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29 Sep 2013 Written by RefWriter

You Never Know Who Is Watching

 

Thought Leader Blog Post

This is my first blog posting on Chic CEO and I couldn't be more excited to combine my two professions on this blog. Not only am I an entrepreneur working in the home building industry and in digital media, but I officiate Divsion I Women's basketball. I would like to blog about the business lessons and mentoring take-aways that I gain on the basketball court and bring to my business life. I hope you enjoy!

27 Sep 2013 Written by chicceo

The Tory Burch Foundation, Goldman Sachs and You...

Guest Post

The Tory Burch Foundation and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses are partnering with Los Angeles City College and Long Beach City College to provide an extraordinary entrepreneurship and management education opportunity for a select group of qualified, early-stage, women-owned small businesses in Southern California, beginning in January 2014. Deadline to apply: November 4, 2013. Classes will be delivered at Los Angeles City College's Van de Kamp Campus.
 
Women who own a small business open at least one year, with a minimum of $25,000 in revenue, at least one additional employee and a commitment to growth are encouraged to apply.

27 Sep 2013 Written by chicceo

Protect Yourself from Facebook Social Ads Using your Pictures

Partner Post from Geek Girl

Gone are the days when Facebook used to have to ask you for permission to use any of your pictures for advertising and all you needed to do was give them this permission merely by opting-in to the program.

And unless you knew, and you opposed this and knew how to opt-out, then chances are you are probably in danger of having Facebook use your own pictures in what they call “Social Ads”.
The way Social Ads on Facebook works is based on relevancy; say you like Unicorn Meat. Facebook knows you like Unicorn Meat so what they will do is show an ad to your friends on Facebook with your picture on it tricking your friends to believe it’s got to be good if you like it.
23 Sep 2013 Written by BizStrategist

5 Ways To Use Your Big Vision To Lead Your Team

Thought Leader Blog Post

As the leader of your business you need to have a “Big Bold Crystal Clear Vision,” but that is not all there is to it.  You also need to be able to communicate it effectively so your team not only see’s the bigger picture, but also see’s how they are going to be able to help you achieve your big hairy bodacious vision.

18 Sep 2013 Written by casselin

Stress Fractures & A Bruised Ego

Thought Leader Blog Post

Last week, I started to write my first Chic CEO blog post about the connection between leadership and long distance running.  I have been training for a half-marathon for 8 weeks now and I see so many parallels between running and succeeding in business.  A lot of successful business leaders are long distance runners.  There is an undeniable connection between delayed gratification, hard work, focus and long-term success.

Well, I have news.  It pains me to say that I just decided to postpone the half-marathon.  So, there goes that post!  I was inspired to write about this decision anyway because the parallel is still there. I’m just not at the end of the road yet.

13 Sep 2013 Written by chicceo

DNA of an American Entrepreneur

A recent study by Hiscox reveals some interesting data...

DNA of an American Entrepreneur: Hiscox study reveals challenges and triumphs
 
Half of US small business owners are optimistic for new year with compelling differences between male and female small business owners.

 • More responding U.S. small business owners (50%) are optimistic about the coming year than they were in 2011 (45%), however optimism is down from 2012 (55%).
 • Over the last 12 months, male small business owners reported 5% more growth in both revenues and new customers than their female counterparts, with 50% of male small business owners reporting revenue growth and 57% reported new customer growth.
 • 34% of male small business owners worked on average between 40 to 49 hours per week, while female small business owners (also 34%) were most likely to work an average of 29 hours or less per week.
 • Women are using social media for a variety of business reasons, whereas men use social media tools primarily for hiring and recruiting. While the popularity of social media has made it a valuable recruiting tool, as those who have an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology have noted, you must be careful when using it in this manner. When hiring, some candidates might be turned off if they discover that you have screened them through social media, as it feels like an invasion of privacy. At the same time, conducting this screening could reduce your risk, since you will have an idea of each candidate’s lifestyle before making a hire.
 • Despite the mainstream popularity of crowd funding, over 90% of male and female small business owners have not considered it as a funding option.

12 Sep 2013 Written by natalie

Perfecting the Work/Life Balance

Utilizing Peak Performance Techniques

So far during Professional Wellness month, we’ve explored the importance of the mind-body connection and investing in employee satisfaction. We’ve addressed that wellness is about balance. When we are balanced, we feel content. Stress is manageable, and we are able to accomplish our tasks at work with ease and grace as well as enjoy relaxation at home. Today we’ll be exploring how to utilize Dr. Roy Sugarman’s peak performance techniques to perfect the work-life balance.

12 Sep 2013 Written by natalie

Encouraging Competition Through Collaboration

Competition and collaboration are two seemingly incompatible terms. Competition implies a clear divide— a winner and a loser, while collaboration requires everyone to work together. As leaders, how can we encourage healthy competition and collaboration in the workplace simultaneously?

Chances are if you have a strong team, you’ll have those few members who are deeply competitive. They exist in all organizations— the go-getters who always strive to be number one. Everything is a competition; taking the stairs, turning in reports, sales. But sometimes that competitive spirit can foster deep wounds among the team. How can you help build a trusting and resilient team who can achieve great results?

12 Sep 2013 Written by natalie

The Rhythm of Communication

In music, we have tonality and we have rhythm. These two elements combine to together communicate emotion. When one element doesn’t complement the other, sometimes the emotion that we’re aiming to convey is lost. For example, if you hear an upbeat rhythm that makes your body want to dance, but the accompanying melody is in a minor key, it can feel uneasy and angry. But change the chords to something major, and suddenly the song feels like an upbeat anthem. It’s a subtle difference, but it changes the entire tone.

Now translate same concept that to your own communication. Imagine your words as the rhythm and your body language as the tonality. Have you ever met someone who gave you a compliment while sitting with their arms crossed not making eye contact with you? I’ll bet it felt insincere, right? That’s because the two major methods of communication were not in alignment.

12 Sep 2013 Written by natalie

The Rhythm of Connection

Here at Drum Cafe West, we understand that there are a variety of reasons organizations turn to us to help them unify and align the individuals within. In some cases, there are communication issues; in others, there may be concerns surrounding diversity. Through our experiences, we’ve developed several different programs to serve each individual organization’s corporate team building needs through drumming. Today, we’re talking about finding the rhythm of connection.

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