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Clutter creates chaos, disorder, and inefficiency in both your professional and personal life. Having worked in senior management in multi-national organizations for 20 years, I have witnessed all the tricks of the trade when it comes to looking busy. Many people describe their spaces as “organized chaos”, but in reality, it’s mostly just chaos, which can negatively affect those around you and increase your own stress levels. How do you feel when you arrive back at the office after your…

In the working world, almost everybody knows somebody who is gadget insane. However, from blankets with sleeves to ab-enhancers, from butter stick pens to beer helmets; there is an abundant amount of useless office inventions scattered around each corner of the globe. #1. The Ultimate Geek Pen The clue is in the name, this high tech gadget pen boasts enough features to make the best of geeks weak at the knees; twist the metal tip one way to make use of the ballpoint pen or twist in the…

Every great business starts with a great idea. Every great idea comes from the mind of a great entrepreneur. Inventions like the automobile, computer, and cell phone all started as an idea, and through the determination of an entrepreneur, developed into something huge. The greatest thing about entrepreneurs is anyone can be one. With the development of the internet, becoming an entrepreneur is becoming easier and easier. There are many websites that are geared towards helping people launch…

“Our employees are our most valued asset.“ This motto is generally stamped on most Annual Reports or Employee Handbooks, and while it might not be true for every employee in the organization, it is surely true for your top performers. Those select few members of your organization who are so valuable; you can’t see where your organization would be without them. With the ever-volatile job landscape and the continuous threat of competitors poaching your top talent, what are some of the…

Not every business can afford to hire a full time receptionist regardless of how badly they need one. A virtual receptionist can help to fill this gap particularly for smaller businesses and start ups. We recently asked our clients as part of a Customer Feedback Survey to answer the following question: “What do you see as the key benefit to your company in using a Virtual Receptionist Service?” The following were the 5 key benefits which our customers identified of using a Virtual…

I was in the airport at Newark, about to take an airplane to California. A traveler next to me pulls out a bottle of Purell® hand cleaning solution, and bathes her hands like she’s going into surgery. She offers, “Newark is one of the five US airports receiving people from Africa with Ebola!” I had no idea what was going on in this airport. I’d been driving cross country for the past two weeks visiting relatives and meeting with my book editor. The fear on all the TVs in the terminal…

General Motors ignition switch problems from the 2005-2008 period, and the subsequent lack of responsiveness on the part of the company, demonstrates just how bureaucratically handicapped the company has been and continues to be. Is there hope for curing this problem? I tend to doubt it, based on recent activities. More specifically, as noted recently in Fortune, it was on April 29, 2013 when a group of General Motors lawyers and technical personnel met and concluded that an ignition switch…

Did your manager ask you to work in “Sync” off lately? Each organization has a set of goals to achieve and we all realize the fact that it’s not just one task to be performed but in fact there are multiple tasks which are carried out at one single point. If things were so simple in an office, then there wouldn’t be so many hirings. Simplification in work can only be attained when there is a proper way of managing it. Since a business operates at various levels, therefore it is all about…

Effective communication reduces confusion, misunderstanding and dissatisfactions to a large extent. In our society, various businesses and even technologies are dependent on effective communication. Business communication is any form of verbal or non-verbal communication that is used to pass on a message, promote a product or service or exchange information both internally and externally. One must understand the basics of communication and its role in overall growth to operate a business…

Once upon a time, starting a business would have been a huge leap of faith. Thanks to technology, you don’t have to “leap”; you’d just have to take a step forward. But then, why spend any money when you don’t have any? Why take the hard route when there are easier options today? No matter how you cut it, it does take money to make money. Yet, it’s not money you should be after. Also, money is not what you should be spending when you are starting out with entrepreneurship. Spend…