April 14, 2017

April 14 Small Business – United Air Lessons | Selling Yourself | Best Exercise for Over 40 | Flying Ostrich

Are you ready for your taxes?  If not, we’ve included a post that will show you what to do.  This week’s top small business stories: lessons learned from the United Airlines debacle; the secret to successfully selling yourself ; winning business insights from America’s top entrepreneur … and, a new study that revealed the top exercise for longevity and physique … plus, the best ad in the world this week may have you ‘flying high.’

In the News, the United Airlines debacle grew worse as United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz issued more statements. Gizmodo’s article, ‘United CEO Doubles Down‘ shows the evolution of the company’s response in the first couple of days; but, there are key insights for business owners to glean from this story, and Philly.com’s post, ‘Lessons Learned from a Damage Control Expert on the United Airlines Mess‘ provides a few of the best. Read the story to help prepare your company for any future incidents.

And, it’s tax time.  If you think you may miss the deadline, don’t sweat it. You can read Small Business Trend’s article “What to Do If You Miss the Tax Deadline;’ the post tells you what form to file for an extension, and else you’ll need to do.

In HR, TLNT’s article, Flexibility is More Important to Employees Than Almost Anything Else provides some background and tips that may be helpful in improving employee engagement and retention.

In Sales & Marketing, Inc.’s ‘The Surprising Trick to Selling Yourself‘ provides insights about the most effective mental approach to building a successful sales and marketing strategy – recommended.

In Leadership, the United Airlines story isn’t the only one generating valuable lessons for company leaders; Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, wrote a letter to his company in which he answered a question about the company’s future direction.  His post, one of the most popular this week, contains advice for a ‘Winning Business Strategy.’ Bezos should know. Amazon now generates more revenue than WalMart, Google and most of the top brands in America … and, Great Leadership’s post, ‘What Makes a Great Leader’ contains wisdom that can help executives focus and make better use of their time.

In Productivity, there were two exceptional stories this week that can help you improve your health, mood, and longevity.  Inc.’s ‘How What You Eat Alters Your Mood‘ cites recent research from an Australian University study that found strong correlations between the types of food one eats, mood, and overall mental health … and, Lifehacker’s post ‘Interval Training Helps Slow Down the Aging Process‘ presents research recently published in the journal, Cell Metabolism, that found strong links between high intensity interval workouts, overall health and longevity.  The correlations and improvements were especially strong for older participants.  HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) also rated highest for improving one’s physique … Want better sleep?  Entrepreneur’s 12 Habits Dramatically Improve Your Sleep will give you helpful recommendations.

In Trends & Technology, AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) are disruptive technologies having a profound impact on business and culture: by 2020, it is estimated to be a 120 billion dollar business.  Do you know the difference between the two?  Augment’s Virtual Realty v. Augmented Reality is a user-friendly primer that will bring you up to speed so you can understand how these technologies differ … the flying car is officially open for business and taking pre-orders.  Fossbytes reports that Slovakian company, AeroMobil, is launching its its flying car on April 20th at the Monte Carlo Supercar Show.  You can learn more by visiting the Aeromobil site, or pre-order your own flying car for a cool $400,00.

Speaking of AR & VR, the top ad this week features an Ostrich being introduced to virtual reality – a discovery that leaves the rest of his flock with their head’s in the sand, so to speak.

Enjoy the ad, and your weekend.