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Five Innovation Killers That Lurk Within Businesses

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The work of innovative thinkers is why the world has smartphones, laptop computers, toaster ovens, and numerous other gadgets and creative approaches to problem solving. Yet groundbreaking ideas aren’t always welcome in the corporate world or within other institutions. Instead, those who suggest a different approach often find their ideas shot down by co-workers or…

Martha, Mary, and The Everyday Choices

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We’ve all heard some pretty convictions on the story found in Luke 10:38-42 about Jesus visiting the home of His friends Martha and Mary. Typically, we readily identify with Martha, who sprang into action to make preparations for Jesus and His group. Her eager service turned to stress, then downgraded to a demanding spirit toward others.…

A Roadmap to Helping Female-Owned Small Businesses Flourish

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Women-owned small businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy, according to the National Women’s Business Council. Yet, just like any other business, women business owners’ successes don’t come without challenges. From staffing to business development to communicating with customers to simply getting it all done, there are many factors that affect…

Afraid of Social Media?

I talk to a lot of business owners and authors who don’t “get” social media. A year or two ago when I spoke with them, most were quick to say they didn’t understand it and didn’t need to. Today what I hear is: “I know I’m supposed to be doing that, so I have a Facebook…

Stay Away from the Blur: How to Ward Off Compassion Fatigue

A willingness to see the needs of others and lend a helping hand can boost a person’s everyday happiness and make life more satisfying. But sometimes the world’s problems can seem so overwhelming—and each person’s ability to solve them so limited—that “compassion fatigue” sets in. Compassion fatigue is a phenomenon commonly found among people such…

Don’t Shy Away From Financial Planning

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Nearly half of all American women, no matter their background, share a fear that may seem odd given the wealth of some: They are afraid of losing their financial independence, otherwise known as “Bag Lady Syndrome,” according to a 2013 study. Of those who harbor BLS anxiety, 60 percent were the primary breadwinners for their…

Are You Being Productive?

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Working out, eating better, and saving money are all common New Year’s resolutions. As The Productivity Pro, I must ask you to consider improving your productivity in the office. By boosting productivity at work, you can spend less time at your desk and more time outside the office achieving other goals. In fact, the recent Productivity…

Going Against the Grain: Retail Therapy is a Big Fat Lie

When it comes to buying power, women are steadily overcoming men. Throughout the next decade, women will control two-thirds of consumer wealth in the United States and will be the beneficiaries of the largest transference of wealth in our country’s history, according to Fleishman-Hillard Inc. “The stats on a woman’s earning and buying power are…

Best Way to Start the New Year?

Chispa Magazine, Mavian Arocha-Rowe


To know without His birth on Christmas Day there is no crucifixion; and with no crucifixion… there is no resurrection. Did you know the worst circumstances bring out the best in us? So… what we perceive as the wrong circumstance can actually produce something right or righteous in us. Moses needed to tend sheep for…