Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, Dec 28, 2014 – Jan 3, 2015

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Week in Review December 28 – January 3, 2014: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks (Almost) Daily Podcasts, and LIFT resources shared on Twitter (@smallbiztracks) This Week on ConverStations ConverStations blog posts you may have missed this week: Develop a Credo (Thoughtography) Full Steam Ahead in 2015 - A Preview and Review Increasing Revenues … [Read more...]

First Steps and Finding Conviction in LIFT Clips 01-03-15

Gretchen Rubin on Strategy of First Steps

We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - How to Learn Anything IMPROVE - Why Write a Book FIND FLOW - Strategy of First Steps THINK - The Key to Finding a Good Game – As a youth, Saturdays were … [Read more...]

Improve Your Benefits Package with These 6 Unique Services

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Guest Post from Lilia Ortiz Improving your benefits package by offering unique services that create happier, more productive workers is the best way to gain new talent and retain current employees. In fact, a MetLife survey reports that an impressive 80 percent of employees value personalized benefits. Additionally, companies like Google and Pinterest are well-known for … [Read more...]

A Strong Why Withstands a Strong Storm

Sailboat against a windy storm

Why do you do what you do? A lot of folks are drawing up plans - or perhaps already scratching them and starting over. And that's okay, I guess. After all, Today is the First Day. What thwarts a plan? Poor planning? Naysayers? Hard work? Always go back to the 'why' - and ideally, start with why (which is a great book, by the way). A strong why is a foundation against … [Read more...]

First Day

first day prayer

Botched it!  Already? Resolution - smezolusion. Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life. This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving something in its … [Read more...]

Three Words: Design, Define, Deliver

Notebook and pen for planning

  A friend recently asked me if I was a resolutions guy or a checklist guy or what. For the last few years, I've become more of a 3 Words type, though I also revisit my Convictions List at this time of year. My Three Words for 2014 were Clarity, Urgency, and Pursuit. They served me well. I also had three words for customers: Efficiency, Affordability, … [Read more...]

Increasing Revenues and Business Presence in 2015

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Increased margins and revenues are always a topic of conversation with business owners. With foresight and smart planning, some content marketing efforts can help in building a better business presence and additional revenue streams. This is especially important for operations that are seasonal, depending  on tourism, harvest, or other calendar-centric peaks and … [Read more...]

Full Steam Ahead in 2015 – A Preview and Review

Steam Locomotive

This time last year, a full head of steam was building for the SmallBiz Tracks project and the re-ignition of ConverStations. During 2014, a daily podcast and a subscription-based membership were created to better serve the small town, small business owners we serve. In 2015, a weekly podcast and e-learning courses are being prepared and other ideas are drawn out on the … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, Dec 21– 27, 2014

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Week in Review December 21 – December 27, 2014: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks (Almost) Daily Podcasts, and LIFT resources shared on Twitter (@smallbiztracks) This Week on ConverStations ConverStations blog posts you may have missed this week: Pages Turning Near a Toasty Fire 6 Tips for Success Working From a Home Office Last Minute Gift … [Read more...]

Develop a Credo (Thoughtography)

Woman stretching out at sunset

[Tweet "Blurry Belief Systems Create Consistent Chaos."] If you are investing time revisiting your goals, habits, and even your beliefs, definition is important. Blurry belief systems create consistent chaos. When creating a design for your work or business, it's important to define your beliefs. Otherwise, distractions and interruptions become disastrous.  "Define Your … [Read more...]