 2011, for example, Starbucks…
  • Campbell Soup Company – Company Information

    Marie Singer
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Campbell Soup Company is a multinational producer and marketer of soup and canned food products, based in Camden, New Jersey, USA. The company has operations in over 120 countries. It is currently one of the world’s major food companies, with a diverse portfolio of well known brand names. The brands the company operates include: Campbell’s (soups), Pepperidge Farm (cookies), Goldfish (crackers), Royal Dansk (biscuits), V8 (juices), Bolthouse Farms (premium beverages, carrots, and dressings), Plum Organics (premium baby food), Swanson (broths), Prego (pasta sauces), and Pace (Mexican…
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    SEO Digest

  • Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using Cadsoft Software

    Mike Applegate
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    A few years ago, one would not believe that they would be able to use a computer program to design and plan their house. Indeed, the most thrilling aspect of technology is the new developments that are constantly being introduced in the market. There is no doubt that efficiency, accuracy and speed have been greatly enhanced by such advancements. More to this, the cost of carrying out various tasks has been significantly reduced. In the construction industry, home plan software offered by Cadsoft has made things a lot easier. This came as good news for every prospective home owner. The thought…
  • Why Should You Hire a Professional for Toronto SEO Services?

    Mike Applegate
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:41 am
    As someone who is new to running a website, you have probably been doing as much research as possible to learn how to promote your site. During your search for great advertising methods, you have probably heard about companies that offer Toronto SEO services as a means of helping sites achieve great search engine rankings. However, you might be a bit confused about what these services entail, and you might not be sure that these are the right services for your site. Once you have a better understanding of what Toronto SEO services are and why they are important, however, you are sure to want…
  • Why Should You Hire an SEO Company in Canada?

    Mike Applegate
    20 Feb 2014 | 4:39 pm
    If you have been shopping around for companies that offer high-quality SEO services, you have probably been feeling incredibly overwhelmed by the many companies that offer these services, and you might be unsure of how you can choose the one that is right for your needs and your website or business. If you live in Canada, however, you should definitely consider hiring this SEO company in Canada. If you’re wondering why it’s a smart idea to hire a company from your home country instead of one of the countless others that are based in other countries but that operate online, you…
  • Everything You Need To Know About SEO

    Mike Applegate
    4 Jan 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Google, like time itself, never rests. During the last eighteen months or so, this giant search engine has made huge changes to its algorithm, transforming the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) process into quite a daunting task. What is SEO? SEO is a process that helps an Internet user to improve the visibility of a webpage or website in search engine organic (or non-paid) search results. Normally, the higher the rankings of a webpage, the more frequently it will appear in the search results list after a certain keyword or group of keywords and the more visits it will receive from users who…
  • Tips On How To Choose The Best Website Design Company

    Mike Applegate
    24 Dec 2013 | 5:03 pm
    A website is vitally important for any organization that is serious about increasing sales online. Creating a website offers a number of advantages including helping business owners get more leads to prospects, improve customer service as well as increased sales. Studies show that millions of people visit the internet on a daily basis and this represents a huge pool of prospective clienteles that businesses can take advantage of. A business can only attract these prospective consumers if it has a well designed website that’s easy to navigate and has exciting features. To achieve this,…
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    Rss Feed - BidnessEtc

  • DuPont Misses Earnings

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) misses earnings and revenue estimates for 1QFY14 on harsh weather and shifts in Agriculture segment.
  • IBM Misses Revenue

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) posts lowest quarterly revenues in five years but still remains committed to meeting earnings per share target for 2015.
  • American Express Misses Revenue

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) announced first quarter results. EPS beats estimates but the stock is down in pre-market trading as revenues miss estimates.
  • Zalicus Was Up Yesterday

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    The boards of Zalicus Inc. (NASDAQ: ZLCS) and Epirus have agreed to a merger but law firms have filed for investigation against Zalicus’s board.
  • CSX Corporation: Eps To Corn Production

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) is a Hold until a trigger in the market develops. Bidness Etc recommends investing in Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE:NSC) instead.
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    Engee's Business Guide

  • Russell Simmons: 3 Simple Ways Meditation Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur

    Floyd H
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:21 am
    Meditation is going to make you happier and more connected to the world. That’s what it’s done for me and that makes it the most beautiful gift that I could share with any of you.It’s also the most effective tool to help you achieve your goals. I’ve been starting companies, rehabilitating brands and promoting artists for over 30 years now and I can promise you that no tool has made me a smarter, more focused and clearer thinking entrepreneur than meditation. I would not be living in my incredible home, surrounded by fun toys, if it were not for meditation.That’s the message I share…
  • How to Create a Profitable Business Idea

    Floyd H
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:51 am
    Breakthrough entrepreneurship is about solving problems -- but it's only half the battle. If you've brainstormed a business idea and have a sense of the customer pain your product can solve. The next step in your billion-dollar business generating process is to figure out if you can fill that need profitably.To do this, you need to understand the value proposition you're creating. Estimate the economics as best you can so as to figure out ahead of time if customers will actually agree to purchase your product or service for significantly more than it costs you to produce it.Three factors make…
  • How to Grow a Business Organically

    Floyd H
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:46 am
    The founder of The Marketing Zen Group talks about giving customers what they wanted and scaling growth to meet demand.Name: Shama Kabani, 25Founded: The Marketing Zen Group, 2009Business: A Full-service digital marketing firmLocation: DallasShama KabaniShama Kabani got her first taste of entrepreneurship at the tender age of nine selling gift wrap to her family and friends. She went on to build several successful businesses, including a college prep service, which earned enough revenue to put Kabani through college. She got her start in social media academically, writing her thesis on…
  • From Grad Student to Social Media Millionaire

    Floyd H
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:09 am
    Skeptics say social media hasn't existed long enough to produce experts. Clearly, those folks haven't met Shama Kabani. The 26-year-old wrote her master's thesis for the University of Texas at Austin about Twitter--when it had only 2,000 users, not the 175 million it has today. She hosts a web TV show about technology. Her 2010 book, The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz and Increase Revenue, is the No. 4 seller about web marketing on Amazon.comAnd those are just the side projects. In 2009, at 24, Kabani founded The Marketing Zen Group, a social…
  • How to Target Your Message to Find Customers

    Floyd H
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Big businesses spend a lot of time and money trying to find new potential customers with test campaigns and by using demographic research, psychographic analysis and market research. Small businesses don't need a data crunching geek squad to identify and reach more qualified groups of customers, however. All you need is a marketing strategy that targets people in the following four groups and reaches them with the right media and message combination.Group 1: Buyers who have purchased substitute products or services. Media: Search engine marketing, display advertising, PR Message: The benefits…
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    Sustainable Advantages

  • 3 Mistakes Employers Make with Personnel Planning

    Connie Siu
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Without much warning, a senior employee has fallen ill and needs to undergo a surgery that would put him on leave for a few months. Are you prepared to have someone take on his work quickly in the interim? The answer from most employers is ‘No.’ What’s going to happen then? Would the company need to put the impacted work and projects on hold? How quickly can you train someone to become proficient? Would the affected areas be able to offset the impact? What ripple effects are there on the customers? There are 3 common mistakes employers make with personnel planning: Lack of cross…
  • 4 Reasons Why You Want to Look at Financial Metrics

    Connie Siu
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the time of the year when most companies issue their annual financial statements. In light of gathering insight on what financial metrics companies use, I decided to glean through the annual reports I received. The pages and pages of financial results and ratios are fairly similar across businesses. However, the operational financial metrics are more interesting. Regardless, there are 4 reasons why financial metrics are useful. They provide important insight. Bottom-line for the business—This is important for every organization, both for profit and non-profit. Was there sufficient…
  • Change Management – Communication Strategy

    Connie Siu
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
     Change causes anxiety. There are 5 elements that you need to incorporate into your communication strategy.
  • How to Overcome Resistance to Change

    Connie Siu
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Change causes anxiety. The uncertain nature of the future state triggers fear, which leads to resistance. The potential effects on the business include: Drop in morale Productivity decline Voluntary resignations Impacts on customers Delays in change implementation In order to minimize fear and resistance, you need to corral people so that they are on-side. Here are several things you need to do: 1. Educate people about the cause for change At the personal level, we deal with changes in family demands and personal needs. Though every change is not always predictable, we adapt and make…
  • How is Your Report Card?

    Connie Siu
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    A report card serves to provide information on how well certain work is done. We are familiar with the idea since grade school. I went home holding my head high with ‘A’s but fearful of being scolded when I got poor grades. In the workplace, is there a similar feeling about the monthly report? As we all know, not everything works out perfectly all the time. It is natural to expect that there would be lacklustre performance every now and then. We shouldn’t need to be fearful of poor grades. Let’s start with the purpose of the report card. It serves 3 purposes. It provides information…
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    Strategic Thinking | Principles of Execution

  • Tony Dungy - Team Building Principles

    Gerald J. Leonard
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Building A Super Bowl Caliber Team "Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 060: Book Review - Deep Dive

    Gerald J. Leonard
    3 Feb 2014 | 4:15 am
    Premise: The premise of Deep Dive is that there are four types of strategic thinkers. These four types of strategic thinkers embrace a very different... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 059: How Sustainability and Innovation is used in Risk Management

    Gerald J. Leonard
    14 Jan 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo credit: Guest Post by John Anderson - Executive Street Contributor Risks are inevitable whether it be in business or in simple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 058: 5 Clever Marketing Strategies That Are Actually Mistakes

    Gerald J. Leonard
    12 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Image via Flickr Guest Post by John Anderson Executive Street Contributor Marketing is a subtle and ever-changing art. Formulating strategies can be a daunting task,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 057: Strategic Management Consultant Ram Charan Knows How To Execute Business Strategy

    Gerald J. Leonard
    18 Nov 2013 | 4:45 am
    "When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    B2B Infographics

  • All You Need to Know about Internet Defamation for Marketers [Infographic]

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    This infographic from explains legal information for individual marketers and marketing firms about Internet defamation lawsuits and what options exist for removing defamatory content. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: B2B Infographics Other Cool InfographicsMind the Digital Marketing Gap [Infographic] 2014 State of Digital Marketing [Infographic]7 Little Known Ways to Increase Digital Marketing Conversion Rates [Infographic]Are You Ready for the Digital Revolution? [Infographic]The State of Digital Marketing for SMBs…
  • A Week in the Life of a Brand on Social Media [Infographic]

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    This infographic from Unmetric tells the story of what brands were in 2012 and what they became in 2013 on social media. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: B2B Infographics Other Cool InfographicsRules for Effective Social Media Marketing Strategies [Infographic]Start with Social Media but Dig Deeper [Infographic]The Growth of Social Media v.2 – The Social Media Obsession [Infographic]Engaging in the Conversation Doesn’t Grow Reach [Infographic]A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Branding [Infographic]Facebook Marketing 2012 – A Year in Review…
  • Smartphone Revolution [Infographic]

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    This infographic explains in details about smartphone revolution. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: B2B Infographics Other Cool InfographicsThe Global State of Mobile Marketing [Infographic]The State of Mobile Content Marketing [Infographic]The Size of the Mobile Market [Infographic]What Businesses Have Done to Adapt to Mobile Friendly Emails [Infographic]Mobile Email Marketing [Infographic]Marketers, Embrace the Mobile Web! [Infographic]Mobile Marketing – What Is the Size of the Mobile Market? [Infographic]Make Content Marketing Work [Infographic] The post…
  • 8 Reasons Your Business Should Be Using Infographics [Infographic]

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This infographic from M2 Bespoke explains 8 reasons why your business should be using infographics. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: B2B Infographics Other Cool InfographicsHow B2B Sales Has Changed [Infographic]6 Reasons Why B2B Marketers Should Use Infographics [Infographic]Thirteen Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics [Infographic]The Content Marketing Machine [Infographic]Infographics and What Small Businesses Should Know [Infographic]Why Infographics Are So Popular? [Infographic]An Infographic about Infographic [Infographic]The Do-It-Yourself Guide to…
  • Content Marketing Is King [Infographic]

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Marketers everywhere are using content to build their brands. From articles, blogs, and videos to whitepapers and infographics, content marketing is leading the way for digital marketers hoping to drive brand awareness and customer engagement. This infographic is shared by Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: B2B Infographics Other Cool InfographicsThe Content Marketing Machine [Infographic]Content Is King [Infographic]How B2B Sales Has Changed [Infographic]Custom Content Is the Future of Marketing [Infographic]What You Should Know about Content Marketing…
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    When I Work

  • How to Motivate Your Newest Employees

    Chad Halvorson
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    For any company, hiring and training new hires can be quite the hassle. Amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday office work, new hires can be neglected and feel useless. New job environments can be stressful. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with the myriad of protocols, chain of command suggestions, and other general information that new employees are often bombarded with. Sometimes, when people are overwhelmed, we tend to have a natural, ‘pull-back’ reaction. Overwhelmed employees might not even be able to figure out where to start and, thus, their motivation levels can dip quickly.
  • 5 Ways Your Employees Can Help You Land New Clients

    Chad Halvorson
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Since the beginning of business, getting new clients and customers has always been an issue. Advertising through newspapers, television or billboards is an effective, yet expensive way to attract customers. However, a simple, free way to advertise is to get people talking. And not just people, but the people who work for you. Here, you’ll find tips and tricks on how your employees can help you grab a larger slice of the market and have fun doing it. 1. Swag First rule of anything: Everything’s better when it’s free. Offer your employees something for nothing and odds are they’ll…
  • Alan Patricof on FOX Business News: with When I Work

    William Harris
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Alan Patricof, Founder and Managing Director of the Venture Capitalist firm, Greycroft Partners (one of our investors), was on FOX Business News this morning talking about When I Work – check it out!  Thanks for your support Alan!  We are happy to have you on our team!
  • Why You Need Another Effective Leader On Your Part-Time Team

    Chad Halvorson
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Every established manager has to deal with full-time and part-time staff. Facilitating a productive workplace can be difficult and exhausting. As a leader, you have to find unique ways to motivate the many different types of people that work for you. Full-time staff usually proves to be a bit more invested in your company and its future. Within your full-time staff, it is generally easier to find individuals who wish to take on more responsibility and step into a larger leadership role. Full-time staff, in general, is more eager to make progress within your company. Allowing your staff to…
  • How To Grow a Sustainable Team of Part-Time Workers

    Chad Halvorson
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:10 am
    Start by understanding the part-time workforce Currently the hourly workforce in the US comprises over 60% of all employees. Retention of this segment of the workforce is unfortunately poor, with turnover being three and half times as common as salaried employees. Turnover is generally thought to be so common because there is very little buy-in on the part of these hourly employees, either due to the temporary nature of their employment or their transient status (e.g. students). Most employers do focus on the student population when looking to hire hourly employees but slightly less than…
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    Pinnacle Telecom - Comms Buzz

  • Unifying The Worlds Of Voice And Data Key To Business Success

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Companies embracing the merging of voice and data technologies will be the ones which prove most successful. The worlds of data and voice have evolved separately in recent years, but those organisations which marry them together using current technologies will see substantial benefits in the form of capital and operational cost savings, lower cost of ownership for hardware, reduced risk associated with continuity and disaster recovery, and new opportunities for innovation. First, there is the world of the data centre. Its servers and other hardware components, and the business applications…
  • Integrating mobile devices into communications infrastructure key issue for companies

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Organisations need to take a fresh look at how they are integrating their employees’ mobile phones into their corporate communications network. Mobiles should be an extension of a feature-rich network rather than a stand-alone add-on for employees. No business tool is more essential or ubiquitous than the phone. With the huge array of technologies now at our disposal, we still depend on the power of voice communications that let us connect instantaneously and talk with anyone in the world. No more so than in a world where business operations are spread around the globe with highly mobile…
  • Mobile Phone Management Now To Key Business Success

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    As mobile phones celebrate a milestone birthday, it’s interesting how they have moved from a simple communications device to now being a key part of business processes. It has now been 40 years since the first mobile phone call when a telephone engineer rang a technology rival from a ‘cell’ phone in New York. The device was almost 23cm tall, weighed more than one kilogram, contained 30 circuit boards, had a talk-time of 35 minutes and took 10 hours to recharge. Today, mobile phones in many of our client’s systems are set up to handle many complex forms-based applications that talk to…
  • How finance companies can get ahead in a fast-moving world

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Financial organisations need to look at how they can move ahead of their competition by changing the way they do business and re-thinking the way their staff work. They need to bring together telephony, customer interaction, front office working and mobile working to deliver a reliable, unified communication solution. Financial organisations are changing the way they do business and re-thinking the way people work. Today’s financial services industry is challenged by changing compliance requirements, the need to reduce operating expenses and stay ahead of the competition. This demands…
  • The importance of ‘Unified Communications’

    18 Mar 2014 | 2:51 am
    Although a much-used buzzphrase, what exactly is the importance of ‘unified communications’ in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace. Well, at its heart, it is the development of systems designed to tackle constant pressure on managers and key employees, and the intense competition for customers. The goal of unified communications is simple: to make it easy and cost effective for employees to reach one another – as well as business partners and customers – as soon as they need to, wherever they are. The idea is to merge two or more communications into one user interface, allowing…
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    Market Deeper

  • Global And China Customized Fixed Denture Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    QYResearchReports added deep and professional market research report on Global And China Customized Fixed Denture Industry 2014. The report firstly introduced Customized Fixed Denture basic information included Customized Fixed Denture definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, China domestic market analysis, Macroeconomic environment and economic situation analysis and influence, Customized Fixed […] The post Global And China Customized Fixed Denture Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast…
  • Global And China Cement Latex Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:46 am
    QYResearchReports included latest deep and professional market research report on Global And China Cement Latex Industry 2014.  The report introduced Cement Latex basic information included Cement Latex definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, China domestic market analysis, Macroeconomic environment and economic situation analysis and influence, Cement Latex industry policy and […] The post Global And China Cement Latex Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Global And China Resistance Green Dye Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth Research Report

    18 Mar 2014 | 11:51 pm
    QYResearchReports included latest deep and professional market research report on Global And China Resistance Green Dye Industry 2014. The report firstly introduced Resistance Green Dye basic information included Resistance Green Dye definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, China domestic market analysis, Macroeconomic environment and economic situation analysis and influence, Resistance […] The post Global And China Resistance Green Dye Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth Research Report appeared first…
  • Global And China Mixing Equipment Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast

    13 Mar 2014 | 10:05 pm
    QYResearchReports included latest deep and professional market research report on Global And China Mixing Equipment Industry 2014. The report firstly introduced Mixing Equipment basic information included Mixing Equipment definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, China domestic market analysis, Macroeconomic environment and economic situation analysis and influence, Mixing Equipment industry policy and […] The post Global And China Mixing Equipment Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast…
  • Why Do People Choose Umbrella Companies?

    18 Feb 2014 | 12:22 pm
    When starting out as a contractor, one of the most important decisions people make is whether to opt to be taken under the wing of an umbrella company, or to go it alone. This is not a choice to be made lightly, as it will affect how you operate as a contractor, from your day-to-day […] The post Why Do People Choose Umbrella Companies? appeared first on Market Deeper.
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  • 30 Facts about the Fashion Industry

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Fun Facts about the Fashion Industry 1) The word ‘jeans’ comes from the cotton pants worn by “Genes,” the local term for Genoan sailors. 2) The first fashion magazine was published in Germany in 1586. 3) The five most common clothing materials are linen, cotton, polyester, and rayon. 4) The bikini was named after the island Bikini Atoll, where the...
  • 5 Tips for Creating a Long-Term Plan to Grow Your Business

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    When you launch a new business, there is so much to think about that it is tough to plan for the future any further than from day to day. Obviously, planning is an essential element of any successful business, but in the beginning, you aren't thinking about the years ahead, you are concentrating on getting the business off the ground. Business...
  • 10 United States Startups You Should Know About

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The United States is home to some amazing startup companies as Silicon Valley is known for being the startup capital of the world. Here are 10 United States startup companies you should know about. Credit Karma Thanks to Credit Karma , for the first time you can truly get a free credit score. There are no hidden costs, no obligations, no credit...
  • 5 Secrets to Establishing a Winning Customer Service Culture

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Good customer service is one of the main reasons consumers continue doing business with a company through the years. Creating a customer service culture is not always easy. It requires developing policies and employee skills that balance efficiency with good service. There are several secrets to establishing a winning customer service culture...
  • The Pet Industry in the United Kingdom - National Pet Month

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    The United Kingdom loves their pets and they dominate the industry along with the United States. The pet industry is one that is rare – it’s almost recession proof. In 2012 results from a study in the UK were released showing that families would rather cut down on their own spending, rather than pet spending. Eight in 10 people said they were...
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  • With Development Opportunities, Having A Good Manager Matters

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Most of us have heard time and time again that "people don't leave companies, they leave managers". I can't recall ever seeing any compelling evidence for this. In our 2013 new tech benchmark report our data suggested that manager related survey questions were seldom related strongly to engagement or retention in new tech companies. It seems we're not the only ones who have found this. Recent TINYpulse research found that "employee happiness is more dependent on co-workers than direct managers" with peer relations showing a much stronger relationship with employee happiness. …
  • 8 Culture Hacks for Your Startup

    13 Mar 2014 | 8:58 am
    [Image Credit] There's always someone doing something interesting with their culture. Looking for inspiration? These are just a few of our favorite hacks. Not the definition of culture itself, rather a reflection of who these companies are. 1. Have everyone pick their own theme song when they join the company. Play the intro of the person's song at company meetings before they speak.  - Tumblr 2. The workation, send someone on a vacation to work from an exotic destination. - Fresh Tilled Soil 3. Replace fluorescent overhead lighting with some ambiant floor lamps from IKEA (those working…
  • Questioning Innovation

    12 Mar 2014 | 9:58 pm
    [Image Credit] Do you feel you're encouraged to fail at work? Seems like a strange question, but welcoming failure is one of the key planks to innovation. In a previous blog I talked about being disruptive, particularly with your own internal culture. Many companies are looking to be iterative, more innovative and more dynamic. Indeed, many of our own customers are held up as poster children for innovation and disruption. At the core of innovation is taking risks. To make this possible, you need to be open to failure. Sure, you may subscribe to the "Fail fast and fail often" model, but you…
  • Are your employees being honest?

    3 Mar 2014 | 8:25 pm
    [Image Credit] As a manager or a leader in an organization do you ever wonder whether your employees are being honest with you? It is a difficult question to answer without the gift of mind reading. So we have to do our best with whatever information we can and by creating the type of environment that will make honesty more likely.  Surveys can play a unique role in the feedback ecology of an organization because of a few characteristics that  work together. In particular, surveys create a unique opportunity for everyone involved. A survey can provide a confidential and democratic…
  • Etsy, Adobe, & Tumblr Talk Startup Culture

    21 Feb 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Our first startup culture talk in New York City at General Assembly was a discussion well worth sharing with all of you in our people geek network! The topic was Sustaining Your Startup Culture in the Face of Big Changes and featured guests from Adobe, Tumblr, and Etsy. Here's the video of the interview plus a few highlights from the discussion: "...I give Adobe great credit for not going in [during an acquisition] and saying 'You need to adapt to who we are' but instead looking at the unique properties about this particular company we're acquiring and asking, how do we enable that?" -…
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    Grant Atkins

  • Immigration in Europe: A Tale of Misinformation and Statistical Uncertainty

    Grant Atkins
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Few subjects are more emotive in the European Union than that of immigration. For many decades it was arguably a non-subject, the discussion of which was unofficially ‘punishable’ by political and social ostracism. Yet over recent years the reality of events on the ground are forcing many individual countries and the EU as a whole […] The post Immigration in Europe: A Tale of Misinformation and Statistical Uncertainty appeared first on Grant Atkins.
  • Robot Overlords? Unlikely Indeed

    Grant Atkins
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Let’s set aside our concerns of Skynet and the Matrix. Let’s not trouble ourselves with the notion of artificial sentience and the ethical considerations of robots attaining enlightenment. Let’s forget for the time being worries of self-replicating nanobot viruses, or the socioeconomic implications of the mass automation of industry. It’s not that these couldn’t be […] The post Robot Overlords? Unlikely Indeed appeared first on Grant Atkins.
  • Taiwan – Diplomatic Isolation in Disputed Waters

    Grant Atkins
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Taiwan, its government and its relationship with China are complicated. Taiwan calls itself ROC or Republic of China, whereas the mainland is the PRC – the People’s Republic of China. Taiwan asserts control over its own and other islands lying off the eastern coast of the mainland. The autonomous Republic was set up in 1949 […] The post Taiwan – Diplomatic Isolation in Disputed Waters appeared first on Grant Atkins.
  • Europe’s Dangerous Border

    Grant Atkins
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Recent events in several locations have again called into question the security of the European Union’s borders. However, some are questioning whether the EU and NATO are looking in the wrong direction in terms of major future threats to the security and prosperity of the 500+ million people within the European Union. The old and […] The post Europe’s Dangerous Border appeared first on Grant Atkins.
  • Scottish Independence – Is it Inevitable?

    Grant Atkins
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Whatever the outcome of the September 2014 independence referendum in Scotland, some people suggest independence from the UK is an historical inevitability.  What are the driving forces behind this and what does it mean one way or another for the United Kingdom in the wider European Union context? The facts The Scottish National Party (SNP) […] The post Scottish Independence – Is it Inevitable? appeared first on Grant Atkins.
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    The Soho Loft

  • Real Estate Crowdfunding: Going Beyond Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and the Empire State Building

    Jane Cueto
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:26 pm
    New York, April 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –Get ready for the Global Real Estate Crowdfunding Conference II this 24 April 2014, Thursday, in New York, a full-day event organized and hosted by The Soho Loft, Victoria Global and FundingPost and sponsored by Times Realty News, Patch of Land, Global Crowd News, LDJ Capital, and Stock […] Find out more from our website at
  • A Brave New Crypto World

    Jane Cueto
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    By David Drake What is Bitcoin? If you are an early tech adopter or stay up-to-date with financial news, you probably have heard of the crypto-currency called Bitcoin (BTC). It’s actually a two in one product: a currency like EUR, GBP, or USD as well as a peer-to-peer electronic cash system  or digital payment network. We […] Find out more from our website at
  • Realty Mogul Gets A $9M Boost For Real Estate Crowdfunding

    Jane Cueto
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    By David Drake Realty Mogul, lauded as one of the top real estate crowdfunding platforms just one year after its inception in 2013, has successfully raised $9 million for its platform in a Series A round led by Canaan Partners. This deal represents one of the largest Series A funding made by a female chief […] Find out more from our website at
  • Crowdsourcing Week at the Asian Hot Bed of Innovation

    6 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    The Soho Loft and Victoria Global take a closer look at the marathon conference from April 7-11 in Singapore. Crowdsourcing is a catch-phrase for all online platforms, models and activities involving the power of moving people to: Create innovations outside of its own group or organization (Open Innovation) Collect all knowledge and information... Find out more from our website at
  • Home of Innovation Bigwig Bill Gates is Venue for the Annual Crowdfunding Meetup

    Jane Cueto
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    The Soho Loft sponsors the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Meets Crowdfunders event in Palo Alto, CA. Silicon Valley, recognized as the birthplace of innovative ideas,  is the site for this year’s crowdfunders meetup forum. The 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Meets Crowdfunders, organized by Sydney Armani of SV Crowd Fund Ventures, is happening on Thursday, 3... Find out more from our website at
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    How To Increase Sales

  • Sales People are Liars

    Iain Swanston
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    If you were to ask members of the public to describe sales people the adjectives they use are often less than complimentary.  Pushy, arrogant, selfish, snake oil, money grabbers and liars are words commonly used to describe us.  After nearly 30 years in sales, selling, managing, coaching, training and consulting, I can honestly say the majority of sales people are nothing like that.  They are good people trying to earn an honest wage.  So why is there such a low perception of Sales People, and what can we do to change that perception? Everyone’s a Liar Some years ago during a sales…
  • Top 5 Reasons Your Sales Pipeline Might Be a Pipe Dream

    Iain Swanston
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Managing a Sales Pipeline is an essential discipline for any Sales Professional hoping to hit their Sales Targets.  The principles of pipeline management are very simple – the sales persons’ job is to move the opportunities forwards along the pipe, and any opportunities that are not moving forward need to be qualified out and closed off.  Most sales people are usually pretty good at moving stuff forward along the sales pipeline, but the problem comes when an opportunity is either stalled, or worse, needs to be qualified out and here is why. 1) Sales people invariably hang onto…
  • Your Biggest Sales Problem

    Iain Swanston
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    Ultimately in Sales we all want to grow our client list and we all want to retain and build our existing clients in a profitable and sustainable manner.  If we all want similar things then it should be no surprise that the sales problems, challenges and road blocks we face are also then similar.  When we get all our clients together for events, despite the numerous different industries and markets our clients come from, and regardless of the products and services they each sell, they are always amazed at how similar the problems are that each one faces.  However without doubt if there was…
  • The Worlds Number 1 B2B Sales Tool

    Iain Swanston
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:36 am
    We use it every day and it’s so convenient most of us have three – one at home, one at work and a portable one.  It has a truly global sales reach, and allows sales people to connect, engage and cement relationships, deals and opportunities of all sizes.  It is more than 130 years old, but continues to be reinvented, updated and modernized.   It’s inexpensive, easy to use and there is more business conceived and concluded using this B2B sales tool than any other.  So what is it, well Ladies and Gentleman I give you the humble Telephone.  It may not be fashionable, and it may…
  • Why Your Lead Generation is Broken

    Iain Swanston
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:23 am
    Lead Generation in B2B Sales is a topic that usually ends up in finger pointing and a verbal bun fight, between the people in Sales and Marketing.  No Sales Leads, or even poor quality sales leads usually means no Sales, so surely this needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.  Not only do no sales leads result in reduced sales, they can also lead to your best sales people leaving the business.  Many business leaders see this as a contradiction, as they expected the sales people to create their own leads and if they don’t, are only too happy for them to leave.  Alternately, if the…
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    American Dial Tone

  • Landline Phones are shaping a New Way to Communicate

    American Dial Tone
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    Landline Phones Cell phones are increasingly dominating the world of communication, but it is still hard to beat the safety, the flexibility, and the reliability of landline phones. Many people in the U.S.A have started replacing their fixed-landline phones with wireless phones. While having a cell phone has become the norm for millions of people, we should not forget the importance of landline phones, which are a safe and ubiquitous form of communication. So, before you cut the cord, consider the points given below: 1. When you call 911 with your landline phone, the operator immediately…
  • Don’t Get Rid of Your Landline Phone – It Could Be Your Lifeline

    American Dial Tone
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    When was the last time you remembered someone’s telephone number? It’s probably been a while, as more people in the U.S.A are beginning to make the majority of their calls on cell phones or smartphones. According to a recent National health survey, 75% of the U.S.A population are wireless subscribers. Even businesses are ditching their traditional telephones for more economical options, like Wi-Fi and VoIP. The landline telephones are increasingly being replaced by its younger wireless sibling – Smartphones. Neary two out of five American homes are wireless-only households, and the…
  • Call, Connect and Save Cash!

    American Dial Tone
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:11 am
    As people everywhere look for more and more ways to trim their telephone bills, the humble landline phone takes the center stage to relieve people of some expense. It may offer an easy route to cutting phone bills, but at the same time, you may be losing a number of benefits as well. In a world dominated by mobile phones, landline phones may be less likely to make their presence felt. Considering the benefits that come along with landline phones, dumping it for good is not necessarily the right thing to do. Not only are the landline phones available in various colors, designs, and types that…
  • Harder for Kids to Dial 911 with No Landline

    American Dial Tone
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:30 am
    Throughout the U.S.A, in many American families, both the father and the mother work outside the home. This means that many kids spend afternoons or evenings alone at their house. While it can be worrisome for parents to leave their kids without supervision, having a quick and reliable option to reach emergency responders offers some relief. This is essential for kids when they are alone at home having a landline phone makes it possible. If you call 911 from a landline phone, you get several benefits like the call shows up on the computer screen in the correct 911 center. The screen shows a…
  • Do We Really Need a Landline Phone Anymore?

    American Dial Tone
    11 Mar 2014 | 2:17 am
    With the advent of mobile phones and their increasing demands, many people have abandoned their landline phones and rely completely on their cell phones. According to U.S survey reports, a majority of U.S citizens is trying to free themselves of their home phones and heading to the world built almost entirely on wireless technology. In simple terms, it would be tough to find someone who doesn’t have a mobile phone. So let’s go over some of the obvious benefits of landline phones in times when everything is going wireless. Landline Phone 1. Landline phones are more reliable than cell…
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    Globalization Partners International - Blog

  • Clarabridge Takes Over Miami This Month With C3

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Clarabridge Customer Connections (C3) User Conference will be held this month in Miami from April 28th to April 30th. This is the fifth year for the event. If you manage your company's social media presence, you may wish to attend and see how Clarabridge and their partners can provide solutions to help you succeed in a world where people are talking about your company and brand(s) online across the globe and in potentially huge numbers. Customer Experience Managers from many of the largest companies use Clarabridge's leading analytic solutions to "listen" and act on what people are saying…
  • Marketing to the New Digital Elite Traveler

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As I was sitting recently in the airport anxiously awaiting my flight, I casually watched a young couple pull a variety of portable electronic devices from a carry-on in a futile attempt to pacify their two young children. Between the four of them, they easily had five, possibly more, devices between them. I visually counted a laptop, two mobile phones, a tablet and a portable game device. I quickly realized that the days of packing a book, magazine or even a coloring book or two for in-transit entertainment are long gone. It seems we are more connected to our screens these days than to each…
  • Best Practices for Managing Translation Workflows

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Translation is both an art and a science, as you may know, so there can and will be differences in opinion when it comes to style and certain terminology. For that reason, I encourage you to follow the correct translation workflows in order to ensure a successful deliverable. The following are key questions you need to answer to guarantee the highest quality in your localization projects: 1. What is the target audience and what are the main characteristics of their culture? The target language is not all you need to know regarding the audience who will be reading or listening to your…
  • Culture and E-Business in the United Kingdom (UK)

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The United Kingdom (UK) is a market full of consumers who have readily adapted to the online world and e-Commerce. Globalization Partners International has recently updated our country research reports. There are 11 in total, including a report on the UK. Each is full of relevant details to understand the local consumer, where they can be found online and how you can find them. If you wish to be successful in marketing to the UK consumer, there are many factors to consider. This blog post will provide highlights of our recent whitepaper report on understanding the nature of the UK market and…
  • Guide to DotNetNuke 7 Internationalization

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    DotNetNuke is one of the top online communities of Web Content Management. DNN is an open source platform based on Microsoft .Net and thus, makes use of all rich built-in internationalization and localization features of this technology. Over the years, DNN shows high flexibility regarding third-party module integration which is considered a significant advantage in comparison to other platforms. DotNetNuke technology As DNN is fully built using Microsoft .Net framework, internationalization and localization can smoothly follow the same rules of .Net framework. A web site has always two types…
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    Rapid Formations Blog

  • What is an Annual Return?

    Rachel Craig
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    An annual return is a document that all limited companies must prepare and deliver to Companies House at least once every year. This is an important filing requirement because it contains specific information about a company that is accurate at the ‘made-up date’ of the annual return. A company’s first return will normally be due within 28 days of the anniversary of its incorporation. Subsequent returns will be due within 28 days of the anniversary of the made-up date of the previous return. Companies House use the information provided in an annual return to confirm the details…
  • What is a company secretary?

    Rachel Craig
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    A company secretary is an optional appointment for private limited companies – public limited companies (PLCs) must have a company secretary. The principal role of a secretary is to carry out some of the duties and responsibilities of the company director(s). This can be extremely beneficial if the workload is too great to be maintained effectively by the directors. A company secretary of a private company needs no formal qualifications but it is a very important position that requires a great deal of skill and knowledge; therefore the appointed individual or corporate body must be…
  • Rapid Formations’ Business Book Club – Writing a Business Plan

    Rachel Craig
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    A business plan is a written strategic statement that describes your business idea, outlines your goals, and explains how and when you plan to achieve each of these objectives. It explains where you are now, and where you expect to be at a certain date in the future. You will need to think about the resources, skills and knowledge you currently possess, and the potential resources, skills and knowledge you may have to develop or acquire further down the line. What kind of plan to create Business plans come in many different formats, depending on whether your business is established or just…
  • How to start up a UK company online

    Rachel Craig
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    It’s now easier than ever to start a new company online. Here’s how it’s done. The vast majority of UK limited companies are set up online using the services of a company formation specialist. This method of company registration is the quickest and most convenient way to incorporate a new company – you are required to complete a simple online application form with details about your new company; this application is then checked by your formation agent and submitted electronically to Companies House to be processed and approved. The turn around time is typically only 3…
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    Rachel Craig
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    A nominee director protects the anonymity of the real company director, keeping their details off public record. A nominee director is a person or corporate body appointed to act in a non-executive capacity on behalf of another person or corporate body. The role of a nominee is in name-only for the purpose of protecting the identity of the true director – the name of the nominee will appear on public record in place of the real director’s details. Nominees are given no executive ‘hands-on’ duties but they are often required to sign certain internal documents on behalf of the true…
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  • What is a Debt Service Coverage Ratio?

    Holly Magister
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    The debt service coverage ratio is a measurement used by lenders to determine if a business is able to meet its debt servicing obligations through its operating income during a given period of time.  In most cases, a lender wants the operating income to exceed the debt servicing costs by some measure.  This ratio defines the extent to which a business’s operating income (or other defined measure of cash flow) exceeds the cost to service its bank loans. Debt servicing is the summation of the loan principal and interest (or cost of capital), and sometimes lease payments, paid to a lender…
  • Latest Forbes Post: Bank Loan Alternatives in 2014

    Holly Magister
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Finding money to grow a business has changed tremendously since the great recession. Whether sourcing capital in the form of debt, equity, or something in between, also known as mezzanine, it’s safe to say entrepreneurs have more multiple options than ever to pursue. That doesn’t make the task an easy one to accomplish. Unfortunately for the entrepreneur, the additional options have only served to increase the confusion surrounding their need for cash. This set of examples is intended to include bank loan alternatives which closely mirror the forms of capital loan packages typically…
  • Adjusted EBITDA Definition

    Holly Magister
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    One of the many questions asked by entrepreneurs as they plan for the sale of their business is related to the Adjusted EBITDA definition. Its computation is important to business owners because it’s a vital part of a multi-step process used in the valuation of a privately held company. Adjusted EBITDA is used by Business Brokers in the valuation and sale of smaller businesses often referred to as ‘Main Street Businesses’. Likewise, the concept is used by Merger & Acquisition Intermediaries or Investment Bankers when representing businesses for sale in the lower middle and middle…
  • How Long Does it Take to Get a Patent?

    Kathleen Kuznicki
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    When people come to talk with me about patenting their inventive idea, inevitably this question arises: “How long will it take to get a patent?”  When I tell them the patent approval process will probably take close to three years, their jaws drop in surprise.  “Really, it’s going to take that long?”  YES. I know it is disconcerting, an innovator spends all that time and effort developing an inventive product or process, spends all that time and effort to market or license their invention, and spends all that time and effort working with an attorney to translate their invention…
  • Will There Really be a Business Exit Bubble for Baby Boomers?

    Paul Cronin
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    When an asset has a grossly inflated price, it is by definition an asset bubble. Does this apply to many small businesses in the US? Probably yes, in my opinion. Most small businesses have a balance sheet listing some assets; therefore they are subject to being part of a bubble. There is an estimated $10 Trillion in private business equity in the US, largely in the hands of the Baby Boomer generation, according to research by the Exit Planning Institute. If there is a large market of assets, but not enough buyers, that is what creates the potential for a bubble. What I am not sure of is…
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  • How Technology is Driving Improvements in Supply Chain Management

    28 Mar 2014 | 5:23 am
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  • Lightning Bolt Review

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    15 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
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  • Hayden Panettiere Hopes “Heroes” Reboot Has New Characters

    Deepak patel
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Hayden Panettiere has been working in film and on television for a long time, but when she accepted the role of the world's most powerful cheerleader on “Heroes”, she became an iconic figure. The show ran for four years and garnered a cult following, which may be why it's getting a reboot next year with Tim Kring at the helm again. The project has a lot of secrecy surrounding it, however, and Panettiere says she only recently found out about it through her cousin, because she hasn't been asked to come back. The thought of someone else playing the character she brought to life, she…
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    Deepak patel
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
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  • LinkedIn Hits 300 Million Members, Compares Today To Five Years Ago In Infographic

    Deepak patel
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    LinkedIn announced on Friday that it has surpassed the 300 million member mark. When it reported its earnings in February, it had 277 million. A third of the 300 million are members in the U.S. “While this is an exciting moment, we still have a long way to go to realize our vision of creating economic opportunity for every one of the 3.3 billion people in the global workforce,” says LinkedIn's Deep Nishar. “To get there, we are delivering personalized experiences built around members and their identity, network and knowledge. We believe this focus will give us the ability to…
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    Deepak patel
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Sony won the 2013 battle against Microsoft over competing console upgrades, posting 7 million PlayStation 4 sales versus 5 million Xbox One sales. The two consoles went head-to-head in November, when the PS4 and Xbox One were released a week apart. The figures are based on slightly different methodologies. Sony, which announced sales of 6 million units in March, counts sales to consumers. Microsoft's figures are based on sales to retailers. Microsoft reported Xbox One sales of 3.9 million for the quarter that ended Dec. 31 See also: The Comparative Anatomy of the Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4…
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    Deepak patel
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    13 Apr 2014 | 10:28 pm
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  • Communications Test and Measurement Market Growing at Healthy CAGR

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    Next generation wireless and cellular technology is driving other technological market at surprisingly upbeat rate. Rising demand for bandwidth and developments in the global mobile phone markets are also proving to be significant for the increasing demand for communications test and measurement market. According to the expert, global market for these technologies are booming with evolving technology, rising demand and applications across multitude of systems. This is a heartening fact for the existing companies looking for business expansions across different parts of the world. Potential…
  • Mobile Advertising Market Booming with Smartphone Revolution

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Mobile advertising, a popular form of advertising, is a subset of mobile marketing and is closely related with internet and online advertising. Smartphones and mobile phones are the major target areas of the industry, along with laptops and desktop computers. The global mobile advertising market is booming with rising demand for this technology as effective technique. However, exponential growth in the demand for smartphones and deep penetration of these products across developing and developed countries is expected to be a major driver for the global industry. Vital Driving Forces for Mobile…
  • Content Delivery Networks Market Growing at Exponential CAGR – Reasons and Overview

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Content delivery networks or CRN rapidly provide web content through duplication of content on multiple servers. These networks are used by internet service providers in order to deliver static web pages that are suitable to stream videos, audios, and internet television programming. With the rise in the use of internet growth in the deployment of online content and extended use of multimedia and advanced solutions like internet television or IPTV are driving the global market. Cost effectiveness, changing technology, and rising demand are some of the major drivers for the industry. Along…
  • Emergency Management Market Attaining Steady CAGR – Is it Good of Bad

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    Disaster or emergency management is the process of preparing for the act of response, mitigation, and response to various forms of emergencies. Emergencies like fire, hurricane, hazardous material accidents, earthquake, winter storms, radiological accidents, explosions and such other incidents require immediate plan of action for evacuation and safety of people and assets. Growth in risk factors and threats like terrorist attacks are driving the global emergency management market. Rising demand from different countries and evolutionary tools and solutions in the industry will also contribute…
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    10 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    Smart transportation systems provide innovative and intelligent services and solutions to transport and traffic management. They enable the travelers to be aware of different components of transport conditions including traffic, accidents, and destinations. These services make transportation a more coordinate, organized, safer and smarter industry. The global smart transportation market is driven by increasing rate of adoption and innovations within the global information technology. As a result, companies within the industry are looking forward to healthy growth for their businesses during…
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  • Various benefits of Plastic Furniture

    Rajni Sharma
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:41 am
    Plastic is referred to a wide range of synthetic or semi synthetic and also organic solids that has the property of molding. These are actually polymers which have a high molecular mass but in most cases, they contain other substances too. Usually they are derived from petrochemicals. In modern times various items like furniture are made up of plastic. Plastic Furniture are said to be first designed by James Donature and Douglas Simpsons in the year 1946.Modern day furniture are made up of various types of plastic like PVC, polymers or Polypropylene. plastic furniture Benefits The popularity…
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    Rajni Sharma
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:26 am
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    Rajni Sharma
    18 Feb 2014 | 2:58 am
    The term ‘Home Appliances’ is generally applied to the electrical and mechanical products that are used to execute various types of domestic works. These products include equipments for cooking, storing, cleaning, washing and various other purposes. When it comes to Home Appliances, it is essential for buyers to be able to purchase the best quality products in the market. Washing machines Washing Machines Washing machine has been in use for decades now and still holds its position as one of the most important Home Appliances in modern homes. These machines are used to wash clothes and…
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    3 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Is real estate investing something you have been thinking about? Do you wish to find another home for renovating or plan to buy a home for your personal use? This guide has great suggestions to have you started. By using these tips, you’ll make well-informed decisions. You should feel good about your decision in the end. Learn about general property values in your locality. It is vital to know the area that you are buying in. When you look at what is going on from a street level, you can make a more informed decision. Find an area that you feel comfortable with. Limiting yourself to one…
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    3 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    People really desire to make money with real estate in today’s world. Oftentimes, people will not know where to start. You need to learn some basics before you start investing in real estate successfully. Read on to learn all there is to know. Find a market you enjoy. You will achieve consistency faster by sticking to a particular market sector. Get to know your market type and continue with it for repeated success. As an investor, you have to think realistically about how you are going to divide up your available time. Having issues with a tenant can eat up quite a bit of time. A…
  • Tried And True Real Estate Investing Tips

    27 Mar 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Have you considered real estate investing? Does the idea of “flipping” a house sound desirable to you? Here you’ll find some good advice to start with. Apply this advice to make the best possible decisions. This way, you can prepare yourself for investing in real estate. Find like-minded people and learn from them. Lots of people want to invest in real estate. There are probably many groups formulating in your area that focus on this subject. Or if there are none in your area, there are quite a few online forums where other investors congregate. Take advantage of the…
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    27 Mar 2014 | 5:22 am
    Anyone can make money investing in real estate. That is, provided that they have taken the time to learn some critical information about the process and how to stand apart from the competition. If you’re interested in investing in real estate, the following article will give you some vital tips. When you’ve made the decision to invest in real estate, make it professional by setting up an LLC. This will help to protect both you and the investments that you make in the future. Also, you might secure tax benefits due to your business endeavors. Always try to find out what the local…
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    20 Mar 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Real estate investments can make you a lot of money. However, most people do not know how to invest wisely in real estate. There are things you may have been searching for to help with your success in real estate, and these are things you should know. Read on, to find essential information. When you’ve made the decision to invest in real estate, make it professional by setting up an LLC. This will make sure that you and your investments are protected as you move forward. In addition, you will be able to qualify for tax benefits as a result of your business dealings. Find other people…
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  • Some of the Best Ideas On Making Money Through Affiliate Promotion

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Use your website to make some extra cash by starting an internet marketing venture. In order for your online marketing program to be successful, you must know and incorporate the right information. The information in this article can help you see tips helpful to other successful affiliates. When evaluating different affiliate promotion opportunities, ask what process they use to monitor and fulfill orders placed from locations outside their own website. If the company doesn’t track your sales well, you may lose out on commission. Being open with your readers is important to develop…
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    8 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
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    3 Apr 2014 | 7:09 pm
    At first glance, online marketing may seem complicated, but it can be very profitable after learning how to use it effectively. The following advice can keep you from that disaster. Learn about how the web marketing program tracks outside orders when you choose a program. Some companies allow orders to be made my mail or phone. Those orders are only connected to an affiliate ID if actively mentioned. In these scenarios, you could miss out on commissions. Let your website’s visitors know you are doing affiliate marketing. Present it in a way that will be well received: it opens up…
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    1 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    If you are a stranger to the universe that is internet marketing, a few pointers and helpful hints will prove immensely beneficial to your start. This article will give you many tips to get started. Never abuse this feature. At best, this is irritating to the visitor. You can spread viruses and ruin tracking efforts. When you are starting out in affiliate promotion, it can be helpful to sign up with affiliates that provide the products or services that you like to sell. Having a variety of affiliates gives you a variety of sources of profit. Do some research before you accept an affiliate to…
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    27 Mar 2014 | 3:14 pm
    If you have a knack for finding a niche, you might be a great affiliate marketer. With thousands of companies and millions of products to choose from, you can be an affiliate for any type of business you choose. However, you will first need to know more about internet marketing. We will cover some vital information in this article. A quick way to start your online marketing business is to promote to the same target audience via many affiliate programs. If you use a variety of different affiliate programs, you will give your visitors plenty of options. A lot of affiliate communication happens…
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    7 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Very recently, I noticed that there can be two kinds of guilt. First, you feel guilty about doing something. Second, you feel guilty about not doing something. And when you feel the second way, that’s when you need to ponder if that something is an essential part of your life. Make sense? Let me put it this way. I’ve felt guilty about letting my room get dusty and dirty. And I’ve been feeling guilty about not being able to write (or blog). It has kept gnawing at me since the last time I shared something on my blog. That’s exactly when I knew, this is it. Writing. Or my amateurish…
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    6 Jan 2014 | 6:08 am
    The need for salesmanship — from kindergarten to retirement — has made ‘talking’ the new breathing. Have you ever received advice about shutting up? I haven’t. Real, good ol’ shutting up. Not to be confused with listening skills, which is another topic. Political heads of state, who’ve historically been sources of inspiration, make statements today where there’s no need for one. And end up as laughing stock. A few months ago, someone suggested that I learn Spanish for better job opportunities. Here’s the best bit: Quote: “Because…
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    27 Dec 2013 | 6:36 am
    What does the average person do in an average week? Work for five days and rest for two. And on goes the cycle of modern material life for decades. All is well… until it isn’t. If you’re going to labor away five days and watch TV shows on weekends, what’s going to consume you when this routine breaks? if people leave you? or if you’re put on a forced vacation from your job? I’ve seen friends pour almost all their non-working hours into a relationship (and nothing else), and feel doomed when that relationship went south. To be frank, most of us make this…
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    Will Ratliff
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Here are 2 short activities that you can use with your team to improve communication, understanding, and team morale.  These communication activities can be part of a team meeting or used as a segment of leadership trainings. [We would love to know your experience with these activities.  If you use them, let us know how they go in the comments below.  If they are useful, please share on Facebook, Twitter, or let others know about our site.  Thank you!] Communication Activity #1 – Viewing Life through Other’s Eyes What if you could see what’s going on inside someone…
  • How to Build Leaders Who Build Leaders

    Will Ratliff
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, “The best investment you will ever make as a leader is in developing other people.”  Hands down this is both the most challenging task and the most rewarding as a leader.  Anyone can delegate tasks.  Very few leaders will not only develop other leaders, but also go further and actually train leaders who go on to develop other leaders. Why is this so difficult? 1.)     It takes time. Your typical leader focuses on growing himself or herself.  Leaders need to do this.  You can’t grow others beyond where you are – it’s called the…
  • 5 Funny Teamwork Videos to Get Your Team Talking. You Have to See #3 to Believe it.

    Will Ratliff
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Videos are great illustration tools.  In fact, they are some of my favorite tools to use when teaching or training.  Whether it is a clip from a movie, or a video specifically created for training on certain issues, when done  Issues and topics that you can partner with this video: , they are effective learning instruments especially when connecting with next-gen teams and leaders. 1.  The first clip is from Igniter Media and features two of their staple characters, Johnny and Chachi, explaining the meaning of teamwork through song.  These guys are pretty funny and very clean, so…
  • Top 40 Team Building Quotes

    Will Ratliff
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Leadership quotes are abundant and typically easy to find.  Quotes about team building are a bit more challenging to uncover.  I have spent the past few months collecting these quotes and hope that you will find them useful for you and your team.  Use them for teaching tools, for team motivation, and to keep your team on track. Many of the following quotes are tweet-able (not sure if that’s a word, but it sounds good to me!); however, some are too long to tweet but could still be posted on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google+. Use the comments below to let me know which of these team…
  • 5 Quick Ways to Build Trust with Your Team in Five Minutes or Less

    Will Ratliff
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:47 am
    Trust is a necessary component to any team.  According to Patrick Lencioni in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team trust is the foundational attribute on which everything else must be built to form a successful team. Although building this kind of trust takes time, here are a few quick ways that you can build trust with your workers.  These should not be the only ways you seek to build trust, but they are specific practices that can be used on a daily basis to build up trust over time. 1.  Ask questions about others People love to talk about themselves and what’s important to them.  A…
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  • Getting Started with Email marketing and with Optyn [Video]

    Alen Malkoc
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Today, I’m going to show you can quickly setup your Optyn account and start sending powerful email marketing campaigns. Getting started with Optyn is easy and takes less than a few minutes. Here’s how to setup your account: Log in to your Optyn Account Go To: Setup your Account The Manage Shop page contains details about your business. You can add or change information by clicking Edit. When you’re finished click “Update”. Next Step – Go to Social Profiles to add or change information. Other Tabs you may want to update or add information to are: Billing…
  • How to create a custom newsletter with Optyn [Video]

    Alen Malkoc
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A lot of business owners struggle with creating newsletters and email marketing campaigns. We make it easy for you to create visually awesome, 100% mobile responsive email marketing newsletters. Here’s a quick tutorial that shows you how to create a custom newsletter using Optyn. Take these 3 easy steps to create your campaign: Login Go To: Campaign Center & Click On Custom Newsletter Start adding content. It’s a simple as that. Feel free to leave a comment – we always like hearing from you. Also, check out our other tutorials for ways on how to customize your…
  • 5 Email Marketing Mistakes to Avoid that a Lot of Business Do

    Gaurav Gaglani
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Mistakes that will Kill You! While a novice marketer might rarely stumble up on the good fortune of attracting new clients, an uninformed one will rarely be able to engage any customers at all. To make sure that fall in neither of these two categories, you will need to develop a sound email marketing plan that will project your product or service as unique and will make all who read your proposal lean forward t take a closer look. But for that, you will need to avoid some common email marketing mistakes, like these perhaps! Not Asking First The one email marketing mistake that people make…
  • How to Use Social Media for Marketing Your Small Business

    Amer Grozdanic
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    While contacting some non-competing business which also serves customers in your own market niche might be a good idea when it comes to promoting, or in this case, cross-promoting your business, the importance of using social media outlets for the same purpose cannot be denied, especially in today’s tech savvy environment. Choosing to use social media outlets usually produces a large number of sales for a very low cost. But the question is how businesses use social media? The following are some of the ways on how to use social media for marketing. So, what is Social Media Marketing? Social…
  • 6 Benefits of Twitter for Business and You Can Do them All!

    Alen Malkoc
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Acquiring more leads, that is the basis of any internet marketing plan. But that requires you to reach countless people with the product or service you have to offer, and all in real time. So, how does one do that? Simple, you use social media outlets, such as Twitter, to do the job for you. As most of you may know Twitter is an instant messaging service that allows its users to send short messages of 140 characters to those who subscribe, known as ‘followers’. In short, when they follow you on Twitter, they see your tweets and when you follow them, you see their tweets. The following are…
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  • Craft Store Michaels Confirms Data Breach Affecting 2.6 Million Credit Cards

    Ashlee Kieler
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    (Michael Ocampo)Three months after craft retailer Michaels announced it may have been the victim of a data breach, the company confirms the worst: nearly 2.6 million consumers’ credit cards are affected. In January, Michaels, a large arts and crafts chain, warned customers that the company “may have experienced a data security attack.” On Friday, the company announced that sometime between May 8, 2013 and January 27, 2014 about 2.6 million or 7% of payment cards used at its stores were compromised. Additionally, nearly 400,000 cards were affected at 54 Aaron Brothers stores,…
  • Disney World Proposes Raising Starting Wages To $10/Hour

    Chris Morran
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    (Alan Rappa)While lawmakers in D.C. argue over whether or not to raise the federal minimum wage, Walt Disney Co. has made an offer to the unions representing thousands of employees at its Disney World park in Florida that would raise employees’ starting pay from $8.03 to $10 over the course of the next two years. Bloomberg reports that Disney made the offer earlier this week to the Service Trades Council, a consortium of six labor groups representing more than 30,000 Disney World workers. New full-time hourly employees at the park currently earn a wage starting at $8.03/hour, about 75…
  • Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

    Laura Northrup
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Here are twelve of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. (Joel Zimmer) (François Quévillon) (Allan Ellerby) (Great Beyond) (George) (Hammerin Man) (Mijaeus) (Hogof) (Quinn Dombrowski) (Great Beyond) (Rich Renomeron) (Jeff Gates) Our Flickr Pool is the place where Consumerist readers upload photos for possible use in future Consumerist posts. Want to see your pictures on our site? Just be a registered Flickr user, go here, and click “Join Group?” up on the top…
  • My Taxes Are Done. What Can I Throw Out Now?

    Laura Northrup
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    (Pete)Unless you filed for an extension, your tax return is now done and posted through the mail or beamed through the Interweb to the IRS and your state government, if required. That’s a relief. Now, what items in your files should you keep, and which can you throw out? To protect yourself in case of an audit, you should keep our printed or digital tax returns for seven years. Keep these in locked cabinets or password-protected files. If the IRS suspects you of hiding income, you can be audited for up to six years, and you can be subject to random audits for three years. If you like to…
  • Volkswagen Recalls 26,000 New Vehicles Because Bursting Into Flames Is Not Cool

    Ashlee Kieler
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    (Chauncer)Brand new isn’t always better. That certainly seems to be the case with more than 26,000 new Volkswagen vehicles being recalled. Volkswagen is recalling 26,452 vehicles because of an issue that could result in a fire, Detroit News reports. The recall affects the model year 2014 Jetta, Beetle Convertible, and Passat with a 1.8T engine and torque converter automatic transmission. The company tells the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a notice [PDF] that O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission my leak fluid, which could cause a fire when it comes…
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    Am & Pm News » Business

  • Bank of America reports loss on huge legal charges

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The legal legacy of the housing bust weighed on Bank of America earnings Wednesday, resulting in a quarterly loss even as some operating units posted solid results. The US banking giant lost $276 million for the first quarter, with the biggest drag… The post Bank of America reports loss on huge legal charges appeared first on Am & Pm News.
  • US retail sales surge 1.1% in March

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    US retail sales leaped higher in March, giving further evidence of stronger economic activity after a particularly brutal winter, government data showed Monday. Retail and food services sales surged 1.1 percent from February to $433.9 billion, slightly… The post US retail sales surge 1.1% in March appeared first on Am & Pm News.
  • Citigroup cuts 200-300 jobs: report

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    US bank Citigroup has cut between 200 and 300 additional jobs, most in the global markets business, The Wall Street Journal reports. Some of the employees were fired, while others left voluntarily. Among them was Steve Prince, the younger brother of… The post Citigroup cuts 200-300 jobs: report appeared first on Am & Pm News.
  • Investors bet Sun Pharma can restore Ranbaxy to health

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    On the surface, Sun Pharma's $3.2-billion purchase of Indian generics rival Ranbaxy, which is in deep trouble with US regulators over safety lapses, may not look like a great deal. But Sun Pharmaceutical Industries' shares rocketed on last week's announcement… The post Investors bet Sun Pharma can restore Ranbaxy to health appeared first on Am & Pm News.
  • Tech stocks lead market rout; Nasdaq plunges 3.1%

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Anxiety about pricey technology stocks returned with a vengeance to Wall Street Thursday, sending the Nasdaq down more than 3.0 percent and sparking deep declines in the broader stock market. The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index tumbled 129.79 points… The post Tech stocks lead market rout; Nasdaq plunges 3.1% appeared first on Am & Pm News.
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    Strategic Thinking | Principles of Execution

  • Tony Dungy - Team Building Principles

    Gerald J. Leonard
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Building A Super Bowl Caliber Team "Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 060: Book Review - Deep Dive

    Gerald J. Leonard
    3 Feb 2014 | 4:15 am
    Premise: The premise of Deep Dive is that there are four types of strategic thinkers. These four types of strategic thinkers embrace a very different... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 059: How Sustainability and Innovation is used in Risk Management

    Gerald J. Leonard
    14 Jan 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo credit: Guest Post by John Anderson - Executive Street Contributor Risks are inevitable whether it be in business or in simple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 058: 5 Clever Marketing Strategies That Are Actually Mistakes

    Gerald J. Leonard
    12 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Image via Flickr Guest Post by John Anderson Executive Street Contributor Marketing is a subtle and ever-changing art. Formulating strategies can be a daunting task,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 057: Strategic Management Consultant Ram Charan Knows How To Execute Business Strategy

    Gerald J. Leonard
    18 Nov 2013 | 4:45 am
    "When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Hotel News Resource

  • Top Ten Travel Trends for 2014 As Seen Through the Eyes of Travel Professionals

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    Benchmark Hospitality International announces the "Top Ten Travel Trends for 2014" as observed through a survey of the company’s extensive database of professional travel agents. In a Benchmark-commissioned study, over 20,000 travel professionals were provided a comprehensive survey on consumer and business travel in 2014, for review and submission to an independent market research firm for compilation and analysis.
  • Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Pearl District Opens

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    While being an extended stay Portland hotel, the Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Pearl District also features 4,100 square feet of meeting space, inclusive of 2,010-square-foot and 425-square-foot ballrooms and 1,600 square feet of pre-function space.
  • Fairmont Residences Nanjing Now Open

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    The announcement of Fairmont Residences Nanjing follows the recent opening of Fairmont Nanjing, a new luxury hotel located on the upper floors of the 62-storey Jin Ao Tower.
  • Holiday Inn Queretaro Zona Krystal Opens in Mexico

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG] recently announced the opening of the 214-room, 14-story Queretaro Zona Krystal hotel, located on the San Luis Potosi Highway.
  • The Raleigh Hotel Miami Beach Sold to Tommy Hilfiger

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Raleigh Group, the luxury hospitality group founded by designer and entrepreneur Mr. Tommy Hilfiger, iannounced the purchase of The Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach.
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    MIT SMR Management Report

  • Rethinking the Relationship Between Customers and Suppliers

    Leslie Brokaw
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Creating processes that promote learning, trust and adaptability between customers and suppliers can help both be more competitive. How can companies collaborate effectively when the business environment is changing rapidly? Research by F. Asís Martínez-Jerez of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business looked at successful and unsuccessful initiatives of strategic partnership between suppliers and customers in a variety of industries. What he found is that “some innovative companies are attempting to redefine the parameters of strategic partnerships as we know them,…
  • Lessons From IBM’s Strategic Renewal

    Leslie Brokaw
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    What does it take to transform an organization? New research details the art of strategic renewal — and the revival of IBM. How can leaders initiate major transformations before their organizations are in crisis? That’s a critical question for companies in industries with rapid change or new types of competition. New digital models are putting the strategies of existing companies in jeopardy as emerging markets reshape economies. Cookie-cutter answers don’t work. “Applying standard formulae to corporate transformations is, at best, ineffective and, at worst, dangerous,” write the…
  • Ethnography in Action at Wells Fargo

    Leslie Brokaw
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    How do companies gain value from ethnography — the in-person study of how people actually use a product or service? Wells Fargo Bank commissioned an ethnographic project and found out for itself. Ethnography is described in a recent MIT Sloan Management Review article as “artful in situ investigation into what customers do and feel, and how they talk about what they do and feel.” It’s a disciplined way to try to understand how consumers live, work and play — and how their lives make them more or less receptive to a company’s products and services. In the article “Stories That…
  • The Big Upside of Customer Participation

    Leslie Brokaw
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Encouraging customers to provide feedback and recommendations directly to the company engages them in valuable ways. Companies think a lot about cultivating word of mouth among customers. What they should also be paying attention to is customer feedback. New research shows that encouraging customers to provide feedback and suggestions helps tie them more closely to the business. Customers who participate are actually more likely to become repeat customers and buy more of a company’s products and services. Drawing on their global research, Omar Merlo (Imperial College Business School in…
  • Rethinking the role of the sustainability executive

    Deb Gallagher
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:40 am
    A new sustainability insurgency aims to alter the way business is done in every function and unit of the company. For too long, sustainability executives have been focused on external stakeholders—selling their company’s story in order to build reputation and fill polished social responsibility reports. Now, according to a recent MIT Sloan Management Review article by George Mason University’s Gregory Unruh, sustainability managers have had enough. They’re turning their gaze inward, to the functional managers and line employees who control the management tools—budget, staffing,…
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    LT Copywriting - Professional Blog

  • Finale anyone?

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    6.     Do not be intimidated. The foremost and final hindrance that had always kept Joe down was being intimidated by others. Comprised of bosses, coworkers, friends, acquaintances, and anyone else who had the will to lay into Joe would intimidate him into not pursuing things he wanted, to let things go if they got too hard, or into doing things that were detrimental to his life. You must still have so many questions about how and when Joe our everyman changed to take his first steps in becoming the Champion. How did Joe flabbergast the naysayers? How did he learn to…
  • What don't you know about The LIVING...

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    Disclaimer:If you don’t know, I see everything as living. The only difference between the animate and inanimate is the spectrum of experience. The inanimate experiences nothing, while animals experience reactions to stimuli and instincts, and humans experience stimuli and go one step further to interpret it. Because of this, I give you the LIVING DOCUMENT and how it can help you succeed.THE LIVING DOCUMENT The Living Document is a document that grows and evolves over time. With each new experience the document is updated to counterbalance new situations. Now a Living Document can grow…
  • Are you the Champion of your Company?

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    5.      Being able to adapt to your environment. Our Everyman, Joe, sometimes had issues with management. He wasn't keen to being coached or having constructive criticism. He couldn't easily adapt himself to different managers and their management styles. Making him inflexible to rapidly changing situation requirements, and causing tension between himself and management. How did Joe learn go with the flow? To act when needed? And take criticism as a way to grow?              Joe started small. He…
  • 4 of 6 ways to...

    27 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    4.     Seeing the world in others’ points of view.  Joe like most people at his work did not see others’ points of view. He saw others mostly in a one dimensional way and found what he thought would be the likely cause and reason of others people’s actions, and not the real cause. He did not see in a holistic way at problems, people, and situations. Being set in the one angle without being able to see the big picture set him back at work. People considered him shortsighted, too busy trying to put out the fires rather than finding ways to keep them…
  • All Aboard STOP 3!

    20 Mar 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Me on the stage. 3.     Presenting to customers, company executives, and everyone else.Joe was a likable guy around the office with his own personality. He could easily make conversation with just about anyone. But when it came to public speaking, he was a wreck. He would sweat convulsively with fits of anxiety. Stumbling through presentations to bosses and coworkers alike. He just couldn't get beyond the stage fright. So what did Joe do to overcome the impossible of toppling his fear of the stage to give over-the-top presentations? Just like when he became…
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    Company Rescue

  • Happy Easter!

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    The KSA team would like to wish everyone a happy Easter and a relaxing long weekend!^Return to Top
  • Albemarle & Bond bought out of administration

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    The UK pawnbroker has been bought by former Chief Executive of the Bank of Scotland, Sir Peter Burt, as part of an investment group, led by Promethean Investments.PwC have been handling the administration of the PLC since the end of March, when lenders could no longer back the business and the pawnbroker admitted it couldn't pay the £51 million debt owed.Over 600 jobs have been rescued with the take over of 128 branches. The remaining 59 stores will likely close, leaving 181 jobs at risk. However it has been suggested staff will be transferred to the other stores.Joint administrator, Mike…
  • Inflation rate falls to 1.6%, lowest since 2009

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    According to the Office of National Statistics, the inflation rate (measured by the Consumer Price Index) fell from 1.7% in February to 1.6% in March, still well below the government's target of 2%. It's the lowest rate since 2009 and has been falling consistently over the last few months.The Retail Price Index (RPI) fell from 2.7% to 2.5% due to the 'smaller rise' in clothing prices. The gap between wages and prices is continuing to narrow, indicating consumer power is coming back, which can only be a good thing for retailers. Will the fall in inflation continue?^Return to Top
  • West Cornwall Pasty Co in pre-pack deal

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    Pie seller, West Cornwall Pasty Co, entered administration on Friday 11th April and was shortly afterwards sold in a pre-pack deal by private equity firm, Enact - saving 274 jobs. Read more in our news piece below: you are an employee of the company, direct your queries to PwC, who are handling the pre-pack administration. For employees rights' in insolvency, check out our video below: ^Return to Top
  • What are Fixed and Floating Charges?

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:34 am
    When a company borrows money, the lender (e.g. bank) usually takes some “security” for that debt as they want to be protected in case the borrower fails to repay debt in the future. If this happens, two types of charges, fixed and floating, can protect the lender.What is a fixed charge?The bank may have lent money to the company to acquire an asset like a building or vehicle, for example. The company cannot sell this without the lender’s permission and the debt must be repaid as agreed to in the loan agreement or facility letter.Like a mortgage, you cannot sell the house without the…
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    Education and Training for Entrepreneurs - Perfect Marketing Equation

  • Marketing in 8 Seconds or Less

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Marketing isn’t an option – it’s unfortunate that many think of it that way. It’s also unfortunate that the entrepreneurs that do see it as an option, may not get the full potential out of their business with that mindset. One of the reasons marketing doesn’t get the attention it deserves is because it’s hard work. It’s especially hard these days, have you noticed that the entire landscape of business has completely changed? Complacency is Dead At least once a week I’ll hear someone refer to the bad economy, still, even after all this time. I…
  • Growing a Business

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    One of the most common questions I get asked is How Can I Grow My Business? So many people may think that it’s tough to start a business and I’m here to tell you I agree. But you know what’s harder than that? The step that comes after – growing. Growing a business is really tough! It’s easier to start the climb. You have no where to go but up! It’s sort of like a relationship that’s brand new, you have the sweaty palms, butterflies in your stomach, and stars in your eyes. However, when you take that relationship to the next level – perhaps…
  • Action Not Perfection

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    My husband, whom I love to the moon and back, is parking impaired. He’s always in search of the perfect parking spot. I want to add that this annoys me completely, and with every lap around the shopping center parking lot I’m holding my breath. I’ll be saying things like, “I could already be checking out by now.” That’s usually followed up with, “You need some exercise anyway.” This past weekend as we’re circling the parking lot for the 3rd time, I had a huge epiphany. I do this. We ALL do this. Well maybe not exactly like this, but we…
  • How Social Signals Impact SEO

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:48 pm
    SEO or Search Engine Optimization impacts just about everyone’s business whether you want to acknowledge it or not. If you have a piece of real estate on the Internet hopefully you intend for potential customers to visit you there. Social media has changed the face of business. It has made very large brands accessible to anyone (for better or worse). Get ticked off at Verizon because your service has been lousy lately? Great, just tweet about it, then take a look on the clock to see how long it takes to receive a tweet from a representative. They have a very sophisticated monitoring…
  • Grow Your Business Using Systems

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Some people will say that getting a business off the ground is hard. Of course it’s hard! I’ve done it! But you know what’s even harder? The part that comes next – growth. When you start out you have no where to go but up, but once you’ve made a climb, it’s possible you’re tired or even burnt out. You have to work long hours in the beginning, perhaps if you did the math even making less money than you made when you had a real job. Perhaps you even question yourself. “What was I thinking?” Maybe you wonder why you even started the business…
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    Daily Review

  • Tube Spotter tracks the stats of any number of YouTube videos,...

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    Tube Spotter tracks the stats of any number of YouTube videos, all in one dashboard and it also tracks your YouTube and Google rankings.Tube Spotter has Virtually everything you need to keep up on your video’s performance, all wrapped up into one dashboard.You’ll instantly know which videos are ranking and which are flopping – VITAL for success.
  • Easy Member Pro Review One of the greatest roadblocks folks...

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Easy Member Pro Review One of the greatest roadblocks folks have once they wish to begin a membership site is the difficulty of setting up a script. Either they don’t have the ability to install the script, or they are unclear about using it once it is setup. The good thing is that Easy Member Pro has solved both of those problems!At first glance, Easy Member Pro might be a little intimidating as it is a membership web site script. However, the product comes with both a user manual and step-by-step videos. The videos are a i especially liked. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never installed…
  • Rapid Cloaker is a useful software tool that every marketer...

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    Rapid Cloaker is a useful software tool that every marketer needs. Watch my Rapid Cloaker Video Review
  • Seamless SEO is a wordpress plugin which will allow you to...

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Seamless SEO is a wordpress plugin which will allow you to quickly determine whether your sites are well optimized and suggestions for how they can improve your optimization. Josh and Radu have developed a brand new software that allows you to fully optimize your site in a way that`ll make Google drool. Not only will it allow you to optimize your site, it will: give you an SEO score based on different Google-friendly metrics, so you know how well youre optimized it also give you action steps to improve your optimization The Seamless SEO plugin will prodive you with LSI keywords to get you…
  • CB Chief is a WordPress Plugin that creates Clickbank Reviews on...

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    CB Chief is a WordPress Plugin that creates Clickbank Reviews on designated blog, complete with links and images that point to the affiliate offer (all fine tuned to the specified affiliate ID). This plugin works with Clickbank’s API.
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    Hyrell Blog

  • 4 Hiring Pitfalls: How to Avoid the Top Mistakes Hiring Managers Make

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    The candidate experience is something many organizations overlook during the recruiting process. Yet, a positive experience can have far-reaching business consequences. A survey by the Talent Board found that more than half of candidates (61 percent) who had a positive applicant experience would actively recommend an organization to their peers for employment opportunities. While half of the candidates who have a positive experience share that information with others, close to a third (32 percent) of those who have a bad experience communicate negative word of mouth about the hiring…
  • Tip of the Day: Customizing Your Careers Page to Match Your Talent Brand

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The world of recruiting is often seen as job seekers marketing themselves as the “perfect” applicant for a position. However, in the HR world, it is not just applicants who are competing with one another. Many companies are going head to head in order to win over the best-fit applicants. Helping your company rise to the top is not just something for your marketing or sales department to handle, you can take some basic steps to quickly show applicants what working with your team is all about. Building a strong talent brand can be a great mechanism to help you attract more…
  • How Do I Plan for Future Hiring Needs?

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Even if you aren’t actively hiring all the time, talent acquisition is an ongoing activity--and an important element of that is planning for future hiring needs. As John S. Dooney, the manager of workforce analytics at the Society for Human Resource Management, has noted, “Recruiting is not a faucet that you turn off and on. You have to have an engine in place.” There are three steps organizations can take to identify future hiring requirements and create a robust hiring engine. Companies that succeed will find they can minimize the time needed to fill open positions with…
  • How Do I Create a Positive Applicant Experience?

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Time is money for everyone—job seekers and recruiters alike. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’re all searching for a simplified (yet still effective) way to do things. A recruiter needs an efficient way to bring in the best talent, and applicants need employment. Seems straight forward enough, right? The caveat is that recruiting and job seeking are both time consuming. In fact, many applicants and recruiters would likely argue their role can be daunting and time consuming at the same time. In recent months, there has even been some discussion regarding bad…
  • Hiring Job Hoppers: the Good, the Bad and How to Prepare

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    For many of us in HR, finding applicants who are prepared and willing to stay employed by our company for the long haul used to be a no-brainer. But the youngest employees of our workforce seem to be taking a different career path—according to a Future Workplace survey, 91 percent of millennials expect to stay in a job for less than three years. Some would label these employees as the dreaded job hoppers. While you may be used to screening out job hoppers and seeking employees with job longevity, many recruiters and hiring managers are beginning to take a different approach when…
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  • It’s time to say #YellNo to paper directories

    Ben Maden
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:27 pm
    For years people have been heralding the death of the Yellow Pages. Yet, here we are once again in 2014 tripping over the all too familiar books on our door steps. What was once a useful advertising platform and directory  ... more »
  • The power of pictures

    Belinda Edwards
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:25 pm
    In an increasingly cluttered digital world, images and visual content are emerging as valuable marketing tools for any business. While images have always been important for public relations activity, advertising, marketing collateral, websites and other above the line marketing techniques,  ... more »
  • Google doesn’t want our money

    Robyn Teese
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:23 pm
    I have been handling accounts for small businesses for more years than I care to remember. I have managed to successfully transfer $300,000 to $400,000 in a couple of days to various suppliers, but NEVER have I experienced the problems  ... more »
  • Make your online content stand out from the white noise

    9 Mar 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Content is powerful in the online world and people know it. If created and used well it can powerfully drive traffic, engage audiences and boost SEO. In other words better content means better digital marketing. So how do you stand  ... more »
  • “Gool Peran Lowen” – Saint Piran’s Day in Brisbane

    Ben Maden
    5 Mar 2014 | 12:36 am
    Why are you celebrating a Cornish Day in Brisbane QLD? Because Queensland, Australia is Where I am now is awesome just like Cornwall where I grew up! The place is beautiful Queensland: Image source: Phalinn Ooi Cornwall: Image source: cerionmorgauin /  ... more »
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  • Warnings about Cash Gifting

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    The following was sent to us.  Be sure to read the additional posts here about legal considerations. Warnings Even if you sincerely believe in the gifting club’s purposes or intentions, this may not be enough to protect you from criminal prosecution. The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers that the promises of quick wealth offered by these clubs is a powerful incentive against which you should guard yourself. The FTC advises that even if a club states that your payments are considered gifts, this doesn’t mean that it is true. If you have been contacted by a cash-gifting…
  • Is Cash Gifting Legal, Practical and Safe?

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    OK Let’s examine each of these claims one by one.   First, is it really legal? You will see references made on gifting sites to the current US law relating to giving. Many will reference IRS 950 which you can Google Search and get the current information relating to Estate and Gifting Taxes. You will learn that there is no tax to be paid on gifts to another person of up to $14,000 in 2013/2014.  Similar information is available at other IRS sites such as FAQ’s on gift taxes. But they are simply missing the point. These references simply give the TAXATION implications of making…
  • Organized Cash Gifting Not For Profit

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    A quick review of the 4MEMBERSACCESS.INFO website is a bit confusing if you are new to the online gifting game. First you have to Agree to a statement that declares there is no profit intention or hope for monetary gain… Quote: “There are no profit-making benefits of any kind associated with this activity. This is a Not-For-Profit activity, so no benefits or returns of any nature is expressed or implied and no promises or guarantees of any kind of monetary returns are permitted to be made by any participant of this private activity. By participating with us you are willingly…
  • 4MembersAccess Cash Gifting Scam

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Just as we predicted SPNToday has been re-invented again!  It is now called 4MEMBERSACCESS at and is owned by the same slippery cash gifter, Jim Humphrey of Hawaii. When the heat and bad press get too much to handle Humphrey sheds his skin and appears as the owner of a brand new program. See the domain ownership record direct from the Domain Registration data… But don’t think it is NEW other than the name and web address.  It is the same EXACT program that people throw their money at in hopes of easy riches. There is a great 2 minute video that will instruct…
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    6 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
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  • Fashion Revolution Day to promote supply chain issues on Rana Plaza anniversary

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    By Ilaria Bertini This post first appeared on Leading fashion designers, celebrities and entrepreneurs will join together for Fashion Revolution Day on April 24, in order to highlight serious issues in fashion brands’ supply chains and commemorate last year’s deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh. Supporters of the initiative include fashion designer Katherine Hamnett, journalist Lucy Siegle, ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth and entrepreneur Jo Wood. The campaign asks people from across the world to wear an item of clothing inside out for one day, to…
  • Exports defy supply chain cracks

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    By Gregory Heard This post first appeared on IN SPITE of the frequent complaints about supply chain issues, the head of Australian commodities at NZX, Ron Storey, says over the past six years Australia has exported more grain than ever before. “We’ve had a good run in terms of seasons over the past six years, averaging between 35 and 40 million tonnes of all grain, and more of this than ever before is being exported,” Mr Storey told the crowd at last month’s inaugural international Australian Grains Industry Conference in Singapore. Mr Storey said prior to 2008, the…
  • South Africa Moves To Add More Renewable Energy

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    South Africa Moves To Add More Renewable Energy (via Clean Technica) South Africa occupies an interesting place in the world these days — one part Westernised country, one part African nation. A report from earlier this year identified the country as one of the top 10 countries likely to enable fast-paced growth in…  
  • Out of sight: Expense and stupidity too big to camouflage

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    This post first appeared on “I WEAR camo so I can feel safe,” says Sean, a member of the navy reserve. He cannot quite fathom why his combat uniform is different from that of other American servicemen in the field, depending on whether they are members of the army, the air force or the marines. And soon it may be different no longer; for after years of ludicrously expensive design rivalry, the defence appropriation for 2014 prohibits the services from designing new uniforms, unless they will be used by all members of the armed forces. Remarkably, the Department of Defence…
  • Creating the Enterprise Cloud: A Q&A with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    By Kurt Marko This post originally appeared on The term “cloud” is by now so overused that most people lump it in with the rest of the marketing buzzword pantheon with terms like “solution”, “leverage” or “ROI.” You’re probably thinking that the cloud is what Google and Amazon do and how could it possibly be relevant to your business? Well it is (what Google does) and it will be (important to every business) and VMware wants to be the company that delivers it. It’s called the software defined data center (SDDC) and for CEO Pat Gelsinger it’s increasingly a…
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    Euro Exchange Rate News

  • Euro to CAD Exchange Rate Consolidates Gains after Canadian CPI

    Laura Parsons
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Euro to CAD Exchange Rate Consolidates Gains after Canadian CPI Although Canada’s inflation data revealed a rebound in consumer prices in March, yesterday’s Bank of Canada rate decision left the ‘Loonie’ floundering and saw the Euro consolidate gains against its North American rival on Friday. The Euro experienced minimal movement on Friday as a report showed that producer prices in German unexpectedly declined. The common currency was trading in a fairly narrow range against several of its currency counterparts but was able to retain yesterday’s gain against the…
  • Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Advances Despite US Jobless Claims Surprise

    Laura Parsons
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Advances Despite US Jobless Claims Surprise In a comparatively quiet European session Euro movement was a little restrained. While the common currency retained yesterday’s declines against the Pound it was able to advance on the US Dollar thanks to comments issued by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. Although this week’s US data (including Monday’s retail sales report) has justified the Federal Reserve’s decision to steadily taper stimulus, the odds of the central bank increasing interest rates fell after Yellen spoke in New York. Yellen stated that…
  • Euro to GBP Exchange Rate Closes Week Lower

    Laura Parsons
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    Euro to GBP Exchange Rate Closes Week Lower Although the Euro has recovered some of yesterday’s losses against the Pound, the Euro to GBP pairing is still likely to end the week softer than it began. The shocking news that the UK’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9 per cent, below the Bank of England’s 7 per cent threshold, saw the Pound soar against its peers and the British currency was clinging to those gains on Thursday despite a lack of additional domestic developments. While the Euro was able to edge higher against a weakened US Dollar it made little progress against Sterling. This…
  • Euro to Canadian Dollar Climbs after Neutral Bank of Canada Rate Decision

    Laura Parsons
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Euro to Canadian Dollar Climbs after Neutral Bank of Canada Rate Decision While inflation concerns pushed the Euro lower against the peers like the Pound and US Dollar, the common currency was stronger against the ‘Loonie’ ahead of the Bank of Canada’s rate decision. During local trading the Euro came under pressure as inflation data for the 18-nation currency bloc confirmed that consumer prices gained at their slowest pace since November 2009. The figures support the case for European Central Bank intervention. Inflation has been languishing below 1 per cent for six consecutive months…
  • Euro to NZD Exchange Rate Pares Overnight Advance, But NZD to USD Stays Softer

    Laura Parsons
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:41 am
    Euro to NZD Exchange Rate Pares Overnight Advance, But NZD to USD Stays Softer Since the Reserve Bank of New Zealand became the first developed-nation central bank to increase interest rates, the ‘Kiwi’ has been receiving underlying support. However, during Australasian trading the Euro, US Dollar and Pound were able to advance on the New Zealand Dollar as investors digested some disappointing domestic inflation figures. Statistics New Zealand revealed that in the first quarter of 2014 New Zealand’s annual inflation rate dipped to 1.5 per cent, down from 1.6 per cent in the fourth…
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    webmaster0561's Journal - DailyStrength

  • webmaster0561's entry on 04/17/2014 11:41

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:41 am
    Use tags whenever it is possible to do so. The good news is that you shouldn't have too much trouble with that. Tags aren't just for blogs anymore. You can find them almost everywhere online. Tags let the search engines know what category you feel your work should fall under so they match up with pr...
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    3 Apr 2014 | 8:28 pm
    If you haven't been paying much attention to mobile marketing or advertising you are missing out on something fairly huge. Mobile marketing is still very young, but it is projected to only grow and really take off in the next several to five years. It will still continue to grow, and this is a great...
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    3 Apr 2014 | 6:31 pm
    If you have yet to pay much attention to mobile marketing or mobile advertising, you're missing out on something pretty major. Mobile marketing is still quite new but it is projected to grow at a phenomenal rate over the next three to five years. It won't ever stop growing and this is the best time ...
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    2 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Set up alerts with Google. This method allows you to stay abreast of any developments and news related to your keywords or niche. When you get these alerts, write an article or a blog post about it and publish it on your site. Being one of the first in your field to relay important news increases th...
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  • How Lasers and In-House Tooling Make Your Life Easier

    Midlake Products
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:10 am
    If you have a custom hinge or sheet metal project, there’s a good chance you could benefit from partnering with a company that has developed in house tooling and laser cutting capabilities to make designs beyond the basic, run of the mill hinges you can find anywhere. Companies like Midlake Products, who can produce their own tooling and have invested in laser cutting equipment and training, have a big advantage when it comes to delivering custom orders on time and at competitive pricing, since we can meet the many different custom requirements that our customers require without having to…
  • 10 “Old School” Reasons to Choose a Good Manufacturer

    Midlake Products
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:10 am
    People choose one manufacturer over another for various reasons. In some cases there are technical limitations such as the types of products being offered, and in other cases there are decision factors such as certifications or lead times.  And of course, there’s always everyone’s favorite issue – price. However, all things being equal, we feel there are more important decision factors which impact not only the long term success of your project, but also the overall quality of the product being manufactured. These factors were important when Midlake Products  was founded more than 25…
  • Finding the Right Tolerance for Your Project

    Midlake Products
    31 Jan 2014 | 2:42 am
    Every project brings with it a new set of challenges. One reoccurring example we typically run into with design projects is the question of tolerance. The interesting thing about tolerances is that more isn’t always better, which sometimes runs contrary to typical business mentality.  Continue reading as we share some tips on how to find just the right tolerance every time. What is Tolerance? Let’s first start with the basics so we have a definition to work from. In manufacturing, tolerance is the amount of variation allowable for manufactured parts. It’s the degree to which you can…
  • 5 Benefits of Design Collaboration in Manufacturing

    Midlake Products
    24 Jan 2014 | 2:39 am
    As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. This is true across just about every field, but it can be especially helpful in manufacturing. When so much relies on precision as well as ingenuity, collaborating with others becomes essential. In the technical sense, collaboration refers to providing an environment within which team members, vendors and suppliers can work with product and process information in a coordinated fashion.  This level of coordination is being made easier by today’s technological tools such as email and online meetings. However, the type of design collaboration…
  • Midlake Products creates custom Ohio Belt Buckles to Support Cystic Fibrosis

    Midlake Products
    14 Jan 2014 | 5:27 am
    Every once in awhile, we here at Midlake Products get to take a break from building high quality industrial parts and put our creativity and equipment to a higher use. In this case, it was for a great cause – supporting awareness of cystic fibrosis in our local community. Introducing – The “Ohio” Belt Buckle! A few months back, we were contacted by the non-profit organization “Ohio Run” which holds an annual run clear across the state of Ohio in order to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis. Yes, you read it correctly. They run across the ENTIRE STATE OF OHIO to raise awareness and…
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