The 6 Questions to Ask Before Saying “Yes”

yesornoAuthor: Jess Ekstrom

When I started my business at 19 years old, I was so hungry to grow it that I said yes to just about any conference, any opportunity and anyone who would meet with me. Any idea I had was worth pursuing.

It worked out. I grew my business to be my full-time job out of college, and we’re now six years strong. I credit a lot of the growth to just showing up and saying yes. Opportunities couldn’t happen to me if I wasn’t there for them. For years, I’ve been armed and ready to seize every glimmer of opportunity and give it my all.

But in 2017, I found myself still saying yes — without the same energy as I did before. I would agree to meet for coffee so someone could pick my brain about their business idea when I was slammed with work. By the time I was done, my energy for my goals and dreams was depleted.

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What it Takes to Make #MondayMotivation Stick


Wanting to do good work and test new ideas doesn’t require memes—we’re already wired to do it. But leaders can do more to make sure that enthusiasm isn’t stifled.

Author: Mark Athitakis
Source: Associations Now

This post is running on Monday, which means it’s #MondayMotivation day. So if you’re following anybody who’s even remotely connected to the world of leadership and professional development, your social media feeds are likely now peppered with go-get-’em quotations and inspirational memes that are meant to sustain us through the week—at least until #ThrowbackThursday makes us nostalgic for better days and that carefree #FridayFeeling kicks in.

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10 Pieces of Advice for All Business Owners

AIR MILES REWARD PROGRAM - AIR MILES means business: new siteSource: Forbes

You may remember a time when someone handed you some piece of career advice that you took a little too lightly. Looking back, you may have wished you followed it and avoided some of the business challenges you faced because you didn’t.

Having a business mentor early on in your career can help you retain and actually listen to some of this advice, so it sticks. According to MicroMentor, businesses that had mentors increased their revenue by 83%,  while non-mentored organizations only achieved a 16% revenue growth.

Below, 10 members of Forbes Coaches Council discuss that one piece of business advice they wish they had followed early on in their career and now share with all of their clients. Here is what they shared:

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5 Overlooked Email Sins

emails.jpgAuthor: Kat Boogaard
Source: The Daily Muse

By now, I’m going to assume that you’re well-versed in those email etiquette basics. You know, things like always including a subject line and resisting the temptation to CC every single warm body in your office.

Yes, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt here. But, does that mean I think your messages are flawless? Absolutely not.

There are a few email sins that aren’t as oft-repeated—but are still just as cringe-worthy. And, chances are, you might just be guilty of committing them (hey, I’m right there with you!)—whether you were aware of it or not.

If you find yourself blushing at the mention of one of these faux pas? Well, my friend, your emails still have some room for improvement.

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5 Personalities Every Workplace Should Embrace


Source: The Undercover Recruiter

Cultivating a positive workplace environment is not something achieved by a select few – everyone brings something of their own to the table. Forgive the cliché, but the modern office space is such a hive of activity that it is almost impossible for it to be led by a single presence. Everyone pitches in.

And, if your business is to reap the sweet benefits of growth, increased revenue and industry recognition then the employer must embrace this. Personalities are what make a successful business tick – for better or worse.

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Are Graduates REALLY Not Skilled Enough?


Author: Lizzi Hart
Source: Undercover Recruiter

You probably saw many articles circulating, quoting a press release from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) reporting that half of graduate employers believe graduates are not skilled enough.

Do graduate employers genuinely believe that graduates aren’t ready for work, or is this just a sensational headline? We speak to talented and bright graduates and students every single day, we were therefore curious about the claim and wanted to investigate further.

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The 8 Most Important Things for Employees in 2017

happy_employeeAuthor: Sarah Archer
Source: Undercover Recruiter

When courting an elite candidate, it is imperative not only to understand what other companies may be offering in terms of benefits, but how the benefits you are offering are applicable to the individual who is being considered.

A recent study by LendingTree allows recruiters some statistical evidence broken down by gender and age. It points precisely to the pressure and leverage points that are most likely to impress an applicant of a specific demographic.

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