Some things about preschool don't carry over into our adult lives, but many of the lessons we learned on the playground are applicable to our work and our businesses. Those fun-filled days of reading about Clifford and letting ... [...]
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This is a guest contribution from Maria Mincey.
Based on study by HubSpot, the companies that run a business blog have 97% more inbound links. Now, that’s a statistic that should set rolling the blogging mills of enterprises – be them startups or multinationals.
Official blogs have had proven benefits for businesses. The very fact that they jazz up the monotonous tone with which a brand is communicating to its audience, and replace it with a line of communication that is much core connective and personal, is what makes business blogs a priceless asset.
There are several ways blogs [...]
This is a guest contribution from Al Gomez.
So, you have a new business – a new product to market. So now what’s next? Perhaps you are thinking about getting traffic, or how to have more visitors to your website? If so, then expect that your mind will be abuzz with terms such as social media, SEO, AdWords, videos, banner ads, articles, etc.
Or, it will be empty and blank.
Search Engines are what you need, despite all the buzz about social media. Google, Yahoo, and Bing remain a main source of traffic for many people. SEO can help you get there, simple as that. However, [...]
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Every time we encounter the phrase “project management”, the very first thought you might have is that only businesses undertake projects for managing their needs. In reality, time-bound activities can be dealt as a project, irrespective of size. A wedding, opening a small store in a city, renovating an old home or a dumped caravan are all projects. They all require planning, have limited time, have cost and have a deliverable or objective. So, if we consider some of our daily personal activities or blog work as projects, we can apply principles of p [...]
CEOs are thirsty for insight from the front lines. And yet those of us on those front lines – whether we are customers or employees – are often hesitant to reach out to senior leaders who are only an email away.
I saw this the other day in a friend who works for Salesforce. My friend is a mid-level manager, and he’s very observant and bright. He has a ton of insight and perspective about Salesforce that Marc Benioff, the founder and CEO of Salesforce, would be better off knowing. And, while I don’t know Benioff, I’ll bet with confidence that he craves this information, because he cou [...]
Thank the NetFood Stamp Entrepreneurs: How Public Assistance Enables Business BootstrappingWorking KnowledgeYou don’t often hear economists tout assistance programs for moderate-income families as spurs to entrepreneurship, but Gareth Olds of Harvard Business School found that government-funded safety nets can have the effect of “reducing the risks of business ownership and relaxing credit constraints.” One program providing health insurance to children in moderate-income families boosted the rate of new-business creation, raised new companies’ chances of survival, and increased the se [...]
Executives have taken to using the military acronym VUCA–Voltility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity–to describe the world in which they operate and to ask that question: In a VUCA world, what’s the point of strategy?
Strategy does still have a purpose, but building one in a VUCA environment requires more nuanced thinking. And treating those four traits as a single idea leads to poorer decision making. Watch and listen as Nathan Bennett provides a framework, first featured in an HBR article, for how you should deal with a world that includes V, and U, and C, and A.
Developing great communication skills is a key to professional success.
Communication skills have always been instrumental for senior leaders. But they’ve become equally important for aspiring leaders.
Professionals today are expected to show polished “executive” communications skills earlier in their careers, to a wider network of audiences. Getting work done through distributed teams, virtual workforces, and flattened hierarchies requires having outstanding strategic communications abilities. Yet, these skills are rarely taught–if at all–until professionals are [...]
Are you surrounding yourself with the right people?
Yes, your success depends on your own performance. But have you thought about how those around you affect your performance? Do they strengthen or weaken it? Help or hinder your progress?
In his insightful book It’s Not the How or the What but the Who (a phrase adapted from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos), renowned global talent management expert Claudio Fernández-Aráoz explains why people’s decisions–choices about friends, spouses, employees, partners, and mentors–are more important than any other. To thrive, you need the [...]
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