(Marcus Boland) Experiencing Mental Blackout? Try These Activities To Improve Creative Thinking Techniques

by Marcus Boland | Apr. 05, 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Marcus Boland

Experiencing Mental Blackout? Try These Activities To Improve Creative Thinking Techniques

All of us are born with creative minds and thinking capacity. We know it because we see that young boys and girls can be very imaginative. On the other hand, as they grow older, their creative juices would eventually be evaporated into thin air. This is simply due to the fact that they have become more exposed to electronically operated gadgets and technologies, and the harshness of reality.

Nonetheless, the creative traits that were once gone can still be learned again with the help of some creative thinking techniques. This article is going to provide a couple of reasons as to why a lot of individuals are experiencing "mental blackouts" and how we can get ourselves in touch with our former creative selves.

What are the causes of "Mental Blackout"?

1. It was mentioned a while ago the electronic gadgets, such as smartphones and laptop computers, have, in one way or another, tampered our imaginative way of thinking. This is because it limits us from interacting with the people and things around us. At the same time, a majority of these modern-day gadgets hinder people, especially the younger generation, to learn and discover the things that surround them. Gone were the days when people would have to mentally compute their estimated expenses while doing their groceries. But instead, they would simply rely on the calculator applications of their phones.

Why Is It Important to Have Sufficient Working Capital?

by Irish Taylor | Apr. 04, 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Irish Taylor

Here are two reasons that will stress the importance of having sufficient working capital for business owners, no matter how small or big their enterprises might be:

1. Without sufficient funds, you cannot launch your enterprise. That's because the path towards establishing your own shop or store is paved with costs, usually in various forms. For instance, before you can launch your business, you need to spend cash to secure and process the necessary permits and licenses from the federal, state or local government. You also need ample funds to purchase product inventory, lease out a suitable commercial space, buy necessary office and manufacturing equipment, and, of course, hire manpower.

And the expenses don't end there! You also need to allot cash for utility bills, for transportation or travel allowances, for business insurance premiums and even for a suitable security system for your shop and store. Yes, without sufficient working capital, for sure your business venture will fail.

Hence, as early as today, you should look for suitable financing deals that can give you and your enterprise ample funds to cover all the costs involved in building as well as in launching your commercial establishment.

Get motivated, get inspired, and get your reward!

The journey to getting what you want from your business.

by Chia-Li Chien | Apr. 04, 2013

I’ve always believed that “English was my second language!” For years and even through my corp. executive career; I used that as an excuse to avoid presenting in front of people. You see I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. I came to the U.S. at the age of 21 and did not start learning English as the way I would have to communicate until then. Because of my determination to master English, when a close friend of mine in Taipei recently asked if I could translate my books to Chinese, I came to the sudden realization that I am now totally WESTERNIZED.

Well, you can judge for yourself if I’m truly westernized. I really came here to talk about you, and your business and whether or not you are building business equity value.

Are you creating the value in your business needed to make financial independence a reality?

Is owning and operating a successful business a skill that can be learned or trained?

Well, I think so! I have created Work Toward Reward; a look at business success stories designed to help businesses make effective decisions in creating value in their businesses.

Qualities Great Leaders Must Have

by Gerald Moore | Apr. 02, 2013

We read of so many qualities attributed to great leadership. What we need to know and understand is that some are born with these leadership skills while some acquire it. Yes, leadership qualities can be learned with the proper leadership development training, practice and evaluation. Many management courses in the region specialize in this area. According to one article by Brian Tracy, here are a few of the most often important traits that make people stand out in an organization.

Vision. Not all individuals are able to excellently do strategic planning for the organizations they lead and to put this into action. Great leaders are not just contented with what they have at present but look into the future and prepare for changes that the future may bring for the improvement and success of the enterprise. Ordinary managers are action people who push their subordinates to get things done but outstanding leaders do more than that. They involve employees and tap their emotions, take into consideration their individual needs and goals in achieving a shared objective.

Courage. An outstanding leader has to have the guts to take steps toward the achievement of goals even if there is no guarantee of success. A leader must carry the philosophy that in life or business, for that matter, there is always a certain degree of risk associated with every action one takes towards the fulfillment of a goal.  Management courses in the region and other states include development of this trait in their programs.

The Importance of Good Communication To A Business

by Michael Griffiths | Apr. 01, 2013

Capital, excellent products, caring employees, a good business plan, effective marketing, supreme customer service, loyal clients and good business relations - all of these are essential to attaining success as a small business. But all of these can fail at the snap of a finger, when good communication within any organization does not exist.

Communication plays a huge part in the success of any endeavour. The ability to communicate well is essential in boosting overall performance. Why so?

Good communication skills are essential to managing the performance of your team. With it, you can relay all orders and instructions to others, and not have the fear of being misinterpreted. No blotched job orders or wrongful interpretation of the proper work procedures.  Especially during times of higher workplace stress, like downsizing, communication could spell the difference between being understood by the ones who will be laid off, and a possible labor case. Also, good communication will appease people, and not make them think that they are to blame for the downfall of the business.

Good communication is important to the favourable handling of customer complaints. It is essential in keeping any negative word-of-mouth issues to an absolute minimum. Remember - all your hard work and care for a hundred satisfied customers can be negated by one really erroneously-handled complaint. The scary thing about bad communication is that it has the ability to destroy relationships that is quite difficult to build. It can damage your reputation, which can never be redeemed.

Sometimes It Takes Someone from the Outside

To help you see what is going on in the inside.

by Chia-Li Chien | Mar. 29, 2013

When I was a Director of Information Technology at an $8 billion publicly traded company, I was stuck in a job I did not like, and even felt like, most of the time, I knew more than my boss (who was the vice-president of IT). Perhaps like you have felt before, or are even feeling now, I had a strong desire to learn more. So, I requested a meeting with the Chief Information Officer in the company—my boss’s boss—and asked her, without pretense, “Would you want to be my mentor?” To my surprise, she just looked at me and said, “Yes.” 

Although at the time I did not know what mentoring meant or how it worked, this person opened up many learning channels for me, even sending me to a nine-month leadership forum. I was one of the first two people in our firm to attend and graduate (even before my boss). Since it was an invitation-only forum and part of a center for creative leadership, without my mentor, I would never have received this type of opportunity, and most importantly, would not have been able to broaden my professional network.

Years later, when I reinvented my business in 2003, I had no experience whatsoever in sales and marketing. So I hired a marketing coach and we worked together for two years. Then I hired a sales coach to help me improve business development and prospecting.  

Award-winning Charlotte author Chia-Li Chien featured in Concord The Independent Tribune Newspaper March 23, 2013

by Tim Reaves | Mar. 23, 2012

Concord Author Chia-Li Chien


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