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  • 5 Ways to Nurture Your Network Without Overthinking It

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:40:55 by: Deleted Member

    As a female entrepreneur I know how important the art of networking is to small business success. However, I also think some women in business way overthink networking to the point of paralysis by analysis. I mean, I still have friends I've had since grade school. I'm still close to most former managers I reported to over the years. I am never am at a loss for business opportunities and my calendar remains full of fun. I am actually known as an excellent networker, and I have ZERO official networking strategy. Networking Should Be Authentic It actually feels weird to me to consider staying in touch with people I care about and respect a form of "nurturing my network." In fact, as I was leaving lunch with my former hotel GM recently, with whom I have always shared a great deal of mutual trust. He mentioned that I was "great at networking" and "keeping in front of people" like him and others he knew that I kept up with regularly. I had to pause. I know it was a compliment, but for a nano-second I wondered if my authentic interest in my friends ever came off as calculated business strategy. I told him I did not even want to think about life without people like him, who have been so important to my professional and personal growth. I didn't really see having our quarterly-ish lunches as networking, but in reality it absolutely is. So I thought a lot about it when I got home and realized maybe looking at "networking" as a business strategy feels icky to female entrepreneurs. After all, women tend to be more about relationships and a little less about strategy than the average male. That's why I want to encourage you that networking does not have to be forced. You do not have to rotate reaching out to people whose last names begin with A-D during the first week of the month, E-J during the second week of the month, etc... It's freaking awesome that some people are that organized. Honestly, I do like it when I open an email from a friend who tells me what ...

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  • Top 20 Affirmations to Get You Out of Your Career Funk

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:39:16 by: Deleted Member

    Do you dread waking up on Monday mornings? Ever wonder if the work you are doing is adding value? Do you wish you had a better relationship with your boss? You are not alone; an overwhelming number of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs and are looking for a way to escape their career anxieties. According to the latest findings from a survey of more than 150,000 full and part-time workers in Gallup's State of the American Workplace Report, 70% of employees are not engaged or inspired at work. More than half of workers are not excited about their jobs. Being disconnected from your job can negatively impact other areas of your life. After all, most Americans (especially highly-skilled professionals) spend more time at work than at their homes, so work dissatisfaction can spoil moments that you should be enjoying. You only have one life, and it's your job to make it your best life. If you are not happy, you must first realize that you have the power to change it. That's exactly what I did: I received the internship of my dreams⎯or so I thought. It turned out to be a waking nightmare. The salary and perks were rewarding, but the mental pain I felt covered me in bruises every day. I expected long hours, but I didn't expect the lack of freedom and social anxiety that would come from that. I could've adapted to the situation, but my heart was deprived of everything that I thought a career should be. I was suffering from a career funk. So I did what any 20-year-old with a socially conscious desire to change the world would do. I ended the relationship and allowed myself to be open to the possibilities that were waiting for me. Once I released the old, new opportunities came faster than I could blink my eyes. Not everyone has the courage to leave their abusive careers⎯especially if you have invested so much time into the job. It takes more than courage. It requires a mental shift. You have to realize that there is always a chance to start over ...

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  • Why Fitbit's New Band Got a Healthy Reception

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:31:59 by: Deleted Member

    Fitness band maker has much cheaper multiple as it updates flagship ...

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  • Awesome New Company Lets Kids 'Wear Their Imaginations'

    Posted 2016-08-29 19:56:51 by: Deleted Member

    Watch out, fashion world. This new company is giving kids the chance to design their own clothes, and the results are super stylin’.  Mom and entrepreneur Jaimee Newberry founded “Picture This” ― a new service that allows kids to turn their drawings into dresses. The process is simple: Parents choose a dress size and print out the coloring book-style templates available on the “Picture This” website. Once their kids have colored and decorated the templates, the grown-ups can upload photos of the completed designs on the website and place their orders. The finished dresses arrive within a few weeks. “Picture This” was inspired by a dress Newberry made for her daughter, Zia, inspired by her artwork. In a Medium post detailing the history of “Picture This,” Newberry wrote that Zia loved the dress and told people, “I’m wearing my imagination!” “Due to the positive response and requests from Zia’s friends and classmates to also ‘wear their imagination,’ friends Ken, Igi, Stephan and I chatted about how to turn this concept into something where kids everywhere could have fun with hands-on drawing and coloring, and then see their imaginative artwork come to life in wearable fashion form,” Newberry explained. In addition to kid-sized dresses, “Picture This” also allows kids to design dresses for their dolls. And although the service currently only offers dresses, they have plans to expand the clothing options. For now, Newberry invites families to try out the service and post photos of their dresses on social media with the hashtag #PictureThis. Based on the wide spectrum of kid art in the world, it’s clear these dresses will certainly be ... unique. H/T BoredPanda - This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed ...

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  • Killing the Annual Performance Review - Part II

    Posted 2016-08-29 19:53:47 by: Deleted Member

    by Bill Sanders, Principal and Sr. Consultant with Roebling Strauss Time to read: 4 minutes Last month I provided Three Reasons to Kill Annual Performance Reviews; it has out lived its purpose, it is primarily one-way communication, and it isn't helping change the current atmosphere of employee disengagement. The obvious follow-up question is "What shall we use to replace them?" And to delve into replacing the annual performance review, we should first examine its purpose and function. The word review, in and of itself, indicates that among its core purposes is accountability and feedback. However, in my experience, its usefulness as a training and accountability tool is negligible at best. Many of my SEM clients don't have a formal annual review process. The owners and managers tend to think they should have one but dread the inevitable bureaucratic time waste they know would be involved. When they approach me for help implementing one, I first ask why they believe they need one. The reasoning almost always is along the lines that other companies their size have one or, that the employees have asked for one. When I ask the employees why they want an annual review, their reasons are much more personal, from the desire for a raise to needing to show some formal career development. For practical purposes, there are three functions served by the annual review that must be taken into account in formulating a replacement. Measuring and Providing Feedback The first thing a replacement must do is provide actionable feedback to both the employee and the organization. I say actionable, because to tell an employee that he is not meeting expectations without providing him specific feedback on what needs to change is dereliction. Likewise, knowing that an employee is unhappy with her current job description without knowing why is useless. And as pointed out previously, annually is not an effective time frame. Two of the components required of this feedback are the ...

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  • Man's Facebook Post Got 500 People To Come To Struggling Restaurant In 1 Day

    Posted 2016-08-29 19:45:13 by: Deleted Member

    A Canadian restaurant that had trouble staying afloat has become quite the catch, thanks to a simple Facebook post.  After Colin Ross, 31, decided to eat at a struggling shop called Whitbie’s Fish & Chips following a long night out, he fell in love with the food. But the patron was discouraged to find that John McMillan, the shop’s 69-year-old owner, couldn’t even afford to pay himself.  So last weekend, Ross wrote a rave review, calling on people across Facebook to check out the shop. And days later, McMillan watched as hundreds visited his restaurant and revived his Lethbridge, Alberta business.  McMillan told Global News that he’s moved by this outpouring of generosity from the community.  “He did it out of the goodness of his heart and Lethbridge came and did it out of the goodness of their hearts,” the proud owner said of Ross and his other patrons.  About 400 people showed up to the fish and chips shop shortly after Ross’ post went up. The day after, a whopping 500 people showed up to support the restaurant, BuzzFeed reported. McMillan has even had to hire another chef to keep up with business, CTV noted.  “Our business has just gone right through the roof to the point where, you know, we’ve got people waiting an hour and a half to an hour and three quarters for their dinner,” he told the Calgary Eyeopener.  Whitbie’s has come a long way from where it was just a few weeks ago. The owner, who’s originally from Scotland, explained to Global News that much of his business’ struggles are due to a bad location.  “People don’t know where I am,” he told the outlet. “The last three months here have been absolutely horrible, just horrible.” When Ross made his first visit to the restaurant in search of a hangover cure, he said he didn’t see anyone else there besides McMillan. The ...

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  • I'm Not Interested in Converting... Despite What Facebook Says

    Posted 2016-08-29 18:55:50 by: Deleted Member

    Do they really know everything about you? No...I'm not talking about your parents, significant other or best friend...but I will return to them... I am referencing Facebook and Google as proxy for the all-knowing, all-seeing eye of digital. Yes...those ads that follow you around can feel creepy and make you wonder about Big Sibling (PC...LOL), but just how powerful are those impossible-to-hide-from algorithms and just how much do they really know? Google has no idea who I am. Could be that, like many, I confuse their software: Doors fan; Peter, Paul and Mary disciple; Beethoven lover; Grandfather; Gamer; World Traveler; Broadway show goer; hippie; CEO; Circus Attendee; Fashion Shopper; Book Buyer - physical and e-...and on and on. While I am far from being a new Google user, here is what they said in profiling me: You do not have any topics associated with your Google account. Topics are used to show you ads that are relevant to you. Topics will be added automatically as you use Google services or you can add specific topics. And yet I have no doubt that they sell my data without appending that notation. Facebook, on the other hand, has taken a much more aggressive view of profiling me and confidently has pegged me to the point of actually showing me the kinds of ads they will expose me to, based on what they are sure they know about me. Now do as I did...go to https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences and start clicking around. Facebook says: How we determine your ad preferences. We use information from a few different sources to figure out which ads might be relevant and useful to you. Things like your Facebook profile information, activity on Facebook and interactions with businesses can all influence the ads you see. The first thing you will notice is that there is no magic here. In fact, I was actually surprised at just how linear it all is. Clearly, there was zero insight applied anywhere, which made their classifications not just mundane, but ...

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  • Obama Administration Considers Ending For-Profit Immigrant Detention

    Posted 2016-08-29 18:48:18 by: Deleted Member

    Private prison contractors may lose the ability to run immigrant detention centers as for-profit businesses. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is ordering a review of the agency’s policy of using private contractors to run immigrant detention centers, according to a statement issued Monday. The news follows last month’s landmark decision by the Department of Justice to phase out the privatization of federal prisons, after a scathing report by the DOJ’s inspector general said the private facilities were more dangerous than those run by the Bureau of Prisons and in need of closer monitoring. Reform advocates widely applauded the DOJ’s landmark decision, but immigrant rights groups questioned why the same logic shouldn’t apply to the civil immigrant detention system, which keeps tens of thousands of people locked up every night. The same two companies, the Corrections Corp of America and the GEO Group, handle the lion’s share of federal contracting for both privatized prisons and immigrant detention centers. Johnson appears to have noted the criticism. He asked the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which is chaired by Judge William Webster, to review its policies for using private contractors to run immigrant detention centers and submit a report by Nov. 30. “Specifically, I have asked that Judge Webster establish a Subcommittee of the Council to review our current policy and practices concerning the use of private immigration detention and evaluate whether this practice should be eliminated,” Johnson wrote in Monday’s statement. GEO Group, the country’s second-largest private prison contractor, said in a statement that it “welcomed” the review, adding that the detention centers under its management had met national standards in previous audits. “We are confident that this independent review will show that GEO has provided needed, cost-effective services that have ...

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  • Do You Really Need an MBA to Succeed in the Tech World?

    Posted 2016-08-29 18:41:38 by: Deleted Member

    Are MBAs going to become more or less useful in the tech and startup industry in the next ten years? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Adam Enbar, Co-Founder & CEO, Flatiron School, on Quora. MBA skills are becoming increasingly more important, but getting an actual MBA may not be the best way to get those skills anymore. There are actually two things that I want to address: How important are the skills you learn in an MBA? Is an MBA the best way to acquire those skills? How important are the skills you learn in an MBA for the tech and startup industry? As a startup founder myself, I strongly believe that the type of skills you're expected to gain through an MBA (sales, marketing, strategy, leadership) remain critically important to the tech and startup industry. In fact, these skills may be more important than ever. Today, most tech startups are no longer successful because of pure technological innovation, with the exception of outliers like TESLA or Oculus. They are successful because of the way they leverage technology to upend business models. Just look at Airbnb or Dollar Shave Club or Warby Parker: they are disrupting their respective industries by using existing technology in a smart and innovative way to solve a specific need for their customers. The tech industry needs more business leaders who not only understand technology (even if they're not technologists themselves), but can also spot opportunities to apply that technology in new ways to improve business models. Then comes the really hard part of developing sales and marketing programs: acquiring new users and customers. Even with the greatest engineering team in the world, if a company doesn't have enough customers or can't differentiate their product among competitors who are all offering the same thing, it will have a hard time staying afloat. Is an MBA the best way to acquire ...

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  • From Brand to Buy: Build Everything Around the Customer's Experience

    Posted 2016-08-29 18:21:39 by: Deleted Member

    Brian Cohen, EVP Group Director, Catapult Worry less about what to call the purchase journey and more about new ways to unlock its power As far back as I can recall, we, as marketers, have been searching for the right model to illustrate how consumers go through the process of making a purchase decision. The more we learn about shopping pathways and processes and define why consumers buy the things they do, the closer these ideas come to depicting reality. Our traditional purchase “funnel” or “path to purchase” has long been dismissed as an incomplete and outdated notion. More recently, the idea of a path to purchase comprised of a series of non-linear steps has been replaced by the circuitous “journey”—a complex tapestry of discrete yet interwoven steps whose outward appearance has been likened to, among other things, a bowl of spaghetti. The truth is, any attempt to map the average consumer’s path to purchase contains inherent limitations, because no two people shop in exactly the same way. Thus, while it is important that we continue to understand more about the inner workings of the customer’s journey, it is far more important that we develop compelling new ways to unlock its tremendous power. Namely, we must do a better job of determining precisely how, when and where to engage with customers at every step along the trail — not just to reach them with our message, but to tailor that message in a way that’s relevant and motivating to them in that moment. First, we must all accept the reality that marketers can’t make people buy products. Marketers are enablers and facilitators; only the products themselves or a specific and timely consumer need can significantly alter behavior. Apple, for example, has transformed entire categories with its superior products and designs.  Though its marketing continues to be better than most, it is not what motivates behavior.  What ...

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