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Focus On Your Business By Looking Elsewhere

Focus On Your Business By Looking Elsewhere | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Business owners can become very cocooned within their own little worlds, and if they allow this to happen, their world view and the benefits that such a view brings to a business will shrink away to nothing.


Reaching out from the world of your own business, into the world's of other businesses and the larger environment, can help a business owner to connect to those who can help them to view their own world differently.


This excellent article suggests that an alternative view of the world to your own view is invaluable, and it suggests that to effectively focus on your own business you need to spend time looking outside of your business for inspiration.

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Introduction to the Business Improvement Topic

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The Business Improvement topic, is an ever growing collection of professionally filtered, quality business improvement advice, curated specifically for the owners and managers of small to medium sized business enterprises in the English speaking world.

 

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How to Ask for Referrals Without Actually Asking

How to Ask for Referrals Without Actually Asking | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Many business owners are actually afraid to ask for referrals, recommendations and testimonials from their customers, yet referrals are the lifeblood of successful businesses, and every business owner needs to overcome their fear and make referrals happen.


To build up the courage to ask for referrals is never easy for those business owners lacking confidence in themselves or their products or services, but there are ways such people can  get referrals happening, without actually having to directly ask for them.


This excellent article suggests that the key to getting referrals is to know how, when, and where to ask, but for those who can't build up the necessary level of courage it offers five tips on how to get referrals without having to actually ask for them.

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Angela Heath's curator insight, April 18, 6:36 PM

Referrals and repeat business can be up to 75 percent of your business.  Learn how to get referrals even if you are shy.

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4 Tips for Preparing Your Business to Grow

4 Tips for Preparing Your Business to Grow | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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All business owners want their businesses to succeed, yet in order to succeed in business a business owner needs to prepare their business for growth, before that growth occurs.


Failure to properly prepare a business for growth, is in itself a sure fire way of reducing the chances of business success, and something that is totally avoidable with a little foresight.


This excellent article, suggests that once the number of customers needed to ensure success and sustainability of a business is determined it is time to prepare for the necessary growth, and it offers four tips as to how a business owner should prepare their business to grow.

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Rhonda Hunter's curator insight, April 16, 1:15 PM

Let Lincoln Entrepreneur Growth Group (LEGG) help you when your ready to grow! www.lincolneda.org

Hemant Galviya's curator insight, April 17, 2:56 AM

nice lesson

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Mashable's Social Media Guide for Small Businesses

Mashable's Social Media Guide for Small Businesses | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Small business owners have the opportunity to utilise social media to grow their businesses in ways not available to previous generations, and to not make the most of the opportunities available, is akin to placing handcuffs on all  team members and sending them out to tackle the competition and then still expecting them to succeed.


The major impediment to many business owners embracing social media for the greater benefit of their business, is simply finding the pathways to follow, in order to successfully create a strong social media presence.


This excellent links package, courtesy of internet giants Mashable, provides a wealth of information and ideas to assist small business owners to create and execute a social media strategy designed to grow  their businesses.



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Pat Headley's curator insight, April 12, 5:34 AM

The major impediment to many business owners embracing social media for the greater benefit of their business, is simply finding the pathways to follow, in order to successfully create a strong social media presence.

Sunil Kumar's curator insight, April 12, 9:14 AM

thanks

Barbara Alevras, PMP's curator insight, April 12, 10:48 AM

Terrific resource for anyone using social media for their business.  Very comprehensive with links to lots of great info/tools.

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The 7 Essentials To Forming A Board Of Mentors

The 7 Essentials To Forming A Board Of Mentors | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Far too many small business owners, struggle along trying to be self-reliant and independent of others, only to see their businesses eventually wither and die.


Part of problem for the self-reliant and independent, is that the people who they will take advice from are usually family and friends, generally people who lack the business knowledge and experience required to provide quality advice.


This excellent article, suggests that to avoid failure small business owners need to seek advice from external business mentors, and it identifies the seven essential tips to forming an informal board of mentors.

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Jean-claude Zaugg's curator insight, April 10, 1:30 AM

Dans le business faites vous aider !

In business get advices from experienced people !

John Rudkin's curator insight, April 10, 5:53 AM

I agree....

BSN's curator insight, April 10, 9:56 AM

The 7 Essentials To Forming A Board Of Mentors #business #mentors

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How to Unleash the Power of Employee Advocacy

How to Unleash the Power of Employee Advocacy | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Marketing is necessary but costly, and acquiring new customers is never easy on limited budgets, yet many business owners ignore taking advantage of the power and cost effectiveness of tapping into their employees private and social networks to locate new customers.


Employee advocacy is not a new concept, but most business owners do not fully understand the power of utilising their employees as powerful advocates for their businesses, and therefore do not build and support a framework which encourages and rewards such advocacy.


This excellent article, suggests that a business owners job is to make it easy for employees to become strong advocates, and it offers eight guiding principles of establishing a successful employee advocacy program.

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Jerry Linnins's curator insight, April 6, 1:45 PM

Capturing the voice of the patient/customer/process and process performer is critical to sustaining improvement

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How to Know Them Better Before You Employ Them

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Hiring mistakes can be very costly for business owners, yet businesses continue to hire the wrong people over and over again, despite the fact that there are ways to reduce the number of bad hires made in staffing a business.


Apart from making hasty decisions without due consideration of process and role requirements, the main cause of bad hires is not learning enough from the applicants during the interview process, resulting in the hiring of individuals who are wrong for the role itself and/or are a bad fit for the business culture that prevails.


This excellent Slideshare presentation, suggests employers need to get a good handle on applicants personalities and life values to be able to make better hires, and it offers a framework in which business owners can operate to achieve this end.

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Kumar's curator insight, April 1, 9:17 PM

Good one.

Ernest Collett's curator insight, April 2, 2:55 AM

- Hire Attitude 

- Train Skills (Competence)

Works Best in the Service Industry.

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It's Good Business to Let Your Business Go Social

It's Good Business to Let Your Business Go Social | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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The world of work has changed dramatically in recent times, and the rapid infiltration of a highly tech aware cohort to the employee mix, will only increase the pace of change in the way work is done.


Trust, flexibility and the acceptance of social networking methodologies, are key factors that drive performance of new generation employees, and businesses need to adapt in order to survive.


This excellent article, suggests that business owners will need to apply a different type of leadership to their employees in this changed  world, and it suggests six leadership qualities that will need to be applied by business owners as the shift their businesses towards becoming social enterprises.

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Nine0Media's curator insight, March 31, 2:21 PM

#SocialMediaTools  

Catherine Pascal's curator insight, April 1, 10:30 AM
Really interesting and thrue ;-)
Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 14, 1:10 AM

Something we can apply to the classroom as well! The more available you are, the more you will be reached. It's comparable to always saying "yes!" when friends ask you to hang out. Be available and they will come. 

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Six Tips for Developing Successful Strategic Partnerships

Six Tips for Developing Successful Strategic Partnerships | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Small business owners, can grow their businesses quicker and more cost effectively, if they can enter into strategic partnerships with other business owners.


The range of other benefits that accrue to businesses that form successful strategic partnerships are many, and to reap these benefits, business owners should always have their eyes open for opportunities to partner with others for mutual benefit.


This excellent article, suggests that joining forces with other businesses is a key element to building a successful business, and it offers six tips to assist business owners to develop successful strategic partnerships.

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Jeanne Legare's curator insight, March 27, 9:32 AM

Working with strategic partners is a key to my success! These 6 tips are very important to know if you plan on partnering!

David Hain's curator insight, March 27, 10:34 AM

You can stay small and grow large using this strategy effectively!

Jeff's curator insight, March 31, 10:34 AM

we all need a little help 

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The No. 1 Time Management Mistake

The No. 1 Time Management Mistake | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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To be successful in business, a business owner needs to be a capable operator, but often being capable does not necessarily result in the application of great time management skills.


Great time management requires good decisions in respect to how time is utilised, but more importantly than how, is the decision as to which of many alternatives uses the time available is allocated towards.


This excellent article, suggests that otherwise capable and intelligent people can be too easily distracted from what really matters, and it offers a five step plan to help business owners to avoid the number one time management mistake.

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Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, March 25, 11:49 AM

A simple new way to approach wasted time in multitasking

Paul Dixon's curator insight, March 25, 1:16 PM

If you are a list builder, you need to read this.

I am and i have read it. Warren Buffet your the man.

Day Ashton's curator insight, March 26, 4:08 PM

In a world of  infomation overload and so much demanding  our time and attention, it is worth taking a few minutes to review this content. Get focus back and achieve your goals.

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8 Benefits to Being a Socially Responsible Brand

8 Benefits to Being a Socially Responsible Brand | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Consumer sentiments change with generational change, and significant changes are being witnessed as a new generation starts flexing its economic muscle,  the chief of these being the move towards supporting businesses that show that they are socially responsible.


Business owners need to become fully aware of the shifts that are taking place in consumer sentiment, and be conscious of the negative consequences of their businesses not being seen as socially responsible, and take action to reap the benefits which flow to socially responsible businesses.


This excellent article, provides the evidence required to convince business owners to take their businesses down the social responsibility path, and it outlines eight clear benefits for business that  are regarded as being socially responsible by their customers.

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10 Steps to End Procrastination

10 Steps to End Procrastination | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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The inability to get started on work that needs to be completed can be the bane of many business owner's lives, and overcoming the urge to procrastinate when one should be focused on working, becomes a real challenge that needs to be faced head on.


Usually, the motivation to work and build a successful business should be enough to put a stop to procrastination, yet sometimes not knowing where to start working can be the reason behind this malady.


This excellent article, by the author of the book "Get Things Done", suggest 10 steps anyone can take to end their days of procrastination and get on with building their business.

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elshaddairefrigeration's curator insight, March 20, 3:02 AM

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Catherine Besse's curator insight, March 20, 10:21 AM

Sus à la procrastination ;)

Ann Dixon's curator insight, March 31, 8:45 AM

Which of these are you guilty of?

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The Secret to Effectively Managing Your Time

The Secret to Effectively Managing Your Time | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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One of the biggest barriers to business owner productivity, is the tendency to manage by crisis, and this tendency is generally fuelled by an inability to effectively prioritise.


Not surprisingly, effective priority setting is not possible without having some systematic way of categorising work on hand, and then being rigorous in adopting different approaches to dealing with each category of work.


This excellent article, discusses Steven Covey's Time Management Matrix, and it identifies the approach a business owner needs to take to work categorised in each quadrant of this matrix in order to manage their time most effectively.

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malek's curator insight, March 14, 8:12 AM
  • Remember that it's impossible to get everything done.
  • Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day.
  • Block out other distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business.


Carmen Saunders's curator insight, March 16, 3:51 PM

Most of us don’t have a time management problem — we have a prioritization problem.

Angela Heath's curator insight, March 17, 10:44 AM

Time Management....is one of the most useful skills we all need.  This article is quite useful.

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5 Key Steps to Make Continuous Improvement a Reality

5 Key Steps to Make Continuous Improvement a Reality | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Too many business owners adopt the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" approach to their internal business processes, and whilst this approach works in some circumstances away from the business environment,  it is an approach that will see a business fall well behind its competitors in the business world.


In business time does not stand still, and unless a business is continually reviewing its processes and finding areas for improvement, it's ability to deliver on customer expectations will diminish rapidly.


This excellent article, makes a strong case for the need to adopt continuous improvement as a way of operating any business, and it offers five key steps to help business owners to implement  a continual improvement ethos in their businesses.

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Andre K Stockmann's curator insight, April 19, 2:25 PM
Good insight by Daniel Watson:Daniel Watson's insight:

 

Too many business owners adopt the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" approach to their internal business processes, and whilst this approach works in some circumstances away from the business environment,  it is an approach that will see a business fall well behind its competitors in the business world.

 

In business time does not stand still, and unless a business is continually reviewing its processes and finding areas for improvement, it's ability to deliver on customer expectations will diminish rapidly.

 

This excellent article, makes a strong case for the need to adopt continuous improvement as a way of operating any business, and it offers five key steps to help business owners to implement  a continual improvement ethos in their businesses.

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12 Tips For Saving Tons Of Time On Email

12 Tips For Saving Tons Of Time On Email | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Email can be one of the greatest time thieves, and business owners wanting to increase their productivity, need to take concerted action to limit the time spent in their inboxes.


Generally speaking, all email programs have features and shortcuts that most never discover, and few business owners have ever found the time to become as proficient as they need to be in managing their email load.


This excellent article, not only provides 12 great tips to help business owners to spend less time on email processing, it also includes links to a variety of resources that will help anyone wanting to recover time to devote to more productive activities.

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Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, April 17, 6:38 PM

Love the tips in this article!

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How to Stay Fresh and Focused in Business

How to Stay Fresh and Focused in Business | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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A tired and stressed business owner, can be the worst enemy of his or her business, as well as someone employees have to dance around for fear of the consequences of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Whilst it is almost impossible for a business owner to create a stress free environment for themselves, they can take steps that help them focus on what is important for their businesses, and take control over the major contributors to high stress levels.


This excellent article, suggests that operating under stress for prolonged periods is extremely bad for your health and wellbeing, and it offers seven top tips to help business owners stay fresh and focused on their businesses.

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Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, April 15, 6:40 AM

Recomendaciones importantes, sobre todo para los trabajadores solitarios, cada vez más numerosos.

Lynne M. Williams BS, MA, ABD★'s curator insight, April 15, 8:39 PM

Great tips to plan each day!

4twenty2's curator insight, April 16, 4:18 AM

7 Tips for keeping focused and relaxed through the day.  It will not only make you more productive, your team will follow suit.  The more relaxed your work environment is the more you can achieve and the more approachable you are to your team.  

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Five Real Life Tips for Giving Your Staff a Sense of Purpose

Five  Real Life Tips for Giving Your Staff a Sense of Purpose | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Every business would love to have employees who give their all to the business, and through their willing endeavours, help the business to grow and prosper.


Business owners who aspire to such a situation, need to do more than just dream about such a great state of affairs, they need to explore ways to mak