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KNOW | TWELVE, APRIL 2019 

Tools and Software You Should Be Using in 2019

Each decision that supervisors, team leaders, or CEOs make drastically affects the company’s entire ecosystem. A leader should research and test each decision before choosing to move forward. This step is crucial for a company to thrive in competitive markets. The fine folks over at Best Company asked CEOs, managers, and leaders about the tools and software that have proven to work for them. In this power-packed synopsis, these representatives share valuable insights and explain the benefits of using the most up-to-date tools and software in the following categories:

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Images of Grandeur

LEARN | TWELVE, MARCH 2019 

If you look up the definition of white-glove it means to be marked by special care or attention. When entrepreneurs and business owners speak of white-glove service, the phrase sparks images of grandeur and distinguished attention to detail. Many entrepreneurs are striving to create a unique white-glove experience for their clients that elevate their service offerings and show the world what makes them great.

One of the best ways to show the world the ‘you that makes you you’ is to get clear on the front-stage versus back-stage processes that make up your business model. You can gain immense clarity about your business by altering your perspective and looking at things through the filters of front-stage and back-stage.

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Utilize Kothar and Traction® Tools to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, MARCH 2019

Kothar has found a way to copy Asana projects from one workspace to another, a feature not available from within Asana itself. You will need to create the target project in advance and the process requires some manual checking of project IDs but overall could be a great time saver. Essentially a PHP script that has been extended and made accessible via a front-end web interface, the process supports board-style projects and custom fields.

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Stay Safe With Google Chrome Password Checkup

KNOW | TWELVE, MARCH 2019 

Here's How Delete Messages You Regret Sending on Facebook Messenger

Facebook now lets you delete messages from old Messenger chats, a feature only Mark Zuckerberg used to have. Facebook launched a new feature in early February that lets you delete old messages inside its chat platform, Facebook Messenger. If you’d like to clean up your old chat history or have sent messages you may regret, there is an easy way to delete them. You can even delete newly sent messages if you act within 10 minutes of sending.

First, open the Facebook Messenger app on your phone or desktop and find a conversation with messages you would like to delete. On your phone, press and hold on a message or select the three dots menu icon on desktop version. Choose “remove” next to the message. If you have sent the message in the last 10 minutes you can select “remove for everyone” to make sure the messages disappear from the indexes of the people you’ve sent them to, not just your own history. CNBC

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How To LOVE Your Work

HELLO | TWELVE, january 2019

 

Happy Friday and February to you! It's the month of love and there's not much that can top the fulfilling feeling of doing work that inspires you. One of my favorite entrepreneurial thought leaders, Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach® teaches that "the most successful people are those who have learned how to focus on and leverage their unique strengths. In other words, they build their lives around their abilities, not their disabilities." He began talking about his realizations as “Unique Ability®," the essence of what you love to do and naturally do best.

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Keeping your New Year’s Resolution: Strategies to Hold Yourself Accountable

LEARN | TWELVE, FebruARY 2019 

We all make New Year’s Resolutions, but how well do you follow-through on yours? Whether this year you are aiming to eat healthier, exercise more, or write a book, here are some ways to help you reach your goal.

First, identify a measurable goal, possible obstacles, strategies to overcome the obstacles, and what the best outcome would look like to you. One of our favorite tools for this purpose is Strategic Coach’s Strategy Circle®. This is a tool to help you map out creative strategies to help you achieve your goal.

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Utilize Otter and CloudApp to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, FebruARY 2019

Otter is the smart note-taking and collaboration app that business people, students, and journalists use to get more value from meetings, calls, video conferences, interviews, lectures, and wherever important conversations happen. Record conversations right from your phone or computer. Import or sync recordings from other services. Integrate seamlessly with Zoom. Get real-time captions and, within minutes, a searchable transcript synched with audio and photos plus speakers and key phrases.

Share or export voice notes to inform others and get on the same page. Create groups to invite collaborators and keep organized. Otter’s free version includes 600 minutes of transcription per month or enjoy premium service with 6,000 minutes of transcription for $9.99 per month or $79.99 annually. Otter also offers a student discount for $4.99 month.

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New Tax Break for Small Business Owners

KNOW | TWELVE, FEBRUARY 2019 

This New Tax Break Can Make a Big Difference for Small Business Owners

The IRS regulations on Qualified Business Income was a major piece of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This deduction is available for tax years 2018-2025 to eligible individuals, estates, and trusts that own interests in pass-through entities. For QBI deduction purposes, pass-through entities are defined as sole proprietorships, single-member (one owner) LLCs that are treated as sole proprietorships for tax purposes, partnerships, LLCs that are treated as partnerships for tax purposes, and S corporations. While the QBI deduction is available to individuals, estates, and trusts, the proposed regulations refer to all three as “individuals.”

Qualified business income means the net of qualified items of income, gain, deduction, and loss from an eligible business that’s operated via a pass-through entity. The deduction does not reduce your adjusted gross income (AGI). In effect, it’s treated the same as an allowable itemized deduction. The QBI deduction also does not reduce net earnings from self-employment for purposes of the self-employment tax nor does it reduce your net investment income for purposes of the 3.8% net investment income tax. The bottom line is that the QBI deduction regulations are lengthy and complex. This column only scratches the surface of the proposed rules. You may need to employ a tax professional to help you sort through the details and get the best QBI deduction results in your specific circumstances. - MarketWatch

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Let it go!

HELLO | TWELVE, january 2019

 

Happy Friday and welcome to the start of another amazing year together! 2018 will be so hard to top, but this year, I personally am focusing on "taking the time to take it in." This means extending the energy to be present, it means hyperfocusing on what I am saying yes to and being willing to say no to most everything else.

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Give the Gift of Feedback

LEARN | TWELVE, JANUARY 2019 

The impact of giving feedback, like a great gift can depend greatly on how it is packaged. Positive or  negative feedback can be equally well received, if the intention behind it is to improve a situation or a relationship. 

Think about the worst gift you ever received. Was it ill conceived or was the intention behind it misread? One year I was given a laser facial-hair remover from my other half. My immediate reaction was to feel offended…”he thinks I’m too hairy!” His intention, however, was that he wanted to save me time and money in going to the salon. All was forgiven, but the gift was still returned. That’s my ME time, after all.

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