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How to become an Effective Delegator through ‘Monkey Management’

As a management consultant, I’ve seen many business leaders struggle to delegate. Whether it’s a reluctance to let go of responsibilities, or failure to bring in professional management to deal with burgeoning administrative workloads, failure to delegate can stop business growth in its tracks.

In this article I want to look at the art of delegation and how an approach known as ‘monkey management’ can help increase workplace productivity at all levels of management. (more…)

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The 4 Best Ways To Secure Funding For Your Small Business

Start ups don’t grow on trees. If you’re looking to launch a successful company then you’re probably going to be responsible for most of the growth yourself. But there is certainly more than one way you can raise the cash to get your business off the ground. Whether you already have a wealthy financier ready to inject cash into your project or need to secure money from more personal links, there are plenty of opportunities for funding. (more…)

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How to Generate More Customer Referrals

Finding new customers is one of the key issues challenging small businesses today. Despite knowing how important word-of-mouth referrals can be in driving business growth, it’s not always easy to work out exactly how to get more of them.

So why not take the hard work out of the process and put some strategies in place that will naturally generate more customer referrals for you? Here are some ideas to try. (more…)

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5 Reasons New Businesses Need to Worry About Privacy in 2016

Growing Tensions

There is an escalating war on encryption by the government resulting in a privacy versus security arms race. This year will see greater tension between governments looking for more information and businesses clamoring for more privacy. Your company needs to keep its data private and confidential. Therefore, you may encrypt your devices. So will criminals. This creates tension, as the government cannot access such data when it wants or needs to. The main concern about this is that governments may pass legislation to allow themselves to break into encrypted devices or restrict your ability to have sufficient digital security measures for your business data. (more…)

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8 Important Reading Materials For Marketers

One of the most successful book authors today, J.K. Rowling, believes that “something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” It’s true. There’s something about how every page feels when you thumb through them. There’s something about the smell, too.

And there’s something about how a book, or any reading material for that matter, nourishes our creativity and our vision—things that every digital marketer needs. A poll conducted by Ascend2 found that lack of internal content creation resources (53%) and lack of effective marketing strategy (42%) are the main challenges in achieving digital marketing success. When marketers lack inspiration, digital marketers can go back to the basics and go over important reading materials. Information, after all, never gets old, regardless of whether it is published on paperback or downloaded electronically. (more…)

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How to Pick Artwork for Your Office

Regardless of what industry you are in, the artwork that you display in your office can go as far as to make or break your business. A carefully chosen piece can demonstrate to clients that you are professional, successful and are fully able to help them with their requests. The right piece can also create a certain atmosphere in the office, add an interesting visual accent, boost employee satisfaction and has the ability to immediately impress clients or potential customers. When picking artwork for your office space, it is important that you bear all of this in mind and that the selected piece displays your business and ethos in a positive light. (more…)

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Take Charge and Solve all Your Small Business Financial Woes

A startup is all about living your dream. A startup is about having a baby and then watching it grow. It is a whole lot of hard work. It tests your patience, but in the end nothing feels better than seeing your vision take shape. True, not every startup succeeds, but for every start-up that does not succeed, there are ten brilliant ideas that exist in the dormant stage without ever seeing the light of the sun. This happens because the ideators fear the financial demands of a start-up, or do not know where to garner the funds for their business. (more…)

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Is Your Company Ready for the Next Baby Boom?

One of the hottest topics in salary and benefit negotiations that today’s human resources professional is dealing with centers on maternity and paternity benefits.
As the developed world braces for what some forecasters are predicting will be a significant baby boom, companies seeking top talent and hoping to retain current talent are expanding their benefit packages to remain competitive.

Already Netflix has announced an unlimited maternity leave policy, and expanded benefit programs for new parents have been announced by Adobe and Microsoft.

How will the boom be? (more…)

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5 Business tips Freelancers can Learn from Entrepreneurs

When going it alone as a freelancer, a quick glance at the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Bill Gates may fill you with a sense that you’ve got an awful lot of ground to make up. Going from a blank sheet of paper to stratospheric success will seem like an impossible dream.

Reality check time. Few freelancers make that leap to supersonic success and wealth. There aren’t many Elon Musks for a reason; the ability to become that successful requires an awful lot of stamina and an even greater degree of luck. We can’t all be in exactly the right place at the right time. (more…)

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