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Don’t let a start-up beat your enterprise

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Thought Leadership on Enterprise Agility by Santeon Group. The Terraglobal CEO sits down with his VP of Engineering shaking his head as he points to a press release, “how is it that this new start-up GroundSeed was able to repackage the same type of weather, soil, and germination data we’ve been collecting for years on farming and hit a home run? I ...

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How to predict the future of your business

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Great investors like Warren Buffett have earned their titles through their ability to predict the future of the market. With a little luck, and a lot of knowledge of what business professors call “value networks,” the future of business is easier to determine. Value networks are a system of businesses and service providers that work together to create value for their customers. ...

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5 reasons your conversion rate is lower than it should be

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Conversions are a key to a successful business. Even with a great marketing campaign or a huge potential audience, without a good conversion rate, your business will suffer. And every business’ conversion rate could stand to improve. By improving your conversion rate, you’ll actually be increasing profits and the bottom line of your business. Forbes has created a list of ...

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Employees hate meetings. What can you do about it?

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You know those meetings: the weekly check-ins, or the monthly team meetings. They all have the same thing in common: Your employees hate them. In fact, in a recent Harris poll, sponsored by the online collaboration company Clarizen, 17 percent of employees said that they would rather watch paint dry than attend a meeting. Eight percent said that they’d rather have ...

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Everyone has an inner genius. What is yours?

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Most business owners or would-be entrepreneurs tend to rate themselves as above average when compared to their peers. However, the common response to “use your genius” is “I don’t have one.” But that’s absolutely not true! Everyone has their own inner genius — the one thing that they do differently, or the way they think through problems that can lead them ...

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The case for an IT specialist

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Thought Leadership on Business Technology presented by Net@Work. Would you hire your handyman to replace your boiler or even rewire your home? Probably not, so why wouldn’t you use a specialist for strategic IT projects at your company? Many small businesses have their “IT guy” – often someone at the local Staples or an individual who is more tech savvy than ...

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3 tips to stop micromanaging your employees

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As a business owner, you know the ins and outs of your company like the back of your hand. You were there from the beginning (obviously) and have watched your business transition from a start-up to a full fledged company, with every bump and growth along the way. How could you not want to make sure everything with your business ...

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16 ways to boost your happiness at work

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A Gallup study from 2013 reported data from more than 180 million people which shows that only 13 percent of full-time employees are considered “happily engaged at work.” Those in the happy 13 percent, have been shown to be 36 percent more motivated, twice as productive and six times more energizes than the “unhappy counterparts.” Unless you fall into that 13 percent, chances ...

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5 ways to get yourself back on track after a mistake

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Oh no! You made a mistake. There is no worse feeling than knowing that you just screwed up. You’re probably upset, ashamed or even angry at yourself. You’ll probably dwell on it — but that isn’t healthy! It’s a tough, emotional challenge, you need to let it go and try to forgive yourself. Holding onto that mistake can affect your ...

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5 ways to get a “yes” on any business venture

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Whether it’s an elevator pitch introduction or a long-time business relationship, guaranteeing that you get that much-needed “yes” should be top priority. Follow these tips to improve your chances of getting that “yes.” 1. Plain and simple: Don’t ask a question you know will get a “no.” Be reasonable and know what people can and cannot say yes to. Never ask ...

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