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8 inspiring tips from TED Talks on how to embrace happiness

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What does happiness mean for you, and what makes you happy? In a series of TED Talks focused on happiness, 13 happiness experts (researchers, psychologists, monks and Malcolm Gladwell) attempt to answer this difficult question. Their results tend to point toward two distinct patterns. Firstly, we’re usually wrong about what actually makes us happy. And secondly, happiness happens mostly by choice, ...

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How to predict the future of your business

Man looking out toward the future of his business

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

Forbes on conversion rates

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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Are people misunderstanding you?

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No one wants to be misunderstood. Whether it’s explaining your business vision in front of a group of employees or meeting a business contact for lunch, ensuring that what you’re communicating is understood is incredibly important. No one wants what they say to be taken incorrectly. Even worse, what if the way it’s taken is concerning or insulting to someone. ...

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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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Employees hate meetings. What can you do about it?

People miserable at a boring meeting

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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Selling your business: Why you may be waiting too long

HighBank on selling a business

Thought Leadership on Selling a Business presented by HighBank. As a business owner, you likely spend much of your time immersed in the details of your business – meeting with customers and prospects, running the day-to-day operations, managing employees and developing strategies for the next phase of growth. Like many business owners, however, your end game might be successfully selling your ...

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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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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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