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To make this a reality, leaders need to develop transparent thinking in themselves and their team members.

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How Do International Calling Cards Work? The Low Down!

There is nothing worse than coming back from a business trip to discover that your phone bill has cost you more than your holiday has! International calls can be extremely costly and many people find themselves in a position where they need to make them.    Take businesses as a prime example. They need to…

Awesome Tech Features That’ll Improve Your Business

As a business owner, you will be very aware of what it takes to run a business of your own. You know that you need to be on top of your marketing, product development, customer engagement and finance, and one of the biggest things that you need to consider is your IT and technology. Your…

Second Chances: What Do You Need to Know About Hiring an Ex-Offender?

Are you considering hiring an ex-offender? Know that if you do not perform your due diligence and hire an ex-offender, you may be liable for that hire’s conduct and sued under the theory of negligent hiring. This is a problem both for employers wanting to give an ex-offender a second chance and those ex-offenders who…

Investing In Commercial Property? Here’s What You Should Know

Whether you’re looking for office space for your business or need to diversify your company’s portfolio, real estate is always a good place to start. Commercial property is not only in demand, but it uses the same rules as traditional real estate, which makes it more understandable. After all, most people own a home. Still,…

11 Questions To Ask Your IT Provider To Avoid Network Nightmares

Businesses are starting to recognise that providing all their IT requirements in-house is no longer cost-effective. It makes much more sense to outsource the job to a third-party and get them to do it instead.  However, results can vary. While some IT providers and managed service providers are excellent, many of them leave a lot…

How To Improve Your Money Management

Businesses or individuals that do not have organized money management plans in place may suffer from financial losses. Having an unorganized financial setup or lack of expertise may prevent your business or personal goals from becoming a success.  To prevent this from happening, it is beneficial to integrate useful and expert money management tools. With…

Business Energy Saving Tips that will Make your Company Greener

If you don’t feel as though your company is doing its part to help the environment, then now is a better time than ever to change that. These are just a few of the steps you need to take. Switch off your Equipment If you do not turn off your appliances at the mains when…

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Are you clear on success in 2021?

  Roger Bannister set out to become the first athlete to break the four-minute mile. “Experts” told him it was impossible.  Some even suggested he was risking death; doctors told him his heart would explode! Not only did Bannister not die, but the week after he broke the barrier another runner followed in his footsteps,…

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Are You Preparing to Win in 2021 or Just Continuing to Work Hard?

No doubt 2020 was a challenging year in so many ways. Whether you were busier than you ever dreamed because market conditions changed in your favor, or you were shut down, had supply chains completely disrupted, or found your customers were negatively impacted, 2020 tested us at work. And that doesn’t even begin to cover…

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Top Workforce Issues

Effective business management requires balancing the big picture with the details.

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Lead the Possible, Not the Probable

Today’s uncertain and volatile business landscape calls for new ways of thinking and working. So why do most companies attempt to solve problems and manage massive change in the wrong manner? A lot of it has to do with the way the human brain works. Our brains love certainty and predictability. So when faced with…

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The Next Next

Individual and organizational brains in constant, unexpected change If you are like many, you were certain in April that by June we would see a settling in to the ‘new normal’.  And then in May, once again, many of us were sure that by the end of June, our norms would be reset, and we…

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Keeping Employees Connected

During times of uncertainty, human beings seek community and safety, and many find it in the workplace. Work typically provides a much-needed sense of stability and control over at least one aspect of our lives when everything else has gone topsy-turvy. Yet, millions of people have lost their jobs, either temporarily or permanently, due to…

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Executing with Excellence in Uncertainty

Why is it so hard to keep up with the pace of change these days? Some ascribe it to the overwhelming amount of information we try to process every day. Others point to the rapid pace of change. Both are partly to blame. But the primary reason is our brains were not constructed to work…

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How to Use Your Brain During Unexpected Change

The human brain is an amazing tool. But there’s one thing it doesn’t handle very well – change. Especially change of the magnitude brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nobody saw this virus coming, but it has turned our world upside down. Our challenge as leaders is how we respond to it – a task…

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Strategic Agility – 3 keys to getting clear in ambiguity

In today’s hyper-paced and chaotic world, few things are more important to success than the ability to respond quickly to sudden changes in external forces, market conditions, or customer needs. Whether the disruption comes from a pandemic, the introduction of a new technology, a new competitor that nobody saw coming, or drastic changes in economic…

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Why We Need Adversity

Are you feeling like everything is out of control; like you can’t imagine a successful future right now; like the wheels keep falling off the bus over and over again; like the other shoe is about to drop… When the going gets tough, the tough get going. It’s an old cliché. And like most clichés,…

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Beating Your Biases: How to Become Your Own Devil’s Advocate

In our culture, the word “bias” holds a decidedly negative connotation. Not surprising considering the definition of the word: prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. Nobody wants to be considered prejudiced or unfair. As business leaders striving to lead our organizations to success,…

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Is Your “Smart” Phone Making You 25% Dumber?

According to a recent study, the answer is yes. In fact, it’s doing it to all of us – even when we consciously ignore our phones. Today’s smart phones have become such an integral part of our daily lives that most of us feel uncomfortable without them. More than just a portable tool for talking…

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Rearrange Your Brain to Win

As business leaders, we have many tools at our disposal to produce the results our organizations need to win. As the world moves at an ever faster pace and the demands placed on today’s leaders increase, I’m convinced the most important tool is developing an elite brain. By elite brain, I don’t necessarily mean being…

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Are You Productive or Just Busy?

In our fast-paced world we’re all busy, to the point where we spend time we swear we don’t have to complain about how busy we are. At the same time, “busy-ness” feels good because it seems like we’re getting stuff done. The question is, are we getting done what we need to get done day…

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How To Fail At Cultural Change

According to the human capital research firm I4CP, more than half of the surveyed companies had recently or are currently undergoing a major cultural change. Unfortunately, less than 15% rated the change initiative as highly successful and only 1 in 25 said the venture was very highly successful. Not exactly what I would call a…

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GBG: The Positive Acronym that Works

OMG! Acronyms – the practice of abbreviating words or short phrases using the initial letters of each word – have been around hundreds or thousands of years, depending on who you believe. As often happens, there are multiple sources on the Internet about the origin and early use of acronyms, and none of them agree. One…

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Solo-Tasking to Win

  Many moons ago I wrote a blog about the dangers of multi-tasking – how it robs us of our creativity, makes us less efficient, and raises our stress levels. At the time, the business world was starting to recognize that the constant digital interruptions from email, cell phones and social media were not simplifying…

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