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CE#364: 12 Rules For Business Success (The Corner Office / BNET)

  1. Play to win. Coming in second means the other guy won. There really is no consolation prize in business. Business is war, a zero-sum game. Only one company can win the deal just as only one person can get the job, the promotion, whatever.
  2. Build game-changing strategy that solves a big hairy problem. If it’s not going to make a real dent in something important, you have no business doing it. Build a bold, game changing strategy to win big. Slow and steady does not win the race. Niche is fine, as long as it’s a strategy to gain a foothold.
  3. Surround yourself with confident, competent people that tell the truth … and listen to them. Most mistakes stem from subjective sources, limited information, and inaccurate assumptions. Surround yourself with confident, competent people – no yes-men, sugar-coaters, or BSers – and get the unbiased truth from enough sources to make objective decisions.
  4. Success builds confidence, but life-lessons come from failure. That means real personal and professional growth comes primarily from failure and losing. Moreover, you’ll never truly understand that until you’ve been on the receiving end of a few knockout punches.
  5. Bounce back fast. When you get knocked down – and you will, over and over again – the sooner you get up, brush yourself off, learn what you can, get your chin up, and get back to business, the better. Not just for you, but for everyone to see, including your competitors.
  6. Challenge conventional wisdom. Things change. That means challenge the status quo, authority, sacred cows, “the way it’s done,” anything that sounds even remotely like a generalization that your gut tells you may not apply in the current situation.
  7. Results count, intentions and excuses don’t. It’s shocking how many experienced leaders and managers waste time explaining why things didn’t work out and making excuses or placing blame for failure. Nobody cares, except that you own up to it, get over it, and move on.
  8. Know when to quit. Killing projects, quitting jobs, pulling the plug on investments, terminating partnerships, firing people, even shooting customers – they’re all things nobody likes to do, and yet, they’re just as critical as starting something new. If you’re not good at stopping things, they’ll drain your resources, kill your productivity, and limit your opportunity.
  9. There are times to be focused and times to be flexible; the key is to know when to switch from one to the other.
  10. Trust your gut and do the right thing. Whatever compass you use, moral, or otherwise, trust your instincts and everything you’ve learned along the way, and do what you think is right, not what anyone else tells you to do.
  11. Do what you’re great at or passionate about, whatever makes you happy. Otherwise you won’t be successful and whatever you manage to achieve won’t be worth it.
  12. Set some goals, come up with a plan, execute, see how you did, learn from it, repeat. That’s how everything is done.

 

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CE#301: Reaching Life Goals: Which Strategies Work (PsyBlog)

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Have a look at this list of 10 common ways you might go about achieving your goals. Most of these should be familiar, but which ones do you think work? More to the point: which ones do or don’t you use?

  1. Make a step-by-step plan.
  2. Motivate yourself by focusing on someone who has achieved a similar goal.
  3. Tell other people about your goal.
  4. Think about bad things that will happen if you do not achieve your goal.
  5. Think about the good things that will happen if you achieve your goal.
  6. Try to suppress unhelpful or negative thoughts about your goal and how to achieve it.
  7. Reward yourself for making progress in your goal.
  8. Rely on willpower.
  9. Record your progress.
  10. Fantasize or visualize how great your life will be when you achieve your goal.

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CE#295: 11 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2011 (Trendwatching.com)

1. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

In 2011, expect companies to monitor consumers’ public moods and act upon them with random acts of kindness…marketing may never be the same 😉 Read more »

2. URBANOMICS

Are you ready for hundreds of millions of more daring, more experienced consumers? Oh, and that’s just one side effect of rapid global urbanization… Read more »

3. PRICING PANDEMONIUM

Flash sales, group buying, GPS-driven deals: this year, pricing will never be the same… Read more »

4. MADE FOR CHINA (IF NOT BRIC)

Expect an increasing number of ‘Western’ brands to launch new products or even new brands dedicated (if not paying proper respect) to consumers in emerging markets… Read more »

5. ONLINE STATUS SYMBOLS

This year, you can’t go wrong supplying your (online-loving) customers with any kind of symbol, virtual or ‘real world’, that helps them display to peers their online contributions, creations or popularity…Read more »

6. WELLTHY

As good health is now as important to some consumers as having the biggest, newest or shiniest status symbols, growing numbers of consumers will expect health products and services in the next 12 months (and beyond) to prevent misery (if not improve their quality of life), rather than merely treating illnesses and ailments… Read more »

7. SOCIAL-LITES AND TWINSUMERS

Expect even more consumers to become curators: broadcasting, compiling, commenting, sharing and recommending content, products, purchases, and experiences to both their friends and wider audiences… Read more »

8. EMERGING GENEROSITY

Brands and wealthy individuals from emerging markets (yes, especially China) will increasingly be expected to give, donate, care and sympathize versus just sell and take. And not just in their home countries, but on a global scale… Read more »

9. PLANNED SPONTANEITY

With lifestyles having become fragmented, with dense urban environments offering consumers any number of instantly available options, and with cell/smartphones having created a generation who have little experience of making (or sticking to) rigid plans, this new year will see full-on PLANNED SPONTANEITY… Read more »

10. ECO SUPERIOR

When it comes to ‘green consumption’, expect a rise in ECO-SUPERIOR products: products that are not only eco-friendly, but superior to polluting incumbents in every possible way… Read more »

11. OWNER-LESS

This could be the year when sharing and renting really tips into mainstream consumer consciousness as big brands and governments put their weight behind this cultural shift… Read more »

 

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CE#270: 6 Things You Should Never Reveal on Facebook (Yahoo! Finance)

The whole social networking phenomenon has millions of Americans sharing their photos, favorite songs and details about their class reunions on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and dozens of similar sites. But there are a handful of personal details that you should never say if you don’t want criminals — cyber or otherwise — to rob you blind, according to Beth Givens, executive director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

The folks at Insure.com also say that ill-advised Facebook postings increasingly can get your insurance cancelled or cause you to pay dramatically more for everything from auto to life insurance coverage. By now almost everybody knows that those drunken party photos could cost you a job, too.

You can certainly enjoy networking and sharing photos, but you should know that sharing some information puts you at risk. What should you never say on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site?

Your Birth Date and Place

Sure, you can say what day you were born, but if you provide the year and where you were born too, you’ve just given identity thieves a key to stealing your financial life, said Givens. A study done by Carnegie Mellon showed that a date and place of birth could be used to predict most — and sometimes all — of the numbers in your Social Security number, she said.

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CE#244: The Top Ten Most Dangerous Things You Can Do Online (GIZMODO)

Researchers at Internet security service provider CyberDefender looked at some of the most dangerous things you can do online and explained how to protect yourself if you’re not quite ready to give up things like Internet porn completely.

Checking the “Keep me signed in” box on public PCs

How to protect yourself:

  • NEVER, ever, check the “keep me signed in” box if you’re not using your personal laptop or home desktop
  • Be careful with work computers. Your office PC might feel “yours” but others can easily snoop when you’re away from your desk. They could do something as simple as forward all your messages to their own private email account
  • If you just signed IN to Google, eBay, Amazon or other site from a public PC, make sure to sign OFF once you’re done
  • Delete your browser history from the browser tools when completed to protect your privacy
  • Using your browser’s privacy mode while browsing prevents information such as the websites you visited from being stored. Internet Explorer 8 calls it “InPrivate Browsing” and Google Chrome calls it a “New incognito window”
  • Never save passwords even when prompted to do so by your browser because someone else using your computer later would have access to your accounts

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