Expert Network - August 2012

Are You Fit to Lead?

on August 22 2012 2:24 PM
Are You Fit to Lead?

The sound body is the product of the sound mind. – George Bernard Shaw

In the wake of my 50th birthday last year, I decided that it was time, once and for all, to get back on track with a regular exercise routine. I had always enjoyed sporting activities but like many I found too many convenient excuses not to take proper care of my body. I was overweight.

The findings of a recent Gallup poll found an average of 62.8 percent of all American adults were overweight or obese in the first half of 2012 -- 36.3 percent were overweight and 26.2 percent were obese. According to Gallup, this means “millions of people are at a high risk for developing -- if they haven’t already -- costly and deadly chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure.”

With leadership comes high expectations. In your business or organization certain disciplines are required to perform at the levels necessary to succeed. While you would no more neglect the leadership skills necessary to oversee your business, why would you compromise the leadership of your health?

London's Top Notch Bars

on August 14 2012 1:21 PM
London's Top Notch Bars

We want to share with you what London locals have hidden from the average traveller: Where to find the best drinks in London. With our guidance, you can set your taste buds soaring with specialty cocktails made in our favorite high-end London hotels: the Andaz Liverpool Street, Chancery Court, Jumeriah Carlton Tower, and The Milestone.

The Bar at Chancery Court

Nothing completes a London summer's eve more than a Pimm's No.1 cocktail in The Bar at Chancery Court. Well, actually, maybe a gin & tonic at The Bar at Chancery Court would. Whichever you prefer, this bar offers the perfect club-like atmosphere to enjoy a sophisticated evening. Our favorite part -- groups at closing time can request for it to stay open a little longer! So now you can finish your summer's eve with both a Pimm's and a gin & tonic -- or any number of the scrumptious cocktails offered at The Bar.

Five Reasons To Blow Up Your Blog

on August 14 2012 11:00 AM
Five Reasons To Blow Up Your Blog

I've been blogging since 2009. I started CAREEREALISM.com as a simple resource where I wrote and posted content one to two times a week. Fast forward to today and we post daily more than 35 new articles each week and have over 100 approved contributors. The site is currently listed as one of the top career advice blogs in the world. So, you'd think I'd be here to tell you why everyone should start a blog, right? Guess again.

Fact: Having your own blog is a waste of time for most small businesses, consultants and experts

If you are currently struggling to keep your blog going, or have been pondering the idea of starting a blog but get sick thinking about all the work, well then, I've got good news for you. Here are 5 reasons to not have your own blog:

No. 1 -- It will take you years to get the site to have enough traffic to earn advertising money from ad servers like Google Adsense. Sites don't make you rich. In fact, they are a marketing expense that most people don't invest enough in to benefit from it as a lead generation tool.

Are You Proud of Where You Work?

on August 13 2012 3:01 PM
Are You Proud of Where You Work?

According to a survey reported in People Management, the number of employees who are "proud" to work for their organization has fallen from almost half of workers at the start of 2012 to just two-fifths.

A survey of 1,114 office staff, by recruitment firm Hyphen, suggested that question marks over the reputations of some employers may have dampened employee engagement. The number of women disenchanted with their employer has grown to more than a quarter (27 percent) compared with only 17 percent who admitted they were not proud of their firm at the beginning of the year.

At a time when employee engagement is as critical as ever this survey sheds new light on the need for employers to be engaged with their employees and to step up in their leadership roles. It is simply not enough to be aware of employee disengagement. It is incumbent upon those in leadership to understand why.

Service-Based Leadership

on August 02 2012 4:46 PM
Service-Based Leadership

Service-based leadership is the life-blood of your organization. In his best-selling book, The Fred Factor, Mark Sanborn writes, “The best Freds are true artists at taking ordinary products or job responsibilities and services and making them extraordinary. They are real-world alchemists who practice the art and science of ‘value creation.’” He is right. Do you have a culture of service within your organization? Here are three tips to help you turn that picture of service-based leadership into a practice.

Re-create your culture. In a recent survey by Consumer Reports, consumers revealed their most irritating customer service gripes. Topping the list? Not being able to get a human on the phone, rude sales people, many phone steps needed, long waits on hold, unhelpful solutions, and no apology for unsolved problems, just to name a few.

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