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Developing Charisma - Increasing Your Influence in the Workplace

Developing Charisma - Increasing Your Influence in the Workplace | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Have you ever worked with a very charismatic leader?


If so, then it's likely that almost everyone in the organization liked, trusted, and admired this person.
People listened when she talked, colleagues supported her ideas, and talented people wanted to join her team. In short, everyone wanted to be around this person!


Charisma is something that many people believe you're born with. However, this isn't the case – you can become more charismatic, and we'll explore how you can develop charisma in this article


Defining Charisma


Charisma is a collection of traits and behaviors that make you appeal to other people. The word comes from the Greek word "charis," which means "grace" or "gift."


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Charisma is a collection of traits and behaviors that help you appeal to other people. Charismatic people are often successful, and people are naturally drawn to them. They retain the best talent in their teams, and people listen to their ideas.

Because charisma is a collection of behaviors, you can learn it. Work on developing empathy, self-confidence, and assertiveness. Be aware of what your body language is saying, and do your best to give people a genuine smile when you're around them.

Also, make sure that you use your charisma the right way: don't use it to influence someone to do something that is against his or her own best interests.

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46 Ways To Start A Business With No Money

46 Ways To Start A Business With No Money | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Most people who want to start their own business don’t have a ton of money laying around and it’s probably one the most common questions I get emailed about: How can I get started without a lot of cash?


Well I’ve put together a list below of the best ideas I’ve heard and personally used. I hope you find it useful!


The three basic strategies to starting a business without much money are:

  • Delay the normal “business starting” activities like incorporating, hiring, renting office or retail space, etc until AFTER your business has started earning money. This is known as bootstrapping.
  • Doing everything yourself and spending your personal time instead of hiring an expert. (Takes longer but costs less.)
  • Using some neat tricks and little known deals below.


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Slavica Bogdanov's comment, June 6, 2012 9:06 AM
Great advice as usual. Thanks for posting this!
Martin Gysler's comment, June 6, 2012 4:18 PM
Thanks Slavica... it's a great one and very actual :)
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Whom Should You Hire at a Startup? (Attitude Over Aptitude)

Whom Should You Hire at a Startup? (Attitude Over Aptitude) | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Startups.We know the mantra: Team matters. Is this philosophy exaggerated? Overrated? Cliché? No. Team is the only thing that matters.


Whatever you’re working on now, the half-life of innovation is so rapid now that your product will soon be out-of-date. Your existence is irrelevant unless you continue rapid innovation. Your ability to keep up is dependent on having a great team of differing skills. Individuals don’t build great companies, teams do.


The nature of the Internet and global knowledge is such that even if you’ve stumbled on to a super interesting area of innovation there will be many teams tackling the same problem at exactly the same time. If you develop something novel that catches a spark you’ll have the world gunning for you over night. In this globally connected world product leads disappear in nano-seconds.


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106 Tips to Become a Master Connector

106 Tips to Become a Master Connector | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

If you want to be a great connector, you should read this post. The invested time will be pay back, for sure. [note mg]


To succeed, who you know is just as important as what you know. In fact, relationships should be your top priority. The book Never Eat Alone talks about how to apply the timeless principles of relationships in the 21st century. It contains a lot of practical tips on how you could thrive in today’s world through your relationships. It’s one of the best books I read recently.


To give you the only gems, I’ve summarized what I learn from the book into 106 tips. Put these tips into practice and you will be a master connector who live a successful and fulfilling life:


1. Make other people more successful


Real networking is about finding ways to make other people more successful. It is sharing your knowledge and resources, time and energy, friends and associates, and empathy and compassion in a continual effort to provide value to others, while coincidentally increasing your own...


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Better Leadership Through Social Media

Better Leadership Through  Social Media | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Executives should look at specific social media as a personal toolbox for improving their practice of leadership. Indeed, leadership, like life, is constantly changing and it is important to be open to new things that happen there. [note mg]


"Join a new online network? I'd love to!"


In 15 years of helping business, government and nonprofit leaders make strategic choices about digital technology, I've yet to hear an executive utter those words.


Sometimes that's due to the risks of public embarrassment or conflict that come with online engagement. Sometimes it's painful memories of previous tech projects that ran over budget and behind schedule. And sometimes it's because executives would rather interact face-to-face than keyboard-to-keyboard.


But always, I hear a common concern: How can I add another platform, task list or set of relationships to my already full plate?


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The Antidote to Ambiguity: Values-Based Leadership

The Antidote to Ambiguity: Values-Based Leadership | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

What is your mission statement? How many people in your organization have read it? Understand it? Remember it? BELIEVE IT? And, how many of those who remain after answering those questions have actually adopted it?


Management books universally extol the importance of a mission statement. I have both suffered through mission development exercises as a staff member and been hired to facilitate these sessions. The process goes something like this: a group of senior administrators lock themselves in a room for an extended period of time; they debate, compromise, and craft lofty prose until they finally unveil (white smoke from chimney) their UNIFYING DOCUMENT. Shortly thereafter, they proudly display their statements on websites, placards, and business cards, then sit back and wait for the wisdom to trickle down to the masses. Much to their surprise, little change occurs.


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Three Management Gurus Explain Management

Three Management Gurus Explain Management | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

A great post. I think a lot of manager should read and applied these advice. Unfortunately we live in a world where the human side is often forget, and the message in in this post is strong to change that situation. [note mg]


Michael Hammer in his book "Agenda" talks about modern managers driven by an economy that is more than ever controlled by the customer. "Managers are rediscovering that business is about execution."


He reminds us of the seriousness of watching the cash flow, fulfilling (rather than just getting) orders and the need to go beyond product ideas and focus more on product development.


The role of managers is to help their company "devise products and services that satisfy customers and then create and deliver them in a profitable way that satisfies shareholders"...


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Eight reasons why you shouldn't be scared to go freelance

Eight reasons why you shouldn't be scared to go freelance | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Too afraid to break out and become a cultural consultant or start your own arts business? Katy Cowan dispels some of the more common fears.


"You shouldn’t be afraid to work for yourself", says Katy Cowan. 


It's laughable the amount of times I've heard people say to me: "I wish I had the guts like you to go freelance!" These people are usually employed by someone else and are stuck in jobs they don't enjoy, dreaming of the day they can start their own business.


So what's stopping them? Well there are plenty of reasons: they might be afraid of the unknown; they might lack confidence and think they're not good enough; they could prefer the job security of their present full-time position, thinking that freelancing is far too risky.


If you're stuck in a job you don't like and want to work for yourself, what's keeping you from living the dream? Are you making similar excuses? Are you too afraid to break out and start your own business? Well, it's time to stop procrastinating and start making a name for yourself. Here are the top eight fears of going freelance and why you shouldn't be afraid to work for yourself.


Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2012/jan/05/reasons-to-go-freelance

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Tom George's comment, January 26, 2012 3:50 PM
Hey Martin,
Everything should be running smoothly now on IB. We have a much better server set up now so that's a plus right. Anyway have a great evening.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 27, 2012 4:34 AM
Hey Tom, thank you for the information, great, a better service is always a good thing :-)
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12 Steps to Financial Freedom in 2012

12 Steps to Financial Freedom in 2012 | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

We discuss many aspects of personal finance at Get Rich Slowly. We explore ways to earn more money, get out of debt, and build an emergency fund. We talk about the psychology of money management, and we share tips and tricks for making the most of your savings and your career. Basically, we do our best to help readers take control of their financial lives.


Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the little details of money management. Sometimes we forget the Big Picture. Because of that, I like to devote my annual Happy New Year post to a colossal summary of the collected wisdom at this site.


If you’ve resolved to take control of your finances in 2012, this article is the place to start. It’s packed with tips and resources for making the most of your money. And as I do every year, I’ve added one tip to the list.


Here then are twelve simple but effective steps to take control of your finances in 2012...

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Dangers of Working at Home – And How To Fix It

Dangers of Working at Home – And How To Fix It | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Working at home has become very popular in the last few years. It has many benefits over regular way of working at the office: no commuting, you have more time to spend with your family and you get more done, because you don’t have the distractions of the open office.


However, there are also downsides of working at home. It is up to you to make a decision – whether you want the remote working to improve your work quality and career or turn it intoprocrastination and slacking off.

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“Brushing it Off” Vs. “Brushing It Off”

“Brushing it Off” Vs. “Brushing It Off” | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Are you “brushing off” the work you need to complete? Or are you able to “brush it off” when it’s finished, ready to launch into the world?


I’ve had experience brushing off the things that needed to be done—and I’m sure you have, too—but I’ve also had the satisfying feeling of being able to put down my tools and say, finally, “I’m done.”

 

I’m referring to that point you eventually reach, after many long hours and sleepless nights, where there’s no more you can you can possibly do to improve your project, no more tweaking or adding or altering—it is done, as perfect as it can be...

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Seven Secrets to Resilience

Seven Secrets to Resilience | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

As the economy improves in fits and starts, selling your products and services remains unusually tough. Never has resilience been more critical for small-business owners. The ability to steadfastly push through challenges is a valuable trait that seems to come naturally to some entrepreneurs. Others can adapt over time to become wiser and more confident after each trying situation.

 

So how can you quickly recover from setbacks in the selling process? For starters, experts suggest viewing sales in your business as a long process with many wins and losses, much like a professional athlete's season. "Try not to look at your sales record as just one good or bad deal or one good or bad week," advises Steve W. Martin, who teaches sales strategy at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and is the author of Heavy Hitter Sales Psychology (TILIS Publishers, 2009).

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Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Noah Goldstein’s, Steve Martin’s (no, not that Steve Martin’s) and Robert Cialdini’s Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive is a pop psych book, where a bunch of research in psychology is distilled into one readable volume.


50 scientifically proven ways constitute 50 chapters of the book, longest of which take 7 pages. The authors take the position that persuasion is a science, not art, hence with the right approach anybody can become the master in the skill of persuasion. So, what are the 50 ways?

  1. Inconvenience the audience by creating an impression of product scarcity. It’s the famous change from “Call now, the operators are standing by” to “If the line is busy, call again”, that greatly improved the call volume by creating the impression that everybody else is trying to buy the same product...
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How to Make a Decision

How to Make a Decision | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Last summer, I found myself in a dilemma to make a decision. Amidst my struggle to find fulfillment from the various jobs, I was offered a regular salary and benefits kind of job. Being offered any type of employment after a particularly long dry spell was fantastic, but I was hung up on the fact that it wasn’t how I pictured it — the pay wasn’t great and the industry was one I never thought I’d be in.


I was faced with an important decision: Do I accept the new position and a chance at a little security, or continue searching for something different, something that fit the long laundry list of must-haves I had concocted for my professional life?


Besides everything else, I was most terrified about accepting a position that I wouldn’t be happy in. In fact, a fear of not being happy was a place I operated from often, one I knew had succeeded in keeping me from trying new things.


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» 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job An Entrepreneur's Life

» 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job An Entrepreneur's Life | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

I was recently reading Steve Pavlina’s: 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job and noticed that this guy knows what the hell he’s talking about. For this, I feel that it’s very important that I share his article with you just in case you might think like I used to. I too believed that security came with working that “9-5″ and hustling my ass off hoping for a minuscule raise. Sounds familiar right?


When I decided to start Circle One Communications, LLC in January 2008 I knew I was taking on a major risk. I also knew that most people wouldn’t understand. Steve along with other successful online marketers seemed to be the only people who understood my downright disdain for being a sheep in a work force that taxed the employee for the benefit of corporate profits. I can relate to the employee mentality for maintaining stability but at the same time…


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The Recession is A Great Time to Start a Business

The Recession is A Great Time to Start a Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Are you ready for the fight?


Recessions are created for people who want follow this trend... why wouldn't you make your own trend and start your own business? An excellent post with some interesting insights and examples. [note mg]


Recessions are the perfect time to start a business: FedEx, Microsoft, Burger King and even GE were started during the recessions the U.S. has experienced over the last century and a half. If you’ve been thinking about starting a new business, the fact that the economy is down should not stop you. In fact, there are many reasons why the national economic situation should encourage you to start a new business now.


You Have Motivation...


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The Many Paths to Freelancing

The Many Paths to Freelancing | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

To be a freelancer is sometimes a hard job. It need a lot of qualities and perseverance to be it for long time... What I like in this post, is that it speak not only about the advantages but also about the disavantages. [note mg]


With more and more workers turning to freelancing, you may wonder whether you should freelance. Are you ready? What is the best path to take to become a freelancer?


In this post, I’ll identify five different routes people take to freelancing. I’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.


Path 1. Right After College


Faced with a weak job market, many new graduates turn to freelancing to find employment. There are some positives and negatives to freelancing right out of school.


Here are three advantages to freelancing right out of college:...


Path 2. After Working for Someone Else

Path 3. As a Part-timer

Path 4. Job Loss

Path 5. A Need for Flexibility


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Leadership and Emotional Intelligence – Leadership, Management, Career and Personal Development

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence – Leadership, Management, Career and Personal Development | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Using emotional intelligence can help you succeed as a leader. But what is emotional intelligence, and why is it that success in life sometimes seems unrelated to intelligence and how hard you are prepared to work?


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Vingtcinq Scenario
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Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership

Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Leaders' primary objective is to empower others to make decisions and take actions that are aligned with the organization’s vision, purpose, and strategy. These nuances are the softer side of leadership, beyond the technical skills that you have already mastered.


Leadership is the "eighth wonder of the world." It is better seen and felt than defined and said. It’s easy to intellectualize, but elusive to actualize.


The world’s most impactful leaders in all arenas, from business to government, understand the paradox that although leadership starts with the leader, it’s never about the leader. This wisdom should be emulated and applied by everyone who aspires to leadership.


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12 Most Wipe-it-Out Tips I Learned on the way to Inbox Zero

12 Most Wipe-it-Out Tips I Learned on the way to Inbox Zero | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Inbox zero... it's a dream or a nightmare for you? Sometimes I wonder, why should I be always in this situation, it's only stress for me. But, if you want it, here twelve advices to do so. [note Martin Gysler]


Email Inbox Zero. At times it can feel like the El Dorado of digital organization — everyone thinks it will bring them organizational bounty, but it proves horribly elusive.


However, it can be done. I’ve been there, more than once.


You too can get there — with the help of the dozen top tips I learned along the way.


1. Decide how often you want to be at zero


Having your inbox permanently at zero is impossible. Having messages come in is, after all, half the point of email. As a lot of my work is built around weekly cycles, for me hitting inbox zero at the end of each week is the aim; for you it might be each day.


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Is Your Leadership Limiting Your Organizations Ability to Grow?

Is Your Leadership Limiting Your Organizations Ability to Grow? | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

This is the first in our series of articles that looks at leadership capacity and its impact on organizational growth and transformation. The full series will be available for download as a white paper once it is completed.


Leadership capacity is more than simply skill development; it’s about performance, growth, transformation and change. For the purpose of our discussion in this series of articles, let’s define it as;


“Leadership Capacity is the skilful use of leadership attributes for the growth and development of ourselves, our colleagues and our organization”.


Great leaders not only understand how to engage and inspire their teams to get the best results — they understand the need to create participatory and collaborative processes that develop the abilities of the next generation of leaders.


Leadership lays the groundwork for success


Successful companies do not happen by accident. They are the result of building effective leadership capacity and an awareness and willingness to take the necessary steps in identify internal talent and nurture them into the leaders of tomorrow.


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How to Fight Information Overload

How to Fight Information Overload | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.


This has to stop somewhere. And it can.


As the year comes to a close, there’s no time like the present to make the overloading stop.


What you need to do is focus on these 4 steps:

  1. Set your goals.
  2. Decide whether you really need the information.
  3. Consume only the minimal effective dose.
  4. Don’t procrastinate by consuming too much information.


But before I explain exactly what I mean, let’s discuss information overload in general.

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How to Avoid the Mistakes Most Writers Make

How to Avoid the Mistakes Most Writers Make | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Avoid enough mistakes and you will never prosper. Make the right series of slip-ups and you can accelerate your success. I owe my own triumph to the ample mistakes I made my first two years online. Hopefully, I can help you avoid the truly painful blunders, so you’ll be free to stumble without entirely falling.


Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Fear of failure can stand as an unfortunate impediment to prosperity. At a subconscious level, people link failure to humiliation, and no one wants to be humiliated. There is a way, however, to leap over your fears so you can make the mistakes and learn the lessons that will make you great.

 

Realize that every time you fail, you’ve grown as an entrepreneur, person, or writer. Recognize that each failure brings you closer to success and that a fear of failing will keep you from taking the chances that make up most success stories.

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From Failed Idea to Profitable Product: What I Learned from Failure

From Failed Idea to Profitable Product: What I Learned from Failure | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

The biggest insecurity we bloggers face is the question of whether anybody is actually going to buy our product. We can’t give away our content forever, and those Google ads are hardly going to pay the bills.


That’s why every blogger should offer his or her own product. You can recommend other products without seeing a noticeable return. The biggest return on effort is from your own product, whether it’s an ebook, a service, or a piece of software. But the creation of your own product creates a different kind of fear.

 

The fear of failure
Everybody fears failure. It’s instilled in us from an early age. Most people don’t like losing, and try to avoid it at all costs. And if you’re going to create something to sell, the fear of it failing becomes all too real. Many times it becomes so real that people don’t even go through with their plans at all...

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The 10 Reasons Why You Want to Be More Productive

The 10 Reasons Why You Want to Be More Productive | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Here at Lifehack we offer tips, tricks and ideas on how you can be more productive. We deliver them almost every single day. We love doing it because we not only want to help you become more productive, but we also want to be part of a group who wants to be more productive.


By why do you want to be more productive?
Why do you look for tips, tricks and ideas to hack your life? Why do you test new and eciting products and theories so that you can produce at more optimum levels? Why is improving your productivity so important to you?


When you really think about it – I mean, really break it down – there are 10 reasons why. Some of them work in tandem, some don’t. Some rate higher on one person’s scale than on another’s. Some are practical, some are quite silly. But all of them are reasons – and there are only 10 of them...

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