No-Fuss Online Collaboration


If you’re an independent business owner, you must be able to collaborate effectively online with clients, colleagues and close business associates. It’s no longer enough to keep them at arm’s length and work around the times you’re not available in person. Because so much work nowadays i...

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The Internet Has Changed The Way We Buy … Everything


The Internet has changed the entire buying process – and it affects you, even if you don’t sell anything online. Barry Trailer and Jim Dickie, writing in the Harvard Business Review, put it this way: “Buyers have always had a buy cycle, starting at the point they perceive a need. Sellers h...

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Book Review: Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, by Heidi Grant Halvorson


This book gives you the science behind goal setting. It’s not just another goal-setting process. Instead, Halvorson explains how different types of goals need different methods to achieve them, and goes on to describe the best methods for each of your goals. This is a crucial difference betwee...

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The Power of Impossible Thinking, by Colin Crook, Robert E. Gunther and Yoram R. Wind


This is a book to help you think more clearly and break free of the constricting – and possibly outdated – mental models you might be using now. Broadly, the book is based on the idea that the way we make sense of the world is largely based on our own internal processing, and far less th...

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Book Review: The Lean Startup – by Eric Ries


In this book, Eric Ries proposes a model for managing something that traditionally has been seen as somewhat unmanageable: an entrepreneurial startup business. It’s a good read, even if you’re not in a startup business, but want to use the same ideas for managing a new project, product l...

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>How to Make the Most of Attending a Webinar


Attending a webinar is different from attending a face-to-face event, like a workshop or seminar. Because it’s usually shorter, done from the comfort of your home or office, and there’s nobody watching you, it can be tempting to treat it with less respect. But if you do this, you wonR...

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Change Your Mindset To Manage the E-Mail Overload


For many people, e-mail is the bane of their professional life. Despite the fact that it’s one of the oldest Internet technologies (it’s been around since the 1970s), many people still struggle with managing it effectively. It’s not unusual to see e-mail in-boxes with hundreds – and sometime...

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Connected, by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler


I first came across this book when I read of a study that found your weight was more affected by the people around you than by your individual diet or fitness program. This study is just one of those reported and discussed in this book, which is a fascinating account of how we are inter-connected. I...

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>How to Write Stuff People Want to Read


Smart business owners know that content is king for Internet marketing. This has always been true, but never more so than now, when you need to prove you’re an expert before people visit your Web site. But how do you write great content that compels readers to keep reading? The secret is simpl...

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It’s All About You


One of my favourite actors, Steve Martin, was asked in an interview to share what he considered the secret to success. He replied: “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” To me, this sums up what it means to be a thought leader. Know what you’re good at, become great at it, and s...

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