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November 30, 2016

How Six Sigma Isn’t For Everyone

Don Pepper’s LinkedIn blog warns us of the pitfalls of applying Six Sigma to your organization; it isn’t a system that works for everyone as the company 3M demonstrate. Check out my key insights from the article below.

November 29, 2016

How Your Home Brew Coffee Can Taste a Whole Lot Better

In today’s article, Dominic Preston shares tips for how to enhance your home brew coffee care of Primer Magazine. See my summary of his piece below.

 

  • Find the perfect balance in the convenience of your
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November 28, 2016

Don’t Be Old-School With Your Presentation

Public speaking expert Janice Tomich urges us to quit using the same tired presentation techniques in her article for Inc.com. See my summary of her no holds barred piece about exciting your audience rather than boring them. 

November 25, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – November 25

Smart Thinking On Investing – November 25

Heading up this week’s Smart Thinking is a piece on the mindset you need to unburden yourself and pay off debt soon by the Financial Panther. Chris Reining highlights the difficulty of retiring
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November 24, 2016

Critical Time Management Tips

Act-On’s Amy Duchene shares her inside tips to time management from a freelance perspective. Discover more on how to mind the clock rather than letting it control you below.

 

  • Put it down on paper; at
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November 23, 2016

Use a Simple Method to Assess Your Data Quality

Dr Thomas C. Redman advises in the Harvard Business Review to assess whether you have a data quality problem or not. See my summary of his article below.

 

  • The “Friday Afternoon Measurement” helps you measure
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November 22, 2016

Manual Coffee Brewing: AeroPress Vs. French Press

Dorian Bodnariuc, a coffee enthusiast from Coffee Brewing Methods, compares the differences in brewing methods between the AeroPress and the French Press. Read my key takeaways underneath.

 

  • An AeroPress is two plastic cylinders; the larger
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November 21, 2016

Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking

As an introvert, the idea of speaking to large groups of people can be your idea of hell; overcome this fear with techniques from Diana Beyer’s article on Ragan’s PR Daily, written to help you become a better public speaker. Read the rest

November 18, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – November 18

Smart Thinking On Investing – November 18

Smart Thinking hits the ground running this week with Mr Crazy Kicks and his advice on what to do with your money. Black Enterprise’s Carolyn M. Brown explains the three habits you need
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November 17, 2016

Stay on Target, Stay Motivated

Keith Jackson, author of the blog at Mind Tools, has some great techniques for not losing our motivation with our target goals. I’ve shared my insights from the article below.

 

  • As the adage goes, “Eat
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November 16, 2016

The Lean Methodology

Today, KaiNexus’s Greg Jacobson discusses the direct application of Lean management and the mindset needed to apply the process. See my summaries underneath for more information.

 

  • It’s not just a toolset—but an ongoing practice that
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November 15, 2016

The 5 Main Factors That Affect Your Coffee

Coastal Coffee examines in detail exactly what happens when you brew coffee and the factors that affect flavor the most. I took away some interesting facts from their article to share with you guys.

 

  • Hot
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November 14, 2016

Tackling Public Speaking the Navy SEAL Way

Today, Brent Gleeson shares his public speaking tips on Inc.—apparently even Navy SEAL veterans get nervous in front of an audience! Check out my key takeaways below from his insights.

 

  • Be an expert in your
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November 11, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – November 07

Smart Thinking On Investing – November 07

Smart Thinking this week showcases Forbes’s Maya Kachroo-Levine article on what you need to know to prepare for retirement. Michael Rothstein for ESPN shares how famed Lions footballer lives on only 30% of
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November 10, 2016

Manage Your Outcomes, Activities, Timing, and Schedule (OATS)

Mike Clayton shares his four personal time management tips on The Project Management blog to help us all become super-efficient at work. Read on for more information.

 

  • Work out what you need to achieve—visualize what
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November 9, 2016

Change Your Business Focus

President & CEO at CaseStack, Inc. Dan Sanker advises us to alter our business mindset today on his LinkedIn blog. Check out my key takeaways from his article below.

 

  • Many companies concentrate their aim on
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November 8, 2016

Brew the Perfect Iced Coffee at Home

If you’re enjoying warmer temperatures, Jenna Hrdlicka of Iowa State Daily has some great ideas for creating your own home-brewed ice coffee to cool down with. Read on for great coffee tips!

 

  • Brewing with hot
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November 7, 2016

It’s All About the Icing on the Cake

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Matthew Gutierrez shares speech coach, Sally Chopping’s recipe for delivering an excellent presentation. Check out my main summaries from the piece.

 

  • Presentations are just like a good slice of cake; you won’t enjoy
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November 4, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – November 04

Smart Thinking On Investing – November 04

On Smart Thinking this week, check out Chonce Maddox’s guide on Frugal Rules to how your job can actually save you money! Entrepreneur Chelsea Krost discusses how millennials are becoming a financially fit
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November 3, 2016

Overcome Crippling Deadlines and Boost Productivity

Writing for Colonial Life, Wendy Dessler has some great tips you can start implementing today to begin boosting your time management skills. Check out my key takeaways from her article.

 

  • Learn to prioritize your tasks;
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November 2, 2016

Establishing Six Sigma

Discover just how Six Sigma can help your company with Juan Rivera’s introduction to the process, care of the Pyzdek Institute. See my summaries below on his piece.

 

  • The goal of Six Sigma is to
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November 1, 2016

The Coffee with the Biggest Boost

The Inertia’s Joe Carberry enlightens us on which coffee we should be choosing in the morning to get the largest caffeine hit to start us on our day. Read my key points below.

 

  • 12 oz.
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October 31, 2016

Techniques to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

The experts at Organo shared these great business tips for enhancing your presentation skills. Check out my key takeaways from the article below.

 

 

  • Make it personal; a good story or anecdote can be a powerful
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October 28, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – October 28

Smart Thinking On Investing – October 21

I wanted to head up this week’s Smart Thinking with a piece by Spencer Mecham for Modest Money on the three mistakes you’re likely to make as a beginner investor. Erin Lowry, the
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October 27, 2016

Entrepreneurs; Optimize Your Time Management Skills

Casandra Campbell, writing for Shopify, shares some effective time management tips to enable entrepreneurs to work smarter rather than harder. I’ve shared my favorites from the list below.

 

  • Employ “just-in-time-learning,” only absorb content that can
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October 26, 2016

Ways in Which Internet of Things Can Assist Six Sigma

From Grey Campus, writer Uma Daga explains how Internet of Things (IoT) can help Six Sigma perform more efficiently. See my key takeaways underneath.

 

  • To make the most of Six Sigma applications and methodologies use
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October 25, 2016

Pulling the Perfect Espresso Shot; Coffee 101

Seattle Coffee Gear are the brains and artwork behind this pretty slick infographic on the art of pulling the perfect espresso shot. Here are some top tips I wanted to share with you guys.

 

  • If
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October 24, 2016

Suffering From Stage Fright When Speaking in Public?

Care of The British Psychological Society, Dr. Christian Jarrett offers professional insight into the anxiety you feel when speaking in public, and how it has a lot to do with your audience. Read my key summaries of his piece below.Read the rest

October 21, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – October 21

Smart Thinking On Investing – October 21

I wanted to kick off this week’s Smart Thinking with The Financial Diet’s Holly Trantham’s shrewd observations on what she could have spent her takeout spendings of 2016 on instead. Julie of Millennial
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October 20, 2016

Boost Your Routine by Learning How to Optimize Your Day

Today, I wanted to share Hubspot’s Lindsay Kolowich’s ideas on how to optimize your day. What a great idea! Check out my key takeaways from her insightful writing underneath.

 

  • There are certain moments in your
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October 19, 2016

Improving the Dreaded Performance Review

As a Dr. Deming disciple, I’m of the opinion that performance reviews do more harm than good when it comes to motivating your employees. Within my companies, we’ve recently discarded the practice entirely. But, if you and your management team Read the rest

October 18, 2016

Taking Coffee Art to the Next Level

Liora Ipsum writing for Blog To shares the next age of latte art; by printing directly onto the coffee! Check out my key takeaways from the Ripple Maker’s YouTube video.

 

  • The Ripple Maker; as well as making a smooth
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October 17, 2016

TED Talks Are Setting the Bar High for Public Speaking

Top communication theorist and coach, Nick Morgan asks if Chris Anderson’s TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking will improve presentation giving globally; just as the TED program itself has inspired so many people too. See my summary Read the rest

October 14, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – October 14

Smart Thinking On Investing – October 14

My Smart Thinking articles of choice this week are from Chonce Maddox of Frugal Rules, who lifts the lies away from financial myths. George Beall writing for The Huffington Post warns us away
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October 13, 2016

Workaholics; Learn to Make the Most of Your Vacation Time

Hubspot’s Lindsay Kolowich shares some useful insights for workaholics on how to make the most of your vacation time. Check out my top summaries of her article below.

 

  • If you’re a workaholic, you may struggle
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October 12, 2016

Implementing and Handling Visual Management

Randy Siever of The Lean Office examines the side effects of visual management and uncovers solutions for how to handle it. Read my key takeaways from the post.

 

  • There are both positive and negative benefits
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October 11, 2016

Arabica Bean Demand is Sitting Pretty

Donald Levit analyzes the growing demand for coffee beans with a particular look at Brazilian coffee futures. See my top takeaways from his article off the site Economic Calendar.

 

  • Brazilian coffee bean futures, of which
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October 10, 2016

What Not to Say in Your Presentation

Jeff Haden, writing for the Business Insider, shares 10 sentences that you’ll never hear excellent public speakers say. I shared my favorites in the summary below.

 

  • Don’t let on that you’re giving this presentation anything
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October 7, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – October 7

Smart Thinking On Investing – October 7

This week, I wanted to share Syed Wajahat Hussain piece, written for Frugal Rules on staying motivated while on your financial journey. The Financial Panther teaches us how to avoid paycheck complacency. And
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October 6, 2016

For Long-Term Projects Organization is the Name of the Game

Great tips from Hubspot’s Sophia Bernazzini today. Check out my top summaries from her article on management strategies to stay focussed during long-term projects.

 

  • Stay out of the “doom loop”—procrastinating tasks, building anxiety and loss
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October 5, 2016

Use Six Sigma Tools to Improve Your Business

Max Jacobs, author of Careers For Living, shares the key to making business improvements with the Six Sigma toolbox. See my top takeaways below.

 

  • Start by defining your business objectives and developing a plan to
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October 4, 2016

Make Your Pour Over Coffee the Barista Way

Learn more about making excellent pour over coffee at home from barista professionals, care of Handground. I pulled my key insights from the article to share with you below.

 

  • Try and try again: The best
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October 3, 2016

Enhance Your Career Progression With Great Presentation Skills

James Citrin makes a valid point on his LinkedIn blog, about improving your presentation skills to enhance your career options, and discusses how the two are inextricably linked. Read my insights from his article underneath.

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September 30, 2016

Smart Thinking On Investing – September 30

Smart Thinking On Investing – September 30

I’ve got a great line up this week for you; Freedom is Groovy’s author Mr. Groovy explains why we all should want to be financial studs. Chonce, a writer for Frugal Rules, motivates
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September 29, 2016

Time Management Quotes to Inspire You

Colonial Living Business share some truly inspirational quotes about the art of time management. I selected a few that jumped out at me to share.

 

  • “Don’t count every hour in the day. Make every hour
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September 28, 2016

Seven Sigma Doesn’t Need To Exist…

Gary Marion, writing for The balance, offers his insights on why Six Sigma is better than the idea of Seven Sigma. Check out my key takeaways from his article below.

 

  • …because each ‘sigma’ indicates one
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September 27, 2016

Don’t Sacrifice Flavor for Convenience in Your Home Brew Coffee

Daniel Higgins of Stevens Point Journal discusses how we can turn our home coffee into a more flavorsome experience rather than just a convenient one. See my summary of the article underneath.

 

  • Coffee beans are
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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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