Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cheat Sheet for Great Work Relationships - #business #marketing #productivity

Cheat Sheet for Great Work Relationships

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Good work relationships are the key to a positive workplace and a productive one. In fact, optimal relationships at work are critical for building a successful career and finding long-term satisfaction in one’s job. The ‘Workplace Dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa’ poll, June 2013, reveals that 10% of professionals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region would actually leave their job because of a ‘bad work environment’. Another 17.6% of the region’s professionals chose a ‘good manager-employee relationship’ as one of the top factors for employee retention, as per the ‘Employee Retention in the MENA Workplace’ poll, February 2013.
Here, the career experts at suggest some ways to nurture and maintain constructive relationships with your managers and colleagues:

1. Be consistently true to your values

Integrity matters. People can generally see right through people if not immediately then over time, and definitely co-workers have a good measure of each other with the length of time they spend together. Ask yourself what your core values are and be sure you are consistently true to them. 70% of respondents in the ‘Values, Ethics and Integrity in the MENA Workplace’ poll, June 2014, think that success is possible without compromising your morals and values at work. You will be more respected by everyone you work with if you are known as an honest professional with real integrity and an upstanding character.

2. Respect company resources

You company’s time, assets and reputation are yours for the safekeeping, so ensure they are respected and nurtured at all times. Tardiness, a sloppy work ethic and a lukewarm attitude towards the company’s employees and brand are not only potentially contagious but they will fail to endear you to more serious and focused professionals around you who are more loyal to the company and passionate about their personal career trajectory and professional brand. The ‘Absenteeism in the MENA Workplace’ poll, July 2012, shows that 58.2% of the regions’ professionals regard absenteeism as being very harmful to a company’s productivity.

3. Be pleasant and professional

Party at the office
By all means join the weddings, baby showers, sports teams, and after-work gatherings as and when appropriate and seek to be part of creating a joyful office spirit and sincere winning camaraderie. However it’s best to clearly delineate between your home life emotions and professional life priorities and make sure your professional self is as focused and productive as can be. Aim to walk into your place of work every morning with an attitude of pleasant can-do optimism and polite professionalism leaving all your personal worries and obstacles behind. 30% of professionals in the region see a ‘command and control style’ as one of the biggest turnoffs in a manager; 11% mentioned poor communications skills (as per the ‘Workplace Dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa’ poll).

4. Be a peacemaker

We all know them; the gossips and rift-makers who thrive on office politics and always seek to amplify differences, escalate problems and create general discord. Steer clear of their troublemaking at all costs and make it clear you have no desire to magnify issues that can easily be resolved to everyone’s advantage. Simply maintaining a pleasant demeanor and refusing to engage with their misplaced opinions, stealth tactics and improper conversation should win you kudos with the more self-respecting and straightforward members of the team. 15% of professionals in the MENA say that employers are looking above all for ‘character and integrity’ when hiring, according to the ‘Workplace Dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa’ poll.

5. Become a valuable resource

Nothing beats the awe inspired by a job well done. Aim to be an expert and top practitioner in your field so you are actively sought and highly regarded for your advice and input at all times. Don’t take mediocrity for an answer and your name will soon be synonymous with a passion for excellence. Be generous in imparting your knowledge and experience with your peers so you build a robust pool of admirers and advocates within the team and across the firm. The ‘Hiring Management in the MENA’ poll, August 2012, shows that 13% of the region’s employers are mostly looking look for senior executives and managers who display technical excellence and industry knowledge, with a further 4.8% of them mainly searching for professionals with a track record of creativity and innovation.

6. Put yourself in your manager’s shoes

Manager's shoes
Your boss is not the enemy. If you cannot bring yourself to like and admire your immediate manager or even respect their experience and authority, then you are most likely in the wrong role. Do some soul searching. If you have always had problems with your managers, then maybe it’s your own style, priorities, and personal outlook and expectations you need to work on a little. It helps to imagine yourself in your manager’s shoes and situation to understand how your role, behavior and attitude can best be modified to directly impact the company’s productivity and improve team morale. The ‘Work Satisfaction in the MENA’ poll, November 2012, reveals that 12.5% of the region’s professionals feel that management’s expectations of them are unrealistic. If you think that your manager’s expectations are not making sense then it may be time to sit down with your manager and have an honest conversation about your job role and responsibilities.

7. Don’t be the prodigal child

Prodigal child
Yes, in this day and age you can work from anywhere and everywhere for many jobs but if your company has a strict corporate culture that expects you to be physically present don’t adopt your home couch or the lobby or pantry as your best friend. Remember, companies need to manage a vast realm of expectations, priorities and circumstances, and if you set a poor precedent in terms of actual presence, others may want to follow suit. A lot of success is a result of close teamwork and direct collaboration, so your availability in the office at your desk within the timelines required for your role is paramount for a project’s optimal completion as well as for your own visibility. A good way to have a great day at work is to reduce distraction by making lists. According to the ‘Distractions at Work in the MENA’ poll, December 2013, 94% of professionals in the MENA use to-do lists to organize their day. Make sure to start your day by listing all the important tasks that have to be completed and crossing them out throughout the day.

8. Smile and feel it

Sincerity goes a long way as does good energy; and a sincerely positive and genuinely friendly and amiable demeanor in the workplace is pure magic. Deliver your “Good Morning”s and “Please”s and “Thank you”s with a generous smile felt from your very core, and watch your positivity resonate with all around you and be remembered, recognized as your trademark, and returned.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

25 Astonishing Stats that Show Why Twitter MUST be Part of Your Marketing Strategy - #twitter #marketing #business #website #webdesign

Not everybody is convinced about the benefits of Twitter though, so Twitter themselves created this infographic which highlights some astonishing stats about what Twitter can do for your small business.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

You'll Never Hear Successful People Say These 15 Phrases - #successful #people #business #marketing

If you want to become more successful as an entrepreneur or in your career, you can start by making a habit of talking and thinking more like the people you know or read about who are already successful.
Here are some phrases you’ll never hear a successful person say:

1. "We can't do that."

One thing that makes people and companies successful is the ability to make solving their customers’ problems and demands their main priority. If a need arises repeatedly, the most successful people learn how to solve it as quickly as they can.

2. "I don't know how."

Instead of automatically shutting down solution-finding, successful people learn what they can in order to succeed in a project or in their career. For example, you would never see a truly successful international business consultant who travels to Italy multiple times per year refusing to learn Italian.

3. "I don’t know what that is."

Pleading ignorance doesn’t make the problem go away. It just makes the asker find someone who is able to work with them to solve the problem. While’s it’s always good to be honest with those you interact with, finishing this phrase with “but I’ll find out” is a surefire way to become more successful.

4. "I did everything on my own."

The best people know to surround themselves with others who are smart, savvy and as dedicated as they are. What makes this work is always giving credit where it’s due, as due credit to you will always come back in hand. Recognize those that have helped you or made an impact and you’ll continue to earn success and recognition yourself.
Related: The SEAL Teams Don't Accept These 10 Phrases, and Neither Should You

5. "That's too early."

You would never hear Benjamin Franklin or someone such as Steve Jobs say, “that is too early for me to be there.” If there is a networking meeting, project launch or interview opportunity at the very beginning of the day, the most successful people do what it takes to be there. Part of being successful is being at the right place at the right time, no matter if you’re a morning bird or night owl.

6. "That’s too late."

Along the same lines, if you’re asked to a 9 p.m. dinner by a potential business partner, and you can make it, definitely go. You may be tired the next day, but the connections you will make during a small dinner or after-hours meeting can make all the difference when it comes to your career or next project.

7. "It's too bad we couldn't work together."

Truly hitting it off with someone can be a rare occurrence, but if you truly connect with someone and want to work with them, find a way to make it work. Finding people that you really enjoy communicating with don’t come along too often, so whether it’s a case study or a new business, successful people know that working with those who truly align with your personality and interests are the path to true success.

8. "Let's catch up sometime."

Many times, this phrase is said as filler, without any true follow up. Successful people know that if they really want to catch up with someone, they follow up to make it happen. This also builds on the idea that the most successful people have worked hard to build genuine connections and relationships within their network, without any hidden agenda. Nurturing your network means being thoughtful of others, while keeping your relationships with them on top of your mind.

9. "I'm sorry, I'm too busy."

If an opportunity comes their way, successful people do what it takes to make it happen. Sure, this might mean longer hours occasionally, but if you want something to work, that is what it takes. After all, according to Lao-Tzu: "Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’”

10. "That was all my idea."

Again, as mentioned in number four, the most successful people spread the wealth when it comes to doling out praise from a successful project. No idea is truly one’s own -- it’s a sum of their experiences from interacting and building off of collaborative ideas with a team. Doling out praise and encouragement is a crucial part of building a successful company and culture.
Related: 5 Things You Never Should Say to a Client

11. "I never read books."

Tom Corley of Rich Habits found that rich people read (and listen to) books at a much higher rate than poor people: “63 percent of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3 percent of poor.” Also, “63 percent of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5 percent of poor people.” Reading non-fiction (as well as fiction) can help reduce stress, enhance creativity and boost your memory.

12. "I'm not good enough."

Part of being successful is having a high sense of self-worth. Being yourself is one trait that promises success in business and your personal life. Follow your true interests. What you would do in your life if you didn’t need money?

13. "It's OK." (over and over)

Successful people know when to walk away and stop taking excuses from others. If there is a bottleneck and something (or someone) is preventing you from completing a project on time, build up your business, or move you forward in your goals, then it’s time to set boundaries and decide to limit your involvement.

14. "If our competitors don't have it, then we don't need it."

Copying competitors is one of the many possible deaths for most companies. True innovation comes from the flip side: figuring out what competitors aren’t doing and fill that niche to answer a need in the industry.

15. "Time off is for suckers."

True success should be seen as a well-rounded approach, one with vacations, weekends with friends and family and hours of downtime on the weekdays. While workload varies for everyone at times, taking vacation can make you better at your job.
Sometimes to get to where you want to be, the best and easiest thing to do is to simply follow the examples that others set for you.
What phrases are you going to eliminate from your day-to-day conversations and thinking?

Related: 7 Things You Should Never Say to Your Employees

Saturday, November 8, 2014

20 Very Easy Ways To Improve Your Facebook Page - #facebook #marketing #business #web_design #webdesign

So you’ve thought of a really cool business idea and your first port of call was probably setting up a Facebook page? And why not, pretty much everybody uses Facebook so it should be a great place to generate some interest without spending any money, right?

If like a lot of start-ups you’ve quickly setup a page and left it at that you’ll probably find it isn’t generating much business for you and you might be wondering why?

Ask yourself this: Is your page displaying all the info your potential customers want to see? Are you portraying an image that resonates with your fans?

If not, you’ll find the 20 tips in the infographic below very useful.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

80 Genius Design Quotes and Sayings - #webdesign #web_design #design #quotes #business #marketing

Design quotes can relate to motivation, creativity and inspiration.
Design quotes can be any wise words related to this artistic field.
These are the images that were shared on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
There were so many quotes that we decided to make a whole post on them.
Even though shared too many, we are showcasing only a few selected ones…
Eighty selected ones.
Do share your favorite design related quote using the comments section below.
And if you like quotes, you would love our showcase of motivational quotes 
that we published a couple of months ago. It was a big hit!

Design Quotes by Designers and Thinkers

Reality is for people who lack imagination.
Reality is for people who lack imagination
Imagination will take you everywhere.
Imagination will take you everywhere
This is one of the things I learned in my life. Taking a wrong decision is better than not taking a decision at all.
To live a creative life we must loose our fear of being wrong.
Self Doubt and creativity.
Self Doubt and Creativity
Be brave, Be creative.
Be brave, Be creative
Paul Rand knows why designing is hard.
Paul Rand knows why designing is hard
What is sophistication?
What is sophistication
Bad design vs good design.
Bad design vs good design
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
Good artists copy, great artists steal
Definition of design by Steve Jobs.
Definition of design by Steve Jobs
Dieter F. Uchtdorf thinks that way… I wish my design clients thought that way.
What you create doesn't have to be perfect.
Oh you Samuel Beckett. You know how to say a routine thing.
Steve Jobs knows the secret of becoming successful.
Love what you do - A quote by Steve Jobs
Or better yet, how AWESOME you can be.
How amazing you can be - Maya Angelou
I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it
I don't like being insane, I enjoy every minute of it
What is your greatest pleasure?
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Most of the arts work like that.
learn the rules and then break them
That’s the perfect balance.
Live like an adult, think like a child
Keep your child safe.
The creative adult is the child who survived
Notes to self.
Life Quotes
Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.
Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity
I’m not crazy my reality is just different from yours.
I’m not crazy my reality is just different from yours
Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
amazing typography wallpapers
Believe in your designs.
amazing typography wallpapers for everyone
Think again.
think again wallpapers
Something for typography quote lovers.
awesome wallpapers collection
Every designer is…
amazing typography wallpapers
Life is like photography we develop from the negatives.
Life is like photography we develop from the negatives
Eyes like shutter mind like lens.
Eyes like shutter mind like lens
You can not depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.
You can not depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus
’cause everything is never as it seems.
Cause everything is never as it seems
Don’t shoot what it looks like shoot what it feels like.
Don’t shoot what it looks like shoot what it feels like
You don’t take a photograph you make it.
You don’t take a photograph you make it
A wild mind, a disciplined eye.
A wild mind, a disciplined eye
Einstein reveals the secrets of creativity.
Einstein reveals the secrets of creativity
Even design has its limitations.
Even design has its limitations
What is creativity?
What is creativity
There are two versions of this saying. First one is: Design is thinking made visible.
Design is thinking made visible
Second variation is: Design is thinking made visual.
Design is thinking made visual
Design is the answer.
Design is the answer
Design is everything we we make but…
Design is everything we we make but
Being creative.
Being creative
Creativity is more than just being simple.
Creativity is more than just being simple
Creativity helps me ecape
Creativity involves…
Creativity invovles
Between two evils…
Between two evils
Great design is nothing but…
Great design is
Good design idea.
Good design idea
Find the air and you find the design.
Find the air and you find the design
People and design.
People and design
Where do designs go?
Where do designs go
What motivates a creative man.
What motivates a creative man
What are creative people like.
What are creative people like
Steve Jobs creativity quote.
Steve Jobs creativity quote
Success is not money.
Success is not money
See what the others don’t see.
See what the others don't see
James Russel Lowell knows what is creativity.
James Russel Lowell knows what is creativity
What creative means.
What creative means
The relationship of design and creativity.
The relationship of design and creativity
The more you use, the more you have.
The more you use, the more you have
That’s what creativity is about.
That's what creativity is about
The difference between talent and
The difference between talent and genius
The difference between good art and good design.
The difference between good art and good design
It’s a way of life.
It's a way of life

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