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4 Tips for Online Personal Branding

February 20, 2015
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Are you branding your passion? After years of being inundated by the “me, me, me” of social media, the term ‘personal branding’ has become little more than a hackneyed synonym for shameless self-promotion. Like my page… Endorse me… Follow my blog… Whether you like it or not, the fact that you’re reading this article means that you’ve probably already established a digital footprint. Social media is here to stay. It’s where we get our news. It’s where we do our searches. Social media has become something of a parallel universe. Your brand is already out there. Neglecting it, or pretending it doesn’t exist won’t do you any good. Instead, here are four tips for skillfully navigating the virtual landscape without smacking …

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5 Ways to Inspire Millennials at Work

February 13, 2015
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  Business leaders, entrepreneurs and other professionals often bemoan the apparent lack of commitment, loyalty and ambition present in Generation Y employees. Those 80s and 90s babies buck workplace convention. They talk back. They want to dress differently, are bored easily and come across as wanting life handed to them on a platter. Why is it that Millennials seem to want to frustrate us by constantly asking ‘Why?’ Isn’t this much the same way each new generation has been perceived by the one before it? How many lectures did you hear during childhood about how much ‘easier’ things are now? Didn’t your grandparents go on similar rants with your parents? Could it be that Millennials are unwittingly challenging us to …

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31 Essential Email Etiquette Tips

October 19, 2014
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In today’s fast paced world, the information we need is often right at the touch of a smart phone button. The convenience of tapping or typing out quick emails and responses makes it tempting to hit send without giving much thought to what we have written. The tricky part is that unlike with personal messages, business emails blunders may have serious and far-reaching consequences. Our tone may be misinterpreted by the reader, we may inadvertently include confidential information, we may offend a reader from a different culture. Not taking the time to consistently deliver professionally drafted emails will invariably color our attitude to work as being inattentive, immature or sloppy. The standard of quality of our email correspondence forms as …

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10 Ways to Stop Talking Too Much

November 1, 2013
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Are You a Chatterbox? Do you know someone who talks too much? I’m sure you can think of an acquaintance or colleague who makes you want to head in the opposite direction as soon as you see them coming. Maybe you’re bringing to mind the aunt or uncle who starts off asking how you’re doing, but without even giving you a chance to respond, launches into the tedious details of the medical procedure they underwent six months ago. The person you’re thinking of may be a sweet, friendly and well-meaning magpie. Or he may be an extroverted windbag—always cracking jokes and full of gossipy tidbits. Guess what. The person you’re thinking of is you! To the irritation and dismay of …

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I’ll Always Come Back to You

November 1, 2013
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KING OBSTINATE – I’LL ALWAYS COME BACK TO YOU! And at an early age in the cane field I start to sing I’m from a family of 13, and you know that’s a lot of mouths So I decided to go away to help Papa out But I’ll always come back to you, I’ll always come back to you And if I can’t come back I’ll cry to nyam funghi, I’ll die I’ll always come back to you, I’ll always come back to you And if I can’t come back I’ll cry to be at Brother B, I’ll die Antigua and Barbuda, you know we’ve had some trying times So in order to survive I had to sing the Calypso …

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How to be a Winner: 10 Attitude-Adjusting Commitments to Make to Yourself

October 18, 2013
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The Comfort of Mediocrity Growing up, I struggled with low self-esteem. Sometimes I would get ‘A’s at school, but because of my poor self-image, I would often get ‘C’s and occasionally ‘F’s. I was bright and talented, but I was not confident enough to apply myself to my studies or to sports or to art. I was inconsistent – at everything. I had a desire for success, but I wanted to do well without actually trying. I was mortified of daring to really study. What if I tried my best and then failed? Even worse, I was scared of putting in the effort, and actually succeeding. That would mean I would have to continue working hard to keep it up. Then …

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Viral Video Resignation One-Upped by Former Employer

October 2, 2013
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Marina Shifrin was a disgruntled 25-year old animator at the graphic company Next Media Animation in Thailand. After two years of working there, she decided to say “I quit” – via YouTube. Her epic video resignation has gone viral with over 8 million views in the first five days, and counting. She dances through most of the video to Kanye West’s ‘Gone’ and vents her feelings through on screen text. She dances interpretively around her office complex on desks, bathroom stalls and recording cubicles at 4:30 in the morning. “I work for an awesome company that makes news videos. I have put my entire life into this job, but my boss only cares about quantity, how fast we write and …

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s Epic Goodbye

September 28, 2013
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Microsoft CEO, 57-year old Steve Ballmer, was visibly emotional as he said goodbye to the 13,000 employees of the company that made him a billionaire. The 6’5″ hulk of man screeched “you work for the greatest company in the world” to roaring applause and screams of “we love you”, from the audience. Appointed in 2000, Ballmer had held the post of CEO for the last 13 years, but he had worked for Microsoft for a total of 33 years. Steve Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11, 1980, after graduating from Harvard University in 1977 with a degree in applied mathematics and economics. Hired by Bill Gates, he became Microsoft’s 30th employee and its first business manager. Ballmer has long been …

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10 Ways to Spot A Weak Finance Executive

September 25, 2013
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My career in finance and accounting began in 1997 when I landed a job as an Audit Associate with Ernst & Young. In the years since, I’ve worked with three of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms, as well as Financial Controller and CFO in several industries before removing my accounting hat to take on the role of General Manager. The expectations of the role of the chief accountant, finance manager, financial controller, finance director and chief financial officer have evolved over the years. The accounting profession is no longer the realm of ‘bean counters’ in dark, dingy offices piled high with papers and over-flowing with adding machine tape. Today’s accounting professional is no longer just an administrator or cost cutter, …

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10 Great Reasons to be Kind

September 22, 2013
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Did you know that the fastest way to get over feeling sick, tired, sorry for yourself is to do something for someone else? Kindness pays off in ways we cannot begin to imagine – it blesses both the giver and the receiver. And sometimes it creates the kind of boomerang effect that you don’t know where will end. Here are ten great reasons to be kind: 1. Kindness feels good We all carry around the weight of daily life. Taking care of our families, work obligations, money management challenges and health concerns can leave us feeling drained. Taking a moment to do something nice for someone else can give us a quick emotional lift that packs a powerful feel-good punch.…

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Our Deepest Fear

September 16, 2013
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The lines below written by Marianne Williamson in her book, A Return to Love, published in 1996. The verse has also been incorrectly attributed to Nelson Mandela, as having been included in his inaugural address. Over the years, these words have inspired millions. These words have been inspiring me since I first came across them in 1999. They powerfully speak to the fact that many of us live our lives not so much afraid of failure, but afraid of achieving our true potential. We feel comfortable ‘flying below the radar’, so as not to attract attention and possibly criticism, rather than spreading our wings and seeing how far we can fly. I hope they challenge you to always shine at …

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[Audio] You and Me and Usain Bolt

September 14, 2013
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Jamaican runner Usain “Lightning” Bolt is widely accepted as the fastest person ever. But before Usain Bolt became the most loved track and field star on earth, there was a time when he almost quit. Usain relates what it was like being booed off the track on his home turf in his new book, ‘Faster than Lightning: My Autobiography‘ [release date: November 5, 2013]. Here’s an audio version of my earlier blog post ‘You and Me and Usain Bolt‘. About Joya MartinI am an award-winning business leader and experienced accounting professional living in the gorgeous Caribbean. I'm inspired by books, photography, art, beauty, nature, freedom, learning and love. My passion is continuous learning, growth and improvement. I believe …

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