41 questions every business leader should ask (The Invisible Thread) Change is the only constant in the world, there’s no doubt about it. Today more than ever, businesses must face – and effectively manage – rising change and complexity. Uncertainty is everywhere we look. From marketplace shifts to surprise disruptions, managing this new reality is not an easy task. If you think about our organizations today, they are all part of a dynamic business network of relationships with customers, partners and suppliers that shape the way we do business. Bottom line is that the time is up for sitting on the sidelines. As you consider the processes that make your business run, here are 41 key questions you should ask yourself: Does your organization change effectively when it needs to? Tags: ceo business-agility business-leader featured change questions cio agile cto complexity it-leader
» Blog Archive » Calculate This! 100 Financial Calculators Every Entrepreneur Needs Calculate This! 100 Financial Calculators Every Entrepreneur Needs Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 1:27pm by Site Administrator By Eliza Morgan Many entrepreneurs don’t have the luxury of having a separate accounting department, instead doing their own number crunching. Business Operations Don’t get caught off guard by the unexpected financial pitfalls of owning a business. Loans Unless you’re bootstrapping it, or you’ve come into quite a financial windfall, it’s likely that your business will need a few loans to get up and running. Debt Management Don’t let your loans get out of hand. Business Debt Consolidation: Have multiple business credit cards or loans holding debt for your company? Investment Make your business and personal investment tracking easy with these investment calculators. Taxes Unfortunately, taxes are an inevitable part of any business’ day to day life. Personnel Make the business of doing your payroll easier with these free calculators. Personal Finance
Working From Home as a General Transcriber Over the past three years, I’ve touched on transcription in the form of company reviews and a list of sites that hire. I’ve never really gone into a lot of detail about what transcription is and how to get started. This post is meant to be a basic overview of general transcription. In the coming months, you may see more of these overviews of various work from home career fields. What is general transcription? As you may or may not know, transcription is basically listening to an audio file and typing out what you hear. Who is cut out for general transcription? If you are a decent typist with a good ear and you’re pretty comfortable using your computer for things like downloading files, doing research, etc., then transcription may be a good option for you. Why is general transcription a recommended work from home option? While there are some companies that require you to do transcription on-site, there are MANY that will allow you to do it from home. How well does general transcription pay?
How to pick a co-founder &045; Venture Hacks Naval · November 12th, 2009 Update: Also see our 40-minute interview on this topic. Picking a co-founder is your most important decision. It’s more important than your product, market, and investors. The ideal founding team is two individuals, with a history of working together, of similar age and financial standing, with mutual respect. One is good at building products and the other is good at selling them. The power of two Two is the right number — avoid the three-body problem. One founder companies can work, against the odds (hello, Mark Zuckerberg). Two founders works because unanimity is possible, there are no founder politics, interests can easily align, and founder stakes are high post-financing. Someone you have history with You wouldn’t marry someone you’d just met. One builds, one sells The best builders can prototype and perhaps even build the entire product, end-to-end. The seller doesn’t have to be a “salesman” or “business guy”. Aligned motives required Don’t settle FAQs
22 Killer Personal Development Resources You're Missing Out On You’ve got the personal development itch once again. You know the feeling. Maybe you want to be more productive, finally tackle that goal of yours, or start waking up earlier. So you go to Google or your favorite personal development blogs. Maybe if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for you try searching for a Youtube video or ask your Facebook friends if they know of any good sites. And that’s it. Sometimes you find what you need, but you still have a sense that there’s got to be more. And that’s where you get stuck. Today I hope to change that by sharing with you 22 of the killer personal development resources you’re missing out on. 1. I know, you thought Reddit was just for gamers, atheists, and students – but that’s a misconception. 2. Mindbloom.com is a nifty personal development web application. 3. Lately, it seems there have been hundreds of eLearning websites popping up across the web. 4. 6. Stumbleupon is another excellent resource for personal development. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Time Management is as much about how we think as about what we do Image by ‘Feelart’ Our perception of time has been shown to play a crucial role in time management. Research has shown that humans think in terms of “time perspective.” This means that despite the fact that we live in the present, we tend to think of time as past, present and future. 1. Everyone thinks in terms of these 5 time perspectives to a greater or lesser extent, and it is how heavily we think in terms of these 5 perspectives that determines our management of time and its future consequences. Obviously the best solution is to have a balance of all 5 perspectives. If you are interested in learning more about our personal development and executive coaching online programme, please contact us at iPerform.
team building games ideas, exercises, business games and activities for corporate team building, training, management, motivation, kids activities and childrens party games teamwork Great teamwork makes things happen more than anything else in organizations. The diagram representing McGregor's X-Y Theory helps illustrate how and why empowered teams get the best results. Empowering people is more about attitude and behaviour towards staff than processes and tools. At the heart of this approach is love and spirituality which helps bring mutual respect, compassion, and humanity to work. using and planning team-building activities People are best motivated if you can involve them in designing and deciding the activities - ask them. team exercises and events for developing ethical organizations Team-building exercises and activities also provide a wonderful opportunity to bring to life the increasing awareness and interest in 'ethical organizations'. Ensure that team-building activities and all corporate events comply with equality and discrimination policy and law in respect of gender, race, disability, age, etc. corporate events and social responsibility
106 Excuses That Prevent You From Ever Becoming Great The following is a rare guest post, this time coming from Tommy Walker. Tommy Walker is an Online Marketing Strategist and host of “Inside the Mind” a fresh and entertaining video show about Internet Marketing Strategy. Be honest. On any given day, you have tasks you’d like to finish because you know they’d positively impact your business, and tasks you actually do. You trick yourself into thinking that keeping up with industry news, and reading the latest “10 tips to ______” post is “working”. You know better, but some part of you believes that simply reading the article will help you move forward. That having a deep understanding of all things online marketing will better position you when the time is right. But that time doesn’t come. Something is holding you back, and you can’t quite put your finger on it. You may have one excuse; you may have several. What follows are 106 of the most common excuses you might tell yourself. You don’t have the knowledge. “Google.” Spend time to find it. A.)
Building a Personal Finance Library: 25 of the Best Books About Money Reading books on investing money is a great way to learn more about what you should do at each point in your financial journey. In some respects, it doesn’t really matter where you are in your journey because, no matter what you need help with, there’s a book that covers it. Deciding which book to read when, though, can be a bit of a challenge. So we created this huge collection of personal finance books to help with that. We divided the books into four main sections, based on the stages of personal finance. Some books are linked to Amazon.com if you want to read more about the book or purchase it. Top Savings Rates Bank Name Minimum to Earn APY Details Barclays (FDIC Insured) Synchrony Bank (FDIC Insured) Ally Bank (FDIC Insured) For each book, we include the readers we believe will get the greatest benefit from the book so you can scan through the list to find a book tailor-made for you. But don’t ignore other books on that topic! Basic personal finance for beginners Content: J.D. For beginners
20 ways to motivate your employees without raising their pay. It is a costly mistake to get lost in the false theory that more money equals happy employees. Believing this is costing you valuable time, revenue, employees...and even threatening your own job. Cash will always be a major factor in motivating people and a solid compensation plan is critical to attracting and keeping key personnel. Too many bonus or commission checks get cashed, spent and forgotten just that quickly. One alternative to giving commissions or bonus dollars is to give gifts through a catalog point system. The company you choose will provide you with catalogs, price sheets and point checks at no charge. The stimulation involved is long-lasting. Whenever I have implemented this program, the employees are overwhelmingly in favor of the point system as opposed to cash. With solid compensation in place, let's look at non-monetary motivation...20 steps to success. 1. 2. Using plaques or trophies is another effective way of applauding your people. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills. You just have to know where to look. Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search for sites where you can learn new skills , but I figured I’d save you some time. Here are the top 40 sites I have personally used over the last few years when I want to learn something new. Hack a Day - Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth ‘How-To hack’ guide each week.eHow - eHow is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects.Wired How-To Wiki - Collaborate with Wired editors and help them build their extensive library of projects, hacks, tricks and tips.
7 Crucial Habits to Build During School “The 20s are like the stem cell of human development, the pluripotent moment when any of several outcomes is possible.” – Robin Marantz Henig, The New York Times Ever hate how Cameron is so good at networking? Or wonder how Charmaine manages to get away with 6 hours of sleep every night? Is it possible for you to keep up with these other people with seemingly natural aptitudes and advantages? The answer is with habits. It may be difficult to imagine right now, but school can be a phase of life that’s relatively less taxing. 20 or so hours of class per week means that there’s still plenty of time to experiment with life. The key is to tomorrow’s success is to build useful habits today. Benefits: More Time, Greater Capacity Before you smirk and wonder if you really need the extra one or two hours at the moment, think about all those times you wished you had more hours in a day. With the biphasic sleep cycle, you will be functioning perfectly on six hours of sleep without caffeine.