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Teamwork, Collaboration and the Rules of Improv Comedy

Mike | September 16th, 2013

One of the great challenges in leading teams is creating an atmosphere where people work together efficiently, collaborate effectively and, and respect one another. On countless occasions meetings can devolve into spitting matches or personal clashes which lead to bad decisions, poor relationships, and weaker teams. Improv comedy provides some great rules and a strong framework […]

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Labor Day 2013 – Fair Pay and Pricing: What Your Customers Want

Mike | September 3rd, 2013

“It is to the real advantage of every producer, every manufacturer and every merchant to cooperate in the improvement of working conditions, because the best customer of American industry is the well-paid worker.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt Last year to mark the Labor Day holiday, I wrote a post celebrating the crowdSPRING team and their personal and […]

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Teaching To See

Ross | July 30th, 2013

Design is becoming more important in today’s noisy world. Smartly designed products tend to become more popular. Websites with good design practices tend to appeal to more customers. Nicely designed email newsletters and print brochures do a better job conveying the intended message. But what is good design and how can you see it? Here’s […]

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The History Of Typography

Ross | July 17th, 2013

Here’s a wonderful animated short video about the history of typography, from Guttenberg’s printing press to today.

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Summer Business Books: What to Read Now

Mike | July 15th, 2013

I love to read. Books, newspapers, magazine, blogs, comment threads. Put the written word in front of me, whether on a sheet of paper bound into a book or magazine, or as pixels on a glowing screen and I will consume it. But like most small business owners, I have very little time available for […]

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Small Business and Startups: The First Ever crowdSPRING Quiz!

Mike | July 8th, 2013

Now that the 4th of July party is over and we begin the official summer months, many businesses large and small will experience a slowdown in sales, traffic, and customer engagement. Why? Because it’s vacation time, stupid. Because you’ve got a bit of extra time on your hands, I imagine you’ve probably been asking yourself, “What […]

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How To Say No To People Who Want To Pick Your Brain

Ross | June 25th, 2013

As you become successful, people will want to buy you a cup of coffee and “pick your brain.” Even if  you want to genuinely help, it’s impossible to say “yes” to everyone and not impact your own productivity. Here’s a helpful video from Marie Forleo, a marketing and lifestyle expert. Marie offers good tips on […]

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10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Their Interns

Mike | June 9th, 2013

Periodically I post in this series about things that entrepreneurs can learn from others and from the world around them. The older we get, the more we discover that we are not to smart and that the best thing we can do is pay attention to the people around us. From them we can draw […]

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Making the Leap: Old Career to New!

Mike | June 3rd, 2013

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American will have between 7 and 10 jobs. We are a peripatetic bunch, moving from job to job, location to location pursuing exactly what nobody really knows. But there is a difference between changing jobs and changing careers and it is the latter that we will discuss today. Job […]

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Create Your Own Future

Ross | May 23rd, 2013

Some people are stuck in the present and unable to move forward. Use the future to escape the present. Decide where you’d rather be.

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