Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Skype, LinkedIn, Google+, Reddit, Yelp … and the list goes on.
Have we forgotten how to have a real conversation? We are so ‘connected’, we are disconnected.

I understand that technology is a part of our lives but there are way too many people who ‘live’ in front of their monitors and phones with low or no live interaction. Is this you?

I just wonder if our relationships would benefit from hearing each other’s voices, meeting face to face and actually being present every now and again?

We have all listened in on other people’s conversations at one point in time. You could be sitting alone and you can’t help but hear the conversation that is going on at the other table. It could make for interesting entertainment if you are alone especially if you have to cover a smile or stifle a laugh because it tickled your funny bone. But what is your opinion when you hear out right damaging insults and rants about a person, or company? I bet you feel awkward and uncomfortable. Only to add to your misery would be if you know the person, company or situation.

One of the major reasons businesses fail is their inability to anticipate and adapt to change. As the head of your organization, you set the tone for your business so a commitment to knowledge and learning will help you gain a competitive edge.

Here are 5 ways you can stay motivated and informed so you can be the best asset for your business:

Mentoring is the key to unlocking hidden potential. We know that Mentoring is not just a North American phenomenon. Globally, organizations are recognizing mentoring as crucial to women’s growth and success.

This is even more the case in developing countries. In India, while the number of women employees is around 29 percent in the workforce at junior levels, it drops to about 9 percent at senior levels. So, what can change such situations? Just one word – Mentoring!

The paperless work environment has changed the business landscape forever. Earlier, I wrote a blog about why switching to a paperless office makes good business sense. In this blog, I am going to talk about the process of transitioning to a digital office in a few simple steps.

Step 1: Begin with a clear plan
Visualize how you want to structure your digital folders. Create a layout on paper how your digital filing system will be structured. Probably the most important element when planning your digital filing system is giving your folders and sub-folders descriptive names that are logical to you.

Look around. Does this describe your work place?

• Clutter,
• Procrastination,
• No system for storing or filing items and
• Being reactive rather than proactive

When there is no plan you are wasting valuable time and energy reacting to every circumstance.

Make every minute count. Start building systems to bring efficiency to your work place. Make it an ongoing project.

The first step starts with having a firm grasp on every aspect of your business process. For a business to function at top capacity it needs customized, built in systems, processes and procedures. Done correctly, all three operate together as an entity.

Research and years of experience tell us that business owners benefit from support. No surprises there. But just what kind of support is needed?

At Women’s Enterprise Centre, we have just the right support -depending on your needs. We have complimentary Business Advising services and 3 types of Mentoring Programs.

As the new Mentor Program Coordinator I’ve had the unique opportunity to speak with many women about their businesses, the challenges they face and the goals they’re trying to achieve. What I’ve learned is that the term “Mentor” means different things to different people. 

Productive is not the same as busyness. A hamster wheel provides a great analogy of burning time and excessive energy with no direction or purpose. You can run fast but it is tough to reach anywhere if you do not have a plan in place.

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” ~ Paul J. Meyer

Here are 3 ways to stay productive. Prioritize for maximum results by utilizing your time, energy and paying attention to complete task effectively and efficiently.