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Better Brainstorming: How to Inspire Group Creativity

Better Brainstorming: How to Inspire Group Creativity | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

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How many of us are brave enough to exclude the disruptive elements froma brainstorming session?

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Rona Lewis's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:04 PM

Brainstorming starts earlier than you think.

Douglas Brown's curator insight, February 15, 2014 7:16 PM

Power Quotes: Group Creativity

 

group brainstorming meetings can become productive drivers of company innovation or simply a waste of company time.


Establish rules of the game. Some popular and effective rules:

Suspend all judgmentThere’s no such thing as a bad ideaGo for quantity, not qualityEmbrace wild, audacious ideasThe origin of the idea is irrelevant


Shaking things up can have a dramatic impact on a group’s ability to collaborate freely and build upon one another’s ideas. That’s how innovative solutions are born.

Belva Jennings's curator insight, March 19, 2014 3:04 PM

Dissects and offers fresh perspective on an old favorite.

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Five Essential Business Improvement Factors

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How to improve your #business http://t.co/eNWJZxD4Df Our top tips! #management

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This makes sense

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, August 21, 3:56 AM


Improving the performance of any business requires attention to more than one element of the business at a time. Successful change initiatives embrace a number of key elements simultaneously to ensure improvements are sustainable and deliver the required outcomes. This article provides a good summary of five key elements that require attention at all stages of any business improvement project.

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The Basics of Small Business Social Media Marketing

The Basics of Small Business Social Media Marketing | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

"4 social media steps for SMBs. There is no doubt that Social Media is an important marketing tool for any small and medium sized business."  


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As a marketing medium, social media is coming of age, yet achieving success from your efforts on social media is not getting any easier. It does help if you have first taken care of the basics of small business social media marketing. This article outlines four key areas that should be acted upon to create a platform to support successful outcomes from social media marketing.

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 7, 10:16 AM

 

As a marketing medium, social media is coming of age, yet achieving success from your efforts on social media is not getting any easier. It does help if you have first taken care of the basics of small business social media marketing. This article outlines four key areas that should be acted upon to create a platform to support successful outcomes from social media marketing.

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SENAME Interactive's curator insight, August 17, 12:41 AM

These are certainly basic social media steps to follow for any small business.

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Gardening Tips that Work Well for Small Business Growth

Gardening Tips that Work Well for Small Business Growth | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Nancy Goodyear applies her grandpa's age-old gardening wisdom to business growth, showing how strong roots and hard pruning are the secret of a good harvest.

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I don't have 'Green Fingers' but this looks good.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 13, 12:11 AM


A small business is not that much different to a garden, and it is not hard to draw parallels between the two activities that see similar outcomes delivered from the input, or lack of input, of various actions. The importance of having a sound business framework with solid foundations, is well demonstrated in this article, and it is done in a way that makes it more memorable for new business owners.

Pannirselvam's curator insight, July 13, 10:05 AM

gardening story 

SENAME Interactive's curator insight, July 14, 2:22 AM

Great comparison, nice read.

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Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone

Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

Successful leaders know that they must get out of their comfort zone to succeed. These leaders have spent a lot of time outside their comfort zone.


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I like this, a comfort zone and a learning zone

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Mellissa Rempfer's curator insight, August 4, 2:44 AM

Leadership begins at the end of your comfort zone. Leadership starts in the learning zone. History has shown that life rewards the risk-takers, such as Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Henry Ford, Elon Musk, and many, many more. These are leaders who have dared to step out their comfort zone.

 

Leaders who dared to change things.Leaders who dared to make a difference.Leaders who dared to make an impact on the world.

 

Where do you find the line is for your. Is it easier to stay in the comfort zone? Do you try to step out into doing things different but then jump back into comfort? Are you someone who pushes the comfort and see how far you can go?

 

My advice is just try, see if you can get out of your comfort. All I ask is take one more moment and stay with that stretching and growing opportunity and just take 1 more breath. 1 breath, if you an make it through 1 breath then you have gone farther than what you would have without it.

 

Here's to you and your business's brilliance (and one more breath!),

-Mellissa Rempfer

 

DigitalOyster's curator insight, August 4, 11:57 AM

Leadership begins at the end of your comfort zone. Leadership starts in the learning zone. History has shown that life rewards the risk-takers, such as Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Henry Ford, Elon Musk, and many, many more. These are leaders who have dared to step out their comfort zone.

 

Leaders who dared to change things.Leaders who dared to make a difference.Leaders who dared to make an impact on the world.

 

Where do you find the line is for your. Is it easier to stay in the comfort zone? Do you try to step out into doing things different but then jump back into comfort? Are you someone who pushes the comfort and see how far you can go?

 

My advice is just try, see if you can get out of your comfort. All I ask is take one more moment and stay with that stretching and growing opportunity and just take 1 more breath. 1 breath, if you an make it through 1 breath then you have gone farther than what you would have without it.

 

Here's to you and your business's brilliance (and one more breath!),

-Mellissa Rempfer

 

Boutara Nour Eddine's curator insight, August 10, 12:04 PM

Leadership begins at the end of your comfort zone. Leadership starts in the learning zone. History has shown that life rewards the risk-takers, such as Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Henry Ford, Elon Musk, and many, many more. These are leaders who have dared to step out their comfort zone.

 

Leaders who dared to change things.Leaders who dared to make a difference.Leaders who dared to make an impact on the world.

 

 

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The 10 Most Profitable Industries of Tomorrow

The 10 Most Profitable Industries of Tomorrow | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Direct-to-consumer businesses and traveler accommodation services are among the 10 industries growing profitability the fastest.

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Are you in the right industry?

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7 Steps to Better Time Management Habits

7 Steps to Better Time Management Habits | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

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Always useful

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Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, June 9, 12:41 PM

In the book "Quick Fixes for your Productivity" share seven ways to improve time management:

Become aware.Analyse your data.Identify tasks which are not necessary.Identify the tasks which can be automated.Identify the tasks which can be delegated or outsourced.Make gradual changes.Right task, right time.
Chris Carter's curator insight, June 22, 11:56 PM

Albert Einstein once said, "If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes." That is time management.

SBESSCPA's curator insight, August 5, 11:52 AM

 

We all fall into bad habits and many of these bad habits cause us to make ineffective use of our allocation of work time. If you know you need to be a more effective time manager, and you are prepared to address your bad habits and adopt new ones for the sake of your personal effectiveness, then this good article is what you need as a starting point for a better future.

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6 Steps to Help Secure Your IT System

6 Steps to Help Secure Your IT System | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

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With the POPI Act now upon us in South Africa we are going to have think of these things.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, May 21, 12:55 AM


Protecting your IT System and especially the Client Data it contains is a critical responsibility of every business owner. This article provides some good guidance that you can follow to secure your IT system and keep it protected from those who would like to hack into it for various nefarious purposes.

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5 Simple Ways to Increase Sales

5 Simple Ways to Increase Sales | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Use these management techniques to boost your team's performance without big cost increases.

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Some good ideas here.

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The business case for trust

The business case for trust | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

Studies show CEOs who ranked high on character have an average return on assets almost five times that of CEOs with lower character ranking


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This is worth thinking about.

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Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, May 4, 10:02 AM
It may seem obvious but I think many of these qualities are rare enough to make a huge difference when consistently demonstrated
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Survive, Sustain, Grow: The three stages of entrepreneurship - Develop

Survive, Sustain, Grow: The three stages of entrepreneurship - Develop | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Develop
Survive, Sustain, Grow: The three stages of entrepreneurship
Develop
So as to not belabor the point, indie developers are entrepreneurs. They might be entrepreneurs in a field not often considered, but they are entrepreneurs none-the-less.
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This makes it sound easy!

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3 Reasons Why That 'Free Consultation' Is a Losing Strategy for Entrepreneurs

3 Reasons Why That 'Free Consultation' Is a Losing Strategy for Entrepreneurs | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Even a token charge for an initial consultation tells you who is serious about what you're offering.

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I like the way he thinks

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HOW TO SET A SALES AND MARKETING STRATEGY FOR GROWTH

HOW TO SET A SALES AND MARKETING STRATEGY FOR GROWTH | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

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Something to think about.

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David Bembry's curator insight, March 31, 5:16 PM

"If it were easy, everyone would be doing it!" I can never emphasize enough just how much time, study and patience are needed to start any kind of business with limited funding. #besmart #bepatient #livehappy

Richard Guha's curator insight, April 2, 11:31 AM

Nice summary of the fundamentals key to developing a growth strategy

yannick guillois's curator insight, April 11, 3:36 AM

vente et marketing indissociables? plus que jamais pour connaitre son client!

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15 Ways You Can Rise Above the Competition

15 Ways You Can Rise Above the Competition | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
The old adage, “If you’re not first, you’re last,” couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to business success.

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Some useful things to think about here.

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The Business Plan Team's curator insight, March 17, 4:41 AM

A good business plan needs to show how you differentiate your business from the competition. Here are a few ways to do so if you are not first to market...

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One Skill EVERY Business Owner Needs to Develop

One Skill EVERY Business Owner Needs to Develop | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

We asked about twenty business owners and CEOs to name the one skill they feel contributes the most to their success.What did every one of them say?Sales skills. Each and every one felt success is almost impossible -- in any field -- without solid sales skills. Here’s why.


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As a business owner, you wear many hats and need to acquire and deploy a range of disparate skills, if you are to be successful in any business endeavour. There is however a core skill, that if not mastered by the business owner, will put that business well behind the eight ball, when it comes to achieving any level of success. That skill is of course the ability to sell. This article makes the case for every business owner to improve their ability to sell.

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olivier's curator insight, August 3, 6:34 AM


As a business owner, you wear many hats and need to acquire and deploy a range of disparate skills, if you are to be successful in any business endeavour. There is however a core skill, that if not mastered by the business owner, will put that business well behind the eight ball, when it comes to achieving any level of success. That skill is of course the ability to sell. This article makes the case for every business owner to improve their ability to sell.

Helen Stenhouse's curator insight, August 5, 10:14 PM

When it comes to achieving any level of success, every business owner to improve their ability to sell.

Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's curator insight, August 7, 8:23 AM

 

As a business owner, you wear many hats and need to acquire and deploy a range of disparate skills, if you are to be successful in any business endeavour. There is however a core skill, that if not mastered by the business owner, will put that business well behind the eight ball, when it comes to achieving any level of success. That skill is of course the ability to sell. This article makes the case for every business owner to improve their ability to sell.

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8 Time Buckets Every Business Owner Should Use to be Fully Effective

8 Time Buckets Every Business Owner Should Use to be Fully Effective | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Business owners tend to struggle with time management. While innate creative talent cannot be taught, time management can.

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Now this is a good bucket list.

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Wayne McCarthy's curator insight, July 15, 5:57 PM

Great insights,....a must  read for all business owners!!

Saadia Asif's curator insight, July 16, 4:26 AM

Managing your time is a challenge for all of us, but entrepreneurs face it more often than most.  The desire to succeed, seeing the link between your time and effort and that success often makes the decision difficult. But making time is essential - and using time buckets can help you understand how you are utilizing it and more importantly, how you can manage it better. 

Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's curator insight, August 7, 8:31 AM


Time just slips away from many business owners, resulting in them having to spend far more time than necessary, working in their businesses to achieve the outcomes they want. Often this is done at high personal cost and this does not need to be the case. To be more effective in business and in life, business owners need to be smarter, in respect to where they allocate their time. Great articles such as this one, offer excellent guidance on how to achieve this objective.

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How to Reduce Small Business Debt

How to Reduce Small Business Debt | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
If you're an entrepreneur and you have debt, you're not alone. In this
guide we cover strategies you can use to reduce your small business debt.

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How many of us find it difficult to collect what is owed to us?

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Faith Wanyi's curator insight, July 8, 10:36 AM

Being a small business owner, i can relate with some of the common mistakes that people do. I found these tips very useful.

SENAME Interactive's curator insight, July 10, 2:10 AM

It is always good to plan financial before embarking business. You should always have a financially back up and plan B to help you lead your daily life.

SENAME Interactive's comment, July 10, 2:12 AM
@Jeremy Barton, Yes, it is really difficult...at one point of time we will let it go.
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How to Start Marketing Your Small Business on Facebook

How to Start Marketing Your Small Business on Facebook | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
In this blog post I will explain how start up’s and small businesses can get started with marketing Your small business on Facebook. Facebook is one of the best social networks to promote your business and make meaningful connections online.

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Sounds simple enough.

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Saisha Malik's comment, June 17, 6:01 AM
I think Mr. Williamson's note on how to Start Marketing Your Small Business on Facebook on smartican is great! You can check it out on smartican.com/growthroughsmartican
ERBRAINS MICROSOFT DYNAMICS's curator insight, June 18, 2:07 AM

Nice Info

SENAME Interactive's curator insight, July 10, 2:14 AM

To start off  with FB is simple, but we need to apply various strategy to gain leads..

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The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day

The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
New research reveals exactly how much downtime you should be taking.

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This sounds good

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, June 7, 10:00 PM

The exact amount of time one should work depends on many factors. I have known of people who would study for eighteen to twenty hours before their exams, and those  who didn't put in as much effort and yet scored well! The key, I guess is to take regular breaks in between work hours. Ofter working continuously might affect the quality of output.

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, June 8, 1:51 PM

Just like in the classroom, a small break every 50 minutes, will boost your cerativity and productivity at work. And a proper lunch break :) 

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Does traditional offline advertising really work?

Does traditional offline advertising really work? | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
In a digital world that revolves around our smartphones, tablets and laptops, it is difficult to think in an offline capacity. Both traditional and offline advertising have clear advantages, but your business’s method of choice should always depend on your brand’s identity and what type of industry you are in. For some industries, relying completely …

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Good to know there is still a place for traditional

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SENAME Interactive's curator insight, July 10, 2:16 AM

It works when you have a large budget.

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LG unveils OLED TV so thin that it attaches to the wall with magnets | News | Geek.com

LG unveils OLED TV so thin that it attaches to the wall with magnets | News | Geek.com | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

Now this sounds cool!Break out the magnets, we want to cover our walls with ultra thin OLED TVs and LG is trying to make it happen. Just a few days ago in Korea, the company unveiled [...]


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Now this sounds cool!

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Don't Be a "Water Bucket" Leader

Don't Be a "Water Bucket" Leader | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

A “water bucket” leader is someone whose leadership approach can be likened to sticking a hand into a bucket of water and creating a stir by splashing it around. Eventually, the leader pulls their hand out, and when they do, the water quickly returns to it’s original state. It’s as if they never existed. Even though there was a lot of activity, in the end, the bucket of water looks no different than it did before. 



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An interesting Analogy

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 28, 2014 11:30 AM

(From the article): I like these factors because they emphasize behaviors, not traits. We can all incorporate idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration into our commands if we take deliberate steps to do so.  We can all be like my former Sergeant Major or my first Commander if we ask ourselves the following:


What can I do to provide a vision, a sense of mission, and instill pride in my organization?


What can I do to inspire and motivate my organization?


What can I do to foster a command climate that stimulates intellectual growth in my organization?


What can I do to help my subordinates develop to their full potential?


We do not have to walk away from our commands feeling like we just pulled our hands out of a bucket of water. We can make a difference and leave a legacy that will endure long after we are removed from the equation.  Approaching leadership with the goal of being transformational, not only makes the experience more rewarding, it also ensures that the woodpile is a little bit higher on the back end.

Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, September 29, 2014 4:51 PM

A “water bucket” leader is someone whose leadership approach can be likened to sticking a hand into a bucket of water and creating a stir by splashing it around. Eventually, the leader pulls their hand out, and when they do, the water quickly returns to it’s original state. It’s as if they never existed. Even though there was a lot of activity, in the end, the bucket of water looks no different than it did before

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Google CEO, Eric Schmidt on Coaching - YouTube

Google CEO, Eric Schmidt talks about the benefits of coaching

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I could not agree more!

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Guillaume Quintin's curator insight, August 27, 2014 9:08 AM

C'est pas moi qui le dis, et pourtant!! … ;-) 

 

 

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Top 5 Small Business Marketing Tools

Top 5 Small Business Marketing Tools | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

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This is worth a quick look

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Pau Punseti's curator insight, April 14, 9:42 AM

Marketing Online

ansibicycling's comment, July 25, 12:07 AM
Outstanding
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Its striking
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Infographic: Brand Unawareness

Infographic: Brand Unawareness | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Social media disasters can happen to the best of them. Today’s infographic goes over some social media bombs and how to recover from them.

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Some interesting things to look out for when we market on Social Media

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5 Great Pieces of Business Advice

5 Great Pieces of Business Advice | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

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This is worth looking at

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, March 25, 9:30 PM


No man/woman is an island, yet many business owners ignore external advice, and push on learning the hard lessons through the mistakes they make.


This excellent article, offers 5 great pieces of business advice that will benefit any business owner, as they travel along the road to success.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, March 27, 3:27 AM

Don’t count money until it’s in the bank.Great products succeed in spite of, not because of, an executive team.Being profitable is incredibly important.Sometimes there is no solution, only an optimization.Don’t swing at balls in the dirt. 

(Great site with more resources...)