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3 Crucial Habits to get Repeat Business and Referrals

The destiny of your business is linked to your character. The destiny of your business is linked to your character.

Successful one-person businesses understand the secrets that make it cost-effective to help current customers return regularly to purchase – and offer to refer and introduce their friends, colleagues and business partners to visit. The alternative is wasting time and overspending by constantly marketing to a new audience. These secrets are relatively simple to replicate.  (more…)

Socializing and Networking: How to Control Your Own Productivity

Socializing and Networking Beginner’s guide to more productivity at work.

Socializing and networking – there is a very thin line between these two. Well, both of them sound just the same. The distinction between the two lies on the topic of conversation. When it is work related, such as career issues in your workplace, it is generally “networking”. If it is not, then it’s a plain socializing.

If socializing is conducted on breaks, lunch times, or after work, this can’t be classified as interruption at all. However, when socializing is done during working hours, it becomes a distraction that affects the productivity of your group. On the other hand, networking interruptions need to be focused and mindful of time constraints to lessen its effect on one’s productivity. (more…)

11 Instant Techniques To Minimise Interruptions

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Have you ever experienced working on a very tight deadline and yet people around you seem not to notice and constantly disturb you? Have you ever hated a colleague or two for bringing you into some unnecessary conversations that led to your inability to submit a report on time? Have you ever regret socializing with your co-workers during your working hours? If so, this article is for you! Enumerated here are some of the best ways to maintain and even increase your productivity by minimizing interruptions at work. These techniques really work without making you feel isolated and look like a rude, mean and some sort of an alien inside your office. (more…)

The workplace: It’s a jungle

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Patrick Forsyth looks at the necessity to recognise how office politics affects individual performance and careers.


Unless your office is the exception, it may be that you have noticed that in others, whilst on the surface they run smoothly, efficiently and with hardly a murmur to interrupt the air of pleasant calm, there can be something of an underlying hint of intrigue.  In others again there is an unconcealed hotbed of rivalry, enmity and backbiting.  If you were to find yourself in such an environment you would doubtless stand back from it, stay neutral and uninvolved, and get on with the job. And if you find a single person who believes that, then take immediate steps to sell them London’s Tower Bridge; their gullibility must be immense.


Why should I share my contacts?

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Yes, why, indeed, now that I have achieved a favorable position by having attractive and important contacts in my networking portfolio. The most logical scenario would be to keep those cards close to your chest.

Some time ago, I had a meeting with an employee in a big organization. He was to arrange an important event for the greatest contributor to the organization. To make the event successful, he had to ask for help from colleagues who had some of the most important contacts. But when he invited them, he found they were reluctant to cooperate with him and back the arrangement.


5 Steps to bring out the best in your mentee and yourself

Solution Focused Mentoring Learn more about mentoring thanks to Ella de Jong’s eBook “Solution Focused Mentoring”

A lot of mentors are focused on the problems. What went wrong and why? Using a Solution Focused Approach means that you as a mentor are aware of the problems and focus on everything that can help to avoid the problems, overcome them or learn how to “live with them”.


You can easily notice the difference in problem focused mentoring and solution focused mentoring.


The keywords are: energy and hope. (more…)

Volunteering –What about the Money? Part 4: Grant Writing

Volunteering This is an article by regular contributor Karl Burgher.

As you know from the first series of posts on money—Complexity, Events and Sales, and Philanthropy, fundraising is difficult.. It is a hard task on a good day. Today we will talk about grant (and contracts) writing, a task that needs to be assigned to the most detailed of people in your organization. As always, you can find a more in-depth and action-based discussion on this topic in our free eBook, Volunteering.

The Resources – Foundations and governments award billions of dollars in grants and contracts each year. These cover a wide spectrum of causes, from housing and urban development, security, and feeding the poor around the world to a variety of research endeavors and educational efforts. There may be a granting agency or foundation that pays for the bulk of your organization’s activities. Thus, the first thing you should do as a new volunteer is to read your annual report. This will help you better learn where your sources of funds are derived from to better serve the people and activities with which your organization aligns. Volunteer managers, you, too, need to read the annual reports and any other summary reports that may have been written for your particular sponsors. You all need to know better who your sponsors are and how their funds are spent. Follow the money and you will follow the dependencies, relationships, and your products. (more…)

In world economies crime does pay!

Is the shadow economy taking over?

A report I read this week made very disturbing reading. Thanks to a decision by the United States Statistical Commission that looked to standardise accounting for all countries, the EU did some reclassification. This has meant, amongst other things, that purchases of military weapons systems and purchase of R & D have been reclassified as investments. This increases their value add and hence improves GDP, which is how we measure the welfare in a country. The new

EU reclassification would mean: More weapons equals better GDP!


The king’s new clothes

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Whenever you look at the news these days there is one term that appears frequently when talking about the current economic situation: GDP. But did you know that the terms’ inventor Simon Kuznets explicitly warned not to use it to measure the welfare within a country?


Volunteering –What about the Money? Part 3: Philanthropy

Volunteering This is an article by regular contributor Karl Burgher.

As discussed in the first couple of posts on money—Complexity and Events and Sales—we spoke about the difficulties of fundraising. It is a hard task on a good day. Today we will focus on philanthropy, perhaps by far the most difficult way to secure those elusive funds your organization requires. You may also want to download the free eBook Volunteering for a more in-depth and action-based discussion of these issues.

Wikipedia describes philanthropy thus:

“Today philanthropy is conventionally defined as private initiatives, for public good, focusing on quality of life … serving to contrast philanthropy with business (private initiatives for private good, focusing on material prosperity) and government (public initiatives for public good, focusing on law and order). Instances of philanthropy commonly overlap with instances of charity, though not all charity is philanthropy, or vice versa. The difference commonly cited is that charity relieves the pains of social problems, whereas philanthropy attempts to solve those problems at their root causes, [And building thus, capacity in the cause one serves], a person who practices philanthropy is called a philanthropist”. (more…)