9 Critical Productivity Resources for Busy Entrepreneurs

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a business owner, productivity is vital for your success—lifestyle, technology, habits, and discipline matter.

All of us seem to get busier day by day. Despite technology being our ‘Knight in Shiny Armor’, making everything more accessible, we continue to be busy. We use the term “I’m busy” as a badge of honor. If you’re not eventful, you’re acting like a lazy person, and laziness is the very opposite if you want to be a tycoon. However, keeping yourself busy for countless uninterrupted hours doesn’t mean you’re proficient.

The truth is, you require systems to determine what works best for you, to do things slowly. But with extra attention, to adapt the proper habits that will improve your productivity in the long term.

But some professionals, such as entrepreneurs or business owners, usually have many goals to accomplish in little time. On prime of that, they … Read the rest

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BSP dollar reserves dip in May

The central bank’s dollar reserves dipped in May, as the government withdrew foreign currency to use for debt repayments.  

Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed the gross international reserves (GIR) declined by 0.67% to $106.978 billion as of end-May, from the $107.705 billion logged as of end-April.  

However, this was 14.7% higher than the $93.288 billion in foreign exchange buffers recorded as of end-May 2020. 

“The month-on-month decrease in the GIR level reflected outflows mainly from the foreign currency withdrawals of the national government from its deposits with the BSP to pay its foreign currency debt obligations and various expenditures,” the central bank said in a statement on Friday. 

This was partially offset by inflows from the BSP’s income from investments abroad and its foreign exchange operation. Higher gold prices in the international market also boosted the valuation of BSP’s gold holdings. 

ING Bank-NV Manila Senior Economist Read the rest

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Akkadian Labs: Making Complex Technology Simple

You are spending too much time manually provisioning end-users in Cisco unified communications. Imagine completing what is usually a 30-minute task in 30 seconds. As a Cisco Preferred Solution Partner, Akkadian Labs creates software that helps unified communications engineers efficiently complete repetitive, manual tasks. Their software facilitates companies’ deployment, adoption and management of Cisco Collaboration, as well as integrating it with other systems within their technology environment. Let’s hear more from, Tom Bamert, the Chief Product Officer at Akkadian Labs through an interview conducted between him and Insights Success.

Tom has over 15 years of experience with Cisco technology. He has helped hundreds of companies deploy solutions to streamline the management of unified communications, with a focus on automating the provisioning process.

Below are the highlights of the interview:

What led to the inception of Akkadian Labs?

Akkadian Labs was spun-off from a Certified Cisco Gold Collaboration partner, whose main … Read the rest

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Sunshine classics presents 2021 series at Sunshine place online

The long wait is finally over.

Sunshine Classics will finally be back this June 20 at the exclusive YouTube channel of Sunshine Place: Senior Recreation Center. Interested viewers will get a private link to the concert upon ticket purchase. The viewing of each concerto will be available for viewing throughout the year. With one purchase and click, ticket holders will have access to the concert videos as many times as they want.

Premiering this month is the second of the five-part series entitled Singing in Sunshine, a voice and piano concerto featuring a soprano who “possesses a voice with remarkable flexibility and a truly commanding musical presence”, Stefanie Quintin – Avila. Joining her is tenor Ivan Nery, “an artist who possesses a beautiful voice that is smooth and clear and with a wide range of coloring plus unsullied musicality”, 1st prize in the Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition and Aliw … Read the rest

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PayTabs: Enabling Businesses to Transact Online with Ease and Safety

Saudi Arabia, the country that was famous for its traditional dependence on oil, is now shifting towards innovation, digitization, and entrepreneurship. To strengthen this shift further under Saudi Vision 2030, the Saudi Arabian government aims to raise the contribution of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the GDP from 20% to 35% by 2030.

As such, there are tremendous growth opportunities and potential for people, businesses, and communities who want to be part of this transformation. And PayTabs, a home-grown payments company is contributing to the Saudi 2030 vision by providing an easier and secure payment gateway.

“We have analyzed the gaps in the payment market and launch solutions that play to the strengths of our diverse and dynamic team,” says Abdulaziz Al Jouf, the Founder and CEO of PayTabs.

Read the following interview where Abdulaziz has shared how he was inspired to venture into payments gateway space … Read the rest

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In a world first, El Salvador makes bitcoin legal tender

SAN SALVADOR  El Salvador became the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender after Congress on Wednesday approved President Nayib Bukele’s proposal to embrace the cryptocurrency, a move that delighted the currency’s supporters. 

With 62 out of 84 possible votes, lawmakers voted in favor of the move to create a law to adopt bitcoin, despite concern about the potential impact on El Salvador’s program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 

Mr. Bukele has touted the use of bitcoin for its potential to help Salvadorans living abroad to send remittances back home, while saying the US dollar will also continue as legal tender. In practice, El Salvador does not have its own currency. 

“It will bring financial inclusion, investment, tourism, innovation and economic development for our country,” Mr. Bukele said in a tweet shortly before the vote in Congress, which is controlled by his party and Read the rest

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Omar Mohamed Said: Leading with Authenticity and Adding Value

Association can stimulate and influence a person’s consciousness, cognitive processes and also, leadership style. Due to the influential impact of association, it is advised that a person should be aware and consider the type of personalities that they allow in their vicinities.

Humans consciously or subconsciously imitate, adapt, and inculcate the qualities of others that are close to them. Omar Mohamed Said, the CEO of Flowco Malaysia, is no different. His good leadership qualities stem from the leaders he served under and it is easy to identify that the greatest influence on his leadership capabilities was that of his late father.

“At Flowco our passionate focus has always been at providing our customers with the highest standard of quality and services by exceeding our improve our quality, consistency and efficiency.”

Learning from Variety of Leadership Styles

Omar did not start his career in Flowco as one would expect. He … Read the rest

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CEO Tim Cook’s order of returning to office has Apple’s employees revolting 

In contrast to most tech giants return to work hybrid policy, Apple CEO, Tim Cook as on Wednesday had asked his employees to return to working from office for 3 days a week, starting September. 

In response to this, around 80 employees wrote a letter stating their frustration and how they would prefer a more flexible work policy. The workers, while stating their concerns in the letter wrote about how they would prefer a policy where those who wanted to work from home or remotely, could do so. 

Some of the concerns revolved around how this present location-flexible work policy of Apple has already made employees quit their job. 

In the internal letter that was obtained by the outlet, it stated, “Without the inclusivity that flexibility brings, many of us feel we have to choose between either a combination of our families, our well-being, and being empowered to do our Read the rest

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GCash sole PH e-wallet feted by The Asian Banker International Awards 2021

GCash has once again solidified its position as the no.1 mobile wallet app in the Philippines as it received two distinctions in the recent The Asian Banker’s Excellence in Retail Financial Services International Awards 2021 (TAB Awards).

This year, GCash is the only e-wallet app in the Philippines that was given accolades by the prestigious awards program.

The award-giving body recognized GCash for having the “Best Financial Inclusion Initiative/Application” for its Social Amelioration Program (Distribution), which was implemented in cooperation with the Philippine Government and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, during the pandemic. Likewise, the mobile wallet app was also awarded the “Best Digital Brand Campaign” for its innovative #FightCOVID19 program aimed at educating various stakeholders on health and safety measures, as well as providing the GCashforGood platform to aid underserved affected communities nationwide.

“I am truly proud of the entire GCash family and all the men and … Read the rest

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How To Handle Your Business Payments Faster And With Ease

With the increased ability to pay for things faster and more efficiently, customers expect an easy and secure method of payment wherever and whenever they decide to make a purchase. There are many apps and different software that a business can choose from, some even provide tailor-made packages. As a result, there’s no excuse for a business to have a payment system that’s unable to do so otherwise, as it will have an impact on sales and cash flow. With this in mind, here are some suggestions for you to handle your business payments efficiently and effectively.

Stop the Paper Trail

There’s really no need to provide paper records of the business, sending electronic invoices allows for instantaneous delivery, which means there are fewer opportunities for them not to get to their destination. Aside from ensuring you have the right email address and have entered it correctly in your address … Read the rest

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