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Don’t Learn More, Learn Smarter. A Quick Guide to Agile Learning.

Owning a Business 101: Streamline your operation to provide more value to users. Lately, I’ve been thinking about this idea and how it might apply in the learning context; whether we should apply the same “lean” approach to our knowledge acquisition and squeeze more value from what we learn. It’s a method that experts call […]

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Six Ways to Get Your Productivity On Track

1. Take a break. “We try to focus on the biggest task that needs to be accomplished, but if it’s not going as planned, you’re best off not spending too much time on it. Stop that process, take a step back, regain momentum, then start again.” — James Peisker, cofounder, Porter Road 2. Dive in. […]

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3 Tips for Building Your Personal Brand on Social Media

I started my business, Hunk-O-Mania, before the era of social media and during the early days of internet marketing. While building my company, I neglected my own personal brand — and in the last few years, I’ve aimed to make up for it by embracing social media platforms as a way to build my brand […]

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How Finding a Hobby Will Make You A Better Entrepreneur

When he isn’t busy working on the company that changed the internet forever, Google co-founder Sergey Brin has some interesting hobbies: ultimate frisbee, springboard diving and flying trapeze, to name a few. The internet entrepreneur encourages his team to take up fun, physical activities, too. He’s reportedly led Google employees on bonding events at the […]

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How to Coach Your Boss

I am amazed at how many managers and supervisors in leadership programs I facilitate say they “don’t really know how to coach.” We know coaching works. In a survey from the International Coach Federation and Human Capital Institute, 51 percent of respondents from organizations with what they believed were strong coaching cultures reported revenue above […]

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Why Core Competencies Matter for Your Business

You may have heard or read the phrase “core competency” lately and wondered if it’s the latest example of meaningless corporate lingo, or at best another buzzword representing a basic concept that could be described much more simply. The answer is not exactly. Core competency actually holds significant importance for entrepreneurs and small-business owners. The […]

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Naming Your Brand? Use These Pointers to Get it Right

Naming your business or product is an important step in the startup journey but it can be very difficult. And even if you do think of a few options, it can seem like every name and domain is taken. Before you go deep-diving into an online name generator, take the time to understand the different […]

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Competitive Rivals Can Make You More Successful

In a recent commercial for Gatorade, NFL star J. J. Watt offers a simple piece of advice for aspiring athletes: Find a rival. Having a rival, Watt argues, can help you stay motivated and perform at high levels. Such advice, however, is useful not only to the athletically inclined, but to entrepreneurs as well. Having […]

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4 Tips for Freelancer Survival

The beauty of freelancing is that you go global as soon as you put your services online. Unless you specifically declared that you’re a freelance writer for New York-based startups or a personal trainer for Toronto-based moms, then your clients can come from all over the world. In fact, PayPal’s 2018 U.S. Freelancer Insights Reports […]

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Why Execution Is More Important Than Strategy

Pick one: sound business strategy or perfect execution? For some leaders, this may be an easy choice, but for others, it’s not so black-and-white. It’s a difficult debate to resolve because, like most choices, a final decision can be analyzed through a multitude of perspectives and has the potential to bring about just as many […]