Thursday, August 21, 2014 • 07:07
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The 6 Things You Need to Know to Be Great in Business
There are no shortcuts in business. In order to be successful there are some things that you must know. These are not all of them by a long shot, but IMHO they are 6 of the most important.1. Know how to sell.Selling means being able to convey why your product or service, which may be you if you are looking for a job, will make things better....
The Super Rich and Their Strange Allies
If you read the fairy tale weaved by the major media and our history books, we would believe that liberal policies are beneficial to everyone, whether those policies are popular are not. The upper classes can complain all they want, but they sleep better at night knowing that the government is generous with their wealth, even if those wealthy...
On The Menu: 7 Questions for Scott Gottlich
The Dallas culinary scene is buzzing and chef Scott Gottlich is a big part of that. Praised by food critics, the owner and executive chef of The Second Floor and Bijoux uses seasonal ingredients with a French flair. Bijoux was named one of the Top 10 Hottest New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit and earned multiple 4-star reviews from The...
Keep CALM and Manage On
Recently after a difficult customer interaction a co-worker asked me, "How do you remain so calm?" I was hard pressed to answer that question. But when I thought about it, my response was twofold. Philosophically, I believe in not getting worked up over things out of my control. The second reason -- and why I'm writing about this -- is improv....
The Robots Are Coming and 'Humans Need Not Apply'
It has been about five years since the publication of my 2009 book The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future, which argued that we were on the brink of a revolution in robotics and artificial intelligence that would put millions of jobs at risk -- and quite possibly threaten our overall...
The Internet of Things 2014 Slideshare
Internet of Things from Vala Afshar Responding to her Friday morning alarm, Stacey gets out of bed. Simultaneously, items throughout her house begin preparing for the day. Although it is cloudy outside, the interior is lighted with tones of a beautiful sunrise, per Stacey's personalized lighting scheme. The water heater makes sure the...
Why a Good Business Partner Can Be Bad
Too often we hear reasons as to why business partners can be bad. If you have an argument, then who gets the business? What if one partner doesn't pull their weight? However, I'm coming from a different perspective. This is for those that have had an amazing business partner, so good that they allowed you to not have to focus at all on a...
An Awareness That Amazes Me
I work with several young people who are starting out in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. I learn so much from them.I am really honored to have this experience of working with them. When I look back at how I started after college it was a headfirst dive into the rat race, defining success without really thinking about it.These...
The Balancing Act: Your 9-5 vs. Your Passion-Based Business
I've had the privilege of working at Fortune 500 companies throughout my entire professional career. Despite generous compensation packages featuring six-figure salaries, stock options, and performance bonuses, the reality became clear: I would not be able to control my destiny without owning a business. According to Forbes' recent listing, the...
Take a Break - Or Else
Business owners can be relentless in their drive to succeed. Failure is unacceptable and the word flashes constantly, like a neon beacon in their brains. They dread making a false step or taking their eye off the ball for even one moment. Working long hours, eating poorly, sleeping worse, operating at very high levels of stress, they can't get...
Creating Gender and Cultural Diversity in Your Organization
To improve diversity and gender equality in our companies, we should do what Stephen Covey advises us to do with our personal careers and lives: Begin with the end in mind.After all, if we don't know where we're going, how can we possibly expect to get there?Just as every company has a profit and revenue goal, every company should have gender...
Are Life and Business Difficult?
"Life is difficult." That's the start of M Scott Peck's brilliant book The Road Less Traveled. I agree strongly. And I disagree strongly too. That life is difficult, says Peck, "is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult -- once we truly understand and accept it -- then...
5 Ways to Spot Monkey Mind
Everyone reading this knows what it's like to worry or fret or fixate on something. In business and our personal lives we face problems everyday. Whether you are thinking, or should I say obsessing, about a date, a job, or even an argument you had a year ago, we all know what it feels like when our mind hijacks our life. Everything takes a back...
Top Keys to Mitigating Risk in Your Startup
No matter what, you're going to face risks as an entrepreneur of a startup company, but there are always ways to minimize those potential risks. Most first-time entrepreneurs are either overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of dangers they face as they step into the role, or are oblivious and underprepared for those risks due to lack of experience....
10 Principles of Effective and Authentic Leadership
There is a great amount of definitions and theories about effective leadership. Each leader chooses their unique formula of success, but still there are keys to authentic leadership that can't be ignored. Below are 10 important principles each leader should know.1. Leadership Is Behavior, Not PositionLeaders are the ones who take...
5 Simple Things You Need to Do Now for a Productive Fall
"Can you help me find just 10 more minutes in my day?" I was meeting a friend for a glass of wine, and this was the first question out of her mouth. No hello, no perusing the wine list and easing into this conversation. This was urgent. I was not really surprised these were the first words out of my friend's mouth. She works for a large...
Top 10 Ways to Attract High Paying Clients
With summer drawing to a close, it is time to get your focus back on growing your business. Fall is a great time to re-energize and recharge. One of the pitfalls I see so many business executives fall into, is thinking too small and doing the same things they have done for years, directed at the same client base. Now is the time to have a...
Venture Capitalist: 6 Step CIO Digital Transformation Guide
The explosion of mobile smart devices, adoption of social networks, use of mobile applications and cloud enabled services has consumerized IT and significantly disrupted relationships and expectations of CIOs for both line-of-business leaders and external customers. As employees, business partners, and customers have gained unprecedented access...
Understanding the Global Technology World Ahead
Over 20 years ago, the U.S. government set out to create a technology infrastructure designed to replace existing communications and information distribution platforms in the U.S. While most do not recognize the internet from this vantage point, it is most certainly what the internet is and why it is here. What's most unique and compelling...
5 Ways to Avoid a Difficult Landlord
As any entrepreneur will tell you, starting and growing a business isn't for the faint of heart. Add a difficult landlord to the equation and an entrepreneur's dream can quickly turn into a costly, time-consuming nightmare.Ignored repairs, neglected common areas and unexpected fees are enough to create a headache for any tenant, but they're...
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