Using Creativity To Problem Solve At Work

We all encounter problems at work and in life. It can be stressful to find yourself in the middle of a problem without a solution. There are ways to solve most problems though if you know when, where, how, and what to look for in creating a solution. Creative problem solving is the process of solving problems with a view of the issue in more than one way. It’s a necessary skill in the workplace but many people don’t naturally have the instinct for it. That’s why using the tools and techniques outlined in this article will help you. Begin by identifying and defining the problem, wish or goal. What is the real problem? What’s wrong or lacking? What do you want to achieve or have happen? Look at the underlying reason for the problem. Is it a simple thing or is there something going on causing the problem? Remember, the solution is not to treat the symptom. Address the problem and fix it instead of putting a bandage on the problem. Gather Data - Gather the information you …
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Featured Podcast: UnMarket Your Business

UnMarket Your Business with Carol Dunlop The UN-Market Your Business podcast was born out of necessity. I saw a need for entrepreneurs to have access to effective ways to market in this new, digital economy and decided to do something about it. Gone are the days when the only options you had to market your business were expensive magazine ads and cold calling the yellow page directory. Although those tactics still work, they’re so last century. You’re about to learn tested, tried-and-true marketing techniques you can apply and master; ones that feel authentic instead of salesy; strategies that are true to who you are. Learn more and listen on Apple Podcast
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4 Tips to Help You Think More Positively

Having a positive outlook in life is a choice. You can choose to see the brighter side of life instead of letting depressive and negative thoughts to poison your mind. Doing so can have a positive impact on many levels of a person’s well-being. Researchers suggest that optimists are better skilled at coping with stress, have lower risk of cardiovascular disease and they tend to develop stronger immune systems. Although optimism has been associated with many health benefits, the truth is positive thinking does not come naturally to everyone. So, if you are more of a skeptic, what can you do to become an optimistic thinker? Well, getting on the path to positive thinking may require different approaches, but they all revolve around identifying negative thoughts and replacing them with those that are more positive. While it may take some time, with continued practice you will find that positive thinking will start to become second nature. To get started with this important chara…
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Featured Podcast – Quit Your Pitching

Quit Your Pitching is a podcast about the tips and tricks you should be using when getting yourself in front of other podcasts. Your hosts, Sheila Galligan and Lyssa Wales share their insight & wisdom on all thing podcast, including how to pitch yourself, how to use podcast appearances to your advantage, and everything you need to know about how to run your own successful podcast. Not only do they give you their expert advice, but they interview other successful entrepreneurs who've conquered the road to living the life they desire. Each week, you'll get a look inside what can happen when you quit your pitching and get it done right. Podcasting from the heart of the midwest, your hosts Lyssa Wales and Sheila Galligan bring you "Quit Your Pitching" a podcast by podcasters for podcasters. Specializing in all things podcast, these ladies have a knack for helping entrepreneurs get their story out there. Entrepreneur success stories, podcast tips, and how to pitch yoursel…
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Featured Podcast – Positive Productivity

Positive Productivity podcast with Kim Sutton Positive Productivity is NOT about perfection. When we stop worrying about perfection and instead focus on living as OUR authentic, transparent, entrepreneur selves, we can achieve our goals and make our dreams a reality. Listen as Kim and guests discuss how to live a positively productive life in the areas of entrepreneurship, digital marketing, outsourcing, team building, online business, networking, relationships, work/life balance and more! #positiveproductivity Learn more and listen on Apple Podcasts
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Featured Podcast – Matzah and Melanin

Matzah & Melanin is a podcast moderated by Heidi Clements, featuring Robin Radin, Janay Coplon and Jasmine Stephens. No topic is off limits, nothing is 'too taboo,' and these four women navigate life as it relates to women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond! Learn more and listen on Apple Podcasts
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Featured Podcast – Businesses that Care

Businesses that Care Podcast with Julie Ann Sullivan Formerly called Mere Mortals Unite, Businesses that Care Podcast provides skills and techniques so you can discover your superpowers. The result is an increase in success and joy in your life and the lives of those that surround you. You don’t have to be a celebrity to possess these superpowers, but you do have to find them. Mere Mortals will take you from ordinary to extraordinary, from mere mortal to super hero. Together we’ll find simple solutions that create big results. Let’s change the world one person at a time, starting with you! Listen on Apple Podcasts 
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Featured Podcast – Wine Mind

This week's featured podcast is Wine Mind – Uncorking the complexities of the human mind with Heather and Rhonda Have you ever poured back a few glasses of wine and found yourself wondering, “why is wine so awesome… why are dogs too friggin’ cute… what’s the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath…?” If so, WineMind is the podcast for you! Each week, two psych-nerds choose a wine to share and discuss a psychology topic that’s been on their minds. Listen on Apple Podcasts
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Featured Podcast – Passion Unlimited Podcast

With Michaela Logue & Jianny Adamo Expert tips and strategies for a thriving purpose filled life of love, intimacy and amazing relationships. Create a healthy balanced life while pursuing your dreams with real raw advice from cohosts certified life coach Michaela Logue and psychotherapist and author Jianny Adamo. Michaela and Jianny deliver a down to earth authentic approach to ignite the fire within you. Passion Unlimited Podcast is personal development healthy living family faith and confidence coaching for both men and women. Ready to thrive and ignite the light you deserve? This podcast is for you. Listen on Apple Podcasts
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Awakening Divine Wildness Podcast

Awakening Divine Wildness Podcast with Mal Duane Inspirational speaker and best-selling author, Mal Duane invites women to embrace their divine wildness. Listen in and learn how to move from pain and heartache to forgiveness and freedom so you can live the radiant life you deserve. Learn more and listen on Apple Podcasts
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A Beginner’s Guide to the 80/20 Rule

The 80/20 rule (officially called the Pareto Principle) is a general rule that states that 80% of all effects come from around 20% of the causes. The idea behind this rule is that it can be applied to basically any field. In business, the Pareto Principle states that 80% of all your profit is going to come from 20% of your products. It also means that 80% of all work is done by 20% of your employees. It can apply to basically any field that you can think of, including sports, math, healthcare, and fitness. In this article, we are going to look at how the 80/20 rule can be applied in various fields to give you a better understanding of the principle as a whole. In Healthcare The 80/20 rule can definitely be seen in healthcare. As a general rule of thumb, 80% of all healthcare resources will go to helping 20% of all patients. Those 20% of patients are typically the elderly or those with persistent health issues who need round-the-clock care. In Sports In sports where anal…
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Featured Podcast – The Goal Digger

The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher How do I build my dream job? How do I make money online? Am I ready to leave my 9 to 5? How can I create passive income? How can I grow my Instagram following? And the biggest question of all, can I *really* turn my passion into profits?  Week after week, host Jenna Kutcher brings you the the productivity tips, social media strategies, business hacks,, and inspirational stories that can help YOU design your dream career. Jenna shares tangible tips and hacks that she used to become a self-made millionaire in photography, online courses, Instagram sponsorships, and navigating the world of being a #girlboss social media influencer. Along with sharing her best kept secrets, she interviews the best in the industry (Amy Porterfield, Jamie Ivey, Melyssa Griffin, Lori Harder, Cathy Heller and so much more) who will share their secrets to ensure you are seen, heard, (and hired!) Hear from the experts, get inspired, and tackle your biggest go…
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When First Starting Out – Nine Ways to Show Your Expertise

When you first start out wanting to work from home and start your own business, it can be frightening and even seem impossible. It’s the old conundrum about how you can get experience without having experience. But, when you start an online business, you can make your own experience and prove your expertise with just a little work, and this is how. 1. Blog Regularly Toward Your Audience - Start a blog on your website and blog directly to your audience with many forms of content, discussing many issues that the audience has. It’s a great way to get traffic, but it’s also a great way to demonstrate expertise. 2. Write a White Paper about a Problem – A white paper is a long report that addresses a problem and then offers solutions to the problem. If you write a paper or two about individual problems your audience has, you’ll be able to show your expertise even though you’re just starting out. 3. Publish a Book about Your Expertise – Writing a book and authorship is always…
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Featured Podcast The Brand is Female

The Brand is Female with Eva Hartling is today's featured podcast The weekly series hosted by Eva Hartling brings you authentic stories of self-accomplishment from powerful and iconic women of all backgrounds including entrepreneurs, business leaders, media personalities and more. A podcast brought to you by TD Women Entrepreneurs! Learn more and listen on Apple Podcasts  
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Tips for Freelancers to Find Clients

When you're employed by a business, it's fairly easy to find clients because you work for the clients that are assigned to you. You don't have to worry about making sure you line up clients now so that you'll be able to pay the bills in the future. But when you're a freelancer, you're all you've got. You have to make sure that you bring in the clients in order to keep your business going. In fact, you should always be on the lookout for new clients so that your business continues to thrive and expand. While some freelancers think that finding clients is difficult, it's actually not - but it does take a little bit of consistency and effort. You can't just create a page and expect clients to flock to you. Word of Mouth When you do a good job at what you do, word will get around. When a client is happy with the work you've done for him, he'll tell others. You can provide excellent service to your clients by knowing their needs and looking out for them. When you find…
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Featured Podcast – Motherhood Simplified

Motherhood Simplified with Krista Lockwood is today's featured podcast. Motherhood Simplified is where they discuss decluttering our homes to simplify our life. Each episode is recorded live and in real time on my social media platforms so that you can have the experience of hanging with mom friends who get you, and are there for you while you embark on this living with less journey! Learn more and listen on Apple Podcasts
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Featured Podcast Marketing, Media & Money

Marketing, Media & Money with Patty Farmer Are you tired of spending your time and MONEY chasing strategy after strategy only to discover that what worked from 10, 5, or even 2 years ago is no longer working NOW? Tune in to every jam-packed episode where I talk to industry experts and global influencers about PROVEN and PROFITABLE strategies as well as behind-the-scenes secrets to help you scale your business, shorten your learning curve, and stand out in a crowded marketplace. Learn more and listen on Apple Podcasts
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Are Newspaper Ads Worth the Time and Effort?

When you're trying to promote your business, you want to use every available means of advertising that you can afford to use. Plenty of businesses advertise through their website and through their social media sites, but offline promoting often brings in a large amount of potential customers. It's true that you do have to know who your target audience is just like you do with any online promoting. But, it's helpful if you cast a wide net because you might reach someone outside your target audience who turns out to be not only a great customer but a good word of mouth referral for you. While it's true that a lot of the younger generation are more active online, there is plenty of potential - especially among those who don't like to be online 24/7 - and just aren't that tech savvy. You don't want to miss reaching this audience. Despite many of them now having editions online, newspapers are here to stay. There's a good reason that people still purchase them in the stores…
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