Browser plugins will change the way you ‘internet’ forever

Research and Use Plugins

Email is email right. Wrong. Email with plugins can be brilliant, fantastic even.

You can tell I am excited by all this!

Why are plugins such a brilliant thing?

Time saving.

Time saving.

Time saving.

Depending on which software packages you use and which email suite you have there are a whole host of plugins that can work wonders. For instance I use Zoho, which has a Gmail plugin that allows you to enter data straight into the CRM, saving loads of time and effort. For GSuite I have used the Boomerang plugin that allows you to time when you send and email and also stop emails coming into your inbox.

On Outlook in the past I have used the Bullhorn and Evernote plugins.

Google “Gmail Plugins” or “Outlook Plugins” to find some of the best plugins on the market.

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Maybe you should hire a VA

Hire a VA

Need help with all those dull admin tasks? Need it done by someone which more qualifications than your entire team? Want it done for a reasonable price?

If you said yes to all three, I bet you said you, and why wouldn’t you.

VA’s are the secret weapon that many entrepreneurs and businesses swear by.

So what is so great about hiring a virtual assistant from India or the Philippines?

1) Both locations has a great pool of highly educated graduates that are exceptionally keen to work and learn.


2) The wage differential means that you are able to get rudimentary tasks done at a fraction of the price of a domestic staff member doing them.

3) Many providers of VA services will even cover holidays so you get coverage 5 days a week 52 weeks of the year.

To get you started to check out Tasks Every Day, Timetc and Ask Sunday

India and the Philippines have really led the way in virtual assistants however, over recent years this trend has also progressed to the UK and the US and with a quick Google search you can find many great local assistants.

Lunchtimes are golden – take one!

So, did you take a proper lunch break today? Yesterday? Anytime in the last week? The depressing thing is that most people who work in offices in the 21st century just do not take time for lunch. It is a very sad indictment on the way we work and live. In Britain, according to the Telegraph newspaper, the average worker takes only a 34-minute lunch break, and for many, those 34 minutes are just scrolling through Facebook while eating at their desk.

Compare that with the Germans (who are by far more productive per hour than the average British worker) where an hour and a half is not unheard of, many employers still have a canteen where people actually sit down to eat together. That beats cat videos on Facebook.

Personally, I did the same until the power and miracle of a lunch hour were shown to me. Once I started working for myself and started taking lunch breaks (thanks to my partner making me) everything changed when it came down to the lunch hour. So what are the benefits of taking a lunch break away from your desk?

Social interaction with colleagues build bonds that help in the day-to-day team working of the business. It de-stresses and gives perspective by getting your mind on other things. Allowing your subconscious to do the rest. It is suitable for health – getting out of the office or going for a walk instead of sitting is right for you and will promote well being.

It invigorates your working as you are fresher for the afternoon. No carb crash – as you are not checking in a Boots meal deal into you month as quickly as possible before getting back to the phone you will not get the mid-afternoon carb crash as you will have eaten mindfully, slowly and probably less. So when it is your next lunch break, take it.   

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Learning about this Japannese entrepreneur taught me about business

Hiroshi Mikitani is one of the biggest success stories you have never heard off. He is the founder of Rakuten and is the third richest person in Japan. Rakuten is a behemoth of Japanese business. It is so big that is it estimated that 90% of Japanese business users have an account with Rakuten.

To think about the Rakuten is to think about a combination of a Japanese Amazon and eBay in one place that also sells services on top of products. When you think about it from that perspective, it does make a lot more sense about how he has gone from start-up founder to third richest man in Japan.

Makitani also went against strong cultural and societal norms when he founded his own company. He did this after leaving a high-paying and well-respected job with Industrial Bank of Japan as what is known in Japan as a salary-man. Within Japanese society generally, once you become a salaryman with a company like Toyota or Mitsubishi,  Sony or Tepco you usually never leave.

So at the age of 31 going off and starting a business is really unheard of. So from the 1990’s to the present day, Rakuten has grown from a one-person operation to a 10,000 person operation with market penetration and dominance that even Amazon would be jealous of.

So learning about Makitani, there is a lot that can be learned about business from this somewhat obscure (on western standards) entrepreneur who has been so very successful. The primary and most important area that I am going to focus on is his ideas around business growth, 3, 10 and business systems.

Rules 3 and 10: Business and growth and systems

The provisions of 3 and 10 are focused on how the business is growing, milestones for growth, the impact that this growth has on operations within the industry. As a company produces, it will need a wide range of change in the way that it is run, the systems that are implemented and the operations that are used.

The milestone for the change are every time the business triples in size (based on the number of employees) and every time business his a 10, e.g. 10, 100, 1000 etc. So to put this into an example as a company starts with one person the systems for the business are kept in the head of one person when it grows to three people a new range of systems will have to start being put into place.

After this when the business hit 10 employees a new look at the systems that govern the company will need to be put into place. After this point, the industry would then have to triple in size before it then needs to relook at systems (30 employees). After this, the step is 100 employees and so on.

The 3 & 10 pattern: 1,3,10,20,100,300, 1,000, 3,000, 10,000 etc.

The aim of all entrepreneurs then is to build into the business the systems for growth that allow the company to reach the next milestone on the growth pattern before reviewing and changing the way the business systems are governed.

This is actually a straightforward and unique way of thinking because many firms, once they cross a certain size, can start to get captured by process of constant managerial and leadership tinkering that distracts from the core day job. This leads to employees wasting effort and time on systems that are already fully functioning.

What does this mean for my business

When I learned about Mikitani, I realised that actually, I had been engaged in change for change’s sake and that I was playing with many of process to either whittle away time or to make me feel like I was president business.

Whether it has been changing CRM systems or engaging in changes to the way I run social media, there was definitely busy work being made. When realising this, I made a few critical decisions. Firstly, I am going to stick with my website’s provider, my CRM, accounts system, and other systems.

They all work, they all do their job, and they all are staying until I reach my next milestone.

Secondly, the way that I am running my social media was not conducive to growth. The time that is invested in social media each week is not conducive to the growth of the business. This did lead to a change in the supplier to a system that focuses on social media automation rather than me managing the posting schedule.

Although this has meant a small price increase in the cost of the way I do social media, it has meant that I am at least 2 hours a week freer which will although me to focus on other more critical tasks.

Thirdly, it has made me realise that I need to build far more systems into my business at the process level of my company that supports growth.

How can you use this idea in your business?

The most important way is to use the rule to save time and effort. Build and test systems for growth, once they work do not review them until a milestone has been hit. The below examples are ideas that other recruiters can use when

  • Review your CRM and ATS only when you hit the milestones. Most of the systems produce marginal change when you move between systems, so it is best to change rarely.
  • Only ever change the commission and equity structure so that it supports the growth from each milestone. For example, during the early phases, more significant focus on individual billings but as the business grows to develop it in
  • Use each sign as a chance to review all your suppliers and renegotiate contracts based on the new size and growth path.

I am sure after reading this article you will have come up with many ideas of your own to improve the way that your business work or how you run your own desk on a daily basis.   

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Are these questions to hard to answer

Interviewing in a funky office location[/caption] We have all been there, either sat in an interview or heard one of our candidates talk about a crazy tough interview question that threw them off. Indeed, I once asked if I was a cat what colour would I be. I suggested this was a nonsense question that had nothing to do with the job in Insurance. For some reason, this job was not offered to me. Google are one of the most sought-after places to work on the planet, and some of their interview questions are tough, tough, tough. Read on, and see if you can answer these tough questions yourself!

The Bloody Difficult Questions

The Manhole Cover Question The question: Why are manhole covers round? The answer: Because a square manhole cover could fall through the hole if it were placed at the incorrect angle. Why is it hard? Most people have never thought about the size or design of manhole covers – and would naturally assume that they’re around because that’s the most natural shape for people to fit through. Unless you think genuinely about circular shapes, you won’t come up with the right answer.

The Clock Question The question: If a clock reads 3:15, what is the angle between the hour and minute hands? The answer: 7.5 degrees. The hour hand will be on the 3, and the minute hand will be ¼ of the way between the 3 and 4. Each hour on the clock represents 30 degrees (12 hours x 30 = 360), so multiply 30 x .25 = 7.5 degrees. Why is it hard? Because most people don’t think about the mechanical complexities of clocks – let alone the angular measurements of a clock. This question forces you to quickly think about an abstract concept, and render it into a precise measurement – making it very difficult indeed.

The Window Washing Question The question: How much should you charge to wash all of the windows in Seattle? The answer: There is no specific correct answer – instead, interviewers looked for a fixed price for each window, such as $15 for each window washed – rather than a vague guess or a ballpark estimate. Why is it hard? Because the question doesn’t ask how much you would charge to clean each window – it asks how much you would cost to wash all of them. It’s difficult to go from such a general question to a more granular answer, so most people are unable to answer this question satisfactorily.

The Pirate Question The question: You’re a pirate captain, and you’re dividing up the treasure from your latest raid. The crew will vote on the distribution of the loot. If less than ½ of the team agrees with your method of dividing the loot, they’ll kill you. How can you divide up the money so that you can get a fair share – and still survive? The answer: You must divide the treasure evenly between 51% of the crew. Why is it hard? Most people will be thinking about how to maximise their own share of the profit. However, this increases the likelihood that the crew will be unsatisfied with the decision. By choosing to divide 100% of the loot evenly between the top 51% of the team, you maximise your chance of survival – and your share of the take.

The Clock Overlap Question The question: How many times a day do the hands of a clock overlap? The answer: 22 Why is it hard? Most people would only assume it’s 24 – but because the minute hand is always “ahead” of the hour hand, the sides only overlap 22 times. Again, this question forces you to consider the abstraction of a clock, and use complicated math to solve a problem that seems simple.

The Database Question The question: Can you explain a database to your 8-year-old nephew – in less than 3 sentences? The answer: There is no single “correct” answer. However, it’s best to keep things simple. A good answer would be something like “Databases are special machines that help remember information about a lot of things at once. People and computers can use these machines to store that information, and use it whenever they need it.” Why is it hard? This question is open-ended and forces you to think critically about the simplification of a complicated concept. You have to preserve the meaning of the term “database”, while still simplifying it enough for an 8-year old to understand it.

The Man, Hotel, Car Question The question: A man was forced to push his car to a hotel, and then he lost all of his money. What happened to this man? The answer: He was playing Monopoly – and he landed on Boardwalk. Why is it hard? Okay, this one is mostly hard because it’s a trick question. However, if you take the time to honestly think about the problem, it is possible to arrive at the correct conclusion

The Common Theme Of These Questions? Critical Thinking

Though these questions are varied and diverse, they all have one thing in common, despite their difficulty. They require the interviewee to take some time and honestly think critically about the question, its context, and the answer that’s expected by the interviewer. In a way, this is true about every single interview question. Whether you’re in PR, tech, or any other field, interviews are a simple method for potential employers to understand your overall level of competence, thoughtfulness, and capability.

So should recruiters be asking these questions?

Simply, yes. Although they are hard a couple of them offer the chance to see into the thought process of the candidate. For recruiters, the Window and the pirate question are both a fascinating look into their commercial acumen.

However, asking more than one of these questions is likely to entirely at odds with what is needed when recruiting internally.

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