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Richard Branson on Not Going It Alone

Richard Branson on Not Going It Alone | Business | Scoop.it
To be successful in business, you need to connect and collaborate.
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I've been an avid fan of structured networking for many years, you just have to learn which places and events are worthwhile for you to attend, otherwise risk the busy fool syndrome! 

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Are You Emotionally Intelligent? 5 of the Tell-Tale Signs

Are You Emotionally Intelligent? 5 of the Tell-Tale Signs | Business | Scoop.it
Ever wonder if you're emotionally intelligent? What about that person you're interviewing? Or your boss? Here are five ways to evaluate that.
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I like the tie-in to interviewing people in this article - some good tips on questions to ask.  

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The Top-10 Characteristics of Lousy Leaders

The Top-10 Characteristics of Lousy Leaders | Business | Scoop.it
If you look at the major news stories in business, politics, diplomacy, whatever, it’s pretty hard to miss that most of the crises we face are crises of leadership. I once worked for a man who couldn’t pull the trigger on a project, ever. I would bring him a request with all the supporting documentation. […]
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Often lousy leaders are so because they have never had the right type of training or role models themselves - apart from those on a power trip and that's a totally different story!  It's interesting when you read this article that all of these characteristics can be undone and re-learned if people are willing to invest the time.

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How We Buy vs. How We Date: They're More Similar Than You Think

How We Buy vs. How We Date: They're More Similar Than You Think | Business | Scoop.it
Inbound is a lot like dating -- here's why.
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This is an interesting article and demonstrates how ongoing commitment to your prospects can evolve into an ongoing relationship.  You have to put something into it.

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The Big Work Lie: “Out of Office”

The Big Work Lie: “Out of Office” | Business | Scoop.it
It happens to all of us. You send an email to someone that requires a reply. You might even add some sizzle to it with a big red exclamation point. Could be a request to fix a problem. Could be
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I think this is a very candid article!  I also like the altered version inserting the word REALLY several times!  Do you believe the OOO responders you get? 

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10 one-minute time hacks that will make you more productive

10 one-minute time hacks that will make you more productive | Business | Scoop.it
10 time hacks that will take you less than 60 seconds to implement into your life.
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Some good tips here.  I really like  the "things I'm waiting for" idea and will start to do that but I love the “rule of 3″ as a productivity ritual in that it is focused on the outcomes you want to happen today rather than the things you have to do. 
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How to Get Your Employees to Think Strategically

How to Get Your Employees to Think Strategically | Business | Scoop.it
Studies show that strategic thinking is the most important element of leadership. But how do you instill the trait in others at your company?
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Strategic thinking is a skill that can be passed down.  As business owners/leaders, it is our responsibility to ensure our managers/staff develop in the right areas which will create multiple benefits to our organisations.

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A SEAL's Perspective: 5 Ways to Be a Better Leader

A SEAL's Perspective: 5 Ways to Be a Better Leader | Business | Scoop.it
If you fail to live up to your purpose as a leader then you run the risk of failing to lead.
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...incessant talkers are what I like to call social hand grenades -- throw them in a room full of people and watch the crowd disperse.  I love this comment it is very true - 2 ears and one mouth, use in proportion!!!

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Ways You're Sabotaging Your Mornings

Ways You're Sabotaging Your Mornings | Business | Scoop.it
Get more out of your day by avoiding these five time-wasters and distractors.
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Short but interesting article - very true - may have to stay offline until 10am it makes sense!

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8 Essential Elements for Finding Fulfillment at Work | Switch and Shift

8 Essential Elements for Finding Fulfillment at Work | Switch and Shift | Business | Scoop.it
Organizations help bring out the best in their employees by creating environments where people love to work. When employees are at their best, not only do they feel great, but they get terrific results for their organizations. Here are some suggestions for creating a culture where people feel tremendous satisfaction and reward.
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I like the bit about having every member of the team write a mission statement that defines their personal mission "My mission is to [ ] so that [X outcome] occurs." I will be doing this.  Some other good advice in this article too.

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The Art of Crafting a 15-Word Strategy Statement

The Art of Crafting a 15-Word Strategy Statement | Business | Scoop.it
A long, often vague document won't do you any favors.
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This is a good article about having a focused, very clear strategy statement to hang every other element from. The 15 word idea really makes you think about what words add that clarity!

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Do Not Need: A 3-D Printed Replica Of Your Unborn Baby | Geekologie

Do Not Need: A 3-D Printed Replica Of Your Unborn Baby | Geekologie | Business | Scoop.it
3D Babies will print a replica of your unborn baby using the 3-D ultrasound from a doctor's visit (previously: these ones from Japan based on MRI scans). 3D Babies come in three sizes: a $200 mini, a $400 half-size,...

Via Marty Koenig
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There is obvioulsy a market for this but what a strange business idea!

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, January 24, 7:42 PM

This is just too weird. But kinda cool. 

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Curiosity killed the cat, but it's your best tool when networking

Curiosity killed the cat, but it's your best tool when networking | Business | Scoop.it
Whether you are a networking novice or a networking ninja, these easy-peasy tactics will help to make your networking more productive and fun!
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There are lots of tips out there to show you how to network effectively.  However, this short article gives you five very engaging questions to get any conversation going, especially given how we all like to talk about ourselves!

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malek's comment, January 22, 8:37 AM
The cat/dog can also be your best tool for "little talk" before the pitch.....good article
Marie Clement's comment, January 22, 11:15 AM
I agree Malek! Thanks :)
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4 Habits Of Punctual People

4 Habits Of Punctual People | Business | Scoop.it
Those people who are always on time? How to they do it? If you are part of the 20 of Americans who are chronically late get ready to change everything.
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I swing in between rushing or being early!  I do enjoy downtime when I arrive ahead of time and of course my whole mindset is much more focused as I'm not worrying about being late!

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The One Reason For Quitting I'll Never Be Mad About | LinkedIn

The One Reason For Quitting I'll Never Be Mad About | LinkedIn | Business | Scoop.it
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I don't think it ever gets any easier though regardless of the reasons!  

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9 Companies With Truly Inspiring Mission Statements

9 Companies With Truly Inspiring Mission Statements | Business | Scoop.it
Check out these inspiring company mission statements from companies who have stayed true to their core values.
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Do you buy into mission statements?  I think that you know from dealing with / observing companies whether they behave in the way their mission statement describes - it is more than just a statement it is a way of life for them and everyone in the business buys into it.  

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70 Online Tools & Services You Should At Least Know Exist | BloggerJet

70 Online Tools & Services You Should At Least Know Exist | BloggerJet | Business | Scoop.it

Via Sherryl Perry
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This is a great list of tools for anyone who is serious about online marketing.

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mireia's curator insight, April 21, 5:10 PM

70 tools you should at least know exist

Lee Werrell's curator insight, April 24, 5:31 AM

Saving time is key if you are working and selling online - these tools help save you time and effort and make life easier. Check them out today!

Sergey Bessonov's curator insight, April 24, 11:03 AM

Unbelievebly useul link for those who go online! check it out! 

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5 Ways to Grow Your Business Without Adding More Resources

5 Ways to Grow Your Business Without Adding More Resources | Business | Scoop.it
With these strategies, your company can do more with less.
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A good article, especially the automation, will save you lots of time and can be done whenever it is convenient for you - I love HootSuite we have used it for years.

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Just Keep Swimming Part 1: Obstacles

Just Keep Swimming Part 1: Obstacles | Business | Scoop.it
Even with the goals that I am most passionate about, I occasionally burn out. I may get frustrated by some particularly challenging situation and consider giving up, but I rarely do. I remind myself
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This is an inspirational article about overcoming obstacles - the video clip of Diana Nyad is not her post-success victory speech, it is a speech she gave between her failed attempt and eventual record swim. 

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How to Succeed in Business Without Knowing a Thing | Switch and Shift

How to Succeed in Business Without Knowing a Thing | Switch and Shift | Business | Scoop.it
I hate business. Perhaps not the ideal, but what it has come to embody and represent. Though, my dislike doesn’t stem from the pursuit of profit. I don’t believe that money is the root of all evil. No, my dislike, and even sometimes disgust, comes from the all too common pursuit of profit over doing what’s right. My conviction that I would never partake in this practice has led me down what some would consider an unusual path.
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I think this is a little misleading as "without knowing a thing" implies you get up, decide on an idea then off you go!  The author obviously knows his specialist areas and how to do a great job with customers.  Interesting article anyway and I love this Steve Jobs quote he used: “When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.” 

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Richard Branson on Not Going It Alone

Richard Branson on Not Going It Alone | Business | Scoop.it
To be successful in business, you need to connect and collaborate.
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I've been an avid fan of structured networking for many years, you just have to learn which places and events are worthwhile for you to attend, otherwise risk the busy fool syndrome! 

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5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees

5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees | Business | Scoop.it
Finding impactful staff members takes a lot of hard work. Here are the attributes one company screens for in their candidates.
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Sometimes you don't get to see these attributes demonstrated until the person is in place but a good article.

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Make yourself happier in the next hour • Productive! Magazine

Make yourself happier in the next hour • Productive! Magazine | Business | Scoop.it
You can make yourself happier – and this doesn’t have to be a long-term ambition. You can start right now.
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I'm not sure about this one: Try to get in the habit of using the “one minute rule”—i.e., never postpone any task that can be completed in less than one minute. An uncluttered environment will contribute to a more serene mood.  I am trying to chunk my time into important activity without these distractions but some good tips here!

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The Most Important Numbers You Need to Understand to Grow Your Business

The Most Important Numbers You Need to Understand to Grow Your Business | Business | Scoop.it

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Via Daniel Watson
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This is an excellent article that helps you to get a grip really quickly on the information that needs to be reviewed constantly and encourages setting up schedules to do this.

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Tiffany Crosby's curator insight, January 28, 9:27 AM

Of all the numbers mentioned in here, I find the pipeline one the most challenging to manage as you grow. It's that aged-old problem of not enough time to work on and in the business and not enough cash to hire additional resources. So what do you do when you reach that point? How do you free up time and/or resources to help you continue to market as you grow?

Des Kirby's curator insight, January 28, 11:18 AM

Some  financial management health checks to help you keep your business profitable.

Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, January 28, 4:45 PM

Very Basic, but essential.  The key from my point of view ? Make sure  that the "checking the number" becomes a monthly routine that you stick to stubbornly. Block the time, no compromise!

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Is Jelly The Next Twitter? Use Biz Stone’s Q&A App For Business

Is Jelly The Next Twitter? Use Biz Stone’s Q&A App For Business | Business | Scoop.it
Not so long ago (7 years, to be exact), this thing called Twitter came into being. When this micro-blogging tool hit the Interwebs, there were two kinds of people that were using it; those who saw the potential and experimented, and those who tried using it, but really couldn’t get the point of it. In fact, it was doubtful that even the co-founders of Twitter could even imagine how popular and important the app would be, less than a decade down the road.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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I can really see how this can work for engaging with your audience - especially questions about how do I ... etc - could help to position you as an expert in your field - I've not done much with it yet though!
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malek's curator insight, January 24, 9:11 AM

Brian, I've been scratching my head for the past few hours about Jelly. Not sure wha't unique about? Just compare with Yahoo Answer and Quora. 

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16 Body Language Tips to Improve Your Nonverbal Communication

16 Body Language Tips to Improve Your Nonverbal Communication | Business | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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The way you look, move and respond is often overlooked when covering staff training or indeed by the business owner themselves.  It only takes a single look to make somebody feel uncomfortable, a shift in a chair to make you hurry to the end of your sentence etc.  Business owners need to covey the right message in the right way in order to communicate effectively.

 

This article highlights the power of non-verbal communication along with excellent tips for business owners to master new skills.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 3, 6:10 PM

Some useful tips to communicate more powerfully.

Authentis Formations's curator insight, March 13, 4:38 AM

De bons conseils !

Richard Lock's curator insight, March 13, 4:59 AM

Think of reading body language as a detective trying to solve a crime. No one piece of evidence on its own is worth much. However, when several pieces of evidence point in the same direction - start paying attention.