If your small business needs help confronting big issues, improving your creative process, and increasing your employees’ productivity, you’ve come to the right place. This week’s Trending Thursday features advice on the best ways to handle these issues, as well as leadership advice and tips to improve your memory.

Keep reading for this week’s trending small business news and tell us about the humblest decision you’ve made in the comments below.

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  1. Small business owners are usually very proud people. This can help their business by building their brand and impressing customers. However, this can play badly in certain situations such as bankruptcy (not seeking help until they’d run out of cash and time to save the company) and flawed strategies from the start (when confronted with clear evidence of that, being resistant to advice and change). Steve Tobak details why business owners should value humility over hubris.
  1. Ever wandered into a store and quickly realized you’ve forgotten what you need? Or been introduced to someone and forget their name by the time they walk away? Although this forgetfulness happens to the best of us, if you’re one to blame your “bad memory,” you should know that your refusal to train your memory is the reason it’s gone awry. In his book, How to Develop A Super Power Memory, memory training specialist Harry Lorayne says, “there is no such thing as a bad memory,” and that, “there are only trained and untrained memories.” Vivian Giang shares some tips from Lorayne’s book in her latest piece.
  1. TrendingOct20In the tech world, beta mode is key to the finished product. Before going to market, you want to have a group of trusted customers who will give you feedback on what’s great and not so great about what you’re intending to sell. In the same way, great leaders are always in beta mode. Feedback is crucial and knowledge is power. According to this article from Inc., a leader in perpetual beta mode will help them to stay informed and aware of the road ahead.
  1. Creative work doesn’t always feel so, well, creative. Staring at the blank page or being stuck on a certain part of something you’re writing never feels good. When best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert gets bored with something she’s working on, she often has the urge, as many of us do, to get up and walk away from it. But she doesn’t. Instead, she sets a kitchen timer. Twenty minutes. And she sits. “You have to get through the boredom to get to the exciting part,” says Gilbert. Fast Company recently interviewed Gilbert on the best ways to induce the creative process and fight through all the tedious parts of a writing project.
  1. Back on one of the very first Trending Thursdays, we talked about how employees are 30% more productive if they’re happy at work. Since this is so important for small businesses, check out this article with more advice on increasing employee productivity. Here’s a preview: Victoria Vessella says small businesses should set clearly defined goals, embrace cloud-based communication, and ensure employees feel highly engaged with their work.