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Science discovers how to make the "perfect" chocolate coating

As anyone who has taken a candy bar out of a car glovebox on a hot day can tell you, heat is not a friend to chocolate. And it's not just a matter of …

Dessert

Oil and gas stocks aren't dead yet

If you've been scanning headlines in recent days, you're probably convinced that the plunge in oil prices will result in the death of the energy industry as we know it.<p>True, the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) has tumbled 8% in less than a week. And when I reached out to Kim Forrest of Fort …

As oil prices plunge, wide-ranging effects for consumers and the global economy

Tumbling oil prices are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from the coffers of oil-rich exporters and oil companies and injecting a much-needed boost for ailing economies in Europe and Japan — and for American consumers at the start of the peak shopping season.<p>The result could be one of the …

Oil Investors May Be Running Off a Cliff They Can’t See

A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power …

Amazingly Simple Tactics for Producing Better Ideas, Faster

Why spending less time and having different people in the room will push your innovation efforts to new heights.<p>Typical thinking says innovation happens in a flash of brilliant insight. Or with a brainstorming session where creative types scrawl on whiteboards and free-associate words and ideas to …

Innovation

Finding Opportunities Others Don't See

Grab a pair of entrepreneurial goggles.<p>Ian C. MacMillan of the Wharton School and I taught a lot of classes on ways entrepreneurs go about finding opportunities. The analogy we often used to describe the process is akin to how an expert art thief might go about stealing paintings in a heavily …

findingopportunities

How to Think Like a Startup: 5 Tips

Even big established companies can cut the red tape and rediscover how to be nimble and innovative.<p>If you're an established company that's been around for a while you may wistfully yearn for the exciting days of being a nimble startup with an innovate-or-die mentality.<p>You can get that agility and …

Business Strategy

Starting a Company? Here's How to Think Big From the Very Beginning

Rifle Paper started out selling stationery, but its founders' ambitions were always much grander.<p>When Anna and Nathan Bond got married in 2008, Anna, a graphic designer, illustrated the wedding invitations with her quirky drawings. They were such a hit that she and her husband launched Rifle Paper …

Profit

Cyber Monday and the Online Comparison Shopping Revolution

Through online retail sites, savvy shoppers learned that they could find anything -- including small business financing -- by searching for it on the internet<p>The term "Cyber Monday" became part of the business lexicon in the U.S. during the 2005 holiday season. Research by Shop.org about e-commerce …

Cyber Monday

How to Navigate the Transition From Founder to Leader

Fast-growing tech companies force you to reinvent your role--and then reinvent it again.<p>For the first two years of Eventbrite, all the work was done by just the three founders: me, my husband, Kevin, and our chief technology officer, Renaud Visage. When we finally gained traction and were able to …

Human Resources

5 Ways to Create Happy Customers (Infographic)

To turn passive customers into engaged, loyal fans of your business, follow these five simple steps.<p>Keeping your customers happy is a top priority for business owners 365 days a year, but especially so during the holiday season, when many companies see a major boost in sales from holiday …

Customers

9 Ways to Have a Spectacularly Good Relationship With Your Employees

Your employees are your most valuable asset. Here's how to make them feel that way.<p>You've heard it hundreds of times: It's the people who make a company successful. Your employees are the ones who interact with customers, and whatever rules you lay down for them, they won't make customers feel …

Employee Engagement

The Four Best Online Marketing Strategies For Your Business

Online presence is no longer optional for strong marketers. For many consumers, it's the only place they go to learn about new products or to finalize decisions to buy.<p>It's common knowledge that an online presence is an absolute requirement in today's business world. How you use that resource will …

Marketing

Top Companies For Developing Leaders Share Five Leadership Traits

<i>When it comes to building leaders, top companies assess the whole leader early in their careers. This includes evaluating leaders’ experiences, competencies, values, and organizational fit. This helps organizations understand the unique needs of their talent pipeline to fuel the right development</i> …

An Interview With Food Revolutionary Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is a food activist, journalist, and bestselling author whose books, like <i>The Omnivore's Dilemma</i>, <i>Food Rules: An Eater's Manual</i>, and <i>In Defense of Food</i>, have revolutionized the way Americans think about food. What you may not realize is that Pollan is a man obsessed by live-fire cooking …

4 Ways Leaders Effectively Manage Employee Conflict

Conflict resolution is a daily occurrence at work that can either propel or disrupt the momentum for a leader, a team or the entire organization. The workplace can become a toxic environment when leaders allow conflict to fester rather than confront it head-on. Managing conflict can be a tricky …