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Goals for 2012

With the new year approaching, one of your resolutions may be to better your business or even finally create and found the business of your dreams. One of the best ways to become inspired and motivated is to learn from the greats that came before, the small business professionals who have made something of themselves and their visions. In honor of enhancing and improving your business, here are ten digital business books that you can buy for your Android device.

Entreleadership

1. Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey- This book is for the small business professional who wants to make more of his/her business. Dave Ramsey shares his secret of turning his “one-man show to a multimillion-dollar business.” He believes that the only way to create success of a small business, and potentially turn that small business into a large successful company, is to have the business owner be a “hard-charging entrepreneur” and a “motivating, encouraging leader.” The combination of those two traits is what makes the difference, according to Dave Ramsey.

Two-Second Advantage

2. The Two-Second Advantage: How We Succeed by Anticipating the Future—Just Enough by Vivek Ranadive and Kevin Maney – Have you ever wondered what differentiates you and the world’s greats, like athletes, musicians, and, of course, successful business owners and CEOs? According to Ranadive and Maney, it all has to do with the ability to anticipate outcomes and events before they ever happen.  This book will encourage you to anticipate the needs of your customers and any problems that you may run into. If you can accomplish it, Ranadive and Maney believe you can improve your business and reach the top.

We First

3. We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World by Simon Mainwaring – Can one small change really make a big difference in the health and vitality of your small business? Simon Mainwaring thinks so. Just by implementing the professional use of social media, you can “earn consumer goodwill, loyalty and profit.” And as you know, loyal customers enable your small business to thrive. Throughout his book, Mainwaring gives case studies from large companies, including Whole Foods, Nike, and Coca-Cola.

Change Management

4. 10 Steps to Successful Change Management by George Vukotich – Any business owner knows that change is inevitable. And one little change can destroy or improve a business. This is especially true if the change is out of your control. However, Vukotich doesn’t believe you, as a small business owner, should give up when change comes your way. In ten steps, you can manage change effectively, learn from it, and understand why it’s happening.

Start Something

5. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie – Nothing makes going to work easier and helps you work harder than when you love what you do. Mycoskie believes that “you don’t have to be rich to give back and you don’t have to retire to spend every day doing what you love. You can find profit, passion, and meaning all at once—right now.” You can make a difference, make a profit, and enjoy what you do every day. What could be better than that?

Lean Startup

6. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries – If you’re a founder of a startup or several startups, there may be a new approach to business you’ll want to consider. Ries asserts that most startups don’t find success and they fail, but most of these failures are completely preventable. This book discusses how you, the startup founder and business owner, should stop creating extensive business plans and focus your attention to the creating and managing of your vision.

Gang Member to Multimillionare

7. Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur by Ryan Blair – The author, Ryan Blair, “knows about building a business from the ground up.” While reading this book, you will learn how to be a hard-hitting entrepreneur. Some of Blair’s philosophies include having no sympathy for employees who aren’t making the cut, no matter how hard they say they’re trying, and that “most business plans aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.” If you’ve been looking for a blatantly and brutally honest book for small business owners, this might be it.

Thank You Economy

8. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk – Consumers are no longer voiceless. Social media and social networking platforms have given consumers back their voices. Social media is how the modern world is sharing experiences and opinions with and about businesses—both large and small. The actions and intentions of businesses have never been as visible as they are now. Customers demand “authenticity, originality, creativity, honesty, and good intent.” Customers also want one-on-one attention. Social media makes that possible. Vaynerchuk teaches you how to make that happen.

Leadership is Dead

9. Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It by Jeremie Kubicek – Self-preservation is a human trait that is universal. However, this universal human trait is the enemy to the “most potent professional asset on the planet”—influence. No longer should you guard and protect your ideas. It’s now the time to influence others through your business practices. Be a leader. Succeed. Kubicek believes that putting his ideas in motion will make you the leader you’ve always wanted to be.

Content Rules!

10. Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebook, Webinars ( And More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business by Ann Handley and David Meerman Scott – The right web content can encourage customer loyalty. And with so many platforms available these days, it has never been easier to connect with customers and potential customers. But it’s more than just having accessible content on the internet. It’s about having the right content, bold content. While Handley and Scott teach you how to create and administer this essential content, they also showcase case studies for even more emphasis of how the right content can make a world of difference for your small business.

The key is to pick and choose the ideas to improve small businesses that make sense to you, that inspire you. Not all of the above ideas and concepts will work for you. Try a few new methods, but remember to listen to your intuition. With that combination, you’ll be well on your way to small business success in 2012 and for many years after.

AGBeat is not affiliated with any aforementioned author.

The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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New COVID rules employers need to know to keep staff safe

(BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR) The definition of “close contact” has recently changed and it affects employers and employees. Here’s what we know (for now) and you should too.

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If you are an employer, this information is a must know! Recently, the Centers for Disease Control has redefined the term of being in “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This new definition is one that will affect all group settings. The workplace is one of them.

Previously, a “close contact” individual was someone who was within six-feet during a 15-minute period of a person who tested positive for the virus. Now, “close contact” still requires the “within six-feet distance” scenario but broadens the 15 minute window criteria.

The new definition states that someone doesn’t need to have 15 consecutive minutes of interaction with a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19. A cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period can also consider someone as in “close contact”. And, everyone who is in close contact will still need to be tested for the virus and quarantine themselves.

This change goes hand in hand with a recent study published by the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The study details that a facility employee at a male correctional facility in Vermont tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed case was reported to the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) on August 11, 2020.

The correctional officer came in contact with 6 inmates who had arrived from an out-of-state correctional facility on July 28. All the inmates were kept in a quarantine unit and tested for SARS-CoV-2 on that day. On July 29, all their tests came back positive. As a result, the Vermont Department of Corrections (VDOC) and VDH conducted a contact tracing investigation.

During the correctional officer’s eight-hour shift, video surveillance footage showed he only had brief encounters with the inmates. Although they weren’t consecutive, the officer interacted with the inmates for about 17 minutes total. During all encounters, the officer wore a microfiber cloth mask, gown, and goggles. The inmates didn’t always wear a mask. Also, the officer didn’t have any other exposure to people with COVID-19 out of work and hadn’t traveled.

On August 4, the officer started showing COVID-19 symptoms. On August 5, he got tested, and a positive result returned on August 11. Data shows that one of the inmates transmitted the virus to the officer.

So, what does this all mean? The previous and current definition isn’t quite yet set in stone. There is so much more to learn about the virus.

The new “close contact” definition is much broader so people who didn’t fall in this category before, probably do now. If employees are in the office, it is inevitable that they will have some sort of interaction. And, even if coworkers only have a 5-minute long meeting, three 5-minute meetings will still count if there is a case of COVID-19 exposure.

Employees should be informed of these changes to better trace any unfortunate virus cases. And, employers with less than 500 employees who fall under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) will need to “provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19”.

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Streamline your collaboration and lighten your workload with Lyght

(BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR) Ventive is releasing a new collaboration tool that basically combines all your collaboration tools into one.

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Ventive is a custom software development agency based in Boise, Idaho. Launched in 2014, the startup combines design and engineering to build digital products that will help businesses grow. The company has worked with big names like Aston Martin, Cisco (Broadsoft), HP, Simplot, and Coleman Homes. It has even made the Inc. 5000 List for 3 years in a row. And, as with any business, it faces the same hurdles all small and big companies face: Finding the right tool to help take an idea and turn it into a reality.

In a blog post, Ventive Product Manager Jeff Wheadon wrote that the company has used a variety of tools like JIRA, Toggl, Trello, and Slack to streamline and collaborate on projects. Soon they realized there was not a single tool solution that could help them “go above and beyond for their clients”. So, Ventive decided it was “time to shine a new Lyght on team collaboration” by creating their own tool.

Lyght is an all-inclusive team collaboration tool that removes wasted time used to switch between different communication and management applications. It is designed to Make Work Simple. Make Work Flow.

In the tool, you can create a story for any project you want to build. These stories are designed for a smooth workflow, and you can collaborate with your team in each one. Conversation threads are visible in every story in real-time so everything is organized together. Tasks can be assigned by due dates and time budgets. You can even allocate a certain number of hours to a specific project so you can “determine bottlenecks in your team”.

You can also review the team’s time logs to gain insights on performance. A personalized dashboard lets you see recent activity and time spent across projects. Boards easily display the current state of each assignment. And, Backlogs let you organize and prioritize stories from your custom workflow.

Although Lyght started as an internal management tool for Ventive, the company isn’t just keeping the software for itself.

“After doing some additional market research, we found that there are many other companies across different industries looking for a similar tool that is lightweight and easy to use, yet robust enough to work with their own business processes,” wrote Jeff.

Since its creation, Lyght has gone through 3 iterations. Currently, the company is offering a private beta to entrepreneurs and teams. It plans on implementing the feedback it receives so the tool can “change and flow with the needs of the industry.” According to a Facebook post, Ventive is preparing for a public release of the software later this year.

Lyght brings together task management, collaboration, chat, and time tracking into a single solution. And, if you’d like to give it a try, you can schedule a demo on the company’s website.

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How to effectively share negative thoughts with your business partner

(BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR) You and your business partner(s) are in a close relationship, and just like a marriage, negative emotions may play a role in the relationship.

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You and your business partner are in a relationship. Your business was born when you shared a common vision of the future and became giddy from the prospect of all you could do together that you couldn’t do alone. Now, you spend much of the day doing things together in collaboration. The stakes are high; there are obstacles to overcome, decisions to make together, deadlines to meet, and all the stresses of running a business.

It’s no wonder a business partnership can often be just as complicated and emotional as a romantic relationship. If you are struggling with your business partner, you might find helpful advice in resources originally targeted towards troubled couples.

Relationship expert Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein has explored how to share “toxic thoughts” with your partner. In a linked article, Bernstein describes toxic thoughts as distortions of the truth that cause us to overemphasize the negative attributes of our partner.

Some examples of toxic thoughts include blaming your partner for larger problems that aren’t really their fault, inaccurately assuming your partners intentions, or resenting your partner for not intuiting your needs, even if you haven’t expressed them. The defining characteristic of these toxic thoughts is that, although they may be based in the truth, they are generally exaggerations of reality, reflecting our own stresses and insecurities.

Just as much as in a love relationship, these toxic thoughts could easily strain a business partnership. If you find yourself having toxic thoughts about your business partner, you will need to decide whether to hold your tongue, or have a potentially difficult conversation. Even when we remain quiet about our frustrations, they are easily felt in the awkward atmosphere of interpersonal tension and passive aggressive slights that results.

Dr. Bernstein points out that being honest about your toxic thoughts with your partner can help increase understanding and intimacy. It also gives your partner a chance to share their toxic thoughts with you, so you’d better be ready to take what you dish out. It might be hard to talk about our frustrations with each other so candidly, but it might also be the most straightforward way to resolve them.

Then again, Bernstein points out, some people prefer to work through their toxic thoughts alone. By his own definition, toxic thoughts are unfair exaggerations of and assumptions about our partner’s behavior. If you find yourself jumping to conclusions, assuming the worst, or blaming your partner for imagined catastrophes, perhaps you’d better take a few minutes to calm down and consider whether or not it’s worth picking a fight about. Then again, if you’re self-aware enough to realize that you are exaggerating the truth, you can probably also tease out the real roots of any tension you’ve been experiencing with your business partner.

If you are going to get personal, shoulder your own emotional baggage and try to approach your partner with equal parts honesty and diplomacy. Avoid insults, stay optimistic, and focus on solutions. State your own feelings and ask questions, rather than airing your assumptions about their intentions or behaviors. Keep your toxic thoughts to yourself, and work towards adjusting the behaviors that are making you feel negatively towards each other. Your business might depend on it.

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