Nick Ballard

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Macy's tests artificial intelligence as a way to improve sales

Macy's is testing a mobile tool using artificial intelligence that lets shoppers get answers customized to the store they're in — such as where a particular brand is located or what's in stock — that they would normally ask a sales associate face-to-face.<p>The tool, which the nation's largest …

Artificial Intelligence

5 Hottest Travel Trends of Summer 2016

Roadtrips, national parks, and cheap airfare make the list.<p>As the summer travel season gets under way in just a few short weeks, pack your …

5 Common Job Seeking Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Mistakes make us human. We’re all guilty of them, but it’s time we stop making them within our resumes, job applications and interviews. Whether written or face-to-face, it’s imperative that we present the best version of ourselves.<p>So how do you ensure you’re being perceived the way you want? …

Employment

'Saturday Night Live' heroin sketch sparks outrage

<b>(CNN) —</b> What were you thinking "Saturday Night Live"? That's what a lot of fans -- and mothers of addicts -- are saying after a sketch on this weekend's show featured a fake drug commercial for "Heroin AM," an option for people "who want to use heroin" but also "get stuff done."<p>In the commercial, …

How Do You Survive Office Competition?

Hypercompetitors spark strong reactions in colleagues, from fighting back to shutting down; warriors vs. worriers<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Google+<p>Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com<p>Every office has at least one—the hypercompetitive employee who’s out to win at all …

Fighting

4 Things You Should Do When Plotting Your Comeback

Today's failure is an essential chapter in your success story tomorrow. Don't give up, plot your comeback.<p>We've all been there. Projects fail, presentations flop, and opportunities evaporate. These setbacks don't define you or your career though--they can't. You have too much to offer to let the …

Moneyball-Style Sales Management: A Q&A With Jeff Fotta

In the sales game, it’s easy to become trapped by the inertia of what work<i>ed</i>. We become resistant to new ideas and approaches that would upend our established ways. And that is why Jeff Fotta and his company Gryphon Networks are such a disruptive force in the world of sales.<p>Gryphon’s cloud-based …

Lesser Known Signs of Depression: Can You Feel the Music?

Many times, I work with clients who tell me that they aren't depressed, and therefore won't try medication or in any other way augment our work together, or even come into my office often enough to give me a true shot to help. There are so many reasons that it is helpful to know that you're …

Motherhood

Want to Get Out of Debt and Build Wealth? Cultivate These 5 Habits

If you want to get rich, the first thing to do is get out of debt--so your personal math works for you, not against you.<p>If you weren't born into wealth, and yet you want to know how to get rich, there's only one answer: Learn to become an entrepreneur.<p>Step number 1 on that journey is to make the …

5 key lessons PR can learn from sales

Sales and PR teams have a lot in common, right?<p>You pitch stories; sales teams make deals. It's all selling, and it's all about building better …

5 Parenting Skills You Never Knew You Needed

Everyone knows that there are quite a few standard parenting skills you need to get through day-to-day life with kids. These skills include but of course aren't limited to diaper changer, booboo kisser, meal preparer, housekeeper, multitasker, cab driver, yeller (just kidding...but not really), …

Parenting

What This Sleep-Deprived Mom's Selfie Says About Parenting

"I want people to know that this is what motherhood looks like."<p>Countless scientific studies, books and health movements tout the importance of getting a good amount of sleep each night, but parents of young children know it can be easier said than done.<p>On Monday, mom, writer and lactation …

Parenting

Aaron Levie runs a $1.5 billion company at age 31, thanks in part to a Jerry Maguire-like memo he wrote when he was 22

Eleven years ago, a college student named Aaron Levie had a startup idea.<p>That idea became Box, now a publicly traded company that Levie, 31, and his three cofounders still run. Box sells a cloud-storage solution with a suite of tools for enterprise companies, and has a market cap of $1.5 …

Startups

Why Am I So Tired: 10 Causes Of Abnormal Fatigue And How to Fix Them

“Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after …

Wellness

How to Trick Your Brain Into Conquering Fear, According to This Top Harvard Professor

Fear can sideline a person's dream of professional success. Tweak your body language and boost your authentic presence to feel more confident.<p>Social psychologist, Harvard Professor, author and public speaker Amy Cuddy delivered a phenomenally popular TED Talk in 2012, sharing how clear, nonverbal …

How to Stick With Good Habits Every Day by Using the 'Paper Clip Strategy'

In 1993, a bank in Abbotsford, Canada hired a 23-year-old stock broker named Trent Dyrsmid.<p>Dyrsmid was a rookie so nobody at the firm expected too much of his performance. Moreover, Abbotsford was still a relatively small suburb back then, tucked away in the shadow of nearby Vancouver where most of …

8 Social Tools to Listen and Interact With Customers

Do you engage with customers online? Are you looking for tools to help manage and monitor customer relationships? From product discovery to purchase …

Customer Experience