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12 Tips for Future Expats

Not all expatriations are a success and many bring considerable challenges with them. If you haven’t done one before, here are 12 tips based on our personal experiences.

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September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Three Kinds of Managers

What kind of manager or leader are you? How often do we honestly ask ourselves that question? From a very straightforward point of view, and in spite of what all … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

You Deserve an Assistant

We all dream of having a personal assistant.  At home, but especially at work, there is always a need for an extra pair of hands and someone reliable we can … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

10 Tips to Recruit Internal Social Media Ambassadors

Finding internal brand or product ambassadors for social media is one of the most impactful ways to generate/curate content and engage with customer communities.  The thing is that very few … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Does Your Marketing Communication Address the 3 Whys?

Once upon a time there was a bright Marketer who knew all about his products.  He could tell you everything you wanted to know about his line and could even … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

What People Really Want (And How You Can Help Them Get It)

Corporations are always looking for ways to improve productivity and raise employee engagement levels.  Each year we get new software and tools to make us more productive but they usually … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

This is How Smart Marketers Will Win

If the goal of marketing is to create awareness and demand then what is the point of using conventional tools, mediums and messages?  In a world that’s always on, packed … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

9 Huge Tech Waves to Ride Now

The incredible rise of new technologies and the wired universe unfolding around us are creating endless possibilities for companies to radically shift business models, accelerate innovation or simply outperform the … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Open Office Spaces and What Lies Ahead

You’ve probably noticed that the trend these past few years has been towards open work spaces.  Gone are the individual offices and even the oft derided cubicle.  Drywalls have been … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

9 Behaviors of Effective Leaders

    Leadership is another catchall phrase that gets liberally bandied about in the media and corporations alike.  The word itself seems to embody all the greatness we come to … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Marketing Can Learn From Portfolio Management

Business people, and especially marketers, are always hatching new ideas, programs or campaigns.  Its just what they do.  Unfortunately, we live in a world of finite resources – and budgets. … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · 4 Comments

Rescue Your Marketing!

I keep being drawn back to the Fournaise Group’s 2011 survey of 600 CEOs that showed a very bleak perception of Marketing’s value.  While you may have issues with the … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Calibration and Ranking Tips

I once participated in an interesting employee ranking/calibration exercise.  HR would hold these once a year to score, rank and compare employees as part of their annual review process.  Everybody … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

How to Know if You are Still Relevant

Survival in the business world is normally tied to one’s value to the organization. Not a year goes by when companies aren’t tightening their belts and asking more from each … Continue reading

May 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Future of Work: It Looks a Lot Like This…

For those of you who haven’t had a chance yet, I strongly encourage you to drop by oDesk to see what the future of work – possibly even YOUR future … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

When is Exceptional Performance Not Exceptional?

When business is doing great, everybody looks like a star.  Over several years, however, people can come to believe that their personal contributions or the combined efforts of their department … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why Being Courteous in Business Isn’t Frivolous

They say its the small things that make all the difference.  But is being courteous in business really such a small thing? The other day I get an e-mail out … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

You Won’t Find the Answers in The Office

They say that visiting houseguests are like fish:  after a week they stink up the place.  The same could be said about marketers in the office.  You see, marketers have … Continue reading

April 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Simple Checklist to Make Your Marketing Plan Sizzle

Marketing plans are a dime a dozen.  Almost anyone can throw one together without too much effort.  Quality and usefulness, of course, are an entirely different matter. Marketing Plans typically … Continue reading

April 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Why Marketing and Sales Need to Get Along Better

Getting along well with a sibling can be a challenge.  Take for example the relationship between sales and marketing.  There have been a number of studies and articles written over … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Business Integration and the Acquisition Hangover

You can’t open a business journal these days without reading of at least one business buying another.  This happens so frequently and all around the world that it feels like … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Are You Really Listening to Your Customers?

“You have lots of nice rooms but no house.” This is a direct quote from a very important customer I once had.  To understand his meaning I have to take … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

When the Going Gets Tough. The Tough Visit Their Customers.

You come to the office and there it is waiting in your Inbox.  The familiar message from senior management announcing that once again, all “non essential” travel is on hold … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Put More Fun in Your Marketing

For many marketers and organizations there is a strong tendency to take everything very seriously.  This is business, after all, and we must fight every day to survive.  Business has … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

So You Want to Be a “World-Class” Organization?

To become a genuine world-class organization you have to make some difficult choices.  Picking where you will be located or based out of is a big one.  After all, it … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Better Way to Know if You Should Stay or Quit

It’s inevitable.  Sooner or later, everybody asks themselves whether they are in the right job or not.  It’s a perfectly normal question but one that many people struggle to answer. … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 4 Comments

What a Disrupted College System Means for Business

The forces of the internet and digital age are at it again.  They are sharpening their knives and preparing to take on a new “fat cow” industry.  Like the music, … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to Unleash the Hidden Social Media Potential Within Your Organization

  Many of us are sitting on top of a pile of gold and don’t even realize it.  In fact, it’s more like we are sitting on top of massive … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Is Inbound Marketing Just Another Passing Fad?

With all the ever-growing attention being devoted to digital marketing and social media these days, it begs the question of whether this is a passing trend or whether it is … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

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Parifornia is the creation of Andrew Hyncik, an experienced International Marketing executive who's lived and worked for over 20 years in both Europe and North America.

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