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How Great Leaders Inspire Action
by Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ... Watch the Ted Talk here.

Why Teaching Millenials Has To Change In 2016
by Conor Kenney
If you want your team to perform more effectively in 2016 then, the chances are, you're teaching and training methods need to change. Continue reading here.

Coach Pat Summit's 10 Most Inspirational Quotes
by Grace Reader
Pat Summitt is perhaps best known for winning more games than any other NCAA Division 1 basketball coach, male or female.

She spent 38 years as the head coach of the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team, the Lady Volunteers, winning eight national titles and 1,098 games. Tennessee also made 31 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances under Coach Summitt.

Summitt passed away Tuesday, at the age of 64, after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. She will be remembered for her competitive spirit. Here are 10 Summitt quotes that inspire us ... Continue reading here.

 

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North American Hairstyling Awards 2016
by Professional Beauty Association
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Breaking News: 2016 Color Zoom Challenge U.S. Semi-Finalists Announced
by Elizabeth Jakaitis
The Goldwell Hair Color team has announced the 2016 Color Zoom Challenge U.S. Semi-Finalists. Hundreds of applicants nationwide entered for the opportunity to be selected as this year’s U.S. Color Zoom Global Creative Colorist, Global New Talent Colorist, and Global Partner Colorist winners. Contestants were challenged to bring their creativity to life around the theme of Disrupt, which asked stylists to break through the conventional constraints of shape, color, and texture. See more here.


Johnny Ramirez's Advice For Helping Clients Achieve Their Dream Blonde
by Jamie Newman

Lived-in color. Bright platinum. Rooty warm shades. It's summer, which probably means you colorists are hearing these requests a lot during peak-blonde season.

To help your bright endeavors, we asked Johnny Ramirez, L’Oréal Professionnel international hairstylist and co-owner of Ramirez Tran Salon, a few "lightening"-round (ha. ha. ha.) questions regarding how he helps his clients achieve their ideal blonde hue (and helps make it last!). Continue reading here.

 

Business

The Quick Guide For Using Snapchat For Business In 2016
by Sujan Patel
If you’re not already familiar with Snapchat, you should get acquainted. Snapchat is a mobile photo-messaging app that allows users to take photos and short videos that remain viewable to recipients for approximately 10 seconds; after that, the “Snap” disappears into the dark tubes of the interwebs, never to be seen again.

To expand its services, Snapchat has added live text, chat and video calls between contacts, which has helped increase use of the application among younger audiences. Just check out these stats: Continue reading here.

How To Run Effective Instagram Ads
by Eric Siu

Since its launch in May of 2010, Instagram has grown by leaps and bounds. Today, the site welcomes 400 million visitors monthly who love the visual perspective on the world that the photo and video-sharing site offers.

With 800 million photos added daily, and a bank of 40 billion images already online, Instagram captures the world in ways never seen before . . . all thanks to its users and their smartphones.

No wonder Facebook acquired the site in 2012, a move that that launched Instagram's monetization via advertising. Continue reading here.

 

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Schedule Time Blocks For "Deep Work"
by Todd Henry
Have you ever reached the end of a work week and thought, “what exactly did I accomplish?” You can point to tasks checked off lists, meetings held, and incremental progress on projects, but when it comes to the really big, important initiatives, you’ve barely made a dent. Read More Here.

Social Media Strategy: Top Insights From Neal Schaffer
by Bruna Martinuzzi
Does your social media strategy need a boost? Social media maven Neal Schaffer reveals how he gets more followers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more. Read More Here.

Be More Successful: The Top 10 Productivity Podcasts for 2016

by Jeff Haden
Everyone wants to get more done. The key is figuring out how. Fortunately, learning ways to be more efficient and effective is really easy, especially if you listen to the experts. Here are ten of the best productivity podcasts -- check them out and let me know what you think ... Read More Here.

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Are You Making These Common Mistakes When Training Employees?
by Geoff Williams
If your workers seem a little lost or unproductive, you may want to take another look at the way you're training employees to see if you're making one of these six mistakes.
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10 Ways To Have A Better Conversation
by Celeste Headlee

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. Watch Here.

Gratitude Physically Changes Your Brain, New Study Says
by Jessica Stillman

New research reveals the biology of why gratitude is such a powerful happiness booster. Read More Here.

Business

Walk vs Run: How To Get Started With Content Marketing
by NewsCred
We hear it every day from brands: “Our plan is to walk, then run.”
When you’re embarking on a content marketing journey, this can be a great approach. However, it’s imperative to understand what “walk” really means if you want to be successful. To bring it back to a childhood analogy, sometimes when a marketing team shows us their content strategy and says, “our plan is to walk first,” what they’ve really described is barely sitting up. Read More Here.

5 Ways to Improve Compliance Customer Service in Admissions and Marketing
by American Association of Cosmetology Schools

We are posting the full, hour-long version of Norton Norris's recent webinar on improving compliance in your Admissions and Marketing efforts. Norton Norris’s Compliance & Training team brings decades of real-world experience to the project of making sure that Colleges engage with prospective students in a way that is honest, ethical, and within the guidelines set by current state and federal regulations. Watch Here.

4 Ways to Make the Most Out of Brainstorming Sessions
by Inc.com

Here's how to make the most of your next creative ideation session from experts like Jane Wurwand, co-founder of Dermalogica; Natalie Nixon, director of Philadelphia University's Strategic Design MBA Program; and more. Watch Here.

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I hope you enjoy the following collection of inspiring and motivating stories from around the web.

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What Are the 3 Things You Want to Finish This Year?
by Donald Miller

This last principle was the hardest for me to learn but perhaps the most powerful in helping me get things done. The fifth and final principle is this: I can only do three big things in a year. That’s it. Just three.

Most people I know who aren’t having much of an impact in the world suffer from one of two problems. Either they don’t know what they want to do or they are trying to do too much. I’ve never really had trouble knowing what I’ve wanted to do, but I’ve had tons of trouble trying to do too much. And that is a problem. Read More Here.

Warren Buffett's "2 List" Strategy: How to Maximize Your Focus and Master Your Priorities
by James Clear

With well over 50 billion dollars to his name, Warren Buffett is consistently ranked among the wealthiest people in the world. Out of all the investors in the 20th century, Buffett was the most successful.

Given his success, it stands to reason that Buffett has an excellent understanding of how to spend his time each day. From a monetary perspective, you could say that he manages his time better than anyone else. Read More Here.

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You Don't Have a Productivity Problem, You Have a Priority Problem
by Eric Ravenscraft


You’ve been working 70 hours a week, you’re constantly on the go, and you still feel like you’re behind in your work. The problem may not be that you’re not working hard enough, but rather that you need to change your priorities.

As Chris Kyle, creator of the Strikethru system, explains, that feeling of always being behind is more often due to muddled priorities and an inadequate productivity system, rather than simply not having enough time on your hands. If you’re taking on too much, or not spending enough time on the important things, you’re less likely to get them done when they need to be: Read More Here.

10 Strategies of Highly Inspirational People
by Barry Moltz

As leaders, small-business owners often must inspire their team, customers and vendors in order to accomplish their company’s goals. People will likely follow others that can motivate them to achieve goals beyond what they might accomplish on their own.

Here are some effective ways to help you be more inspirational. Read More Here.

Top 10 Ted Talks That Could Change Your Life
by Melanie Pinola

There’s no time like the present to grow or refine ourselves a little bit more, and few resources are as helpful as TED talks. In that vein, here are the top 10 TED talks we’ve featured on Lifehacker or that have been popular on TED. Read More Here.

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6 Key Steps to Help You Build Your Dream Team
by Mike Michalowicz


Look at the structure of a football team. You have a quarterback—the player who gets most of the recognition, calls the plays and usually gets most of the responsibility for the outcome, whether it’s a loss or a win. A lot of people may want to be the quarterback, but imagine if you had a whole team of quarterbacks. There’d be no one to block, receive or kick field goals. When you think about it, each position on a football team carries a very particular set of responsibilities and requires a specific sort of person to fulfill those responsibilities effectively. Quarterbacks wouldn’t be as good on the line or running down field to catch the game-winning touchdown.

Companies—just like football teams—may require specialists. The best companies tend to be staffed with employees with a diverse set of skills, who complement one another and work together for the good of the business. Read More Here.

How Making Memorable Moments Can Help Increase Customer Loyalty
by Jenny Beightol

Take a second to think about the past year and your brain is instantly flooded with “life highlights" from the last 365 days. Most likely, you're recalling personal milestones like a wedding, impressive activities like an exciting trip or a hilarious moment with friends and family. And now, with the infiltration of social media into every aspect of life, it's easier than ever to document and share each and every experience with the world. We live in a culture where our experiences are expected to leave a lasting impression—and this mentality has made its way into our purchasing behaviors. Read More Here.

Flip Negative Comments Into Potential Wins With These Tips
by Barry Moltz

Customers love to complain. Comment cards, Facebook posts and Yelp reviews are all filled with bad consumer experiences.

Many small-business owners fear that customers who have something to complain about will do so online. This is a real concern since customers love to moan and groan, and it's easy for anyone to anonymously post something negative about a business online. Read More Here.

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Creating a Million Dollar Salon Floor Part 1: 9 Steps to Drive Retail Sales
by Prosper U 
Did you know the beauty care industry is a 36 million dollar industry but only 3% of it is professional product sales? Retailing is the most profitable part of any salon or spa business. Selling retail generates significantly more profit than services. Does your school have a culture of retailing? In this webinar, Eric Fisher will give you nine steps to drive higher retail sales. Watch this rebroadcast to learn more - click here.


Creating a Million Dollar Salon Floor Part 2: Prebooking
by Prosper U 
Did you know it's 20x easier to retain an existing client than it is to recruit a new one? Clients that prebook come in an average 2 - 4 more times a year. In this webinar, Eric Fisher discusses why prebooking is the smartest, fastest, easiest, cheapest, and best way to secure the financial future of a stylist or esthetician. Doctors do it, dentists do it, trainers do it - you should too. Listen to this rebroadcast today to learn more about prebooking - click here.

How to Clone Your Best Employee
by Geoff Williams
Do you have an amazing, incredible employee who stands out from the rest of your staff? You may have a problem.


It doesn't sound like a problem, of course. You wanted to hire someone incredible, and you did. But if you've ever wondered what you would do without them, you can start to see your potential crisis. Read more here.

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How do you celebrate your employees during the holidays?
by Alexandra Levit
When the holiday rush kicks off, it’s usually all hands on deck. According to a National Retail Federation survey, approximately 40 percent of holiday shoppers begin their holiday shopping before Halloween, while another 41.5 percent begin in November.


In an effort to serve your customers during your busiest period, you may unintentionally slight your team. However, there may be no more critical time to honor the employees who make your dream a daily reality. Read more here.

8 Ted Talks That Give You the Insights On How to Lead a Brand New Life
by Brianna Johnson
The first step to recreating a better life for yourself lies in your thought process. That’s why we often rely on an enlightening TED talk to wake us up and get new ideas circulating in our heads. Each of these TED talks will help you conceptualize your life differently and make positive changes with clarity. Read more here.


Three Tactics From Getting Things Done that Transformed My Productivity
by Todd Henry
David Allen’s book Getting Things Done is one of the most successful productivity books in history. GTD is a system for organizing and acting on the work that matters most. Read more here.

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10 Proven Ways for Brands to Connect with Millenials
by Anita van Natten
In 2014, NewsCred’s highest-performing piece of content was about the millennial demographic and how brands were eager to reach them, but they weren’t impressed. We were curious what the key to their hearts, minds, and wallets was – and judging by the success of this one blog post (42K views and counting), so are you. Read more here.


25 Body Language Mistakes You May Be Making at Work
by Anita Campbell
When we communicate with another person, our brain can process more than what's actually being spoken. Our brains are making a comprehensive assessment of the person in front of us, and interpreting the unspoken communication of body language is part of that assessment. Read more here.

10 Smart Leadership Solutions for Every Challenge
by Lolly Daskal
The word "leadership" evokes an image of great men and women--people who, in a moment of crisis, always rise to the occasion with the right response, the right decision, the right direction.

Unfortunately, that image is based on the misconception that leaders always know what to do. That's often far from the truth; most of the time leaders don't know what they're doing any more than the rest of us do. That's why every leader needs a kit of solutions ... Read more here.

Hope you enjoyed today's articles. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Salon Floor Series Part 1 Recorded Webinar - The Client Value Stream
by Prosper U 
How well are you managing your clients' experience? Every business has an experience. Some are managed and some are by accident. Some are good and some are bad. It's a fact that guests who "love the experience" spend 26% more money than guests who are merely satisfied. Successful businesses and people manage their client's experience. Your guests travel a journey along what Prosper U calls the Client Value Stream. It is all about creating memorable and meaningful experiences for your guests. In this webinar, you'll learn how to manage your guest's experience; from the warm welcome, to the fond farewell and everything in between. Don't lose your clients to your competition - watch the webinar here.

Salon Floor Series Part 2 Recorded Webinar - Salon Floor Series and Coaching Model
by Prosper U 
Do you struggle with services taking too long, finding instructors on the floor or clients not liking their service? Watch this webinar as the Prosper U team shares insider tips and systems to help you organize your clinic floor and coach your future professionals. You'll gain insights that will help your students learn more, your clients spend more, improve your student placement and increase your client retention. Watch the webinar here.

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12 Things Successful People Never Tolerate
by Lolly Daskal
Tolerance is a virtue--most of the time. But some things should never be tolerated. To build a successful career and life as a leader, make sure these are never on your list. Read more here.


5 Keys to Change Your Company Culture from The Inside Out
by Marie Forleo
Depending on how long we’ve known each other…You may already know that I love karaoke. And, hip hop. And, sharing ideas and possibilities that fuel your life forward. But never did I fathom a day when I could do all three, pretty much at once. Thank the sweet goddess of pumpkin lattes, that day has come. The spark of inspiration was lit when Donna, one of our delightful readers, wrote in asking about how to change her company’s culture as an intrapreneur. She has a bucketful of smart ideas to take the company profitably into the future, but she’s feeling stymied because she’s not the boss. Hers is a tricky and important question: if you're not in charge, how can you create positive change within the business you work for? Frankly, even if you are the boss, these five steps will help you more effectively create alignment and gain faster momentum within your company. Read more here.


Aim For Influence, Not Control
by Todd Henry
Control is all about my needs, my ego, and my desire to feel like the center of my environment. I wish to impose my will on everyone around me, and expect them to fall in line with how I believe things should be… we should instead be striving for influence.” – Die Empty

I’ll admit that as a parent, one of my biggest challenges is letting my children make mistakes. Instead, I want to swoop in and help them do everything right the first time. Sometimes this is for my own convenience. (Honestly, I don’t want to have to wait for them to try something five times.) Of course, I know this is not good. In order to grow, children have to make a lot of mistakes, and learn their limits. They have to become comfortable with uncertainty, and understand that there is sometimes pain on the other side of effort. In different ways, I believe that the same principle applies in organizations. Read more here.

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11 Steps to Develop Your Leadership Presence
by Anita Campbell
“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born—that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.”—Warren Bennis
As this pioneer in the field of contemporary leadership studies sees it, there are skill sets you can learn to improve your leadership capabilities. And one of the qualities you should cultivate as part of your overall development is your leadership presence. Read more here.

7 Sure Fire Ways to Reduce Stress and Restore Sanity
by Michael Hyatt
The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story on the trend in slow reading. The idea is that intentional time in a book can improve our minds and reduce our stress. If you’re a book person like me, this is no surprise. It doesn’t matter if it’s paper or digital, just taking thirty minutes out of a busy day brings me a sense of calm. A good book gives me a moment to myself in a world of racing and rushing and lets me collect my thoughts—or even escape them for a while. We all have favorite things we do to deal with the stress in our lives. These are things that take our minds off our difficulties, help us reframe them, or reenergize us to face them. Here are my top-seven stress reducers. Read more here.


Mind Your Baseline Podcast
by Todd Henry
It’s so easy to allow expectations to rise to the point of inevitable disappointment. Make sure you are minding your baseline so that you don’t squeeze all of the potential for discovery, surprise, and joy from your life and work. Listen here.

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Hope you enjoy today's gathering of inspiring and fun stories from around the web!

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Quick Tips to Help Grow Your Twitter Following
 
by Brian Moran. 
Want more followers? It doesn't have to be complicated. Follow these easy 11 tips and help your Twitter following grow. With more than 302 million active users, Twitter is an essential tool for business owners to connect with their customers. What started out as a bit of a novelty has become a primary source of news and information. But just being on Twitter is not the same as using it effectively. Follow these 11 easy tips - use them as a checklist - and help your Twitter following grow. Read more of the article here.

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Build your culture! Here are a few inspiring videos to motivate and excite your students about this amazing industry!

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Business

8 Must-Know Tips to Grow Your Salon Business
by Lauren Salapatek
Benny Dohrmann, CEO Space International Founder, shares with SALON TODAY his insights from years spent working with entrepreneurs. Here are eight essential tips for shaping a good idea into a great salon business: Read more of this Modern Salon article here.

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