Hootsuite

Weekly Recommend

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I’ve used Hootsuite to manage my social media for quite some time, and I have yet to come across a full-featured social media manager I like more. The advanced analytics on each social media account, user friendly auto-scheduler, which allows you to choose when and where you schedule your posts in advance, and the desktop function that allows you to see all of your social media at a glance are just a few of my favorite features.

MailChimp

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If you’re looking for an incredibly user friendly e-mail service for your internet marketing, I recommend MailChimp. It features a lengthy list of e-mail templates, prompt customer service, accurate analytics, and an easy-to-use interface. I use MailChimp to collect data, create lists, and send marketing e-mails.

Sunrise Calendar

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Recently, I discovered the Sunrise Calendar and it has revolutionized the way I schedule appointments. Once you have downloaded the app and followed the instructions, the Sunrise Calendar operates as a keyboard on your smartphone. You will have the ability to text multiple meeting time options to the person you are scheduling along with a link. This link will sync the chosen meeting time to both of your calendars, eliminating any and all confusion.

Sunrise Calendar makes scheduling appointments seamless and easy. It also syncs with Evernote and is compatible with all calendars.

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The Go-Giver (Portfolio/Penguin; Later Printing edition, 2007)

The Go-Giver is a must read for every leader.  He covers the laws of Value, Compensation, Influence, Authenticity, and Receptivity in aa easy to read parable format. I enjoyed the book so much I finished it in one evening.

Evernote

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Evernote is one of my favorite programs to use. It operates like online filing cabinet, allowing me to not only organize and search key terms, but also send documents quickly and easily. It even gives me the ability to save entire webpages. My family is even using Evernote to trade ideas and webpages for my oldest daughter’s upcoming wedding.

Evernote syncs with most other productivity tools I use on a daily basis, including the Sunrise Calendar and the LiveScribe pen. Evernote makes document sharing and storing simple and easy.

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The Work of Leaders (San Francisco, CA: Wiley, 2013)

I do a lot of work with DiSC’s Work of Leaders assessments. This book explains the research behind that program. Whether you have taken this assessment or not, I highly recommend this book. The book description says it all: “The goal of this book is to make this wealth of leadership insight accessible to anyone who wants better results as a leader.”

A Resource for the Trenches

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I always have found leadership addicting.  My parents were both people that had risen in life to positions of influence within their professions. I can recall their casual conversations drifting toward work projects and people challenges. They were a great resources to one another. As a child, that had an impact on me; I loved listening. Perhaps this was the seed that grew into a passion and, ultimately, a calling. I looked for classes on this topic in high school but rarely found them. I do recall leadership being discussed, but it was more about natural leadership. To this day, I believe we should teach students personal leadership at an early age. There is now research that portends to have found a leadership gene in some people. Perhaps that’s true, but I certainly don’t see that meaning we can’t all learn leadership skills and become leaders. We all are already leaders.

Leadership is personal long before its public. You are your greatest resource. That resource deserves to be developed.  We need a vision for our life; we need to bring our habits and resources in alignment with that vision, and we need to execute the plans that bring that vision to life. These are leadership skills. We need these skills to bring order to our personal lives. Those same skills translate into our role in leading others.

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