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Under-appreciated business tool: Dreams
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You've got a great idea, market research, first-class collaborators and a rock-solid business plan, so you're all set to get the ball rolling as an entrepreneur then, right? Actually, argues a recent post in Instead Knowledge, you may be missing one often over-looked tool for start-up success: dreams. More

7 ways to foster loyalty
Small Business Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We live in seriously disposable times. People outgrow their use for things and each other, sadly rather quickly. Deborah Shane, blog host of Deborah Shane Toolbox, always takes note when people talk about following people and companies for a "long time." That's really hard to do today. So how do you build a long-term following, loyalty and community? How do you win in the minds of the consumer? More

Leadership caffeine: Stop feeding your leadership dragons
Management Excellence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Leadership dragons are the outward behaviors driven by misguided underlying beliefs that keep many in leadership roles from truly meriting the label of leader. We feed and nurture these dragons through our own behaviors. They are our weaknesses manifesting themselves in actions and approaches that stifle creativity, imprison innovation and subvert initiative on our teams and in our organizations. More

Why aren't you delegating?
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You have way too much to do, you're buried in work, and it seems there's no way out from under it all. But there is: delegation. Yes, yes, you know it's important to do and you know it will save you time and help others develop new skills. So why aren't you doing it? More

Business is all about human connections
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This may be hard for some to believe, but there was actually a time when "cut and paste" meant taking a pair of scissors, cutting something out, and pasting it onto a piece of paper. Now it just takes a few clicks and you can do it over and over again, just like that. Therein lies the problem. If you can make a genuine connection with a human being, then a transaction is at least possible. But if you're employing copy-and-paste marketing, forget it. More

How do you spell success? E-T-H-I-C-S
Sustainable Business Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Frank Bucaro, an ethics expert, is tired of people blaming the recession for their lack of business, stagnation or loss of motivation. The reality is that companies have cash reserves, 90 percent of the workforce is still employed and the market is recovering. So what and where is your success? It lies within you. How do you spell success? Ethics. Don't think so? Read on. More

Extreme makeover: Leadership edition
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The fastest transition from inept to adept occurs when leaders turn the topic of change on themselves. When was the last time you changed something about you? Not someone or something else, but your thinking, your philosophy, your vision, your approach, your attitude, or your development. Most leaders are quite skilled at embracing change — except when the focus of the change initiative happens to be on them. More

Make your presentation's visual aids easy to follow
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When presenting, it's essential to keep your audience clued into where you are in your speech. Structure helps them follow along and receive your message. But if you're using slides, the repetitive use of an agenda can be annoying, and even patronizing. Instead of littering your presentation visuals with this device, focus on creating a straightforward narrative. More

Keeping your brand consistent across marketing mediums
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Print, Web, digital, mobile — there are many ways to market your products and services, but your message, look, feel and voice should be the same no matter which platform you choose. The following are some guidelines and tips for keeping your brand consistent across all marketing mediums. The first step to consistent branding across all marketing mediums is to have branding guidelines in place. More

Speaking from notes
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Some people are excellent at speaking from a few notes, or a brief outline. Others find it very difficult. In recent years, people overcome that difficulty by using PowerPoint slides as both their notes and, increasingly, their text. However, if you really want to get the attention of your audience you will get rid of your slides, unless they have something to show that is not just words — slides are for graphics, mouths are for words. More

Why listening is the most important leadership skill and how you can improve
Common Sense Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Attentive listening has been the No. 1 key to many leaders' effectiveness. And, not surprisingly, when surveying team members of leaders who were seeking to improve their leadership skills, listening was frequently cited as the needed area for improvement. While many people think that they are good listeners, they're actually not. Fortunately, listening, like all other skills, can be improved. More

Tough decisions are easier with input
Leader Communicator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Leaders have difficult decisions to make about how to deliver on aggressive goals: grow their business, get ahead of the competition and control spending, among many others. But they don't have to make the tough calls in a vacuum. More

Understanding digital connections
One+ Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Connectivity is an awfully big word for the simple phenomenon it describes. Well, maybe not a simple phenomenon, but a natural one. People are naturally, even organically predisposed to form connections with one another. After all, we didn't evolve individually but as members of little collectives. More


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