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March 2016 Blog Posts (163)

YOU need a LifePlan!

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Crossroads, transitions, a feeling of being stuck ... we have all been there. Perhaps you are there right now.

You know there is more to life.

You know you are not living to your full potential.

You desire something better, something more meaningful.

You wonder "what's next"?

I had the privilege of taking Jess Berggren through the LifePlan process this past summer. As a result of our time together, she started a …

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Added by Matt Soderstrum on March 31, 2016 at 2:43pm — 2 Comments

3 Secrets to Retain Your Best Employees

                                                                                                         Photo from Wix.com

Retention continues to be a major challenge for many organizations.  The old saying “people don’t quit jobs … people quit leaders,” still holds true in today’s…

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Added by Paul H. Grau, Jr. on March 31, 2016 at 7:14am — No Comments


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Are You Productive or Just Busy?

"I don't have time to do that right now." You've heard or made similar statements in response to an idea or opportunity. I hear it from people all the time. They somehow view being busy as synonymous with being productive. Yet, the two terms are often opposites. Let me explain.

We all have twenty-four hours to spend. No one gets more or less than anyone else. At the end of the day, we will have spent…

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Added by Terry Hadaway on March 31, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

An Unlikley Pair

We tend to gravitate towards friends who are just like us. It's human nature. So is eating until we can't move and hording everything we come across. What if we looked outside our own comfort zone for a friend?

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Added by John Henderson on March 31, 2016 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

What did you decide?

How bad did last year beat you up?

A recent conversation with another small business owner who was ready to throw in the towel illuminated how all the changes in, well, everything, has so many of us just spinning – and getting nowhere. As SBOs (small business owners) we get everything dumped on our desks and we have to deal with it all. That takes its toll for sure.

Blah, blah, blah. We have all heard that over and over.

But today, just for once, stop and think about…

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Added by Jack Klemeyer on March 30, 2016 at 8:30am — 1 Comment


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Host Your Courses, Make More Money

I often have conversations with content-owners who default to a common, but tragic decision—they choose to post their courses to communal sites (like Udemy, Teachable, etc.). They believe the hype without taking a close look at how simple it is to create and host courses on their own sites. Sure, there are Udemy instructors who make six-figure incomes, but that's the exception, not the rule. The average instructor makes…

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Added by Terry Hadaway on March 30, 2016 at 7:45am — 2 Comments

Is Algebra Unnecessary?

I have long been a proponent of creating a functional education for young students as opposed to cramming unnecessary skills down their throats. The vast majority of adults in their jobs do not need or use higher skills in any of the educational subjects.

And, guess what?

If they needed to, they can learn them as needed. It's what people do when the need arises.

Sure, teach those classes to the kids that need or want them for future careers or even out of curiosity, but…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on March 30, 2016 at 7:11am — 3 Comments

Nutrition: Don’t Be Fooled by This Sneaky Name Change

Several years ago you may remember the commercial below telling you that “corn” sugar was no different than white table sugar. What they were referring to as “corn” sugar was high fructose corn syrup. Well they’re at it again, only they are getting sneakier this time.

Now there is a…

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Added by Ann Musico on March 30, 2016 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

The Power of a 3-Ring Binder: Keeping lots of random information organized since 1854

The ring binder was first patented in 1854 by Henry Sisson of Rhode Island.  Another patent was issued to German Friedrich Soennecken in 1889 for ring binders.  Since the early days of the ring binder it has undergone many changes and exists in thousands of different variations.  A good estimate is that almost 60 million are manufactured every year in the U.S. alone.…

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Added by Matt Herynk on March 30, 2016 at 5:35am — 2 Comments

Are you a "Jeer"leader or a "Cheer"leader?

Have you ever seen cheerleaders at a baseball game or a golf match? Me neither. At least not the stereotypical kind with pom-poms. And it occurred to me that most professions outside of sports don’t have cheerleaders either. At least not the stereotypical kind. Could you imagine having cheerleaders at your next Board meeting, cheering on your presentation?

My oldest son used to play youth baseball and now plays high school golf. Like most teenage boys, he is NOT the most expressive…

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Added by Brian Evans on March 29, 2016 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

Let Me Tell You a Story ...

... a story of a different kind. I am not a coach, I do not have multiple streams of income,  and I am not living my dream - or maybe I am and don't know it.

Let's go back in time. The year was 2010. I was working through the financial repercussions of a devastating divorce a few years earlier. I had two very good-paying jobs, one a career job, and three sons in college. Even though I worked about 70 hours a week, I managed to find a little time to devote to a life-long dream of…

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Added by Debra I Medina on March 29, 2016 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Body Piercing—a Sign of Love?

Jacob lifted Anna, spun her around, and lightly set her down. “Oh Jacob,” his wife smiled and gently stroked his ear. “How I love you.”

The touch on his ear took Jacob back to the day the awl pierced it. Six years of serving his master and five years of loving his wife had made his decision easy. He wanted nothing more than to spend the rest of his days serving his master and loving Anna.…

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Added by Debbie W. Wilson on March 29, 2016 at 10:55am — 6 Comments

Update on store

We've been getting alot of positive feedback on the store. I've been promoting on blogspot, Craigslist, and Facebook. Still no sales, but no overhead except for initial startup fees.

Wife was just laid off from a non-profit (which means no unemployment) and is building her real estate business. I'm working 50-70 hours a week at the hospital and on the ambulance to meet expenses.

Is there a better blogging site than blogspot? I try to give away educational content and a link to…

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Added by ALAN LAY on March 29, 2016 at 9:42am — 3 Comments

Astonished!

A while back we visited Holland in April. One…

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Added by Mike Cournia on March 29, 2016 at 9:00am — 4 Comments


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Knowledge Quadrants and How to Use Them

Knowledge is the primary reason people deliver content. They want to demonstrate what they know and/or help people learn. All knowledge, however, isn't created equally. In fact, there are four different categories of knowledge present in all of us. This is important for anyone attempting to deliver content through blog posts, articles, presentations, or courses. If you don't learn to recognize these four…

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Added by Terry Hadaway on March 29, 2016 at 8:21am — No Comments

3 Tips for Starting and Growing a Profitable Grant Writing Business (or Any Business!)

Let me preface this blog post with one big statement:  There are MUCH more successful grant writers than me!   I don't want anyone to think that I am just rolling in the dough and feel therefore justified to provide this advice.  However, I have seen my business grow each year since I started it, have gotten my Grant Professional Certified (GPC), have written a book on…

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Added by Micki Vandeloo on March 29, 2016 at 6:47am — 1 Comment

Do What You're Told!

Advice from a gas station. This is my latest post on Medium.com.

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Added by John Henderson on March 28, 2016 at 7:33pm — 6 Comments

We Gave Clean Water to a Bunch of Schoolkids in Rwanda

I know some of you donated money when my son gave away his birthday to Charity Water to support their clean water initiatives, and I wanted to give you an update. You can read more about what he did with his big Eggstravaganza party on his blog.

I just received an e-mail from the folks at…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on March 28, 2016 at 9:39am — 2 Comments


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Two Steps to Connecting With Your Next Client

Before each coaching session, my clients complete a clarity tool to help them get focused on what they would like to work on during our time together.  Guess what is one of the most frequent topics?  Need to get clients!!! (Note the number of exclamation marks!)  

This can feel like a never ending struggle for new…

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Added by Lynne Watts on March 28, 2016 at 9:04am — 2 Comments


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Repurpose and Profit

Is there something you can repurpose? Repurposing is a big deal. It's interesting how many "new" things are made to look old so they will give your home a new look. I guess old is the new new. The same thing that's true about home decor is true about your blog posts and old content.

I've written blog posts regularly for several years. Some of them contain valuable information. That information, however,…

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Added by Terry Hadaway on March 28, 2016 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

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