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The traditional concept of the office is something that has been changing more and more over the past few years. Whereas once the ideal office consisted of lots of rows of cubicles all decked out in corporate grey, today we know that this is not the best way to inspire the most creativity in a workforce (big surprise there right?). It seems then that our conventional wisdom regarding the ideal office space is founded on outdated ideas and no longer holds much water. What actually works to get…

How do we build mutual business negotiations? Is it even possible to close a deal that is beneficial for all parties involved? Surprisingly, yes it is. In business, there are ways of reaching mutual ground without having to give up too much equity. In simple terms, negotiation is a conversation between 2 or more individuals who are looking to find a solution to their problem. Negotiations happen voluntarily and they’re often meant to build relations. In specific situations, they’re…

In Part 2 we dealt with that vampire that sucks the life blood out of your business: the phone. The second biggest time vampire, which is so bad as to almost be entitled to equal top billing with unscheduled phone calls is email, followed by the face-to-face meeting. Since Alexander Graham Bell perfected the phone we’ve been conditioned to answer the blasted thing whenever it rings. But that’s happened over a relatively long period of time in society; particularly given the pace of more…

When we hear the words ‘buy-in’ – what are we thinking? Oftentimes, it’s about getting financial backing, or the support of a board-member or investor, perhaps an enterprise agency’s commitment to our proposal or proposition.  In every instance, buy-in comes down to securing a key outcome by bringing people with you and successfully communicating your story. How does buy-in work and how do you get it? Recently, in the context of a programme I’m currently…

Young people entering the workforce often face a frustrating cycle. Employers keep turning them down for not having any experience, which doesn’t allow them to gain any experience to be a better job candidate in the future. What can young workers and college students do to subvert this cycle? Let’s look at some tips to help young people in their job hunting. #1.  Do Some Volunteer Work There’s no way you’ll be turned down for volunteer work, so use that to pad your…

Disclaimer: I will preface this post by stating that I am not a lawyer. The information below is my understanding from having worked in this industry for a number of years but is provided in good faith and with no warranty of any kind. You should check with your legal advisors for your business. If you’re in business (anywhere in the world) you have probably heard about the US CAN-SPAM Act. The goal of this federal law was to control the unsolicited marketing email imposed on individuals…

It is very difficult for an employee to get along with all of their co-workers. Usually there is somebody who can give us a difficult time and make our jobs difficult. Whenever somebody doesn’t do their job or comes in late or is hard to please it can make things challenging. Here are 7 tips on how to get along with most of the people in your office. #1. Study your work environment and the people who work there When you start a new job it is important to get a feel of every person who works…

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my short time in business to date is the importance of a happy motivated workforce. The people who work for you are your greatest asset. If you need ANY convincing on that one then I would suggest you’re wasting your time in business. I’ve seen first hand time and time again the value of people who enjoy working for us and understand how we do what we do and why we do it the way we do it. They ‘get it’ and there…

Working from home is the dream for many people and ensuring you get the most out of your home office is the key to success. Maintaining a level of professionalism and organisation will allow you to conduct business from your home office more effectively and more efficiently. #1. Keep your work life and personal life separate Okay, so this is probably one of the most obvious tips but mixing business and pleasure, especially in a home office setting is just not a good idea. There is no denying…

So in part one of this series we discovered that the first principle of productivity is to work on the right things in the right order. The Pareto Principle As with so many other things, when we look in this area we find that a nineteenth century Italian man has been here first. Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian engineer and economist who discovered among other things that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. This distribution was discovered to apply in many other areas and…