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Get Paid To Work From Home As A TPV Agent: 6 Best Companies Hiring Now

Have you ever purchased something like internet service and were transferred to a representative to verify your transaction? Well, the service rep who verified your purchase is known as a Third Party Verification or TPV agent. When I worked as a customer service rep at AT&T (known as SBC at the time), we had to […]
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Culture as the Lynchpin for Business Success

Culture inspires people and corporations to stand out, fight back, and respond differently across the world.
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As the world faces one of the worst crises in recent times, what inspires people and corporations to stand out, fight back, and respond effectively? Culture.
Let me explain. You know how we count on people in some parts of the world to behave in a certain way? Consider, for example, how locals in Germany will never attempt to cross at a traffic intersection until the lights have changed to green. Similarly, Japan. Seldom are there any reports of rioting or looting during natural calamities. So too Switzerland where farmers high up in the Alps ‘trust’ customers to leave payment for goods they pick up from ‘honesty’ shops.
Culture is muscle memory
To me, these are great examples of how culture serves as muscle memory—the invisible force guiding people on what to do when nobody is watching. Driven by templates created and passed on across generations, culture gets reinforced in the ‘doing’. Take for example the ‘order loving’ stereotype associated with Germans. The average German can be expected to abide by the rules whatever that they may be. This could mean waiting for the traffic lights to turn green before revving their engines or remaining quiet in railway carriages that carry a ‘no noise’ sign
Humans are social beings
Add to this the truism that humans are social beings, dependent on each other’s ‘approval’ for self-validation and it is easy to see how culture plays a crucial role in shaping behavior. If you have imbibed a ‘Norwegian approach’ to life, as the founder of a fascinating publishing house, Mondå Forlag, Julien S Bourrelle has, then you would find it strange when a rank stranger at a café in Belgium strikes up a casual conversation with you. Just having spent some time living or working in Norway could instill a distinct cultural habit that expects more formality to conversations.
Related: 3 Steps to Building the Workplace Culture You Want
Similarly, a Spanish tour guide would think you ‘disinterested’ if you do not convey your responses more demonstrably, perceiving your seemingly reserved Scandinavian non-verbal cues from her Spanish cultural lens of demonstrability and openness.
As Bourrelle explains in his fascinating TEDx Talk on cultural differences, “we all see the world through cultural glasses. The lens through which your brain sees the world shapes your reality. If you can change the lens, not only can you change the way your brain perceives behaviors, but you can change the way people relate to cultural differences…” 
Culture as the lynchpin for timeless success
This is why it is important for all of us in leadership roles to really understand the value of instilling, reiterating, and celebrating the right kind of culture in organizations. In the context of the current crisis or any other crisis for that matter, what I think enterprises need to tide through a trying period are a few, sticky cultural habits. This includes speed or the ability to make and enable quick pivots. It entails reinforcing a company-wide sense of ownership that helps each and every person in the workforce feel they have a stake in how the enterprise shapes up and grows. A demonstrable tolerance for errors from senior leadership and along with it the ability to make decisions quickly without requiring too much proof or data.
Related: How Leaders Can Remotely Create a Strong Workplace Culture
Companies that prioritize these qualities and make them a part of their DNA are the ones who end up literally cruising through trying times. Let us take a closer look at some of these enterprises to see what it is that they do differently.
The HP Way:
HP was founded on a work culture defined by a ‘contributive’ spirit that has distinguished it from its early days. If most entrepreneurs started out by asking themselves how they could succeed, the founders of HP started out by asking a different question: how could they contribute? Many say that this one principle has helped HP scale the heights it has. Why? Because pivoting company culture towards contribution led the company to contributing to its own success.
And this did not stop at just the approach senior leadership took to business. It was also the value they extended to all employees who were allowed to work four-day weeks, given stock options, provided flexi-time work schedules (before the phrase became a thing!) and treated on the whole like family members. 
It is no wonder then that these values are now helping it steer its workforce empathetically through the current pandemic, leveraging the company-wide sense of ownership that HP has always promoted. As the current chief HR officer at HP, Tracy Keogh says, during times of crises, the kind of culture that organizations foster defines how they get through to the other side. HP is doing this by keeping employees at the center of their response to the pandemic. It is keeping channels of communication open; it is having leaders model the pivots that the workforce is expected to undertake including the new normal of working from home and arming managers with information to reassure employees with answers when they need them.
A strong, crisis-resilient culture underpins several organizations across domains including Netflix, Apple, and Microsoft. And such companies prove that just as some countries are associated with strong cultural attributes that steers them through tough times, so are businesses.
Related: 5 Ways A Remote Manager Can Kill Your Workplace Culture

Bring Barbell Fitness Training Home with This Weight Set and Live Workouts

The AXLE Bundle comes with a flexible barbell, personalized weight set, and on-demand workouts.
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It seems like every January, gyms and fitness classes start filling up with resolution-makers trying to get into the best shape of their lives overnight. This year, as the coronavirus pandemic still rages, it’s less about getting ClassPass or signing up for a new gym, and more about finding ways to get a great workout safely from home. For strength training, there are few pieces of equipment better than The AXLE Bundle.
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This fitness kit starts with the AXLE Versatile Olympic Barbell. The AXLE bar measures 55 inches long and weighs just 11.2 pounds. Because of the sleek, lightweight design, this flexible barbell can be used for a wide variety of workouts and routines. Whether you’re looking to do traditional bench presses, front squats, deadlifting, or even CrossFit, the AXLE bar can satisfy all of your needs. The 19″ wheels you can add on each side stand taller than a bumper plate allowing for easy weight loading, while the lock clips secure wheels and weights on each side. The loading sleeves fit any Olympic plate, up to 2kg, so you can use all of your weights at home. And the wheels? You can use them for moves like ab rollouts and hamstring curls.
With the soft padded straps, you can also do resistance workouts, adjusting to fit comfortably under your feet. The bar is shorter than a standard Olympic bar allowing it to work seamlessly with the band and be easier to store. Best of all, this collection comes with AXLE’s companion app, giving you instant access to an expansive library of on-demand workouts and mobility exercises. You’ll also get one year of unlimited access to live classes.
Overhaul your strength training regimen this year. Normally $388, you can get The AXLE Bundle for 22 percent off at just $299.99 today.

Stock up on Work-From-Home Gear With Fabletics' Huge Sale

Get two leggings or joggers for just $24 with this limited-time sale.
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January 10, 2021 2 min read
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If you’ve been working remotely over the past 10 months or more, you’ve likely experienced a slew of adjustments — some welcome, some not. But among those changes, a drastic shift in your office wardrobe was likely met with a smile. Who wants to sport heels or a blazer when you can sit comfortably in your favorite sweats?
With remote work being more permanent than temporary at this point, it may be time to diversify your work-from-home wardrobe. Fabletics is arguably one of the best ways to do that, and there’s no better time to try it thanks to their current deal. Right now, new Fabletics customers can grab two bottoms (leggings, joggers, etc.) for just $24. And just like Lululemon, Fabletics offers a great selection for men and women. 
To take advantage of this deal, you’ll sign up to be a VIP member, which means you’ll get a monthly credit to spend across the shop. All VIP members get exclusive discounts on everything from athleisure to outerwear to workout equipment, and you can skip months or cancel any time. It’s the perfect way to build up your seasonal remote work attire without even having to leave the house. 
Plus, if you hate shopping in general, you’ll love that Fabletics offers curated picks just for you. When you sign up, you’ll be asked to take a 60-second quiz based on your lifestyle. From there, you’ll get suggestions that make it super simple to shop. Entrepreneurs are notoriously busy, and Fabletics is like having a personal shopper for your new casual office wardrobe.
If you’re ready to give Fabletics a try and take advantage of the two bottoms for $24 deal, we’ve picked some of our favorite work-friendly options below. 

5 Business Survival Tips for 2021

January 5, 2021 5 min read
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The pandemic and everything related to it caught many business owners by surprise and, even worse, caused some businesses to fold. Yelp reported that permanent business closures have reached 97,966, representing 60% of closed businesses that won’t be reopening. Imagine investing so much into an entity, and because of some virus, things start to slow down, till they eventually go under.
It’s the new year, and nobody knows what it holds. But as a business owner, you have to plan and fortify your business against such problems.
Related: A 10-Point Small-Business Survival Plan for Dealing With the Pandemic
Every day, innovations are created which simplify the buying process for your customers. If your business isn’t doing anything new and making life easier for your customers, you may risk losing your customers to people who will. Steve Jobs said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Meaning, if you want to become a leader in your industry or niche, you have to innovate. This cuts across marketing, product delivery, customer retention, etc.
2021 is a different year and would most likely have new challenges, so here are five survival tips for your business.
1. Stay on your customers’ minds
Marketing is very crucial for any business. Businesses that survived through 2020 were the ones that remained in their customers’ minds. If there are still lockdowns in 2021, that may cause your business not to operate normally, resulting in lower revenues. However, you shouldn’t stop marketing but instead, reduce your marketing budget.
Marketing is how you understand your customers’ needs, educate them, attract new ones, and get them to keep doing business with you. All marketing strategies may not lead to outright sales, but sales will happen eventually if you’re consistent enough. 
Your social media platforms should be your best friends in the coming years. Studies show that “nearly 50% of the world’s population uses social media. That’s over 3 billion users worldwide.” 
Part of staying on your customers’ minds is being around where they can see you, and social media marketing is a marketing strategy that gives you that leverage. Whether you choose to use influencers or paid social, you have to put in the effort to remain in your customers’ minds. 
2. Get the best hands for the job
Great employees mean great business. If you want to give your business that competitive advantage, then you need to get the best hands for the job. You won’t give your customers the best if you don’t have the best staff.
It goes beyond hiring the right people but also training and keeping your employees happy. This cuts across being understanding, ensuring that you create a healthy work environment, and giving them a purpose that contributes to their job fulfillment. 
Related: 3 Survival Traits for Any Leader
How do you create that positive work environment? Everyone likes to feel heard. So, it’s your job as the business owner to create an environment that allows everyone to share their opinions and ideas about certain things. This can happen at weekly meetings. Implementing this can significantly increase their productivity, which in turn helps your business.
3. Asset protection
As a business owner, many things can harm your assets, which can cause you to lose money.  It won’t be nice losing your business assets in a legal case.  Many entrepreneurs overlook this part, but it is crucial to secure your assets even if things don’t go your way after a legal case.
Nobody starts a business and considers the possibilities of entering a court case; this is why many people get into trouble. Seventy-eight percent of lawsuit defendants in the US never thought it would happen to them. Sony lost 200 million in assets, which could have been avoided if they protected their assets. Interestingly, you can still get your assets protected online and offline no matter your enterprise’s size.
4. Financing and budgeting
Your planning should also touch on finances because every business needs money to facilitate certain areas of business. Budgeting is like a roadmap for your business; you put your business at risk when you don’t have a budget.
Riley Panko, in a report on budgeting, said, “Businesses of all sizes should create a budget if they don’t want to risk the financial health of their organization.” She said, “Businesses may create more challenges for themselves by skipping a budget. This is because budgeting helps small businesses focus.”
Budgeting decides whether your marketing, asset acquisition, employee remuneration, and other parts of your business can go smoothly.  You should anticipate all your long and short term financial needs. This may require hiring an accountant who will keep records of all the money going in and out of business. 
5. Be ready to adapt to anything
How adaptable are you? Patrick J. Rottinghaus defines adaptability as “The capacity to cope with and capitalize on change, and the ability to recover when unforeseen events alter life plans.”
Related: Coronavirus Survival Guide for Startups
No one saw 2020 coming, but it came, and it was like everyone had to “adapt or die.” The usual nature of work we were all used to halted for apparent reasons. Everyone had to adapt to zoom meetings, online education, and social distancing. This alone affected many brick and mortar businesses whose primary service delivery was in-person.
2021 is uncertain, but what is absolute should be your ability to adapt to anything. Whether it’s in your service/product delivery, marketing, or engaging with your customers, you have to be ready to dance to the tune of whatever the market throws at you and attack it creatively. 

Treat Muscle Pain and Soreness with One of the Strongest Mini Massage Guns on the Market

Don’t let soreness derail your workout.
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It’s a new year, which means many of us will be diving head-first into a new fitness regimen. But if you’ve been out of practice for a while, eating and drinking through the holidays, you’re likely to experience some discomfort when you start working out again. That’s where the MINIREX comes in.
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The MINIREX is one of the most powerful massage guns on the market, and it’s small enough to fit in any gym bag. This miniaturized massage gun offers virtually noiseless operation thanks to a proprietary brushless motor and a long-lasting battery, making it perfect for taking with you to the gym or a class. The MINIREX offers four speeds to match the intensity that your muscles need. The high stall force and long amplitude help increase blood circulation and expedite recovery so you’ll spend less time in pain and more time ready to get back to your workout. It also comes with four different attachments and an extra-long handle, making it easier to target even the hardest-to-reach muscle groups.
YouTube fitness instructor, Jason B. writes, “I tried it out and it is a lot more aggressive, in a good way, than the cheap Amazon massagers.” Meanwhile, FitGeekLabs Magazine says “When you use [it] for the first time you’re getting some kind of trance. You’ll disconnect from everything going on around you.”
Get into the best workout groove of your life this year with help from the MINIREX. Normally $199, you can save 30% off when you get it for $139.99 now.

Mindful Leadership Practices For Busy, Distracted Leaders

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Mindfulness increases resilience, collaboration, and the ability to deal with complexity. Sound … [+] useful? If so, you can build your mindfulness muscle by scheduling these four 15-minute practices.
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The research on mindfulness is clear. It improves resilience, the capacity to collaborate, and the ability to lead in complex conditions. But for it to work, you must commit.
If becoming more mindful is one of your New Year’s resolutions, or even if you’re just curious about the topic, you’re not alone. More and more executives are looking for mindfulness practices to help develop their leadership capacity. We’ve found quick hits of mindful activities can go a long way toward bringing more focus to your personal and professional life.
How to get started with mindfulness
We’re more likely to fail at big commitments. To prevent that from happen, make a bite-sized commitment to mindfulness. Begin by blocking 15 minutes each week for the next month. Don’t just intend to do it–schedule an appointment on your calendar now, and copy-and-paste one of the exercises below into your calendar, so you have a plan of how to use that time.

Before you begin, spend one minute scribbling everything that’s on your mind onto a sticky note. Then put the note aside, trusting that you can come back to it when you’re done. With your mind now clear, close your door and begin your selected activity.
15-minute mindfulness practices for leaders
Meditation: Perhaps the most obvious of all mindfulness practices, meditation has grown popular through apps like Headspace. Some companies even provide free subscriptions to meditation apps as part of their wellness plans. If traditional meditation has been a struggle for you, compassion meditation can be a good place to start as it is focused on others. We like the meditation offered by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, a leading scholar who studies the impact of meditation on physical and emotional health. Her “compassionate love” meditation is free, and 14-minutes long.

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Lectio Divina: Lectio divina is a monastic practice of meditative reading. Select a section of scripture sacred of meaningful text, just a few lines, and read it slowly. Find a word or phrase that attracts you and repeat it quietly, allowing yourself to be curious about what it means. If you are a person of faith, you can ask God to reveal the passage’s message to you. Or simply ponder what the passage might be saying to you. Read the whole passage again, several times. On your final read through, ask, “What am I to do now, based on this information?” Need a text for your lectio divina practice? Pick one of these short readings from Parker Palmer.

Labyrinths have offered meditative space for over 4000 years. Bring the practice to your desk with a … [+] finger labyrinth.
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Finger labyrinth: Walking a garden labyrinth has been a meditative practice used by scholars and religious pilgrims for over 4000 years. Finger labyrinths bring the practice to your desk, with printable versions that you trace with your fingertip. At first glance, a labyrinth looks like a maze, but mazes have dead ends and are designed to confuse. A labyrinth has a clear entrance and exit and follows a winding path with no obstacles along the way. The objective is to trace the path with your finger while your mind focuses on the activity. Our colleague Dr. Nancy Sayer of InterConnexion Consulting likes sharing labyrinths with corners. She encourages participants to move through the labyrinth at a snail’s pace, with your mind on a leadership mantra or intention. At each corner, Sayer suggests taking multiple deep inhales and exhales, while asking what the mantra means for your leadership now. Find printable labyrinths here.  
Breathing: Practicing deeper inhales and exhales can do wonders to clear your mind and calm anxiety. Start by trying the 4-7-8 approach: breath in for 4 seconds, hold for seven, and exhale for 8 seconds. (It’s harder to do than you might expect.) Or find a five-minute breathing meditation on YouTube.
Need more mindfulness practice ideas? Our free January 14th executive education webinar will teach three additional techniques: visualization, journaling, and Pantoum poetry.
Looking for other ways to develop your leadership? You can start by watching more TV.