Data appears to be the new currency of the 21st century. It is becoming more imperative for all large organizations like governments and corporations to function in a meaningful way in world where the rate of human knowledge appears to be doubling every 18 months. Moreover, IBM estimates that as the Internet of Things builds out, this will be every 12 hours.
Governments need to access accurate data to make relevant decisions about a wide variety of issues from border security to annual employment. Inaccurate data can lead to wasteful spending, the wrong course of action, or an inability to manage large scale problems.
Meanwhile, corporations need to share accurate and current data among their different departments. Accounts receivables might need access to inventory records for parts’ numbers and description to create invoices, marketing might need product specs to create credible leads for the sales dept, and human resources might need significant job description data to hire the right talent for different departments.
How do you stand out as a business? There are many ways to respond to that question but customer service is always a top differentiator. A lot of customers will pay more for a product, service or brand if you offer a unique experience and treat customers as a top priority.
One of my favorite and prominent authors in the field of customer service is Chip Bell. And he has a new book out this week called, Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles. I have supported Chip’s books in the past and I am excited to be able to support him again with the launch of Kaleidoscope.
In today’s fast-paced and increasingly digitized world, it seems that everyone has a very short attention span, making it hard for business owners to get people’s attention and hold it. To ensure that people pay attention to your messages and respond to them, you always need to be on the lookout for ways to improve your internal and external communications. Here are a few handy tips for this…
It’s no wonder that more and more individuals are choosing to become self-employed. It can provide you with the freedom to work wherever and whenever you want, lets you cut out the dreaded commute and enables you to become your own boss. In reality, however, there are still a number of challenges that come with being self-employed.
In particular, there are few aspects of self-employment that you might not expect if you’ve spent your entire working life in a traditional nine-to-five job. Even if that is the case, however, there are ways to overcome any potential hurdles. So, here are some important consideration to bear in mind as your start your self-employment journey.
Here’s a riddle: how is a business card like a car?
Okay, so it’s not really a riddle—there’s a legitimate answer to this question. Just like today’s cars are faster and more high tech than the first Model T that rolled off Ford’s assembly line, today’s modern business cards are more cutting edge than ever.
That’s because these cards have to make instant connections at crowded networking events. And just like one slow car causes a traffic jam on your morning commute, an outdated business card can knock you out of the networking race. A boring card is forgotten and ignored in favor of anything that’s more interesting.
So how do you create something memorable? This quick and easy guide to creating business cards will teach you how to maximize your design’s potential to catch your audience’s eye.
Successful entrepreneurs come from all industries and backgrounds, but there are a few common habits that unite them. Having your finances in order is the key to building your brand from the ground up but many entrepreneurs get lost along the way. Developing good financial habits early on will help your business grow the right way. Learn the money management strategies the world’s leading entrepreneurs use so you can replicate that success with your business.
When it comes to tackling inefficiency and boosting productivity in the workplace it can be difficult to know where you start. A common problem area can center around the mid-afternoon ‘3pm’ slump, which is known and renowned for downtime of productivity. Everything from coffee to naps to yoga has been offered as a cure, but more often than not, this issue can be solved with a simple glass of water.
Up to 75% of the U.S. adult population goes through their normal day at least mildly dehydrated. While the US population certainly consumes our fair share of caffeine and alcohol, when it comes to water, often the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day is overlooked. Waterlogic’s recent piece on dehydration and how it affects our lives proves this is not confined to the workforce, but affects all Americans, from childhood through to old age.