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The Best iPhone Accessories to Take Your iPhone Use to the Next Level

The Best iPhone Accessories to Take Your iPhone Use to the Next Level

If you are an iPhone user, the simplicity and unique style of iPhone must be some of your reasons why you love this phone.

Nowadays, phones aren’t just a tool to make emergency phone calls or to touch base with relatives; they’re a sense of identity. They are seemingly glued to the palm of your hands, and people even accessorize them to further display elements of their personality, and give the phone an enhancement in terms of functionality and appearance.

This list of iPhone accessories is what you need to take your iPhone use to the next level.

1. Square Jellyfish Jelly Grip Tripod

    This extremely lightweight tripod is perfect for hands-free use. Whether you’re watching a how-to video and you need to use your hands, or you’re trying to take a family photo, this accessory is a must. It even features a lifetime warranty!

    Best For: The iPhone User who needs a helping hand.

    Square Jellyfish Jelly Grip Tripod – $17.49

    2. The Great Pyramid Dock

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      This brilliant iPhone dock was inspired by the Khufu Pyramid. Thanks to the sturdy yet minimalistic structure, you can easily charge your phone or listen to music while still leaving space on your desk or nightstand.

      Perfect For: The iPhone user who loves to multi-task stylishly. This dock even features bult-in speakers!

      The Great Pyramid Dock – $19.99

      3. Bobine Blackout iPhone Cable Mount

        This mount works on a monitor and in your car to create a second computer screen or a navigation and hands-free calling option.

        Best For: The iPhone user who appreciates multiple options in one accessory.

        BOBINE BLACKOUT Everywhere Mount iPhone Lightning Car Dock – $39.95

        4. ALLDOCK Electric Charging Station

          All dock allows you to find your ideal charging station to fit all your devices in one easy place. It allows you to avoid messy cables and having to charge multiple devices all over your home.

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          Best For: The Apple family with multiple devices.

          Alldock Charging Stations – $129

          5. SANDMARC iPhone Photography Lenses

            Admit it, when you use the portrait mode on your camera, you feel like a professional, right? Well now it’s time to take your iPhone photography to the next level. These photography lenses come in three editions: Macro, Wide and Fisheye. Each lens comes as a complete iPhone photography package that includes a clip and case mount for different iPhone models.

            Best For: The Instagram addict.

            SANDMARC iPhone Photography Lenses- $79.99

            6. BatteryPro Apple Watch Portable Charger

              Portable chargers are always a must have, and this one is a game-changer. This portable battery fits neatly in your back pocket, and can hold a charge for two weeks. The charger is magnetic, and you simply flip over the built-in StowStrap to secure your device. This stops the Apple Watch from falling around in your bag and protects the screen. The BatteryPro has a high-speed USB outlet to charge your iPhone. It keeps your handset running for more than three days, thanks to a large 8,000mAh capacity.

              Best For: The busy gadget lover in your life.

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              BatteryPro Apple Watch Portable Charger – $100

              7. VAIN STHLM Commute Headphones

                These wireless headphones connect using Bluetooth and deliver CD-like quality audio. They feature built-in controls on the ear cup to ensure ease of use while listening to your favorite music or podcast. They also reduce outside noise, while the microphone reduces wind noise while you talk.

                Best For: The Commuter

                VAIN STHLM Commute Headphones – $140

                8. Pearl Magnetic Car Phone Mount

                  While most vehicles now incorporate bluetooth functionality, it is sometimes still necessary to see your phone while you’re driving. Looking down at the map can sometimes be dangerous, so a simple, magnetic mount like this one is ideal!

                  Mounting is easy. Simply place one of the thin, metal plates on your phone or underneath your phone case, and you’re ready to go. The mount even allows for 140-degree rotation, so you can be sure to adjust the view to your needs.

                  Best For: The traveling iPhone user.

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                  Pearl Magnetic Car Phone Mount – $39.99

                  9. SANDMARC Drama Filter – Polarizer (PL) Filter for iPhone

                    This filter fits over your iPhone lens to suppress surface glare while bringing out the colors in your photography. Having a filter in place means you can spend less time trying to digitally edit the image and more time gaining followers on social media.

                    Best For: The photographer who appreciates time management.

                    SANDMARC Drama Filter – $29.99

                    10. iOS Digital Stereo Microphone by Shure

                      This small yet powerful USB mic takes your videos audio from a 4 to a 10. Whether you’re trying to produce high quality youtube videos on a budget or just gain better sound in videos, this mic will be your new favorite accessory.

                      Best For: The sound tech on a budget.

                      Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone – $149

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                      Last Updated on March 15, 2019

                      How to Be a Leader Who Is Inspiring and Influential

                      How to Be a Leader Who Is Inspiring and Influential

                      When I began managing people 15 years ago, I thought having a fancy title was synonymous with influence. Over time, I learned that power is conferred based on likeability, authenticity, courage, relationships and consistent behavior. When leaders cultivate these attributes, they earn power, which really means influence.

                      Understanding influence is essential to professional growth, and companies rise and fall based on the quality of their leadership.

                      In this article, we will look into the essentials of effective leadership and how to be a leader who is inspiring and influential.

                      What Makes a Leader Fail?

                      A host of factors influence a leader’s ability to succeed. To the extent that leaders fail to outline a compelling vision and strategy, they risk losing the trust and confidence of their teams. Employees want to know where a company is going and the strategy for how they will get there. Having this information enables employees to feel safe, and it allows them to see mistakes as part of the learning journey versus as fatal occurrences.

                      If employees and customers do not believe a company’s leadership is authentic and inspiring, they may disengage, or they may be less inclined to offer constructive criticism that can help a company innovate or help a leader improve.

                      And it is not just the leadership at the top that matters. Middle managers play a distinct role in guiding teams. Depending on the company’s size, employees may have more access to mid-level managers than they do members of the C-suite, meaning their supervisors and managers have greater influence on the employee and the customer experience.

                      What Is Effective Leadership?

                      Effective leadership is inspiring, and it is influential. Cultivating inspiring and influential leaders requires building relationships across the company.

                      Leaders must be connected to both the teams they lead as well as to their own colleagues and managers. This is key as titles do not make a person a leader, nor do they automatically confer influence. These are earned through trusting relationships. This explains why some leaders can get more out of their teams than others and why some leaders experience soaring profits and engagement while others sizzle out.

                      Eric Garton said in an April 25, 2017, Harvard Business Review article:[1]

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                      “… inspiring leaders are those who use their unique combination of strengths to motivate individuals and teams to take on bold missions – and hold them accountable for results. And they unlock higher performance through empowerment, not command and control.”

                      How to Be an Inspiring and Influential Leader

                      To be an inspiring and influential leader requires:

                      1. Courage

                      The late poet Maya Angelou once said,

                      “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

                      Courage is required in the workplace when implementing new strategies, especially when they go against professional norms.

                      For instance, I heard Lisa TerKeurst, bestselling author and founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries, explain her decision to move away from her company’s magazine. While the organization had long had a magazine, she saw a future where it didn’t exist.

                      In order to make the switch, she risked angering her team members and customers. She took a chance, and what started out as a monthly newsletter, has grown into a multi-dimensional organization boasting half a million followers. Had Lisa not found the courage to change the direction of her organization, they undoubtedly would not have been able to experience such exponential growth.

                      It also takes courage to give and receive feedback. When leaders see employees who are not living into the company’s mission or who are engaging in behavior that may undermine their long-term success, one must risk temporary angst and speak candidly with the colleague in question.

                      Similarly, it takes courage to hear constructive criticism and try to change. In business, as in life, courage is necessary for being an inspiring and influential leader.

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                      2. A Commitment to Face Your Internal Demons.

                      If you feel great about yourself, enter a leadership position. You are likely to be triggered in ways you didn’t think possible. You are also likely to receive feedback that may leave you second-guessing yourself and your leadership skills.

                      The truth about leading others is that you get to a point where you realize that it is difficult to take people to places where you yourself haven’t gone.

                      To be an influential and inspiring leader, you have to face your own demons and vow to continually improve. Influential leaders take their personal evolution serious, and they invest in coaching, therapy and mindfulness to ensure that their personal struggles do not overshadow their professional development.

                      3. A Willingness to Accept Feedback

                      Inspiring and influential leaders are not afraid to accept feedback. In fact, they actively solicit it. They understand that everyone in their life has a lesson to teach them, and they are willing to accept it.

                      Inspirational leaders understand that feedback is neither good nor bad but rather an offering that is critical to growth. Even when it hurts or is an affront to the ego, influential leaders understand that feedback is critical to their ability to lead.

                      4. Likability

                      Some people will argue that leaders need not worry about being liked but should instead focus on being respected. I disagree. Both are important.

                      When team members like their boss and believe their boss likes them, they are more likely to go the extra mile to fulfill departmental or organizational goals. Likable leaders are moved to the front of the line when it comes to being influential.

                      Relatedly, when colleagues feel management dislikes them, they experience internal stress and can spend unnecessary time focusing on the source of their manager’s discontent versus the work they have been hired to do.

                      So, likability is important for both the leader and the people she leads.

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                      5. Vulnerability

                      Vulnerability is critical for being an inspiring leader. People want the truth. They admire leaders who can occasionally demonstrate vulnerability. It promotes deeper relationships and inspires trust.

                      When leaders can showcase vulnerability appropriately, they destroy the illusion that one must be perfect to be a leader. They also demonstrate that vulnerability is not a dirty word; they too can be vulnerable and ask for a helping hand when necessary.

                      6. Authenticity

                      Authenticity is about living up to one’s stated values in public and behind closed doors.

                      Influential leaders are authentic. They set to live out their values and use those values to guide their decisions. The interesting thing about leadership is that people are not looking for perfect leaders. They are, in part, looking for leaders who are authentic.

                      7. A True Understanding of Inspiration

                      Effective leaders are inspirational. They understand the power of words and deeds and use both strategically.

                      Inspiring leaders appropriately use stories and narratives to enable the teams around them to see common situations in an entirely new light.

                      Inspirational leaders also showcase grit and triumph while convincing the people around them that success and victory are attainable.

                      Finally, inspiring leaders encourage the teams they lead to tap into their own genius. They convince others that genius is not reserved for a select few but that most people have it in them.

                      As explained in the article True Leadership: What Separates a Leader from a Boss:

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                      “A leader creates visions and motivates team members to work together towards the same goal.”

                      8. An Ability to See the Humanity in Others

                      Inspiring and influential leaders see the humanity in others. Rather than treating their teams as mere tools to accomplish organizational goals, they believe the people around them are unique beings with inherent value.

                      This means knowing when to pause to address personal challenges and dispelling with the myth that the personal is separate from the professional.

                      9. A Passion for Continual Learning

                      Inspiring and influential leaders are committed to continual learning. They invest in their own development and take responsibility for their professional growth.

                      These leaders understand that like a college campus, the workplace is a laboratory for learning. They believe that they can learn from multiple generations in the workplace as well as from people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

                      Influential leaders proactively seek out opportunities for learning.

                      The Bottom Line

                      No one said leadership was easy, but it is also a joy. Influencing others to action and positively impacting the lives of others is a reward unto itself.

                      Since leadership abounds, there is an abundance of resources to help you grow into the type of leader who inspires and influences others.

                      More Resources About Effective Leadership

                      Featured photo credit: Markus Spiske via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Harvard Business Review: How to Be an Inspiring Leader

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