Fierce Excerpts: Reframing stress as a challenge.

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Now Reading | Minimize Stress with these 4 Mental Techniques  Managing stress is key to having a healthy, productive work environment. Knowing how to identify stress, being aware of its effects on your mind and your body, and knowing what to do with it are critical to success—and to your sanity. Around here at the Fierce offices, we like to look at stress as a challenge and as an opportunity to learn something new. This little article had four great tips that we pulled out below in this little excerpt: 1. Reframe the stressor as a challenge. Often, how we see the problem is the problem. Ask yourself: “How … Read More

Fierce Excerpts: The power of listening.

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*Image: Lucille Manley, my grandmother, was one of the the best listeners I have ever met. She always made you feel like you were the only person in the room. Now Reading | The Simple Secret to Making an Instant Connection with Everyone. (Entrepreneur)  Here’s a little trivia. Did you know that we listen at 125-250 words per minute, but that we think at 1,000 to 3,000 words per minute? Fascinating. And did you know that “listen” and “silent” have the exact same letters? I did not realize that but I think that is pretty cool. Being a good listener is a critical skill for us in the advertising … Read More

How to live out kindness is the workplace.

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At Fierce, we believe that kindness is a corporate difference maker. In fact, we believe this so strongly that all of our core values as a company revolve around this key concept. So if kindness is a corporate difference maker, what does it look like in the day-to-day? Entrepreneur Magazine is a source for many, many articles that tie kindness to business and leadership success. In one of their recent articles, they discussed kindness and how to practice it. Here is an excerpt of what they shared. Kindness is:  Gratitude and reverence. Be reverent and grateful for all of life. This manifests as unconditional love and respect for oneself and all other beings. … Read More

Note to self: 10 quick reminders for entrepreneurs

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Love this good advice to entrepreneurs, myself included, from Entrepreneur Magazine: 1. Lying to yourself or others about your traction. Careful, or you start to believe your own lies. Related: 10 Essential Startup Expenses, and 10 You Should Avoid 2. Focusing on too many things at once. Become excellent in one thing. 3. Working yourself to death. Don’t do it. Outsource. 4. Following shiny objects. Stay focused. 5. Building terrible “lean” products. Don’t build crap. 6. Using the word “I”. It’s all about humility. Related: 5 Questions to Ask About Your Financial Model to Add Real Value To Your Startup 7. Building companies with no revenue. It’s a business, not a hobby. Create something that … Read More