Financing our Foodshed

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He travels in an eclectic eco crowd. While there, I met a friend who stopped by his house - Carol Peppe Hewitt who had just written a book - Financing Our Foodshed - Growing Local Food with Slow Money. It was the 4th of July here.

How to Turn Traveling the World into a Career

Strategy Driven

The biggest obstacle people face when torn between staying and leaving is usually their finances. Take a few weeks to think about your reasons for traveling – do you want to experience more of the world? Focus on the reasons you are traveling and make them marketable.

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How You Can Make Your Blog a Business While Traveling the World

Strategy Driven

Traveling is hard enough, without trying to run a business as you go! Travel blogging is a huge industry, and we’ve got some tips to help you join in the action. This is easy, passive income as you travel. Look After Your Finances.

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“Can I Deduct That?” 8 Must-Know Tax Deductions for Small Businesses

Strategy Driven

That’s a lot of people working hard to sell their products/services and, hopefully, turn a profit! Travel Expenses. Business travel isn’t cheap. There is all manner of opportunities to travel for business purposes.

What Harms Your Business Budget The Most?

Strategy Driven

If you have a company, and that company sells a product, everything from brand name to your finished logo is going to come off as an advertising expense. Travel Costs. Managing Your Finances business management managing your finances strategydriven

How Big Data Brings Marketing and Finance Together

Harvard Business Review

Rajamannar involved finance early. To spearhead analytic efforts, he assigned a finance person – who was already embedded in marketing – to create an ROI evaluation framework and integrated her deeper into the marketing function. Advertising Finance Marketing

The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing

Harvard Business Review

As I travel to urban development conferences, I often hear people bemoan an infrastructure funding gap, but the hard truth is there is no funding gap. This is where a new financial product, social impact bonds (also known as pay-for-success contracts), can play a role.

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Are They Contractors or Staff?

Women on Business

For the IRS to deem the person an independent contractor you tell them the scope of work and what the end product needs to be and the contractor decides how to complete it. Who pays travel expenses? One of the more complicated tasks for a business owner is being able to correctly classify the people working for you. As a one man shop. it it’s fairly easy, when you pull someone in it is a temporary arrangement. As a larger operation, it gets a bit tougher.

Guest Post: Watch Out for Flying Monkeys!

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Jim’s passion is product management and product marketing. Imagine you’re sitting in a product planning meeting with your favorite product team. In my previous guest post , I introduced the Yin and Yang of Product Management and how balance and interactions drive success.

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Mob or Team?

Chris Brady

 Conversely, a team of highly functioning and productive people is one of the most heart-warming and inspirational. People must combine into productive groups and each contribute their best to a team effort for real accomplishments to occur.

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Sometimes “Small Data” Is Enough to Create Smart Products

Harvard Business Review

However, when planes travel around the world, communication starts to breaks down. If you build a team that brings in operations, sales, finance, and the executive suite, you are more likely to figure out where the real bottlenecks and opportunities are, and you are more likely to come up with practical solutions that actually start solving them.


Logistics For Your Business

Strategy Driven

Working out how to get your products from the manufacturers, to the storage, and then from that warehouse to the customer. Setting up your website, working on getting finances sorted, they are all part and parcel of a startup too. It can become somewhat of a conundrum.

It's About Customer Amazement

Chris Brady

Answer: They are the four best products I have ever purchased in my life.   Third MonaVie: Skeptical at first, I quickly became a believer as I noticed significant changes in how I felt when drinking this product.

Effective Handling of Employee Personal Problems is Critical to Maintaining Workforce Efficiency

Strategy Driven

Employers must be concerned about the stress levels of their work force as it can have a damaging impact on employee productivity. Personal problems can hinder the job performance of employees who are traditionally productive causing them to under-perform.

21 Home-Based Business Ideas & Tips for Starting a Business from Home

Miles Anthony Smith

Term loans , SBA loans , lines of credit and invoice financing are just a few of the options available to small business owners. Set up a Dedicated Workspace If you plan on working from home , you will need dedicated workspace to stay productive.

5 Leadership Lessons I Learned from A Billionaire Investor: Ray Dalio

Strategy Driven

billion, Dalio started investing at the age of 12 and his life has revolved around finance. Secondly, employees are more productive when they are left to their jobs with little to no micro-management.

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Loyalty vs. Tenure | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Walking into these organizations is often like traveling back in time 20 years.

Mobile Phones Promise to Bring Banking to the World’s Poorest

Harvard Business Review

Because she is paid in cash and conducts all of her transactions in cash, she must travel to pay her bills for medical or child care in person. However, some services, such as the well-popularized microcredit financing, designed to grow small businesses, have not worked as well as anticipated.

Working from Home with A Disability

Strategy Driven

It is fairly straight forward to set up an online business, there are many apps and software to manage your finances and invoicing and it is quick and easy to get professional websites and marketing material produced.

The Right Way to Prepare Your Budget

Harvard Business Review

This advice, adapted from the book Finance Basics , will help you better understand how to create a useful budget. But you should include detailed estimates for travel costs, telephones and utilities, and office supplies. Alternatively, you might plan to eliminate some products.

Bogus Audited Statements Are Holding Africa Back

Harvard Business Review

They have defied assurances by market regulators that they offer fair products and services in the exchanges. Auditing Finance & Accounting Recession Africa Digital Article

Can You Really Turn a Hobby into a Business? part 2 of 3

Strategy Driven

And, if you’re thinking about becoming your own boss, the ability to capitalize on fun is definitely one of the advantages: you can wear whatever you want, play music while you work, control the tone and presentation of your product—you’ll be in control of a lot of fun, new components of your business. Finance, administration, inventory – these are all things most small businesses owners do not go into business to learn how to do. Business Is Both Fun and Dull All The Time.

Would You Invest in This Kid?

Harvard Business Review

His windmill made him famous, and he has since traveled all over the world speaking at leadership conferences. I've traveled around the world and have seen smart people everywhere. Though there were empires and kingdoms, the gross world product (GWP) was largely flat. Human productivity was low and few technologies, at large scale, were created. Entrepreneurship Finance Innovation IPR PDF GWP

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Puffy Faces

Chris Brady

They know the miles they've traveled and the resistance they've had to overcome. Posted by: Phyllis Hoff | May 19, 2010 at 08:24 PM Hi Chris, I see you are enjoying your apple computer products.

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Author Chris Brady's Leadership Blog: Multum, Non Multa

Chris Brady

Eventually, people realize that quantity products won't cut it, so they focus on the quality products. (Quality Products) Made in USA Posted by: Lynn Wright | April 08, 2010 at 09:23 PM Hi Chris, quantity is a government thing.

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Can Lending Technology Revive America???s Small Businesses?

Harvard Business Review

On one side, many view the new entrants as disruptors of an old and inefficient marketplace, and caution against regulating too early or aggressively for fear of cutting off innovation that could provide valuable products to small businesses and fill market gaps.

Customer Experience Management | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

This is because most CRM platforms measure customer interactions solely upon product purchase history and preferences. CEM focused platforms measure experience data not just product data and focus much of the efforting on forward looking analytics.

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Don't Just Tell Them - Tell Them A Story

Chris Brady

Author Chris Bradys Leadership Blog About Chriss Latest Book Rascal Audio Clips Italy 2010 Bora Bora Brazil General Ireland 2009 Mediterranean Trip 2008 (Expanded) LLR Links Rascal Book Blog The Center for Social Leadership Launching a Leadership Revolution Team Orrin Woodward Blog Founders Blog Team All Grace Outreach - Home Orrin Woodward Team Leadership CHRIS BRADY HOME PAGE Leadership Development Classes | Add your site « International Travel as Education, Adventure and Service | Main | Roughing the Pastor (and Other Church Penalties) » January 21, 2011 Dont Just Tell Them - Tell Them A Story Color movies were instantly more popular than the previous black and white variety. Children ask for stories to be told them but resist direct instruction. We remember what we see much better than what we merely hear. All these and more speak to the fact that communication is almost always best when aligned with the natural human tendency to think and learn in terms of stories. Stories are more than just mere entertainment - they are the language of the imagination. So don't be so quick to rush out your facts and figures, keep your platitudes and preachments in the holster, and quit with your pronouncements and proclamations. If you truly want to communicate, whether to a large audience or small, formally or informally, through the written word or spoken, you must realize the importance of creating a picture in the mind's eye(s) of your listener(s). Example: When I was but a wee engineer just cutting my teeth in the profession, I had the good fortune to be thrown in with several elderly gentlemen who were extremely accomplished in the field. These guys were so good at technical things they actually conducted races to see who could solve complex puzzles and riddles the quickest. I was eager to learn all I could from such a wealth of experience all around me. Unfortunately, much of that wealth was inaccessible to me because I could never seem to catch much of what these men so casually reported. As a case in point there was a discussion one day in a meeting in which I asked a question of one of them. I was simply inquiring for a restatement of his conclusion to a complicated set of data he had presented - something along the lines of, "So would it be better to use Copper or Magnesium for this application?" I will never forget the reply. It wasn't "Copper." It wasn't "Magnesium." Nor was it "both" or "neither." Instead I was answered with something like this: "Well, if you look at the second column, copper is 67.98 and magnesium is 56.37." The reason his answer failed to answer, so to speak, was he was forcing me to construct my own picture from data that, although apparently clear and meaningful to him, was nothing more than numbers to me. I had no context in which to understand the meaning or magnitude of his numerical findings. In short, what I needed for him to do was paint me the picture, not give me the dimensions of the frame. In the above paragraph, what have I done? I have given an illustration that (hopefully) demonstrates my point - the best communication is done through illustrations! Communicate through stories. Bring your points to life with illustrations. Give examples wherever possible. Come up with analogies and similes and metaphors. I learned in a book by Stuart Olyott that the best preachers first state their message, then illustrate it, and then apply it practically to their listeners' lives. This is sage advice, not only for preachers, but also for everyone who wishes to communicate more effectively. Otherwise, all your knowledge and preparation and results and platitudes and conclusions will hardly even be heard - much less understood or long remembered. You'll be no more than a "Blah Blah Blah" to the Gingers in your life! (With a special salute to Gary Larsen)     Posted by Chris Brady at 12:55 AM in LLR Daily Application | Permalink Technorati Tags : Chris Brady , communication , Leadership , public speaking , Team Reblog (0) | | Digg This | Save to | | TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Dont Just Tell Them - Tell Them A Story : Comments Great post Chris! Will print it out and re-read! Posted by: Nam Do | January 21, 2011 at 01:07 AM Awesome, you have put into words the very technique I was trying to explain yesterday. See you in columbus David Marold TEAM Explosion Posted by: David Marold | January 21, 2011 at 10:58 AM Excellent article! Many of our ancestors in the distant past couldn't read or write; they passed on information through stories. After sitting through many meetings in conference rooms with MENSA types (systems analysts/project managers) whose communication is sooo dry that I swear that I'm sitting in the Sahara instead, I'm strongly convinced that the saying "He who tells the best story wins" is true. Posted by: Tim Pixley | January 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM Chris, What an awesome post and a marvelous example! I remember when our son was a small boy. On long car trips, he would invariably suddenly ask a question of my husband and I that demanded answers of often encyclopedic proportions, but phrased so a young, special needs child could understand. It was how he would say his questions that led us in our answers, and quite naturally led us stumbling into learning this lesson for ourselves. He always started out by saying, "Mom, Dad, will you tell me the story of _, please?" and fill the blank in with whatever he wanted us to tell him about, in the aforementioned encyclopedic detail. Subjects ranged from bread (wheat and its other ingredients, in their raw states to finished product), the development of the interstate highway system (starting with animal trails used by Native Americans), the contents of his food (its ingredients and what went into their production, distribution and use) and so on. The most important part, though, was that it all had to be told to him as a story, not as facts and figures or dates and data. I have since learned, as you so well said, using stories brings people into what I am saying. A story more often than not helps them become emotionally involved in what I am trying to tell them, and if I am trying to convince them of something, a story to illustrate my point is often the key to getting them to see my reasoning, and often agree with it (especially if it's a good one, and I tell it at least reasonably well). Decisions, I have learned, are often emotionally based, and a good story can be the key to getting a favorable one. Posted by: Cathy - Team Rascals | January 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM Chris: This is great. I am such a visual person, and I always seem to say, can you give me an example? I learn so much better through stories and examples. You have this unique ability to write about such perfect topics right when it seems to the day or week they are the most needed. Thanks for always anticipating what will help us. Posted by: Phyllis Hoff | January 22, 2011 at 10:05 AM Chris, I wanted to thank you personally for being here when we as a team need inspiration and knowledge to speak well. This past weekend I missed the Major. I was honored to be the master of ceremony for the Detroit Yacht Club. It was the 135th Commodore's Ball. Reading your post,plus the quote's on tweet gave me the inspiration for my speech. I used Dr. Lutzer's quote to bring across the actions being taken by the current board to bring change thru action not complaining. I am very grateful for your leadership and I consider you a great friend for your sharing Sincerely George J Lucas III Posted by: George J Lucas III | January 31, 2011 at 09:53 AM A great explanation of the adage "A picture is worth a thousand words." So if I use a thousand words, they'd better be worth a picture (or two!). Thank you, and God bless. -GW Posted by: Hunting.Targ | February 09, 2011 at 09:14 PM Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment Posted by: | This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted. Your comment could not be posted. Error type: Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again. As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments. Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate. 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Move or Lose

Chris Brady

" This reaction may or may not be perfect, but because it involves action it usually leads to adjustments over time and therefore becomes more and more productive.

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The Best Leaders Have Fun

Chris Brady

Yet Disney, Carnegie, and Edison all seem to indicate that fun itself is a factor in productive living. Allow me to posit that fun is the by-product of a number of other correct factors all being in place at the same time. It will lead to greater productivity by happier people.

Fashion Friends Make a Fresh Start :: Women on Business

Women on Business

Both Katie and I had, and still have, a great love for travel, and in our travels we had developed an appreciation of the brands of both established and emerging designers from around the world.

Goal Setting vs. Goal Sitting

Chris Brady

It begins patterns that can form into productive habits.

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A Sentinel in the Mist

Chris Brady

The ability to subscribe to the LLR CD series is going to go live in a couple of days on both and Both Orrin and I feel that this is the most important product we have ever produced.

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How Cloud Computing Is Changing Management

Harvard Business Review

BPM reflected the interactions of different stakeholders, from product creation through supply chain to final assembly. With cloud, information travels rapidly in both directions, across computing systems that, with attributes like virtualization, scaling up or down to handle bigger workloads, or automated security patching across thousands of machines, are far more flexible. How it effects product design and customer experience. yagi studio/Getty Images.

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Excellence Begets Excellence

Chris Brady

It is not easy, rarely fun, and isn't productive until mixed with the final component of time.

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A Tribute to John Wooden

Chris Brady

The outcome of a game was simply the by-product of the effort we made to prepare.

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The Most (and Least) Empathetic Companies

Harvard Business Review

Businesses are more profitable and productive when they act ethically, treat their staff well, and communicate better with their customers, according to the latest Lady Geek Global Empathy Index. Finance. Finance. Finance. Finance. Finance. Finance.

It's Your Business to Know What Business You're In

Chris Brady

Yes, I love Mac products also.

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Rising Above the Stage Show

Chris Brady

So those feeling guilty run out and buy hybrid vehicles to assuage their pangs while others fight the urge to 'hate' an ethnic group that gets labelled as hyper-productive and stealing our jobs by being willing to work for peanuts (or, um, rice).

Memorial Day Leadership Lessons

N2Growth Blog

I left my son’s graduation in Florida on Sunday evening headed for Dallas and then traveling on to San Antonio.

The Problem With Coaching | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

They had already traversed the road I was traveling, knew where the potholes were and were willing to carry the lamp (or me) so I wouldn't make the same mistakes they had made… Priceless.

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What All Great Leaders Have In Common | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

This medium has been my preferred reading choice for a number of years now because it is extremely productive and time effective. askaaronlee These are the books that I brought to University and books that I bring along when I travel sometimes.

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Win 2 Tickets to Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and.

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Enter to Win a Collection of Nutritional Products from Agro Labs Agro Labs has been kind enough to offer a great.