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We have so much great information to share, and so many perspectives from which to share that we've pulled two separate blog sources into this one page!  On this page you'll see posts from our Corporate Blog on the left, and Frank Abbruzzese's personal Building Circles Blog on the right.

From the Corporate Blog, you should expect to see us review new technology, discuss major events in Windsor/Essex that affect local business, announce major events happening inside AlphaKOR, and sharing business experience and expertise as we continue to grow and evolve.

From Frank's Building Circles Blog, you should expect to see great insight and tips from one of our Region's top entrepreneurs.  Frank posts weekly about business, entrepreneurship, leadership, giving back, and finding time to have fun along the way.

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Around the I.T. Table

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  • WordPress security Vulnerabilities
      A new blog post by Wordfence has highlighted a newly discovered WordPress security vulnerability in the Ad Inserter plugin. This is a popular plugin with over 200,00 installs on websites. The weakness allowed authenticated users (Subscribers and above) to…
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  • Building a Mobile App, What Do I Need To Know?
      If you’re asking yourself any of the following questions or thinking any of the following statements, then this blog is for you. Does your business have an App? We should have an app for this!   Can we set…
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  • 6 Common Viruses You Need To Be Aware Of
    We all think we know what a computer virus is, but many people can not identify the different types of viruses, or how to protect their devices against them. To help bridge this knowledge gap we have created a three…
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  • Beyond Cloud Servers
      Beyond Cloud Servers Event At our January Executek peer group event, Daniel Charnock, Senior Account Manager, presented the topic "Beyond Cloud Servers."  The attendees were given an in-depth presentation on the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud solutions. This was followed…
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  • Are you smarter than a scammer? Four Holiday Phishing Scams – Stay Safe
      As the holiday season quickly approaches, online scams will reach their annual high. With internet wide Black Friday and holiday sales becoming increasingly popular, scam artists are preparing for the holiday season in their own way. How well informed…
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  • Poor Ethics In The Tech Industry: The Decline Of A Moral Generation?
      Technology is evolving at an exponential rate. We are living in an age where tech giants have gone from startups to multi-million, if not multi-billion dollar companies in a handful of years. Educating our youth in computer science has…
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  • CRM infographic
    We understand that investing in CRM software can be a large, up-front expense. That is why we created an infographic that demonstrates just how powerful of an investment it can be when implemented fully and comprehensively. When you invest in…
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  • Why you should invest in CRM – 3 Benefits to increase your ROI
      It’s no secret that the key to any company’s survival is their customer base. It is also, much easier to keep existing customers than it is to acquire new customers. Therefore it comes at no surprise that customer relation…
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  • Secure Sensitive Information Collected on your Website
      Does your site collect sensitive visitor information such as passwords, credit card information, or personal data? If so, be warned: by the end of January 2017, Google Chrome will begin marking sites without HTTPS as non-secure. Put another way; Chrome…
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  • How And Why To Protect Your Employees Personal Data
      This week, we welcome Guest Blogger Bill Hess, Founder of Pixel Privacy. Every company retrieves sensitive information from new employees to identify them, running checks, and payment.  Companies keep this information in physical files or on computer databases. It’s…
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  • Organizational Transformation
      We welcome Atif Malik, Client Services, AlphaKOR Group on the subject of Organizational Transformation. There comes a time for every organization when they must stop and reflect on where they are and where they want to be. This retrospection…
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  • Cybersecurity is a Community Responsibility
      What are you doing to combat Cybersecurity?  At AlphaKOR, our Team works with you to educate everyone on some preventative measures to do and some things not to do.  This is a good article by Rick Miller: In the history…
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  • How to Limit Security Risks to your Website from Plugins
      Plugins are necessary for enhanced functionality of each WP site but the more plugins we add the higher the risk to potential threats. How can we limit this risk and what can we do to prevent in general these…
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  • Cryptocurrency Mining
      Cryptocurrency Miners Exploiting WordPress Sites This entry was posted in Research, WordPress Security on October 26, 2017 by Brad Haas During the last month, the information security media has paid a lot of attention to cryptocurrency mining malware. The Wordfence team has been…
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  • KRACK Attacks – Key Reinstallation Attacks
      This is a must-read for protecting your business from these attacks.  Discovered by Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven (go to www.krackattacks.com for the full article). We discovered serious weaknesses in WPA2, a protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. An…
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  • Executek Peer Group – Great Firewall of China
      Last Friday we held our monthly Executek peer group.   Lead by our very own, Atif Malik, it was another good discussion including these topics. Great Firewall of China Transmit plans by Audio if possible Speak with Government Officials for…
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  • Ransomware Presentation July 19th, 2017
      AlphaKOR has created a peer group, called Executek IT Round Table which meets monthly to bring together the Region' IT experts to discuss timely topics.   The Ransomware event was an extension of our round table and WEtech' inaugural…
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  • The WPSetup Attack: New Campaign Targets Fresh WordPress Installs
      Here is the blog from Wordfence regarding a new campaign targeting fresh WordPress installs. At Wordfence, we track millions of attacks from a wide variety of sources every day. From this data we create a list of the worst-of-the-worst attackers…
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  • PSA: Petya Ransomware Affecting Critical Systems Globally
      What We Know A new ransomware variant is spreading quickly across the globe at the time of this writing. There is no consensus yet in the security research community, so the following information is provisional in nature: The ransomware…
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  • Home Router Botnet Resumes Attack
      Last week, WordFence reported a huge spike in brute force password-guessing attacks on their websites they protect.   They looked into the IP's that are behind the surge in attack volume and discovered a home router botnet appears to…
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  • Artificial Intelligence for Business Pt. 2
      Before we begin, I would like to thank everyone for their awesome feedback on my previous article in this series. Artificial Intelligence for Business is a series of articles on how AI is shifting the business landscape and we…
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  • How to Influence
      Researchers have been studying the factors that make's people influential for industries such as automotive, energy, and politics for over 60 years. Make no doubt about it; there is a science to how we are influenced and a lot of…
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  • Massive Global Ransomware Attack Underway
      A massive global ransomware attack on machines running the Windows operating system is underway and spreading quickly.  Wordfence has published a public service announcement that gives you a high level overview of the attack along whit advice on how…
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  • Router Botnet Shut Down – Who Did It?
      Sometimes good things happen.   In the past 72 hours we have seen a large global botnet based on hacked home routers being shut down.   The botnet was spending significant resources attacking WordPress websites. The Wordfence blog showed the…
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  • Artificial Intelligence for Business Pt. 1
      When we think of Artificial Intelligence our imaginations tend to conjure thoughts of sophisticated humanoid robots that have a level of sentient intelligence to them. Although we are not too far off from this, Artificial Intelligence is already a…
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  • 5 Security Questions for your Hosting Company
      The Wordfence forensic team encountered three separate hosting providers that had security issues with their hosting configuration. Wordfence reached out to two of the companies and worked with them to secure their infrastructure and fix the issue. You can…
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  • Cloudflare Data Leak: How to Secure Your Site
      Cloudflare has experienced a data leak over a 5 month period that mixed sensitive data between websites and visitors. A visitor to one website using Cloudflare may have seen data from another website using Cloudflare that was being sent to a…
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  • Internet of Things (IoT)
      This is a basic introduction to this topic and we will continue to share more with you in some of our upcoming blogs later this year. The Internet of Things (IoT) is something that has an I.P address and…
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  • How to Protect Yourself from Ransomware
      What is Ransomware?  Let’s say it can disrupt your entire operation and is very expensive to resolve.  Ransomware is a malware that installs itself on your computer without being detected, as it is very common for it to bypass…
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  • The AlphaKORians and The Giving Tree
      Our Team supports and volunteers for many organizations and causes throughout the year! Thanks to our Team for donating money, clothes, toys, many gifts and canned goods for two great causes.   This year for our Christmas Giving Tree, we…
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  • Building Partnerships
      AlphaKOR and Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) have built a strong partnership developed over the years.   On Tuesday, November 29th AlphaKOR participated in the Emerging Technologies event hosted by WEEDC at Caesars Windsor. There were many community partners,…
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  • Jen celebrates 10 years!
      Congratulations to Jen for her dedication and commitment to AlphaKOR.   Thanks Jen for all you do!
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  • Dean of Science Reception
      Enjoyed speaking to first year students and parents at the Dean of Science Reception event on Friday, September 16th, 2016. Thanks to Dr. Chris Houser, Dean of Science for the introduction and thanks to Gemma Grey-Hall for asking me…
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  • Congratulations to Caboto Lions U13 Girls
      Congratulations to Dina Jaber and the Caboto Lions U13 Girls on their championship win in Brantford!   AlphaKOR is proud to be a sponsor!  
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  • Upgrade to Windows 10 by July 29th, 2016
    Have you upgrade to Windows 10 yet?   Microsoft is offering current Windows 7 and Windows 8 users a free upgrade until July 19th, 2016. Four reasons to upgrade to Windows 10:   Familiar from the Start   Innovative experiences and…
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  • Gary celebrates 5 years!
      Shawn O'Rourke, Director of Technical Services congratulates Gary and thanks him for all his hard work. Congratulations to Gary Komsic for your 5 years of dedication and commitment to AlphaKOR!
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  • AlphaKOR U15 Boys Soccer Team Win Tournament
    Congratulations to Jayden Jaber and the AlphaKOR Boys U15 team who won the Windsor Soccer Club’ Tom Hillis Tournament this weekend and are the 1st place champions!! Coached by Ali and Sathish – way to go Team AlphaKOR!!!    …
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  • 4 Partners Planted in the Community
    On May 20th, 2016, the 4 Partners planted their tree at Dieppe Park at the Windsor riverfront.   Thank you to the AlphaKORians for such a wonderful gift!  
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  • Being an AlphaKOR Intern
    As an intern, you may think of many things when you start at a new location. Will you fit in? Will you get the respect you deserve? Can you do this? I’m here to tell you, yes you will. As…
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  • Partners React to Gift from Staff
    Guest Post by Frank Abbruzzese, President of AlphaKOR Group. "Partners Planted in the Community" This week's topic is a very special one for me. On Saturday night we had our company holiday dinner with our Team and our significant others.…
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Building Circles

From the President's Desk


  • Why Are You So “Busy”?
      "Busy" Is Banned Ever wonder why you are so "busy"?  For the Building Circles followers, you may know "busy" is banned from the AlphaKORian' dictionary.  That is why it is highlighted.  It really stands out when I hear this…
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  • Dealing With Unscheduled Delays
      The Unexpected Delay On a recent business road trip, we decided to drive to take in the scenic route.  About seven hours into the journey, we blew a tire!   Thankfully it was a rear tire and we were able…
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  • Top 5 Instinctive Habits Of Remarkable Leaders
      What instinctive habits do you have? Communicate Effectively This is the #1 instinctive habit seen in remarkable leaders.  Clear communication results in everyone understanding the leader.  Each person on the team knows their expectations at all times.  Each member…
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  • Excellent Customer Service
      What is Customer Service? Customer service is showing your customer how important they are to you, to your team and to your company by interacting in a friendly, helpful and positive way. Remember, everyone is your customer.   This includes…
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  • Networking Tips: Some Do’s & Don’ts
      What are your Do's and Don'ts of networking? We usually do not like to be called names, however, I have been called "The King of Networking" and "The Connector".  I am truly humbled and honoured some of my peers…
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  • Local Leaders: The Future Looks Bright
      Honoured to be one of the Speakers The future looks bright with this group of local leaders!  It was an honour to be part of their speaker line-up for this inaugural event.  Hats off to the organizers and volunteers! …
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  • Understanding Expectations
      What is their Expectation? Do you ever have a conversation where someone asks you to do something, you appear to understand, you perform the task and feedback is not at all what the other person was expecting?  For those…
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  • Leaders Appreciate Their Team
      Always Appreciate Your Team There are many ways you can appreciate your team and I would like to share three of them with you.  As a leader, how are you appreciating your team? Say Thank You More Often This…
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  • Building Strong Relationships
      How are you building strong relationships? Communication is always an important key to successful relationships. How often do you communicate to ensure it is often enough and not too often? Understanding each relationship and treating everyone as individuals instead…
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  • Project Management Leadership
      Leadership Skill Sets Leaders must have a number of skills to successfully achieve the goals when managing a project.  Some of these include:  effective communicator, motivator, delegator, decision maker and empathy. Effective Communicator Defining a project requires clear direction…
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  • Top 5 Cyber Security Concerns
      This week we are going to take a look at the Cyber Security concerns keeping leaders up at night.  We have dealt with a number of these and taking preventative measures will help minimize threats.   There are no guarantees…
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  • Do Not Do List
      Task Lists Most leaders have priority task lists.   However, do they have a "Do Not Do" list?  How are you handling everything that is demanded from you?  As you know, I make a new list every morning with some…
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  • Making Your Time Count
      Just Do It Many people ask how I accomplish so many things with work, volunteer, family and leisure time.  My answer to the question is:  I just do it. So you already know I am an early bird.  Up…
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  • Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
      Do Something Different Every morning it is the same routine giving comfort in knowing the day is organized and planned.  It's hit the gym, make the new priority task list and embrace the day. When I was asked to…
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  • Being Persuasive When Planning Business Projects
      Know Your Audience Do your homework to know who the stakeholders are.  What are their personalities like? How do they make decisions?  What are they responsible for and how does this project affect them? Use their language and build…
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  • Are You Keeping Up?
      Business Keeps Moving Faster Remember when you used to actually go to the office to take care of business from Monday through Friday?   The speed of business is moving fast and it will keep moving faster!   How…
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  • Lead Everywhere
      Bring Your Passion Do you get caught up in people who just do not get it?   Do not let them stop you.  Do not let them slow you down.  Bring your passion.  Take the high road!   Always take the…
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  • 31 Years And Loving It!
      This week marks 31 years since my professional career started right after graduating from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Commerce degree! Thought I'd take this opportunity to thank so many terrific people who have supported and…
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  • PowerPoint – Still Making Presentations Fun
      The End Of An Era? Did you know PowerPOint was originally called Presentation when released in 1984 and renamed to PowerPoint on April 20, 1987?  It was just around when I started my career a year later (April 25,…
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  • Thought Leadership: Employee Engagement
      From Broadcast To Employee Engagement Thought leadership traditionally focused on the leader broadcasting their vision, mission and directions to their tribe.  There is a shift from this broadcast leadership style to employee engagement.  How do you achieve employee engagement?…
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  • Making A Difference: Are You?
      Making A Difference Are you making a difference?  Do you inspire others to make a difference or are you inspired by others who make a difference? (you may have to read that last line again). Bringing your passion and…
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  • Women In Tech And Business
      How Many Women Are On Your Team? We are proud to share since day one AlphaKOR has supported diversity and equal gender opportunity on our team.   The AlphaKORians' have 25% females on our Team.  How do we encourage more…
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  • Show Them You Care
      Do You Care? This is an important question to have the right answer to.  In many of our discussions with our team and associates, this is one of the hot topics frustrating owners and managers.  You can easily fill…
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  • Work Life Balance
      Work Life Balance Does work get in the way of your life or has work become your way of life?  How do you balance all the work-related tasks you need to complete each and every day, while balancing your…
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  • Daily habits – tips and tricks from an expert
      Why Do We Need Good Daily Habits? Having a good routine, being disciplined to focus on your responsibilities and your goals will help you achieve good things daily. Prioritizing Tasks Always a challenge!   This is due to the fact…
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  • Truly Customer Centric
      Customer Centricity Doing business focusing on providing positive customer experience in order to generate sales, growth and to lead is customer centricity.  This approach develops trusted long-term relationships and it builds a solid reputation. Other approaches companies might use…
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  • Insight Based On Real-World Experience
      Sharing Your Real-World Experience One of the thought leadership trends for 2019 is audiences are hungry for insightful actual case studies and sharing of actual stories.   Theoretical and projections are not going to cut it! What Stories Do You…
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  • Leadership – Are You An Empathetic Leader?
      What Is Your Leadership Style? In today' business environment, successful leadership styles include being an empathetic leader.  To be an empathetic leader is to truly care about people especially your team you are leading. Caring About Others To care…
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  • Lead More, Do Less
      How can you lead more while doing less? By letting go and delegating tasks while not constantly following up will help you lead more. When you always follow-up on each and every task, you are actually doing more and…
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  • Can Presentations Be Fun?
      Can Making Presentations Be Fun? In the past, my presentations included the standard PowerPoint deck.  I found the number of slides and content just was not the right fit for most audiences.  There were too many!  It felt right…
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  • Leadership and Vulnerability
      This week as we settle in and embrace 2019, I have completed my annual office cleaning, organizing and planning.  Looking at some of the archives always puts me in a happy mood enjoying the past and knowing it just…
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  • Building Your Referral Tree
      How are you building your referral tree?  Do you receive and welcome referrals?  Many have shared they struggle to ask for referrals or admit they do not receive many referrals.  Others have shared they built their business on referrals.…
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  • Invest in People
      As the leader of your company, it is up to you to set the tone for investing in your team.  After all, it is each person who makes up a company.  How are you investing in people? You can…
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  • Top 5 Ways To Keep It Simple
      Make 2019 the year you keep it simple!   How many New Year's resolutions have you made and how many have you broken so far? Pick one, the most important one and make it happen.   That's the first way to…
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  • How Do You Enjoy Your Holidays?
    As we roll into the holiday season take some time to reflect on your accomplishments and look at your goals for the new year.  My New Years resolution each year is to not make any!   I simply reflect on another…
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  • Telling Your Story to Brilliant Minds
    It has been a lot of fun sharing the AlphaKORian' story with high school students these past couple of weeks. We had General Amherst High School and Kingsville District High School in for tours at AlphaKOR.  Last week, I had…
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  • What is on your Not To Do List?
      Do you have a "Not to do List?" We have heard about making a to do list and making a top 3 or top 5 priority list as part of a daily routine. Creating a not to do list…
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  • The Voice Of Your Client
      When a client communicates their experience with you, with your team or with your organization, are you hearing their message and really listening?  What are they actually telling you? When clients share their good experiences with your company and complimenting your…
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  • Are You a Brand Ambassador?
      Every member on your team is a brand ambassador, whether they are aware of this and whether they believe it.   Just like everyone is in "sales' all the time.   You represent your brand while at work and on your…
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  • Did You Get That?
      This week we revisit a topic from a couple years ago which came up in a recent discussion with some associates. What I mean by "Did you get that?" is did you get all the details and did you…
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