Friday, November 24, 2017
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Learning

Winning and [Losing] Learning!

This is my 155th blog post. I was going to celebrate my 150th and write about that, but somehow it slipped by me. It’s...

The Tracks of Your Career – which songs sum up your...

What songs define your '9 to 5'? Are you more 'Whistle while you Work' or are you simply 'Working for the Weekend'? I've been a 'Slave to the Wage' for...
Why Wine Costs More with a Story

Why Wine Costs More with a Story

The hand blown bottle was labeled with the year 1787 and the word “Lafitte,” a top French vineyard, etched into the glass. The wine...
Is Your Business a Mercenary, or a Missionary?

Is Your Business a Mercenary, or a Missionary?

Companies want customers to love them. Bosses want people to love their jobs. Yet many leaders will tell you, emotion has no place in...
Two Reasons So Many People are Reluctant to Be Positive

Two Reasons So Many People are Reluctant to Be Positive

Is there an incentive to be friendly?  For many people, there are actually more incentives to be negative. Recently, we were working with a client...
Three Ways to Bring Back Courtesy

Three Ways to Bring Back Courtesy

If you’re feeling like the workplace (and the world in general) is becoming more crass, you’re not alone. According to Harvard Business Review polls,...
Do it – Step out of Your Comfort Zone

Do it – Step out of Your Comfort Zone!

I did something this week that made me step right out of my comfort zone. I presented a live webinar. The idea of doing webinars...
How To Make A Website

How To Make A Website: Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

80% of consumers will stop engaging with a brand online, and the content on their website if they are not getting a seamless experience,...
What Are These Thingsvideo

So, What Are These Things Called “Soft Skills”?

So, What Are These Things Called “Soft Skills”? Soft Skills’ is a catch-all term referring to various behaviors that help people work and socialize well...
Should Managers Be Required to Take Courses in Hiring and Firing

Should Managers Be Required to Take Courses in Hiring and Firing?...

Over the past week, I have had two clients tell me some pretty disturbing stories about experiences they have had with managers from two...
What's it's like to have nearly 60 angel investors and no VC firms.

What’s it’s like to have nearly 60 angel investors and no...

I have written a lot about my journey as a founder and CEO. I've written about guest lecturing at the business school that once...
Why You Should Build Your Own Website

Why You Should Build Your Own Website

Did you know that on average, Google processes 40,000 search queries every second? That’s 3.5 billion searches per day, and 1.2 trillion search per...
10 Productive things to do in your free time

10 Productive things to do in your free time

Tired of finishing a free day in the knowledge that you’ve literally done nothing? Wish you could be more productive? In this article, Beauty...
AI Design My Logo… See What Happens Next

I Let AI Design My Logo… See What Happens Next

ACCORDING TO GARTNER, 85% OF CUSTOMER INTERACTIONS WILL BE MANAGED WITHOUT A HUMAN BY 2020. Since the end of 2016, I have been keeping a...
De-bugging the Soft Skill of Problem-Solving

De-bugging the Soft Skill of Problem-Solving

Was Problem-Solving on your list of soft skills? I can’t say that it was originally on mine. Why is that? I think that we...

Get ahead at work. Take a nap

Arianna Huffington is a self-confessed 'sleep evangelist' advocating a 10 minute snooze during the working day to recharge your batteries, boost performance and even improve...
15 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Website

15 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Website

  It’s true that 57.7% of SMEs intend to invest in a new/improved website in 2017. When it comes to building a website, there is so...
When Beanbag Chairs and Foosball Tables Aren’t Enough

Hi-Tech: When Beanbag Chairs and Foosball Tables Aren’t Enough

I read a great post a week or so ago titled “Adaptability: The Key Leadership Trait in the Digital Transformation” by Daniel Newman. Reading...
The Digital Transformation Battle Between Sales & Marketing

The Digital Transformation Battle Between Sales & amp; Marketing

Did you know that 39% of organisations say that digital transformations have helped them generate real-time sales online? A further 32% say that a digital...
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This One Simple Survey Question can Drive Massive Growth

Wondering how to drive massive growth? Your solution may be through one simple survey question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPpenOnwuxY Aamir Noorani has found such method. Noorani is the Chief...
7 Of The Best Website Plugins For Wordpress

7 Of The Best Website Plugins For WordPress

Did you know that since March 2016, WordPress has been reportedly powering 26.4% of the web, and this is continually rising and it is...
Fighting What You Control and What You Don’t Control

Fighting What You Control and What You Don’t Control

Over the past few weeks, in a significant number of discussions with a variety of people, the concept of “What do you control and...
GDPR: Why Your Business Needs To Know This Privacy Law

GDPR: Why Your Business Needs To Know This Privacy Law

I love writing content about helping companies go through a digital transformation but there does always come a time where something important happens like...

Is Facebook really as addictive as Cocaine?

Hooked on Facebook? Well according to a recent study it affects your brain in the same way as using cocaine, gambling or alcohol... The latest...
How to connect with your Mobile Market and sell more stuff

How to connect with your Mobile Market and sell more stuff

Which one of the pictures, above, does your website resemble? If it’s the first or second, you could be losing a ton of money...

New lives, new spaces

It’s time to redesign the spaces where we live and work Over the past 30 years, globalization and the rise of digital technology have upended...
Why Teambuilding is an Important Soft Skill in Hi-Tech

Why Teambuilding is an Important Soft Skill in Hi-Tech

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. - Michael Jordan   John Adair defined “team” as “a group in which the individuals share a...
Why Working on Hobbies Makes You Better at Your Job

Why Working on Hobbies Makes You Better at Your Job

Would you hire a wind surfer?  How about a furniture painter?  Would leadership promote someone who spends their weekends writing and reading poetry?  We...
How to Leverage Emotions at Work

How to Leverage Emotions at Work

When was the last time you felt inspired? What made you feel that way? If you’re like most humans, inspiration requires an intense level of...
Future of Banking

The Future of Banking

Be it the macroeconomy, geopolitics or technological changes, we are living in a world of radical uncertainty. Not only do we have to grapple...
Tips for Entrepreneurs

Tips for Entrepreneurs to Conquer the World

Every entrepreneur’s dream is to make it big and conquer the world. However, there are lots of bumps and rough patches in the road...
Is Professionalism a Soft Skill

Is Professionalism a Soft Skill? A Hi-Tech Perspective

"Soft Skills, or the ability to manage soft issues, is a challenge for modern leaders to master" - Aly Moreno As I wrote last week,...
How Twitter Helped Me Become A Top 100 Global Digital Influencer

How Twitter Helped Me Become A Top 100 Global Digital Influencer

  Since joining Twitter in 2009, it has been my favourite social network to engage with my audience. My first ever tweet was sent on the...
Ways You Can Build Your Twitter Following In 24 Hours

3 Ways You Can Build Your Twitter Following In 24 Hours

  Did you know that there are 500 million tweets sent every single day? That’s 6,000 tweets every second. Now more than ever, you need to...
5 Changes You Can Make to Improve Customer Experience at Your Store

5 Changes You Can Make to Improve Customer Experience at Your...

Setting yourself apart from the competition is definitely one of the top priorities of any store owner. In a world where customers can choose...
Research into the Social (Soft) Skills of Hi-Tech Workers

Research into the Social (Soft) Skills of Hi-Tech Workers

Over the past few months I have been shifting my attention to the Hi-Tech industry. I have this sense that there is a need...
Quick And Dirty Guide To Using Twitter For Business

Quick And Dirty Guide To Using Twitter For Business

Did you know that 84% of shoppers on Twitter use the platform to look for deals and product reviews and Twitter users shop nearly...
When to Tell the Boss and When to Keep it to Yourself

To Tattle or Not to Tattle: When to Tell the Boss...

To tattle or not to tattle, that is the question my friends. When you see a co-worker making errors, how do you handle it?  Ignore...
Why I Wrote A Second Edition Of My Book

Why I Wrote A Second Edition Of My Book

I remember sitting down in 2014, and writing the first edition of my book; Think #Digital First, hoping that it would be a success....

The Business Bullsh*t Quiz – how many do you know?

Straight out of the box, we need to address the 800 pound gorilla in the room. We all action these cliched idioms each and...
Ways To Turn Your Lifestyle Into A Business

Ways To Turn Your Lifestyle Into A Business

Some of the most well-known and celebrated names in American business aren’t even businesses. They’re people: Kenneth Cole. Kim Kardashian. Oprah. These people have...
Hi-Tech Hiring

Hi-Tech Hiring: Where do Soft Skills Fit?

Last week I wrote about how the Hi-Tech industry is feeling the pinch from workers lacking basic soft skills. A recent article published in...
Get To Know Your Social Media Visitors

[Free Tool] Get To Know Your Social Media Visitors

In the UK, 77% of people have an active Social Media account. Connecting with prospects online has evolved. It used to be enough to just...
What Stock Investors Need to Know, and Why

What Stock Investors Need to Know, and Why

Global markets have done great so far in 2017. Are the gains sustainable? With attractive returns such as haven't been seen for quite a few...

8 Reasons Leadership Means Selling

I was recently presented with an interesting challenge. In a more or less routine process of regular performance evaluation I found myself in strong...

This is what it takes to succeed as a summer intern

Nearly a decade ago, when I was working out of my firm's Shanghai office, a college student from the US joined my team for...
How To Turn Visitors Into Customers Through Blogging

How To Turn Visitors Into Customers Through Blogging

According to 82% of marketers, blogging receives a positive ROI. I remember when I used to blog to promote a product, without actually generating any...
Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

People often ask me what kind of personality traits successful entrepreneurs possess? I've always maintained a mental list, based on my observations over years of...
50 Ideas for a Lucrative Side Hustle

50 Ideas for a Lucrative Side Hustle

If you're looking for ways you can earn a few extra bucks with a side hustle, you'd likely encounter hundreds of strategies for make...
The Step-By-Step Guide To Writing A Small Business Blog

The Step-By-Step Guide To Writing A Small Business Blog

  According to Traffic Generation Cafe, once you write between 21-54 blog posts, you actually increase traffic by up to 30%. The above statistic is extremely...
The 5 Daily Essentials for Building a Successful Online Business

The 5 Daily Essentials for Building a Successful Online Business

When you look at the statistics of how many people log onto the Internet or social media, you get excited. Never has there been...
10 Reasons Why Your Blog Is Underperforming

10 Reasons Why Your Blog Is Underperforming

It’s true that 47% of consumers read between 3-5 pieces of blog content before making a purchasing decision. Are you making sure your content is...
How to Be Promotable

How to Be Promotable: 3 Surprising Things You Need to Know

What does it take to get promoted? Most people think being good at your job is enough.  They’re wrong. I met a woman on a plane...
Useless Employee Surveys and How to Avoid Them

Useless Employee Surveys and How to Avoid Them

Have you ever done an employee survey?  How honest were you? Did the questions even scratch the surface of the true feelings you have...
business success

Blinded by the Light? Engineering your network for business success without...

In the digitally re-mastered economy, the demand for network speed, capacity and resilience is heading in only one direction: faster, higher, stronger. Building a...
How To Promote Your Blog Post Like A Pro

How To Promote Your Blog Post Like A Pro

You must have heard how important it is to have a blog for your business. In fact, numerous studies showed different case studies of how...
How To Write Content

Blogging 101: How To Write Content Your Audience Will Love

It’s true that websites with a blog tend to have 434% more indexed pages. This means that Google will recognise your website as a...
Why Startups Should Rely on Outsourcing in their First Year

Why Startups Should Rely on Outsourcing in their First Year

  Startups are popping up everywhere – wherever you’re located on the globe, you can start your own business, attack the digital market, and act...
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Video Case Study:  David – Blogging to Success

   David had been a coach for just over three years when we first connected, and like many coaches, his practice was experiencing many ups...
The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Social Media

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Social Media

ACCORDING TO RESEARCHER GARTNER, AI BOTS WILL POWER 85% OF ALL CUSTOMER SERVICE INTERACTIONS BY 2020. AI (Artificial Intelligence) has been a hot topic in...
10 Small Business Power Tips on How To Use Facebook

10 Small Business Power Tips on How To Use Facebook

Facebook now has around 2 billion monthly users. Between you and me, I had fallen out of love with Facebook, but due to all of...
The Surprising ROI On Gratitude Training

The Surprising ROI On Gratitude Training

What are you grateful for? Your family? A home? These are the typical go to’s when people discuss gratitude. Pop culture is filled with...
How To Deal with a Whining Employee

How To Deal with a Whining Employee

As a leader, it’s frustrating to hear whining.  In response, leaders often say, “Don’t come to me with a problem, come to me with...
Mind-expanding digital apps to help you do more of what matters

Mind-expanding digital apps to help you do more of what matters

Once upon a time on a Reddit thread, someone posed the question, if a person from 50 years ago stepped into a time machine and...
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Video Case Study: Terryl – A Shift In Behaviour Creates Leadership.

Terryl is a senior leader for a rural utilities co-op.  He has 19 direct reports made up of managers, journeyman linemen, mechanics and engineers....
LinkedIn Finally

LinkedIn Finally Gets “Personal” With Remarketing And Beats Facebook

LINKEDIN HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR GAME. As someone who has a business that is B2B, I have found that LinkedIn has been the most successful...
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Video Case Study: Teri – Respect | Sales | Confidence

When I first began working with Teri she was a sales representative in the security industry. One of her challenges was with assertiveness: “I...
7 Discreet (But Effective) Ways To Get Noticed On LinkedIn

7 Discreet (But Effective) Ways To Get Noticed On LinkedIn

Did you know that 467 million people use LinkedIn worldwide? Standing out on LinkedIn can be a very difficult task, especially as you’re having to...
Seeing the Other Side – Influence and Persuation

Seeing the Other Side – Influence and Persuation

In a recent coaching conversation, a client mentioned that he always feels like he is second guessing his actions. He wondered why he was...
5 Key Factors To An Eye Catching LinkedIn Profile Photo

5 Key Factors To An Eye Catching LinkedIn Profile Photo

According to Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov, it only takes 100 milliseconds to form an impression of someone just from looking at...

HOW TO

Guess what? Apple is becoming a record label

Pitchfork recently reported that Apple is producing music videos for people like M.I.A. and Drake. A report today points to a new Apple job...

Is Professionalism a Soft Skill?

This is the second in a series of posts exploring Soft Skills and why they are so important to your success in any endeavour. “Soft...

EU rules bent again: Bankrupt Greece looks set to get ‘payment...

THE German Finance Minister said Greece could leave the eurozone temporarily today – and return when they’re a bit better off. Wolfgang Schaeuble, usually one...
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Video Case Study:  David – Blogging to Success

   David had been a coach for just over three years when we first connected, and like many coaches, his practice was experiencing many ups...

6 stupid office rules that should be banned

Rules in the workplace. Without them we'd have anarchy. Or would we? According to an article by Dr Travis Bradbury in the Huffington Post most companies fall into...