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How to Develop a Business Strategy

How to Develop a Business Strategy | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it
September is the perfect time to start looking ahead to first quarter 2019. The fall is right time to start thinking about your business goals and then engage your team in developing a new business strategy. Winging it is NOT a strategy, yet too often business owners venture into new markets without a specific target …

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Business plans are an essential business document for start-ups and for existing businesses thinking of expanding or adding new products or services. The plan helps to assure funders that you have a clear path to making your business profitable. Our Business planning training center offers the best business solution for our customers. https://nexstarnetwork.com/what-we-do/leadership-training/business-planning-workshop/
 
CCM Consultancy's curator insight, October 16, 1:56 AM

Before you start looking to the future, you should review your past.

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Winging it, is not a successful way, to effectively develop and grow a sustainable business. A well thought out, and well executed business strategy, can reduce many of the risks taken on by business owners attempting to grow their businesses. This article outlines a simple to follow, six step process, that anyone can use to come up with a viable business strategy to take their business forward to greater success.

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10 Social Media Predictions for 2017 (and Where You Should Be Spending Your Time)

10 Social Media Predictions for 2017 (and Where You Should Be Spending Your Time) | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

With 2016 coming to a conclusion, I am going to make a few predictions about the current state of social media and what to expect in 2017.

Over the past few years, we have watched one of the wildest transitions in media happen. People forget that just five years ago, we didn't give much clout to how many "followers" you had on a social-media platform. In fact, to many people, the thought that over 100,000 people were "following" someone online was weird.


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The Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources

The Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it
Make content creation easier (and more fun) with these 35 free tools and resources.
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Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays - and a Ripper New Year everyone - I thought this might make life a little easier in 2017 

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, December 21, 2016 8:11 PM

 

If you create content for any of your social media marketing activities this post may prove very useful to you. There are some great tools in this collection that you can explore over this coming festive season. Merry Christmas to all.

Amy Weisz's curator insight, January 3, 2017 1:25 PM
Many of these have been around the block of few times, but several of these tools were completely new to me. Great list!
 
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Don't Beat Yourself Up: Science Says Do These 3 Things Instead

Don't Beat Yourself Up: Science Says Do These 3 Things Instead | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

It's a fancy word that means pondering past experiences -- often, our mistakes -- over and over. It could be something you said. Something you did. Something you didn't do.

Whatever the reason, we as human beings spend a lot of time dwelling on our past. And science says 70 percent of the time we only relive the negative aspects of our lives.

 

Why do we have such a hard time letting go? Perhaps it's because, deep down, we're wired to be problem solvers. We need to make meaning out of negative experiences.

But obsessing over a mistake won't change the past. It won't solve the problem. It will make it worse (according to psychologists at Yale and the University of California).

These psychologists say that living a mistake over and over impairs our problem solving abilities. It leads to increased negative thoughts and depression. It even erodes our support network -- no one wants to hear from the person who can't let things go.

 

In short: Dwelling on past mistakes puts us in, and keeps us in, a bad state. The very thing we're trying to get out of.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 15, 2016 4:37 PM

Don't Beat Yourself Up: Science Says Do These 3 Things Instead

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How to Be Incredibly Charming: 10 Things Highly Likable People Always Do

How to Be Incredibly Charming: 10 Things Highly Likable People Always Do | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

 Occasionally we meet a person who almost immediately makes us feel special. They're courteous, friendly, and charismatic, they build and maintain great relationships, they consistently influence (in a good way) the people around them, and they almost always make us feel better about ourselves.

 

They're the kind of people we like to be around and wish we were more like. And we can be. What do genuinely charismatic people do?


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 17, 2016 5:16 PM

Best of all, you can be totally sincere and genuine, too.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, November 18, 2016 7:32 AM

Pretty good tips fr being self aware and likeable...  focus on the people you are with when you are with them...

Adele Taylor's curator insight, November 20, 2016 4:42 PM
I think I could do number 8 a little more!!
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The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global organizations. Participants were asked to choose the 15 most important leadership competencies from a list of 74. I’ve grouped the top ones into five major themes that suggest a set of priorities for leaders and leadership development programs. While some may not surprise you, they’re all difficult to master, in part because improving them requires acting against our nature.

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The OHS Professional 's curator insight, March 17, 2016 3:55 AM

Leadership – When it comes to leadership one may think that a leader is one who tell others what to do and makes things happen, this may be true to an extent but what makes a great leader? These values here are what makes a great leader a leader leads at the front and empowers others to feel good about what they do. Encourages and mentors’ the future. ‘Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.’ This is the making of a great leader and this is what inspires me.

Emerging World's curator insight, March 17, 2016 5:24 AM

It's interesting to compare what current global leaders think is important compared with what 'followers' think is important and what we think will be important in the future. I think there are probably some big differences - at least in relative importance..

 

One thing I find fascinating is that high moral and ethical standards is so high and yet few companies have programs that seek to develop 'responsible' leadership.  Is this just because it is assumed as innate or too politically charged to deal with?

 

What I like about this piece is how Sunnie explores what's happening under the headline statements and references neuroscience in her explanation of why particular behaviours are important and also why many are actually quite difficult.

 

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Interesting scoop by  Bonnie Hohhof here.
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Three Ways To Reframe A Problem To Find An Innovative Solution

Three Ways To Reframe A Problem To Find An Innovative Solution | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

Reframing a problem helps you see it as an opportunity, and Seelig offers three techniques for finding innovative solutions:

1. Rethink The Question

Start by questioning the question you’re asking in the first place, says Seelig. "Your answer is baked into your question," she says.

Before you start brainstorming, Seelig suggests you start "frame-storming": brainstorming around the question you will pose to find solutions. For example, if you’re asking, "How should we plan a birthday party for David?" you’re assuming it’s a party. If you change your question to, "How can we make David’s day memorable?" or "How can we make David’s day special?" you will find different sets of solutions.

 


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Even the best leaders have well-worn thinking patterns - re-thinking is a continual challenge.  A good reminder here!

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Maggie Lawlor's curator insight, September 11, 2015 2:45 AM

To really make this work, add a dose of people who DON'T think like you - those you regularly disagree with, or wonder what planet they are on.  The follow these three techniques and stay open to all the ideas generated.

Ian Harris's curator insight, October 10, 2015 1:50 AM

Brain fodder!

Nancy Barnett's curator insight, October 14, 2015 10:36 AM

I love this idea about "frame-storming". The answers we get do depend on the way we ask the question. 

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How To Double Your Small Business Revenue Stream

How To Double Your Small Business Revenue Stream | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it
As a small business, you’re always looking for new ways to increase your revenue stream and add to your client base. From one month to the next, you can’t always guarantee how business wi…

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Intelligent words.  The other goal is to find the support you need at an affordable price.  The continual small business challenge.  I've been exploring solutions - contact me if you're interested.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 20, 2015 2:58 AM


The surest way to increase the revenue stream of any business is to consistently implement a small number of strategies and fine tune these as you monitor the results achieved. Implementing the five strategies outlined in this article, would be a great place to start, if your business needs to grow its revenue stream quickly.

Angela Heath's curator insight, July 24, 2015 1:54 PM

It's good to be reminded of these basic tactics

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How to Reduce Small Business Debt

How to Reduce Small Business Debt | Better profits through better leadership | 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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If you've ever been debt burdened you'll know how debilitating it is and how it impedes productivity.  This information could help:

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Faith Wanyi's curator insight, July 8, 2015 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, 2015 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.

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@Jeremy Barton, Yes, it is really difficult...at one point of time we will let it go.
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How to Find Your Niche | Personal Branding & Le...

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Ways to find your niche.
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Amongst several models for Leadership Branding, this is interesting:

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Five Ways to Maximize Your Investment in a Keynote Speaker

Five Ways to Maximize Your Investment in a Keynote Speaker | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

A good keynote speaker can transform a good event into a truly unforgettable one. The keynote should be a rallying point, an opportunity to inspire audiences to action, and deliver your brand or organization’s messages with authenticity.


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I've been keynoting for 25 years on resilience, change and cross-cultural leadership - and this is truly good advice!!!

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Management Section 02: Fundamentals of Lean Management

This video reviews the fundamentals of lean management. The material discusses good lean management techniques in the context of defining and attaining goals...
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The purpose? not just efficiency, but profit growth.  Very important stuff!  I recently attended Jon Lindsay's Lean Awareness workshop, highly recommended.

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Job Satisfaction Hits All Time High. Here's Why

Job Satisfaction Hits All Time High. Here's Why | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

88 percent of employees who participated in the 2016 SHRM Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Survey, indicated that they were satisfied with their current job. This marks the highest level of satisfaction over the past ten years.

Although there are many reasons that contributed to this statistic, "respectful treatment of employees at all levels" was at the top of the list for the second year in a row. It even beat out major players like pay, benefits and job security. (Did anyone else start singing a little Aretha Franklin?)

I'm not sure why I was surprised by this stat. It makes sense that if you're spending the majority of your waking hours somewhere that interpersonal relationships and culture would be important. It's also no surprise that when the participants were specifically asked about engagement, 77 percent indicated "relationships with their co-workers" was the most important. Let's take a look at how you can cultivate the two biggest factors of employee happiness at work.


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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, March 13, 2017 12:32 PM

Seems to contradict Gallup Data.  The issue is that we are suffering from survey fatigue and data blindness.

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3 Ways to Reap the Benefits of Marketing Automation in 2017 - Chiefmarketer

3 Ways to Reap the Benefits of Marketing Automation in 2017 - Chiefmarketer | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

Tying multiple devices to a single user will be the norm in 2017. In the coming year, marketers will have the chance to integrate and automate omni-channel campaigns from start to finish based on silo-busting audience insights and segments that are derived from location data.

This new breed of integrated, omni-channel campaigns will also move the industry further towards a standard omni-channel KPI (key performance indicator). As this progression happens, there are a few vital things marketers should keep in mind as they look to capitalize on the coming opportunities:


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Anything that will make life easier and our work more effective at the same time! yes please

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Two Powerful Emotions Leaders Need To Know How To Tap (At The Same Time)

Two Powerful Emotions Leaders Need To Know How To Tap (At The Same Time) | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it
 

Last September, Elon Musk publicly unveiled a sweeping vision to colonize Mars. The SpaceX founder and CEO framed those ambitions as nothing less than a bid to save humanity from self-destruction. 

 

Whatever your opinion of Musk's plans, his presentation of them was rhetorically effective—and a memorable departure from the tech leader's notoriously dispassionate Twitter voice. In introducing his Mars plan, Musk tapped into two foundational emotions that every effective leader should know how to activate: hope and fear. Here's how.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 11, 2016 5:49 PM

Our emotions help us make decisions. Great communicators know that without exploiting it.

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Four Easy Ways To Make A Memorable First Impression

Four Easy Ways To Make A Memorable First Impression | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

You already know the basics of leaving a polished first impression, like dressing well, making eye contact, and having a firm handshake. That's great advice, but it's probably not enough. If you really want to be memorable (for the right reasons), you need to think about what you say and how you say it. Here are a few straightforward pointers that many people miss.


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Adele Taylor's curator insight, December 19, 2016 4:43 PM
some great tips, but maybe not so much the first one for interviews
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Use This Five-Part Checklist To Tell If You're Overcommunicating

Use This Five-Part Checklist To Tell If You're Overcommunicating | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

There’s definitely some truth in the wisdom that it’s better to overcommunicate than undercommunicate. Ideally, every manager gives their team members just enough direction to get on course and the leeway to do their thing free of micromanagement.

 

The reality is often different, though. No good boss wants to leave their teams feeling empty-handed or unsupported, so they sometimes veer off too far in the opposite direction. I’ve learned the hard way that overcommunication is easier to fall into than you might think, and it winds up obfuscating my message and wasting everyone’s time.

 

Fortunately, I’ve managed to get better at figuring out when my communication is more distracting than useful. Here are some of the key criteria I use in order to tell whether I'm overcommunicating


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, November 20, 2016 11:42 PM
Overcomunication can sometimes be ineffective communication. repetitive and redundant information has the tendency to fall on deaf ears. I have learnt this the hard way while teaching senior students in school! Students 'zone out' when they listen to information that is repetitive, resulting in 'overcommunication!' Professionals, especially in leadership positions can avoid the curse of overcommunication by taking care about the timing of the communication, ensuring that it is not redundant, examining its value, and ensuring that it is coherent, according to the the writer.
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10 Ways To Spot A Truly Exceptional Employee

10 Ways To Spot A Truly Exceptional Employee | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

A recent international study surveyed more than 500 business leaders and asked them what sets great employees apart. The researchers wanted to know why some people are more successful than others at work, and the answers were surprising; leaders chose “personality” as the leading reason.


Notably, 78% of leaders said personality sets great employees apart, more than cultural fit (53%) and even an employee’s skills (39%).


“We should take care not to make the intellect our God; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.” –Albert Einstein



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Grant Tucker's curator insight, February 10, 2016 5:29 AM

And part of the "personality" is "Passion" for what you do and the desire to overcome!

Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, February 12, 2016 9:36 AM

PDGLead

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Identifying good employees

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5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

If you can’t find time to think, it probably means that you haven’t organized your firm, unit, or team very well, and you are busy putting out little fires all the time. It also means that you are at risk of leading your company astray.


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The one vital component of every business, even the tiny ones, is leadership.  Without that, everything else is irrelevant or ineffective.  Trust me, I learned the hard way.  Leadership is not an option!

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Pyramid Point Acct.'s curator insight, September 6, 2015 7:20 AM

Did you find time to analyse your strategy or ask questions yourself...

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3 Ways Leaders Accidentally Undermine Their Teams’ Creativity

3 Ways Leaders Accidentally Undermine Their Teams’ Creativity | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

 

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about where creativity comes from and how to nurture and grow it in a team. As a result, even well-meaning leaders can end up killing the creativity of a team when they need it most. If your team is in the midst of solving a problem or generating a new product or project idea, you might be killing their creativity without even trying. Here are three of the most common things managers do that have deleterious effects:

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We are all inherently creative, we've usually suppressed it through early conditioning, and now we need that capability big time for adaptation and evolution in our businesses.  This is important.

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Stacey Nash's curator insight, July 8, 2015 10:27 AM

Being a better leader

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PDGLead

Ronald Przygodzki's curator insight, July 9, 2015 7:36 AM

Don't trip over yourself. Rather let make the best of other's thoughts. 

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How to Remain Sane While Running a Business

How to Remain Sane While Running a Business | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it

Being an ambitious entrepreneur and running your own business can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences, but it can also be extremely stressful and time consuming.


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Simple wisdom with profound impact.  It's too easy to get sick and tired even when you love your work.  Learn from my experience!

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2DiFore Marketing Solutions's curator insight, July 20, 2015 7:35 AM

It's the middle of July, you are a small business owner....have you taken time off yet? Did you answer NO, well how in the world will you have enough energy to work on projects, acquire new clients or be creative if you don't recharge! 

Claude Emond's curator insight, July 20, 2015 9:53 AM

not sure I am still sane :)

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All small business owners face the risk of burning out if they are not careful about maintaining some semblance of normality, as they establish, and then attempt to grow their businesses. If you are starting to feel the pressure of being a business owner, and can feel the weight of responsibility for everything starting to get heavier and heavier, then this article may provide you with a guide to how to retain your sanity and keep your business.

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10 Productivity Life-Savers for Small Business - Small Business Can

10 Productivity Life-Savers for Small Business - Small Business Can | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it
Some of these productivity hacks may seem a little silly at first, but we've got the stats to back them up. By enacting any number of them you should see your daily grind becoming more and more efficient.

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Every little bit helps! 

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, October 14, 2014 11:15 PM


Do you operate as productively as you need to in order to effectively complete your daily workload?


Are you fully aware of the wide range of activities that can either improve or reduce your productivity?


How would becoming even a little more productive impact on your busines and your life?


If you can benefit from even a small increase in your personal productivity, then this excellent article which identifies 10 ways to improve your productivity in a work environment, is for you (suggestion number 1 is one I am going to look at straight away).

BSN's curator insight, October 15, 2014 7:46 AM

10 Productivity Life-Savers for Small Business. #smallbiz #smb 

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How to Improve Your Sales Time Management

How to Improve Your Sales Time Management | Better profits through better leadership | Scoop.it
If you're crazy-busy, Dan Markovitz, author of A Factory of One, has some fresh ideas to help you improve your sales time management.
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Yes please!  this could be really helpful to you - particularly if you are the business owner also responsible for revenue generation:

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