April 20, 2017

How Time Flies

Author Laura Vanderkam unravels busy peoples’ lies today. See below for my insights from her article in The New York Times.


  • The usual response when asked how we are, is to respond “Busy,” and it’s
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April 19, 2017

The Importance of Studying

Today, Mark Graban discusses the lack of organizations studying W. Edwards Deming’s practices for his Lean Blog. For more information, read my observations underneath.


  • Many organizations “implement Lean” or practice “improvement science,” but don’t have
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April 17, 2017

Be at One with Your Audience

Michael Mamas, writing for Entrepreneur, shares his masterful public speaking practices. Read my top takeaways from his article below.


  • Casual asides and in-jokes may seem like they would lighten the mood of your presentation but
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April 14, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – April 14

Smart Thinking On Investing – April 14

Heading up this week’s Smart Thinking, Kristin Wong helps us have constructive financial discussions with our parents for Lifehacker. Brian Preston of The Money Guy Show demonstrates how to start and manage your

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April 13, 2017

The Recipe for Success

Jennifer Cohen of Forbes writes of the habits of successful people today. I gleaned some key insights from her piece below.


  • Be persistent in all your endeavors; passion and hard work will drive you towards
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April 12, 2017

Practice Lean Changes

Michael Ballé demonstrates in LinkedIn how enforcing Lean can change the way managers manage their teams. See my top takeaways from his piece below.


  • Management practices can be changed for the good, once managers begin
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April 11, 2017

Climate Danger and Coffee

The Salt’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro enlightens us to the disaster brewing in Brazil and the effect it will have on coffee. Read on for more information below.


  • The warmer temperatures of climate change are being felt
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April 10, 2017

Be Mindful

Maurice DeCastro, writing for Business 2 Community, offers the use of mindfulness up as a tool to help you with your presentations. Check out my summaries below.


  • The power of mindfulness can help us become
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April 7, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – April 7

Smart Thinking On Investing – April 7

In Smart Thinking this week, we begin with Dr. Cory S. Fawcett, blogging at The White Coat Investor, who teaches us how to become steady plodding investors. Sam Dogen, the Financial Samurai, hopes

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April 6, 2017

Work It Smarter

Jeff Haden believes the key to success is in working harder and smarter in his article for Inc.com. Check out my observations from his approach below.


  • Adjust the way you approach your to-do list; limit
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April 5, 2017

Which Direction Should We Head In?

Today, Jeff Gothelf—blogging on Medium—breaks down how to pick the right management strategy for your organization. See my summaries below for more details.


  • If you’re not sure which management strategy is “right” for you or
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April 4, 2017

More Arguments for Drinking Coffee

Brad Hoppmann, writing for Uncommon Wisdom Daily, shares another good reason for drinking coffee with us. Check out my key takeaways below from his piece.


  • Many of us have heard about the health benefits of
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April 3, 2017

Powerful Storytelling

Simply Amazing Training’s Dee Clayton reveals how we should be ramping up the storytelling aspect of our presentations. Read on for more information from her article.


  • As an audience, we remember things more powerfully when
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March 31, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – March 31

Smart Thinking On Investing – March 31

Kathy Caprino of Forbes begins Smart Thinking this week with a guide to recognizing whether you’re working with an expert or a fake. Author of My Money Blog, Jonathan Ping, suggests altering the

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March 30, 2017

Set Goals, Not Resolutions

The Financial Ginger, Jacob Brad Johnson, advocates real goals rather than resolutions in his blog article today. Read on for my top takeaways from his piece.


  • It’s mid-march, and let’s face it, by now we’ve
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March 29, 2017

Encourage Innovation

Dan Blacharski walks us through how Six Sigma encourages innovation within your organization for Innovation Excellence. See underneath for my key observations from his article.


  • The Six Sigma approach gets a lot of bad rap
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March 28, 2017

A Match Made in Heaven

Christopher Osburn, blogging on Uproxx, studies the effect of mixing coffee and chocolate in your daily cup of java. Check out my insights below.


  • A new caffeine-related study suggests we’d gain even more benefits from
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March 27, 2017

Stop Making the Same Public Speaking Mistakes

Today, check out Business Insider’s article from public speaking expert Terri Trespicio talking about the major mistakes all speakers make at times. Read on for more details on how to avoid these.


  • It may seem
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March 24, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – March 24

Smart Thinking On Investing – March 24

Christina Wallace begins Smart Thinking this week with a perspective on the unveiling of the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street on International Women’s Day. Charis Rebecca Brown reveals what habits debt-free people

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March 23, 2017

Master Your Time

LinkedIn influencer Jessica DiLullo Herrin reveals her techniques for being more efficient and productive. See my summaries for more details.


  • We all get the same amount of time per day; so it’s entirely up to
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March 22, 2017

Succeed as a Manager

What does it take to be a good manager? Joseph Coffey, writing for Business Time Zone Global, has some ideas—read my insights from his article underneath.


  • Approach the hard decisions and challenges you will face
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March 21, 2017

Improve Your Efficiency

Check out this great infographic from Matt Banner’s On Blast Blog to help you make your day more productive with coffee. See my key insights from his piece below the artwork.

Boosting Productivity with Coffee


Credit: On Blast Blog


  • Coffee can heighten
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March 20, 2017

Mistakes to Avoid When Public Speaking

Smart Company’s Eve Ash walks us through the common mistakes we tend to make when giving presentations. Check out my key takeaways below.


  • The usual problems that speakers find themselves making when giving a presentation
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March 17, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – March 17

Smart Thinking On Investing – March 17

Kicking off Smart Thinking this week is Stacey, author of Creating My Happiness blog, who reveals that sometimes spending money can save you money. Money Nuggets walks us through finding the right debt

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March 16, 2017

How to Approach Your Time Management

Donald Latumahina, writer of the blog Life Optimizer, reveals his methods on how not to get overwhelmed at work by managing your time better. See my key insights below.


  • Improved time management isn’t about getting
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March 15, 2017

Improve Continuously

Six Sigma share techniques for implementing the Japanese Kaizen culture within your company. Read on for more information.


  • The Japanese expression ‘Kaizen’ is about producing “good change,” and it has been used to influence development
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March 14, 2017

“Smarter Coffee Drinking”

For the Art of Wellbeing, Brendan Brown shares his guide to being clever about your coffee drinking. Check out my observations from his piece below.


  • Rather than drinking coffee as soon as you wake, optimize
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March 13, 2017

Give It Your All

Christina DesMarais walks us through her techniques to keeping your audience wide awake and engaged in your presentation in her article for Inc.com. Read my top takeaways below.


  • Use visual images and explanatory metaphors to
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March 13, 2017

Are There Still Deming Style Managed Companies?


Deming’s Style

Dr. W. Edwards Deming illustrated his management style through the creation of his 14 points. These were a comprehensive list of what he saw wrong in management and what he thought should … Read the rest

March 10, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – March 10

Smart Thinking On Investing – March 10

Jennie Duong of The Origami Life heads up Smart Thinking this week discussing how to get your family talking more openly about money. Cashville Skyline’s own Kate Dore reveals why your scarcity mindset

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March 9, 2017

Who Was Dr. W. Edwards Deming?

Very few people in this world get to expand their horizons enough to accomplish several goals within their lifetime. Dr. William Edwards Deming was one of those few people who, historically, managed to do just that, with a very successful … Read the rest

March 9, 2017

Optimize Your Productivity

Dr. Travis Bradberry discusses how smart people are making the most of their time; working less and getting more done. See my summaries below for more details.


  • It’s possible to boost your working week and
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March 8, 2017

Lean Thinking

Michael Ballé and Jeff Liker collaborate to discuss how Lean thinking challenges the way we approach management. See below for more observations from the article.


  • Executives at management level sometimes struggle to grasp the concept
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March 7, 2017

How to Improve Your Quality Management System with Deming’s 14 Points

Today, in the modern era of advanced technology you need to implement a couple of competitive strategies to stay at the top market leading position. Dr. William Edwards Deming is well renowned for his contribution to … Read the rest

March 7, 2017

Coffee’s Effects on You After You Drink

The people at Bright Side reveal the effects coffee has on your body after being drunk. Read my key takeaways from their piece.


  • In the first 10 – 20 minutes, you’ll start to feel more
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March 6, 2017

TED Talks: The Gold Standard of Public Speaking

Writing for Forbes, author Carmine Gallo reveals that TED talks are setting the benchmark for public speaking at an all time high. Check out my insights for how to match this level below.


  • Great TED
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March 3, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – March 3

Smart Thinking On Investing – March 3

Stefanie O’Connell heads up Smart Thinking this week by asking if we should let money problems come between us and our partners in her self-named blog. Modest Money’s Spencer Mecham unlocks the keys

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March 2, 2017

Design Time, Don’t Manage It

Googler Thomas Davies reveals how we can design the use of our time rather than try to over manage it for Fast Company. Check out my observations below.


  • It doesn’t seem to matter how hard
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March 1, 2017

“Would Dr. Deming Have Been a Black Belt?”

Industry Week’s John Dyer asks if Dr. Deming would have embraced today’s Lean and Six Sigma principles if he was still alive. See my summaries from his piece underneath.


  • Many argue how Dr. Deming would
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February 28, 2017

Coffee and Your… Poop

Katherine Marko of The Alternative Daily shares some of the science behind why coffee makes us got to the bathroom. Read on for more information.


  • Considered a diuretic, studies show that those who drink coffee
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February 27, 2017

Be Passionate About Developing Your Public Speaking Abilities

Dr Nick Morgan helps us prepare to be the best public speakers we can in 2017 with his helpful truths from Forbes today. Check out my key insights from his article below.


  • With the competition
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February 24, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – February 24

Smart Thinking On Investing – February 24

The Thrifty Issue heads up this week’s Smart Thinking by suggesting original ways to live for free. Tonya Stumphauzer, author of the Budget and the Beach blog, reveals how we can stay motivated

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February 23, 2017

Leverage Time to Your Advantage

Guest writing for Trello, Dennis Mortensen—CEO of x.ai—shares his top time management techniques. Read on for more details.


  • Time is a perceived function; which suggests that if we change our perception, we can manage it
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February 22, 2017

Inspired Lean and Six Sigma Ideals for Your Family

Alison Zeidman, writing for Fatherly, shares how we can use Lean and Six Sigma ideals to save time on chores and your family routines. Read my top takeaways beneath.


  • Use visual signs or “kanban cards”
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February 21, 2017

The Perfect Bedside Pour

Engadget’s CEO, Billy Steele, showcases every coffee lover’s dream: waking up to the perfect bedside brew. Check out my key points from his article.


  • Barisieur are the company behind the innovative alarm clock which brews
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February 20, 2017

Look to Aristotle to Create a Killer Presentation

Marc Stoiber finds inspiration from Aristotle today in how to create the perfect presentation from the site, Your Ultimate Speech. See my observations from his piece below.


  • 2,500 years ago, Aristotle’s keen observations created the
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February 17, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – February 17

Smart Thinking On Investing – February 17

Mindy Jensen opens Smart Thinking this week with some hard-hitting reasons behind why you’re still “poor” for Bigger Pockets. Paula Pant of Afford Anything reveals the easiest budget ever. And Bravely Go’s Kara

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February 16, 2017

Positive Strategic Goal-Setting

Kauppalehti showcases Dick Grote’s piece on goal-setting strategies that good managers should be using. Check out my insights from his piece.


  • 35 years of research demonstrates that by raising the bar and setting tough, specific
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February 15, 2017

Comparing Process Improvement Methodologies

Arvind Rongala, writing for Invensis Learning, explains the difference between Lean, Six Sigma, and Business Process Management (BPM). Read my summary of his article for more details.


  • Lean is a Japanese practice that seeks to
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February 14, 2017

Free Yourself from Bad Coffee

Today, The Exotic Bean’s Matty Byloos examines the grind or not to grind question. See his take on the matter underneath.


  • Nowadays, it’s relatively cheap and easy to have amazing coffee at home without needing
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