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When was the last time you said this 6-letter word?

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and that means we are getting ready for the upcoming holidays. Things will get hectic with year-end deadlines, sales and meetings… not to mention all of the activities you have planned with family and friends. But while all of this is going on, don’t forget this little word that can mean a [...]

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Time to Check Your Site!

The busy, fall season is here, and it’s time to focus on your priorities for the rest of the year. Here’s a quick list of questions to ask: What are your site analytics telling you? Review your most popular content, and make a note to add more of this to your site. If you are [...]

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3 Tips for Juggling Tech Priorities

At Rich Dad, we use a combination of innovation and speed to meet the needs of our ever-changing business environment and exceed customer expectations. And I’m sure you are dealing with the same issues at your small business. Things can get out of control fast (especially if you are outsourcing a lot of work) so [...]

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InventionHome Product Spotlight – “Spin-n-Stor”

Here comes November!  Gone are the lazy days of summer and the relaxing autumn evenings.  The holidays are now bearing down, and it is officially “busy” season!  Time is truly precious, and that’s one reason that we see many inventions that were designed to SAVE TIME.   One such invention comes from Ruth G. of San [...]

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Monday Morning Mojo: Make Decisions Like the Pros

I think that you’d agree, that your success in business depends upon your ability to make clear, sound decisions. But, have you ever felt confused, conflicted and/or emotional about a decision you had to make? If you’re breathing, the answer is likely an irrefutable “YES”. If the answer is “no”, you’re probably not playing a [...]

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How to shop and save money during the holidays

Although this is not something I write about regularly, I thought I would share my recent shopping experiences at retail with the hopes that some of you can save some money on items you want to buy during the holiday shopping season. I read a survey recently that talked about how many retail store managers [...]

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Is Your IP Safe?

3 Tips to Protect Your Important Data

Intellectual Property (IP), or creations of the mind that you use in your business, are a big deal. In fact, the Global Intellectual Property Center reports that, “America’s IP is worth $5.8 trillion, more than the nominal GDP of any other country in the world.” This means that as a business owner, protecting your IP is important.

“Intellectual property protection is significant for small businesses who provide services,” states author of “Start Your Own Corporation,” Garrett Sutton, Esq. “As an attorney, I’ve heard many stories from clients about malicious employers who ripped off their clients because they did not have an intellectual property protection.”

With this in mind, what are you doing to protect your IP?

Obviously, it’s essential to work with a legal professional to set up the appropriate protections via copyrights, trademarks and patents. But with information available online to a worldwide audience at any time, it’s essential to be proactive when protecting your information. To increase your IP security, try these three tips:

1. Look for Thieves Regularly.

Just because you have legal paperwork in place, this is not going to stop thieves from searching for ways to obtain and use your IP. This is why it’s important to have specific team-members monitor your data every day online, record and report potential issues and know what to do if there is a breach of information. This way, you’ll be able to stop IP problems from escalating and wasting unnecessary time, money and effort.

2. Sign a Confidentiality Statement.

Although you probably trust most of the people you work with and feel they will keep important information confidential, it’s essential to get this in writing. Work with your attorney to create a non-disclosure agreement and have everyone involved in your organization – employees, advertisers, contractors, etc. – sign it.

This way, if someone exposes private information, you have signed paperwork in place to pursue legal action. Plus, your team members will know this is serious information, and they’ll be aware of the ramifications for divulging business secrets.

3. Involve Everyone in Your Organization.

Protecting your IP involves everyone in your organization. Because of this, schedule regular meetings, send out e-mail notices or monthly newsletters, or hold special events throughout the year to inform your team members about IP and confidentiality issues.

Teach your staff members what they need to look for and what to do if they see a potential breach. By doing so, you’ll have a group of people regularly on the lookout for perpetrators and increase your chances of discovering thieves faster.

Stay Vigilant!

With constant advancements in technology, more people have access to information than ever before. If you want to keep your confidential, IP information private, it takes more than putting legal processes and paperwork in place. You also need to be proactive, educate your team members regularly and always be on the lookout for IP thieves.

This way, you’ll have a better chance of stopping potential perpetrators from stealing your confidential data. After all, if you don’t protect your IP, it’s not a matter of “if” it will be stolen; it’s a matter of “when”!

What are you going to do today to start protecting your IP?

For more information, please provide your comments below or reach me at www.richdad.com.

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3 Tips to Protect Your Important Data Intellectual Property (IP), or creations of the mind that you use in your business, are a big deal. In fact, the Global Intellectual Property Center reports that, “America’s IP is worth $5.8 trillion, more than the nominal GDP of any other country in the world.” This means that [...]

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Watch Out for These Scary Things on Your Website!

Happy Halloween! There is a lot of scary stuff out there, but you may be unaware of some things that are really frightening and happening right in your office! For example, when was the last time you reviewed your Website? If you have been busy focusing on your core responsibilities as a business owner, months [...]

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InventionHome Product Spotlight – “Spin’nStor”

Here comes November!  Gone are the lazy days of summer and the relaxing autumn evenings.  The holidays are now bearing down, and it is officially “busy” season!  Time is truly precious, and that’s one reason that we see many inventions that were designed to SAVE TIME.   One such invention comes from Ruth G. of San [...]

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Monday Morning Mojo: Choose the Reponse that Love Sponsors

Our personal and business lives are filled with conflict. The typical response to any conflict is to resist and “be right”. The truth is that a “be right” response rarely results in a positive outcome. In actuality, we have the ability to respond in any way we choose. I’ve attended numerous retreats with Neale Walsch, [...]

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Tips for Dealing with Negative Folks

Have you ever heard the quote, “If it weren’t for people, business would be easy?” Running a successful business is all about dealing with different personalities to accomplish specific goals. And this is often much easier said than done.

Well, instead of increasing your blood pressure and letting these people get to you, here are a few tips to help you open up the communication lines and accomplish more:

1. Listen.

    So many times, we are in a hurry, have an important point to get across or just want to provide our feedback. Without knowing it, this can give the wrong impression, and we can come off as pushy. This triggers a response in the person we are talking to that puts them on the offensive.

    Instead of talking a lot, try to be a good listener. This way, you’ll learn more about the person you are communicating with and be able to fulfill their needs more adequately. Plus, you’ll create a better, more respectful, working relationship.

    2. Stay Positive.

      Even if someone drives you nuts, it’s important to keep a positive attitude. After all, you may not have control over the person you are speaking to and what they say, but you do have control over your thoughts and actions.

      When you are dealing with a “Negative Nancy,” try to think of something positive about this person or the situation. It will help reduce your stress level and make the conversation more productive for both of you

      3. Say “Thanks.”

        If you are having a difficult time staying positive when your boss is yelling at you or you have a run-in with a negative customer, try to think of five or more things you are thankful for to change your mindset. Perhaps you are thankful you have a job with a steady income, that you are healthy and made it to work today, that you have wonderful children? The list goes on…

        When it comes right down to it, there are more important things than work. If you put it into perspective and think of all the big things in life you are thankful for, your attitude will change significantly.

        Hang In There.

        Business can be tough, especially if you are an entrepreneur. And it’s sometimes necessary to deal with people you’d rather not talk to at all. When this happens, it’s important to focus on listening to the other person, stay positive and think of the things you are thankful for in life. This way, you can face difficult people with a smile, learn more about there needs and maintain a healthy attitude that will make you more successful in business… and life!

        Got questions? Please write to me below or at www.rembrandtwrites.com.

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        Have you ever heard the quote, “If it weren’t for people, business would be easy?” Running a successful business is all about dealing with different personalities to accomplish specific goals. And this is often much easier said than done. Well, instead of increasing your blood pressure and letting these people get to you, here are [...]

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        How Strong is Your Tech Security, Really?

        Cybercrime is increasing dramatically. In fact, ”The 2012 Security Threat Report” by data security company SOPHOS, indicates that we “need to be ready for attacks on new platforms and devices—all the places we use data for work and our personal lives,” and that “cybercriminals are becoming more professionalized through the availability of commercial crimeware kits… the result is mass generation of new malicious code and exploits, and a significant increase in the volume of malware.”

        Securing company data is now a top priority. But if you are relying solely on your tech team to protect your data, you are not as secure as you think you are. Instead, everyone in your organization needs to get involved in keeping information safe and private.

        Where do you begin?

        Start With E-Mail.

        One of the most vulnerable areas in your organization is e-mail. People often communicate private information within e-mails, but this data is usually not secured. To overcome this issue, implement systems on or off-site that help you contain communications-channels to your organization. These include:

        • Employing technologies that scan and monitor e-mail communications for potential, intellectual-property breaches;
        • Maintaining outside file repositories with logging capabilities for file exchanges; and
        • Using encryption, firewalls, spam filtering, and other systems for protection against viruses, spam and phishing attempts.

        This way, you have control over internal communications online and a way to keep offending visitors out. However, none of this will work if you don’t talk to your entire organization about the importance of securing data.

        Educate Employees.

        While your tech team may be monitoring the security of your organization regularly, other employees are not. Many of them do not know the security risks involved with e-mail attachments, visiting certain Websites, communicating private information online, and more.

        Because of this, your tech leaders need to communicate with all employees every month. It’s their job to educate staff members on technology “do’s and don’ts” within the organization and what can happen if they break the rules.

        This educational process may involve weekly meetings, monthly newsletters, training sessions, e-mail notices, or even fun events to build relationships between departments. And since technology is constantly changing, you need to look at these organization-wide communications as ongoing.

        All employees need to know how to avoid security issues, what to do if they see a potential, security threat and what is going on with security in the organization as a whole.

        Security is a Team Effort.

        While your tech team may be on the cutting-edge of security, this is just the beginning. Everyone in your organization needs to know the security policies, be aware of threats and act accordingly. By communicating regularly and working together, you can avoid unwanted infiltrations into your system, information leaks and major, security issues.

        What are you going to do today to let your employees know about tech security at your company? Please comment below, or write to me at The Rich Dad Company, customerservice@richdad.com.

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        Cybercrime is increasing dramatically. In fact, ”The 2012 Security Threat Report” by data security company SOPHOS, indicates that we “need to be ready for attacks on new platforms and devices—all the places we use data for work and our personal lives,” and that “cybercriminals are becoming more professionalized through the availability of commercial crimeware kits… [...]

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        How to Improve Site Optimization Fast

        The busy, fall months are here, and you are probably inundated with upcoming, holiday promotions and year-end issues… not to mention your responsibilities with friends and family. But this is no time to forget about your SEO (search engine optimization) activities. Instead, take a few minutes to think about these three, tips: 1. Think Action! [...]

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        Monday Morning Mojo: Tell the Truth! Set Yourself Free!

        We’ve all heard the adage, “The truth shall set you free.” The actual quote from the bible is “The truth shall MAKE you free.”  I always thought the quote was a nice idea, but after really embracing the idea, I found that a commitment to truth actually did set me free. Now, I’m not necessarily [...]

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        IT, Meet the Finance Team

        When you’re creating strategies to grow your business, your finance leaders are a big part of the planning process… right? Well, don’t forget your IT members too. While your finance people are busy crunching the numbers, they may not be aware of how technology can help them do their jobs faster and more accurately. Don’t [...]

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        Submit Your Invention to Rubbermaid

        Rubbermaid®, a leading manufacturer of home organization products and division of Newell, relies on the ingenuity of independent inventors to find innovative new products for their brands. To help with this effort, Rubbermaid has asked InventionHome to reach out to our inventor community and spread the word to inventors and entrepreneurs with innovative home products. [...]

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