Collaborative and Brainstorming Tools for Today’s Innovator

Almost everyone wants to be an innovator, to be known as the Steve Jobs of an industry or niche market. Companies and individuals seek to demonstrate that they are capable of “out of the box” thinking, as the saying goes. I have recently worked on some projects around innovation for clients and I started wondering [...]

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Ideas for Overcoming the Obstacles of Lead Generation

Getting contact information for new customers interested in the product or service you provide is the lifeblood of any business. More than 50% of professionals surveyed place lead generation at the top of the list for their marketing strategy. In years past, this frequently involved much travel and long hours manning a booth at a [...]

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Increase Your Productivity With Cloud-based Evernote

Remember everything.  Evernote’s tagline captures the attention and probably makes you nod in agreement – “sure, that would be great – to remember everything.” If you are trying to keep up with your workload and your team, then you will want to consider this well-known productivity tool. But it is not just for individual to-do [...]

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Can IBM’s SoftLayer Help Your Small Business?

When it comes time for your small business to upgrade to a significant new server, especially if that server needs to share part of your internet presence, you’ll often look to the cloud. So I wanted to take a look at the solutions that SoftLayer, an IBM company, offers to small and midsize businesses. Would [...]

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IBM Watson Is Evidence Of A Growth Mindset

Not long ago, I watched a TED talk about “growth mindset.” Numerous studies have been done to evaluate children and adults and whether they have a “fixed” or “growth” mindset. The terms are fairly intuitive – are you closed to change or open to it? Are you rigid or flexible in your thinking, but it [...]

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Social Media Boot Camps To Help You Market Better

There’s a crowded, noisy, high intensity party going on and you decide to join later than everyone else. You stand at the door and hear a lot of laughter and hesitate before you ring the doorbell. You might wonder if maybe you are too late to join. That’s a bit what social media feels like [...]

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Is Your Cloud Secure?

Edward Snowden may have singlehandedly made the entire business world nervous about its data. Many analysts predicted we would see a frenzied flight from the cloud back to onsite, on-premise servers. What happened in reality is that we just started asking tougher questions and updating our own security plans and protocols. Despite the Snowden leaks, [...]

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3D Printing Innovation From Italy May Save Your Skull

As someone who covers cloud computing trends as well as 3D printing, I was excited to see this infographic from IBM that talked about both. One of the challenges I’ve heard from startups using 3D technology that requires collaboration is the difficulty of connecting remote workers who need to be involved. Working online together to [...]

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9 Steps To Career Zen: 50+ Quotes

It is all too easy to dispense advice to friends and co-workers, even to family. But what do you do when you want to help someone build a true foundation and inspire BIG thinking? My wife put together this list to help us capture the ideas and values we want to share with our young [...]

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Are You Ready For Customer Reviews?

Customers are increasingly in control of the buying process. They make decisions without calling your sales team. They don’t read your marketing materials. Then, they share their thoughts, good and bad, on review sites all around the web. Business owners don’t complain about the good ones, but the bad ones can drive them crazy. Positive [...]

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