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Shireen Qudosi

Here Comes CQ: Creative Intelligence Moves in on the IQ, EQ turf

Oct 16 2014, 03:00 AM by

Here Comes CQ: Creative Intelligence Moves in on the IQ, EQ turf We’ve delved into IQ and EQ over the last few months in which entrepreneurs and thought leaders began to realize the importance of emotional intelligence just as much as standard measures of intelligence. The newest intelligence marker is called CQ, and it stands for “creative intelligence.” Creative intelligence is first and foremost about curiosity. Where IQ is about nuts and bolts thinking, and EQ is about understanding people and their motivators, CQ is about ideas. More importantly, there’s one thing creatively intelligent people can do that high IQ and EQ people simply can’t.

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Shireen Qudosi

A Return to Brick and Mortar: Why Entrepreneurs Are Rethinking Storefronts

Oct 15 2014, 03:00 AM by

A Return to Brick and Mortar: Why Entrepreneurs Are Rethinking Storefronts We’ve been rushing to e-commerce to sell our goods when really the time might be ripe to return to the brick and mortar. Entrepreneurs had long since left store fronts in favor of e-commerce once the benefits and versatility of online shopping became clear. E-commerce allowed for a wider net to attract more clients, while also reducing the overhead cost of running a business. However, its drawbacks are something even veteran business owners are realizing might just be costing them business in the long run.

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Shireen Qudosi

5 Signs You Need a Break: Recovering From Professional Burn Out

Oct 03 2014, 03:00 AM by

5 Signs You Need a Break: Recovering From Professional Burn Out For better or worse, one of the defining characteristics of an American workforce used to be that we’d never leave our desks. We’re considered to be workaholics, forever obsessed with the next project, the next deadline, and the next deal. Yet now, when I talk to my friends from overseas, I see them stretched thin with the same hurried pace that had marked us for over two generations. Except for maybe Brazil, where a good conversation is always valued more than the next appointment, it seems we’ve lost the ability to unplug. Worse, we’re hitting professional burn out and not even realizing it.

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Shireen Qudosi

How to Stay Relevant in a Changing Marketplace

Oct 02 2014, 03:00 AM by

How to Stay Relevant in a Changing Marketplace As a business trend forecaster, one of the things I worry about from time to time is my own longevity. Having witnessed marketing and communications do a 180 from where it was 10 years ago, I’d have to be completely blind to consider that it won’t continue to shift. In that shift, we can anticipate greater expectations of skills, knowledge, education – which let’s be honest, most of us cannot keep up with. There was a great article recently in AlterNet, written by L.S. Parramore, titled “50 is the New 65: Older Americans Are Getting Booted From their Jobs and Denied New Opportunities.” I can’t help but think…in another 10 years, will 40 be the new 60? In fact, I’m so certain that Generation X will be fossilized by then, that I could write out a detailed list of the roles that will be affected and how. So the real question is, as a thought leader what do you do in order to stay relevant? What is going to make you matter in ten years?

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Shireen Qudosi

The 80/20 Rule of Communication

Sep 29 2014, 06:00 AM by

The 80/20 Rule of Communication What do you say when people ask how they should get in touch with you? Do you have a preferred method of contact, and if so what does that say about you? The 80/20 rule of communication is based on my own experience with what works and what doesn’t, and it boils down to this: 80% of your communication should take place online, whether via email or social media. The other 20 percent can go to either phone or in person conversations.

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