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Get Better Results by Tapping into the Neurodiversity Talent Pool

Reframing Biases That Cause You to Get What You Expect
Written by Susan Fitzell

Everybody varies a little from the definition of the ‘standard’ human. Some of us are tall. Some of us are short. Some of us are right-handed. Some of us are left-handed (unless you are a baby boomer and went to Catholic school). Do those things really matter? Not really. It gets more complicated, however, when we factor in cultural differences and distinct ways of doing things.

Every manager or business owner knows they need to look past superficial differences and concentrate on choosing the right people for the right job.

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Thoughts on Learning, Listening, & Innovating

Written by Joe Curcillo

There are no bad ideas. Once you can accept that simple phrase, you will be open to anything that comes in your direction. When we pre-judge the things that we hear, or we listen to the skeptical opinions of others, we are no longer allowing our minds to remain open.

People are not scripted. People do not all think the same way. When someone offers a suggestion that may, to most people, sound ridiculous, hearing that suggestion or idea could be the springboard to something much greater. The converse is also true. If we do not listen to that person’s idea, we may overlook our next great opportunity.

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Reconsidering AI in Screening and Hiring

Written by Susan Fitzell

The Problems of Hidden Bias in a Neurodiverse Workplace

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Tighten Up Your Network by Caring

Written by Joe Curcillo

The pandemic taught us that we are all dealing with situations that we may not anticipate. An inability to market, and the inability to grow and develop new business. We can, however, seize opportunities to keep our network alive. The backbone of every business is its network. Your network may be your employees, your customers, your business associates, or, most likely, all three.

As we look at social media, we are confronted every day by concerns that Facebook or LinkedIn change their algorithm affecting the number of people that we see in our respective feeds. When we lose contact with our real-world network, we can’t blame Facebook. We must look inside and determine whether we have forgotten to do what we must.

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It Starts with a Vision

Written by Machen MacDonald

Having a compelling vision of your future is perhaps the most powerful ingredient to your success.

Have a vision and you are hopeful. Lack a vision and you suffer feeling hopeless.

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How Mind Mapping Can Help You Connect with Neurodivergent Employees

Written by Susan Fitzell

Oh! and all your other employees, too!

Neurodivergent employees approach work a little differently than their neurotypical colleagues. Depending on their specific challenge, whether they’re on the autism spectrum, have ADHD, or have another learning disability, certain aspects of what others would consider a “normal” workday are very challenging for them. For some, it’s a sensory issue; for others, being distracted or having their schedule changed may zero out their productivity for the day.

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TRACKING DEVICES IN YOUR VEHICLES? EMPLOYEES MUST HAVE A WRITTEN WARNING

Written by Stephen Trimboli 

Starting April 18, 2022, private sector employers in New Jersey who knowingly use tracking devices for the sole purpose of tracking the movement of a vehicle, person, or device will face civil penalties unless written notice is provided to employees that tracking devices are being used.

A “tracking device” is defined for this purpose as an electronic or mechanical device that is designed or intended to be used solely for the purpose of tracking the movement of a vehicle, person, or device. Devices used for the purpose of documenting employee expense reimbursement are not considered “tracking devices” under this new law.

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The 30,000 Foot View

Written by Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville

This has been one of those weeks where I have been called to step back and see the miracles that take place in my life on a regular basis. For each of us, if we are willing to step back into spiritual detachment, to take that 30,000-foot view, where we get to see things objectively, without an agenda or a need to see things in a certain way, so many, many, things become clear.

I had been talking to a friend about spending so much time working IN my business, I had little to no time to work ON my business. As I stepped back, I could also see however that I had been saying for a while that I wanted to do more. I wanted to touch more people and support them in stepping into their own lives and/or their own businesses. Well, my prayers had been answered. Many more clients showed up or came back after years away.

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Helping Workers Manage their own Cognitive Differences in the Workplace

Written by Susan Fitzell

Strategies to Help Neurodivergent Workers Help Themselves

Now, more than ever before, businesses are embracing innovation and flexibility when it comes to meeting the needs of their workforce. If the COVID pandemic taught us anything, it’s that with a little creativity, solutions can be found for even the most insurmountable obstacles. Since early 2020, nearly every single business has had to make accommodations for their workforce of one kind or another to keep their “doors open” and ride out the instability and uncertainty that defined this last year and a half.

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Winning Your Prospecting Game

By Machen MacDonald

Are you winning your game and how are you impacting people profoundly?

To win at the people business you have to win at the numbers game. You have to find your way to get to the people so they can benefit from your expertise and what you do. You have to win the numbers game of prospecting.

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The Language of Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity Terms and Definitions in the Age of Inclusivity
Written by Susan Fitzell

In my work to help businesses and educational organizations develop and implement strategies that optimize learning and productivity in a neurodiverse world, I have come to realize that there is quite a bit of confusion out there about the simple terminology and vocabulary we use to discuss neurodiversity and the neurodivergent community.

An AHA Moment in a Podcast

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NON-UNION BUSINESS OWNERS STILL FACE LABOR LAW RISK

Written by Stephen Trimboli

We are told that labor unions are close to a spent force in the private sector. Only 6.1% of private-sector workers were unionized in 2021, down from 6.2% in 2020. This being so, there is nothing for a small- or medium-sized business owner to worry about when it comes to labor law or the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that enforces private sector labor law, is there?

Guess again.

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How an Online Store Can Benefit Your Nonprofit

Written by Fred Taffer

As a promotional marketer, I’m often asked by nonprofits what they can do to increase their visibility and attract more donors. There are many ways to answer those questions, but it’s important to first consider current trends and issues as we take on 2022.

It’s no surprise that since 2020, the way we do pretty much everything has shifted. We have streamlined our lives to accommodate the need for things to be quicker and easier. This applies not only to our personal lives but to our businesses as well. Nonprofits must also streamline things to survive and thrive in this new era.

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Keeping the Family Business Running and the Business Family Happy

Written by Rob DePalo Jr.

Running a successful business is complex per se. Adding the element of “family” to a business often creates more complexities, especially as the business grows. Lifelong family bonds and expectations can run headlong into business realities and needs. Today, we’ll share some ideas about how to keep the family business running and the business family happy.

First, a definition

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The Common Element Among Unique and Successful Businesses

Written by Robert DePalo Jr. JD, CExP,
Director of Business Planning,
National Financial Network

Successful business owners may face a conundrum as they pursue success. “Though my competitors do something similar, they don’t do it the way I do it. So, how do I know the right way to achieve success, especially if I don’t do things their way?”

It’s a bit of a paradox: how can you build and enhance your company’s unique qualities while adhering to commonly followed best practices? The key is having a planning process. Here are some of the things you should consider to position your unique business to achieve generally agreed-upon standards of success.

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Why Now Is the Perfect Opportunity to Promote Remote Learning for Employees

Written by Susan Fitzell

Going beyond the LMS with remote learning to boost retention and business growth

The pandemic has revealed a silver lining for employees: reduced commuting time. Rather than spending two to four hours per day commuting to and from an office, employees are signing on and off each day with zero commute time. They’ve gained so many more hours in their day that many workers are reluctant to return to the old office-based work structure.

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Good Communication is Good Prospecting

Written By Machen MacDonald

To continue to grow your business you know you need to be reaching out to prospects as well as connecting with existing clients. It needs to be on a regular and frequent basis. You know many of your competitors have figured it out and are doing it. In order to stay relevant and top of mind with your prospects and clients, they need to be seeing or hearing from you on a very regular basis, both online and offline. The challenge is you have way more to do than you have time to do it all, so how do you manage your communications calendar effectively in a way that will generate business for you?

The simple answer is: 12-week it, theme it, and be done with it.

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A Life Well-Lived

Written by Dr. Dorothy A. Martin-Neville

Here we are, in the midst of winter, snow, and COVID. Just another day of living in New England…

My virtual assistant reminds me to do the newsletter, several potential new clients need a half-hour introduction session, I need to do my workout routine, and the emails keep piling up.  Just another day in the life of a very blessed woman.

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Knockout Networking at a Holiday Party!

Written by Michael Goldberg

A holiday party! I’ll be at one tonight myself.

No two ways about it. Holiday parties are great! Whether it’s your company party, a client’s gathering, association festivities, or a celebration with family and friends, it’s a chance to have fun and get into the spirit of things.

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Four Crypto Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays

Submitted by John Hoyos

Written by ​Chip Turner @ MacguyverTech

During the holiday season, one of the things my family does is give out lotto scratch-off tickets in cards. It’s a nice touch, an easy gift, and nobody goes broke buying them. Inevitably, someone wins $20-$100 on a ticket, and everyone’s happy.

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