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People Offer Better Ideas When They Can’t See What Others Suggest

Companies from BMW to Kraft have invested a good deal in soliciting “open innovation” ideas from consumers, but the results have been underwhelming: Of the more than 23,000 ideas gathered by Dell’s Idea Storm site, only 2% have been put to use, and Starbucks has implemented an even smaller fraction …

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

Workspaces That Move People

Artwork: Michael Wolf, The Transparent City 93, 2008, France<p>In Silicon Valley the tight correlation between personal interactions, performance, and innovation is an article of faith, and innovators are building cathedrals reflecting this. Google’s new campus is designed to maximize chance …

Tips for Cold-Emailing Intimidatingly Powerful People

CEOs are thirsty for insight from the front lines. And yet those of us on those front lines – whether we are customers or employees – are often hesitant to reach out to senior leaders who are only an email away.<p>I saw this the other day in a friend who works for Salesforce. My friend is a mid-level …

What You Don’t Know About Sales Can Hurt Your Strategy

The goal of strategy is profitable growth, meaning economic value above the firm’s cost of capital. There are basically four ways to create that value: (1) invest in projects that earn more than their cost of capital; (2) increase profits from existing capital investments; (3) reduce the assets …

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Posted by Young Entrepreneur Council on Aug 21, 2014<p>If you could change one thing about being an entrepreneur, what would it be?<p><i>The following answers</i> …

Yes, You Can Become a Better Entrepreneur — Here’s How | BusinessCollective

If you ever took an entrepreneurship course in business school, chances are you’ve heard your professor ask, “Can entrepreneurship be learned, or is …

End Abusive Behavior on Your Team

Managers aim their abuse at those who are least likely to defend themselves. That is the finding of a disturbing new study by Pedro Neves (published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology), which looked at 193 supervisor/employee pairings in a variety of different industries.<p>I …

12 Things Successful People Do in the First Hour of the Workday

It is crucial that you start your day off right. Here are some ways to make sure you begin your workday with the best mindset possible and boost your productivity.<p>The first hour of the workday is critical, since it can impact your productivity level and mindset for the rest of the day.<p>"Successful …

Why You Might Need to Reconsider Your Sales Strategy

<i>Gregg Schwartz is the Director of Sales at Strategic Sales & Marketing, an industry founding lead generation company started in 1989. Connect with him and SSM on LinkedIn and Twitter.</i><p>You’ve developed a great new technology. You’ve invested thousands of hours of work. Now comes the tough part: …

Why Smart People Struggle with Strategy

Strategy is often seen as something really smart people do — those head-of-the-class folks with top-notch academic credentials. But just because these are the folks attracted to strategy doesn’t mean they will naturally excel at it.<p>The problem with smart people is that they are used to seeking and …

What to Do When Success Feels Empty

Why do career “wins” often leave people feeling empty and dissatisfied? And — more important — how can you avoid that problem? We recently asked HBR readers to share their thoughts, and several of the responses call to mind Douglas T. Hall‘s classic model of psychological success.<p>Hall’s model …

Cilantro Purifies Drinking Water in Developing Countries Cheaply and Sustainably

No longer just a flavorful garnish, cilantro has taken center stage in studies that show how the leafy herb might be a new, low-cost solution to …

Eco Park in Uruguay Hopes to Fuse Eco-tourism with Non-Profit Sustainable Projects

Inhabitat recently took a trip down to visit Ecoparque Uruguay; a sustainable conservation project located within around 100 acres of stunning …

Food, health and sustainability: we become what we eat, and so does Earth

The global food system is dysfunctional both from a health and sustainability perspective. It is time that science, policy and business address these issues collectively.<p>On 30 April, a report from the World Health Organisation revealed that antibiotic resistance, the result of excessive use …

Adaptive Strategy Is a Cop-Out

Managers today are all obsessed with VUCA, an ugly acronym encapsulating the notion that business faces more volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity than ever before, requiring an entirely new kind of approach to strategy.<p>That new way comes under many terms: discovery-driven strategy, …

Walmart: the corporate empire's big step for sustainability

Ten years ago, on a diving trip to Cocos Island, I got into a discussion with Rob Walton, the chairman of Walmart (and now also the chairman of Conservation International's executive committee), about how his company could impact global conservation efforts. A few weeks later, we flew to …

Applying Brainpower to Address the Global Sustainability Crisis

The world faces an unprecedented global sustainability crisis. It is caused by climate change, the stress on the planet's ecosystems by developed economies, and the drive for economic growth in the developing world. While some choose to believe that the scientific analyses detailing the threats to …

10 things we learned about marketing sustainable products

1. Make sure your product truly is sustainable<p>For me, the definition of a sustainable product is one that stays in business for the long term by solving more problems than it creates ... Does it make people healthier or more connected to others? Does it help tackle key problems like waste, habitat …

Philanthropy in a Time of Polarization (SSIR)

The battle over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010, is now in its fifth year. …

Mobilizing the Insurgency

In the third of a series of installments about the next generation of CSR management, Gregory Unruh offers tips for mobilizing a sustainability …

How UC Berkeley MBAs beat the market with a socially responsible fund

The University of California at Berkeley has a long tradition of activism and social engagement, but few would expect to see its MBA program embracing that ethos. Yet, since 2008, the Haas School of Business has done just that, giving MBA students the opportunity to manage the Haas Socially …

Red Lobster being sold for $2.1 billion

Darden Restaurants inked a $2.1 billion deal on Friday to unload its struggling Red Lobster business to Golden Gate Capital.<p>Golden Gate may be able to inject some new life into Red Lobster, but the deal is likely to rile up Darden (DRI) investors. The company's shares fell 4%.<p>Some hedge funds have …

Promising business models for sustainable growth

Many companies are interested in developing sustainable growth strategies, but struggle to know where to start. A number of new business theories promise to point them on their way.<p>A common starting point for most businesses is the desire to reduce their negative impacts on society and the …

Expert views: sustainability and business education

<b>Alison Davis-Blake, dean, University of Michigan Ross School of Business</b><p>The prevailing view of the role business in society is changing, and not all MBA programmes fully reflect those changing views. We're seeing more students, alumni, and corporate partners who believe that business can and should …

The Connected Economy: Moving Philanthropy From Begging To Self-Sustaining

Becoming a more connected society doesn’t just mean “more communications,” but means that we all support and gain from each other. Organizations like the Pew Research Center and Boston Consulting have great data to support the idea that connection means, “supporting organizations that mutually …

Solar-Powered Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Helps UC Davis Achieve Net Zero Goals

UC Davis is the place to go if you want to learn how to make wine, brew beer or grow great produce, and the school is dedicated to sustainability to …

Three reasons investors are beginning to take sustainability seriously

Most of the ingredients for a healthy, secure, and fulfilling existence come to us from nature. Food, clean water, pollination, and natural hazard protection are all essential goods and services that underpin our economy and secure our wellbeing. But business models that exploit these benefits …

Could community currencies produce a more sustainable financial system?

Community currency has a history that spans Victorian and Depression-era desperation. Essentially voucher systems or "complementary currency" would fill the void left when national currencies collapse or welfare systems fail, only to be outlawed again once the economy recovered. Today from Totnes …