Posts tagged entrepreneur

There’s an app for breathing now.

 Zenytime, is a breathing sensor that records users’ puffs of breath to check their heart rate, blood oxygen levels and breathing activity in an effort to teach users how to be more conscious about their breathing.

Read more about the app and the woman who created it on OPEN Forum.

How to Deal With Passive-Aggressive People at Work

Barbed smiles, mumbled remarks, backhanded compliments… Working with passive-aggressive personalities at the office can be a draining experience. But there’s a three-step process for handling it:

1. Address the issue head on. Be able to point out the exact instance of passive-aggressive behavior you’ve witnessed.

2. Control your own emotions. Approaching someone with passive-aggressive tendencies in anger could cause them to shut down and/or make them even more standoffish.

3. Understand that they can’t be changed. Your best bet is trying to improve the situation, as a passive-aggressive person can only change when they want to change.

To learn how to stop passive-aggressive behavior from spreading to the rest of your team, read these eight tips on OPEN Forum.

Hispanic-owned businesses  have nearly doubled in number over the past 10 years—the number is now at 3.2 million and is generating $468 billion in annual revenue. That’s twice the national average business growth rate over the past decade. 

Meet some of the people and places behind the Hispanic-business boom on OPEN Forum.

How Being a Perfectionist Could Ruin Your Business

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Wanting everything to be perfect sounds nice in theory, but we all know just how unattainable that goal can be. And for business owners, it can be determinantal to your company’s growth: “once the bar has been set too high,” OPEN Forum’s Vivian Giang writes, “people naturally start putting off tasks because they’re afraid they won’t be able to meet those high expectations.”

Here are four ways to tell if you’re under perfectionism’s dangerous spell:

1. It takes you longer to complete tasks.

2. You’re working more than necessary.

3. You’re a know-it all.

4. You can’t evolve quickly.

Read on for how to conquer perfectionism on OPEN Forum.

How Successful People Stay Calm Under Pressure

You may think you need coffee to get you through your day, but it can make a busy day feel even more hectic, writes OPEN Forum contributor Bruna Martinuzzi:

Ingesting more than 500 mg of caffeine a day increases anxiety—the antonym of calm. On average, a cup of brewed coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine. So if your daily routine includes drinking five or more cups of coffee, you may be brewing some trouble for yourself. This is an easy change to put in place on your road to a calmer disposition.

Read on for five more ways to remain calm and in control.

The Powerful Publishing Tool More Businesses Should Use

Medium is a publishing platform available to anyone with a Twitter account (which makes sense, considering two of the guys behind the microblogging site created it). Unlike Twitter, you can go beyond 140 characters to share your thoughts; journalists, experts and provocateurs are using the space to post essays and become thought leaders of sorts in their spaces.

It’s a great space for small business owners as well for five major reasons. Read more on OPEN Forum.

Lynn Tilton, the founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners, has had ownership in and restructured more than 240 companies with combined revenues of $100 billion. From Stila Cosmetics to Rand McNally, her company’s investments span 14 industries. Tilton is all about saving American jobs. She talks about great products and working from the customer backward in this Learning from the Pros.

The Best Way to Manage Your Energy Level

"Research done at the USC Center for Effective Organizations found that 82 percent of business leaders aren’t working at their ideal energy levels,” writes small-business consultant Rieva Lesonsky. “Sixty-one percent felt they were working below their best energy level, while 21 percent felt they were working above their ideal energy level.”

This may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to manage your energy levels so you’re most effective is to leave well enough alone, Lesonsky writes:

Once you know your natural energy rhythms, try to honor them. If you experience a 3 p.m. slump every day, for example, trying to power through it will do more harm than good. You won’t be working efficiently, your results will be poor, and you’ll drain even more energy from your mind and body. Instead, during a slump time, try taking a quick walk, doing stretches in your office or even taking a power nap for 10 to 20 minutes. 

Read on for six more ways to stay productive throughout your day.

Break Your Bad Habits in 6 Steps

Mmm, chocolate.

If you’ve got a few bad habits you’d like to break—and want to inspire your employees to do the same—follow these 6 steps for personal success.

Step 1: Understand how habits form.

Step 2: Know exactly why the new way is superior to the old way.

Step 3: Expect that your body will not want to change.

Step 4: Set trigger goals.

Step 5: Set improvement goals.

Step 6: Script your setbacks.

Learn how to implement these habit-breaking steps on OPEN Forum.

Keeping you and your staff inspired is crucial to the success and profitability of your business. One way to promote productive out-of-the-box thinking is by supporting artistic expression:

Encouraging your employees to engage in artistic endeavor—painting, drawing, writing, cartooning or even pottery-making—can get them to see your business’s challenges and issues in a new light. These activities can occur during work time or after hours, and can help bring new life to your business.

Read on for nine more ways to get the creative juices flowing at your company.

Keeping you and your staff inspired is crucial to the success and profitability of your business. One way to promote productive out-of-the-box thinking is by supporting artistic expression:

Encouraging your employees to engage in artistic endeavor—painting, drawing, writing, cartooning or even pottery-making—can get them to see your business’s challenges and issues in a new light. These activities can occur during work time or after hours, and can help bring new life to your business.

Read on for nine more ways to get the creative juices flowing at your company.