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5 Steps to Thinking Outside of the Box

5 Steps to Thinking Outside of the Box | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
How do people think outside of the proverbial box? They know how to view things more expansively. Here's how.


A few years back our litigation team was faced with a seemingly insurmountable task: how to defend our client’s trademark rights against a Fortune 500 company with a massive litigation budget. They had the facts on their side. Moreover, they had money. Worst of all, they had a gaggle of lawyers that just made the case down right unpleasant. In spite of this, as luck would have it, they were missing one very crucial thing that they had never learned in law school. Something big firm life had failed to teach them. Quite simply, they were limited in their thinking to that which was rather than that which could be.


Looking beyond conventional defense methods, we deconstructed every element of the case until we discovered a plan to turn the tables...


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The Renaissance Guide to Creating a Wildly Successful Online Business

The Renaissance Guide to Creating a Wildly Successful Online Business | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

What does fifteenth-century Italy have to do with building a successful online business?

 

Quite a lot.

 

During the fifteenth-century, a banking family in Florence, Italy, called the Medicis, decided to fund artists, scientists, and creatives to come together to share what they knew.

 

They wanted to cultivate ideas, creativity, and innovation by bringing together people from different disciplines. This gave way to something we today call the Renaissance, one of the most innovative eras of history.

 

It happened because of what Frans Johansson calls the intersection of ideas in his book, the Medici Effect.

 

When ideas from different disciplines come together, magic happens, because sometimes the solution to a problem already exists, but not where you’re looking.

 

So I began to wonder, could this be applied to online business? 

 

Note from Martin Gysler: What I like about the blogs from that guy is his approach to life. He understood that life needs more than knowledge of its business. Indeed, personal development in all areas of life, are very important also. He knows very well mix these ingredients, so I encourage you to read more from him, you can subscribe to his newsletter or RSS feed to do so.

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5 Questions To Ask To See If You Are In The Wrong Business

5 Questions To Ask To See If You Are In The Wrong Business | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

“I’m going to build a business!”


These words have a certain magical energy to them. They give every solopreneur, looking to hang out a shingle on the Internet, a sense of being on the same level as a Bill Gates, or a Donald Trump, or a Larry Ellison. The vision of a future business maven who creates an empire and makes a mark in the world.

 

What’s nice about this dream is that it has a fair chance of coming true… for anyone. Yes, even you and me!

 

That’s why many call the Internet a “great leveler” that flattens the playing field and gives you a fair shot at massive success.

 

Still, building a business can be hard work – if you let it...

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The 12 Most Obvious Signs of a Wise Leader

The 12 Most Obvious Signs of a Wise Leader | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
Many leaders are making decisions with a short-term focus & it's time we find wise ones. Here are twelve signs you've found a wise leader.

 

We live in an era of haste-based folly. These are the days of rapid rewards, speed dating, quick trim and slim fast. As impatience increases, decisions grow more and more short-sighted. The faster we move, the more likely we are to speak and act without thinking of long-term consequences.

 

Folly, the opposite of wisdom, can be defined as “a tragic lack of forethought.” I assert that today’s leaders, in all walks of life, are increasingly acting, speaking and making decisions with a short-term focus. This must change or the consequences will be painful.

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18 Minutes : Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done

18 Minutes : Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

An interesting approach for those who have some difficulties to focus on its key objectives ... short and useful!

 

This is the third day in a row where I’ve started no less than three activities within 10 minutes and made little progress on any of them. I am distracted. I am frustrated, and I falling behind.


That’s the moment that I glance at my nightstand and see the book “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done” buried under a pile of books and I bring it to the top of the pile. ”A-ha!” I think, “This is exactly what I need to get back on track!”

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The 12 Golden Rules of Great Conversation, Part 1 of 2

The 12 Golden Rules of Great Conversation, Part 1 of 2 | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
How to have great conversation. Learn the 12 rules to great conversation and improve your social skills.

 

All great conversations share common elements. Familiarize yourself with each of the 12 Golden Rules, and you will improve your interpersonal communication skills immediately.

 

1. Great Descriptions
Do you want to sound more interesting? Then start with your descriptions. The best communicators use more creative names for things – instead of using obvious descriptive names, such as, “here’s some more beer…” try, “here’s some more poison…” or “here’s some more liquid courage…” or reference the commercial, “this Bud’s for you…” You get the idea? Don’t default to the trite word just because you’re used to always saying it that way...

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The Surprising Key to Getting Things Done

The Surprising Key to Getting Things Done | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

There’s no point in getting more efficient at doing things that don’t need to be done. -Jan Jasper

 

Before you start making a schedule, organizing a task list, setting deadlines, gathering materials, delegating, prioritizing, and so on, stop and do this first.

 

- Write down your top five goals for your business in the next five years, say, or just in the next year. Make it long-term enough to pull your perspective out of the current crisis or negative cash flow or whatever it is that is screaming “URGENT” at you.
- Now, with those five goals in front of you, list backwards the actions you need to take. In other words, start with the ultimate goal and work your way back from there to where you are now...

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What do you have to do to be perceived as a leader?

What do you have to do to be perceived as a leader? | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Speak first. Speak often. Psyblog brings the answers:


Crucially, though, the study showed that not only did a leader's dominant behaviour of itself encourage others to see that person as competent, but this was true even though their suggestions to the group were no better, or even worse than others. In reality the leaders did not always make the best contribution to the task, but their voices were usually heard first and most often...

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Work sets you free "Arbeit Macht Frei"

Work sets you free "Arbeit Macht Frei" | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

The harder I work, the luckier I get. – Samuel Goldwyn

 

Arbeit Macht Frei is a slogan on a sign above the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland (among other concentration camps used by the Nazis). It roughly translates as, “Work sets you free.” What the Nazis expressed with cruel irony, I say seriously. Embracing work is a path to freedom. Resisting work is a path to enslavement.

 

Much struggle is the result of hard work resisted, but hard work is more than just putting in the time. To ensure that hard work pays off, an intelligent effort is required.

 

Justifying Laziness
Laziness is an emotional impulse — a common desire to enjoy the pleasures of life before we’ve earned them — but it’s not a very effective or sustainable approach...

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Persuasion Skills: How to Get What You Want

Persuasion Skills: How to Get What You Want | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Last week I was at the grocery store when my three-year old toddler asked, “Daddy, I want that chocolate ice cream.” I suppose it was more a demand than a question. When I refused to put the chocolate ice cream in our cart, he quickly turned up his volume by about 100 decibels, and made his demand again. The last thing I wanted was to create a scene at the grocery store, so I gave in and placed the ice cream in the cart. He was very persuasive.

 

If you’re not a toddler, then screaming at the top of your lungs would probably not be very effective. But whether you want to admit it, we persuade people on a daily basis. In fact, we have to persuade people quite often to get what we want. I want you to read this article, so I started out with a relatable anecdote about persuasion to get you hooked. Did it persuade you to continue reading? If you want to upgrade your own persuasion skills, keep reading!...

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How To Become An Opportunity Magnet

How To Become An Opportunity Magnet | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

I was asked to write a guest article for Personal Branding magazine, by successful author and speaker on the topic, Dan Schawbel. Since submitting articles to blogs and publications is a great way to establish yourself as an expert and build your brand, I jumped at the chance.

 

But first, a quick recap: Branding, whether done by a business organization or a solo entrepreneur, is simply the practice of defining and articulating your own unique value and positioning your value in the minds of your audience.

 

Once you define your position, you must continue to take the necessary actions to maintain the positive reputation you have created. If you don’t, your brand will suffer and your value declines. It happens to companies all the time: AT&T has a terrible reputation. Groupon took a hit after airing controversial commercials during the Super Bowl. People have a love/hate relationship with discount retail behemoth Walmart...

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Leadership success • failure | Marc Millan

Leadership success • failure | Marc Millan | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Every leader is tested best when they are not present. This may be when they leave for an extended amount of time or when they actually leave the organization. The terms on which they leave aren’t important in this post but let’s focus on the aftermath of the departure and what takes place before the departure because this is the key to leadership success or failure for an organization.

 

A secure leader will quickly learn the values and vision of the organization and begin getting that into their DNA. Once the DNA of the organization is flowing through their veins they almost always begin talking vision and values everywhere they go, in every meeting, every conversation and every opportunity they have because they realize that is the mission that matters most to them and to the team...


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Barb Jemmott
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11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination

11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier. The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle.

Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

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The Best Decision You Can Make for Your Business -- That Has Nothing to do With Money

The Best Decision You Can Make for Your Business -- That Has Nothing to do With Money | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Imagine two people starting identical companies with the exact same resources, network, and time at their disposal (gender randomly assigned for brevity’s sake):


Person #1 wakes up every day with anxiety, stressed about his mounting to-do list. He immediately buries himself in reactive work — striving to please everyone else but himself by responding to emails, taking meetings and delivering what others ask of him. He gets whipped around by his moods — one minute he’s happy and excited, the next he’s tired, anxious, unmotivated and depressed. His productivity on any given day is completely unpredictable — sometimes he wakes up excited to work, and on other days you couldn’t pry him off the couch with a forklift.


Person #2 starts her days with purpose. No matter what her mood is upon waking up, she laces up her running shoes and gets her blood pumping with a 20-minute run.


Read more: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/best-decision-for-your-business.html

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How Ideas Spread With Social Media

How Ideas Spread With Social Media | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Have you heard of the expression social media myth? Would you recognize a myth if you heard one?

 

There are those who believe that social media is about joining the conversation, engaging with your customers and being authentic.

 

Then there are others who believe that if you can’t measure it, you can’t control it. For them, it’s all about setting goals, experimenting, testing, analyzing and measuring.

 

Why can’t we all get along?
The fact of the matter is that both are equally important. What draws people to social media (whether for business or pleasure) is the opportunity to have conversations with others and to share the stories that are important to them...

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The Best Decision You Can Make for Your Business -- That Has Nothing to do With Money

The Best Decision You Can Make for Your Business -- That Has Nothing to do With Money | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Imagine two people starting identical companies with the exact same resources, network, and time at their disposal (gender randomly assigned for brevity’s sake):


Person #1 wakes up every day with anxiety, stressed about his mounting to-do list. He immediately buries himself in reactive work — striving to please everyone else but himself by responding to emails, taking meetings and delivering what others ask of him. He gets whipped around by his moods — one minute he’s happy and excited, the next he’s tired, anxious, unmotivated and depressed. His productivity on any given day is completely unpredictable — sometimes he wakes up excited to work, and on other days you couldn’t pry him off the couch with a forklift...

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5 Great Questions to Ask Yourself After a Failure

5 Great Questions to Ask Yourself After a Failure | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Let’s face it. We all fail.


As we go through life we have relationships that don’t work out, jobs that just aren’t right, exams that we flunk, initiatives that don’t succeed. The more new things we try the more failures we are likely to have. In fact, the only way to avoid failure is to do nothing new.

 

The important thing is how we deal with failure. It can be part of a downward slide in which lack of confidence reinforces feelings of inadequacy and incompetence. But experiencing failure can be a learning experience and an opportunity for a fresh start. A good way to begin this process is by asking yoruself some tough questions...

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Benefits of Simplicity to Productivity

Benefits of Simplicity to Productivity | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
Benefits of Simplicity to Productivity is an article that defines the advantages of keeping things simple and maintaining focus, in order to be more productive. It explains why you can increase productivity by doing less.

 

Simplicity is often perceived as boring, unattractive and unremarkable. Majority of people want something striking and complicated.

 

But as Leonardo da Vinci has said, Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.


Different to the common belief, simplicity is not boring, unattractive or unremarkable. In fact, simplicity represents elegance and complexity...

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What is a thought leader?

What is a thought leader? | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

A thought leader is a term that I heard a lot when I first started swimming around in the social media pool. But I had no idea what it really meant. My first experience with a definition of the term was on the Klout style chart — I think I started in the explorer category. Klout defines a thought leader as “Your followers rely on you, not only to share the relevant news, but to give your opinion on the issues. People look to you to help them understand the day’s developments. You understand what’s important and what your audience values.”...

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How to Stay On-Task...Every Day

How to Stay On-Task...Every Day | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Do you have trouble staying focused?

 

Whether you work for yourself or for an employer, spending hours surfing the net and updating your Facebook profile won’t get you any closer to your goals ... yet you find it hard to keep on-task.

 

Even when you do try to concentrate, you might get to 5pm and feel like you’ve not accomplished anything.

 

Here’s how to stay focused and get more done – every day.

 

Minimize Interruptions
If you live alone and work from home, interruptions are unlikely to be a big problem. If you work in a busy office and your job involves a lot of reactive tasks, like answering phone calls or emails from clients, you might be getting interrupted every few minutes...

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The Happiness Project: To Increase Your Self-Control, Boost Your Energy Level.

The Happiness Project: To Increase Your Self-Control, Boost Your Energy Level. | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Last month's theme was neighborhood, and last week’s resolution was to Call up past memories. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness? This month’s theme is Self-control.

 

This week’s resolution is: To increase self-control, boost your energy level...

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15 Secrets to Success

15 Secrets to Success | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Many people want to be successful in their lives for more personal fulfillment and joy. The definition of success can have a different meaning for everyone. Although everyone has their own way of finding success, there are certain things that you need to be aware of in order to have more joy and fulfillment. Make a habit of practicing these fifteen points so that you can be the rock star of your life!


1. Do something you are afraid of doing everyday – When you make a habit of getting outside of your comfort zone, you will grow strong mentally and emotionally and will see yourself getting past a lot of mental blocks...

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What I Learned From Starting A Business At 19

What I Learned From Starting A Business At 19 | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

At 19, most of us are in the midst of a college career, going out for dollar drafts on Wednesday when we have an exam Thursday, Facebooking instead of listening to that accounting lecture on debits and credits, staying up until the crack of dawn tryin to finish that 15-page paper that’s due at 8 AM. And I was no different—except I was doing all that and then some.


A few months before I began my junior year at Miami University, my friend Sarah and I decided we were going to start our own business: a tanning service for fellow undergrads. Sure, why not? It can’t be that hard, right?

 

Well, it was hard, and I’m not here to tell you it wasn’t. But it was worth it. I learned—a lot—and I’m proud to say that two years later, Tan with Kare (TwK) by Katie & Sarah not only started in the middle of an economic crisis, but thrived in spite of it. Here are few of the invaluable lessons I learned:...

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7 Symptoms of Procrastination and How to Fight Them

7 Symptoms of Procrastination and How to Fight Them | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

We all do it to some degree or another; put off for tomorrow what we know should be done today. Postpone the inevitable pain for the current moment of pleasure. But we know that even if we can manage to put it out of our minds for the present, it will eventually come around and bite us on the butt and disturb our external calm demeanor.

 

Below are some of the symptoms of a Procrastinator and the remedies to try.

 

1. Lack of Vision
Not having a clear vision for the future is one of the biggest reasons people procrastinate. If you can’t see the benefits of completing certain tasks why would you bother starting them?
Remedy: Have a clear picture of all that needs to be achieved and the reasons why, you are much more likely to be motivated to get going and get things done...

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Jim Rohn - 3 Qustions You should ask your self

In this video Jim Rohan gives you three Keys to Greatness. The road to success in any industry is paved with peril and pitfalls. For a protégé, teaming with ...
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