business meeting Team meetings can be a great place to develop the innovation needed to grow your small business. Sophie Turton, assistant editor for Crunch Accounting, explores five creative techniques to get more out of them.
Some interesting ideas here, I like the The 6-3-5 brainwriting method, tough but challenging!
There are times when every business is going through a restructure. Some companies seem to do this every few years, some every year, and some seem to be undergoing one eternal restructure!
Have you ever noticed that some people are restructure proof? Fear does not grip their body at the mention of that word. They never leave. They never get demoted. They are important to the company.
This reminds me of a story. Please excuse me; we are a training company, so there is always a story.
A big corporation hired several cannibals. “You are all part of our team now,” said the HR manager during the welcome briefing. “You get all the usual benefits and you can go to the cafeteria for something to eat, but please don’t eat any of the other employees.
Great story about the Cannibals and so true. Making your self an important part of the business is not so hard. To be honest, its what we should all do anyway. Being a "doer", respecting co-workers, focusing on building skills not rank and keeping an open mind to change will ensure that you are not in the firing line for the next set of redundancies.
No matter how zen you are, it can be hard to focus on the work in front of you--especially when it's something you don't want to do. Unfortunately, even a quick distraction can derail your productivity, so here are 10 tips to help you get down to business when it matters most.
Some great tips here on making sure you are not led astray in your worktime. My favourite is the headphone one - nothing says "Bug Off" as well as someone not making eye contact, and who is unable to detect your presence because they can't hear you either!!
The bottom line is Trust can make or break a business. It feeds down through the employees, customers and finally stops at your bottom line. Cultivating an environment of trust at work is a "must do" for all business, large and small.
It wasn’t long ago when people were consistently praised for multitasking– the parent who, in one night, juggles children’s homework, their own professional work, the laundry, and spinning classes. Or the ultra-connected marketing manager who, in an hour, answers 10 emails, works on a sales pitch, grabs a coffee, and books a plane ticket for a trade show. Both sound like veritable productivity masters. But the mental toll caused by multitasking has been proven to far outweigh peoples’ ability to simultaneously juggle tasks.
Multitasking, in fact, is multifaceted. The term can be defined as performing two or more tasks at the same time, or constantly switching from one thing to another. It can also be described as performing numerous tasks in rapid succession– like sending a tweet, then writing an email, then making a call, then checking your messages, then finishing your presentation. Sound familiar?
Wow .... We have all been taught multi-tasking is the way forward - Men are often derided for their lack of ability in this department and now it seems they have been better at getting the job done all along!
This quote really hit hole "trying to focus on one or more tasks at a time actually reduces your productivity by a whopping 40%. It’s equivalent to missing one night of sleep and has two-times more effect on your brain than smoking marijuana" No wonder after a day of multitasking we feel exhausted - a rethink on time management is needed!
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.
Excerpt from guest post from the blog "Convince & Convert". The author of article is Jessica Gioglio, co-author about new book with Ekaterina Walter called The Power of Visual Storytelling.
Here are some highlights: - We’re Marketing in the Age of Infobesity With the average consumer attention span now between 2.8-8 seconds, curating snackable pieces of content into a visual story has emerged as a powerful strategy. As shared through powerful case studies in the book from B2B, B2C companies both large and small, visual storytelling is helping marketers stand above the noise, grow a vibrant and engaged community and drive action.
- Relevancy Has a Deadline We are at the beginning of a new era in marketing that aligns perfectly with visual storytelling. With the wealth of social data available and real-time listening tools, companies are evolving their strategies to be relevant in the moment with the goal of connecting consumers with the right message at the right time.
- The Consumer Reigns Supreme and Their Attention is the New Commodity The best storytellers know and play to their audience, whether it’s a dramatic pause, a well-inserted joke, or crafting a perfect tweetable soundbite. Companies need to take the same approach with their social media channels. Visual Storytelling is far more than an attention seeking tactic, it’s a powerful strategy for showcasing the human side of your company..."
Science confirms what Buzzfeed and Upworthy already know: In the hierarchy of digital contagion content that evokes powerful emotions floats...
Wow .... anger is more likely to trigger clicks than contentment! Humour still rates as high click potential, but other low -arousal emotions such as sadness are not going to help you reach your high click targets. Interesting article about human emotions and rour responses to ads and what makes an ad go viral. Very helpful for all the creatives out there - we know now that we have to trigger the high-arousal emotions ..... the next problem is how do we do this!
Like weeds in a green lawn, people who are “different” — whether behaviorally or neurologically — don’t always fit into standard job categories. But if you can arrange working conditions to align with the abilities of such individuals, they can add significant value.
This is a great example of how different types of people can contribute to different work areas and, how, if we look outside our comfort zone of "recognised attributes/characteristics" and are prepared to compromise in our expectations in certain areas then we will find a wealth of talent and innovation.
Willpower is not something you either have or you don't.
Sure, some people may be more self-disciplined than you. Some people may be better at resisting temptation than you. But that's probably not because they were born with some certain special something inside them--instead, they've found ways to store up their willpower and use it when it really matters.
They have remarkable willpower not because they have more of it, but because they've learned how to best use what they have.
Willpower - its all about getting the hardest things out of the way when you are at your mental peak, keeping in mind your long term goals and taking breaks to refuel your sugar levels. Doing all these things will help you have the stamina to tackle the hardest of tasks without resorting to "I'll start tomorrow"
Excerpt from the guest article by Melanie Davis on Convince & Convert Blog by Jay Baer: "We’re living in the middle of an information explosion, which is preferable to a literal explosion, but still pretty bad if you’re a marketer.
The sheer amount of information out there—online, in stores, in our inboxes—makes it extremely challenging to engage with customers and prospects.
Given our information overload, it’s more important than ever to connect with customers and prospects in a real way. To think of them like humans, and to speak to them like humans. Speaking in human makes people listen, gets you leads, and builds loyalty.
Here’s a couple ways you can start speaking in human. 1. Write the way you talk. You’re intimately familiar with your company’s offerings. This makes it extremely difficult for you to explain your product to a non-expert—i.e., your customers and potential customers. This phenomenon is called the "Curse of Knowledge", and studies have found that it’s a real, knotty obstacle to good communication. So to speak in human, you have to consciously examine your marketing materials for your knowledge bias.
I find it’s helpful to imagine myself having a chat with one of my favoritest clients, mentally explaining our new product and then jot down the “transcript” of the conversation that’s playing in my head.
2. Let people respond naturally. If you let people respond in a way that’s more natural, they’ll be more excited about talking to you. Communicate with your audience like you talk to real, live people, and let them talk human back to you. And try to speak in human in everything that you do, which includes login screens, autoresponder emails, contracts, everything.
Everything is marketing, and every touchpoint is a chance to connect with your audience on a real Homo sapiens to Homo sapiens level..."
Pretty basic really, all based on real engagement with your customer or clients as people rather than just numbers. Write as you would speak, keep it simple and to the point, and keep verbal communication the main focus and your clients and customers are more likely to want to do business with you.
From this infographic I would say that Pinterest, Tumblr and Google + are aimed at out of work hours ... so a good channel for B2C content, particularly with images. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all good for B2B and B2C, but generally looked at during normal working hours . A great tool and useful insight.
There are many ways to distance yourself from the crushing tidal wave that is your work inbox. You can, for instance, impose an email sabbatical, which is supposed to be good for your mental health. Or you can plow through all of your emails in one go with the savvy use of search filters.
Now, there's a new lifehack for dealing with email 24/7, and it might just be our favorite yet: Move to France. The Guardian reports that the country's workers unions just imposed a ban that forbids employees from attending to "work-related material on their computers or smartphones" after they clock out for the day:
Now thats a good idea; too much time is spent batting emails backwards and forwards to colleagues, partners, customers and clients. So many issues can be sorted out by conversation, either face to face or by telephone, but with the availability of email, and the fact that we can communicate when we want without a thought about the person we are communicating with means it has become the easiest and most popular method of conversation in the workplace. The downside is that we can spend entire days just responding to emails and never find time to be creative or innovative.
By having a general shutdown/shutoff point for everyone within an organisation, it will force the more traditional methods of communication to come into play, and also give timeout to employees with out the usual feelings of guilt associated with working late/ Well done FRANCE !
The biggest misconception you can make in business - or life - is that the people around you are somehow limited in ways that make it impossible for them to rise past a certain level. If you perceive
Interesting article about helping people feel worth and be motivated within an organisation. Its not a new concept that a large number of people are motivated by ideals other than money, find the motivator in each of your employees, help them reach their goals and you will have a loyal, productive workforce that actually enjoy what they do!
A great resource for information on Flipped Learning. Although based on the education system many of these techniques are being used for business training, meaning time spent in the classroom becomes more productive, interactive and meaningful.
This statement is fundamental to employee engagement.
What employees need is autonomy, mastery and purpose. There is something fundamental to the human condition that makes us need to feel that our actions have meaning. It can be a small meaning, but there needs to be meaning: