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31 Healthy Snacks for Fruit Lovers

We all know fruit’s one of those healthy food groups. But that doesn’t mean we can only eat it au natural! Here are 31 fruit-filled snacks to make …

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Here is another <i>Cooking Light</i> (July 2012 issue) recipe that I knew I would make the instant I saw it. I adapted it a bit by using much less oil, less …

How to: Make a DIY Outdoor Living Plant Wall

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Top 10 Marketing Books of All Time

Essential books for entrepreneurs who really want to understand how and why their customers buy.<p>In previous posts, I've identified the best motivational books of all time and the best sales books of all time. Today, I've selected 10 books about marketing that I believe should be in every business …

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4 DIY All-Natural Facial Cleansers

As more information comes to light regarding the damaging effects of chemicals and other unnatural ingredients in many commercial skincare products, …

7 Best Business Books for Summer Reading - Small Business Trends

The weather is finally warm enough to where I’ve created my outdoor patio space. And that means that it’s summer reading time! A cool drink, my feet …

At Work: Nothing magical about persistence in job hunt

Sometimes perseverance works out, sometimes not. But if you aren't tenacious, a job offer will never, ever happen.<p>I am following up on my column about follow-up.<p>Two weeks ago I wrote about being a polite, persistent pest to get your first job.<p>Find ways to connect, remind employers of your existence …

How-To: Fish-Shaped Tablecloth Weights

Make a set of cute fish-shaped tablecloth weights with this tutorial from Kalinka Handmade!<p>Fair warning: The tutorial is in Russian, but the photos are pretty easy to follow. If you’d like to see the whole thing in English, you can always run it through Google Translate.<p>[Via CraftGossip]

Tutorial: Easy Tiny Envelopes

80 Comments<p>Guest tutorial by Ruth Bleakley<p>I discovered this envelope making method completely by accident when pulling soggy rain-soaked mail out of …

101 things to do in London

The best things to do in London<p>1<p>RBG Kew<p>Attractions, Parks and gardens<p>Wander around Temperate House in Kew Gardens<p>Kew<p>The return of the newly restored …

The Top 5 Business Decisions Of All Time

Business leaders make thousands of decisions each year, and sometimes, a single decision can have a powerful far reaching impact. In the book, <i>The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time</i>, Verne Harnish explores those “black swan” decisions that brought great success at companies like Zappos, Intel, …

Trying to Motivate Your Employees? Forget It.

There's only one way anyone gets motivated. And it's not a big speech to rally the troops.<p>I recently sent around a rather direct memo to a number of our marketing folks, suggesting that (a) being better prepared for certain meetings was a really good idea; and (b) that one great way to be better …

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Bottleneck Culture

It's not enough to delegate work. If you can't bring yourself to delegate responsibility, everything will get clogged up.<p>Hierarchy constipates the economy.<p>I’ve been reading a lot recently about decision-making, including Chip and Dan Heath’s <i>Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work</i> and …

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5 Groovy Enterpreneurship Lessons From 'Mad Men'

It's not just cocktails and hookups. No other television show portrays life in a startup the way 'Mad Men' does.<p>If you're watching with the eyes of an entrepreneur, the true star of <i>Mad Men</i> isn't really Don Draper, Joan Holloway, or Peggy Olson. It's not even the 1960s. The true star of <i>Mad Men</i> is …

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Start By Being a Leader of One

Before you strive to be the next Steve Jobs or Richard Branson, start with being a leader to yourself.<p>The topic of leadership can get pompous pretty quickly as names like Steve Jobs and Abraham Lincoln are bandied about. But if you're just starting out, this sort of inspiration can seem more than a …

No One Likes to Be Changed

Listen to the language that any leader, consultant, or HR professional uses, and you’ll hear them expound at length about how “we” need to change “them.” That says it all: the fact is, no one likes to be changed, even if the change is ultimately beneficial.<p>In his recent HBR blog post, Ron Ashkenas …

What Happens When Leaders Forget That People Are Watching

Earlier today, a colleague sent me the link to this very funny youtube video, showing Greg Karber’s commitment to ‘readjust’ the Abercrombie & Fitch brand.<p>His efforts were spurred primarily by remarks made by A&F’s CEO, Mark Jeffries, in an interview in 2006. Among these remarks, “…we go after the …

Just Be Real: 8 Tips to Sell More Effectively

You're not in an infomercial, so stop acting that way on sales calls. Here's a better approach.<p>When was the last time someone shouted "buy, buy, buy!" at you and you went ahead and bought whatever it was the lunatic was trying to sell you?<p>That's what I thought. Force is not an effective sales …

4 Essential Role Players You Want On Your Business Team

Do you have a mentor, accountability partner, confidant and evangelist on your business team?<p>“Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live …

5 Things You Can Do Today to Make Yourself More Creative, And Productive, Tomorrow

<i>Fast Company’</i>s 100 Most Creative People In Business honoree follows a strict routine that allows all that productivity. Here, he shares five key …

Define Your Organization’s Habits to Work More Efficiently

We don’t often think about the way we usually operate at work, whether we’re performing an informal five-step process for evaluating a new proposal, or setting priorities for managing our time. But our ability to improve the ways we do things depends on defining and shaping our daily habits of mind …

How to Get Others to See Your Potential

Overcoming people’s past perceptions of you isn’t easy. When I launched my consulting business seven years ago, I was astonished to find — years later — that acquaintances and even friends hadn’t kept up with my career transition. They’d ask about my past work in politics or nonprofit advocacy, …

How to Hire Great Employees

Investors say they invest in people as much as they invest in ideas, and when it comes to your company, it is not just top management that can make or break your business. Unpleasant or dissatisfied employees, poorly trained workers, rapid turnover, or a toxic work environment can all predestine …

11 Principles for a Stronger Strategy

I recently finished reading <i>The Strategy Book</i> by Max McKeown. Max is an author, consultant and speaker. He has an MBA and a PhD from the Warwick …

5 Reminders Every Leader Needs

There’s an obvious list of things to keep in mind as a leader: treat people well, hold your values, and help others. However, when you get overwhelmingly busy, something always falls through the cracks. You need a reminder now and then. I attended Big Omaha this year, and it was quite an experience …

6 Ways Effective Listening Can Make You A Better Leader

When employees say they want their voices to be heard, they are really saying they want leaders who will not just hear them, but really listen to them. As employees seek more attention, feedback and support, leaders must become more mindful of individual needs in order to more effectively inspire …

14 Simple Ways to Get Considerably More Done

Don't think it's possible because you're already working in overdrive? Here's a new way to look at your to-do list.<p>In the spirit of the topic, let's get right to it:<p><b>1. Eliminate one ego commitment.</b><p>We all do things that have more to do with ego than results.<p>Maybe you serve on a committee because you …

6 Questions to Shape a Healthy Organizational Structure

One of the three core areas of consultation that The Unstuck Group provides to organizations is a staffing and structure review. Because we produce a …