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5 Must-Have Tech Tools for Small Businesses


Running a small business needs a lot of planning. Doing it single-handedly is a time-consuming process. You need to have constant support of tools and apps to simplify your work, boost productivity and streamline your business operations. But how do you choose tools which fit into your budget and suit your requirement? There are plenty of tools available, but as a small business owner, you want to use technology which fits your budget.

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updates: coworkers think I’m an intern, the hugging vendor, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are five updates from past letter-writers. My coworkers think I’m an intern … but I’m not. The people on my team who were repeatedly referring to me as an intern, particularly the woman who asked me to get her mail, continued to do so even after corrections from me and my supervisor, and after using some of the script examples you provided.

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Top 9 HRTech Events of 2019


It’s the year-end. As we are saying goodbye to this year, we are doing a quick recap of what happened in these 12 months. But along with this, everyone is keen to know what lies in the year ahead and what is there to look forward? HRtechnology HRtech Events Recruiting Talent Acquisition

update: I won money on a work trip to Vegas – do I have to donate it to my employer?

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the coworker who won money at blackjack during an off-evening on a business trip to Las Vegas — and then her manager said she should donate the money to her employer, since she was in Vegas on their dime? Here’s the update.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

Manage Your Innovation Pipeline Just Like Your Sales Pipeline


Picture by Lethutrang101 on Pixabay. Managing the Sales pipeline is a well-developed executive skill in any company selling large ticket items to business customers. Each sales person has to gather data and input their reports and forecasts. Some of the key actions in managing the pipeline include: Qualification questions have to be answered. Does the customer need our product? Do they have a budget? Are we in contact with the decision maker? Who is the competition?

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Is Management Making Your Organization Dumber?

Business2Community Leadership

TeroVesalainen / Pixabay. Stepping out the door, you glance across the parking lot in the general direction of your car. A quick check of the time shows 2:27 p.m. You need to be on the road by 2:30 to reach your destination on time. You’ve got 3 minutes to make it to the car and get going. A few minutes later, right at 2:30, you slip into your driver’s seat. This may be the least interesting part of your day, but it’s a pretty good metaphor for management.

The Best Presents.

Everyday People

There are two more days until Christmas. There are so many emotions that come to the surface during the holidays. For me it’s an amazing time to reflect on faith as well as being grateful. My best “present” each year is my daughter Melanie because she was born on Christmas Day 25 years ago this coming Tuesday !! I also know that the holiday season can bring about a ton of mixed emotions that may not all be positive.

A Bloom’s Christmas: Retail Inventory Management

In Full Bloom HR

Blooms Camera Ad Circa 1950. There are times when I really hate being a grownup, when I’d like nothing better than to be the child I never was. When your Mom dies before your sixth birthday, you grow up fast. And when your Jewish family’s economic survival depends on what their small retail business sells to their Christian customers during the Christmas season, it’s all hands to the wheel from mid-October until Christmas Day, and that too ensures that you grow up fast.

Effective Delegation: Common Mistakes Managers Make and How to Avoid Them

HR Digest

In every office, there is always a person who gets all the stuff done excellently; they are called the “go-to person.” For these persons, promotion to leadership position comes to them because of their performance. However, this is a great cause of concern due to their ranking in effective delegation. You may as well be a go-to person, but the challenge is: it doesn’t allow you to build teams.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

How the 4-hour Workweek Actually Works

Business2Community Leadership

darkmoon1968 / Pixabay. I’d bet my morning coffee that most of you have heard of (or even read) Tim Ferriss’s book, The 4-hour Workweek. And even if you haven’t you can probably guess how it unfolds: Tim shares his own story, gives a few tips for getting more done in less time, and offers tricks for interspersing work and play for a more fulfilling life. Sounds AMAZING, right? I know I drooled a little when I first heard the premise!

Tools, Techniques, Questions, and Dialogue

Center for Coaching

Cathy Liska. By Cathy Liska. For many new coaches, figuring out how to use different tools and processes is of great interest. What is often the challenge we all face as coaches is truly co-creating the coaching relationship with the client. Once we work with the client on what they want to accomplish, the next challenge is keeping them in the driver’s seat for exploring, using tools, and moving forward.

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Founders: Own Your Success!

Business2Community Leadership There are times that call for tough love and this is one of them. As a founder of a food and beverage brand, you have chosen a hard and rocky path. You’ll hit a lot of walls, hear a lot of “no’s” and are certain to find things moving slower than you’d hoped. It’s a natural and easy trap to blame others. But to be frank, those who blame lose and those who own the outcome win. I see this play out far too often.

#1 Key to Success is Having ‘Time’ Serve You!

Thrive Global

Do you spend your days running around like a chicken with your head cut off? By 6pm every weeknight do you find yourself laying on your couch exhausted wondering why you feel like so many things were never accomplished? Are you spending time at your child’s baseball game and miss his home run because you’re on your computer/phone trying to finish a project for work? Does any of this feel familiar?

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

‘Tis the Season for Giving: CMOs, Here’s How to Give Back to Your Team This Holiday (And All Year Round)

Business2Community Leadership

‘Tis the season for giving! It’s the time of year again where CMOs are thinking of how to not only end the year with a strong quarter but also give back. As you’re thinking of ways to give back to the community, have you thought about the holiday season for your team? You’re probably wondering what the best ‘gift’ you can give your team is. As a marketing leader, the ultimate way to give back to your employees during this holiday season is to provide top training and development.


Thrive Global

You are here to shine. To let your inner gifts sparkle through. Empower yourself and talk to yourself like you would to someone you love. Inner peace is the new success.’?—?Arianna Arianna Huffington We can often forget that the most intimate and closest relationship we will ever have is with our own self. So talk to yourself like you would to someone you love. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives. Empower yourself. Believe in yourself. Visualise and affirm good things for yourself.


Thrive Global

How I Concluded I Have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at Age 31 Photo: Courtesy of Harvard Health At 3 AM this morning my restlessness got the best of me, as it has around this time almost every day this week. I’ve always been an early riser and a morning person. I’m a big proponent of getting up early, as I’m of the belief it’s not only when we’re most productive but also a great productivity hack.

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5 New Years Resolution Goals That Will Change Your Year For the Better

Thrive Global

Are you looking to make 2019 your healthiest year yet? As a fitness and health coach, I am always working with clients on how to make them stronger physically and mentally year after year. During our coaching sessions, my clients create specific goals to commit to. From there I help them take action to make results happen! Here are some of the top New Years resolution goals clients have set during our sessions.

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