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How to Prevent Your Knowledge From Becoming Ignorance

Do you ever feel like you're "smart enough?" This is a dangerous place to be. There are several... read more

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Sharon LatourOwner at Marketing Bee
I enjoyed this read Jef, thank you!
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Intrapreneur To Exitpreneur

So how does one go about making the leap from an intrapreneur to an entrepreneur? The complicated... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Great questions Lina, Creativity may be something that many companies "aspire" to, however, they put little to know effort behind their words. Without action nothing will change.One great way is to create incentives for getting employees to submit ideas (could be small recognition, a $5 gift card or something much larger depending on the submitted idea and the money available). Also you could make idea submission a larger part of the company. On the company's intranet create a space that shows submitted ideas, the ability to comment on them and vote on them. The top voted ideas could then be reviewed for further business value (obviously, limit voting so employees cannot game the system to ensure fairness). Another approach would be to have an internal board that reviews ideas (think like an internal Shark Tank or Dragon's Den). This panel could then weigh the ideas and select which should move on. The ideas that are approved could be given a pot of money (perhaps $1000 or $5000 to further develop the idea). This would be a perfect point for the person working on the idea to have access to internal (and maybe even external) mentors such as C-level or VPs guide them to the next phase. Even though I could continue elaborating on this process, I'll end with, regardless of the project or idea being a success reward and recognize the individual who put in the effort to try to better the company. Ensure that the entire company knows that this recognition will happen regardless of success or failure. Why? You don't want your employees to have ideas but be too scared of failing to even submit the idea. Keep moving forward and curiosity and creativity will combine to reveal small and large innovations to approach.
Lina Barfoot
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Foster creativity is a very tricky one, don't you think? It something so many companies aspires to but it seems very hard to actually make it happen. What would you recommend to liven up a workplace/situation/person where creativity is dwindling?
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Getting the most from a conference

  What conferences have had success in Australia?   There is no exact formula that can be copied... read more

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Customer Service Scripts Need to Die

Do you want to call customer service for me? No? I can't say I'm shocked. What is it about customer... read more

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3 + 1 = Improvement

Improvement really is this simple. But that doesn't mean it is easy. Why does it seem so easy to... read more

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13 Behaviors That Prevent You From Moving Up in Your Career

Want to get to the next level or make more money. Stop yourself from these actions, or lack there...read more

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6 Apps That Help You Stick to Your Goals

Want to meet the promises you are making yourself? There are apps for that. read more

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SMEs: Are you Satisfied With Your Life?

So often, we try to live the dream -- marriage, family, career, the big home. We often spend so... read more

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Forget the 'Nay-Sayers' - use the Power of Compounding Effect

Writing is a big part of many occupations these days.   Some writing is for business, some for... read more

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Selina Shapland
Selina ShaplandOwner at Selina Shapland
Thank you so much for your comment and rating the article. I truly do appreciate your feedback. Yes, if we do not put writing first, who will? S
Ling Lee
Ling Lee at Digital Marketing and Personal Branding
Great motivational article Selina! That's right, In times of procrastination I always tell myself, if you're not going to write today, who will?
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11 Ways to Boost Your Focus and Concentration

Why do we sometimes have such trouble concentrating? The ability to focus is a skill – it is not... read more

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5 elements of a winning presentation

Your appearance Dress appropriately, look smart and feel confident. You know what they say,... read more

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Jennifer Lancaster
Thanks for these timely reminders... I think I'd rather encourage written notes, so the people dont get distracted though!
Maria Bellissimo-Magrin
Maria Bellissimo-MagrinOwner at Belgrin
Thanks for your comment Wendy, visual cues really are the underdog of presentations!
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Are you 100% committed to an 80% change process?

Constant change is a business reality for everyone. The current work environment is that... read more

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How to build an effective team

Effective teamwork is the pillar to productivity. In the famous words of Helen Keller “alone we... read more

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Wendy Huang
Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Hi Bianca, Some great reminders :)
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Speak clearly and communicate

How well do you convey your messages? Is it a question you examine or do you concentrate on the... read more

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How software training can increase your productivity

We all want to see our bottom line in the green. The more in the green zone we are the better. This... read more

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Wendy Huang
Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
I agree that software training is probably most often overlooked in a small business :)! I learnt to rely on Google a lot! It is also great for team members to train each other when resources don't allow for a dedicated training option :)
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29 ways to stay creative

Creativity is at the heart of everything we do at Belgrin however even creatives come across... read more

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Maria Bellissimo-Magrin
Maria Bellissimo-MagrinOwner at Belgrin
Our favourite is Collaborate! We wouldn't be able to deliver outstanding results to our clients without working in a close-knit team like we do.
Phil Khor
Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Great list! I think my favourites are 21 Break the rules, and 28 Have Fun. And yep, I get most of my creative juices flowing in the shower LOL Thanks for sharing Leanne.
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Have you given up on your marketing before you even graded to a yellow belt

Sunday just gone I graded to my yellow belt in Karate. For those that don’t know the yellow belt... read more

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Adam Bean
Adam BeanOwner at Jark Projects
Hey Wendy you are spot on. You can make it as simple as you choose. In fact sometimes it would seem that the more simple it is, the better it works.
Adam Bean
Adam BeanOwner at Jark Projects
Hey Steve, I have my fair share of shockers on the Golf Course as well! Lol There is something very liberating about messing in front of a crowd, it tends to keep you grounded.
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Top 25 ways to be a bastard boss.

I work in a utopian workplace. A place where my colleagues are helpful, friendly, supportive and... read more

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Hi Wendy, thanks. We all know these people! That collection came from real life stories of clients, friends and families. Scary huh. W
Wendy Huang
Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Hi Warren. Probably not the reaction you were looking for but this article made me laugh! All those things are ironically accurate. Thanks for this :D
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5 Must-Know Public Speaking Tips for Introverts

Your fear of public speaking can hold you back. Try these tips to make it less intimidating. read more

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Vocational education and training - for those having a career change itch

Vocational education and training or VET institutions in Australia specialize in providing real... read more

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People are only so good

I love chatting to people about business. Recently a discussion came up with a person put in to... read more

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Chee Chun (Cheech) FooDirector at Ignite Search
Hey Steve/Scott, Steve, great article by the way, and always a challenge to be able to pick your hires right. Scott, you mentioned that there are legalities around interview questions, any chance you can spell that out briefly for those (like myself) who don't really have much of a clue in this area? For example, are there certain type of questions that are deemed illegal by law to be asked and what are the impacts, financially or personally, if any?
One thing I noticed during my recruitment / hiring career was a lot of reluctance to ask questions that would be considered probing. That fear seemed to be borne from one of two things: either a reluctance to dig below the surface due to desire not to embarrass a candidate (true!) or poor understanding of legalities of questions, afraid that some probing questions could be classed as illegal without them being such. Whatever it is, it is pure inexperience, and there is a case for having planned beforehand what to ask, as well as what information you are looking for to cater to that inexperience where making it up on the spot is improbable.
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The Value of Project Management Courses

As more and more projects are being handled by companies, the ability of employees to take charge... read more

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Ten Useful Tech Certifications that IT Pros Should Have

You have a wide variety of choices when it comes to software vendor, educational and neutral... read more

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Benefits of Online Courses

Online courses are fast becoming a popular way of acquiring the much sought after knowledge; and... read more

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The way of the Shokunin

Shokunin is a Japanese word that means to master your profession, it is distinguished by the love... read more

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Top 10 tips when presenting or speaking in public

1. Know your audience. Why are you speaking to this audience? Who is going to be in the audience?... read more

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Maureen Bell Owner at Speak with Presence
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Conquer Your Public Speaking Fears

Everyone I meet finds speaking in public or presenting to a group of people stressful or nerve... read more

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Maureen Bell Owner at Speak with Presence
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