Category Archives: Tools and Information

10 Types of Leadership Skills You Need to Have | Small Business Trends

Leaders possess skills that may not always easy to define. But we know leadership when we see it.

As a result, those with leadership abilities share several qualities that make them successful and stand out. For example, they remain anchored by a clear set of principles and values about themselves, the people in their lives and their place in the world.

The great world leaders: Kennedy, Gandhi, Mandela, Merkle, May and esteemed business leaders: Cooke, Sandberg, Gates, Winfrey all offer answers to the question of whether great leaders are born or made. There is significant evidence to suggest that both are true. Many are born into leadership and others are born with the qualities that propel them into leadership.

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In-flight meal tray reinvented with eco-friendly and edible packaging | New Atlas

Design studio PriestmanGoode recently revealed an innovative and sustainable in-flight meal tray concept that includes edible packaging. The eco-friendly design is part of the studio’s “Get Onboard” project, which addresses the impact of plastic waste, with a special focus on the aviation industry.

“Each year, an estimated 5.7 million tonnes of cabin waste is generated on passenger flights, ranging from single-use plastic to amenity kits, earphones and food waste,” says PriestmanGoode. “But nature is demanding that we change our behavior.”

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Twitter’s about to introduce Topics. Here’s how the new feature works | Mashable

Now that we’re all used to seeing tweets from randos we don’t follow in our feeds, Twitter is introducing a new way for you to discover just how many bad opinions are really out there regarding the things you care most about.

Meet Topics.

Essentially, Topics will expand the reach of Twitter functions like following, muting, and adding to Lists beyond individual accounts to include tweets focused on a specific thing. Whether you’re into Mars news, Carly Rae Jepsen, or Liverpool FC, you’ll be able to follow those interests as you would an account, being served the “top tweets” from “experts, fans or [accounts that] just tend to talk about that thing a lot”, according to the Twitter blog.

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Does Catnip Really Make Cats ‘High’? | Live Science

Offer a pinch of catnip or a catnip-filled toy to your pet feline, and her response might be dramatic … and silly. She may roll on her back, dart wildly around, drool, lick the catnip and rub it on her face and body, or flop over and lie there purring.

Her actions seem goofy and comical, and somewhat resemble the uncoordinated and gleeful behavior of someone who’s had a little too much to drink or is pleasantly under the influence of recreational drugs.

But is that what’s happening here? Does catnip make cats high?

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Study Finds Optimization Gap on Mobile Channels | Business News Daily

Mobile shopping is on the rise, according to a new study of 22,000 shoppers from around the world, as 78% said they’ve shopped via smartphone in the past six months.

Though mobile commerce is trending upward, 63% of the 4,600 business owners polled said they were able to accept mobile payments through their own channels.

Researchers found that women were more likely to shop through their smartphones than men, with 48% of women preferring that method, while 39% of men said the same.

Sleek, fast and powerful, today’s smartphones can instantly close the gap between far-flung relatives or broadcast pictures of your cat on the ‘gram. In recent years, these miniscule machines have also become a handheld portal to your favorite retailers, allowing users to shop to their heart’s content wherever they are. According to a recent study commissioned by PayPal, mobile commerce is not only growing at a global scale, but also transcends generational and platform divides.

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How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You | Life Hack

Contrary to popular belief, learning is a necessary part of our existence. Much like we need food for our body, our brain needs nourishment through information and continuous learning.

To live a life without learning constantly is utterly unthinkable despite people’s efforts. It’s this reason I’d like to argue that we need to stop resisting and to embrace learning for specific reasons. On top of that, I’ll explain the step by step process to train your brain to help you become a continuous learner.

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Top 9 Hiring Tips for Small Business Owners | AllBusiness.com

Hiring a new employee can result in a variety of overlooked costs, so it’s important to make each new hire count. Attracting and retaining top talent is a major advantage for your business, while keeping subpar employees puts you behind the competition.

Improving your hiring practices is one of the best changes you can make for your business, leading to lower turnover and more productivity. This article will cover the most important things small business owners should keep in mind throughout the hiring process.

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Thinking of hosting your own webinars? Here are 7 things you must consider | Management Consulting Connection

This past Friday, I hosted my fifth Practice Development INSIDER webinar. I was a complete newbie when I began investigating what I needed to know for the first one. So while having five webinars under my belt isn’t all that many, I can see the patterns and repetitions developing for what needs to be done.

Here are seven things you must consider before launching your webinars.

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Surviving an IRS Audit: What You Need to Know | The Startup Magazine

Finding out that you are going to be audited by the IRS can be a little bit scary. However, with the right preparation, anyone can get through it. Here’s what you need to know to survive your IRS audit.

Don’t Ignore The Notice

Once you receive your IRS audit notice, you will usually have 30 days to respond to it; the precise time period will be specified in the notice. You should never ignore any correspondence from the IRS, claiming to not have received the letter won’t hold water in a courtroom. You can’t simply feign ignorance on the basis of not having received the letter.

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Why Thousands of Companies Are Turning Their Backs on a Business Doctrine That’s Been Accepted for Decades | Inc.com

At the B Lab Champions Retreat in Los Angeles in September, nearly 700 attendees representing the B’s–the tip of a global movement numbering 60,000 companies–are gathered to honor great performers. And to declare victory.

The B’s are B Corporations, companies that have been certified by B Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to the concept that business must be a force for good, rather than profit alone, and allies working toward that goal. That concept had clearly become mainstream when, in August, the Business Roundtable, which represents the nation’s leading corporations, rejected “shareholder primacy” as the sole purpose of business in favor of stakeholder considerations. By doing so, the business titans at the very least acknowledged that business must have a purpose beyond making money–that companies must serve their customers, their employees, and their communities as well as their investors.

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