GUEST: Can Mobile Devices Change Workplace Habits?

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Written by Kevin Flanagan Mobile devices have changed us as a culture, so it should come as no surprise that they are changing the way we work as well. From telecommuting to BYOD to new types of POS systems, mobile devices are changing most aspects of everyday work. Here's a look at a few of those changes: Tablets Tablets bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops, … [Read more...]

Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination

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"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it." ~ Greg Anderson Goals are a funny thing. They offer something to strive for, something to reach. Upon arrival, then what? Another goal, right? Meetings are not often a fun thing. Many complain about the pain and drudgery. But, like goals - one meeting often … [Read more...]

How LIFT is Giving Owners a Boost

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I help business owners create a better business presence online and offline. I do this by creating training materials and coaching sessions, instructing towards independence using the LIFT framework. When I first came up with the framework of LIFT, it was as a coaching tool to help business owners grow - themselves and their business. LIFT has since experienced a short … [Read more...]

METHOD: Scanning and Saving Before Sharing

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There is a lot of great information available to us, published in all types of media: text, video, audio, and images. Learning to separate signal from noise becomes a skill as important as any tool to help us with intake so we can avoid information overload. A tool of great help in my intake is Feedly, an aggregator for blogs, news, search strings, and other articles I am … [Read more...]

DEVOTIONAL: In Times of Trouble

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Each Sunday afternoon on this site, we share a short devotional message.  If this kind of post is of no interest to you, feel free to skip it and return on Monday. As we pointed out earlier, our post will close with a hymn or spiritual. In Times of Trouble We all face times of trouble. At times, trouble comes to us individually. Other times, it tears into the fabric of … [Read more...]

WATCH: How to LIFT in LIFT Clips on 06/20/15

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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 Get Good at Anything in 20 Hours https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB6K60mkmho IMPROVE - The Power of Incremental … [Read more...]

Goodness and The Simplicity Cycle

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Simplicity isn't the point. However, it can bring about goodness. A case in point: We have a need for creativity in our family kitchen. Certain food allergies compel us to experiment with ingredients and combinations. One dessert we've grown fond of is healthy, tasty, and easy. That last part - the easy - was tricky. Our first attempts carried too many ingredients. … [Read more...]

GUEST: The New Landscape of Small Business Financing

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Written by Ty Kiisel Any business owner who has researched small business financing recently has experienced the changes in business lending first hand. Local banks—the traditional sources of financing for many business owners—seem less likely to make a small business loan than they did pre-recession. Even if you feel like things are getting better, which I do, it’s hard … [Read more...]

Pause: An Opportunity to Reorient

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"A pause is an opportunity to reorient." - Dan Ward in The Simplicity Cycle. As I am reading Dan Ward's new book, The Simplicity Cycle, I'm getting more familiar with the diagram/map that the author helps us navigate. One of the keys is navigating the divergent paths of complexity and goodness. A step that stood out was the quote above about pausing, and the invitation to take … [Read more...]