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    23 Mar

      photo by Nina Matthews Photography

    Free your mind…and the rest will follow!

    If you want to be more successful you have to open up your mind and be willing to keep learning!  Obviously there are a lot of great books out there, SmartBriefs are an invaluable tool, there are a huge number of great blogs and if you haven’t checked out TED by now you are really missing the boat.

    Along the same lines, another resource you should also check out is MindTools.  Mindtools has been around in some capacity since 1996 and they have a strong focus on helping people develop leadership and management skills…which is something everyone can benefit from.

    Mindtools is a membership site (with a very reasonable cost structure) but they also have a lot of great tools and articles that are completely free.  Stuff ranging from Running Effective Meetings to a Burnout Self-Test.

    You can eventually find anything on the internet, but MindTools gives you a great place to start if you’re looking for help or just some new ideas.  It’s a well done site with a lot of helpful business (and personal) development ideas – definitely worth checking out.

    Have you used MindTools before?  What did you think?  What other sites are out there like MindTools?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

    Shawn Kinkade  Kansas City Business Coach

    22 Aug

    A few weeks ago I wrote about Daniel Pink’s new book Drive, which is all about the science behind what motivates people and how the business world (and the educational world) aren’t keeping up with that science and using motivational techniques that really don’t work very well anymore.

    Well I stumbled across the perfect primer on the book and the topic – it’s a short video speech from Daniel Pink on the core concepts and it’s illustrated with an animated technique that’s really engaging and adds a lot to the presentation.


    Here’s the link if you can’t see the video for some reason:  RSA Animate – Drive

    Let me know what you think about it – share your thoughts in the comments below.

    Shawn Kinkade  Kansas City Business Coach

    15 Aug

      photo by *yasuhiro

    The internet continually offers up all sorts of cool things – some of them are just entertaining (like the picture above) but a lot of them are world class educational resources, tools and ideas that most of us wouldn’t have seen 10 or even 5 years ago.

    If you’d like to make your web browsing more productive, I’d strongly recommend using a tool like Delicious (I wrote about Delicious here) not only as a way to save and reference the cool stuff you find, but it can also help you find new things that other people find valuable.

    Today I wanted to share a presentation on Social Media that I thought was outstanding!

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