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Breaking the Chains of Victimhood When You’ve Been Abused

“Toxically shamed people tend to become more and more stagnant as life goes on. They live in a guarded, secretive, and defensive way. They try to be more than human (perfect and controlling) or less than human (losing interest in life or stagnated in some addictive behavior).” ~John Bradshaw- Healing the Shame That Binds You […]

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10 Key Business Domains With ‘Big Data’ Opportunities

Even though ‘big data’ has now been around for several years, the opportunities for startups seem to keep growing, just as the amount of data keeps growing. According to IBM, companies have captured more data in the last two years than in the previous 2000 years. This data comes from sensors, social media posts, digital […]

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7 Barriers To Understanding Your Mentor Communication

Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. Some entrepreneurs forget that talking is not communicating. Fortunately these skills can be learned, and the barriers to […]

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7 Keys To Building Good Habits And Happiness At Work

Are you one of those people who believe that happiness at work is an oxymoron? If so, maybe it’s time to rethink your perspective, and perhaps start enjoying work for a change. As an advisor to new entrepreneurs and new ventures, I’m seeing a refreshing new focus by Millennials on work and successful new companies […]

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5 Changes to Make for a Better Work Life Balance

Work life balance can be a bit of a challenge. But here are 5 things that can help you to do better. Find a New Career. Some careers are more stressful and time-consuming than other career. If you find you need more time for family or yourself consider exploring a different career that is more […]

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Kindness Isn’t Weakness (and We Need It to Survive)

“You make a living by what you get but you make a life by what you give.” ~Winston Churchill Many of us are brought up today to look after number one, to go out and get what we want—and the more of it we can have, the better. Our society preaches survival of the fittest […]

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7 Tips On Following The Triple Bottom Line To Success

It’s always been tough to start a new business, even when the bottom line was just making a profit to stay alive. A few years ago, a second focus of sustainability (“green”) was added as a requirement for respectability. Now I almost always hear a third mandate – social responsibility. Entrepreneurs are now measured against […]

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7 Ways To Take The Lead In Building A Personal Brand

In this age of information overload, success is all about building a brand that stands out above the competition. Whether you are focused on your professional career, or starting your own company, YOU are the first or only brand that anyone will see and remember. That means that you need to overtly market yourself, rather […]

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6 Situations Where A Business Plan Does Not Add Value

Writing a business plan is hard work, so I get lots of pushback from prospective new venture founders that it’s just a waste of their valuable time in this rapidly changing environment. They all claim to have the plan in their head, and writing it down will only slow down their success. In my experience […]

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Research Agrees: You Should Use Money to Buy Time

Loved this piece from a couple of weeks ago, describing a study in which researchers found that people who pay others to do work they don’t want to do are happier for it: “New research is challenging the age-old adage that money can’t buy happiness. “The study, led by researchers at the University of British […]

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