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Improve Your Leadership Skills with Help from the Experts

It’s hard to improve your leadership skills when you are stuck in the trenches actually doing the leading! Since making time to learn can be a challenge, we pulled together some of our best recorded information from the experts who offer specific tips for building your skills.

UPDATE: The Ken Blanchard Group has just announced a new event on April 25th. Register here. After the event, watch here.

They are all available on demand so you can watch whenever you have a few minutes.

Yesterday, in part one we focused on goal setting, vision and leadership. Today, in part two we take a look at motivation and team dynamics. Each tip has an on-demand WebEx you can access at any time – you don’t need to download any software to participate.

Step 4: Tune up your leadership effectiveness

Best-selling authors Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller offer four keys to increase influence, impact and leadership effectiveness. Based on their book, Read More »

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Six Great Tools to Help You Become a Better Leader

Getting others to willingly follow your lead requires several important skills, like vision, effectiveness, motivation and setting clear goals.

We’ve pulled together some powerful resources that will help you achieve better results, whether you’re a CEO or an entry-level employee. You can use the techniques here to design a long-term plan to improve your leadership skills, which we hope will help you succeed professionally and personally.

Today, in part one, the focus is on goal setting, vision and leadership. Tomorrow, in part two, we focus on motivation and team dynamics. Each tip has an on-demand WebEx webinar you can access at any time – you don’t need to download any software to participate.

Step 1: Recognize the importance of goal setting

The best business leaders are most effective at using goals to drive business results. Goal setting is one of the most powerful tools available to support your business. In this webinar, Steve Hunt, Principal Director, Business Execution Practices at SuccessFactors explains common mistakes and shares steps to address them, including some frequently overlooked techniques. Watch it.

Step 2: Set a clear vision

A leader with a clear vision has Read More »

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Expanding Universe of Mobile Video Opens a World of Opportunities

Mobile video is exploding at a rate unimagined only a few short years ago. Whereas the quick YouTube clip had been a satisfying enough diversion, consumers armed with next-generation devices now demand the latest bandwidth-busting, 2-gigabyte Hollywood opus. The end user wants it on his iPad, and he wants it now.

For the industry at large, this creates no shortage of challenges. According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, by 2016, 71 percent of global mobile data traffic will be video, placing a heavy burden on the network. But along this next frontier of mobile video there are also unprecedented and exciting opportunities.

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End of Year Planning: A Small Investment Today Will Help Your Business in 2012

Many businesses need to spend any excess budget on business items as the calendar year comes to a close. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is actually holding an online webinar to help businesses determine which choices to make before the end of the month.

Business owners face decisions in the next two weeks that could impact their 2011 income tax bill and their choices may depend on their outlook for the year ahead.

In the final weeks of the year, business owners frequently move to lower their tax burden by taking on debt — buying equipment, vehicles or office supplies — and delaying income until the next tax year. This year, those decisions may be a little more complicated depending on how much of an economic recovery the business owner expects in 2012, said Randy Wright, tax partner with Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. in Fort Myers. Read more>>

Even though the SBA is using our competitor for their online meeting, they make the point: online meetings are a valuable business tool especially if you are looking to do business in new ways in 2012.

A Year of Value, a Great Low Price

We offer a WebEx package that lets you invite up to seven people plus host called WebEx 8. This lower-priced package, just $19.99/month is fully-featured and includes our video features and WebEx mobile – which lets anyone host and join a meeting while on the go using their mobile phone or tablet.

But here’s the big savings you can grab for next year by acting now: Read More »

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If You Freelance, Here’s How to Collaborate Efficiently

Freelancing can be a great way to work. You don’t have to live by corporate edicts, you have the freedom to choose your work (well, at least you like to pretend you do – any freelancer knows you rarely turn down an assignment!) and you can work when and where you like.

Of course, there are challenges: getting work, keeping clients and figuring out how to collaborate in an efficient way. As any freelancer knows, time is money and driving to see clients can burn a good chunk of a day that could otherwise be used to get the work done!

Lorie Vela at Collaborationideas.com makes this observation:

Being a freelancer is already hard enough made even harder by adding new tasks and complicated operations when it comes to contacting, interacting and communicating with others. But the truth is that freelancers know better than anyone else what collaboration is all about, because being a freelancer means having to co-work with others, whether they are clients, customers, providers, etc, you always need to send files, emails, manage contacts, share, . Obviously, there’s a need to count on reliable tools and resources to work, but how about the planning and strategy to make it easier?

I’m surprised by how many freelancers collaborate in a very intuitive way, without even noticing they are doing so, they simply call it work. But knowing that you are “collaborating” could probably help you understand why sometimes things go wrong, why communication fails, why organizing tasks seems sometimes like an impossible issue to get resolved in time.

We want to help you collaborate effectively.

Using online meetings can save you tons of time. You don’t have to travel and you can meet with anyone who has a computer or internet device (think phone, iPad, etc.).You can use your webcam to make the meeting personal and share drafts, thumbnails, and more because online meetings let you show whatever is on your computer to your participants. And they can share too.

Maybe the best thing for freelancers is Read More »

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