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Do You Stay Up On Your Industry?

Industry Research in RSS FeedsHow much time do you spend researching your industry?

Do you keep up with the new trends?

Do you keep up with your competitor’s ongoing activities?

Don’t let your business go stale when technology makes it too easy to spend 30 minutes of your long work day researching and reading.

If you use Microsoft Outlook, it has a nice RSS feeds reader built in. Scanning and reading selected feeds of my choice is a snap.

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Worlds are Colliding!

I received this invite today on my Google+ timeline to join a LinkedIn B2B Networking group on Google+. Huh?

LinkedIn invite on Google Plus

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Ideas! Ideas! Ideas!

Such simple ideas that fulfill a need in the right niche is the boom we all strive for = an entrepreneur’s dream.

Breaking A Sacred Vow of Trust is Like Peeing in The Pool – It Ruins Everyone’s Day!

To its core, all we have in our lives is our word. The fact that we can trust friends and business relationships is a must in a civilized society. Why do some take trust so lightly? I don’t get it.

On a lighter note, the weather is beautiful in HRVA! I’m thinking we pull the t-tops out of the ZX and ride. What are you up to this weekend?

College Students Can Earn $10k in the Governor’s Business Plan Challenge

Contest will evaluate student business plans
 
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Microsoft Looking to Throw in $1B – $3B for the DELL Buyout. Why?

I’ve thought about this for a couple of days since I heard this rumor and I can’t for the life of me understand why Microsoft would do this. I know they rely on hardware vendors like DELL, Toshiba, and Lenovo to provide a platform for the Windows operating system. But why wouldn’t Microsoft take this opportunity to burst into the PC hardware world like they’ve done with the Surface in the tablet world and, in the past, the Xbox in the gaming world? Both of those initiatives are hugely successful so what would make them think they can’t make the PC hardware initiative work?

In my way of thinking, the ‘what’s the value’ answer is that Microsoft would control the whole environment (like Apple does) – hardware and software (OS). Less bugs. Less holes vulnerable to virus attacks. Another revenue stream. Seems like a win-win for Microsoft.

What do you think? Why wouldn’t Microsoft save their money on the DELL venture and do this?

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We’re pouring over resumes today for hot business development positions. Know anyone interested?

hiring fo Business DevelopmentJASE is looking for business development partners to work with us across the U.S. These positions are commission-only, very high commissions.If you or someone you know is interested, shoot us a resume at hr@jasegroup.com. Serious applicants only need apply.

Business Development Associate — 6 positions available — JASE Group is seeking a Business Development Associate who will support the company’s JASE EPR & JASE Healthcare Websites (http://jaseepr.com/healthcare-websites) software products. The Business Development Associate will be comfortable and effective with telephone and email communications and working in an environment with the latest and most cutting edge technologies.

The JASE Business Development Associate is an independent contractor position with the potential for rapid advancement to include a possible full-time assignment with JASE Group. Bright, ambitious, young professionals are highly encouraged to apply.

This is a well-compensated, commission-only position. Commission level is commensurate with experience.

Click here (http://jasegroup.com/job-opportunities/business-development-associate) to read the full job description and to apply for the JASE Business Development Associate position.

5 Tips for Avoiding the Flu at the Office

influenzaMichael says:

Someone close to you is probably suffering from the flu – a loved one, a co-worker, or the guy who was breathing on you on the train this morning. It’s been an early, and especially nasty, start to this year’s flu season.

Dr. David Scheiner, an internist in Chicago Hyde Park’s neighborhood, kept President Obama healthy for 22 years. Here, the veteran physician offers tips for avoiding the flu:

  1. Get a flu shot.
  2. Avoid crowds.
  3. Wash your hands.
  4. Limit physical contact.
  5. Reconsider visiting the doctor.

Al Gore just invested in your company. Do you care?

I’m not saying Al Gore is not a bright guy. But IMHO Al Gore is not a bright guy. If he invests $441,000 of his money in your company, do you care? Do you care where the money comes from to fund your innovation research?

Electronista reports:

A US Securities and Exchange Commission filing was made on Thursday, showing that Apple board member and former US Vice President Al  Gore purchased 59.000 shares of Apple stock, currently worth over $29.6 million  dollars. As a result of his board membership options, Gore paid $7.475 per  share, paying $441,000 out of pocket for the shares.

How Agile is Your Company?

Harvard Business ReviewA successful company in 2013 cannot use the same strategic formula that we used in 1997, or 2004 for that matter. Outside forces, new technologies, and probably more importantly, consumers’ acceptance of innovative technologies have forced companies to be more receptive to change . . . and even, in some circumstances, lead the process of being agile embedded within their business strategies.

In a combined white paper, Walter Popper, Brad Power, and Steve Stanton wrote:

Rational managers for the past thirty years have tightly focused on efficiency, cost cutting, and day-to-day execution – perhaps to a fault. With increasing industry disruption, efficiency is fast becoming of secondary importance to innovation and agility. Many large organizations have too little capacity for external sensing, strategic reflection, and business transformation.

For Harvard Business Review, the authors go on to say that companies must stay on top of external forces or be trampled by these threats:

The pace of change and disruption in today’s marketplaces will only increase. Organizations that focus only on their surface systems, no matter how well they operate and how low they drive their costs, will miss the threats to their long-term survival. No company is immune; no market niche is safe.

Are you committed to your career? Really committed?

My friend Michelle said:

Commitment is EASY.  When it’s easy.  When it’s convenient.  Of course, when you act according to your goals and purpose ONLY when it’s easy or convenient, can we call that commitment at all?

Not really.  I’m reminded of a Bible verse in one of my favorite books of the Bible, Ecclesiastes 11:4, and I’m paraphrasing: “Farmers who wait for perfect weather will never plant.”

Never. Ever. And they’ll not only not plant, they’ll not reap.  They’ll never harvest. THE SAME IS TRUE IN BUSINESS.

I agree. Don’t wait for a convenient time to make that move or make that hard decision. Do it. Stick with your instincts and do it.

Tennessee Williams said:

Success is shy – it won’t come out while you’re watching.

Do you overlook important Marketing Reports?

marketing reportsIf you’re in the business of making money (who isn’t?), you run marketing reports and analyze the results regularly, right? We are analyzing data this morning for one of our large clients and sidebar’d to wondering how many businesses just overlook this process.

It’s important! It may be boring to you. But it’s probably the most important thing you can do for your business. Otherwise, how do you know if the money you are spending on advertising and marketing, even man-hours on social media marketing, is working? You must have a way to measure the results of the dollars you spend.

Luckily for us, we have a custom toolset, JASE Marketing Manager, that ties almost every dollar spent to results, or the lack thereof. This fabulous tool extends to each of our JASE clients on our inbound marketing program. Let me know if you’d like to see a demonstration of our process. From a business analysis and measurement standpoint, it’s really quite fascinating.

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10 ways to be twice as productive as your colleagues

business productivityGeoffrey James recently wrote a piece for Inc.com on how to make yourself more efficient. What do you think? Would these work for you?

  1. Avoid meetings that lack an agenda.
    Meetings can only be productive if people know why they’re meeting in the first place. An agenda provides focus and purpose. The lack of an agenda guarantees meandering conversations that dive into rat holes. They’re a waste of your (and everyone else’s) time.
  2. Never pick up on an unknown caller.
    Unless you’re working in telesales or product support, there’s no reason why you should ever take a call from somebody you don’t know. After all, when was the last time you took an unexpected call that was truly important? Days? Weeks? Months?
  3. Permanently turn off your voice mail.
    A voice-mail message consumes minutes of your time (more if you have to replay) to communicate information you could absorb from an email in seconds. Explain in your outgoing message that you don’t use voice mail, and instead provide your email address.
  4. Hone your email program’s sorting rules.
    It takes time and energy to change gear to sort through (and respond to) a long list of disconnected messages. Most email programs allow you to route different types of messages into folders, where you can review and respond en masse rather than piecemeal.
  5. Periodically disable email and texting.
    When you must do creative work or absorb complex information, the last thing you need is your computer and phone chirping and beeping for your attention. Whatever it is, it can wait until you’ve finished the task at hand. Trust me.
  6. Give social butterflies short shrift.
    For some people, a day at work means an endless coffee klatch. They wander the halls searching for somebody, ostensibly to discuss business but really just to chat. Don’t let these time leeches hobble your success. Just say no. If necessary, get rude.
  7. Reward your body with high-quality fuel.
    What you eat determines your energy level, and your energy level determines how much you can get accomplished. Sugary treats provide a quick energy boost but then create an even deeper dip. Heavy foods take energy to digest, leaving you with less to use.
  8. Take a five-minute walking break every hour.
    The human body is not designed to sit for hours at a stretch. Attempting to do so inevitably creates aches and pains that leech your energy as your body tries to compensate and heal them. So get up and move! Use a timer if you have to.
  9. Make your decisions more quickly.
    Most people waste an extraordinary amount of time obsessing about (and second-guessing) their decision making. However, you’re always better off making a good-enough decision quickly than waiting for an imaginary best decision.
  10. Completely disconnect for 12 hours every day.
    If you stop pretending to be productive when you’re eating and sleeping, you’ll be far more productive when you’re actually working. Being always available is an unfailing recipe for stress, illness, and bad decision making. Give it rest.

Know anyone looking for a job?

hiring salespeopleWe are hiring for sales positions with dynamite commission levels. If you know anyone looking for a job anywhere in the US, send them to us.

Business Development Associate — 6 positions available — JASE Group is seeking a Business Development Associate who will support the company’s JASE EPR & JASE Healthcare Websites (http://jaseepr.com/healthcare-websites) software products. The Business Development Associate will be comfortable and effective with telephone and email communications and working in an environment with the latest and most cutting edge technologies.

The JASE Business Development Associate is an independent contractor position with the potential for rapid advancement to include a possible full-time assignment with JASE Group. Bright, ambitious, young professionals are highly encouraged to apply.

This is a well-compensated, commission-only position. Commission level is commensurate with experience.

Click here (http://jasegroup.com/job-opportunities/business-development-associate) to read the full job description and to apply for the JASE Business Development Associate position.

Talking Sales Commissions, Strategies & Training with a Life-long Sales Guy

It’s fascinating talking sales strategies with a guy that’s done it for decades. JASE is hiring – http://jasegroup.com/job-opportunities/business-development-associate – great commissions, nice opportunity.

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I told the guys at the Senate a thing or two, now it’s time to leave

Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance @HRPTA
Virginians for High Speed Rail
JASE Group @JASEgroup

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Chatting with The Hon. Mark Warner, US Senator, VA

We had the opportunity to talk business, transportation, fiscal cliff, and other Government funding with Senator Mark Warner at the US Senate building today.

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Chatting with The Hon. Scott Rigell, US Senate Rep., VA-2

We had the opportunity to talk business, transportation, fiscal cliff, and other Government funding with Representative Scott Rigell at the US Senate building today.

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Official Business Visitor to the United States Senate on 12/12/12

Visiting the US Senate building and our local Congressmen on behalf of JASE Group, Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance, and Virginians for High Speed Rail.

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Todd Stennis Speaking to the Virginians for High Speed Rail Group on the Amtrak Virginia Train

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Director Thelma Drake Speaking to the Virginians for High Speed Rail Group on the Amtrak Virginia Train

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Chris DeLacy Speaking to the Virginians for High Speed Rail Group on the Amtrak Virginia Train

 
 
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Robbyn Gayer Speaking to the Virginians for High Speed Rail Group on the Amtrak Virginia Train

 
 
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Amtrak from Norfolk to Richmond by 7:10 AM

We have arrived at the Staples Mill Amtrak Station in Richmond at 7:10 AM. The good: We could make an 8AM meeting. The bad: We had to leave Norfolk before 5AM. :)

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USPS is Losing $25M Every Day

According to Erin Burnett of CNN’s OutFront, the United States Postal Service loses $25M each day. Could this be their last holiday season?

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