Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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All You Have To Do Is Ask!

High profile leaders in your area may be more approachable than you think. Plan what you say and ask them something that will serve...

Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Working from Home

To tell you the truth, I am entirely happy with having been a home-based businesswoman for about eight years now. Increasingly, more women are...
What Makes a Loyal Customer?

What Makes a Loyal Customer?

Commitment to a brand is considered anachronistic, and programs to support loyalty are regarded by some critics as doomed ventures.  But I would argue...

Top 10 African countries to invest in 2016

As the world continues to witness a paradigm shift from business to politics, 2016 ushers a wave of opportunities never imagined. A look into business...
How Do We Become Self-Aware

How Do We Become Self-Aware?

Last week I wrote about the Ability to Learn in the context of Soft Skills. My comments about self-awareness solicited a response from one...

Our Future With Trump’s Wall!

It is time to take a satirical look at the future and see what the 2016 election results will produce regarding a wall on...

Are you Burned Out or Bored Out?

The classic notion of 'burnout' conjures up mental images of high-flying executives, working insane hours in stressful situations but being paid top dollar for doing...
Two Ears and One Mouth.

Two Ears and One Mouth.

While meeting with a new client the other day I noticed that I was listening to a “dump”. This is not that unusual in...

Are Emoji’s the new (smiley) face of Marketing?

When Facebook augmented their ‘Like’ feature with 5 new emoji reactions it seemingly became a catalyst for major advertisers to jump on the bandwagon....

How Flexible Are You? The Soft Skill of Adaptability. Part II

This is Part Two of last week’s blog on Adaptability and Flexibility. As I stated last week, these are two skills are coming to...

The Young and the Restless “Millennial” Entrepreneurs

While they may be young and inexperienced, they bring fresh ideas and new skills to the table. They understand the tech world and are...

The Importance Of Developing An Employee Reward System

The ability to select rewards and time them properly is one of a manager’s most important tools. It is used for increasing the effectiveness...

5 Non-Design Skills Every Freelance Designer Needs

Let me be honest with you. The hours, sweat, tears (and sometimes blood) that went into mastering your design skills and software is not...

Steps Big and Small to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone...

The idea of being active on LinkedIn strikes fear into the hearts of those who view anything other than owning a completed LinkedIn profile...

Going To Study Abroad? Learn How To Save On Your Stay

If you decline your brilliant study-abroad opportunities only because of high costs, it`s a bad idea. After all, there is a large variety of...

Review of Toptal, The Best Freelancing Site

Toptal is the growing network of freelancers (developers only). Toptal is known as the top freelancing platform with top level of interviews. Toptal keeps...
4 Steps to Start-Up Success

4 Steps to Start-Up Success

While sitting on the beach one day in Amelia Island, Florida, I noticed my children (6 and 5 at the time) frantically building something...

7 Great Habits of Remarkably Successful People

Good habits can make a world of difference in our lives. When we think wisely, we choose good habits. When we think foolishly, we...

How To Set And Achieve Any Goal

Learn the vital steps to setting and achieving goals of any size or time frame. Many goal setting processes have their own flaws and...
Leadership is... Building Leaders

Leadership is… Building Leaders

In November 2014 I wrote blogs on leadership and followership. I asked the question, what are leaders without followers? As I re-read both posts...
The True Definition of Teamwork

The True Definition of Teamwork

Last week I attended the 17th International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver. This was a week-long event with about 750 handbell ringers from around the...
A Milestone - #100!

A Milestone – #100!

Webster defines a milestone as “An important point in the progress or development of something; a very important event or advance.” This post is...
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

The work of author and business coach Marshall Goldsmith, in particular his book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There (2007), were key...

Why Pokemon Go Is Great For Small Businesses

DID YOU KNOW: POKEMON GO HAS BEEN INSTALLED ON TWICE AS MANY PHONES AS TINDER, DOUBLED THE ENGAGEMENT OF SNAPCHAT AND HAS OVERTAKEN TWITTER...
Responsible Business Behavior: Preserving Natural Resources

Responsible Business Behavior: Preserving Natural Resources

Instead of saving valuable energy resources, it seems that nowadays office equipment and gadgets are amounting to the electricity bills like never before. Even...
5 reasons to get excited

Review – Skyrim Special Edition: 5 reasons to get excited

Here’s why I’m looking forward to Skyrim Special Edition. Unlike a lot of gamers, I haven’t pumped hundreds of hours into Skyrim. At this point, I’ve probably...

Which ‘Business Bulls**t’ phrases annoy you the most?

"We can't boil the ocean by drinking Kool-aid and then circle back when we try to run it up the flagpole." Absolute nonsense right?...
The Art of Conscious Impulse Surrender

The Art of Conscious Impulse Surrender

Yes, I’m biased. I’m a former theatre guy. I think of this as I stumble on an article about improvisation in, of all places, the...

Social media scams – don’t get suckered

Want to win First Class seats on British Airways? Fancy a free iPhone due to surplus stock? Get a share of the billions that...

6 Stupid Office Rules that should be Banned

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

7 ways to ruin your career

    Notes of the worst anonymous employee: «Different objectives require different solutions. Many people out there want to succeed. But what if your idea...

7 Truths to Set Yourself Up for Success

Success comes in different forms and it means different things to different people. There isn't a precise formula to follow to be successful nor...
Underdog Wisdom

Underdog Wisdom

It happened last week while I was in Europe. Soccer fever fired up my heart. The European Championships in full bloom. My 91-year-old mom and me,...

Is It Worth Starting A Home Based Internet Business?

There are no specific requirements for starting your own internet business. But it''s surprising how so many people think and talk about their intentions...
TREASURE EVERY MOMENT

TREASURE EVERY MOMENT

To realize the value of one year: Ask a student who failed his final exam. To realize the value of one month: Ask a mother who has...

Me, my selfie and die

Dying to take a selfie? Think again. It may be more dangerous than you imagine. True fact? More people have been killed taking selfies...
My Biggest Fear In Business? Losing My Network

My Biggest Fear In Business? Losing My Network

Most people associate fear in business with losing a job and becoming unemployed. That is a reasonable thing to worry over.  It has never...
5 Tips to Hook Your Reader with a Compelling LinkedIn Summary Section

5 Tips to Hook Your Reader with a Compelling LinkedIn Summary...

Did you know that after the headline section LinkedIn is the second most widely-read section on your profile? Furthermore, studies show readers spend more...

A glimpse into the future?

18 years ago, Kodak had almost 200,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper. In 2012 they went bankrupt. And according to a...
Six Steps to Giving Your Resume a 21st Century Facelift

Six Steps to Giving Your Resume a 21st Century Facelift

No one looks for jobs in the paper anymore. Why use a resume designed for that era? A resume up-to-date in terms of career history...

Why cycling is the new golf

Is the business community really trading their Ping for Pinarello? Swapping their green jackets for a yellow jersey? Well according to a recent Business Insider...
How to Write Content

How to Write Content that Gets Over 100,000 Views (a Formula...

What if I told you that there’s a formula that you can use to repeatedly write an article that gets 100,000 views, or more?...
Why NOT Be High Touch?

Why NOT Be High Touch?

I wait in a TSA line at LaGuardia Airport, inching my way toward the front, when I notice a man and a woman. They...

Developing Good Habits to Improve Your Retail Store

E-commerce is quickly taking over the market and brick and mortar stores are slowly losing their popularity. That is one of the reasons why...

3 Major Things to Never Forget During Failure

Failure happens to everyone. However, failure doesn't have to rule your life. There are things that you can control and things that you can't...

Time to Weigh Up Your Transformation Value

Leaders often ask “are we maximising the value of our investments?” - but those overseeing transformation programmes sometimes struggle to provide data-driven responses to...

This Habit Determines the Altitude of Your Success

Every person on Earth has 24 hours a day. What you do with your time says more about you than what you say about...

The Hidden Cost and Risk of Entrepreneurship No One Talks About

COST. It is not a bad four-letter word but it makes most entrepreneurs wince!  Sure, you are supposed to know the cost of doing...

I’m on Snapchat. Now What?

You have probably been hearing a lot about Snapchat around work. Your kids are most likely on it and celebrities and companies around the...

Looking for love. On LinkedIn?

Valentines Day isn't a big thing on LinkedIn. Well it wasn't until BeLinked was launched, a Tinder style dating app that syncs with a users...

Modernize Your Resumes for 2016

From fashion to the world of business, nearly everything is subject to trends. Resumes are no different, even though traditional resume formatting and content...

How You Can Help Nurture Your Kid’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

The old adage is, “go to school, get good grades, and get a job.”  Is that the best we can encourage our children to...
Summer Slow-Down Lessons

Summer Slow-Down Lessons

My friend Marc Rubin and I tease our colleague Tina Governo. You seem to be working harder than ever, we chuckle during a phone chat...
Leadership

Leadership is Everyone’s Business: Successful Leaders are Everywhere

Everybody is born with unique leadership abilities Sometimes we tend to forget that everybody can enjoy the same things as us. Sometimes we ignore the...

Soft Skills – Conclusion

Over the past twenty three weeks I have written a series of posts on Soft Skills: their development, the competencies they represents and the...

‘Meternity Leave’ vs ‘Maternity Leave’ – a massive mistake?

Ex-magazine editor, Meghann Foye, was so jealous of her co-workers being able to claim maternity leave that she decided that she needed a break. One...

People – Process – Technology: PPT!

Most business problems are either the fault of, or can be solved by 
People, Process and Technology. A group of guys I worked with believe we...

Email Marketing: Personalise Your Emails To Get More Sales

  DID YOU KNOW: 74% OF MARKETERS SAY TARGETED PERSONALISATION INCREASES CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT? Email marketing can be one of the most powerful tools when it comes...
Six Steps to a Successful Career Change

Six Steps to a Successful Career Change

Changing industries can be challenging. Changing careers even more so as you are going up against others with years in the role and/or industry. With...

Capture Attention With 2 New Features For Facebook #TechTuesday

DID YOU KNOW: FACEBOOK HAS 1.6 BILLION MONTHLY USERS? Facebook is the king of social media and is always looking at ways to better their...
I’m Sorry and It Will Happen Again

I’m Sorry and It Will Happen Again

How often do you find yourself making the same mistake? Again. And Again. I was talking to a colleague, who also happens to be my...

How Flexible Are You? The Soft Skill of Adaptability.

I read somewhere recently that Soft Skills have become today’s Hard Skills. This is something to think about as we move further into the...

20 Key Actions that Make You a Better and Happier Person

Understanding the true meaning of  "less is more" is highly important to have clarity about where we are and where we want to go in...

6 things that money can’t buy in Business…

The Beatles told us that money can't buy you love. But in business, arguably, that doesn't really apply. So apart from love, according to...

Do you need a Digital Detox?

The internet is ruining everything. Really? Well according to the sensationalist CNBC headline last week it is. And it's all down to the latest...
Instagram Stories: The Video Revolution #TechTuesday

Instagram Stories: The Video Revolution #TechTuesday

DID YOU KNOW: INSTAGRAM’S PER-FOLLOWING ENGAGEMENT RATE IS 58 TIMES HIGHER THAN FACEBOOK?! Instagram are back with a brand new feature that most small businesses...

Two Reasons People Panic at Work and How to Stop Doing...

A client of ours was experiencing a drop in sales; financial performance was down, way down. The natural response is fear and panic. Unfortunately...
Emotional intelligence: Boosting Your Emotional Quotient (EQ)

Emotional intelligence: Boosting Your Emotional Quotient (EQ)

Emotional Quotient (EQ) refers to the capacity of an individual to understand others, what drives them, what makes them tick, and how they can...

50 of The Most Exciting Tech Startups Coming Out of Africa

African is witnessing the emergence of a technology revival. It is home to many startups that are changing the landscape. Every year Africa birth...

Social media ‘outstrips TV’ as news source for young people

Social media has overtaken television as young people's main source of news, according to a report. Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as...

HOW TO

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...

Me, my selfie and die

Dying to take a selfie? Think again. It may be more dangerous than you imagine. True fact? More people have been killed taking selfies...
Leaders Build Leaders

Leaders Build Leaders

Leadership is... Building Leaders Over the past couple of years I have been writing a series of blogs on what it means to be a...

Are YOU mispronouncing brand names like Nike, Porsche & Ikea?

Wonder why people smirk when you say Stella Artois, giggle when you utter Givenchy or howl laughing when you attempt Hyundai? It's maybe because these...

Going To Study Abroad? Learn How To Save On Your Stay

If you decline your brilliant study-abroad opportunities only because of high costs, it`s a bad idea. After all, there is a large variety of...
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