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How Trump’s Tax Policy Might Affect Your Tax Life

Donald Trump is the President-Elect of the United States of America. So, with that in mind, what changes can individuals expect in our tax lives? Don’t worry. This won’t affect your 2016 tax returns. And, unless Congress passes these provisions intact, they might not even affect your 2017 tax returns. But some of these provisions...  LearnMore
Quick Tips For 2017 Tax Season!

Quick Tips For 2017 Tax Season!

Quick tips For 2017 Tax Season  Put your tax return on extension if you face any ACA penalties – it’s quite likely you won’t have to pay them. Send change of address notices to all former employers and vendors and accounts if you moved last year – to ensure you get all your paperwork. Get...  LearnMore
3 Ways to Effectively Lead Through Changing Times

3 Ways to Effectively Lead Through Changing Times

A fresh voice on leadership and a senior leader at one of the world’s largest communications networks, Elise Mitchell author of Leading Through the Turn reveals why success comes by focusing on the journey, not just the destination. May you live in interesting times. I’ve never been sure if that’s a blessing or a curse. But the...  LearnMore
6 THINGS TO LEARN FROM APPLE’S MARKETING

6 THINGS TO LEARN FROM APPLE’S MARKETING

The most important thing Apple’s success teaches us is not how to build a better product but how to build a better image. Apple’s innovation is more in how it conceives and markets itself than in its products. Apple didn’t invent the PC, MP3 player, smartphone or tablet. They took existing concepts and used a...  LearnMore
3 Ways a Potential ACA Repeal Will Influence Your Taxes

3 Ways a Potential ACA Repeal Will Influence Your Taxes

By Eva Rosenberg, author of Small Business Taxes Made Easy. This week, our new president is being sworn into office. While Trump has a lot of things on his agenda to accomplish in the first week, we are concerned about the tax law changes that are apt to take place. Good news, folks. Tax changes won’t...  LearnMore
Enjoying the Journey Not Just the Destination

Enjoying the Journey Not Just the Destination

A fresh voice on leadership and a senior leader at one of the world’s largest communications networks, Elise Mitchell author of Leading Through the Turn reveals why success comes by focusing on the journey, not just the destination. Going full throttle The Turn From the beginning, I must confess I’m a destination person, much more interested in...  LearnMore
The 2 Key Lessons to Create Customers-as-Partners

The 2 Key Lessons to Create Customers-as-Partners

From The Startup Equation: A Visual Guidebook for Building Your Startup, by Steven Fisher and Ja-Nae Duane When you begin building relationships between your business and customers, understand that there are really two ways to create that relationship. Staying Casual: You have something a potential customer may need. You make the sell and an exchange...  LearnMore
8 Ways to Better Engage Your Customers

8 Ways to Better Engage Your Customers

Excerpted from THE COMMUNICATION CLINIC: 99 Proven Cures for the Most Common Business Mistakes, by Barbara Pachter and Denise Cowie. Ways to Engage with People—for People Who Don’t Like to Engage! My customer complained to my supervisor that I answered the phone, “Yeah. What’s up?” I was told that if I wanted to move up...  LearnMore
5 Things Your Bank Won't Tell You

5 Things Your Bank Won’t Tell You

From Building Wealth One House at a Time, Updated & Expanded, by John Schaub. When I started investing in houses, I was a self-employed real estate salesman with no steady income. Not one banker in my town would loan me money to buy property. As it turned out, that was a key to my success....  LearnMore
How Companies Are Mastering Disruption In the Workplace

How Companies Are Mastering Disruption In the Workplace

Article by Jeanne C Meister and Kevin J Mulcahy, Co-Authors, The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules For Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees.  The future is happening now. It’s not waiting for you or your organization. In times of constant and accelerated change, organizations that do not adapt, that do not anticipate the future and...  LearnMore
Manipulating Crucial Skills with Vital Smarts

Manipulating Crucial Skills with Vital Smarts

Crucial Conversations from the team at Vital Smarts: Dear Joseph, My boss is a big fan of yours, but I think he’s misusing his understanding of your material to bully people then patting himself on the back for being a great communicator. I might approach him and say, “When I said [blank] in that meeting,...  LearnMore
An Analogy is Like a Doorway to "Aha!"

An Analogy is Like a Doorway to “Aha!”

Adapted from Communicate to Influence: How to Inspire Your Audience to Action, by Ben and Kelly Decker. An analogy is a comparison that reveals an underlying (and surprising) commonality between two dissimilar objects or ideas. Analogies use familiar examples to explain ideas and concepts that are less easily understood. They are concrete and matter of...  LearnMore