7 Productivity Apps You Can't Live Without

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Get even more done with some of these new and updated applications.Whether you're an avid user of personal productivity apps or you're downloading one for the first time, consider this refreshed list of options. -- Laura Montini A Magneto Calendar was designed for quick meeting scheduling. It gives users a clearer idea of one another's available times by allowing them to share snapshots of their calendars--with the option of … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Motivate Salespeople With More Than Just Money

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Sales contests can be a valuable opportunity to coach members of your sales team and get them to work together better.Stop for a second to think about what really motivates a salesperson. Recent research from Aberdeen Group found that number one is money. (Shocker!) Following that is competition with peers and recognition for a job well done.Sales leaders focus on financial motivations by giving commissions and employee bonus … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Lead the Way in Your Industry

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If you aren't first, you're last. Don't let your company get left behind.No business can afford to blindly follow the crowd. Your company needs to be driving innovation, not sitting in the passenger seat. You need to be ahead of the trends.I recently talked to RED Interactive Agency's CEO Brian Lovell and President Donny Makower about leading the way. RED Interactive Agency is a full-service digital agency that works with big … [Read more...]

How to Track Your Employees' Productivity Without Becoming Big Brother

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The Quantified Self movement has tremendous potential in the workplace--just don't use data analytics technologies to monitor people's bathroom breaks.People are going crazy for self measurement. Fitbits and FuelBands track our activities and sleep. Mobile apps have gone far beyond counting calories to support mood tracking, time spent meditating, and the progression of chronic disease. There are bathroom scales that feature … [Read more...]

How Facebook Might Be Planning a Very Smart Pivot

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A banking license? For a social network? Here's why Facebook's latest move is more forward-thinking than it seems.Facebook wants to bank its financial future on more than online advertising. In fact, the company wants to become a bank.According to the Financial Times, Facebook is awaiting authorization from Ireland's central bank to become an "e-money" institution, which would let users in that country store money on the site … [Read more...]

7 Reasons You Need to Manage Your Online Presence More Carefully

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While CEOs understand the value of meticulously maintaining their company's image, most don't pay enough attention to their own.If I had a dollar for every CEO I've met who thinks his online presence is unimportant, I'd be a one-percenter. In today's column, my colleague Sam Ford, co-author of Spreadable Media, argues why it's critical for every CEO to pay close attention to his digital footprint. Take it away, Sam.Often when … [Read more...]

One Simple Tip for Making Good Decisions

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There are three kinds of decision makers--but only one type gets the best results.While it might be true that good leaders excel at consistently making good decisions, great leaders try to involve others in the process, at least when there's the time and opportunity to do so.That's according to John Canfield, management consultant and author of Think or Sink: A Parable of Collaboration. Canfield says leaders fall into one of … [Read more...]

5 Things Anyone Can Do to Be More Self-Confident

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A new book tells women how to boost their self-assurance, but the advice is good for men, too.I just listened to one of the most interesting interviews I've ever heard on NPR with Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of "The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance--What Women Should Know."The interview and book are about women and self-confidence, but the advice I heard on the program applies to everybody, … [Read more...]