Learn Some Red Flags from ICE 9 Technology Review

Sure there is a lot of name we can mention when it comes to binary system, but here we’d like to speak about ICE 9 technology. Such technology serves as a binary system with which traders can use it to maximize their profit. It is said that the system will analyze market data with the result up to 86 percent. This is the point where everything seemed suspicious. According to the review, with that amount of accuracy, the automated robot – an integrated part of the system – will be able to deliver as much as 8700 USD every day.


The number too huge to be realistic and ICE 9 technology scam found it impossible for a system to generate that much unless it has unlimited trial chances and able to afford immense capital. This fact became first red flag, among many that follows, which in turn raises doubt. There is no system that capable of producing 8700 USD every day. It is too good to be true.


Another red flag that put out more doubt came from the owner of ICE9, Aaron Palmer. ICE 9 technology review said that Mr. Palmer and his team don’t have any professional or social profiles that can be verified.

4 Steps to Grow Your Business!

Stuck behind your computer? There are many of you who, in this first week of the new year, are sitting behind your computer, staring at the screen, wondering what to do first in order to grow your business this year.

I know why you’re stuck, too. You have been afraid to make some decisions that will move you forward, that’s why. So, you will continue doing what you’ve been doing in hopes of getting a different outcome. Well, my friends, that’s the definition of insanity.

For those of you who know me, you know I like to keep things simple. That’s my secret sauce. When people say they want to be just like me – I challenge them. I challenge them to take the steps, take the risks and do the things I’ve done over the past 5 years to grow my business. Has it always been easy – NO! There is NO easy street, people.

As I see it, you have 2 choices. Be an entrepreneur and run your own business OR go work for someone else. Those of you who are reading this now obviously chose to be in business for yourself. In that case, you must get out from behind the computer and follow these 4 steps to grow your business this year.


I talk about this all the time. You must get very clear about what you want – and how bad you want it. Break it down – be specific – get clear. And then figure out what support you need to achieve those goals.


This is the #1 barrier that most of you face when it comes to making progress, making more money, working with ideal clients and creating your ideal life. Just learn to make a decision! For heaven’s sake – get off the fence. Make a decision and move forward. The constant ‘thinking about it’ puts you into analysis paralysis. Stop that. Learn to make decisions. Be the CEO in your business. Keep moving forward.


Staying in a state of analysis paralysis means you’re eating the dust of other entrepreneurs around you. There’s tons of business out there. There’s plenty for everyone. But you’re not in the game because you are afraid – afraid of identifying what you want, afraid of making decisions, afraid of things not being perfect, afraid of what others think, afraid of charging what you’re worth – you’re just stuck in FEAR. Successful entrepreneurs do feel the fear (oh yes, we DO!) and get in the game anyway. Join us – you’ll be happy you did.


Did you really think you could get into the entrepreneurial game and figure it all out by yourself? Really? Who do you think you are? All successful entrepreneurs have a coach – I have TWO! Stop hiding behind the mindset that ‘I can’t afford it… ‘. You can’t afford NOT TO hire a coach. Why make expensive mistakes? Why re-invent the wheel? Why work in isolation? Listen, it’s hard enough to be an entrepreneur but it’s a whole lot easier (more fun, and more lucrative too) when you work with someone who’s got your back. So, if there’s only one thing you do this year – it’s to read this article again – and follow each of the steps.

It’s Time to Get A Plan

So, here we are, the start of another week.

Monday’s are tricky days; they tend to set the tone for the rest of the week, so start them well and the rest of the week generally seems to continue in the same vein. Start them badly and the gloom can often hang around until Friday.

So a positive start is what we all need.

Hopefully, you’ve all had a great weekend, with plenty of time to relax and recharge the batteries (apologies if that wasn’t the case… ) and are ready to face another week. And most of us will probably sit at our desks this morning and think “Right! What am I going to do this week” but frankly, if you ask me, it’s a bit late to be having that sort of discussion. Why? Because you’ve already wasted at least half an hour or so trying to work out what you need to achieve and the day is already moving on apace.

If you want the week to get off to a flying start, you need to work smarter.

By the time Monday morning arrives, I’m ready to hit the ground running because I already know exactly what I’m going to do. My working week usually starts about 5.30 pm on a Sunday evening, when I sit down and spend an hour or so looking at the week ahead and deciding in advance exactly what I’m going to do each day, so that, when I sat down at the laptop this morning, I could get straight into it and start the week with a burst of productivity. I have a similar plan for Tuesday and Wednesday and every day of the week through till Friday so that, by the end of the week, I’ll have a clear idea of what I’ve achieved and where I still need to go.

What I’m trying to say – not very well, I suspect- is that you need a plan!!!

Let me give you an example. Say you’ve got a meeting in London today. Would you just get up this morning and decide to make the journey and see what happens? No, of course you wouldn’t. You’d plan. You look at train times and transfer times and routes and all sorts of other variables to ensure you get to your meeting on time and relaxed. You would leave as little as possible to chance. You’d work out every last detail. So why treat a normal day in the office any differently? If you want to get where you want to go in business, you have to plan the journey.

You need to sit down and decide where you want to go and get a plan together that’ll get you there as efficiently as possible. Treat every day as a journey, the goal being success, achievement and reward.

Although I’ve already got my plan, it’s not too late to set yours for the week. I suggest you put the kettle on, get your diary and get your week planned out. That way you’ll get the most done you possibly can without wasting time procrastinating. Make a list of those important tasks and set aside chunks of time to actually get them done. Don’t just leave it to chance and hope that it’ll all turn out OK.

What prompted this post? Well, listening to the radio this morning while I was getting started for the week I heard the following;

“If you want to turn a wish into reality, a plan is the magic wand you need”

How true.

No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, you’ll have more success if you get a plan.

One Simple Tip to Instantly Get the Most From Every Business Meeting

Clients are curious about how I manage to get so much done. They ask how I manage my continuously growing business, travel to speak at association summits and free time for the important people in my life.

Before you assume I have a magic wand in my back pocket, I have a number of unanswered emails in my mailbox and, every so often, a few things fall through the cracks.

The reality is that we all have 7 days in a week, 24 hours in a day and 60 minutes in an hour. What I realize from mentoring people over the years is that there is way to get it all done, or at least a lot of it, while building a global business and enjoying life. It’s all about being watchful around how I use my time.

If you’ve heard me speak on a radio show or webinar, you know that I’m observant of managing our time together. Whether you’re managing a meeting of one or many, there is one simple thing you can do that instantly increases your productivity in meetings.

The one simple thing you can do is wrap up the meeting at least five minutes prior to the end of your meeting time. I dub this point of the meeting The Golden Five Minutes. When you manage the meeting, these remaining minutes are your golden nugget of productivity.

This habit gives you an opportunity to set the expectation the meeting is about to conclude and to confirm the next steps or action item list. The Golden Five serves two purposes:

1. It gives your team a queue they need to wrap it up. The wrap up time is especially effective if your prospect, client or team member is a talker. This is a good signal to them to keep it short and concise the meeting is about to end.

2. You’re shifting the meeting from abstract discussion to specific action. The action item list includes the follow up tasks from the meeting. Make sure everyone understands the action items by summarizing them. Identify who is responsible for each action item and the date it will be accomplished. Each task will only happen if it is grounded in a date and someone specific is assigned responsibility for that action item.

Before you end the meeting, make sure you have consensus around the due dates. If there are concerns over the due dates, renegotiate them and get clear on the new dates.

Once everyone is clear on their responsibilities and action items, evaluate the meeting. List what worked and what should be done differently for the next meeting. If there is anything on the “done differently” list to improve the meeting, make sure it gets assigned to someone and completed by the next meeting.

When you regularly wrap up your meetings in this way, watch how much more productive you and your team become. This also gives you an opportunity to get to your next commitment on time.

How To Get The Best From Your Investment Using Financial Data Analysis

Financial traders and investors need to be active in making their investments work for them. There is just so much to keep up with in the financial markets and most times your success will depend on the efforts that you put into the process. You will need to stay updated with things such as the current market prices, downgrades and upgrades, market movers, company announcements and earning reports. It might seem confusing, especially if you are new in the investment field, but fortunately there are very good and reliable financial data analysis companies you can rely on to be up-to-date with the latest.

When you subscribe to financial data services, you will gain access to detailed information on the global markets, thus keeping you in the know and helping you with your decision making process. You can even get professional guidance and analyst ratings to make decision making even easier. To make every effort you put into it a success, however, there are things you might find very important to do.

1. Find the best service provider – Your financial data service provider should give you an easy time using the platform and offer you all the necessary financial data services to serve all your needs. Look at what kind of information you will get and from what sources. Relate these to the investor or trader needs you have. Your efforts will only pay off when your provider knows what financial data is important to a trader any given day.

2. Use the platform for research stock – It is one thing to have all the important information provided to you and quite another when you fail to effectively use the resources made available to you. Now that you have found a good provider, make it a habit to research stocks that have heavy volumes and strategize on your next move.

3. Compare the stocks – The data platform you are using will definitely make comparing easy for you. You can actually incorporate other methods to find financial information before then comparing with that of your service provider. This way, you will be in a position to narrow down your list and keep an eye on the stocks you find most valuable and relevant to you.

4. Find relevant stocks – A good trader is always on the lookout for greater value and you should use your financial data analysis platform to find stocks that are gaining popularity and those that have beaten the market. A good platform will give you an easy time finding out what stocks have downgraded and which have upgraded so you can keep an eye on them or make decisions that will favor your investment.

5. Remain active throughout the day – Keeping up with the latest is not something that you do only in the morning but something that should run throughout the day. Instant data feeds will help you do this so consider choosing a platform you can access from your smartphone anytime and anywhere.

Quick Tips for The Top 3 Common Blind Spots for Business Owners

Have you ever done something a certain way when someone made a suggestion and you realized, in that moment, you’ve been making it more difficult than it needed to be?

Those are blind spots.

Every time you drive your car, you have blind spots. Blind spots are those areas just outside of your mirrors. You can’t see what’s in them until you shift your view.

Sometimes you’re driving along and, despite your carefulness, something suddenly catches your attention from the corner of your eye and you swerve. In a split second, you realize you just avoided a collision.

Generally, we live with blind spots every day we get into the car to drive. We even come up with procedures to avoid them.

The same can be said for your business. Tune up time: Do you have one of these three blind spots?

Blind Spot 1: Buying into the self-limiting excuses.

Many business owners come up with ideas but get stuck when it comes to implementing them. The usual excuses rise up, like I don’t have time or money to implement these ideas.

With my clients, I complete a four-step exercise, by breaking down the business owner’s schedule. What’s interesting is each time we complete this exercise, there are two major outcomes attendees get from it:

1. They shift their time and open up their schedule.
2. They identify multiple ways to fund their idea.

It’s simply a blind spot getting in the way of implementing their idea.

Tip: The next time you want to buy into a self-limiting belief, ask yourself all of the possible ways to implement your idea to shift from problem stopping to problem solving.

Blind Spot 2: Inconsistently Promoting Your Business

A close runner up in common blind spots for business owners is not consistently and systematically promoting your business. You may get caught up in dabbling in duties rather than actively and systematically finding new customers or clients.

Tip: There are many different ways to market and promote your business that can become overwhelming. A simple solution is to pick 2-3 tactics that produce results and stick with them for 12 months. Make sure to point every promotional opportunity to your lead generation system. At the end of the year evaluate those tactics and repeat if they brought you clients.

Blind Spot 3: Thinking you can do it all… yourself.

If you think you can save money by doing it yourself, think again. You’re only delaying your results. When I first started working with one of my clients, I asked her about her team. She said she had an assistant but that person moved on. Based on her goals, I asked her when she planned on hiring another assistant.

She thought that she could save money by not hiring someone right away. We reviewed my four-step exercise for finding time and money in her business. She realized in that moment she got caught up in dabbling in duties rather than implementing her strategy. When we reverse engineered her results, she realized that she needed to quickly hire someone so that she could reach her year-end goals.

Tip: Start with the end in mind so you know the resources today to reach your year end goals.

Why You Need External Project Management Services for Your Business

Is your business or organization having trouble with their project management? Are office politics and other factors getting in the way of establishing the correct systems? Then it may be time to look into hiring external project management services in assisting with your desired goals.

One of the problems that businesses encounter when attempting to manage their own projects is that they are likely to use their existing preconceptions when making decisions, as oppose to evaluating the system from the very beginning.

Having external project services allows for an impartial and unbiased view of the proposed plans, while also being in the position to designate responsibility and tasks without the interference of internal sources or pressures.

Traits of a successful project manager

To be an effective project manager, there are a number of key skills that should be possessed. Being able to manage people, as well as time, are two of the critical requirements, while having adept communication skills is also a must have. Being able to motivate staff and monitor progress is an important aspect, while being able to have strong problem solving skills will allow you to best respond to the inevitable obstacles that will be encountered.

Designating responsibility

One of the key elements of an efficient management services company is being able to designate responsibility among a team and its members, allowing each person to know what their role is, and how to fulfill it accordingly.

Having a clear project goal

One of the first areas that project management services will research is the end purpose of the project, and having a clearly designated goal that they are trying to attain. If the goal is not easily identifiable, then it makes both the planning and execution phase much more problematic.

Formulating a schedule and plan

One of the main areas that management services covers is coming up with the plan and accompanying schedule of what is to be completed, and by what time. Having a stringent plan in place gives you the best chance of a project being completed on time and on budget. Many businesses make the mistake of not having a plan or schedule which is rigorous enough, the end result being that several different areas of the project may overrun, causing severe delays further down the line.

Benchmarks for success

In order for project management services to be deemed a success there need to be benchmarks and targets set throughout the project. Having these benchmarks in place before the work is started ensures that you are able to monitor your original schedule with where you are currently at, allowing you to measure performance levels effectively.

The final benchmark and goal should be an easily measurable and identifiable target, making it simple for both the company and the project management services provider to ensure they are both completely clear at what point the project is completed and finalized, eliminating any possible confusion.

Strategy Execution: 2 Tips to Improve Decision Making

Understanding how the brain processes and responds to information and how this impacts our decision making can improve our strategy execution. Many people have spent time trying to understand how we make decisions. Yet years of research within psychology, and supported by neuroscience, finds that the way we go about making decisions isn’t always rational.

There are two pair of neural systems that have significant impact on our judgment and the quality of decisions we make-automatic reactions and voluntary processing and emotion and reason.

Automatic and Voluntary

Automatic reactions, such as recognizing a face, are learned responses based on experience that quickly bring about intuitive answers to situations. These are the actions that kick in when a situation seems familiar and require little or no conscious thought.

Voluntary processing is our conscious and deliberate information manager. It is slower to engage and can only support a small number of tasks at a time, while multiple automatic reactions can be carried out simultaneously.

Voluntary processing, however, seems to account for only a small part of our overall behavior and frequently struggles to compete with our automatic reactions. Think about it this way: our actions and choices are initially determined by automatic reactions and voluntary processing kicks in only when we “pause” because we perceive that the cost or impact of an automatic reaction may be too large.

Emotion and Reason

The brain also has separate systems that support emotion and reason. Emotion refers to psychological processes that are triggered by information that results in a behavioral response. For example, a threatening situation such as seeing a bear heading for your tent would trigger the emotion of fear which might cause you to run away as fast as you can-which might not be the best course of action.

Reasoning, such as problem solving and planning, is more rational and takes a long-term view of the consequences of our behavior.

Getting the Two Systems to Work Together

Making complex choices whose outcome is uncertain requires both broad based knowledge, such as facts about the situation, and reasoning strategies that revolve around goals, options for action, and predictions about future outcomes.

However, competition between automatic reactions and voluntary processing can affect our judgment. Likewise, the tension between emotion and reason can affect the quality of our decisions. The challenge, then, is to organize our thinking and approach and leverage the multiple processes that contribute to our ability to reason and make them a positive force.

Two techniques better balance automatic and voluntary processes and reason and emotion to improve our decisions.

1. Involving the Right People

This ensures we include perspectives and experiences other than our own and helps fill in relevant data we may not have. Involving people in decisions helps tip the balance in favor of voluntary processing and deliberation. It ensures we have access to information and perspectives that might not otherwise be available to us and decreases the likelihood that we will take action and make choices based solely on the familiarity of the situation (“I’ve seen this before and I know what needs to be done”). In addition, involving people increases decision acceptance, which is critical to effective execution once the decision has been made.

2. Using a Systematic Process

Using an objective, systematic method to make decisions ensures we look at the relevant information and consider both the benefits and risks of each alternative.

This can address many of the potential problems caused by how we take in and process information and make choices. It is a way to overcome our brain’s more immediate tendency to make decisions based on past experience and it reduces the negative impact emotions can have on rational thought by ensuring there is more of a balance between the two.

A systematic approach also makes what is usually an internal thought process more explicit and ensures that the broad-based knowledge about each alternative is visible- which provides a platform upon which our individual or team’s reasoning strategies can more effectively operate.

The brain is a complex organ and decision-making is a complex activity that uses many individual mental processes. In addition, many of these processes compete for dominance and the quality of our decisions is determined by which ones win out. Awareness of this complexity and the many processes that are involved increases the probability that you will monitor your reactions to check that you are not just making choices based on a bias or taking a familiar action that has been reinforced by experience.

The challenge is to ensure we have access to a range of perspectives and information that might not otherwise be available to us and increases the likelihood that we will be more thoughtful and rational when making choices.

Making Good Decisions A Habit

Good decision-making doesn’t always come naturally to us, particularly within the chaos of a typical workday. We are prone to snap judgments and relying too much on instinct.

As leaders, we have to train ourselves to slow down, consider who needs to be involved and think carefully about the potential outcomes. This is easier said than done, but we can improve our decision-making with experience and training.

OnPoint Consulting offers practical, affordable solutions for training leaders, including programs designed to improve judgment and decision-making. These skills are essential to change management and strategy execution within any organization.

Tips to Choose the Best Engineering Service Company

The technological advancement has fascinated the entire world so much that every platform asks for engineering solutions to come out with the best designing, outsourcing and other engineering related services. However, to achieve this goal many companies are set up which provide special engineering services. These companies have wide networks and work with cross vertical domains to support their customers in most challenging and complex engineering initiatives.

While finding the best company is not an easy task, you need to consider several things and pick out the consulting company according to your requirements. Though, companies often work with a sole objective of delivering excellence, integrity, passion and the highest standards of work, it is your task to judge how successful they are in achieving that objective.

Here’s a list of the things you need to check out before picking the perfect company consulting in engineering services.

Services offered

There’s a no doubt that engineering services are expensive and the investors expect better returns out of that. However, the outputs depend on the choices you make. And to start choosing the best, the foremost thing that you shall check out is the list of services offered by the particular company.

• Mechanical engineering design and examination services which may include CAD & CAE, CFD, FEA Mold flow and a lot more on all the most recent software programs.

• The leading company shall serve in almost all the engineering related services, which will facilitate its clients in getting comprehensive services at a single place.

• Company shall serve with new product development, product engineering and design, engineering process outsourcing, manufacturing engineering, global delivery model, etc. so that you do not have to hire different companies for different projects.

• The best Engineering companies nowadays have turned much professional. They are concerned about giving the professional advice to its clients to guide and satisfy them with their services which ultimately adds to the company’s reputation.

• The company shall assist its clients in producing healthy, aesthetically appealing and functional outputs, helping its customers remain competent and flexible.

• Company shall have contact or partnership with other leading companies, which actually speaks about its reputation.

Cost effective Companies

Cost is the biggest factor that every client is concerned about while choosing any service. So, once you are aware of the services offered by different companies. Make a list and compare the services provided. After comparison, you can easily find out which company can serve you the best according to your budget.

Count the company’s experience

There’s no denial of the fact that experience is the biggest source of knowledge. So, before you make any choice, you are required to verify the company’s historical background and working experience.

On the whole, the best engineering service company understands the needs of its clients, offers them the solutions through their work experience and is best suited to cater their needs.

Integrated Talent Management Strategy

While Talent Management certainly has a significant “training” component to the strategy, the focus is on more than skill building, but rather creating a world centered on performance. The exact kind of performance your company will need in the future.

Talent Management involves several practices linked together and propelled by organizational infrastructure. It begins by having a firm written understanding of the core capabilities needed to perform tasks meshed with the actual business intelligence for the industry. For this article’s example we will be using the financial services industry, but we must remember that support functions like IT, Human Resource, Accounting, and Purchasing have unique business intelligence issues that need to be included any industry strategy.

While banking business intelligence is similar from one institution to another, your market, choice of products and services and unique culture make for a different plan and approach. The clarity of goal for talent management is essential before assembling the pieces.

One of the most complete models for a Talent Management Strategy I have found includes the following nine practices:

  1. Recruiting & Staffing
  2. Performance Management
  3. Rewards & Recognition
  4. Workforce Planning
  5. Talent Review
  6. Succession Management
  7. High Potential Development
  8. Leadership Development
  9. Employee Development

These practices are not in any particular order or priority because they all must be in place, and integrated for the strategy to be effective. Rolling out one at a time is a waste of energy and leads to minimal impact. This is probably the main reason many companies have hired a Director of Talent Management to design, implement and monitor the strategy. To be effective, no other function can add all this to their existing workload.

Now while it is more effective to put talent management under the responsibility of a single leader, the practice responsibilities are spread throughout human resources, training, and selected management sponsors. This initiative may begin with the Board of Directors and/or Senior Management; but it eventually is a process that involves every single employee if it is to be successful in achieving a lasting effect.

As you review the list of practices, it becomes clear that the focus is on your employees (the talent) and the conscience attention to setting and achieving desired outcomes to function in today’s economy as well as being prepared for changes in your workforce and working environment. Banks often promote their technologies to clients, and yet it is our human capital that makes the bank possible. Let’s face it, years ago we did it without as much technology, but we still need the human factor to make it happen today.

Now while you might hire someone to management this whole process for you, by the very nature of this much change all at once you would be wise to bring in an external consultant to guide the creation of the strategy. Someone who fully understands what integration means and how it is applied to each of the practices. This consultant acts in many ways as someone who can act without emotional attachment to ancient practices, and is skilled in bringing consensus between processes and people. Yet consensus is not everything. The consultant is not going to be with you forever, so part of their job is to make sure your management team comprehends what integration means, and a year later can identify issues in your strategy, and how to make tweaks to close the loop holes.

Ultimately you and your fellow leaders must decide how important a Talent Management Strategy is to your company. I believe that if you have serious plans to grow or even to just exist in the next 10 years you need to build a strategy. And once you have this strategy implemented, you must be prepared for the outcomes of the synergy created and the unlimited possibilities your company can take from that point in time.