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By Pat Hammond

Sometimes it's just better to simply let it go...

We've all known people who were mean, petty and just plain unpleasant. These are the people who seem to go out of their way to make life miserable, but that doesn't mean that we have to fall into their trap.

We have a choice and it's called Taking the High Road.

Taking the high road isn't about letting people walk over us, it's about knowing when to dig in and fight and when to let it go. It's not always easy, but knowing when to take the high road will make dealing with these people a whole lot easier.

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By Pat Hammond

A few months ago I noticed a surprising new business trend. It may have been purely anecdotal, but it seemed like there were a lot more New Hampshire small business owners branding their businesses with religion and it got me wondering how a small business in a local market navigates the politically correct waters when it comes to merging religion and business and why would they put themselves in that position?

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By Pat Hammond

March:Week 4 Notes - Spring is Here!

Now that most of the snow has melted it looks like things are picking up around the Queen City. Most events are still clustered around the middle of the week, but it's a full calendar with a little something for everyone.

You can start your morning with no less than five breakfast events (Gold Star, Master Networks and Londonderry Breakfast Networking Group) and finish the day with a wide variety of networking activities including monthly meetups like New Hampshire PHP, the Future Women in Tech Hangout at Dyn, the Manchester Makerspace and Southern NH Clojure meetings as well as one time events like the Women in Action Forum at SNHU.

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By Pat Hammond

The meeting went great! The client loved your proposal and wants you to add a few other features. Can you get him an updated timeline and cost breakdown by the end of the week because he wants to move on this right away.

Your head is spinning. Can this really be happening? Has all that hard work finally paid off?

You might need to back burner another project and sub-contract part of the work to meet their deadline, but it's doable and it will be worth it.

You float back to the office on autopilot, your face flushed with pleasure as you relive every word and nuance of the best meeting ever.

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By Pat Hammond

Innovators are always learning...

I've been going to a lot of networking events lately and the one thing I've noticed is that two kinds of people show up at those meetings, interesting people doing exciting things and people who have attained what my father-in-law calls their "maximum level of competence."

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that a stagnant mind leads to stagnant ideas which lead to stagnant sales.

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By Pat Hammond

Week 3 Notes - Have you seen Seamus the Leprechaun?

Apparently Intown Manchester's famous Morty the Elf has a naughty cousin, Seamus the Leprechaun and he's gone missing. They say he's hiding out in some of the downtown businesses and there is a prize if you can find him.

I don't spend that much time downtown these days, but if you do -- keep an eye out. He's been on the loose since March 2nd and it doesn't sound like they'll be rounding him up before the end of the month. For more details visit: http://www.nh365.org/calendar/events/event/Seamus_the_Leprechaun/83433/dt/345463.aspx

In networking news this week's events calendar is chock full of activities.

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By Pat Hammond

To blog or not to blog, that is the question. Or is it?

Maybe a better question would be why aren't you blogging? What should you blog about and how often should you do it?

Perhaps the real question is whether you even need to blog.

It's overwhelming, isn't it?

Popular wisdom says that every business should be blogging, but since when do you pay attention to popular wisdom?

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By Pat Hammond

What's wrong with right now?

It doesn't matter if you're baking a cake or building an empire, once the planning is done it's time to get down to work.

So what are you waiting for?

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By Pat Hammond

Week 2 Notes - Nothing to See Here...

After looking at my three favorite event calendars, it looks like I'm going to have to start expanding my search.

Other than the usual Gold Star meetups and the weekly Londonderry Networking Breakfast there doesn't seem to be too much going on in Manchester this week.

Maybe it's the time change or maybe people just don't no what to do when we don't get a foot of snow every other day. I can't explain it.

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By Pat Hammond

I was sitting at my desk this morning eating my oatmeal when it occurred to me that there are really only three core office personality types resulting in a total of seven possible variations.

  1. Doers
  2. Dreamers
  3. Whiners
  4. Doer-Dreamers
  5. Whining-Dreamers
  6. Whining-Doers
  7. Dreaming-Whining-doers

That's it. Forget about the introvert, extrovert, intuitive, thinking labels based on years of testing and research. It's too complex and doesn't really help the average person trying to put together or motivate a team.

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