Work Smarter, Not Longer

In our industry, as business owners it’s easy to put in 10-12 hour days six days a week for years at a time. Have you ever stopped though to think about what your ideal workday really looks like? And then taken it one step further to make some changes to get there? While I’m pretty sure most of us won’t be getting under the 40 hour work week anytime soon, there may be some small adjustments that can be made to make sure the hours you are spending at work are truly productive ones. Here are 5 tips from Fast Company to get you started, and remember, it’s ok to say “no”, especially if it means you can say “yes” to something more important or beneficial to you.

 

5 Steps to Creating Your Most Efficient Workday Yet

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A New Definition of Leadership

We’ve all heard the age old adage of “Boss vs. Leader”, but in an era where things are changing at the speed of light, even great leaders rely on tools and reminders to help them stay on top of their game. Here’s a great piece that outlines 30 areas where we may be missing the mark, and how to make the shift into becoming an even better leader.

“According to the American Society of Training and Development, U.S. businesses spend more than $170 Billion dollars annually on leadership-based curriculum. My question is this; to what end? Are we producing better leaders or just more people who hold positions of leadership? What makes a leader successful? It seems like we should have the answer by now. However the sad reality is many organizations simply don’t even know where to begin. As you might have guessed, I have a few suggestions…”

30 Outdated Leadership Practices Holding Your Company Back

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Social Media Posting For Optimal Results

We all know  that social media is not something we can afford to ignore, but we also know that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing too. Thanks to independent research and infographics, we’ve taken the mystery out of finding the balance on posting on various platforms. I’m sure you’ll be happy to note that less is still more, and once a day on Facebook is plenty to keep your followers engaged without becoming annoyed.

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Don’t Forget To Add A Smiley Face :)

While emoticons may seem like something only text crazy teenagers rely on to share their feelings with the least key strokes possible, believe it or not they also have a place in the business world. Research shows that they  help infuse emotion into short emails and abbreviated text messages, which seem to have become the norm in communication. We all know how hard it is to convey “tone” in an email or text message, and including the appropriate emoticon at the end of your message can help impart a more real and human feel in your message. Read more about the findings below, and don’t be afraid to include a smiley face in your next email.

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7 Reasons To Use Emoticons In Your Writing

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2015 – The Year Of The Blog

Whether you’ve finally committed to starting a blog this year or need to revitalize the one you launched way back when and let fall by the wayside, here’s a great piece to get you started down the path to success. Almost everything you’ll read these days about building a strong online presence will tell you that “content is king” and you need to “be yourself”, so grab a notebook and use these 5 straightforward techniques to get back on track for 2015.

5 Breakthrough Techniques for Successfully Blogging

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3 Trends Not To Be Ignored

One of the biggest keys to future success is planning in the present moment. This includes staying in the know about what is going on in your specific industry as well as around the world. We now live in a fully digital age, and things will continue to trend even further in that direction in the year ahead. Here are three good tips for staying ahead of the curve in 2015.

3 Business Trends to Embrace in 2015

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Staying “Top Of Mind”

I recently attended a digital marketing conference where one of the speakers talked about staying “top of mind” with people in his network, customers, etc. He does this by pulling 5-10 names from his rolodex each day (yes – that’s the term he used, and then went on to explain what it was to the 30 and under crowd) and make calls just to check in and say hi. Another contractor I spoke with recently mentioned using the quiet time in the winter months to send hand written notes to past customers just to check in. Then I came across this article which talks about sending 2-3 texts per day to people in your contact list just to wish them a good day.

The point is, no matter what method you choose, staying in front of  your customers, vendors, designers, subcontractors, etc. ensures a better chance that when they need a service that you provide, you will be the first person that comes to mind. Who can you reach out to today that you haven’t spoken to in a while? I’ll bet they’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear from you, and who knows, maybe you’ll just brighten their day or maybe it will lead to more work. You’ll never know unless you try…

24 Seconds that will Change your Life

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Act Like A Leader, Even If You’re Not The Boss

We all know that there’s a big difference between being a leader and being a boss, but what happens when you’re not the boss, but you’re still in a position that requires you to lead? Here are some tips on how to lead successfully, no matter what your current position may be. And if you are aspiring to climb the ladder, honing these skills now will help you along the journey.

10 Tips For Leadership When You’re Not The Boss.

The “Never Do” List

As the year begins to wind down and we all take some time in the coming weeks to evaluate 2014 as we plan for a better 2015, be sure to save some time to reflect on yourself as a leader. As leaders, it’s easy to focus on keeping everyone else on track, but checking in with ourselves and making sure we’re on track as well is just as critical to the success of our businesses. Here’s a great article to help with the check-in process.

9 Things Remarkably Successful Never Do.

10 Secrets to Success

While 99.9% of us will never reach billionare status in our businesses, the keys to success mentioned in the below article are still relevant, quite intriguing (especially #4 and #10) and a good reminder of what we should all be striving for.

Ever wonder what it feels like to live like the superrich? Decked-out megayachts, private jets and lavish jewels are all perks of being a billionaire. But behind the glitz and glamour is a road to success paved with hard work, determination and unyielding passion.

“20/20” stepped into the lives of four entrepreneurs who are redefining what it means to be successful and got a glimpse of what they are doing to give back. Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh; the owner of Patriarch Partners, Lynn Tilton; the creator of Cirque du Soleil, Guy LaLiberte; and Paul Mitchell founder John Paul DeJoria have offered up their keys to success, both in business and in life. Read on to find out how they made their billions.

1. Figure out what you’re so passionate about that you’d be happy doing it for 10 years, even if you never made any money from it. That’s what you should be doing.

2. Always be true to yourself.

3. Figure out what your values are and live by them, in business and in life.

4. Rather than focus on work-life separation, focus on work-life integration.

5. Don’t network. Focus on building real relationships and friendships where the relationship itself is its own reward, instead of trying to get something out of the relationship to benefit your business or yourself.

6. Remember to maximize for happiness, not money or status.

7. Think about what your definition of success really is. Is it externally driven or internally driven?

8. Get ready for rejection.

9. Success unshared is failure. Give back — share your wealth.

10. Successful people do all the things unsuccessful people don’t want to do..