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The 6 Biggest Mistakes that Business Leaders Make Today

As a business leader, you are expected to do it all. You are the one who must be the most knowledgeable, the most connected and the one with the clearest vision. You are also expected to have exceptional character and no apparent weaknesses. It is...

The Power of Personal Brand in Business

You too are a brand. Whether you know it or not. Whether you like it or not.  – Marc Eckō.  It's all about identity. Coca Cola is a brand. The red can with silver script makes it instantly recognizable. People know that just by holding a can...

What REALLY happens to your data when it’s stored in the Cloud?

Today, it feels like every blog is advising businesses to move to the cloud. Every cloud service is promoting themselves as the cheaper alternative than hosting your own servers. Every email provider is vying for you to move away from your Windows Mail server. Why...

Too much information! The lowdown on DATA

Data, data, data. The core of business, the crux upon which we build our lives. In our connected world, hardly a decision is made without some sort of data analysis. As statistician W. Edwards Deming said, “In God we trust. All others must bring data.”...

Cyber Threats: A Growing Menace for Today’s Business Leaders

In late 2014, hackers accessed sensitive information from the accounts of over 500 million Yahoo users. Information that they obtained included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, security questions with their corresponding answers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords. This is considered one of the biggest...

Year in Review Interview

2016 End of Year interview with Idealog Magazine: Heroes? Villains? Best NZ business? Worst tech? Robots, ​real housewives​ and more..Read More...

Save Stress With Social Media in the Silly Season

Eek, it’s that time of year already. The ‘silly season’ is upon us! With everything to plan, purchase, attend and accomplish, December is one of the busiest times of the year. Unfortunately, for many people Christmas simply equates to more work and more stress. This...

Drawing Them In: How to Attract Customers in a Digital World

It’s no secret that over the last several decades there has been a dramatic, global shift from an economy based on manufacturing to one based on information and service industries. We are now entering another dramatic shift in which we move from the service and...

New Leadership Model Adopted by U.S Army

Recently we looked at the idea of adopting a work culture that embraces employee happiness and places it as a top priority. While this has shown to be a method for ensuring greater customer satisfaction, there are many ways to achieve greater employee happiness. A...

Fake News, Social Media & a Culture of Ignorance

Post-truth, this word was named Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2016.  Defined as: Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion or personal belief. Not too long ago, many would have...

Corporate Social Media FAIL…Accident, Oversight or Just Plain Stupid?

Many large corporations now know the importance of using social media tools to connect with their customers. It is a strong factor in their overall reputation and it presents an opportunity to connect directly with existing and potential customers. Social media strategies have also become...

Recruitment in a Digital World

With more reliance than ever on digital technology, it comes as no surprise that it's an important way to recruit the very best employees for your business. But there's a right, and wrong, way to go about it. Everyone knows that the single greatest asset that...

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Digital Ethics and the High Cost of Complacency

We need to spend more time discussing and learning about ethical behavior in a business environment. Most strong managers realize that their role as a leader also contains an ethical component. However, unlike other business skills, many managers don’t spend time consciously developing this trait....

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Leaders with Leverage

Prior to social media, the word “brand” was mainly associated with large companies sporting hefty marketing budgets, shiny logos, and a fancy team of publicists. Few professionals thought to deliberately create their own personal brand and even fewer considered themselves as business units that could...

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Case of the Deceitful Delete

News flash! The Delete Button is Lying to You It’s hard to imagine what our lives would be like without the internet. Let’s stop for a moment and think about it. You wouldn’t be able to email your clients or update your Facebook status with exciting...

When Sleeping Women Wake, Mountains Move

[iframe id="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fGK-ieK6Aug" align="center" mode="normal"] Guest blog by Merlijn Knol of HER WAY There is a Chinese proverb that says that ‘when sleeping women wake, mountains move’. This is something I passionately believe in. For thousands of years we have lived in the paradigm of masculinity, however this...

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Goodbye Selfie, Hello Headshot

When perusing social media platforms, how many selfies do you see? Whether they’re taken with a selfie stick, or by holding an arm out, they appear unpolished and unrefined. For those of you in the business world, it’s time to step up your game and...