I’m really enjoying reading my new favorite site called Mashable. They primarily focus on technology, but they’ve been branching out lately to other categories — especially business and workplace issues.

Here’s a great article on networking (I call it CONNECTING) – that you’ll enjoy:

Job seekers need to ask themselves, “What am I actually doing with my network?”
Are you getting to know your contacts in the best way possible, or simply building a Rolodex of strangers?
Here are five major networking mistakes for job seekers to avoid — Check them out.

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These 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy

These 10 corporations control almost everything you buy. This chart shows that most products we buy are controlled by just a few companies. It’s called “The Illusion of Choice.” Despite a wide array of brands to choose from, it all comes back to the big guys. [click to continue…]

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2014

This will be a CRITICAL ‘user’s guide’ to help you navigate 2014.

Headline: THE FUTURE IS NOW.

1. The idea of keeping your head down, working hard, not making ripples and hoping for the best is gone forever. The world isn’t over — just the opposite — there are innumerable opportunities out there.
How? Keep your eyes peeled constantly and stay flexible with your projects. [click to continue…]

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Ran into a great article on the philosophy of conference badges — which one’s work and which one’s fail miserably.

As a frequent event and symposium attendee, I fully agree with Michael on many of his badge beliefs.

Enjoy!

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Last night I attended a live event with Malcolm Gladwell at American Express’ Open Forum.

Not only did he deliver the typical Malcolm (which I love), I learned more about the future of small business in one hour than I have in the past year.

Here it is, unedited, ready for you. Enjoy! CLICK HERE

P.S. Here’s his new book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants too!

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Clever new ad from Apple. Might be their best commercial all year. Hits all the right spots — it makes you feel nostalgic, you empathize with the teen, and it really sells the product.

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Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune‘s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.

Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.

Buy it TODAY.

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I received this email from one of my clients this morning:

“This may sound like a weird question, but on some evenings, I have nothing to do — since family is not here. Usually I just sit/watch TV/dinner, etc.  Isn’t there something much more productive that I could do? Any ideas on how to use time more productively?”

Absolutely! Here’s my response: [click to continue…]

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Who loves their email? Lovin’ those 150-200 emails you receive each day? I expect your answer to be “NO”.

But why do we put so much emphasis on it then? Why do we check it whenever we get a spare moment?

Why do we treat each email equally? That’s STUPID. [click to continue…]

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“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” - Napoleon Hill

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” - Wayne Gretzky

“Why do now what can be done later?” – Rich Gee

Face it – we all procrastinate in one form or another. It might be at work. It might be at home. You might be like some of my clients and do it EVERYWHERE.

During my 10 years of coaching executives, I’ve found that procrastination can be simplified into four ‘obstacles’:

  1. You don’t have enough information/ability/tools to make a decision or act.
  2. You find that the task at hand is too big or complex to handle in one fell swoop.
  3. You are afraid of the consequences of tackling the task.
  4. You just don’t want to do it.

Let’s tackle each one: [click to continue…]

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