February 13, 2017

When We Can’t Control Ourselves

Jacquelyn Smith, for Business Insider, walks us through the presentation mistakes we should all avoid as good public speakers. Check out my top takeaways below.


  • We all tend to act strangely when we’re nervous, and
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February 10, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – February 10

Smart Thinking On Investing – February 10

Sound advice from Money Nuggets kicks off my Smart Thinking this week, with reasons why you should have an emergency fund. Latoya Scott has compiled her ultimate financial checklist for millennials for her

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February 9, 2017

Spend Time to Save Time: TED Talk Ideals

Inc’s Jessica Stillman advises us to spend a few minutes of online research with certain TED talks to boost our productivity. Here are a few insights from a couple of the noted speakers.


  • Shawn Achor
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February 8, 2017

What Lean Thinking and Urinal Flies Have In Common

Today, Rey Elbo of The Manila Times compares Lean thinking and a small oddity men find in their urinals. Check out my key takeaways from his piece.


  • The art of lean thinking can be well-demonstrated
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February 7, 2017

Coffee’s Benefits in the Fight Against Cancer

Anahad O’Connor, from The New York Times, shares expertise from the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) regarding coffee as a protection against cancer. See below for my summaries from his article.


  • Declared “possibly carcinogenic” in 1991
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February 6, 2017

Anyone Can Be a Professional Public Speaker

Gorana Blagus, of Bamboo, shares the secrets to relaxing during your public speech like a pro. Check out my key observations underneath.


  • Becoming a relaxed pro speaker isn’t a major undertaking to make, anyone can
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February 3, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – February 3

Smart Thinking On Investing – February 3

Smart Thinking this week kicks off with Fritz Gilbert, guest writing for Budgets Are Sexy, who explains how he became a 401(k) millionaire. Our Next Life shares their secret to having an adventure
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February 2, 2017

Be as Productive as the Ultra-Successful

Linkedin influencer, Dr. Travis Bradberry, reveals the practices of the ultra-successful in life for us all to emulate. See below for my observations from his article.


  • Focus on minutes, not hours; the highly successful among
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February 1, 2017

Think Lean to Achieve Lean

Rick Bohan explains today why uncommitted leaders may be a factor in the failure of Lean initiatives, but they aren’t the root of it. Check out my top takeaways from the piece.


  • Though many companies
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January 31, 2017

Coffee Holds Lots of Hidden Health Benefits

Today, Curejoy uncovers the health rewards we’re all gaining as we enjoy our morning cup of joe. Read below for my key insights.


  • Not only do we get the flavor and caffeine perks from coffee,
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January 30, 2017

Win the Hearts and Minds of Your Audience

Carmine Gallo shares his secret behind the key to sharing personal insights and stories for inspiring your audience. Check out my summaries below for more detail.


  • People find our stories of struggle inspiring, from the
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January 27, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – January 27

Smart Thinking On Investing – January 27

Latoya Scott kicks off this week’s Smart Thinking with her Life and a Budget’s approach to getting a month ahead with your income. Sarah Li Cain, author of High Fiving Dollars, shares how
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January 26, 2017

Focus on Your Alignment Goals

Elizabeth Grace Saunders teaches us to stop stop setting goals we aren’t passionate about in our careers. See below for my key insights.


  • Many people fail to realize their career goals because they set too
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January 25, 2017

What All the Fuss Is about with Lean and Agile

Anna Majowska of Dzone explains the benefits of Lean and Agile workflow. Check out my key takeaways from the article.


  • It’s about working less but to a better quality: ensure your systems and objectives are
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January 24, 2017

Coffee Linked to Longer Life Expectancy

Kathryn Doyle of Reuters Health examines the reduced risk of death thanks to coffee in her piece for Fox News. Read on for further details.


  • US research demonstrates that coffee drinkers are less likely to
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January 23, 2017

It’s All in Your Mind

In today’s feature, we showcase Alex Honeysett’s article from The Muse on how to overcome your fear of public speaking—without having to picture your audience naked. Check out my top takeaways below.


  • Calm your fears
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January 20, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – January 20

Smart Thinking On Investing – January 20

Heading up my Smart Thinking this week is Allea Grummert’s blog on being human and going over budget. Barbara Stewart of CFA Institute urges women to take the first steps to investing .
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January 19, 2017

The Key to Being More Productive at Work

Courtney Seiter, from Buffer, shares her insights into how we can achieve more at the office—by altering our attitude to breaks. Check out my leading observations from her article underneath.


  • By changing the way you
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January 18, 2017

How Six Sigma Can Fan the Spark of Innovation

Dan Blacharski explains how Six Sigma can support and actually promote a culture of innovation within your organisation for Innovation Excellance. Read my top insights from his interesting piece below.


  • Though some argue that Six
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January 17, 2017

It’s All in the Coffee Chemistry

Gizmodo’s George Dvorsky advises us today on the reasons we should keep our coffee in the fridge. See my key takeaways below.


  • A scientific study has demonstrated that cold temperatures keep the particles tighter in
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January 16, 2017

Begin at the Beginning

In today’s article Jaquelyn Smith combats the best ways to start a presentation for Business Insider. Check out my summary below for more details.


  • In just one minute you need to excite your audience’s attention,
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January 13, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – January 13

Smart Thinking On Investing – January 13

In Smart Thinking this week, Erin Creates of Journey to Saving shares her money management system as an alternative to budgeting. Sarah Li Cain from High Fiving Dollars relates the story of a
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January 12, 2017

Are You Using Your Time Effectively?

Tim Urban of Wait But Why breaks our days down into 100 blocks of 10 minutes and asks if we’re using ours as efficiently as we can? Read my summaries below for more insight.


  • With
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January 11, 2017

The Fundamental Principle of Lean Manufacturing Is Being Overlooked

From Dzone, Steve Garbrecht teaches us to go back to the basics of lean manufacturing. See my observations from the piece below.


  • At least 3:1 manufacturers are putting cross-functional groups into action but aren’t employing
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January 10, 2017

Even If You Don’t Have a Personal Barista in the Morning…

In today’s article, Kate Brateskeir teaches us the art of brewing store-bought coffee into a decent cup of java. Check out my insights from her piece below.


  • …it’s still possible to have good coffee at
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January 9, 2017

Fear of Public Speaking Ranks Just Higher Than Fear of Death

Check out this hugely insightful assessment by Nancy Duarte and Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic from the Harvard Business Review today to discover what’s truly behind your anxiety when speaking in public. See my key takeaways from the piece below and complete Read the rest

January 6, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – January 6

Smart Thinking On Investing – January 6

Heading up the first Smart Thinking of 2017 is Ben Casselman, editor at FiveThirtyEight, who reflects on what we can learn from 2016’s economic lessons. The Tortoise and the Gare from Be Awesome
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January 5, 2017

Get Your Life Back

Buffer’s Chris Winfield reveals his technique to overhauling his schedule and going from a 40 hour work week to a 16.7 hour one. See below for more information on how you can do the same.

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January 4, 2017

Dr. Deming’s Influential Work in the US

Today we look at Part Two of Doug Williams’ blog articles which remember Dr. William Edwards Deming and his activities after Japan in the US. Check out my top takeaways from the piece underneath.


  • Ford
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January 3, 2017

Why You Should Avoid Pre-Ground Coffee

Today, Coffee Confidential’s Lorenzo Emden breaks down exactly why we should not be buying ground coffee. Read my key insights from his article below.


  • We grind coffee, rather than use the whole beans, to let
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January 2, 2017

Key Vocal Exercises to Enhance Your Public Speaking

Jason Peck from Flick First has some great tips for enhancing your public speaking, by exercising an often overlooked tool. Check out my summary for more information.


  • Often, when faced with public speaking we concentrate
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December 30, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – December 30

Smart Thinking On Investing – December 30

With Christmas behind us, we take a look at ways to be financially sound for the New Year ahead. Heading up Smart Thinking this week is Market Watch’s Shawn Langlois and his advice
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December 29, 2016

Achieve Better Work-Life Balance

It’s difficult to know if you’ve become a workaholic, so thankfully Rachel Ritlop’s article from Forbes sheds some light to see if you’re failing at the work-life balance. Check out my key takeaways below.


  • Are
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December 28, 2016

Dr. Deming’s Lessons to the Japanese

Over the next two weeks, I want to share Doug William’s two part blog which remembers Dr. William Edwards Deming and focuses on his influential teachings. Read below for my key takeaways from Part One.

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December 27, 2016

The Coffee Equation

Chase Purdy from Quartz unveils today how mathematicians are solving the perfect cup of coffee problem. See my summary below for more details.


  • With over 1,800 chemical components in a cup of filtered black coffee
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December 26, 2016

Stop Your Heart Racing Before Speaking in Public

Sweaty palms, racing heart, and knees knocking; it’s a common fear for everyone when giving a presentation. Jacquelyn Smith of Business Insider shares her tips for calming your nerves before public speaking. Read on for more information.

December 23, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – December 23

Smart Thinking On Investing – December 23

In this week’s Smart Thinking, in the run up to Christmas and looking ahead to 2017, I wanted to share Ben Carlson’s words of warning from his blog, A Wealth of Common Sense,
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December 22, 2016

Work Smarter, Not Harder; Take Time To Sharpen Your Axe

Belle Beth Cooper has some great insights for revolutionizing your productivity in today’s article from Buffer Social. Check out my key takeaways underneath.


  • It’s difficult to retune the way you work, switching off properly at
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December 21, 2016

How to Approach System Failures

John Hunter, writing for The W. Edwards Deming Institute Blog, reveals Dr. Deming’s note on management after a hospital stay. Processes that can apply to any organization, read on for my insights from the article.

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December 20, 2016

The Pourover Coffee Method In Depth

With new coffee gadgets popping up all over, it’s good to understand the process behind them. Nick Cho from Serious Eats goes through the phases of pourover brewing—check out my takeaways from his article below.

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December 19, 2016

Drop It Like a TED Talk

Jeff Haden’s article on Inc will certainly inspire those in the run up to their public speaking events. Even if you’re not giving a TED talk, the insights he shares are great techniques for everyone. More in my summary below.Read the rest

December 16, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – December 16

Smart Thinking On Investing – December 16

This week in Smart Thinking I wanted to share Andy Hayes’ collected wisdom for saving money over the holidays, all from top personal finance bloggers, for Calculate My Wealth. Jennifer Streaks, blogging at
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December 15, 2016

Maximize Your Team’s Potential With the Right Delegation

Forbes’ J. Maureen Henderson shares her insights into why your failure to delegate is harmful to your team and your work load. Read my top takeaways from her article.


  • Being reluctant to release control by
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December 14, 2016

Develop a Stronger Team for Better Results

Today, The Lean Office’s Randy Siever discusses his approach to being a successful Lean Manager and helping your team produce the right results. See my summary of his article underneath.


  • A good Lean Manager focuses
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December 13, 2016

Coffee’s Journey from Bean to Cup

Nathan, writer of The Beanstalker blog shares the best coffee infographic he’s ever seen; “Where does coffee come from?” Here are my top takeaways from the impressive artwork.


  • Coffee plants are only grown on the
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December 12, 2016

Master Your Body Language to Master Public Speaking

Hannah Martin, co-founder and writer at the Talented Ladies Club, reveals her tips for improving your public speaking skills—it’s all about your body language. Check out my key insights from her article below.


  • Don’t underestimate
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December 9, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – December 09

Smart Thinking On Investing – December 02

In Smart Thinking this week, Barry Ritholtz, author of The Big Picture blog, has written a comprehensive guide to help you evaluate you need for a financial advisor—too good not to share! A
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December 8, 2016

Follow Through on Your Goals and Resolutions

Zack Miller from LivePlan reveals his strategies for setting achievable goals and reaching them. Check out my top insights below.


  • Make your goals visible; write them down somewhere accessible to remind yourself of them as
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December 7, 2016

Ways to Avoid Common Six Sigma Deployment Mistakes

From Grey Campus, Uma Daga sets us on the right path to steer clear of common Six Sigma mistakes. Read on for more information from the article.


  • While training and certification in Six Sigma are
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December 6, 2016

The Answers to Coffee Questions You’ve Been Seeking

I loved Ryoko Iwata’s infographic on “Coffee questions you’re too afraid to ask,” so here are the insights I took from it off her website (I Love Coffee) just for you.


  • The difference in light
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