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  • Why Are We Excited About Ello? Because It’s Not Facebook!

    Madalyn Sklar - Social Media Coach & Music Marketing
    Madalyn Sklar
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    By now you have probably heard about the latest and greatest (and perhaps hype?) surrounding the newest social network on the block: Ello. It’s been making the rounds all over our Facebook and Twitter news feeds. Mashable and Techcrunch has been reporting about it repeatedly. It made me wonder what was the big deal. “Why is everyone so excited about Ello? Simple. Because it’s not Facebook!” click to tweet We are all tired of Facebook ads and algorithmic news feeds that don’t really cater to us. They cater to the big Facebook machine. I think the time is prime…
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    18 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 4.0, which was released September 4, 2014. For more information about this new version of WordPress, please see the original WordPress 4.0 release announcement. For a visual tour of the new features in this release, please watch the following video: We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues that you suspect are related to this upgrade, please submit a support ticket. Thank you for your continued support of our PressHarbor service!
  • No Man is an Island

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    Ton de Graaf, Chartered Business Coach™
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    By Julia von Flotow If, instead of looking for what makes you unique, what makes you stand apart or stand out in the crowd, you were to focus on how you fit in…how your unique strengths, attributes and gifts facilitate and enhance FLOW in the system within which you exist, you may recognise and appreciate the value of collaboration over competition….for you are nothing without that and those that support and sustain your existence. Connections and interdependence are lived in and through relationships which are given shape, structure and dimension through role clarification. The roles we…
  • How Why and So What Can Fuel Innovation

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    Mike Figliuolo
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    One of the biggest barriers to creating new ideas is the raw inertia of organizations. Personally, I am not satisfied with the “way we’ve always done it.” Whenever I am given an explanation of how the organization does something, I ask “why?” five times. That’s my maxim for generating new insights: “Why? Why? Why? Why? […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Courage

    Professional Development
    Izzy Justice
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    The topic of courage has been explored for perhaps centuries.  It would appear there really is not much more to uncover. We all know what it is, why it is important, and have no problem recognizing it when we see it. Yet, I wonder how many of you have ever been asked this question: “How courageous are you?” How many of you have ever verbally answered that question to an audience? How many of you have asked that question directly to someone else? How many of you know how to answer that question? For a character attribute that is associated with the ability to overcome challenges,…
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    Madalyn Sklar - Social Media Coach & Music Marketing

  • Why Are We Excited About Ello? Because It’s Not Facebook!

    Madalyn Sklar
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    By now you have probably heard about the latest and greatest (and perhaps hype?) surrounding the newest social network on the block: Ello. It’s been making the rounds all over our Facebook and Twitter news feeds. Mashable and Techcrunch has been reporting about it repeatedly. It made me wonder what was the big deal. “Why is everyone so excited about Ello? Simple. Because it’s not Facebook!” click to tweet We are all tired of Facebook ads and algorithmic news feeds that don’t really cater to us. They cater to the big Facebook machine. I think the time is prime…
  • It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ’n’ roll: A review of “Women’s Road To Rock Guitar”

    Madalyn Sklar
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    By Martina Fasano of Playing With Chaos I have played the guitar since I was 16 years old. I took a long hiatus between the ages of 24-34 respectively, to “grow up” and get a “career” (my high school guidance counsellor’s words, not mine). The thing with playing an instrument is that it is NOT like riding a bike. If you don’t practice, you’re not maintaining your skills, you’re getting worse. If you don’t believe me, try taking a ten-year break from your craft like I did. When I was learning to play the guitar, I was lucky to take lessons for four years from one of…
  • #TwitterSmarter Case Study with Musician/Blogger Martina Fasano

    Madalyn Sklar
    13 May 2014 | 5:58 pm
    It all started with a free webinar I hosted back in December. I knew Martina Fasano, a musician/music blogger, from the GoGirls Twitter chat (#ggchat). She’s a regular on there, always friendly and eager to share valuable information.  She stood out to me because she was more than a musician. She was a rock music blogger with a cool Twitter profile image. [Note: the image she has on there now is ever cooler!] Martina recently took my #TwitterSmarter online class. She zipped through the 4 modules in less than a week. What impressed me is that she went right to work. She followed my…
 
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  • WordPress 4.0 Upgrade Complete

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    18 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 4.0, which was released September 4, 2014. For more information about this new version of WordPress, please see the original WordPress 4.0 release announcement. For a visual tour of the new features in this release, please watch the following video: We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues that you suspect are related to this upgrade, please submit a support ticket. Thank you for your continued support of our PressHarbor service!
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    17 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 3.9.1, which was released May 8, 2014. For more information about WordPress 3.9, please see the original WordPress 3.9 release announcement. For a visual tour of the new features in this release, please watch the following video: We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues that you suspect are related to this upgrade, please submit a support ticket. Thank you for your continued support of our PressHarbor service!
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    25 Dec 2013 | 1:19 pm
    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 3.8, which was released December 12, 2013. For more information about this update to WordPress, please see the original WordPress 3.8 release announcement. For a visual tour of the new features in WordPress 3.8, please watch the following video: We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues that you suspect are related to this upgrade, please submit a support ticket. Thank you for your continued support of our PressHarbor service!
  • WordPress 3.7.1 Upgrade Complete

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    17 Nov 2013 | 11:22 am
    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 3.7.1, which was released October 29, 2013. For more information about WordPress 3.7, please see the original WordPress 3.7 release announcement. WordPress 3.7 introduces few new features, and is primarily intended to make architectural changes such as the addition of automated updates, something PressHarbor users have enjoyed since 2007. Unlike previous major version updates, Automattic did not provide a video tour to accompany this release. We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues…
  • WordPress 3.6 Upgrade Complete

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    11 Aug 2013 | 6:44 pm
    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 3.6, which was released August 1, 2013. For more information about WordPress 3.6, please see the original WordPress 3.6 release announcement. For a visual tour of WordPress 3.6, please watch the following video, or read WPBeginner’s What’s New in WordPress 3.6 or WPUniversity’s WordPress 3.6 – What You Need to Know: : We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues that you suspect are related to this upgrade, please submit a support ticket. Thank you for your continued…
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    WordPress Tag: Business Coaching

  • No Man is an Island

    Ton de Graaf, Chartered Business Coach™
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    By Julia von Flotow If, instead of looking for what makes you unique, what makes you stand apart or stand out in the crowd, you were to focus on how you fit in…how your unique strengths, attributes and gifts facilitate and enhance FLOW in the system within which you exist, you may recognise and appreciate the value of collaboration over competition….for you are nothing without that and those that support and sustain your existence. Connections and interdependence are lived in and through relationships which are given shape, structure and dimension through role clarification. The roles we…
  • 3 Simple Strategies That Will Increase Profits

    jefflovejoy
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Business owners want to increase profits, but too often they overlook the power of strategies that i
  • Leadership?

    laurencerumming
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    What is leadership? Wikipedia says, Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. There are many types of leadership and to say one is right or wrong depends on the task being done. The military would not be very effective under anything but an authoritarian style of leadership but that style would not be very effective in a setting where video games are being developed. There are those who think that leadership is micro-managing, while others think that giving…
  • Being Healthy Working at Home

    dfdeanpsychology
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    For many working from or at home can be an opportunity to ditch the daily commute stuck in traffic o
  • My "Genius"and 3D Career Coaching

    dfdeanpsychology
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    A client told me last week that I am a “genius” following a one off Career Health Check
 
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • How Why and So What Can Fuel Innovation

    Mike Figliuolo
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    One of the biggest barriers to creating new ideas is the raw inertia of organizations. Personally, I am not satisfied with the “way we’ve always done it.” Whenever I am given an explanation of how the organization does something, I ask “why?” five times. That’s my maxim for generating new insights: “Why? Why? Why? Why? […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 5 Reasons You Need to Create and Manage Your Personal Brand

    Mike Figliuolo
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Lisa Orrell, author of Your Employee Brand is in Your Hands.  CLICK HERE to get your copy. Personal branding has become a hot topic in the workforce these days. And smart employees focus on managing their personal brands daily. They understand the concept that every time someone has contact with you […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • How big a part of your role as a leader is process improvement?

    Mike Figliuolo
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How big a part of your role as a leader is process improvement? – It’s huge. Process improvement is the majority of my role: 15.45% – It’s large. A big part of my role is process improvement: 47.54% – It’s moderate. I do some process improvement but not a lot: […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • If You Hate Your Job so Much, Shut Up and Quit

    Mike Figliuolo
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Do you find yourself frequently muttering “I hate my job” every day when you wake up? Have you been saying that for more than a month straight? Are people starting to avoid you because you’re a downer to be around? Then it’s probably time to shut your face and quit your job. Yep. Time for […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 5 Ways to Give Your Culture a Helping Hand

    Mike Figliuolo
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Linda Henman, Ph.D., author of  Challenge the Ordinary (CLICK HERE to get your copy). More than nine hundred years ago the Clan MacDonald and Clan McLeod found themselves entangled in yet another battle—one of many that involved the two most powerful groups on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. As the […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
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    Professional Development

  • Courage

    Izzy Justice
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    The topic of courage has been explored for perhaps centuries.  It would appear there really is not much more to uncover. We all know what it is, why it is important, and have no problem recognizing it when we see it. Yet, I wonder how many of you have ever been asked this question: “How courageous are you?” How many of you have ever verbally answered that question to an audience? How many of you have asked that question directly to someone else? How many of you know how to answer that question? For a character attribute that is associated with the ability to overcome challenges,…
  • Start-Stop VS Increase-Decrease

    Izzy Justice
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    In coaching executives and athletes, I have come to learn that any change, especially behavioral change, is just hard. Establishing the case for change is relatively easy as is finding the right plan and tools to make the change. But then to actually do it (change) and maintain it, is where old habits tend to win over desired new ones. So here is a better way to make change (improvements for yourself) an achievable endeavor in a sustainable manner. We can achieve improvement by either stopping a bad habit or by starting a new one. For example, most people know smoking is bad and stopping…
  • Work as a Race Day

    Izzy Justice
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    This week, I will be attempting to complete my second Ironman Triathlon. For those not familiar with the race, it is a 2.4 mile swim in the Tennessee river, following by 116 miles (4 more than normal) of a bike ride across Tennesee and Georgia, and then a 26.2 mile run (marathon) in the downtown Chattanooga district. All of this starts around 740AM on Sunday September 28th, and has to be completed by midnight. The central premise of my last book (www.triathleteq.com) was that these endurance events are as much an emotional endurance test as they are a physical endurance test. How might this…
  • One-A-Week

    Izzy Justice
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    One of the pleasures of my job is I get to have meaningful and substantive conversations with people within the context of my being a coach and the other party being someone who has hired me to help them. I am an executive coach, not a therapist, so my clients are people who are very intelligent, talented and generally successful but not happy. I have seen quite a shift in the “knowledge” of these folks over the past 10 years or so. With social media and abundance of easily accessible knowledge via the internet, it is infinitely easier now for folks to find information in all kinds of…
  • Truth … the new Sexy

    Izzy Justice
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    Like most, I was both shocked and incredibly sad that the great comic Robin Williams died last week. I followed quite a good bit of the news both on mainstream and social media. I was most moved by pictures of people standing on their desks professing: “Oh Captain My Captain” – a line from one of my all-time favorite movies, Dead Poets Society. I tried to glean what it was exactly that so many people from so many generations from so many different parts of the world loved about this man. I have concluded it was his ability to tell the simple truth. Sure he was a genius at…
 
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    Profitable Growth

  • Does Your Company Culture Need To Change With The Times? Don’t Sing The Blues; Learn From The Blues.

    Andy Birol
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Does the strong and deep company culture you have nurtured and sustained still resonate with employees and attract customers? As new generations replace retirees and your customers change, is your company culture still aligned with your company’s goals? If you are thinking your company culture is too embedded to change, consider the most truly American form of music, the Blues, and you will see that if it’s culture can change with the times, so can yours! How so? The Blues as a music form was born out of the roots of slavery and Jim Crow but was first heard across the world through…
  • Go Away to Come Back; Business Lessons From Seven Continents.

    Andy Birol
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Is the idea of leaving your business as well as your country to see the world absurd? As business owners, we are heads-down focused on our business and driven to make it better. Leaving our business is inconceivable. Or is it? Remember back to your childhood. On sunny days, Mom and Dad made you go outside and play. Before there were play dates, you went to a field with your friends and a ball and decided, what game would you play? Whose team were you on? And what position would you play? Wasn’t it fun? Now that you’re the boss, it doesn’t have to be a summer day. You can get…
  • How to Keep Customers for Life

    Andy Birol
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    By Dan Janal President and Founder PR LEADS Everyone knows it costs less to keep a customer than to sell to a new prospect. Yet, so few people know how to keep a customer for life. I’ve build a considerable empire based on retaining customers and I’d like to share my best ideas with you so you can grow your business. You might have the basics covered, tactics like offering superior customer service, and sending hand-written thank you notes. But I’ve found five foundational truths that you must follow if you want to keep your best customers. 1. You have to offer a superior product or…
  • 10 Warning Signs Your Business is Out of Focus

    Andy Birol
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer May 14, 2014 Your business strategy is crystal-clear, sharply-focused, and well-versed – or is it? Do your employees, customers, and vendors really know your core competencies? Are you certain everyone understands your plan to achieve your mission and vision? Click here to read more.  
  • How to find a banker who adds value to your business

    Andy Birol
    25 May 2014 | 7:28 am
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer May 20, 2014 As long as capitalism survives in the United States, there will be bankers and business owners. Whatever the stage of the business cycle, one will need the other more. If bankers are lending freely, there’s a good chance owners don’t need to borrow (and the reverse is true). Click here to read more.                
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    The Invisible Mentor

  • Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review

    Avil Beckford
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review Published in 1936, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier is a romance novel steeped in suspense and murder, with a theme that deals with identity. In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Thomas C. Foster describes the importance of story starters, the weather, the names of characters and so on, and the role they play in the story. In Jamaica Inn, the setting, which is Gothic, is integral to the story, keeps the readers in suspense. If you…
  • Jack Layton Personal Library

    Avil Beckford
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Jack Layton Personal Library Jack Layton Personal Library – Image Credit: Canadian Encyclopedia Jack Layton was a Canadian social democratic politician who led the New Democrat Party – 2003-2011 – from 13 Members of Parliament to 103. Born on July 18, 1950, Layton died on August 22, 2011 after suffering from cancer. As can be expected, there were many political books in his personal library, which was not as diverse as many of the other successful people whom we have featured. Jack Layton was highly educated, “graduated in political science from McGill University with a BA…
  • Kevin Spacey: 3 Elements of Storytelling

    Avil Beckford
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Kevin Spacey: 3 Elements of Storytelling Kevin Spacey: 3 Elements of Storytelling Don’t you just love it when you find useful content? While scanning my ContentGems Daily Summary, I noticed “Kevin Spacey Closing Keynote Highlights,” so I decided to click on the link because I thought that the actor, Kevin Spacey should know about storytelling. In the five-and-a-half minute video, the famed actor talks about the 3 elements of storytelling, as well as a few other tips. I think that the ability to tell engaging stories will enable us to write better articles and blog posts that captivate…
  • Marilyn Monroe Personal Library

    Avil Beckford
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Marilyn Monroe Personal Library Marilyn Monroe Personal Library – Image Credit: Open Culture When you think of Marilyn Monroe, the photo of her wearing a sexy, white dress blowing in the air often comes to mind. And she isn’t the dumb blond that many may think she is. In fact, Marilyn Monroe was well read and had over 400 books in her personal library from various genres – American literature, French literature, Russian literature, poetry, plays, art, music, science, biographies, gardening and pets, humor, politics, religion, psychology, reference, travel and much more. It is true…
  • Personal Brand You

    Avil Beckford
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    The Personal Brand You When you think of a personal brand, what comes to mind? The Personal Brand You The University of Calgary held an event on branding for its alumni living in the Toronto and surrounding areas. Derek Hassay, RBC Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship Thinking gave us notice that he was going to talk about personal branding and how to connect your personal brand with the University of Calgary, and he actually did that. This got me thinking because I thought it was quite clever what Professor Hassay did, and that anyone can do something equally clever, if he or she…
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    The Clemmer Group » Blog

  • Book Review of “Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind”

    Jim Clemmer
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    As I posted a few years ago in “At What Stage Are You in Your Hero’s Journey?” I drew from Joseph Campbell’s pioneering work on mythology in writing my only work of fiction, Moose on the Table: A Novel Approach to Communications @ Work. Campbell’s life work focused on exploring how religions, philosophies, arts and “the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic ring of myth.” Campbell wrote and edited dozens of books on comparative mythology and religion. His books and thousands of lectures focused on finding the “monomyth”…
  • Human Resources Leaders Need to Create More Strategic Value

    Jim Clemmer
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    International consultant and management author, Ram Charan, wrote a provocative article in the July-August issue of Harvard Business Review. In It’s Time to Split HR he declares “I talk with CEOs across the globe who are disappointed in their HR people.” He goes on to explain that CEOs would like to get the same sort of strategic advice from their CHRO (chief human resources officer) as from their CFO and use them as sounding boards and trusted partners in key people and organizational issues. Ram recommends breaking the profession into an administrative department for…
  • Webinar on the 10 Distinctive Behaviors of Innovative Leaders

    Jim Clemmer
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    George Bernard Shaw, the highly creative Irish playwright (he wrote more than 60 plays and won a Nobel Prize in Literature), and founder of the London School of Economics, George Bernard Shaw once declared, “Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’ I dream things that never were, and say ‘Why not’? Seeing things as they could be is more critical than ever to leading at the speed of change in today’s world. Every industry and sector of our economy is experiencing seismic shifts in products, services, and processes. Businesses are being destroyed and…
  • Interview Questions That Made Me Go Hmmmm….

    Jim Clemmer
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    At this fall’s Canadian Society for Training and Development conference I am delivering a full-day pre-conference workshop on November 11, Powerful New Approaches to Building Extraordinary Leadership and Coaching Skills, and a 90 minute conference session on November 13, Revolutionary Leadership Development that Doubles Learner Motivation. In their eNewsletter CSTD shone “the Speaker Spotlight” on me with a series of questions. Answering these questions was thought provoking: How did you end up working in this field? In other words, did you choose this career or did it…
  • Facing a Talent Gap? Archived Webcast Now Available

    Jim Clemmer
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Last week I delivered a fast-paced webcast addressing the serious talent gap impeding many organizations. As I outlined at the beginning of the webcast, research shows: • 70% of executives think their organization lacks adequate bench strength. • 97% of organizations report serious leadership gaps — 40% say these are severe. • 65 to 75% of current senior management will be eligible to retire by 2020. • 40% of leaders hired from outside are pushed out or leave 18 months after joining an organization. • 60% of companies face leadership shortages that impede their performance.
 
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    Global NLP Training Blog

  • NLP Eye Accessing Part II – 5 Tips

    Nicole Schneider
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    NLP eye accessing is something a lot of people who went to NLP training are very excited about. But there are some quick and easy tips that I can give, that even a lot of NLP trainers don’t know. The first 5 tips I gave last week can be found here: 5 Tips for NLP Eye Patterns NLP Eye Accessing: 5 more tips: 1. Some books and NLP trainers are still suggesting you try this, but never ask someone if they can imagine what their front door looks like. And what the front door would look like if it were pink. People!!! Those questions are only asked in an NLP training to see how NLP eye accessing…
  • NLP Eye Patterns: 5 Tips

    Nicole Schneider
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    NLP eye patterns, or “Eye Accessing” as NLPers call them, are taught in the basic NLP Practitioner class. It gives you insight as to what people are doing inside their head. Not so much what someone is thinking, but HOW someone is thinking. Not every person follows the same pattern, but there is a common NLP eyes pattern. NLP Eye Patterns as you face the client: 1. Eyes go up and to the right: a person sees a visually remembered image (something they have seen before) 2. Eyes go up and to the left: a person constructs an image in the mind they haven’t seen before. 3. Eyes go right:…
  • Why is NLP Training Like a James Bond Movie!

    Nicole Schneider
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    NLP Training like a James Bond movie? Uh what? No I haven’t officially lost it. In fact, I am not a fan of James Bond at all (don’t shoot me.) Okay, NLP training has nothing to do with blazing guns and jumping out of helicopters. Then again, metaphorically, it does. NLP Training vs James Bond Movie: 1. Bond is called by M, basically MI6 who gives him his assignment. This is that moment where the student is sitting at home, and gets this feeling, or this gnawing thought, and sees something pop-up in his or her awareness. The assignment is clear, “I must go to NLP…
  • 6 Tips for Resolving Conflict Using NLP

    Nicole Schneider
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    NLP offers a brilliant set of tools that will help with resolving conflict. In fact, over the years I have trained over a dozen conflict resolution and negotiation specialists who work for the upper echelons of organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, the Pentagon, and several other governmental and non-governmental organizations. Here are 6 tips for Resolving Conflict Using NLP: 1. Dissociation from the conflict itself: We call this the third perceptual position of NLP. An observer position. A place of non-emotion, as if you are watching yourself over there with the conflicting…
  • 10 Wellness Coaching Questions To Change Your Life!

    Nicole Schneider
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    Wellness coaching is my passion and as a trainer of coaches around the world, I am often asked what I regard to be really good questions that get clients to stop and think. Life changing questions that is. There are so many, but here are a few. Wellness coaching questions: 1. Who am I? (Who are you really?) 2. What is a question that you should be asking yourself at this moment in time? 3. What were your hobbies as a teenager that you currently aren’t doing anymore? 4. What does it require for you to become the best parent? (If this applies.) 5. What is it that you do for fun? (And how…
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Best of 2014: Brands & Company Coral Springs Award

    Robert Brands
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Thanks Coral Springs!   Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brands & Company, LLC D.B.a Innovationcoach Receives 2014 Best of Coral Springs Award Coral Springs Award Program Honors the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • 10 IMPERATIVES TO SUSTAIN INNOVATION – All in one place

    Robert Brands
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    “In the 17th century, Innovators didn’t get accolades. They got their ears cut off.” – Emma Green The competitive marketplace of the 21st century has brought with it a new connotation of the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • The Language of Innovation Leaders – Selling Innovation The Right Way

    Robert Brands
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
      During the process of innovation, selling your idea can be one of the biggest challenges. Once you go up several layers they begin to speak a different language. The office of CEO is only two... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Setting the stage for Innovation: Inspiration is rule number one.

    Robert Brands
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”     – Winston Churchill   You don’t need me to tell you why innovation is important. The... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Successful Innovation Harnesses Idea Management

    Robert Brands
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    While most organizations believe that Innovation is required to remain competitive in today’s marketplace, they often do not put enough emphasis on building the organizational capability for... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    Corporate Class Inc.

  • When is Punctuality Important for Business?

    Diane Craig
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Question: When is punctuality important for business? Answer: Always! The importance of being on time is taught to us from a very young age. It should be no surprise, then, that lessons in punctuality stay relevant throughout our lives and work. Punctuality informs many aspects of Executive Presence. Being on time helps you to establish a good reputation and allows others to trust you. When you are punctual, your professional image appears polished and organized, rather than hurried and haphazard. Above all, it’s simply the professional standard to be consistently punctual. Yet many people…
  • How the Little Details Matter for Executive Presence

    Diane Craig
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Have you ever noticed how much subtle details can make a big difference? In the content of your work, in the way you behave and present yourself, and in your image and attire – the little details matter. Even when minor details seem inconsequential, the truth is they all contribute to the whole of your success. It is no surprise that “attention to detail” is a requirement for nearly any job and a quality of a strong candidate or employee. Here are a few of many examples of how “little details” are important, and how those in your work, behaviour, and professional image contribute to…
  • A Place for Business Dining Etiquette in Post-Secondary Education

    Diane Craig
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Many post-secondary degree programs in commerce, management, and business incorporate dining etiquette training and other related seminars into their course requirements. Ranging anywhere from one afternoon session to a full course lasting several weeks, any introduction to business etiquette skills can set up young professionals for success. The only problem is, many etiquette programs seemed to be confined only to management or commerce programs. Other departments and faculties often do not acknowledge their students’ need for business etiquette training. Yet business etiquette provides…
  • Five Reasons Why You Need an Image Consultant

    Diane Craig
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Every so often, it is useful to take a good, long look in the mirror and to ask ourselves whether our image needs an update. However, this can be a daunting task to undertake all on one’s own – especially if we cannot pinpoint exactly how to go about revising a “look.” This is a great opportunity to enlist an image consultant for assistance. An image consultant can help you to identify the elements of your image in need of improvement, and can give you the tools to care for and improve your image in the future. Here are five issues you might identify with your image – and five great…
  • Good Rapport Goes A Long Way

    Diane Craig
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    A little respect goes a long way. In business, there is no exception to this rule: in fact, this piece of advice is extra important while conducting business. Building good rapport with others – or, building relationships that are based on mutual respect and trust – is one of the most consistent and foolproof strategies for success. Although “building rapport” is often associated with the sales industry (in that sales professionals work to build good rapport with customers and clients), it is actually applicable to your relationships with any contact, no matter what profession or…
 
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    Content for Coaches and Consultants

  • Leading with Trust: Principles and Practice

    Patsi Krakoff
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Despite the importance of building relationship trust, few leaders give it the focus it deserves. Misunderstood as a nebulous “feeling,” trust is earned through consistent, positive behaviors practiced over time, making it an indispensable leadership skill. Roughly half of all managers don’t trust their leaders, according to a Golin Harris survey of 450 executives at 30 global companies. In a 2011 Maritz survey, out of more than 90,000 employees worldwide, only seven percent say they trust their senior leaders to look out for their best interests. A Watson Wyatt Worldwide study of…
  • Your Personal Presence: Appearances Matter

    Patsi Krakoff
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    How much time and attention do you give to your wardrobe and appearance? It’s often the little things that count. Like it or not, first impressions matter. Remember Malcolm Gladwell’s blockbuster book Blink, back in 2007? The author stresses how quickly we decide to like or dislike someone. Our brains size up people in less than 250 milliseconds. While character and communication skills are key, you won’t influence the people you wish to if your appearance telegraphs that you’re clueless. Whether you’re an executive up for promotion, an employee seeking more responsibilities, or a…
  • Biz Book Nuggets – Book Notes Vol. I, No. 10: September 24, 2014

    Patsi Krakoff
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Developing Leadership Presence Presence, whether you call it executive, leadership or personal presence, is becoming the new corporate “it” factor. Apparently the topic covers a lot of ground, as you can imagine. Here are my recommendations for best books: Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate and Inspire, by Kathy Lubar and Belle Linda Halpern (Penguin Group, 2004) The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others, by Kristi Hedges (Amacom, 2012) Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success, by Sylvia Ann Hewlett…
  • Executive Presence:Lead with Intention, Connection and Inspiration

    Patsi Krakoff
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Whether you call it charisma, confidence or compelling leadership, executive presence is the new corporate “it” factor. We’re talking about more than making a great first impression. Presence is multifaceted, builds over time, and is reflected in everything you say, feel and do. In today’s competitive business environment, executive presence can make or break your ability to influence others during periods of uncertainty and change. It encourages people to seek you out and opens doors. The concept of presence is nebulous for most people, but we all have it to a degree—and we know it…
  • How to Develop Executive Presence: Actions Speak Louder than Words

    Patsi Krakoff
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    In order to flourish in your career, you’ll need to pay attention to your executive presence. Learn how to improve presence for job interviews, promotion opportunities, and coaching and leadership development programs “Executive presence begins in your head. It resides in how you think about yourself, your abilities, your environment, and your potential.” ~ Kristi Hedges, The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage OthersAmacom, 2012 Executive presence is described as how well a person speaks, looks, and acts like a leader. Sylvia Ann Hewlett surveyed hundreds…
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    Azzarello Group

  • Yes, you have to ask for a raise

    Patty Azzarello
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Last week, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, gave some spectacularly bad advice to a group of women at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Phoenix. He said: “It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” I was originally supposed to be at this event, and it’s probably a good thing that my plans changed because, I think I would have had to be physically restrained to not run up on the stage and shout, “He’s wrong! Please don’t do…
  • The dreaded holiday party

    Patty Azzarello
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I have thought about this for years, and I finally decided to write about this because several people have approached me already this year about dreading their work, holiday party. So I’m going to say it: Most people hate your holiday party. Consider these 3 groups in your organization To the executives and the people who help plan these things, please consider the following. Introverts: About half of your employees are introverts, and forced socialization is not pleasant for them. So no matter what type of party you have, the introvert segment of your employee base will never see this…
  • Commitments, Deadlines & Employee Motivation

    Patty Azzarello
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    This month’s webinar was on the topic of Motivation, Commitments and Deadlines. If you missed it, you can download the recording. This is a very useful webinar to download if you want to: Get your team executing better, and more consistently Become more comfortable discussing and sticking to deadlines Learn how to enforce consequences without de-motivating people Choose the right measures that make success and failure very clear Have the right (non-emotional) conversations when expections are not met Why organizations don’t deliver on time The simple truth is that many organizations…
  • 5 kinds of help successful people get

    Patty Azzarello
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Image: www.crowdsourcing.org 1. The Extra Team Really successful people are successful because they get a lot of help, not because they are so good on their own that they don’t need help! It’s important to think about how you work and learn. If you are not reaching out for extra knowlege and support, you will not achieve as much as those who do. Successful people build their “extra team”. What I mean by this is that they have people who are always at the ready to help them (people who don’t work for them) whenever they need it. In my career, my extra team was…
  • What a manager must communicate…

    Patty Azzarello
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Operation vs. Communication Tools Your team creates all kinds of reports, spread sheets and slides to plan, run, measure, and report on what you are doing in your operation. Of course you need these detailed materials to run your function — but please don’t inflict them on others! Your “inside voice” These reports are your Operational Tools. Your operational tools are created in what I refer to as your “inside voice” — the language you use inside your organization — a robust language full of detail, acronyms and functional jargon. Your version may be a…
 
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    Alicia Dunams

  • First Audiobook in a Weekend Program Scheduled

    Alicia
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Alicia Dunams announces her first AudioBook in a Weekend webinar for both fiction and nonfiction authors which will be held from October 4-5, 2014. The virtual online program is an extension of her Bestseller in a Weekend programs, which have helped hundreds of authors write, publish, and promote a book in one weekend. Now she wants to help authors promote their creations in a complimentary, growing format. First AudioBook in a Weekend Program Scheduled from prREACH on Vimeo. Continue reading about it here https://www.prreach.com/first-audiobook-in-a-weekend-program-scheduled/ Please note…
  • Visual Marketing for Business: Instagram, Facebook, and Infographics

    Alicia
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Pulling together her top clients and experts, Alicia Dunams hosts live Google+ Hangouts covering relevant business topics. On July 31, she gathered Jenna Phillips, Vickie Sucliano, Julia Price, Lisa Rothstein, and Maiyah Olivas for her most attended and popular hangout to date. They discussed visual secrets for business Instagram and Facebook posts and infographics because these guests have published books, worked in marketing, and started their own campaigns to get their message out there. “I love [social media] because it creates instant connection, and I can use that to connect with…
  • Felicia Slattery: ALL IN with Communicating Leadership

    Alicia
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:37 am
    Alicia gets real with Felicia Slattery, talking about the power of connection in business. Learn more about the right way to be remembered at networking events and the personal power of thinking big in this fun and informative podcast. Felicia Slattery is on a mission to help business owners and entrepreneurs create meaningful connections through effective communication. She’s a best-selling author, in-demand speaker and the creator of the Signature Speech System. She works with experts, entrepreneurs, CEOs and celebrities around the world to help them write and deliver speeches and content…
  • Subconscious Uncoupling

    Alicia
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    Recently, you have probably noticed I have been sharing very intimate thoughts with you, ranging from my battle with body issues (not feeling “good enough”) to sharing videos of a massive breakdown/breakthrough I had after years of bottled-up pain. Now, I have a painful YET wisdom-rich experience I’d like to share. My fiancé and I of 5 1/2 years just recently ended our relationship. We had a tentative wedding date this August 2014. This loss of love has been heart-breaking, but the lessons I have learned have been truly transformational. In March 2014, Gwyneth…
  • Picking a Book Title That Sells

    Alicia
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:15 am
    First impressions count. We judge books superficially. That’s reality. In this age of streaming media, instant downloads, and lightning speed communications, to get someone’s attention, you really have to stand out. You have to pique interest from the start—and then, it’s up to your content, your work, to keep them hooked. You may have penned the best business strategy book, the most effective diet tips, or the most inspirational memoir. But without the right title, without the right hook? That book you slaved over for countless weeks—maybe months—is languishing at the bottom of a…
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    The CEO Challenge

  • Business: The Never Ending Season

    Rick McPartlin
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every day we are told how to learn about running a businesses from sports examples, and that works in a lot of cases. One big difference, however, is the “Business Season” season never ends. For every sports team, there is the chance to change everything after the season ends. Fire, hire, draft, new offense, improve the defense, spend more or spend less or even move cities are all options, and when the next year starts, everything is new and different. Business doesn’t work that way. There is NO off season. There is NO new season. Our brand and client relations carry from tonight to…
  • Planning to Thrive: 21st Century Best Practices to Grow Sales & Profitable Revenue

    Rick McPartlin
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Business Strategy, “Revenue Strategy,” deployment, execution, planning and budgets...where does one start and another end, and does it really matter? Are they all the same, are they different, or are they just consultant speak for let’s go do a workshop? If they are different, is there a “right” order, and how do they help CEOs control their survival and growth? This is one of those questions where I’m sure I knew the answer, but never had to lay out a precise answer. The answer is VERY important, even game-changing. The 21st century requires a company to plan in order to control…
  • How to Make Yourself Heard Above the Noise

    David Shedd
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    The biggest challenge “was just getting people to pay attention.  It’s seventy percent of the battle.”  ~ Dan Gilbert (CEO of Quicken Loans) With today’s biblical flood of information and communication, how do you get your message heard by the right people who need to hear it?  How do you get people to pay attention? Do’s Be brief and easy to understand, targeting the message specifically to the audience. While you may sell a broad array of products and services, focus the message down to what the company does best or what is in the best interest of the audience that you are…
  • Why are the Salem Witch Trials like Sales & Marketing?

    Rick McPartlin
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    My most surprising vacation was to Salem Massachusetts. I had been in Massachusetts hundreds of times and Salem, at least 3 times. This time, I went with my kids as one of my teenage daughters, a writer, was fixated on the Salem Witch Trials. She had told me the details, but this trip opened my eyes and mind. When you tour Salem, there are museums, historic homes, places you have only read about, and then, there is the courthouse where the trial was held. When you go into the courthouse, you become entangled in a reenactment of the trial. Not in an imaginary kind of way with spirits, but a…
  • Why Does NO ONE Want to be Healthy & Rich When It’s So Easy?

    Rick McPartlin
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sleep, exercise, diet, relax, laugh, smile, and a glass of red wine have a lot to do with health. Like the commercial says, “Who doesn’t know that?” But knowing it and applying it are two completely different things. Even though we know about each of these, what we are most likely to do is: Sleep – too little and irregularly Exercise – way too little and wrong (we will surely be injured as a result) Diet – every year from the 1st of January and again before each season (for one week) Laugh – when social pressure requires and/or embarrassment surfaces and also, at babies and…
 
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    Grove Hill Coaching | Grove Hill Coaching

  • How To Be Really Happy

    Jason
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    When I’m not writing this blog, I teach English here in Granada. I’m lucky enough to have a variety of students of all ages and backgrounds from law students to IT consultants to soldiers and strangely, it is one of the latter that I want to mention in the post. …
  • Are You Comfortable With Being Comfortable?

    Jason
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Are you sitting comfortably? How about with your life? Are you comfortable with your life? Maybe everything’s going well and that’s a lovely thing but sometimes, things are just ticking over in a perfectly fine but perhaps not very interesting way and from time to time, you think about stepping …
  • Sometimes

    Jason
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Sometimes, you don’t have to know what you want to do for the rest of your life. Sometimes, you just need to know what you want to do next. And sometimes you just need to do something – however small to move forward. What are you going to do?
  • That’s Your Lot

    Jason
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    You must accept what you have in your life. It’s your lot. – No, it isn’t. You must accept what you don’t have in your life. It’s your lot. – No, it isn’t. – To accept what you want in your life. – To change what you want in your …
  • I Scared Myself (And Survived)

    Jason
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    As you may know from yesterday’s post Do Something That Scares You, I was quizmaster at a quiz last night speaking in English and Spanish. Speaking in a foreign language with an audience was something that scared me but I thought I’d do it anyway. I’ve only been in Granada …
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    Coaching Excellence

  • Tips To A More Productive Day

    ipeccoaching
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    We all know people that get a lot done in one day – more than the average person. Are they more motivated? That could be one reason, but most likely it is a combination of attitude, organization, and passion. Having the right attitude about what you are doing makes a big difference. Instead of looking at a task as something you have to do, try approaching it in a more positive way. Although there are many things that we have to do that we might not want to do, if you decide that the task is worthwhile, you will get […]
  • The Secret To Creating Perfect Moments

    ipeccoaching
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The average person lives about seventy-nine years. If my math is right, that comes out to about 2.5 billion seconds that each of us spends on this planet. Let’s assume that each second equals one moment. That’s a lot of moments we’ll experience. Some of us will have more, some fewer, but no one can be exactly sure how many or who will gain or lose in the long run. Now, let’s think about perfect moments. I’m not sure exactly how we’d define a “perfect moment.” It certainly can vary. For many it would be the birth of a child. […]
  • Kickoff!

    ipeccoaching
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    There’s always something special about the start of a new season, regardless of the sport. With baseball, as a Yankee fan, I’ve been spoiled most of my adult life with a legitimate shot for a championship most years. Now, as far as football, I’ve been slightly less fortunate in my rooting interests. There have been glimmers of hope, but somehow those dreams lay ruined in untimely turnovers and comically awful “fumbles.” Yes, I’m a Jets fan (He says somewhat dejectedly.) But it’s all good. It’s a new season. Tom Brady could have a mediocre year. Right? I…
  • Uncover The Hidden Talent In Your Organization

    ipeccoaching
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    We all have people in the office that are shy and keep to themselves. Depending on the person and their circumstance, these folks may become ostracized by the rest of the team.This person is not invited to meetings, to contribute on team projects, or even to lunch outings, and other office functions. Somewhere along the way, he or she became the person that everyone seemingly ignores – “Mr. Invisible.” This situation occurred under my tenure at a Fortune 500 company. I was assigned to give an employee a 90-day Performance Improvement Plan (PIP). In other words, his days were…
  • Re2pect

    ipeccoaching
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    In life and in sports there are heroes and idols. People who inspire by not only their performance, but by the legacy they leave behind. It’s no secret that I’m a Yankees fan. Always have been. Most of my adult life there has only been one shortstop to wear the pinstripes. One captain. One man who possessed not only skill and talent, but grit. One player who represented his team, his sport, his community with poise and grace. Now, after nineteen seasons, he has retired. I am fortunate enough to have a ridiculously wonderful friend who, for my birthday, got […]
 
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    Vantage Point

  • How to know if you are the right culture fit at work- meet your careerdate!

    Upasna Kakroo
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Post a recent HR seminar in Germany, a few excited HR bloggers shared their insights and someone Tweeted the new HR mantra. It said, “Wir müssen Charaktere rekrutieren, nicht Lebensläufe”. Loosely translated it meant, we must recruit for ‘characteristics/ culture-fits’ and not resumes. The immediate question that sparked up my imagination was- how? Today, I spoke with Christoph Skrobol, founder and CEO of a unique new recruitment service- Careerdate that takes the plunge to take the formal out of recruitment and potentially answer my question. From any job…
  • Are leaders born or made?

    Neha Kirpal
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Are leaders born or made? Leadership is a complex and sophisticated social role. The eternal question of whether leaders are born or made has been around since time without beginning. Although certain qualities do predispose some people to attain leadership positions and be better at leading, effective leaders actually hone their skills through experience, conscious self-development, education, and training. The best estimates offered by research is that leadership is about one-third born and two-thirds made. Studies suggest that there is some “raw material,” some inborn…
  • Why referral hiring is the new recruitment buzzword

    Neha Kirpal
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Why referral hiring is the new recruitment buzzword Referral recruitment encompasses a wide range of activities that use employee referral programs, online job boards, and social media to research, engage, and ultimately hire people. Referral recruiting can take many forms: asking contacts in your network to pass on information about open jobs, employees speaking positively about the company to their social networks, and using social networks to find and connect with qualified candidates. via Recruiters and companies are increasingly utilizing employee referrals to find the best qualified…
  • What are the challenges of working in virtual teams?

    Neha Kirpal
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We spoke about Virtual teams last week and how effective communication and the right processes can lead virtual teams to success. Today, we take a step back and talk about what are the key reasons why virtual teams are important from a management perspective. We also try and have a look at what are the challenges of working in virtual teams. Virtual teams can be defined as “a group of individuals who work across time, space, and organizational boundaries, and interact primarily through electronic communications.” According to a study conducted by RW3 CultureWizard,  87% of…
  • 7 Tips For Getting On a Headhunter’s Radar

    Vantage Point
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here at Experteer we created the model of getting Headhunters online in a marketplace where they track down senior level candidates and contact them in a discrete fashion. But from a candidate’s perspective, the question still remains: in a marketplace of millions of candidates, how can you make yourself stand out as a prime candidate to contact? Today we share insights from Tony Restell, the Founder of Social-Hire.com. Here are Tony’s 7 practical tips for getting on a headhunter’s radar How many times this last year have you been approached about making an executive career move?
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