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Finders Keeper's: This State Park Is Filled with Diamonds

And just two weeks ago, David Anderson, an intrepid diamond hunter, discovered a 6.19-carat white diamond after searching for four hours. It's the 15th largest diamond to have been found at the park since 1972. Anderson has found hundreds of diamonds at the park over the years, but this latest find …

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Are You a High-Performer--or Just an Overachiever?

There's a difference. A big difference. High-performers grow a business into what it needs to be.<p>Overachievers make for worrisome business leaders, and they’re doubly dangerous as CEOs. Why? Because their desire to <i>achieve</i> blinds them from the vital need to <i>perform</i>.<p>'Achieve' comes from an old French …

The Remarkable Story Behind a Company's Simple Name Change

For Big Ass Solutions--the $122-million, 500-employee company formerly known as Big Ass Fans--the time was right for a definitive rebranding.<p>"Budgets are made to be busted," is something you hope most CEOs of growing companies believe. Yet that's not the way the story usually goes. Often, the …

12 Habits of Really Successful People (‘Mad Men’ Edition)

The world has changed radically, but some of the habits that led to success in the 1960s have timeless application today.<p>Years go by, fashion changes, but the things that really successful people do each day are timeless.<p>Here's a case in point: <i>Mad Men</i>, the hit television show about the partners and …

The Brain Exercise That Boosts Creativity

Making this simple and short exercise a part of your daily routine will help you and your business.<p>Many corporations use meditation to help employees bring new ideas to the table--Shell Oil, Google, General Mills to name a few. I think it's also important for entrepreneurs to make meditation part …

The world has nothing to fear from the US losing power | Mark Weisbrot

As China looks set to overtake the US as the world's largest economy, a multipolar world can only be good for democracy<p>The news that China will displace the US as the world's largest economy this year is big news. For economists who follow these measurements, the tectonic shift likely occurred a …

The inventor of everything

It’s a sunny morning in Camarillo, California, and the fields along Pleasant Valley road are full of berry pickers in colored sweatshirts moving swiftly to gather ripe fruit. I take a left turn down Calle San Pablo into an unassuming industrial park, the research and development center for Cool …