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Economist Warns Of Extra Cheese

Russia is the world's fifth largest importer of food, which means we should expect price distortions stemming from excess supply.<p>These price distortions may be pronounced in the global cheese market.<p>According to Capital Economics' Tom Pugh, food exporters to Russia could be saddled with a lot of …

Companies have turned killing time into an art form

Technologies like email and videoconferencing, designed to save time, end up helping people waste more of it. A new study by Bain & Company published at the Harvard Business Review finds that the way we order our lives and structure our companies, and particularly our meetings, wastes a spectacular …

Research

Five Hard Truths You Must Embrace To Thrive As An Entrepreneur

Given that a whopping 75% of businesses are so micro they have zero employees and small businesses generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 1999, it’s clear that soon almost everyone will be an entrepreneur. Traditional hierarchies are disappearing as the self-employed hire each other in droves.<p>…

5 Content Distribution Channels You Might Be Overlooking

Marketers are making significant investments in content marketing, and rightfully so. According to Rishi Dave, chief marketing officer at Dun & Bradstreet, today’s consumers are entirely self-directed in their buying journeys. Content helps empower these audiences to make educated and informed …

Adweek

Content Marketing Audit: Full Audits Are Essential

While I was conducting my daily browse through the world of LinkedIn’s content marketing groups, I came across a comment that really stood out to me. …

Introducing The Periodic Table of Content Marketing

<b>I’ve written a lot about content strategy over the past decade. I’ve also highlighted various niche tactics that can help content creators to</b> …

Marketing

5 Unexpected Ways To Build Your Personal Brand

Sometimes, effective personal branding requires nixing conventional wisdom. Here are five tips to help you increase your visibility, influence and success.<p><b>1. Be Lazy.</b> One misconception about personal branding is that you need to constantly create new content to build your brand. For the overworked, …

7 Reasons Employees Don't Trust Their Leaders

As the world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela and commemorates his greatness as a leader, we would do well to remember that one of the many hallmarks of his leadership was <b>trust</b>. The greatest leaders in the world gravitated toward Mr. Mandela because he was genuinely trustworthy and his purpose was …

The most important economic stories of 2013 in 44 graphs. What would you pick as the most important economic event, trend or discovery of 2013? The Atlantic asked economists, journalists and think-tank analysts to capture what they saw as the past year's top economic story in one poignant graph: http://wef.ch/j33vr Photo: Reuters/David Moir

How is Big Data Transforming Your 80/20 Analytics?

Even today, most organizations technically struggle to answer even the simplest 80/20 analytics questions: Which 20% of customers generate 80% of the profits? Which 20% of suppliers are responsible for 80% of customer UX complaints? What 20% of customers facilitate 80% of the most helpful …

'Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor': Getting the right person in your corner - TODAY.com

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Race & Ethnicity

How to Manage Impossible Clients

If you provide some kind of service to clients (as most of us do), you’ll know from experience that some of your beloved masters are easier to work with than others. Some are delightful, some forgettable, and a few you proclaim as downright impossible. Although your view of the client depends on a …

Analytics 3.0

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Nonsensical Infographic No. 5, 2009, digital<p>Those of us who have spent years studying “data smart” companies believe we’ve already lived through two eras in the use of analytics. We might call them BBD and ABD—before big data and after big data. Or, to use a naming convention …

The Customer Support Hierarchy of Needs

Almost five years ago, I was sitting in the conference room of one of the world’s largest insurance companies, trying to push the idea of social customer relationship management to their corporate marketing team. I showed them the power of Twitter and Facebook, and painted pictures of how they …

The Twelve Sales Metrics that Matter Most

Sales is both an art and a science. It is the skillful combination of emotion and logic, people and process, free-thinking and organization. I recently conducted an extensive research project involving more than one-hundred vice presidents of sales at top technology companies (software, cloud, …

10 Charts from 2013 That Changed the Way We Think

1. Asian countries are overtaking European countries when it comes to prosperity:<p>2. The most common area of weakness for ineffective senior leaders is their ability to develop others, followed by their ability to collaborate (but research shows it’s entirely possible to reverse these bad habits):<p>3. …

The Best Companies To Work For In 2014

Boston-based consulting giant Bain & Co. finds itself at the top of several prestigious rankings. It holds the No. 2 spot on Vault’s <i>Consulting 50</i>; it has been named the <i>Best Firm to Work For</i> by <i>Consulting</i> magazinefor eleven consecutive years; it ranks among the Human Rights Campaign’s <i>Best Places to</i> …

Here's Why Microsoft's New Mobile Strategy Will Help It Overtake Apple In 3 Years

Most technology companies don’t often get the chance to regain a market category lead after being swept aside by not one but two technology giants. In most cases after losing the lead, the company either pivots to a new category or goes out of business. Some companies hit the reset button and make …

Can governments drag the shadow economy into the light? We asked you to put your questions on organised crime and illicit trade to Jay Cziraky, from our Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade & Organized Crime. Here are his answers: http://forumblog.org/2013/11/qa-can-governments-drag-the-shadow-economy-into-the-light/ Photo: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

When will the dollar lose its dominance? Global investors "still regard US Treasury bills as a safe haven and the dollar as the top international currency, especially given the absence of good alternatives," writes Jeffrey Frankel - but that does not mean it will always be number one. Do you think the dollar’s role will be overshadowed within the next decade? http://forumblog.org/2013/11/will-the-dollar-lose-its-dominance/ Photo: Reuters/Kacper Pempel

Data’s Credibility Problem

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Nonsensical Infographic No. 7, 2009, digital<p>As a rising product-management executive prepares for an important presentation to her firm’s senior team, she notices that something looks off in the market share numbers. She immediately asks her assistant to verify the figures. He …

Three Strategy Lessons From the Latest Round of Xbox vs. PlayStation

In 2008, when the Harvard Business School case study was written on the launch two years earlier of the PlayStation 3, the question was whether it was “game over” for Sony. The electronics giant had seemingly lost its dominant position in the gaming console market, with the Nintendo Wii’s surprise …

How to Start Thinking Like a Data Scientist

Slowly but steadily, data are forcing their way into every nook and cranny of every industry, company, and job. Managers who aren’t data savvy, who can’t conduct basic analyses, interpret more complex ones, and interact with data scientists are already at a disadvantage. Companies without a large …

China’s Economy, in Six Charts

China’s economy has entered a critical phase. Since the country opened its doors in 1978, the economy has witnessed tremendous growth. Its gross domestic product has surged from less than $150 billion in 1978 to $8,227 billion in 2012 (see “China’s GDP” chart below). In the process, more than 600 …