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How Small Business Can Motivate Employees to Boost Productivity

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[Note: This is a guest post by Mark Feldman, the CTO of It’s written for employers, but the motivational forces Mark talks about here are useful to any individual as well. Enjoy! – Kyle]

Your employees are your most valuable assets and managing them is critical to your business, albeit challenging. This is especially true for small businesses where employee productivity is a serious concern. However, you cannot blame the employees alone for lower productivity. Employers too play a significant role in motivating their workforce to become more productive at work. After all employee satisfaction plays key role in boosting productivity and can finally impact the company’s bottom line.

Often small business owners think that they lack the money or other resources required to meet their employees’ needs. But this is far from being true. Most employee motivation strategies require little or no financial investment. They are mostly a matter of simple management adjusting practices. Besides, there are strategies that need financial investment and they are usually returned by enhancing employee productivity.

What Makes Employee Motivation Challenging?

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LeBron James’ Top 2 Success Strategies (And How You Can Use Them)


[Note: This is a guest post from Robert James Collier and it’s just in time for the playoffs!]

LeBron James is the biggest basketball star on the planet.

He’s arguably the biggest star in sports, period.

Regardless of how the NBA Finals turn out, here’s what diehard Sportscenter viewers (and indifferent observers) know to be true: LeBron James is not only the best basketball player in the world today, he’s in the running for the best basketball player ever.

The greats of every industry know that temporary loss doesn’t mean permanent defeat.

Top performers know that in order to win at the highest level, you need to overcome serious failures and adopt world-class mental frameworks to succeed after difficult losses.

What if I told you LeBron James followed a repeatable process for world-class performance to go from good to all-time great, and he uncovered a deeply-hidden psychological ‘flip’ that turned him into a world champion?

Hmm… sounds kinda interesting” you might respond.

Now, what if I told you that I’ve broken down these hidden secrets of success by dissecting real-world examples from LeBron James’ life to give you a no bullshit, mind-blowingly practical manual for achieving the highest levels of success in any industry AND, like a leading a horse to water, I’ve showed exactly how YOU can use them too…

Oh, so nowww you’re thoroughly interested! :)

Look, in the stories below, I offer 2 remarkable lessons that you can take from LeBron’s story to apply to your own life to use as strategies to unlock the well of greatness stored inside of you.

WARNING: These are very powerful, specific, actionable techniques which can be adopted and used to your advantage IMMEDIATELY. These techniques have been used and polished by the likes of Steve Jobs, Napoleon Bonaparte, Pablo Picasso and other greats. These tactics are very real and I’m going to show you HOW you can use them to get what you want. Pay close attention.

Bonus Download: Want to know the 10 talents that drive entrepreneurial success and how you can use them to tilt the odds significantly in your favor?

Click here to download your FREE “10 Talents of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs” 12-page Report!



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How to Create a $217,660,000,000.00 Importing Company: Alibaba’s World by VP Porter Erisman

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The presentation you’re about to see was made especially for our clients at the Importing Empire Jumpstart Group. Porter Erisman, the former VP of Alibaba and author of Alibaba’s World, gave an insider’s look at how Alibaba was started, how it’s grown, and where it’s going.

The video was never meant for a wider audience but we had to share it with you. The content is just too important.

Alibaba’s IPO in 2014 was the biggest in history. The company is worth $217.66 billion and probably the most important company in e-commerce today.

You may not have heard of it unless you’re starting or running an importing company, but you’ve almost definitely used a product sourced on Alibaba today.

If Porter’s presentation interests you, you’ll love his book, Alibaba’s World, where he covers the story in even more depth and gives a lot of valuable strategic advice for entrepreneurs doing business today.

I enjoyed digging through his book over the last week and put together highlights for you here:

Click Here to Get Your Free “Alibiba’s World” Notes!   

Oh yeah, we’re also giving away 20 copies of Alibaba’s World! All you have to do is enter here:   Alibaba’s World Below the video you’ll find:

  • Timestamps to help navigate to the most relevant pieces of the video.
  • Porter’s top 10 tips for entrepreneurs.
  • Jack Ma’s first speech to the team at Alibaba.
  • A short excerpt from Jack Ma’s speech after their first IPO in 2008

Without further ado, Porter Erisman, former Alibaba VP:

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What You Need To (And How To) Outsource Today: Avoiding the “I Can Do That” Trap

[Kyle: This is a guest post from a Gina Smith. She’s going to show you maybe the most effective productivity hack out there: hire more hands.]


The words, “I can do that”, can be like nails on a chalkboard when they are spoken by a small business owner or entrepreneur.  One of the most common mistakes made when opening a business is trying to wear too many hats. 

As a small business consultant, I come across aspiring entrepreneurs in all types and stages of business.  Most have gone into business for themselves because they have a certain skill, talent or aspiration.  It always baffles me when a business owner has invested in an impressive office or workshop space and hired employees to produce and deliver their product and/or services but then chooses to handle their own marketing, information technology, tax filings, etc.  Really?  And, the kicker is in 99% of the cases, the business owner has no prior experience in any of these areas.

Have you ever heard of the saying, “it is better to do a few thing well than many things lousy?”  When a business owner is also the hiring, marketing, fulfillment, tax and IT manager, problems will inevitably arise.  While it may not be necessary to hire full time employees to handle certain functions, you can consider outsourcing these tasks to an experienced and reliable individual or company. [click to continue…]

Honesty IS the Best Policy in Business (Usually): How to Make Honesty Your Competitive Advantage, Drive Sales, Increase Profits, and Make Life Better in General

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It doesn’t always pay to be good.

There are huge stretches of human history where the only way to win has been to lie, cheat, and steal.

Luckily for those of us who suck at being bad, goodness is paying off.

Particularly honesty.

It doesn’t always feel this way. We see people getting ahead by doing bad every day. Sometimes it’s in the news. Sometimes it’s in the office.

So, honestly, honesty doesn’t win in every situation or domain. And not every type of honesty wins either.

Nobody wants to lie. It just seems to be the only option sometimes. Especially when we’re feeling weak or scared.

But honesty is quickly becoming the best option in the most interesting and profitable areas in life and the economy.

Early on, all my chips were on honesty. It wasn’t a choice. It was a struggle though.

Common wisdom says that you should be honest to be a good person despite the general understanding that getting ahead sometimes requires lies and thus giving up your good-person status.

This assumption that you have to lie to be successful is not just poison for society but also ineffective in the long-term.

The lifetime of a lie is shrinking and the compounding effect of honesty is increasing. We’ll get into the mechanics of this later.

My goal is to prove to you that honesty is the best policy. Not just for being a good human, but to get ahead in business and life.

The remainder of this post will be broken down as follows:

  1. Honest Stories. I will tell you three personal stories to demonstrate how honesty plays out in relationships, networking, and business. These stories will help frame the rest of the post, especially the business story.
  2. What Honesty Is & Isn’t. This section will help us understand and define honesty in a way that is useful and powerful. A lot of people are confused about what is honest and dishonest behavior and so fail to be functionally honest. (Hint: Having no filter isn’t honesty.)
  3. Dangers of Honesty. We’ll look at some of the main ways people get scared off from being honest, and why most of the fear of these possible outcomes are unwarranted.
  4. Benefits of Honesty. Some of the most important reasons to be honest.

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