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Posted 7/25/14 at 3:15 PM | Brian Wallace

What We've Learned From Retail Data Breaches

There's been a lot of news lately about data breaches. Learn more from this infographic.

Posted 7/25/14 at 10:50 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Why Christians Work

Photo: Flickr/Grant Kwok - Creative Commons

By Phillip Jensen

It was long ago that the community agreed upon a 40-hour week. The balance of work, sleep and recreation has undergone many changes since then. For some getting work itself has been the problem. For others the only work available is casual. Others have the choice of part-time work while some complain that is all that is available to them—while still others are working longer hours than ever. The increased feminisation of the workplace has been a major shift of the last half of the twentieth century. Increased mobility between jobs and careers has lead to a new way of viewing our education and training.

Industrial relations is often a heated and divisive issue. Government changes to the laws about work relations can cause considerable community and trade union concerns. Governments have even been brought down over these issues. FULL POST

Posted 7/25/14 at 10:02 AM | Justin Buzzard

My Simple Productivity System

pen and paper
Photo: Openclipart - Public Domain

Hi-tech, digital productivity systems

Here is my productivity system:

1. At the beginning of each day I write down on a piece of paper what I want to accomplish by the end of the day.

2. As I move through the day I focus on only one action item/project at a time, attacking the most important items first. Because of how I’m wired, I often choose to first work on the task I’m the most excited about (much of the time the most exciting task is also the most important task).

3. Things come up during the day and get added to the list.

4. The tasks that don’t get crossed off the list either move to tomorrow’s list or get ditched all together if deemed no longer important.

Notes:

  • The daily piece of paper that I use is a page in a small 3×5 notebook, a notebook that I always carry in my back pocket.
  • In addition to the small notebook I always carry a pen in my pocket.
  • I use other pages in the notebook to jot down ideas that come to me throughout the day.

Posted 7/25/14 at 5:49 AM | Sylvie Simms

The Top 5 Plumbing Emergencies

As a homeowner, it is frustrating when you have to deal with a plumbing emergency. Not only are you inconvenienced by not being able to use sinks and toilets, but you must also find a professional to help diagnose and fix the issue. Luckily, there are various steps that you can take in order to mitigate the damage if something occurs. There are a number of plumbing emergencies that can happen and knowing what to do in each situation will go a long way.

Frozen Pipes – Frozen pipes not only restrict water flow in your home, they also present the risk of bursting and causing a great deal of damage. It is important to heat the pipes back up immediately in order to prevent a burst.Burst Pipes – If left unnoticed, frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes and a huge mess. Locate the emergency shutoff valve to your house and close it immediately while the emergency plumber arrives to fix the situation.Leaky Fixtures – Not all leaks are found by seeing dripping water from faucets. Wall or cabinet stains can signify leaks in the pipes as well. Clamps may temporarily stop a leak from getting worse, but it is best to work with a plumber to replace damages and avoid the growth of mold.Blocked Drains – Broken pipes, incorrect pipe installation or debris can all cause blocked drains in your system. Using a plunger or plumber’s snake should help you clear the problem.Gas Leaks – Gas leaks are extremely dangerous and can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, fires or explosions. If you notice the smell of rotten eggs or hissing near a gas line, immediately call the fire department and an emergency plumber. FULL POST

Posted 7/24/14 at 4:09 PM | Phil Cooke

How to Get Noticed in a Cluttered World

If you want to have influence at any level, you need to learn how to get your ideas and expertise noticed. Too many people today have brilliant insight, but they don’t know the keys to getting anyone to listen. It’s a cluttered world out there, so if you’re going to get heard, here’s 5 key principles to remember:

1) Know where you stand.   To influence anyone, you have to know your perspective on the issue and not be afraid to share it. Have an opinion. Make decisions. This isn’t the time to be bashful. Don’t be a jerk, but don’t be afraid to speak up.

2) Create something of value.   Have you ever noticed that folks listen to people who have something to offer? To sell your screenplay you have to have a few on the shelf. To get interviewed in the media, it helps to have a book to discuss, or a project completed. Influencers have something to show. Don’t wait for a publisher, movie studio, or agent. Start creating now. FULL POST

Posted 7/24/14 at 10:52 AM | John Dillard

Work with a CPA in your area who eats, lives and breathes outside the Box!!!

Tax Answers You Can Use: Not More Data That Needs Interpreting

Does your CPA “Think Outside the Box?”

Or Does Your CPA and Your Taxes Live Safely Inside the Box?

Does Your CPA Seek to Plan for the Future and is Innovative and Insightful?

Or Does Your CPA Simply Interpret the Past?

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Posted 7/23/14 at 5:53 AM | Sylvie Simms

Exercise and Acne

"Sweat in itself doesn't cause acne, but if you are prone to acne, sweat can aggravate your skin."

This infographic from Clearogen offers advice for teenagers and adults that struggle with acne. One tip is to blot sweat instead of wiping it away. When skin pores are blocked, acne is more likely to occur.

Posted 7/23/14 at 4:15 AM | Sylvie Simms

Country to Country Payments

From wire transfers to global ACH transfers, making country to country payments presents a number of common business challenges with overseas vendors. At Tipalti we specialize in taking on the challenges presented by global mass payments so that our clients don’t have to do as much as think about these issues. This in turn allows for our clients to focus on their business so that they can continue to perfect and innovate within their industry without having to allocate any time or effort toward addressing the numerous hurdles that come with facilitating country to country payments. - See more in this infographic:

http://www.tipalti.com/blog/?p=261

Posted 7/22/14 at 6:39 AM | Sylvie Simms

Importance of Going Mobile

Technology has made a huge impact on businesses over the last few decades. Most companies now have websites that allow customers to purchase goods or services online. Online tracking of these trends allows a company to get an inside look into consumer behavior, which in turn allows the company to make changes that will increase profits. These tracker studies are a valuable tool that many companies incorporate into their business plans, as the analytics they provide can be invaluable.

In more recent years, there has been a shift in the use of technology. Online websites and tracker studies are still applicable to the business world, but there has been a shift in power to mobile devices. Many consumers now use mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to help make purchases. Because these devices are carried with consumers most of the time and are used for over half of online traffic, it is important that companies respond to the trend of “going mobile.” Using mobile tracker studies allows companies to more effectively evaluate consumer behavior, as well as brand image and performance. Knowing this information is vital to a company’s approach to business.

The following infographic gives you a more detailed understanding of the importance of going mobile. Continue reading to discover why, mobile sample into existing (or new) tracker studies are so vital to a company’s success. FULL POST

Posted 7/22/14 at 5:05 AM | Sylvie Simms

Possible Coaching Candidates

The LA Lakers are bound to have a great 2014 season due to the changes the team is making. Not only have the LA Lakers picked up some great players through the NBA draft and through trades, the LA Lakers are also hoping to find a coach that can take the team far.

Currently, the LA Lakers are searching for the perfect coach to take the helm for the 2014 season. There are many candidates they are considering, all of whom have something special to offer the team. One of the best candidates the Lakers are considering is Lionel Hollins. This candidate has the leadership skills needed to take the Lakers to the next level, but the team might miss out on this great candidate since he is also interviewing in Cleveland. If Lionel Hollins is not an option, then the next best candidate is Byron Scott. This candidate is actually an ex-player for the LA Lakers, making him a fan favorite. Byron Scott has already won the Coach of the Year award, proving that he knows how to coach a team to success.

Although these top two candidates would be ideal to take over the coaching position for the LA Lakers, there are other candidates being considered. If you’ve been following the changes being made by the Lakers, continue reading the following infographic and learn more about all of the candidates being considered for the coaching job. FULL POST

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