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China

Herbalife is not going to answer your questions, senator, but be assured it is a good corporate citizen

2014-02-20T12:20:31.000Z<p>By: Dan McCrum<p>So the company has responded to a missive from Massachusetts’ junior senator, Edward J Markey, and Valuewalk …

Coffee Is About To Get More Expensive

Analysts expect Brazilian suppliers, who provide a third of the world's coffee, to lose as much as 30% of their crop in the scorching weather, Bloomberg reports. January and February were Brazil's driest months in three decades.<p>The expected losses have pushed the cost of arabica coffee — a popular …

Coffee

More than 1 in 4 Americans go to work while sick

More than one in four Americans are so afraid of missing work that they head into the office even when sniffling and sneezing, a study says.<p>Many are worried about falling behind on their jobs, missing pay or facing the wrath of bosses who expect them to show up no matter what, according to a survey …

Quebec disaster could hurt Canada’s railways: analyst

The fallout from the fiery crash of a crude-oil-laden runaway train in Quebec that killed at least five people could end up hurting Canada's two major railroads, says one analyst.<p>The tragic accident in the centre of Lac-Mégantic early on Saturday is believed to be the worst incident in the history …

Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization

In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders. And while there is an abundance of courses, books, articles and opinions on the process of strategic planning, the focus is typically on an isolated process that might happen once or twice per year. In …

5 Strategies When You Feel Like Giving Up | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Whether you have a specific goal that you’re trying to achieve or whether just getting through the day in one piece is your aim,. We want to go back …

9 Simple Things Great Speakers Always Do | Inc.com

Some people like to learn from mistakes. Others prefer to learn by finding out what <i>to do</i> instead of what not to do.<p>Case in point: Last month, I shared 10 phrases great speakers never say. A number of people emailed saying, "Great, but what <i>should</i> I do?" So I went back to Boris Veldhuijzen van …

Public Speaking

The Introvert's Survival Guide to Networking | Inc.com

I am an introvert. My consulting business blooms or withers largely on the basis of my networking prowess. Fifteen years ago, this painful dichotomy kept me up at night.<p>I signed up for a networking event in Washington, D.C., and the anticipation proved nearly as damaging as the networking itself: …

Networking

The One Behavior That Guarantees Failure | Inc.com

I once sat on the board of a company that was trying to reconfigure the financial relationship that it had with its customers. The CEO was trying to transition from a work-for-hire model to one in which his company co-owned the products it produced and could resell them to other customers.<p>"They …

Customers

Everyone Has a Role in Office Drama. What's Yours? | Inc.com

The Drama Triangle consists of three main roles that we each play--Rescuer, Victim, and Persecutor. And we each tend to gravitate to one--maybe two--distinct roles. We learn these primary roles early in life and they become deeply engrained in our interactions.<p>Alternatively, David Emerald …

Leadership

How to Present to a Tyrant

So you think you have a tough boss? Consider the poor Amazon engineer that gave a presentation to CEO Jeff Bezos only to have him say, “Why are you …

10 Small Ways to Combat Big Employee Conflicts

It doesn’t matter how robust the company wellness program is or how relaxing the nap room feels – when two or more employees are stuck in a negative …

Employees leave managers, not companies

Today I found out one of my good friends left their position at a well known technology company that many people would “kill” to work for. I asked …

10 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right Now

The mind is a real magician. It often presents an illusion so real that we don’t even stop to consider if it’s true. When we define ourselves by our …

8 Vicious Lies Negative People Tell You | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I’ve personally dealt with a lot of negative people since the birth of my blog. But alas, the folly was mine and I have no one to blame. I believed …

Albert Einstein

8 Leadership Attributes That Make Employees Go the Extra Mile | Inc.com

I like to call a certain typical leadership style "shock and awe." You know, managers who deploy yelling, profanity and arms that turn like windmills to motivate employees. Unsurprisingly, these techniques are not exactly effective in creating a devoted and engaged corps willing to go the extra …

Leadership

How To Get Anything You Want In Business (And Maybe Life)

My first job out of college was an inside sales associate position, in which I was tasked with cold-calling busy professionals all day and kindly explaining to them why they should spend their company’s money on a service they truly didn’t need.<p>To say I was unqualified was a gross understatement …

How To Remember Names And Details About People Better

We've all been there: you're introduced to someone and immediately forget their name—cringe! Here are 3 easy steps to remember names and details …

9 Tips On How To Get Along With People In Any Situation

No matter where you fall on the extrovert/introvert scale, wouldn’t it be great to learn better tactics to help you get along with the people you …

4 Steps To Stop Worrying About What Other People Think Of You

Everyone wants to be liked and accepted, but many of us spend too much time and energy worrying about what other people think. You might not even …

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm …

10 Secrets to Influencing Absolutely Anyone

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below</i> …

Employee Engagement

Interview Questions That Expose Exceptional Performance | Inc.com

In my last column, I detailed the one question that reveals everything a hiring manager needs to know to evaluate a candidate. The idea here is that getting a detailed, thoughtful answer to just this one question should represent the bulk of your interviewing time and effort. Why? Let me explain.<p>If …

Employment

Empowerment Play: Why You Should Put People First | Inc.com

Organizations today are moving and reacting to their environments far more quickly than ever before. While this increased speed has led to tremendous gains in the ability of businesses to take advantage of new opportunities, it has also created a workforce that is increasingly confused, …

Employee Engagement

THINK: 15 Ideas to Help You Talk Less and Listen More

Ask these 4 questions before you speak your mind at work.<p>A few years ago, my friend Erin Schreyer posted this saying on her Facebook page. That …

Self-help

POWERED BY INSPIRATION

“Welcome to my digital home. I believe we all have a purpose and mission that are uniquely our own. It is our life’s work to articulate what that is …