Education

Education
When To Stop Deliberating And Make A Decision

When To Stop Deliberating And Make A Decision

Featured, Improvement
Waiting too long to make decisions can slow down companies, frustrate employees, and lead to missed opportunities. But it can be hard to know whether you should just go ahead and choose or gather more data first. In these situations, consider two factors. How important is the decision? When it’s of little consequence, pick something and move on. When it’s truly important, reflecting more or gathering additional information is probably a good idea. How often will that particular decision be made? If it will happen often — maybe it’s about pricing, inventory, or hiring — it may be worth developing a systematic approach. Doing so will take time now, but you’ll save time when the decision comes up again. If you’re still struggling, give yourself a deadline, which can be…
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Why You Should Hire A Business Coach

Why You Should Hire A Business Coach

Featured, Improvement
Athletes have coaches. Actors have coaches. Having a coach helps them achieve their peak performance. Every great team has a coach. Think of the best NFL and NBA teams, which all have coaches. A coach is someone who's not afraid to confront you and tell you when you're doing something incorrectly. They have a proven method to success and can help you take your business to the next level Given how important it is for business owners and executives to operate at peak performance, you should have a coach as well. What do business people get from having coach? To brainstorm and bounce ideas There’s a common saying that goes, “nobody is smarter than all of us.” In other words, the collective power of many is far superior to the…
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How To Stop Caring About What Others Think

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
We are hard-wired to want validation from others. Scientists found that babies’ emotions are often drawn from the emotions of those around them. As we get older, relying on others for validation can be toxic and limiting. Doing what you know to be right, regardless of what other's think, is a liberating experience. Here are some tips to separate yourself from the need of others' validation. Accept that external validation is a bad habit. Whether its daily affirmations or a simple acceptance, you need to remind yourself that your opinion of yourself is the most important. Just like any bad habit, reliance on the opinion of others can be broken.Make a list of your convictions. Start with 10 things that are important to you when it comes to character.Having a list…
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How To Achieve More By Doing Less

How To Achieve More By Doing Less

Featured, Process
There are more demands on our time than ever before. Being constantly connected means even when we're not working, we are working, blurring the lines of work and home. Sometimes we need an extra hour (or more). Instead of trying to cram more into your already crowded schedule, here are some tips for getting more done by doing less. Take more breaks: When we have an important project due, we tend to become hyper focused on it. Studies have shown you can get more done by getting away from the project periodically, letting in simmer in your subconscious, and then coming back with fresh eyes. Regularly changing the type of activity you’re performing throughout the day allows your brain to perform at its highest capacity and get more done in…
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Are You Setting Too Many Goals?

Are You Setting Too Many Goals?

Featured, Process
Setting too many goals, like setting unrealistic goals, or setting really broad goals can prevent us from actually accomplishing them. This doesn't mean don't set big goals, it just means you need to choose your goals properly. Before setting a goal, ask yourself some questions. Why you are setting it. Is it something you really want or need to do? How much else do you have on your plate? If this new goal is not going to improve your life and it is going to overwhelm you or cause excessive stress, ditch it. Your time is valuable. You should spend it only on the most important goals?Can you achieve it? Honestly evaluate whether you have the skills and resources you need to accomplish your goal. If you are not confident…
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Practice Saying No to Requests for Your Time

Practice Saying No to Requests for Your Time

Communication, Featured
Most people have far more work than they can possibly get to. That’s why it’s so important to say no to things that aren’t a great use of your time. But turning people down can be uncomfortable. To get better at it, practice saying no politely and gracefully. If a colleague asks you to do something that isn’t your job, you might say: “That isn’t my area of expertise, but I’m happy to connect you with someone who could help.” If you’re asked to attend a meeting or join a project that you don’t have time for, say: “Thanks so much, but I have to decline. My schedule is at capacity right now.” If you’re asked to finish a task on a too-tight deadline, say: “I would love to help,…
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Focus On Value

Focus On Value

Featured, Improvement
What customers really want from your organization is help solving their problem. They want to hear what other customers were able to achieve by using your solution. They want to understand the value and benefits your products/services promise to deliver. This can get a little tricky, as value is defined differently by everyone. Only 16% of C-level customers chose a vendor because of their product. Instead, what buyers want is a stellar sales experience where they can learn something new, and marketing content that educates and makes them smarter. Use examples. Talk about what other customers have gotten out of using your product or service. Show how your offering solved their problem or improved their business.Listen to the customer and focus on their needs. The CEO of Black and Decker once explained to his employees that their customers didn't…
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Define Your Success

Define Your Success

Attitude and Mindset, Featured, Improvement, Process
Everybody says they want to succeed. Whether it is their home life, their job, or their business, people want to be successful. Most of them never feel that are successful for one simple reason. They have not defined what success is. Success means different things to different people. For some it can mean running their own company. For others it means having the time to spend with their family. For still more it can be having the financial freedom not to worry about bills. No two peopled fine success exactly the same way. The first step to being successful is to define what it means to you. Take the time to figure out what success looks like to you. Close your eyes and try to imagine what you would be…
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Keep Your Positive Attitude

Keep Your Positive Attitude

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
Life's obstacles are limitless, however we can limit our stress levels by maintaining a positive attitude. Everyone encounters new challenges every day. Reacting with a positive attitude is the only way to minimize negative impacts and maximize joy. Dale Carnegie said, "It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it." Here are some ways to choose a positive attitude. Don't consume gloom and doom. Every reporter recognizes that, "If a story bleeds, it leads." Newswires are full of tragedies, political and economical upheaval, and all sorts of stories that cause a person to cringe. Some film footage is so graphic, it's hard to picture anything else during the entire…
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To Engage Your Employees, Show Them Respect

To Engage Your Employees, Show Them Respect

Featured, Improvement, Leadership
Showing respect enhances a leader’s influence and performance – and a worldwide study found that it’s the leadership behavior with the biggest effect on employee engagement. Yet many leaders struggle to show respect to their employees.  To become a more respectful leader, try these tips:  Ask for help. Collect feedback from trusted friends and colleagues about when they’ve seen you treat people well or badly. Then look for patterns. When are you at your best? How could you treat people better?Reflect. Keep a journal about when and why you are uncivil. Being more aware of your behavior is an essential part of improving it.Work with a coach. A skilled coach can assist you with uncovering the reasons for your uncivil behavior and taking steps to change it.Be accountable. Identify one behavior change to work…
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