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  • 10 Top Alternative Investments You Probably Have Never Heard of

    Innovative Advisory Group
    Kirk Chisholm
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    10 Top Alternative Investments You Probably Have Never Heard of     “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett Most people are familiar with the stock market. There are TV stations which have the stock market and stock market related information on 24 hours every day. It is hard to escape it. When the stock market crashes, it makes the headlines in every newspaper, news station, and media outlet. When it reaches all time highs, it is on every magazine cover, even the shoeshine boys are talking about it. But…
  • A Regulator’s Deal With Promontory Skirts a Big Problem

    NYT > Consultants
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The settlement between New York’s financial regulator and a top bank consultant leaves a larger problem untouched.
  • VIDEO: Consulting Fees Too High? Here’s How to Respond

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    Michael Zipursky
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    One question a lot of consultants have is what should they do when a buyer says that their fees are too high? It’s an interesting question because when a buyer says to you that your fees are too high, it’s not actually an issue of price. It’s Not Price Rarely does a buyer make a […] VIDEO: Consulting Fees Too High? Here’s How to Respond is a post from: Consulting Success
  • Job Hub: Tesla Motors Jobs and Culture

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    Brandon Lahaie
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Today we highlight tremendous business analyst and post-consulting leadership jobs at Tesla Motors. Tesla Motors is an American company that has made waves in the car industry, so much so that General Motors then-Vice Chairman Robert Lutz said in 2007 that this company’s car inspired him to push GM to develop the Chevrolet Volt.  In an August 2009 edition of The New Yorker, Lutz was quoted as saying, “All the geniuses here at General Motors kept saying lithium-ion technology is 10 years away, and Toyota agreed with us—and boom, along comes this little startup. So I said,…
  • Emerald Who’s Who in Asia

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    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:54 pm
    I am glad to inform you all that my profile has been selected for inclusion in the print version of forthcoming reference work ‘Emerald Who’s Who in Asia’ by Rifacimento International, Publishers of Specialised Reference Books. To know more about it, click here.
 
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  • VIDEO: Consulting Fees Too High? Here’s How to Respond

    Michael Zipursky
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    One question a lot of consultants have is what should they do when a buyer says that their fees are too high? It’s an interesting question because when a buyer says to you that your fees are too high, it’s not actually an issue of price. It’s Not Price Rarely does a buyer make a […] VIDEO: Consulting Fees Too High? Here’s How to Respond is a post from: Consulting Success
  • Growing Your Consulting Business Using Inbound Marketing

    Sam Zipursky
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    I was having a business check-in and accountability call the other day with a client who is part of our coaching program for consultants. As we were chatting away the term “inbound marketing” came up. But remember with inbound marketing you’re mostly creating your content so it’s less expensive or even “free” The client who I’ll call […] Growing Your Consulting Business Using Inbound Marketing is a post from: Consulting Success
  • VIDEO: 2 Ways to Grow a Consulting Business: Volume vs Value

    Michael Zipursky
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    There’s really two ways to build a consulting business. You can do it based on volume or you can do it based on value. The approach that you take will really determine and influence many factors in terms of how you go about growing your business, what strategies you’ll use, what type of marketing you’re […] VIDEO: 2 Ways to Grow a Consulting Business: Volume vs Value is a post from: Consulting Success
  • Consulting Proposals Don’t Win Business, This Does…

    Michael Zipursky
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Would like to win more consulting business? If the answer is “YES!” read on… Have you ever felt like your proposal is what helps you to win the business? Well, if you’re relying on your proposals to win business… Everything starts with a real conversation. Your #1 job is to get your ideal client’s attention […] Consulting Proposals Don’t Win Business, This Does… is a post from: Consulting Success
  • VIDEO: How to Land Bigger Consulting Projects and Increase Your Fees

    Michael Zipursky
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Today, let’s talk about how you can increase your income and how you can earn more consulting revenue. The fastest way to do that is by landing bigger projects. That is hands down the fastest way. If you can go from, let’s say, earning a $500 project and start turning that into a $5000 project, […] VIDEO: How to Land Bigger Consulting Projects and Increase Your Fees is a post from: Consulting Success
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  • Job Hub: Tesla Motors Jobs and Culture

    Brandon Lahaie
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Today we highlight tremendous business analyst and post-consulting leadership jobs at Tesla Motors. Tesla Motors is an American company that has made waves in the car industry, so much so that General Motors then-Vice Chairman Robert Lutz said in 2007 that this company’s car inspired him to push GM to develop the Chevrolet Volt.  In an August 2009 edition of The New Yorker, Lutz was quoted as saying, “All the geniuses here at General Motors kept saying lithium-ion technology is 10 years away, and Toyota agreed with us—and boom, along comes this little startup. So I said,…
  • Thinking Like a Consultant – Communicating Core Values

    Golibe
    16 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Welcome to the next installment of our “Thinking Like a Consultant” series, where we are exploring thoughts, behaviors and mindsets of successful consultants. If you have’t read Part 1 or Part 2 yet, make sure you catch yourself up before reading on. As a consultant, or as any skilled professional for that matter, you should be aware of the the environment you are creating for yourself, both internally and externally. If your internal and external environments are healthy, you’re going to pave a road of success for yourself. If you’re toxic internally, creating…
  • OC&C Strategy Consultants Interview and Culture

    Jing
    9 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    OC&C STRATEGY CONSULTANTS INTERVIEWS & CULTURE  Today we continue our firm profile series with an in-depth review of OC&C Strategy Consultants. Founded in Paris, and containing the spliced DNA of other major firms it acquired along the way (Ernst & Young Consulting being the most notable), OC&C Strategy Consultants is a global player in today’s consulting industry. Known for its incredible family-style and entrepreneurial culture, relaxed work style, and long retention of employees, OC&C competes not only on strategy but also on culture. KEY STATS FOR OC&C…
  • Duke University undergrad prepares for BCG Interview Superday

    Jing
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Ramit is a junior at Duke University who successfully aced his on campus interview. However, he did receive some puzzling feedback from his interviewers, leading him to contact Jenny Rae to guide him through how to use the input constructively for his final interview on site at BCG. Read on for some insightful answers as to how interviewers perceive your answers, how to communicate personality and relatability without coming across too informally, and developing rapport with your interviewer. If you’re interested in doing what Ramit did, grab a Power Half Hour from our shop.  …
  • Job Hub: Virgin Group Jobs and Culture

    Brandon Lahaie
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Today we highlight tremendous business analyst and post-consulting leadership jobs at Virgin Group. Virgin Group, a leading international group, is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the world. This group has a startling 300 companies in its portfolio in sectors ranging from travel, telecommunications, health, financial services, leisure, music, space travel, and renewable energy. Enjoy! History & Culture Led by visionary founder, chairman, and owner Sir Richard Branson, holding company Virgin Group gets around. The group’s travel-related operations, led by…
 
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  • Emerald Who’s Who in Asia

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:54 pm
    I am glad to inform you all that my profile has been selected for inclusion in the print version of forthcoming reference work ‘Emerald Who’s Who in Asia’ by Rifacimento International, Publishers of Specialised Reference Books. To know more about it, click here.
  • How about Introducing Nano Learning to Improve Corporate Performance?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    We are familiar with macro and micro learning. Macro learning is associated with large content for large No. of people for long time where as micro learning / teaching is to do with small content for small No. of people for short duration of time. How do you define nano learning / teaching then? I shall define it as ultra small content catering to one learning objective meant for individuals (or very small group of not more than 4) lasting less than or equal to 9 min. duration. It would definitely be part of micro teaching / learning which in turn would be part of macro teaching /learning and…
  • My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:50 am
    My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing can be accessed by clicking the following links: Educational Technology Social Media Marketing SMM Consultant
  • Corporate Learning Week

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Corporate Sector's #1 event for L& D Leaders will be held from Nov. 9th-12th 2015 at Dallas, Texas. For details visit http://www.clnweek.com/  
  • Asia - Men & Women of Achievement

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    I am glad to inform that my profile has been selected for inclusion in ASIA MEN & WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT (VOL. VIII) by REGUERDON INC. 1369 Kashmere Gate, Delhi 110006, India
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  • The Vacuum of People Skills and How To Fill It

    Hugh Blane
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Have you ever met, talked with or interacted with someone who really, really frustrated you? We all have. When you consider all of the factors that frustrate you about working with others you will undoubtedly find that it is their behavior and the corresponding way they make you feel that is the issue. When someone’s behavior is different from yours; they like to do things quickly when you like to do things methodically, you don’t describe the other person as different you label them as difficult. And therein lies the problem for getting work done. The vast majority of performance…
  • Cross Your Heart and Hope To Die

    Hugh Blane
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Leaders who are successful in converting human potential into accelerated results willingly and purposefully make nonnegotiable promises to customers, employees, bosses and vendors. They see promises as part and parcel of being accountable for the experiences key constituents. This is essential in building a flourishing business. Making a declaration as to what a leader can be relied on for reduces apprehension, ambiguity and uncertainty and allows people to devote their creativity and curiosity into higher performance. When leaders make promises to customers as to the type of experience they…
  • Hugh’s Words of Wisdom

    Hugh Blane
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    In my new book, Mastering The Leadership Mindset, I have a chapter entitled: Mindset is not just for athletes, academics and mystics. In it I make the case for investing time, resources and energy into your mindset. Here’s my take on mindsets. Having a positive mindset allows you to be significantly more successful in virtually any endeavor you choose to participate in. If you bring a positive mindset to your leadership you infuse stronger beliefs about what’s possible as well as instill hope that the work undertaken will be transformational. In essence, a positive mindset creates…
  • The Most Important Decision You’ll Make Today

    Andy Daupert
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    Notes: Today I want to talk to you about the most important decision you’ll make today. The most important decision you will make today is a bifurcated choice: turn left or right. If you turn left you’re going to do something today to bring out the very best in others. If you turn right you don’t. By turning right, you forget to bring out the best in others because you got overwhelmed. When you don’t bring out the very best in others there is a negative impact on your customers. The negative impact is rooted in the reality that you cannot bring out the very best experiences for…
  • Are You Listening to Yourself?

    Andy Daupert
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Notes: This week I want to ask you an important question…are you listening to yourself? Are you listening to the dialog you have taking place in between your ears? You and I both know there’s an angel on one shoulder giving wonderful praise and recognition for the smart, talented, and creative person we are. On the other shoulder is a devil saying “you are not smart and creative. You are actually pretty stupid, and you should not have said that, you’re not very attractive and you’re overweight…” The devil tells us all these negative things to make sure our life is not…
 
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  • Chipping at Your Workload, One Message at a Time

    Jason Parks
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:06 am
    When you’re feeling overworked and there’s too much on your plate, it might help to separate the real work from the follow-ups. A lot of drama, anxiety and procrastination comes from open communication loops – emails we need to send, phone calls that should be made, or in-person meetings that need to happen. Maybe you […]
  • Sell Your Time, or Sell a Solution, But NEVER Both

    Jason Parks
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:06 am
    I’ll never forget the advice my delivery manager gave me 10 years ago when I worked on my first pursuit: “Either sell your time, or sell the deliverable. Never, ever promise both.” That turned out to be sage advice. If I had to write only one post on consulting contracts, this would be it. There […]
  • Managing People on Projects and Programs

    Jason Parks
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:24 am
    Update 7/15: This is one of my favorite posts.  Maybe its because I wrote it while 30,000 feet over Topeka.  Or, I just like the way my early writing looks.  Either way, I added  #7 below.  A few months back, somebody asked me what my favorite People Management Theory was. My first response: Is People […]
  • PMO Metrics: Simplifying Net Present Value (NPV)

    Jason Parks
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:22 am
    Whether you’re helping a client build a business case or, launching a strategic project, chances are you’ll need to get your hands dirty by calculating the Net Present Value (NPV) of their investment. The concept behind NPV is simple: cash in-hand today is more valuable than cash received next year, the year after that and […]
  • HR Metrics: How to Calculate Cost Per Hire

    Jason Parks
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:27 am
    Cost Per Hire (CPH) is one of the most common HR metrics used to measure recruiting effectiveness. That’s because it’s insanely simple to calculate – just add up your total recruiting costs and divide them by number of new hires for a given period. CPH shouldn’t be used in a vacuum, though, as it doesn’t […]
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  • O2O business in China: Domestic Monopoly?

    Alex
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:18 am
    China counts 618 million Internet users, double the total population of the United States. The Chinese internet ecosystem is the largest in the world but also one of the most isolated. Barriers between the Chinese internet and the rest of the world isn’t just a result of Chinese censorship of many foreign sites and services, […] Cet article O2O business in China: Domestic Monopoly? est apparu en premier sur Daxue Consulting - Market Research China.
  • Doing Business With WeChat: Today’s Must in China

    Alex
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:18 am
    Article contributed by Louise Frion of S.J. Grand Doing Business with Wechat: today’s must in China Today, some 468 million people are actively using Wechat, with 35% of them checking it over 30 times a day. Last year, users spent US$15.3 billion on mobile data using WeChat.  WeChat is therefore the fastest growing social media […] Cet article Doing Business With WeChat: Today’s Must in China est apparu en premier sur Daxue Consulting - Market Research China.
  • 24 Hours in the Life of a Chinese Consumer

    Alex
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:20 am
    Have you ever wondered what life is like for the average consumer in China? Daxue Consulting has done the research for you and would like to introduce you to our consumer proxy, Li Ping (李萍), whom we will be following for 24 hours to help you understand the facts and figures that defines the Chinese […] Cet article 24 Hours in the Life of a Chinese Consumer est apparu en premier sur Daxue Consulting - Market Research China.
  • Industrial Security and the Tianjin Disaster

    Alex
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:07 am
    Daxue Consulting presents its opinions on industrial security in China to LaCroix in the aftermath of the tragic warehouse explosion in Tianjin. PDF not loading for you? Try reading it here: Daxue Consulting Comments on Industrial Security after Tianjin Cet article Industrial Security and the Tianjin Disaster est apparu en premier sur Daxue Consulting - Market Research China.
  • Daxue FAQ – Golf Market in China

    Alex
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    What is the state of indoor golfing in China? Indoor golf ismainly concentrated in Shenzhen, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Shanghai, as they represent the largest centres of Chinese golf players. The largest indoor golfing facility in China is Dingtai, a 3.2 square km center with digital 18-hole courses and a host of both public and private […] Cet article Daxue FAQ – Golf Market in China est apparu en premier sur Daxue Consulting - Market Research China.
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  • Talking About Yourself on Social Media

    Rippleout Admin
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Talking About Yourself on Social Media: For those of you with a social media account, take a minute to think back through your recent posts. The majority of you will find that most posts are in some way related to you – to what you’re doing, what’s happening in your life, or – if you’re ‘that guy’ – to what type of food you’re eating. This is pretty common. What isn’t as common is the knowledge that this is actually pretty natural and, by extension, that it can be used in your day to day business life. According to research, about 30-40% of what we say on a daily basis is…
  • The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research

    Rippleout Admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research: I’ve recently taken the exam and completed the coursework for the Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research methods which is administered by the Market Research Society (MRS). I’m a big believer in utilising insight in the marketing process – including thinking about your target market, key messages, how marketing can be segmented and better targeted, and a range of other elements which are all influenced by research and insight. The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research is administered by the Market…
  • Marketing and the Familiarity Principle

    Rippleout Admin
    13 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Marketing and the Familiarity Principle: Another month, another blog post on consumer psychology and how understanding your customers at a subconscious level can help boost your marketing effectiveness. This month, we explore the familiarity principle – also sometimes known as the Mere Exposure Effect. {Tweet this} Marketing and the Familiarity Principle – My Dog in the Snow (see below!) What is the Familiarity Principle? In short, the familiarity principle is the tendency among human beings to develop a preference for things (be they people, products, ideas etc.) which they see more…
  • Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO

    Rippleout Admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO: Small businesses are often encouraged to have an online presence, and we strongly agree with that here at Rippleout! However, having a website is no good if you don’t maintain it, or keep up to date with changes in the online marketing landscape. One such change in the search marketing landscape has recently been announced by Google – and it’s one small business need to be aware of. Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO: The Rippleout Marketing Site Google’s Mobile Friendly Algorithm Change For those of you who don’t know, on April 21st 2015…
  • Terry Pratchett

    Rippleout Admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Terry Pratchett: If you’re looking for a marketing post this isn’t it. The vast majority of Rippleout posts are related in some way to marketing, but in this case not. No hard feelings if you choose to leave – but check back soon. This is a thank you, a celebration and a recognition of a man who was both incredibly talented and phenomenally brave. I have to say that hearing the news that Sir Terry Pratchett had died was one of the saddest things I’ve heard in recent memory. I never met the man, yet feel that he was such a huge part of my life in terms of influence, humour, and general…
 
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  • When a Buyer Won’t Call You Back 

    Michael McLaughlin
    8 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Does this sound familiar? You had an engaging conversation with a prospective client. You built rapport, showed that you grasped the situation, and the client said that you’d be a good fit for the project. You both agreed that it made sense to draft a proposal, which you wrote and sent to your new client. Then…nothing happens. You don’t get any response. After a couple of days, you’re wondering what’s up. The disappearing client syndrome happens all too often, and remains an unfortunate reality of our business. The disappearing client syndrome happens all too often, and remains an…
  • Why You Must Always Be Growing Your Audience

    Michael McLaughlin
    12 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    If you’re like most consultants, you’re familiar with the sense of panic that sets in when you are staring down a dwindling project pipeline. It’s no fun, and yet we find ourselves in that position over and over. There’s no secret formula for avoiding this problem entirely, but you can make it a lot less likely to happen with a well-known, but underused marketing idea. It doesn’t matter if your business is humming along or you’re just starting out. You should be systematically growing an audience for your ideas. You may think of that audience as your community, fans, tribe,…
  • Making the Most of Referrals

    Michael McLaughlin
    6 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
    You Just Got a Great Referral. Now What? It’s hard not to be elated when someone refers a prospective client to you. When that happens, give yourself a pat on the back. Your hard work and strong relationships have led to a good chance for new business. But keep in mind that, with a referral, you have two “clients” to think about, not just one. The first “client” is the person who put their name on the line and made the referral to you. The second is the prospective client who was referred to you. And they are equally important. But keep in mind that, with a referral, you have two…
  • Why You Should Stop Blogging

    Michael McLaughlin
    10 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    By some estimates, the number of blogs out there has almost reached 200 million. Even though the internet seems overrun by blogs, small business owners swear by blogging. As part of their marketing strategy, blogging tops other marketing tactics like newsletters and other forms of publishing in popularity. According to researchers, B2B marketers who use blogs generate 67% more leads than non-bloggers. And blogging is a natural fit for consultants. Many rely on it for lead generation, driving traffic to web sites, and to boost industry visibility. It’s simple to get a blog running and…
  • Think You’re Too Busy to Market Your Business?

    Michael McLaughlin
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    Think Again. If you’re like a lot of consultants, your plate is full. Very full. You’ve got projects to run, a business to manage, and a personal life. Sometimes, there’s just not enough time in the day. The natural reaction to the stress of being overloaded is to put off something on your to-do list. When you get too busy, you sort through your priorities and often it’s your marketing activities that you put on the back burner. Why? Because it’s an easy thing to put on hold. You can convince yourself that publishing that article later than planned won’t hurt anything. Or you…
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  • Top Performance Improvement Articles From The Past Week

    Eric Skilling
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every week we bring you the latest in performance improvement articles. Listed below are the articles for the week of August 16, 2015 Authentic Leadership and Integrity [READ MORE] Sales Networking: Simple Things To Put Into Practice [READ MORE] Letting Go: Development Of Strong Character [READ MORE] Good Customer Service: Reviewing The Golden Rule [READ The post Top Performance Improvement Articles From The Past Week appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • Using the 80-20 Rule to Improve Organizational Performance

    Greg Bungay
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It is said that 80 percent of effects result from 20 percent of causes. This 80-20 split is known as the Pareto Rule. The Pareto rule was named after Vilfredo Pareto, an economist from Italy who found that 80 percent of the country’s income went to 20 percent of the population. Since his discovery, the Pareto The post Using the 80-20 Rule to Improve Organizational Performance appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • Building And Testing Employee Communication

    Mark Perrin
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    In some ways companies are like family units. When communication falters between family or coworkers, the dysfunction can have a variety of impacts—not too many being positive. When communication breaks down between company leadership and employees, it negatively impacts all concerned on some level. Perhaps the quality of work decreases, or the turnover rate increases. The post Building And Testing Employee Communication appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • Three Leadership Traits Followers Love

    Greg Bungay
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Often we find people who are in positions of leadership and, to them, it is no more than just that, a position. Yet there are many effective leaders in our world today who lead from an authentic desire to bring forth the best from those they lead. They are in the game to achieve more than The post Three Leadership Traits Followers Love appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • Three Tips To Improve Employee Motivation

    Greg Bungay
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Have you ever felt like you are a well paid babysitter for adults? Many supervisors can become frustrated with employees that do not motivate themselves. If your employees are not self-motivated, it is because you have not taught them how to be. Not many people will tell you that they do not want to be The post Three Tips To Improve Employee Motivation appeared first on Performance Critical.
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  • Dealing with the Millennials 2

    21 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    This is a brief continuation from the last post since I received some considerable feedback although I still have not actively promoted it. I also heard from my best friend —actually one of the models for the bad guys in the scenarios (each character was an aggregate of real people)— that someone has cited the post in his/her work where generational differences may be a little over-generalized. I am quite concerned. I fear that the scenarios may have come out a little too strong since they were largely based on my own experience that has quite an emotional significance. Also, I…
  • Dealing with the Millennials

    12 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Many employers face difficulties in dealing with the Gen Y, or the millennials. It is said that they are unreliable, constantly need to be watched and encouraged, can disappear from the work for incredulous reasons, let parents talk to the employers, and have little respect towards the more experienced seniors. Actually, in terms of the institutionalized professional training and technological savvy, this is the most prepared generation for professional life. Yet, some of them lack something very vital to make it in the real life. That is, in the excessively simplest term, maturity.  …
  • Free Tools for Survey and Data Analysis

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    I love free stuff. I can even type “free download” in 5 different languages, and recently I am seriously teaching myself 2 languages solely with free online resources. In this article, I will introduce essential tools for consultants like us, who offer some services in more data-driven approach. Specifically, survey and data analysis tools! And I only focus on free stuff. If you are a consultant or professional searching for survey and stats tools, you came to the right page. Also if you are working at an organization internally while having strong research background in…
  • Essential Tools for Starting Up Small Business

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:24 pm
    This issue of blog is targeting very wide audiences. I believe it is beneficial to those who are thinking about launching a new business but have no idea how to do it by themselves. Also, I believe it can be very useful for my fellow consultants: young enthusiasts who are thinking about becoming independent as well as seasoned independent consultants who desire to upgrade their tools. I will not talk about process for incorporating because that is regionally different. Rather, I will focus on introducing the tools for your day-to-day operation so you won’t have to waste your time…
  • Cultural Issues: Agreeableness and Conscientiousness of Japanese

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    Many of the popular psychological assessment tools were originally developed in English and in USA. Then, they were translated into many other languages, and currently used throughout the world based on the assumption that the traits and tendencies assessed in the instruments universally exist across cultures and languages. This assumption is actually well-tested, and yes, the constructs of interests assessed in many popular instruments are often indicated to be existential universal. The five factor model of personality, or what we often call as “The Big Five,” is one of such…
 
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  • The Stock Market Crash 2015 – 9 Stock Market Tips to Help You Sleep at Night

    Kirk Chisholm
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    The Stock Market Crash 2015 – 9 Stock Market Tips to Help You Sleep at Night   “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful” -Warren Buffett Stock Market Crash 2015 - Should you be scared? 2015 has been an interesting year for stock investors. 2015 started out with the S&P 500 opening at 2058.9. From there the index has fluctuated between +3.8% and -4.1%. When investors are accustomed to getting 6 years in a row of positive gains, it is hard to imagine what a down year looks like. In the past week the S&P 500…
  • Inflation Monitor – August 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Inflation Monitor – August 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking   * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - August 2015 - Introduction The lazy days of summer are almost over. As the summer ends, the Wall Street traders and money mangers will also be going back to work. If you looked at a chart of the S&P 500 without the dates, you would not be able to tell which days were summer days and which were not. It looks like…
  • 10 Top Alternative Investments You Probably Have Never Heard of

    Kirk Chisholm
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    10 Top Alternative Investments You Probably Have Never Heard of     “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett Most people are familiar with the stock market. There are TV stations which have the stock market and stock market related information on 24 hours every day. It is hard to escape it. When the stock market crashes, it makes the headlines in every newspaper, news station, and media outlet. When it reaches all time highs, it is on every magazine cover, even the shoeshine boys are talking about it. But…
  • 10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits

    Kirk Chisholm
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits     “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed” Can I invest in real estate with my Self-Directed IRA? “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed”, an investor once told me. It is hard to argue that point. In 1974, congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, often referred to as ERISA, enabling US taxpayers to save money for their retirement in a tax deferred manner. The best part of this program (outside of the…
  • Inflation Monitor – July 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Inflation Monitor – July 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - July 2015 - Introduction I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day. While Greece may not have the same appreciation of our holiday, they had one of their own... A Bank holiday. While the Greek Crisis in Europe seems to be solved??? The greater problem persists. The Greek people voted a resounding "NO" on the terms and the Greek…
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