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WhatsApp, tool or distractor?

productivity tools Sep 23, 2019

Technology has been of great help for large corporations throughout the years, however, many of the tools that have been implemented can also become a stumbling block in terms of productivity and growth in these companies.

Most of us spend our days on our cell phones, and although most of the time we are on social networks, we do not realize that another app we use a lot tends to be WhatsApp.

This app ultimately changed the way in which we communicate, both in our professional lives as well as our personal lives.  Has it happened to you that you belong to certain family groups or friends groups, and some people seem to have too much free time and ceaselessly send messages?

Well, this is one of the main features that distracts us from our daily activities.

If you’d like to find out on which app you’re wasting most of your productive time of the day, you can review the automatic function in your cell phone where it measures which apps use the most battery (which is...

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The Art of Getting to the Point

communication focus Sep 16, 2019

What does it mean?  It means that we must get to what’s important, to what is really the heart of the message, and not talk just to hear ourselves talk, it means to focus on the basics, on the essential point.

On many occasions, I don’t know if it’s happened to you, you are talking with someone who goes around and around the issue and ends up not telling you what he or she wants to say, or maybe you find yourself in a situation that’s perhaps uncomfortable or complicated, and you don’t dare say things directly, and while trying to be “politically correct” or “polite”, you beat around the bush, or offer thousands of irrelevant...

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5 words for an attitude of Success

success Sep 09, 2019

When talking about human beings in general, especially about those little things that make us relate to other people, be it your partner, your family, you friends, your business partners, your co-workers and subordinates, we find that a fundamental factor is communication, and not only the simple concept of emitting a message that is then received, but we’re talking about good communication, direct, conscious, and concise, now this communication can vary in each aspect of your life since it can differ depending on the person you are talking to and the level of authority we have relative to that person, the length and closeness of the relationship and of course the level of trust that exists between you both.

All of these attributes plus many more will improve or reduce how well the reception and processing of the message is, however, we believe that regardless of all these attributes you should never forget to imprint your values in that message, since doing so will make a...

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9 steps to have more effective meetings

Many companies keep falling into the trap of meetings that are recurrent yet not very effective, it is important to put into practice several elements so that the participants’ time is not wasted; they could be performing other tasks that are important to their positions.

It’s important to mention that there are meetings that cannot be avoided, and that staff from each area has to attend so that the team functions better and of course, is more productive.

Many times, the frequency of the meetings is overused, and in most cases, they are open to all the areas of the business even when it’s not necessary, and those people attend but are not able to be productive during that time.

Often we hear from companies with all types of operations and in all types of industries, how middle and top management colleagues constantly complain about the number of meetings they must attend and about the time they feel they are wasting every day.  When in most cases, they are...

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Business Associations: Cost or Benefit?

Several years ago I worked for a business association in Mexico, and something that I doubtless learned was that all the benefits you get depend completely on you and on your participation in it, remember that it is useless if you buy a book but never read it, or if you sign up for a class and do not put into practice what you learn, the more you get involved in the activities that the association organizes, the more you will gain from it.   

Often we stop doing something that interests us or that we like because of the cost it could entail, however, we don’t always see that the benefits could be greater.  Today I’d like to invite you to analyze all the advantages you could obtain if you actively participated in these business associations, and you will see that what you get out of it will be at least 3 times the cost you put in.

I’ve had the opportunity to belong to several associations in Mexico as well as in the United States and I would like to...

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The cost of Distractions

distractions focus Aug 19, 2019

First of all, I want to say that distractions are not all that bad and that statistically, distracted persons have the great potential to find solutions to problems in ways that are unique and different.  With that being said, today we will talk about the cost of distractions while we are performing our jobs.  Distractions can help or affect us in different ways, and normally happen suddenly, at a bad time, and unexpectedly.  However, there are things we can do to avoid getting distracted and meet our objectives despite them.  In order to be able to work and classify our distractions, you must be very aware of them and follow these suggestions:

1.        Identify the type of distraction:

Distractions normally behave like noise in your mind and lead to not being able to concentrate 100% on the task or responsibility at hand.  This noise can come from your own thoughts, or from something or someone external. ...

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Saving money? What for?

focus planning saving Aug 12, 2019

Very few people these days are in the habit of saving money.  Not only for future purchases we would like to make but also to be prepared for a future that’s full of uncertainty and changes.  It’s important to consider that for younger people in different countries in Latin America and the world in general, we will find a huge difference regarding retirement funds we will have access to.  There have been many changes that affect the new generations, therefore it is very important to learn to save from an early age and thus have financial security later in our lives.

These days where we’re surrounded by credit cards, we somehow think that the available funds in these cards are ours already and we spend without moderation.  We don’t make a budget for our expenses and then we have difficulty fulfilling our financial responsibilities, pay our credit cards, pay other debts, and we don’t have the chance to enjoy the fruits of our efforts.

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The importance of hobbies

balance Jul 29, 2019

I’d like to start this blog siding with the belief that all of us human beings are different, we have a set of abilities and tastes that, combined with our experience, make us unique and inimitable, now, that authenticity derives from our past experiences, is guided by our mentors, and molded by the opportunities and detailed by the decisions we have made throughout our life, and from that precise combination arise hobbies, and hobbies are activities that we like to do based on a certain passion that makes us feel we are in the right place while we are doing them because they use our skills and abilities 100% and make our minds and our bodies work in different ways.

The greatest experts have told us throughout history that we must have at least 3 hobbies to function optimally, be more productive, and allow our daily activities to become our passion and make us feel triumphant in our projects, without generating excessive fatigue, stress, or damaging effects to our health, the...

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Avoid negative thoughts that hold you back

success thoughts Jul 22, 2019

Many times we find unique opportunities in our path and we decide not to take them because of our own negative thoughts, those are the only signals we send to our brain, and they carry with them emotional baggage that leads us to believe that the best decision is to let that opportunity pass by.   The reality is that we self-sabotage ourselves more often than you think, here you will find the most common negative thoughts that could be holding you back and how to avoid them.

The 5 most common negative thoughts:

1.- I can’t: This is the most destructive negative thought, and within it we can include thoughts like “it’s too late” or “I’m not good enough”. These thoughts lead you to believe that you are not capable of doing something even when you have not yet attempted to do it.  The worst thing is that this brings us to the million-dollar question: “What would have happened if…”

Don’t keep...

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Is it time to change?

change Jul 15, 2019

Has it happened to you that sometimes you feel that you work and work and you not only don’t move forward, but you feel tired and at times upset, you talk with some people and they tell you “don’t worry, things will get better” or “everything will work out”.  But what happens if you have been waiting for that and things are not improving?

During those moments we invite you to stop on your tracks and think about:

  • What things are you doing right?
  • Which ones are you doing wrong?
  • Which ones can you improve?

All of this based on your goals, remember:  

You will be able to achieve anything, if you know your goals.

Often what happens to us along the way is that we forget what we want to achieve, what excites us, what we are passionate about, what makes us daydream, that which thrills us.

Let’s be honest, we set our goals at the beginning of the year, right?  But, how frequently do we review them? Establish an action plan to reach...

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