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Countdown: Skill #2-Critical Thinking

Countdown: Skill #2-Critical Thinking

In my original post in this series ( http://bit.ly/2v8mXJm ), I discussed the 10 critical skills you need to succeed in the chaotic job market of the next few years. Today, I would like to talk about the #2 skill, Critical Thinking. Just What is Critical Thinking?   Critical thinking is one of “those terms.” It has risen to near the top of skills employers are now seeking. Go search for a good definition though, and what you get is a lot…

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Countdown: Skill #3 Creativity

Countdown: Skill #3 Creativity

The first blog post in this series ( http://bit.ly/2v8mXJm ) I listed the top ten skills necessary if you are to triumph in the ongoing upheaval in the worldwide job market.  Today, I want to discuss the #3 skill, Creativity.     Why is Creativity so Important?   There is one simple reason why creativity as a skill is so much in demand.  Robots and software technology can’t do it.  Here is one area where human beings can beat the bots. …

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Countdown: Skill #4 People Management

Countdown: Skill #4 People Management

In the first blog post in this series ( http://bit.ly/2v8mXJm ), I listed the 10 critical skills you will need to succeed in the upheaval taking shape now in the worldwide job market.  Today I want to discuss Skill #4, People Management.   Why is People Management so Important?   People management has always been an important skill to possess.  In the coming chaos in the job market, it will become even more vital.  As robots and software technology continue to…

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Countdown: Negotiation – The 9th Crucial Skill

Countdown: Negotiation – The 9th Crucial Skill

In the first blog in this series (http://bit.ly/2v8mXJm), I discussed the upheaval in the world job market.  Many jobs will be lost, but many will be gained.  Projections are that by 2020, a mere three years from now, 50% of the labor force will consist of Freelancers. Today in this countdown series I am discussing the number 9 skill Freelancers will need to fill these yet to be created jobs.  Negotiation!   Exactly What is Negotiation?   When we think of…

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Social Styles 4-Learning About the Analytical

Social Styles 4-Learning About the Analytical

Why are Social styles important?   This is the 4th post in the series on Social Styles.  In my previous posts,  we discussed how essential understanding these styles is to building trust with prospects, customers, clients, employees, and partners.  Your success depends on these relationships. Today I want to discuss the Analytical Social Style.   What is the Analytical Social Style?   The Analytical Social style is the most easily described and may be the most misunderstood of all the…

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5 Steps to Finding Your Ideal Target Customer

5 Steps to Finding Your Ideal Target Customer

When you start a new business, finding your ideal target customer is one of your biggest challenges.  Here’s a great post from John Jantsch telling you how. How to Discover Your Perfect Target Customer in 5 Steps By John Jantsch Share  One of the most important elements of a marketing strategy is the development of an ideal target customer profile. Effectively understand who makes an ideal customer allows you to build your entire business, message, product, services, sales and…

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Is Knowing Your Target Audience Critical?

Is Knowing Your Target Audience Critical?

You betcha.  Knowing your target audience is the key to any successful small business.  Here’s a great post from Sivler Egg Media explaining why. Why Is Understanding Your Target Audience So Important?   Many businesses think they know their target audience inside out. But if they took a test, how well do you think they would actually understand them? Yesterday we spoke about how it’s really effective to create a balance between what is right for your business and what your…

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How do You Know It’s Time to Hire?

How do You Know It’s Time to Hire?

Running your small business by yourself can be a lot of fun.  But, if you grow, sooner or later you will have to hire some help.  Here’s a great post to help you decide if the time is right.   BY LISA FURGISON Is It Time to Hire an Employee? If you own your own business and find that you simply don’t have enough time on your hands to be able to do all the things you need to do, you…

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Want a Successful Business? Here Are 5 Keys.

Want a Successful Business? Here Are 5 Keys.

As small business owners, we all want to be successful.  That’s why we started our business in the first place.  But..in order to get there, we must be mindful of certain things.  Here is a great post from the Small Business Administration giving you 5 things you need to know. 5 Pillars of Small Businesses Success By Marco Carbajo, Guest Blogger Published: January 13, 2015 What does it take for a small business to achieve success? Whether you’re already in business, or…

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Best Hire: Employee or Independent Contractor?

Best Hire: Employee or Independent Contractor?

As small business owners, sooner or later we are faced with hiring our first employee.  So which kind is best: full time employee or independent contractor?  Here’s a great post with all the pros and cons.  The Pros and Cons of Hiring: Employee vs. Independent Contractor BY LAURA SHERMAN | SMALL BUSINESS [This article is a piece of part 11 of our Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business – scroll to the end to see the other parts]…

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