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Pick up the Pace: Learn to Streamline Your Decision-Making Process

By Bill Neville on Nov 22, 2016 12:07:00 PM

Smart decision making will make or break your business. Considering that spending too much time on a choice can hinder growth, it is important to be able to make decisions as a team as quickly as possible. You may be discussing your digital marketing strategy or a new marketing campaign.

 

Try implementing some of these decision-making skills and strategies in order to speed up the process.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

5 Creative Strategies for Effectively Dealing With Stress At Work

By Brianne Bailey on Nov 1, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Stress can be a killer. But it’s also something we all deal with on a near daily basis. The issue becomes one of learning how to manage stress when it starts to weigh you down. The tried-and-true recommendations include better time management, breathing exercises and getting regular exercise. You’ve heard all those suggestions before, and have probably incorporated them into your routine as much as possible. As a creative yourself, you might be in a situation where the standard stress-management tips just aren’t cutting it for you. If so, here are five creative ideas to tame the stress in your life. 

 

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

Big Rocks First: Prioritizing for the Best Outcomes

By Cristina Mendonca on Oct 11, 2016 2:03:00 PM

Imagine you have a bunch of rocks that you need to fit into a container. These rocks come in all shapes and sizes, big and small. You'll find that it is much easier to fit everything in if you put the biggest rocks in first and use the smaller ones to fill in the spaces between. What does this have to do with anything? It all comes down to prioritization. Each rock is a symbol for an element of your life or your work. Finding the way to fit it all together will help you stay on track and produce the results that you most want to achieve.

 

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

From Ideas to Execution: The Basics of Implementing a Business Strategy

By Herb Tieger on Sep 20, 2016 11:11:00 AM

A new strategy or business plan relies heavily on coming up with a creative, sustainable, and actionable plan. There are basic parts to the process that should always be included in order to make sure the plan works for you, your business, and your customer. Here are the steps to take you from idea to execution and develop an actionable business plan that sets you on the path to success.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices, Project Management

Why a Flexible Work Approach is Gaining Popularity

By Bill Neville on Sep 13, 2016 11:11:00 AM

Flexible work programs are becoming increasingly popular. From an employee perspective, it's easy to see why. Flex time, split-shift days, telecommuting or remote offices along with other forms of a flexible work schedule have become more accepted across a number of industries. Employees can't get enough of it. In fact, for a number of hires, a flexible work schedule or location can be a real benefit of working with a particular company. With this added flexibility, employees are better able to balance their work and personal lives when they have the option to choose their hours without fear of losing their jobs. They spend more time with family and taking care of their own health and wellbeing.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices, Project Management

The Benefits of Group Collaboration

By D.J. Mendonca on Sep 7, 2016 3:00:00 PM

"Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than myself."

- Alexander Graham Bell

 

Collaboration may seem like an office buzzword that looks great on paper but, in reality, can be difficult to achieve successfully.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices, Project Management

Mindfulness in the Workplace: Can It Help, or Is It Hype?

By Cristina Mendonca on Aug 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It’s hard to find an article or blog on leadership practices these days that doesn’t mention – and recommend – trying mindfulness. But what is this practice, and how can it help achieve your organizational goals?

 

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is, in a very basic way, a nonjudgmental awareness.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

Spatial Design: Is It Affecting Your Employee Productivity?

By Serafim Mendonca on Aug 11, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Work for creative professionals is constantly changing, requiring employees’ skill sets to grow and adapt to keep pace with the evolving marketplace. One approach companies can take to maximize productivity is to use spatial design to view their employees as adult learners and their offices as classrooms. When designing a workspace, make sure it’s conducive to idea sharing, learning, and personal growth.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

A Musical Guide to Productivity in the Workplace

By D.J. Mendonca on Jul 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

During the work day, you may feel your mind wandering. Perhaps your thoughts are dwelling on dinner plans, or what your friends are up to this weekend, or how rude your co-worker was at lunch. Not only are these mental excursions unproductive, they indicative of unhappiness with one’s workplace. Difficulties staying on task can be evidence of general boredom or discomfort. There are a number of ways to remedy “spacing out”, but most involve physical activity or speaking, which are not necessarily conducive to a work environment. There is one way, however, to break out of boredom that is appropriate for work: listening to music.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

Creating an Effective Marketing and Communications Strategy

By Cristina Mendonca on Jun 15, 2016 8:07:55 AM

While marketing plans can be as complicated as the client and goals require, there are three essential steps that form the bones of any successful strategy: Define, develop, and adjust. Let’s look at them in more depth.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

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