3 Smart Ways to Shine Above Your Colleagues

Written by Salina Jivani

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We all want to excel at work. After all, with hard work follow perks like pay increases, promotions and recognition. And who in their right mind would say no to any of that?

But let’s be realistic. We live in an extremely competitive environment where people are constantly trying to outdo one another to clamor to the top of the workplace ranks, striving to gain recognition and earn accolades. This isn’t to say that the fierce competition out there makes it impossible for you to be noticed as a respected and esteemed associate. In fact, if you follow three simple rules, you’re almost guaranteed to set yourself apart from the rest of your colleagues and catch the eye of your manager, or possibly other leaders within your company.

From my personal experiences, I can tell you that people who go the extra mile almost always garner the favor and attention of supervisors.

Jessica, a lady I worked with at the onset of my career, was the epitome of a go-getter and the shining star on our team. She’d jump into projects wholeheartedly and with complete commitment. I remember when I first joined the team, I’d always feel most comfortable going to her with questions about my own clients.  She’d patiently walk me through the resolution and even reach out directly to my clients (who everyone dreaded working with) right then and there with a solution—without me ever even asking. Amazing!

But being a Jessica is easy if you set your mind to it. In your own work, think about the daily tasks that are part of your job requirements, then think about how you can go beyond those baseline requirements and adopt a side project that can make life simpler or more streamlined for those around you. For example, you could do something as simple as compiling and distributing a code of commonly used keyboard shortcuts your entire team can benefit from. Or an Excel sheet embedded with formulas your coworkers often use but enter manually in a spreadsheet. Be sure to share these projects with your manager as you complete them and before you share with the team.

Tasks like this demonstrate your willingness to go beyond your job responsibilities while benefiting those around you—resulting in a win-win for everyone.

Associates who go above the norm often benefit from promotions and increased bonuses.

Do what no one else will

There’s always that one task that absolutely no one wants to take on. You know what I’m talking about. The moment your manager makes mention of it, everyone shrinks into their chairs, starts itching their noses or suddenly has a speck of dirt stuck in their eyes. Grab opportunities like this to stand apart from the masses. Be the person who takes on what no one else will. Not only will your superiors appreciate and respect your willingness, but you’ll also quickly become the favorite of coworkers, who will admire your courage.

Have an amazing attitude

Though this is the last item listed, it’s definitely one of the most important. Being motivated and delivering beyond expectations is great, but if you’re a brat to work with, it’s almost a guarantee that you won’t get very far.

We all know that sometimes it can be tough to maintain a great relationship with everyone at work—especially because these are the people you spend the majority of your day with and sooner or later you’re bound to discover each other’s shortcomings or have differences of opinion. But remember, while it’s okay to not always agree, it’s not okay to be disrespectful, loud, rude or obnoxious. Attitude is all about the way you carry yourself, handle conflict and navigate disputes. So when faced with a difficult situation, be sure to remain tactful yet diplomatic, firm but professional, and overall, a positive, fun, and reliable person, and you’ll easily be labeled as someone who’s a pleasure to work with.

Lastly, don’t sweat it. Remain motivated and your natural desire to excel will shine through in your interactions and in the quality of your work, paving the way for unbridled success.

Reasons Why Mobile Apps Are Necessary for your Business

Written by Matic Satler

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If you are a small or medium business owner and your profession does not have a mobile application, you need to think of one soon. Having a web presence alone is no longer sufficient, as online activity continues to shift to mobile. Smartphone apps have become very important as a marketing tool for small business owners.
Smartphone activity has been on a streak lately. Almost three-quarters of Americans check their cell phones at least once per hour, according to a Gallup survey. Almost all of that mobile-phone time is now devoted to using apps, analysis reveals. Americans now spend more time looking at their mobile phones than they do watching television.
This rise in mobile-phone usage means that smartphone apps have become a key marketing tool for companies of all sizes, including small businesses. Mobile apps increase engagement with customers. They boost repeat visits, and permit a wide variety of online transactions, including the deployment of loyalty cards, push promotions, and ecommerce transactions. Apps deliver coupons and send announcements that build your sales with customers. Apps also accelerate contact with your company, which enhances relationships with customers in a world where speedy responses are prized by buyers.

Smartphone icons even help build brands by providing a visual design that customers recognize.
Many small-business owners still think that getting an app is expensive and complicated. They are worried about the need to build different apps for the various platforms customers are on – iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry. They are unsure about building dynamic or static apps, and the difficulty of coming up with an app design. Moreover, most small-business owners don’t have the expertise to build apps themselves.
Your customers can benefit from being able to access your products/services anytime they want and while on the fly. This is especially true if you don’t have a help line that’s available 24/7. Your app can include a feature where they can contact you day or night, and without necessarily going to your website.
More than just an application, a mobile app can double as a valuable marketing tool. It can be easily integrated with Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and other social media platforms. That means, with a single tap, customers can share with their network your app and or their experience with your company, which can then offer you free publicity. Plus, using push notification, you can quickly send upcoming promotions or special events to your customers and prospects.

4 Important Things You Should Consider Before Hiring a Millennial

Written by: Salina Jivani of “The Great Word Nerd” blog

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Ever wonder why organizations spend so much research, time and money analyzing each generation, say for example the Baby Boomers? Yes, of course there’s the marketing aspect of it; after all, marketers realize the importance of understanding their target consumers. Because it’s only after they unveil information about the likes, dislikes and habits of these consumers that they’re able to better develop the right products and reap outstanding profits.

But retailers and organizations aren’t the only ones who can stand to benefit from understanding the idiosyncrasies of various generations. In fact, this information can help employers glean golden tid-bits about employees to better interact, understand and motivate them. Taking strides toward this effort can ensure that your organization is making the most of its associates by understanding each generation’s drivers, behaviors, tendencies and values, and then shaping its associate culture around those key discoveries.

At one point, Baby Boomers, also known as Generation X, drove the workforce. And that generation valued freedom, family and fun. But today, Baby Boomers are retiring or preparing for retirement and their children, Generation Y or millennials, have taken center stage and are commanding control. In fact, it’s entirely likely that you yourself are a millennial or work with someone who is.

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Millennials are individuals who are born approximately between the years of 1980 – early 2000s. They’re as unique as their predecessors, Generation X-ers, and come with their own set of characteristics, ideologies and attitudes that set them apart from Generation X-ers in so many ways.

If you’re a manager or an entrepreneur looking to effectively run your team or company, you’ll benefit from understanding this group of individuals and knowing what makes them tick so that you can manage them effectively and help them be the most successful they can, both to their benefit and yours. Here are four traits of millennials that set them apart from preceding generations.

Desire flexibility

Millennials prize mobility. They don’t like being tied down to a single spot. So it’s not unlikely that you’ll come across a millennial who will tell you they don’t want to be rooted down to a single work location.  Often these individuals seek jobs that offer flexibility so that they can strike the right work-life balance.

If your company has the opportunity to offer flex schedules, or remote work on a regular or occasional basis, use that as an incentive to attract top talent in the millennial age group. And if you’re fearful that these millennials will slack off, rest assured that according to studies, most people work longer hours rather than shorter when they work from home. Plus, another great trait of millennials is that they’re multitaskers, so even though they might sneak a moment to put in a load of laundry or grab a quick coffee with a friend, they’ll honor the privilege of being remote and will work twice as hard to make sure they’re able to retain it.

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Saavy with social media

With the creation of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and so many other platforms that help people stay connected, it’s no surprise that millennials, who are pro-connectivity, are all about social media. And because, these individuals comprise 80 million of the population, it’s easy to understand why marketers have turned to social media full throttle for advertising, promoting and even garnering new ideas.

And if you happen to have a marketing division of your company and are fumbling with social media, who better to help revive or implement your strategy than the very people who use them the most—millennials?! Approach a millennial about help with social media, and you’re likely to see their eyes light up, signaling the start of a win-win relationship for all parties involved. You’ll be astonished by the clever tips and suggestions you might get on how you can make your company stand a chance against fierce competition, using these platforms as your arsenal.

Seek recognition and praise

Many tend to label millennials as narcissists. And it doesn’t help matters that one of the characteristics of this generation is love for praise and recognition; but don’t be quick to judge. After all, who doesn’t like being told that they’re doing a great job?  If you want to point blame, direct it at their Generation X parents, who constantly showered them with praise by for the slightest successes. But all that aside, one thing you should take from this revelation is that praise goes a long way with millennials, so be generous with it—when appropriate—and don’t underestimate its power where this bunch is concerned.

Value transparency

Millennials seek to build strong relationships with their managers and don’t like being kept in the dark when it comes to matters concerning work, which means they value real talk and transparency. So if your workplace has major changes up and coming or is in the process of implementing a change that might impact staff, consider communicating these changes in advance to maintain the trust and respect of your millennials, if not the rest of your staff.

Millennials can be a fun group of individuals to work with if you understand what makes them tick. Once you know the idiosyncrasies of this generation, you can bet your bottom buck you’ll be on the path to a firm professional footing with this dynamic, talented group.

How To Overcome Your Fear of Asking Questions at Work

Written by Salina Jivani of “The Great Word Nerd” blog 

file3171263251671When I worked at Bank of America, I attended a training with our offshore employees from India. Of course because the entire team was together for the first time ever, the managers saw this as an ideal opportunity to fill our days with endless trainings, seminars and lunches, creating a draining agenda that left us scrambling for our hotel rooms by late evening.

One thing I noticed during those seminars was that while the America-based group sat engaged with a sprinkle of questions every now and again throughout each presentation, the offshore group asked a flurry of them. Quite honestly, I was amazed at their ability to so candidly and bravely barrel through question after question with rarely a breath in between. After about fifteen minutes, I felt embarrassed for the offshore group. By the second day, the endless questions became frustrating. By the third day, most of us were either clenching our teeth or falling asleep with our eyes open.

Don’t get me wrong, these were wonderful, smart, astute people who had some pretty interesting things to ask. And in the time we spent with them, they made me realize that the prospect of asking questions is perceived completely differently in the Western culture versus the Eastern one. Here in the good ol’ U S of A, excessive questioning is often perceived as annoying and a waste of people’s time. People who ask many questions are thought of as daft or slow to learn.

Subsequently in India, asking questions demonstrates eagerness, engagement and intelligence.

I will follow up on the latter and admit that when it came time to working on projects, the offshore team was always on par and even brought up game-changing inquiries, catching flaws in our plans or theories, which helped the onshore group further flesh out or even reconsider some thoughts. As a result, my admiration for them grew and I started wondering if perhaps instead of biting my tongue in fear of sounding stupid, I should venture out of my comfort zone every now and again and lodge some questions of my own.

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In fact, much after interacting with this group, I begin to pay more attention in future meetings to those who dared to ask multiple questions. And those who did almost always had a better understanding than the rest.

If you’re looking to excel in your career, it’s a good idea to start breaking out of the invisible bubble wrap we often wrap ourselves in in fear of sounding dumb or silly. Want to give it a try? Muster some confident and follow these simple rules to become a better, more informed, more engaged individual by learning how to ask intelligent questions.

Pay attention

This one might seem obvious, but it’s actually a lot easier said than done. We all have (very limited!) attention spans. And I’ll be the first to admit that I more often than I’d like to admit find my mind wandering during meetings. But that’s not okay—especially if you’re gearing up to be an intelligent questioner. You don’t want to sound silly and ask something that’s already been answered. Don’t be around anything that offers a distraction. Whether that’s your best friend/co-worker or the TV. Tune in completely. If you need something to do grab a notebook and take notes so you can keep yourself busy and better comprehend what each person is saying.

Ask the right question

If you hear something you don’t understand, gather courage and get ready to speak up. But before you do, be sure to think about what exactly it is you don’t understand, and phrase your question accordingly. For example, if the meeting is about a deadline that needs to be met, but you know that creating one of the project components will require time beyond the deadline, you could ask “Given the April 20 deadline, how do you foresee squeezing in the creation of the XYZ, which takes typically X days to complete?” instead of something like “But our deadline is April 20,” which could leave people confused as to what exactly you’re trying to communicate or what hurdle you foresee. This might seem simple enough, but sometimes it’s hard to articulate exactly what it is you’re trying to convey. So be sure to give yourself a moment to gather your thoughts and structure your question to accurately reflect your outlook.

Opt for open ended

Open ended questions will always yield you a more thorough, in-depth response versus a question that can be answered with a simple yes or no (also known as closed-ended questions). Notice that in the above given example question, we don’t ask a closed ended question, which would be phrased “Will we be able to meet our April 20 deadline with the creation of the XYZ?” If we did, it’s likely that the answer we’d get wouldn’t be a sufficient one or wouldn’t work to prove our point—that the deadline cannot be met or that alternative arrangements (or possibly a new deadline) need to be considered.

Focus on what you don’t understand

Once you pose your open-ended question and receive a sufficient response, analyze the response and see if there is any component of it that you’d like further clarification on. If not, you’re set. But if so, think about what you what you don’t understand or need clarification on and translate it into an open-ended question.

Probe for more    

If you’re hearing the response to your question, but aren’t able to comprehend it, it can be difficult to think of a follow up question. This is where probing is helpful. Probing means to encourage the replier to provide more details and information so that you’re able to connect the dots in your mind and make sense of what he/she is trying to say. Ask for examples, a deeper/more thorough explanation or simply say, “Could you help me understand by elaborating a little more?”

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Asking the right questions and making sure you understand the explanations provided will not only help you gain confidence and knowledge, but will also earn you the appreciation of those who will benefit from the results of your attentiveness.

So the next time you find yourself in a meeting where people around you seem to be speaking Pig Latin, throw back your shoulders, take a deep breath and fire away!

3 Free Apps That Will Keep you Organized (and sane)

Written By Salina Jivani of “The Great Word Nerd” blog

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If you’re like most people, you know how difficult it can be to keep track of all the moving parts of your life: paying bills, juggling appointments and making time for the people you love. But worry not, in this digital age where “there’s an app for that,” you can rest assured there are plenty of tools out there to help you remain organized and stress-free of ever losing track of another appointment or event. So whip out your cell phones and get ready to change your lives for the better with these apps, which promise you’ll never skip another beat in the mumbo jumbo of daily life.

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Remember Everything—that’s Evernote’s tagline. And it’s exactly what this tool helps you do. For the longest time, I’d heard so much hype around this app, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I actually downloaded it and realized, heck, I don’t know how I’d ever lived without it! If you’re the type of person who is constantly thinking of things that quickly need to be jotted down before they’re forgotten, this app was designed for you.

So exactly what is Evernote? It’s an app that can be used on multiple devices (desktop, cell phone, tablet) and enables you to stay organized by allowing you to save articles and images from your browser, create to-do lists, (which can be check marked once completed), manage notebooks, set reminders and even share notes or projects with others. The best part? Storage space is absolutely UNLIMITED!

As a mom, entrepreneur and writer, my mind is constantly swimming with ideas that I forget within the span of time it takes for me to twist my grocery cart from one aisle of Publix to the next. Evernote makes it possible for me to whisk out my phone, punch in whatever idea or inspiration is floating through my brain and carry on with my grocery trip without later being on the verge of rupturing a brain nerve trying to recall whatever it was that was oh so direly important.

If you get super addicted and desire added features like being able to access your notes without an internet connection, having the luxury of an online support staff, or synching your notes across multiple devices, you could consider upgrading to the Plus, Premium or Business plans.

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Don’t you just hate it when your significant other completely forgets about dinner reservations? Ever find yourself wondering whether your daughter really told you about soccer practice two weeks ago? Things really start to get complicated when you’re trying to manage multiple people’s schedules around your own. If you’ve got grown kids and a spouse to keep track of and are looking for a family-friendly app that can help your entire household stay on point, make friends with Cozi. This app allows family members to sync calendars, making it easy to keep track of everyone’s appointments, rehearsals, practices and endless commitments. Need to file away a recipe or jot a grocery list? Cozi’s perfect for those as well.

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Forgetful? Wish you had a personal assistant who could juggle it all and cost not a penny? Wish granted. 24me is an all-in-one, one-stop shop tool that holds your notes, to-do lists, payment due dates and calendar. Plus, it integrates with other apps like Facebook to automatically send birthday wishes to your friends on their special days (not like you’d ever forget, right?).

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So let’s see. Between these three brilliant apps, we’ve got you organized with grocery lists, recipes, bill payments, to-do lists, projects, family schedules and even birthdays. What’s left? Well…maybe one day some genius will create an app to tackle dinner and the laundry? Until then, upload these monkeys to your phone and enjoy being the beast of organization and order!

William Hollis- From Homeless Man to Motivational Speaker

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I grew up in Pontiac, Michigan. My mother was a heroin addict and my father was a member of the bloods . I grew up with ever odd against me, including poverty, family addiction, crime in my family, and a learning disability that left me unable to read until I was 16. Football saved my life and is where I put all my energy into. I played for five division two colleges amid arena football with the determination to play in the NFL. At the beginning of my senior year of college my daughter was born. I had to leave college due to my child’s maternal grandmother getting into a car accident upon leaving the hospital. My child’s mother had to take custody of her siblings and care for my newborn daughter.
2) What effect did your  mother being on drugs have on your social, and personal childhood life?

She fought hard. She was a kid when she had us. She also struggled with past demons, and  the biggest effect was basically never being able to really be a kid. My whole life was dedicated to getting my queen out of Pontiac, Michigan, and showing her the finer things in life, just making her happy and making her smile. I literally felt like I was chasing a clock to save her life. I sacrificed a lot of things to just fight to save her. My life was dedicated to her. I remember sending refund checks to her in college that was supposed to be used for rent. She would call me while I was  in college before games and tell me it’s cold in the house because there was no heat. She would call and tell me she was hungry and these things hurt me a lot, but I had no choice but to continue to play and fight for our life through the game of football.

3) How important was football to your life as an adult? How did it help save your life ?

Football gave me a chance to learn what being a man was all about. It gave me an opportunity to escape the poverty and crime of Pontiac, Michigan. It taught me how to be a man and how to persevere through anything life throws at you. Most importantly it gave me a family and a brotherhood that was everything to me, and it gave me a purpose.

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4) What is the biggest lesson you have learned throughout your life, and each trying situation ?

I’ve learned to work for my purpose and not the money. I realized that God leaves your gifts at the bottom of the stairs and its up to you to walk up those stairs and show the world that gift. It’s also up to you  to appreciate life everyday, because it’s people out here that’s not making it They are dying before they are even men or women, so cherish the people you have on this earth that loves you.
5) What steps did you take to go from being a homeless man, to a paid motivational speaker?

All I did was volunteer and after that I realized that as I spoke, it would start to heal my soul. Eventually I would get asked how much I charged then I was doing like four assembly’s a day. Two weeks later, I was in Saint Joseph hospital speaking to oncology nurses, then to businesses. It was basically God, he turned my pain into my biggest blessing. the feeling I got from seeing people smile and believe was absolutely beautiful I just walked into my season that God had delivered for me.
6) What do you enjoy most about being a speaker, and sharing your story with others?

I love making people believe. I love how I can feel the heart beats in the room. A lot of times in this day and age, people bring speakers in front of people and the people can’t relate. For instance, if you have a kid that grew up in a city like Detroit and you bring a speaker in from Beverly Hills, California, that speaker can’t say anything to those kids from Detroit, but when they tell me I can’t read, my mothers struggling on drugs, or my father is gone, I can relate. When they see me, they see themselves. I enjoy saving the people that are dying inside, because it was a time in my life I was doing the same.

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7) What advice can you give to other young men who have been through, or going through a similar situation as yourself?

To never stop fighting and to never stop believing in the impossible. To know that  coming from where we are from we are going to have to be extraordinary  in everything we do because they don’t expect us to be nothing more then criminals. I tell kids all the time, don’t look down look to the sky, because your dreams live there. They have to live inside their heads just like men do in the penitentiary. It’s sad to say, but some projects are no different other then the fact that they can go outside. Find something you love to do and put your heart and souls into it. Fight for it because your life depend on it.

8) What upcoming projects/ events are you working on now? 

I’m working on my book and also a tour in Atlanta, Georgia with a few big brother programs. I am also working on a new program that I created called”What Does My Mother Mean to Me,” where I speak to the mothers and children at the same time.  I’ll be teaching them the importance of a mother and having them tell me what does there mother mean to them. I’m also speaking at a network marketing party with all the donations going to the Bethany children’s home and a local youth football team called the Reading Raptors, which I am the teams motivational speaker.

Michael Majesty and Status Publicity Host 2nd Beauty and The Boss Event

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On Sunday February 21st, 2016, Michael Majesty and Status Publicity hosted their 2nd installment into the Beauty and The Boss workshop series at Kapture located in Atlanta, Ga .We were first introduced to the Beauty and The Boss workshop event in October of last year, which featured some of the biggest names in the Atlanta business, fashion, and entertainment industry. The 2nd edition was even bigger and featured more top industry professionals including: Boss Chix, Porsha Ferguson, A’lana Banks, Sarah Lowe, Slim Barbiie, Jocynthia Mason, Queen of Abs, Priyanka Banks, La’ Princess The Hair Slayerr, and Robin Dyke.

The event was also moderated by Chere Hemphill

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The Beauty and The Boss Workshop provides an opportunity for aspiring and current entrepreneurs alike to come out in a professional environment and gain valuable knowledge from seasoned veterans in their industry. Upon first entering the event venue, guests were greeted with a warm welcome from the Status Publicity team. The atmosphere was calm, and everyone in high spirits with one agenda in mind, learning more of what it takes to be a BOSS in your particular field of work. Entrepreneurship is hard, but listening to the seasoned panel of professionals made it look all too easy.
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Along with the guest speakers, this event also featured a mini fashion presentation by plus size clothing designers, Fluff Couture, great food, delicious desserts by local Atlanta business owner Minisins, and good networking. Overall the Beauty and The Boss workshop event was a huge success, and left guest feeling empowered and inspired to continue on their journey in their business, and life in general.
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Special Thanks Goes To:
The Ultimate Retreat , French Kiss Vodka, Venice Extensions NYC, DJ Swaye, Elite Famed Ent, Minisins, Siege Magazine, VEU Magazine, Match Lash,  Beautiful Textures, The Evolution of She, Private Pleasurez,  B.A.U.S.E University, Kon’Ceited Doll, Doll House Fantasy, Ms. Gynesis, Jus4lovephotos , Seabrook Photos, Moments by Farrah, Let’s Talk,  and more.
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Be sure to follow @michaelmajesty @statuspublicity on all social media site and be on the lookout for the next installment of the Beauty and The Boss workshop event series.
Next stops Alabama & Florida
Contact majestysinfo@gmail.com to get involved as a  vendor or sponsor
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Samsung to pay Apple over half a billion dollars for patent infringement

image.jpgIn a case that opened nearly 5 years ago against Samsung by Apple, they were found guilty of copying certain aspects of the iPhone and iPad without permission , including the patent for it’s famous pinch to zoom feature on both the iPhone and iPad devices.  Apple was initially awarded $1 billion from the South Korean tech giant in the long trial, but Samsung has agreed to pay $548 million to settle the dispute, according to court filings. To compete the transaction, Apple must submit an invoice for the amount before the weekend arrives in South Korea. Even with the large settlement, the long battle between the 2 companies is still not quite over. A report states that Samsung says that it reserves the right to ask for its half billion back in the event that any future court findings change the judgment.

 

What are your thoughts on this? What are you doing to protect your business from copycats?

From Homeless Man To Business Owner

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When you are down to the worst point in your life, what do you do? Do you stay down and complain about your situation, or figure out what it takes to get out of your situation and make it better? That’s exactly what 28 year old restaurant owner Darnell Ferguson did. About 3 years ago Darnell Ferguson, who earned the title “Superchef” while in culinary school at Sullivan University, was at once just a young man with no direction in his life. Although he was making a name for himself in the culinary world, that still wasn’t enough to keep him from sleeping in his car, and feeling alone. His one-of-a-kind breakfast creations include red velvet pancakes filled with whipped cream, roasted red pepper grits, beignets, granola encrusted French toast, homemade candied sausage, peanut butter and jelly oatmeal and more. By 2008, he was able to add the the title of “Olympic Chef” to his resume, when he was chosen to cook for the Olympic team in China. Darnell was blessed to be featured in Louisville’s most prestigious kitchens, including Proof on Main and Napa River Grill, which is how SuperChef became his identity. Even with all these things going on, he was still having brushes with the law, and knew he was headed in the wrong direction.

After he  graduated from college, earning his associates degree,  he continued selling drugs ( which he started while in school to cover expenses,) instead of pursing a career as a chef , until his luck had finally run out. Ferguson was arrested eight times in a three-month period, which caused him to lose everything including being evicted by his landlord, leaving him homeless. While Ferguson was living out of his car, his mom suggested he go back to church, which is something he had done as a kid. He decided to attend Southeast Christian Church, because of the large size. “I knew I wouldn’t stand out there. I didn’t want to go to some small church where visitors stand up and everybody looks at you. I wanted to hide somewhere.” he said . In 2011, the church hosted a fall retreat that he decided to sign up for an attend. It was at this very retreat that his life took a turn for the better. Not only was he hungry for the cooking, but for the Lord, and a new beginning on his life.

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While sitting in a McDonalds, he was approached by an acquaintance who owned the Chicago Gyros across the street, about renting the kitchen for breakfast. Ferguson knew it was a great opportunity to rebuild.
In the spring of 2012, he opened SuperChef’s Breakfast Restaurant with partner Ryan Bryson, a friend from junior high school. More recently he opened up a more permanent storefront on July 9th of this year located in Louisville, Kentucky. His favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

His story of triumph just goes to show that anyone has the power to change their situation. It all starts with a thought and the will to move forward.

Michael Jordan Sues Grocery Store Chain Over Ad

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Michael Jordan is suing another grocery store brand over the unofficial use of his name in an ad. Back in 2009, the  Jewel-Osco and Dominicks grocery chain stores both ran ads in a special edition issue of Sports Illustrated Magazine. The ads were both used to congratulate Jordan for making the Hall of Fame. Back in August, he was awarded $8.9 million by a Chicago jury, because Dominick’s used his image without permission. Not only did the ad congratulate him, but also featured a steak coupon below.

Jewel-Osco now has a December trial date set for their ad the the same Sports Illustrated magazine, where their ad called Jordan a “shoe in” , displayed his #23 shoes, along with the Jewel Osco logo. The Federal appeals court decided that the store chain was not protected by their First Amendment rights, because the speech was commercial.

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In the world of business, this serves as a valuable lesson for others, and your rights in protecting your brand. Although the stores weren’t harming anyone with the ads, the name “Michael Jordan” is still considered a brand, which must be used with proper consent.

What are your thoughts on this news?