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Whether you realize it or not, there’s a good chance your employees spend part of their workday playing games. Whether it’s chess with a computer opponent or “Words With Friends” against their online pals, humans are inherently drawn to competition. We’re hardwired to play and love the instant gratification that comes with earning points and rewards. For a generation that grew up playing digital games, adding gamification elements to the workplace can make even mundane tasks…

Let’s quickly clarify a few things before we get into the nitty gritty of international marketing and global marketing. Both terms sound similar, right? And the word ‘global,’ in a way, correlates with ‘international,’ right? But the correct answer is ‘no’. They are not analogous. According to the Oxford University Press, global marketing means a company adopts the same promotional tactics across the world – think of Wal-Mart or Nike.  In global marketing, the business thinks…

In my capacity as Relationship and Sales Director for The Ahain Group I ask myself this question all the time. Where does “Social” feature in C-Suite Executives or Owner Managers overall business strategies. Do they understand the difference between Social Media and Social Business? Can they differentiate between them? Largely the answer is NO! More business management understand the need to follow their customers online but they do not think through their business objectives for…

Do you find yourself going to business meetings without any results? It can be frustrating to go to a meeting and get nothing accomplished. A company wastes valuable time and money in conducting business meetings that do not get any results. Here are 11 suggestions on how to get the most out of your business gatherings. #1. What Do You Want Accomplished? It is important to know why you are scheduling a business meeting. Write down a list of goals you want accomplished before your meeting and…

Organizational learning can be most effectively defined as the continuous process that improves the organization’s ability to respond to internal and external changes. As a result of the improved ability to respond, make sense of, and accept these changes, organizational learning is much more than the knowledge and information of the employees. Organizational learning calls for the group interpretation and procedural integration of new information, which leads to a group initiative and…

Studies conducted in the last year reveal that agile management is not only garnering attention, but also gaining high rates of adoption. A 2013 report from Actuation Consulting showed that agile users among the organizations surveyed grew from 35% to 74% in just three years. The growth was backed primarily by one reason: 86.9% of the adopters attribute increased profits to their adoption of the methodology. Another report from Plan It Australia also showed that projects utilizing Agile…

It can be very stressful to have to worry about your competition and deal with your anxieties. Knowing who your competition is and what they are doing is critical in the success of your business. The last thing you need is to go out of business because your competition was more successful than you. Here are 12 tips on how to handle the competition and your anxieties. #1. Identify Your Competition: The first step is to know who your business competitors are and how they run their business. A…

As the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, it wasn’t just me out there. I had to trust my teammates. When we drew up plays, especially in critical situations, I knew they saw things I didn’t, and I needed their input to make the right decisions. Every down depended on that trust and respect. As a business owner, you have to see yourself as the quarterback. Engage with all employees — not just your “star players” — and work to build a trusting team. Your company’s success is…

Let’s face it: just because you’re the business owner, that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily cut out to be a great manager. If you don’t have experience leading people from your B.E. life (“Before Entrepreneur”), you might be making a few key mistakes that could hurt your business. Fortunately, they’re easy enough to remedy. #1. You’re Trying to Be Your Staff’s Friend You’re the first one to suggest drinks after work. You socialize frequently with your staff, then wonder…

Name a business that does not have a website, a blog, or even its own account on Facebook or Twitter.  Yes, there’s probably none. Going digital is a convenient and effective marketing strategy because of its low start-up costs, extensive reach and popularity. A recent Nielsen survey found that mobile device users spent 30% of their time on social media. It is no wonder that research firm IBISWorld identified social games as the industry with the highest potential growth.  It registered…