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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

IQ Isn't Everything: Managing Your Emotions at Work

Managing emotions at work is a key to success

Success at work has a lot to do with your IQ—your intelligence or general cognitive ability. It’s a solid predictor of good performance and other positive behaviors in the workplace.

But as I’ll tell you in this week’s Management Tips, there are two problems with focusing on IQ alone.

By Tom Geller | Friday, October 24, 2014

Freelancers: Want Regular Pay? Consider a Retainer Agreement

A retainer agreement has its pros and cons

By Jeff Toister | Monday, October 20, 2014

Is Your Job Giving You ADD? Avoid the Perils of Multitasking

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Many of today’s jobs are built around multitasking.

Take call center representatives for example. According to ICMI, the average call center agent uses five software programs to serve customers. They spend their day constantly focusing and refocusing their attention from one screen to the next.

When we try to do too many things at once, productivity declines, quality suffers, and stress levels rise.

Did you know that chronic multitasking — at work or anywhere else — can lead to a disorder whose symptoms are nearly identical to attention deficit disorder or ADD?

Here’s how to keep this from happening to you—and how to recover if it already has:

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Management Tips: The Myth of Creative Genius

The myth of creative genius at work

At some point, every leader thinks, “My team needs a little more creativity!” Then they start looking for a “creative genius” to promote or hire. This isn’t completely illogical, but it’s definitely unproductive.

In this week’s Management Tips, we’ll address the myth of creative genius—the notion that only a few lucky souls out there are truly creative and that we can benefit from this fact if we can only find them.

By Jacqueline McDonald | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Boost Your Conversion Rate Optimization — in 5 Steps

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Which call to action resonates more? Where are users getting lost and leaving? What color should your button be? Conversion rate optimization (CRO) helps answer these questions to give you actionable insights—and have immediate impact on your bottom line.

Follow these five steps to make sure your conversion-rate strategy is successful and scalable.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Off to a Bad Start with the New Boss? We Can Help

What if you hate the new boss?

Sometimes in your professional life, you’ll have the privilege of breaking in a new boss. The old one retired, got promoted, or left the company and there’s a new leader in town.

This week in Management Tips, we’ll cover one scenario you might face: You meet the new boss and quickly you realize the team can’t stand him.

By Terry Lee Stone | Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Designers: Essential Tips for Presenting to Clients

presenting creative work to clients

When you develop creative solutions for a client, you’re generating answers to whatever problem was described in the creative brief. When you’ve reached a point at which client feedback or approval is required, it’s time to present the work to your client and see if you’ve hit the mark.

As most experienced creative folks will confirm, even the most brilliant work won’t really “speak for itself”—not entirely, at least.

When you’re presenting to clients, how you show your creative work might just be as important as the work itself.

By Whitney Johnson | Monday, October 06, 2014

Entrepreneurs: Bootstrap Your Business—and Reap the Rewards

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As an entrepreneur, you’ll likely find yourself short on money, time, or expertise.

If so, you’ll need to bootstrap your business, building it with what you have on hand—and doing so may actually hold the key to your success.

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