Protect Your Data

Individuals and businesses can spend thousands of dollars securing their digital data. You can get the latest anti-virus software, use encrypted emails, and have secure firewalls. All of this is money down the drain if you do not have secure passwords. Passwords by their nature are su
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Communication Matters

How you communicate with others is a major component of your success or failure. Yet very few of us invest time or money towards improving our communication. In business, many managers rely on an assumption that the employees will figure it out once they get started. Business owners a
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Response to a Restaurant Business Crisis

Stories of adversity and how people and businesses overcome them are always intriguing to us. Recently, a Xoikos team-member read an article titled “After the Crisis, Firefly Aloft” in Seven magazine. It was about a popular tapas restaurant business in Las Vegas that had a food-poison
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Putting Your House in Order

As a business owner, you pour yourself into your business. You give selflessly of your time, energies, and efforts. You justify the long days as living the American dream, but yet you find yourself unhappy and unfulfilled. This is likely a sign that you are not taking care of your per
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IT Corner: Impact of Windows 7

Beginning April 2014, Microsoft will no longer support the Windows XP operating system platform. This Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, software patches, or any support. It is important to not wait until the last minute to upgrade. Here is a look at some of the factor
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Experience Cramming

There is a trend in today’s society that you may be a willing and active participant – the trend is “Experience Cramming.” It is defined as “collecting and mixing-and-matching as many, and as wide a variety, of new experiences as possible.” Social media has intensified it – how many F
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Hum Drum to Memorable

A recent article on Inc.com captured one of the big issues facing store-front businesses in this every increasing on-line shopping world. Competition is not just with those in your general neighborhood, or even in your metropolitan area. You are competing with the global marketplace.
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Implementing Systematic Change

True systemic change involves integrating the long-term goals of the business into the daily business practices. It is frustrating for business owners to develop a plan, “train” their employees on the plan, and then helplessly watch the plan fail without understanding what happened. T
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Learning from Google’s Failures

Focus on what you do best If you cannot explain what your company does in one sentence, you are likely doing too much. Shutting Down Less Successful Efforts Frees up Resources You have limited time and resources, so put your efforts and that of your employees into projects that contri
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Principles of Persuasion

Forbes recently published an article titled “The 21 Principles of Persuasion.” The author studied influential political, social, business, and religious leaders and proceeded to identify “21 critical lessons” on how to best persuade people. It is an interesting read and I encourage yo
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