What would you do if someone stole your iOS or OSx device. Not only is it a major inconvenience, but a huge expense as well. Then there is all of the personal information you have stored on your device. What if there was a way to get your device back? Something better than Apple’s location service?

Hidden tracks your Mac, iPhone, and iPad once you login and activate it. not only can it track the device, but it can turn on the cameras to take pictures of who is using the device without them knowing it. You can also use it to remotely grab screenshots of what they are doing and even capture keystrokes!

Get Your Device Back

Hidden provides data to law enforcement to help recover the device. It updates automatically and provides you an unlimited number of reports.

Hidden works in 3 easy steps

  • Install Hidden on your devices
  • Register the device with your online account
  • Once stolen, activate tracking

Apple devices are premium targets for thieves and it’s extremely easy to leave a device sitting out when you have them with you ALL the time. Just a few seconds away from your table, or you turn around and take your eyes off your phone and it could be gone.

For about $1 per month you can have premium level security in case the worst happens.

What would you do if your device was stolen?

What make a successful leader? For many, it’s gaining power and the prestige of a position. If that were the measuring stick, people such as Henrique de Castro wouldn’t have been fired as Yahoos COO after only 15 months. Rather, we can actually learn something from his termination that proves how NOT to be a successful leader.

Flickr image by Walmart Corporate

Flickr image by Walmart Corporate

Mashable had the following to say about de Castro’s fifteen month stint as COO at Yahoo:

De Castro wasn’t just lavishly compensated, though; he was also tone deaf to the demands of the advertising industry that he was supposed to be charming on Yahoo’s behalf. Instead of wooing the industry, he was repelling them with an arrogant attitude and slow response to industry trends, notably programmatic buying. His lack of enthusiasm for the industry was epitomized in this this February 2013 IAB speech, which was widely panned in the industry.

Listen

Successful leaders don’t always acquiesce to everyone’s demands, but they listen. Sometimes your customers, employees, or shareholders will tell you what they expect. Only a fool would ignore this. If consumers are telling auto manufacturers that safety is what is most important in their buying decision, and the company decides to focus on improving the quietness of the cabin while neglecting to improve or add safety features, they are going to loose customers to another manufacturer who adds more airbags and improves the braking systems.

With social media, a company can get valuable and detailed information about what customers want. If you know how to listen, the information is there. Your customers will tell you what is important to them. Listen.

Hire People Smarter Than You

A successful leader doesn’t expect to have all the answers. That is why they build the best team they can. You need people that are dedicated to your business and are better at some things than you are. As a leader, you may be great strategist but know little about accounting or law. A leader with those from whom he seeks counsel on a regular basis.

Give Praise and Purpose

There is an amazing video about a study that was done on what motivates people. The assumption has long been that money motivates. While the study found that is often true for routine tasks, money does nothing to improve motivation for more cognitive tasks.

Two of the greatest motivating factors are purpose and praise. People want to feel like they are contributing. If you put someone into a job that involves basic rote work when they really want to be helping to solve problems or grow the business, they aren’t going to be motivated or satisfied. They want to feel needed.

In addition to wanting to feel as thought they are contributing, they want to be recognized. Money has been the way this is done in the past, but what the study shows is that a thank you or job well done comment goes much further. (The video can be found at the bottom of this post if you are interested. It’s fascinating, really.)

Empower

According to a recent study, nearly one third of employees that quit do so because they feel a lack of empowerment. Nobody likes to be micromanaged or bound by guidelines that are too strict. Employees need to have the ability to make decisions and use creativity to solve problems.

You can require updates on a project, but you don’t want your staff coming to you to approve every little decision. Be sure to make it known how what they are working on fits into the goals of the organization. This helps employees to “buy-in” and take an ownership role. An employee that takes responsibility for improving the company is indispensable.

Create Challenges and Opportunities

It’s easy to settle into a routine and accept the status quo. I know of a company who sets no goals for their sales force and their growth is almost non-existent. One day they hired a new sales rep who knew how to set his own goals, and he started opening more new accounts in a matter of weeks than his managers though possible in a year. Many of these accounts were opened simply by going in and asking for the business.

Many people won’t challenge themselves in the workplace. It is much easier to be comfortable and do only what is expected, but that doesn’t lead to their growth. By looking at their talents and providing opportunities to use those talents, the business and the employee will be better. Imagine you had a sales person that was successful because they were able to educate the customer about a product. Maybe that sales person should be asked to lead a sales class at a staff meeting.

Leasership is More Than Managing

Management is only a part of leadership. A good leader is one who also knows how to inspire, train, equip, listen, and care about those under his guidance. An executive’s office should never be in an ivory tower, but in the trenches where those being led can see the example of how they should work and live.

What other characteristics or tips can you think of for leaders?

Last week was a little rough. There were good points, but overall, it was a difficult week. You’ve had those days when life happens, people get under your skin, or you’re just in a funk for some unidentifiable reason. So how do we get past it?

Flickr image by Michael Keith Manges

Flickr image by Michael Keith Manges

Acknowledge the Inevitable

Life is a series of highs and lows. Yin and yang. You can decide to be happy, and that goes a long way. But nobody is bulletproof when it comes to having a bad day or week. The car dies, you over schedule yourself, or you find bits of depression creeping in for no specific reason. We all get to take a ride on the roller coaster at some point. Continue Reading…

You’ve probably been right in the middle of a nice long, warm shower when you had a great idea. Of course, in the shower, there is nowhere to write it down. And nothing to write with. By the time you get out of the shower, it’s gone. Drives me crazy!

Flickr image by PhotoAtelier

Flickr image by PhotoAtelier

I used to have the same problem at random times of the day. Great idea, nothing to write with or on. That is why I know carry a pocket notebook, or at least my phone. Even if I can’t write, my phone can take a voice memo. It’s a great way not to lose an idea.

But what about in the shower?

This began happening to me so much that I actually ordered Crayola bathtub markers so I could write on the walls! Now we’ve moved and my shower doesn’t have a surface I can write on…but my phone IS waterproof…

Brainy Science Stuff

It turns our there is a lot of research that explains exactly why we have creative ideas in the shower (among other places). Leo Widrich wrote a fascinating article that explain why this happens. You’ll also learn how to capture those creative ideas, and how to create an environment where the ideas and creativity can flow more freely.

When do most of your creative thoughts appear and how do you catch them?

Not long ago, I showed you how to find $500 in your house that you didn’t know existed. Assuming you’re on your way to claiming that cash, how about we take it a step further and I show you how to shave $500 off your expenses over the next month? This one doesn’t take a whole lot of work either, and with a few simple changes, you just freed up $1,000 this month!

coupons overspending saving money

Flickr image by Tax Credits

Coupons

Companies have incentivised you to try their products for decades. One of the most popular ways to do this was with coupons. Many moms (and one or two dads) would sit at the dining room table on Sunday afternoon and go through the newspaper clipping coupons. One store my family frequented offered up to triple coupons depending on the value. You could save quite a bit of money with coupons if you didn’t mind angering the people behind you in line at the register.

Coupons are still a valuable way to save money. Besides ugroceries, coupons are available for everything from dental work, to oil changes, to just about any service you could need. There are companies that send packets of coupons to your house each week. Most you’ll throw away (or recycle), but some you will use. Continue Reading…

After tomorrow, 2014 will be three weeks old. Hard to believe it’s been that long since New Year’s right? So have you given up on your resolutions yet? Lost sight of your goals? If not, that’s awesome. Take a moment to be proud of yourself. If you’ve fallen of the wagon, I have good news.

Flickr image by Georgia National Guard

Flickr image by Georgia National Guard

So far, I’m doing well with my goals. My writing goals have been met everyday. I’m keeping on top of other things that I need to be doing, and I’m consistently eating healthier. However, I still haven’t finished my annual review and planning, and even my weekly planning has been slack.

If you are behind…we have 49 weeks left this year! If you haven’t been sticking with your goals, or you never got around to writing any, this is the best time to do so. Start now, and by the end of the year, you’ll never even notice those missing three weeks at the beginning.

How to Get Started

If you chose lofty goals and are having a hard time making daily progress, break the goal down into smaller parts. If you wanted to lose 50lbs this year, and you’ve only lost one, that can be disparaging. However, you only need to average a little over a pound per week to still make it by the end of the year. Try these things for making your goal more reasonable. Continue Reading…