15 Oct 2013 Written by KB

Developing Leaders Requires Content That Rises Above

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Too much information, too much noise is not good for productivity or developing leaders. And for learning professionals, the task of getting the right information and knowledge to the corporate leaders amidst the cacophony of news and inputs makes the task even more daunting.

Our research* completed earlier this year revealed that as much as 80% of people are struggling to ‘fit’ everything into the working week which now extends well beyond the old 9-5, Monday through Friday period. Many (55%) are distracted frequently throughout the work-day with more than half unable to disregard these distractions and get on with the job.

15 Oct 2013 Written by rebekah

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business

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Starting a business can be scary; there is no doubt about it. When you finally decide to take the plunge, and quit your cushy, full-time job with benefits to create your own way in the world, it can be terrifying, isolating and exciting, all at the same time. It probably feels like you are jumping out of a plane with no parachute. Yet, the only way to know if your idea will work is to just go for it, and hope for the best.

14 Oct 2013 Written by LauraRenner

A Sure Fire Way To Get Good Employees

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Recently, I’ve spoken with a few business owners who are considering positioning themselves as gateways to bigger companies. What do I mean by that? Consider this case study in a textbook I once read (I recognize not all case studies are real but the point still resonates):

11 Oct 2013 Written by kgregorio

Finding Funding As A Woman

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Regardless of gender, ever entrepreneur needs working capital to get their business off the ground and to keep it in flight.  From startup costs to daily operational duties, a healthy cash flow is as important to a business as air is to our lungs.  Still, despite its necessity, additional funding is not so easy to come by, especially for female entrepreneurs.

07 Oct 2013 Written by LauraGiveMe10

Can a Lackluster Golf Game Be Saved?

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How much can you improve in a sport in just 10 minutes a day? For the sake of my pride, I needed to know. Every month I pick a different goal and spend 10 minutes a day on it. The goal is almost always motivated by frustration – a perpetually messy house inspired Declutter Month; not having a handle on our finances led to Money Month.

07 Oct 2013 Written by LauraRenner

Hiring is a marketing dance

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Marketing is a critical piece to the success of any business. It’s the way to have new customers find you and to remind previous customers about you. The first part of hiring is very similar. Here’s how:

 • The job ad should answer the question, “What’s in it for them?”     
 - Just like any marketing copy, your job ad needs to speak to the candidate. It needs to tell them why they should come work for you, what they’ll get out of it, who you are and what you do. 

02 Oct 2013 Written by casselin

Channeling Diane Sawyer & Other Tips On Public Speaking And Effective Communication

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When I am not blogging, or lawyering, I am the Co-President of the UCLA Amuni Association, Los Angeles Westside Network. I really love the university for a lot of reasons, and I enjoy being able to give back to it, and my alumni community. Although it’s a volunteer position, it has become somewhat of a second job for me. The lessons I’ve learned have been a true education in leadership for which I am really grateful.
01 Oct 2013 Written by maryellent

The Art of Negotiation: Learn it

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Many people believe that if you are a top-notch negotiator you will always be regarded as adversarial and hostile. They believe if you want to be “liked” in business, you are better off just saying “yes” and forgetting about the negotiation process.

Well, this could not be further from the truth.

The ability to negotiate properly is absolutely critical in your day-to-day business activities.

Yet, so many lack this crucial skill.

01 Oct 2013 Written by RefWriter

Becoming the Mentor

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men·tor noun
1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

I have been thinking for weeks about how I should write about the topic of mentorship. The difficulty in writing is not WHAT to write about, but what NOT to write about. because I have had so many mentors in my life, and I think there are an innumerable number of countless aspects to discuss when it comes to mentorship to discuss.

30 Sep 2013 Written by LauraRenner

Keeping Your Culture Through Growth

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Recently, a small business owner asked me how to keep a culture intact when you’re growing so fast. The answer is simple but hard to do: commitment.

You’ve got to be committed to the values that make up your company culture. You’ve got to live them everyday. They need to guide your decisions, come up in conversations, be embedded in training.


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