September 26, 2016

New Ways to Deliver Ideas Effectively

The collective minds of business and career coaches from the Forbes Coaches Council have come together to produce some alternative approaches to improving your presentation skills. Read my top insights from their article.


  • The ability
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September 23, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – September 23

Smart Thinking On Investing – September 23

I found an interesting piece this week on controlling other people’s perspectives of your finances; Mr. CBB, author of Canadian Budget Binder, proposes that to save money the best way is to make
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September 22, 2016

Time-Tracking For A Happier, More Productive You

Check out Oliver Northwood’s tips from Khan Academy to time-tracking with Google Calendar and it’s benefits. These are my top three points from the article.


  • Keep an eye on the time you spend on tasks,
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September 21, 2016

How Dropping Annual Reviews Led To A Drop In Performance

Read today’s article from Lydia Dishman of Fast Company Leadership and her insights into the consequences of ditching those dreaded annual reviews. My key points from the article are below.


  • Recently, a number of Fortune
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September 20, 2016

Coffee: “Flavor Begins With The Eyes”

Bradley Hasemeyer and Shannon Richards from The List Show take us through the proper steps for coffee inspection. Check out my summary below of the science behind a great cup of joe.


  • Q Graders—the “sommeliers
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September 19, 2016

Improve Your Ability to Present Yourself to Any Audience

Today, I found this great article on enhancing your presentation skills to boost your success at work by Maurice DeCastro, an expert in public speaking and writer for See my key takeaways from the post below.

September 16, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – September 16

Smart Thinking On Investing – September 16

This week I uncovered a useful article from Galen Herbst de Cortina for Listen Money Matters on how to create a financial plan like a seasoned professional. Sophie Aubrey shares some simple but
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September 15, 2016

Time Management: Increase Productivity Per Unit of Time

Today, I wanted to share my summaries of Mark’s tips for entrepreneurs and time management from the site Online Social Media.


  • Improve your daily schedule by discovering the art of real time management
  • Track and
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September 14, 2016

Growing Lean? Are You Improving Your Improvement Approach too?

Check out my key takeaways from Sue Kozlowski’s article on Industry Week about creating a lean system for your organization that is both led internally and mature enough to stand on its own.


  • Becoming a
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September 13, 2016

Instead of Throwing Your Leftover Coffee Away…

Pinar of My Modern Met shares artist Ghidaq al-Nizar beautiful images all created from coffee components.

  • Indonesian artist Ghidaq al-Nizar has moved on from being a latte artist and creating artwork on the latte foam of a cup to take
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September 12, 2016

Making Your Presentation Unforgettable

Today, Art Markman from the Harvard Business Review teaches us how to create presentations that are more memorable by reaching certain aspects of your audience’s memory. Check out my insights from the article below.


  • The
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September 9, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – September 9

Smart Thinking On Investing – September 9

This week I chose a great piece from Claudia Roberts, written for Chelsea Krost’s website, about finding yourself and your values before you choose a career path. Ben Carlson, the author of A
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September 8, 2016

How to Improve Your Health at Work

Today, Bubba Page discusses how you can supercharge your productivity at work without it damaging your health. See my key takeaways for more details.


  • Try and avoid sitting at your desk for lunch, it’s good
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September 7, 2016

Six Sigma: Improve Cost, Quality, and Satisfaction

Carolyn Pexton examines six sigma and it’s benefits for iSixSigma; see my summary for key points from her piece.


  • Six Sigma is a great tool to improve quality and throughput, resulting in positive effects on
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September 6, 2016

A Cup of Cowboy Joe

An enlightening piece today; Anna Brones talks us through what cowboy coffee really is for Read my key takeaways from her article below.


  • Cowboy coffee’s fans are all about the simplicity of it’s nature,
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September 5, 2016

The Reality Behind Common Myths On Giving Presentations

Today, read Inc.’s article by Rowena Crosbie as she debunks 14 myths about giving presentations. Check out my key insights from her piece.


  • Only use humor or a joke if it’s appropriate to support your
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September 2, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – September 2

Smart Thinking On Investing – September 2

This week, I have a collection of very different articles to share, starting with The Big Law Investor’s piece written to shake you up and get you motivated on route to financial independence.
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September 1, 2016

Transform Your Motivation and Achieve Your Dreams

I found this article from Brightside about habits you should pick up to get you on the right path to your dreams quite inspirational. Read my key insights below.


  • Waking up early and making the
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August 31, 2016

Are Customer Satisfaction and Retention the Same?

Today, Michael Lowenstein asks the question, “Why, Oh Why, Is ANYBODY Still Measuring Customer Satisfaction?” in a blog post for CustomerThink. See my key takeaways below.


  • Retention is about what keeps a customer coming back
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August 30, 2016

Brazil; Biggest Coffee Exporter; Great Beans; Terrible Self-Marketing

Today, I took my key insights from Plus55’s article about the world’s biggest coffee exporter; Brazil, and how despite that, they’re terrible at marketing this fact.


  • For decades, rather than exporting coffee as a specialty
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August 29, 2016

The 5-Step Process For Creating Great Presentations

Check out my summary of Richard Feloni’s article in Business Insider on presentation advice, according to 2014 Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking, Dananjaya Hettiarachchi.


  • Summarize your presentation’s message in fewer than 10 words
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August 26, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – August 26

Smart Thinking On Investing – August 26

I wanted to share a few different pieces this week, starting with Kate Warne’s article on the risk involved with not investing from the site Edward Jones. Yes and Yes author, Sarah Von
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August 25, 2016

Millennials: Stop Wasting Time And Sabotaging Your Career Prospects

I chose Caroline Beaton’s hard-hitting article from Forbes to summarize today. She has a few truths for millennials to help stop making these avoidable mistakes in their careers.


  • Be honest with yourself about your goals
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August 24, 2016

Is The Trust We Place In Online User Reviews Warranted?

Read my insights from Bart de Langhe, Phil Fernbach, and Donald R. Lichtenstein’s article from the Harvard Business Review on online user ratings as a source for product quality information.


  • Consumers are increasingly turning to
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August 23, 2016

The Coffee Confusion: Is It Good Or Bad For You?

The New York Times’s Anahad O’Connor shares his discoveries into the conflicting evidence we read about coffee and it’s effects. I’ve summarised some of the key takeaways from the article below.


  • A range of different
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August 22, 2016

Profitable Growth is What Matters

Watch the video with me or read below about how we use World Class Benchmarking to analyze a company’s financial performance.



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August 22, 2016

Give Your Presentation Skills a Dazzling Quality

Today, I took my key insights from John Boitnott’s article for Entrepreneur on how to impress your boss with your dazzling and creative presentation skills.


  • Metaphors are a great tactic to paint a clear image
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August 19, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – August 19

Smart Thinking On Investing – August 19

This week, I wanted to share with you Natalia Angulo-Hinkson from Circa’s findings, on how millennials are spending money due to social media influences. Michael Lewis’s piece on Money Crashers outlines three main
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August 18, 2016

Smartphones & Meetings: The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus

William Treseder from the Harvard Business Review offers his insight on the two daily distractions we encounter that are pulling our attention away from what’s truly important at work. Check out my key insights from the article.

August 17, 2016

How Quality Management Can Integrate Technical and Human Systems

John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog, discusses the best approach to integrating technical quality and human management systems within your company. See below for my main insights from the article.

  • The ideal
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August 16, 2016

Effects of Coffee; It’s All in Your Genes

The New York Times’s Anahad O’Connor shares his discoveries into the conflicting evidence we read about coffee and it’s effects. I’ve summarised some of the key takeaways from the article below.

  • For years, there’s been vast
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August 15, 2016

The Art of a Non-Sucky Presentation

Read Melanie Pinola’s take from Lifehacker on ways to master creating presentations that don’t suck, I lifted some key insights together for you here.

  • Presentation going on forever? Feel like you haven’t achieved anything—either as presenter
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August 12, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – August 12

Smart Thinking On Investing – August 12

While it’s not possible to summarize all 22 financial mistakes that Candice Elliott—editor for Listen Money Matters—highlights, I picked out my key insights from the article. Also, check out PureWow who teaches us
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August 11, 2016

Become A Good Time Manager

For tips on better time management check out Celestine Chua’s article from Lifehack. These are my main insights from her article.

  • Plan each day, assign time limits to the tasks you have in front of you,
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August 10, 2016

DOWNTIME: What Every Business Wants to Avoid

  • DOWNTIME; a lean six sigma acronym to help avoid eight business wastes that may be costing your company money
  • Though they’re intended for the manufacturing industry, the acronyms can be applied to any service based industry
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August 9, 2016

Coffee Food Waste Now Improving Chocolate

  • The leftover cherry fruits of the coffee plant used to go in the trash but they’re now being turned into coffee flour
  • The fruits start to decay quickly after they’re picked from the beans, so until
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August 8, 2016

Make Presentations Great With Eye-Catching Visuals

  • Get your audience hooked by beginning with visuals that add an element of mystery to the opening of your presentation
  • Don’t give everything away with your chosen visual though; it should offer worth to your presentation
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August 5, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – August 5

Smart Thinking On Investing – August 5

I wanted to open this week with an interesting article from Chintan Vora, a writer for Money Control who highlights some common financial pitfalls for millennials to avoid. John Schmoll from Frugal Rules 
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August 4, 2016

Improve Your Time Management

  • Organize the time you spend on thoughts, conversations, and activities; optimize the time for those that produce the best results and cut down time for others
  • Allow time for interruptions; you can’t avoid them, and spend
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August 3, 2016

The Mistruths About Lean

  • Lean is not just for speed, just as Six Sigma is not just for quality improvement
  • Apply Lean effectively as a philosophy; as a change in your management approach, it is not just a tool to
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August 2, 2016

Recreate those Café Scene Experiences in Your Own Home

  • If you yearn for the café style culture from your far flung travel experiences, worry not, you can recreate it in your home; start with the right soundtrack
  • Buy quality coffee beans; you can now buy
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August 1, 2016

Capture Your Audience’s Attention With Your Presentation

  • Be bold and startle them with your introduction—grab their interest by being controversial and exciting
  • Uncover interesting facts about an unknown date and discuss events happening that might be of consequence to your audience
  • Don’t forget
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July 29, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 29

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 29

Michael Ruderman starts us off this week with his take in the Huffington Post on what you can learn from Pokémon Go to apply to your finances. Georgi Boorman, a writer for The
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July 23, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 23

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 23

This week I thought we’d start with a handy checklist to use when it comes to choosing stocks, by Graham Witcomb of the Intelligent Investor. Samantha Fryzol, from Elite Daily, offers good reasons
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July 16, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 16

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 16

This week’s selection of articles includes Moneystepper’s opening strategy for those new to investing—for those looking to make the dive. Paul Katzeff of Investor’s Business Daily uncovers the reasons behind millennials shying away
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July 9, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 9

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 9    

This week Meaghan Carlson from TechCrunch shares her inside view on what it will take to get millennials confidently investing in the stock market. Kathleen Elkins of the Business Insider discovers why Grant
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July 2, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 2

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 2    

This week I wanted to share some good advice from Sophia Bera from the Business Insider, about the advantages of investing as soon as possible. Stefan Sharpe, the author of The Millennial Budget,
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June 25, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 25

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 25    

This week in Smart Thinking I found an article on a great role model; Hetty Green, the first woman to invest on Wall Street—learn more about her from Amanda Leek at Telegraph Money. … Read the rest
June 18, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 17

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 17    

Take a look at Poppy from Dumbfunded’s money-saving expert advice. See how, despite general criticism for being too ‘self-absorbed,’ Millennials are actually a socially conscious bunch when it comes to investing; according to … Read the rest
June 11, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 11

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 11    

Want to learn to invest when you don’t have any money? Allie Conti from VICE teaches us the trick after embarking on an informal financial education of her own. Morgan Housel from The … Read the rest