Gerard Ascani

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The 5 Building Blocks of a Successful Content Marketing Strategy

As Director of Content Marketing at Salesforce, I get a lot of questions about how smaller companies should go about building a content marketing …

From Purpose to Impact

<i>The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. —Mark Twain</i><p>Over the past five years, there’s been an explosion of interest in purpose-driven leadership. Academics argue persuasively that an executive’s most important role is to be a steward of the …

15 tiny design features that show Apple's insane attention to detail

Many of these details go unnoticed by the average Apple user or are useful only to a relative handful of people who use the product.<p>Some features are handy while others are purely cosmetic, but Apple included them anyway.<p>Here are the best of these little design flourishes.

Apps

Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite

When asked recently to name the one attribute CEOs will need most to succeed in the turbulent times ahead, Michael Dell, the chief executive of Dell, Inc., replied, “I would place my bet on curiosity.”<p>Dell was responding to a 2015 PwC survey of more than a thousand CEOs, a number of whom cited …

When the Customer Is Stressed

Fredrik Broden<p>Customers’ assessments of quality and value, decisions about what and where to buy, and recommendations to others are all influenced by emotions. But too often companies don’t adequately anticipate those emotions and therefore can’t mitigate negative ones in the design of their …

Wittgenstein Explains Why We Always Misunderstand One Another on the Internet

The best class I took in college was on the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Until that point, I had avoided philosophy of language as simply being …

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Cramer's stock secrets: How I pick a stock

Jim Cramer does not get up out of bed at 4 a.m. every day just to dish out the hottest stock picks to the CNBC "Mad Money" audience.<p>He does it …

I spent only cash for 2 weeks, and the hardest part was something I didn't see coming

I ditched the plastic cards, withdrew a certain amount of money at the start of each week, and used exclusively cash for all purchases.<p>It turns out big, one-time buys like wedding gifts can be painful when you're spending all cash.<p>The theory behind this "cash-only diet" is that you'll become a much …

Personal Finance

Steve Kerr, the Risk-Taking General Who Led the Warriors to Victory

The Golden State Warriors have been transformed into a selfless unit capable of reminding us why we fell in love with sports in the first …

IT'S OFFICIAL: America is back!

It's official folks: The US economy is back.<p>On Thursday, we got the latest update on second-quarter GDP from the Atlanta Fed, the economics world's hottest research team, that showed the second-quarter economic bounce back is fully underway.<p>The Atlanta Fed's latest GDPNow tracker — which nailed the …

Wall Street

Here are 12 things traders are saying about Wednesday's big stock-market rally

The Dow gained as much as 250 points after news crossed that Germany may be offering Greece the opportunity to come up with one economic reform that could attract bailout funds.<p>In an email to clients, Dave Lutz at JonesTrading shared what else traders are watching that is moving stocks higher …

Stock Markets

Should I buy dividend stocks now, or wait for a market correction?

<b>I have been sitting on cash and GICs for the past year, waiting for an entry point into the market. Should I start buying dividend stocks now, or am I better to sit on the sideline and wait for true buying opportunities via a market correction?</b><p>If I had a crystal ball and knew that dividend stocks …

If You Want People to Listen, Stop Talking

Andrew Nguyen<p>George*, a managing director at a large financial services firm, had an uncanny ability to move a roomful of people to his perspective. What George said was not always popular, but he was a master persuader.<p>It wasn’t his title — he often swayed colleagues at the same hierarchical …

How to Work with People Who Aren’t Good at Working with People

Twenty five years after the term “emotional intelligence” was first introduced by academics, thousands of independent scientific studies have highlighted the importance of managing your own and others’ emotions in relation to career success, job performance, entrepreneurship, and leadership.<p>But …

The Week Ahead: 3 Reasons to Put Stocks on Your Summer Shopping List

Though the major averages provided few fireworks last week, the majority of major averages did post solid. There were a number of individual stocks that did post significant gains for the week as it continues to be a stock pickers market. For those who do not closely follow the markets, the price …

Are We Close To The Next Stock Market Collapse?

Due in large part to actions by the Federal Reserve and the lack of good investment alternatives, the stock market may be in the midst of one of the greatest bull markets of all time. With interest rates on cash at record lows and much of the bond market will likely suffer losses when interest …

4 Growing Concerns Now Serious Enough To Cause A Stock Market Correction

The stock market continues to meander upwards, producing new highs. However, news has dried up and the quarter’s earnings season is mostly done with no discernable trends. So, now what?<p><i>Disclosure: Author holds growth stocks and cash reserves</i><p>While predictions of upside or downside breakouts …

6 stocks to buy...according to hedge funds

Hedge funds are the all-star teams on Wall Street. They command the highest fees and attract many of the best investing minds.<p>Looking at what the 50 biggest hedge funds are buying and selling is akin to looking at what the Ivy League universities are doing. They're trendsetters.<p>This doesn't mean …

5 Reasons Your Self-Development Efforts Are Failing

In between my oldest son’s undergraduate degree and his Masters he worked at my company. After his experience I asked him if he thought he would continue in the field of leadership development and he told me, “No.” I was a little surprised by his answer so I asked him “Why?” He firmly replied: “I …

How to Earn Respect as a Leader

<i>In this adaptation from his new book, the CEO of Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst, shares advice for how to build credibility in an organization — especially if you are new to it, have a different background than others on your team, or are not in a position of authority.</i><p>How would you be perceived in your …

Why shaking hands is still a big deal

Researchers find the gesture creates better cooperation and trust between humans - even when it is carried out by a robot<p>Shaking hands before negotiations results in a better deal for both parties - even when one is represented by a robot, a study has found.<p>The act of shaking hands at the start of …

Why millennials are scared of talking on the phone — and how to get over it

According to the Millennial Generation Research Review, 80% of us even sleep with them.<p>But there is one thing many of us do not do on our telephones: Talk.<p>"The phone feels bizarrely invasive to me these days," one 29-year-old writer tells Business Insider.<p>According to a 2013 Wall Street Journal …

Will Power

Five Market Trends You Can Bank On

Continuing last month’s format, here are common investor questions from this month:<p><i>“With this bull market now six years old, isn’t it time to be cautious?”</i> It’s caution time when few worry. Bull market length says nothing, by itself, about the future. See my Apr. 14, 2014 column online. Only excess …

What it will take for stocks to go higher

The stock market has been going up, up, up for basically six years. Now it's at a plateau.<p>Since March there's been a barrier preventing the market from rising any higher. The market gets close and then it falls back.<p>There's little debate among experts that stocks look pricey right now. Federal …

Stock Markets

How To Be More Productive And Eliminate Time Wasting Activities By Using The “Eisenhower Box”

Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine.<p>Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States, serving two terms …

Time Management

Fortune.com

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Energy

A psychologist discovered the secret to never getting frustrated

The guy in front of you is driving like an idiot. Your boss is being a jerk. Your partner isn't listening.<p>And sometimes these all happen to you <i>on the same day</i>.<p>What's the fix for this? One guy came up with a solution that deals with all of these problems — and more.<p>Albert Ellis was quite a …

Self-help