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9 Keys to Business & Career Success

9 Keys to Business & Career Success
I'm fortunate enough to know a number of remarkably successful people. Regardless of industry or profession, they all share the same perspectives and beliefs. And they act on those beliefs: 1. Time doesn't fill me. Deadlines and time frames establish parameters, but typically not in a good way. Forget deadlines, at least as a way to manage your activity. Average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time. 2. Some of your employees drive you nuts. You chose them. Think about the type of people you want to work with. Then change what you do so you can start attracting those people. Successful people are naturally drawn to successful people. 3. Dues aren't paid, past tense. No matter what you've done or accomplished in the past, you're never too good to roll up your sleeves, get dirty, and do the grunt work. Remarkably successful people never feel entitled--except to the fruits of their labor. 4. 5. Ask people why they have been successful.

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers In the beginning, there was just you and your partners. You did every job. You coded, you met with investors, you emptied the trash and phoned in the midnight pizza. Whatever that means. If you find yourself resisting "being strategic," because it sounds like a fast track to irrelevance, or vaguely like an excuse to slack off, you're not alone. This is a tough job, make no mistake. After two decades of advising organizations large and small, my colleagues and I have formed a clear idea of what's required of you in this role. Anticipate Most of the focus at most companies is on what’s directly ahead. Look for game-changing information at the periphery of your industrySearch beyond the current boundaries of your businessBuild wide external networks to help you scan the horizon better Think Critically “Conventional wisdom” opens you to fewer raised eyebrows and second guessing. Interpret Ambiguity is unsettling. Decide Many leaders fall prey to “analysis paralysis.” Align Learn

Make a Great First Impression: 7 Smart Tricks Research shows that customers decide whether or not they want to work with you within two seconds of meeting you face to face. That puts the burden on you to make certain that those two seconds really count. The only way to do that is to prepare ahead of time. These tricks may help. 1. Your energy level is dependent upon your overall level of health. This does not mean that you need to be a bodybuilder or Hollywood thin. 2. Different industries have different norms about what's appropriate in terms of personal appearance and meeting behavior. 3. Your semiotics are the signals that your appearance immediately communicates to other people. As far as is practical, make sure you are consciously creating a set of visual signals that is most likely to communicate that you're the kind of person that's it's appropriate to do business with. 4. There are three parts to your greeting: your smile, your words, and your handshake (or your bow, in some parts of the world). 5. 6. 7.

Boost Your Brain Power: A Simple Exercise Sure, exercise is good for your health. We all know that. But exercise is also a scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter. According to Gretchen Reynolds, author of the soon to be released The First 20 Minutes, a book about the science of exercise, recent research shows that exercise can help your brain resist physical shrinkage and improve cognitive flexibility. "Exercise," she writes in this New York Times article, "...does more to bolster thinking than thinking does." Here's why. But what is surprising is that, just like with your muscles, exercise can slow or even reverse the physical decay of your brain. While you may have been told (most likely by parents referencing the "This is your brain... and this is your brain on drugs" public service announcements) that once you lose brain cells you can never get them back, new brain cells can be created—and exercise helps trigger that process. Exercise also makes those new brain cells more effective.

10 Ways You Should Never Describe Yourself Picture this: You meet someone new. "What do you do?" he asks. "I'm an architect," you say. "Oh, really?" "Maybe," you reply. "Oh wow," he says. And you're off. You sound awesome. Now picture this: You meet someone new. "I'm a passionate, innovative, dynamic provider of architectural services who uses a collaborative approach to create and deliver outstanding customer experiences." And he's off, never to be seen again... because you sound like a pompous ass. Do you--whether on your website, or more likely on social media accounts--describe yourself differently than you do in person? Do you use hacky clichés and overblown superlatives and breathless adjectives? Do you write things about yourself you would never have the nerve to actually say? If so, it's time for a change. Here are some words that are great when used by other people to describe you, but you should never use to describe yourself: "Motivated." "Authority." If you have to say you're an authority, you aren't. "Global provider." "Guru."

St. Clement’s drizzle cake Not everything in life turns out the way we expect it be and to me understanding that is part of growing up – learning to deal with deception and disappointment may not be a pleasant thing to do but it is certainly necessary. And exactly because of that I find it wonderful when something I expected to be great actually is, even little things like a good movie or a good book. My hopes were high for “Skyfall” and the movie fit the bill perfectly – Daniel Craig has proved once more that he can play the part infinitely better than Brosnan, Javier Bardem delivers another great villain (Joel and Ethan Coen knew what they were doing!) and Sam Mendes is as talented directing an action movie as he is directing drama. Coincidently, a couple of days before I watched “Skyfall” Rachel Allen’s gorgeous book on cakes arrived, and that was another highlight of my week: the book is absolutely beautiful, packed with delicious recipes, and this citrusy and very moist cake is one of them. St. Serves 8-10

Email Tricks Of The Super Successful Over the past month, the most successful people I know have taught me a very important lesson: be a great emailer. Nearly all of them have a few simple tricks up their super-efficient sleeves: be ridiculously fast (responding in 30 minutes and no more than 24 hours), keep messages short, delegate responsibility through CC, and be available every waking moment. Because I don’t want to turn this article into the name-dropping olympics, I’ll forgo identifying the people who inspired this post; suffice to say that it’s part of my job to occasionally deal directly with house-hold names in technology, media, and government and my interactions with them spill over with important life lessons. Responsiveness Engenders Trust: Being a responsive communicator builds loyalty and support throughout your entire network. As an example, take social media powerhouse, Mayor Cory Booker, as an example. Sorry 2 hear. Keep It Short: There’s only one way to dig through 500 emails a day: be brief.

BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe Heat a grill over medium-high heat. Season the meat side of the chicken with the salt and pepper and coat lightly with cooking spray. Grill the chicken with a closed lid until grill marks form, 5-8 minutes. Turn the chicken over, close the lid, and cook until the internal temperature reads between 163-165 degrees when a thermometer is inserted into thickest part of breast meat, without touching any bone, 15-25 minutes longer. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Let the pizza dough sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before you roll it out. Press the dough into a disk and stretch it out into a 15-inch disk using your hands and a rolling pin. Spread 1/3 cup of the BBQ sauce on the dough, leaving a ½-inch border without sauce. Add the peppers, red onion, and pepperoncini. Cook the pizza until the vegetables are soft and the crust is lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.

Negotiating Trick: Don't Focus on Price "That's more than I had expected." Have you heard this line? Of course you have. It's a standard response, heard a gazillion times a year by salespeople everywhere, after a price is quoted or heard. And quite frankly, it's an understandable response from a prospective buyer--especially one who is not experienced in purchasing your type of product or service. What actually drives the response? Lack of context: When the buyer does not understand the problem accurately, he or she cannot connect the solution's price to its value. Regardless of the reason, if you get to the point of submitting a price quote and you get that response, then it is possible you missed a couple of key steps earlier in the process. Surprising prospects is bad. Better Way to Shape the Conversation To avoid getting a surprise response, make sure you build these steps into the process. 1. 2. 3. Do not succumb to the temptation of offering concessions or asking, "How much can you afford?"

Homemade Spicy Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Recipe Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, placing a pizza stone inside, if using. Meanwhile, remove the sausage meat from the casings and cook in a small pan over medium heat, breaking it up into little pieces, about 15 minutes. Mix in red pepper flakes. Rolling out the dough is definitely the toughest part. Lightly flour a clean surface and roll out the dough until it reaches the size and thickness you desire (and don't worry about making it a perfect circle). When the dough is ready, place it on a lightly floured wooden cutting board (if using a pizza stone) or a lightly greased baking sheet. Place the pizza on the pizza stone if using, otherwise place in the oven on the baking sheet and cook for about 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

How To Run Your Meetings Like Apple and Google Careers have been built on poking fun at meetings. From commercials to comic strips it’s no secret that most of us would rather be, you know, working. But there’s good news: Rapid experimentation with meetings in the past decade by startups and Fortune 500 companies alike has produced a new set of rules to consider. All meetings must have a stated purpose or agenda. Of course, there’s no need to stop there. Apple During the Steve Jobs era, Apple constantly worked to stay true to its startup roots while becoming the largest company in the world. Every project component or task has a “DRI.” Catalyst Catalyst, a group of young Christian leaders in the South, places an emphasis on keeping meetings positive and loose. The answer is always “yes, and…” and never “no, but…” Keep things positive and ideas flowing by not shouting down initial proposals.Take a break every 30 minutes. Google All meetings should have a clear decision maker. 37Signals Keep it short. Reily Technically Media

Smearcase Ingredients: for the cake: 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup canola oil 2 eggs, at room temperature pinch of salt for the filling: 16 oz cream cheese*, at room temperature 12 oz evaporated milk 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon flour 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 eggs, at room temperature For sprinkling: cinnamon *Use brick cream cheese, not the spreadable kind that comes in tubs. Directions: Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl, mix together all of the cake ingredients. My thoughts: In the Pennsylvania Dutch community, smearcase is cottage cheese. Pie Fair Lady: Avocado Pie from Pinch My Salt Nicole shares a recipe for a pie from her childhood called "frog pie"; a smooth mixture of avocado and sweetened condensed milk in a brown sugar graham cracker crust. I'm insanely jealous she grew up eating this! I swear avocados were not even available in the grocery store when I was growing up, much less making their way into pies. I love avocados in everything and while I haven't had this pie, I've had avocado shakes before and they were delicious so I know avocados can be very successfully used in desserts. Check out the full recipe on Pinch My Salt. Submit a recipe: If you're a food blogger with a delicious pie recipe you'd like to see featured on this site, here's how to submit it.