Sufino Zuhaily

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99% of Networking Is a Waste of Time

Building the right relationships — networking — is critical in business. It may be an overstatement to say that relationships are everything, but not a huge one. The people we spend time with largely determine the opportunities that are available to us. As venture capitalist and entrepreneur Rich …

All Your Clothes Are Made With Exploited Labor

Patagonia tried to stop human trafficking in its supply chain, but, as recently as 2011, internal audits found continuing abuses. Is the problem too massive for companies to solve?<p>In the more than 40 years since its founding as a clothing company, Patagonia has become a symbol of well-heeled …

Universities are the new multinational corporations

A growing number of colleges and universities are emerging as multinational organizations—creating start-up versions of themselves in foreign countries.<p>Those vacationing in western France may drive past a campus of Georgia Institute of Technology. Similarly, those visiting Italy may come across a …

No One Can Think Outside the Box

Taxi services think inside a box. So did Blockbuster. So does Microsoft.<p>But here’s the thing. Uber, Netflix, and Apple also think inside boxes. So do you. So do I.<p>A box is a frame, a paradigm, a habit, a perspective, a silo, a self-imposed set of limits; a box is context and interpretation. We …

How to Overcome Your Biggest Workplace Fears

Giving presentations, delivering a poor performance review, asking for a raise: Everyone’s afraid of something at work. Time to get over it.<p>While most of us crave excitement and change at work to keep us motivated and interested, there is a part of us that also resists and fears change. There are …

The economics of bluffing

WILL Greece default on its debts and leave the euro? Will Britain decide to leave the European Union? Politicians in the two countries have …

How to Know If You Talk Too Much

You may have heard the saying, “When you’re in love, smoke gets in your eyes.” Well when you’re talking, smoke gets in your eyes <i>and</i> ears. Once you’re on a roll, it’s very easy to not notice that you’ve worn out your welcome. You may not even realize that the other person is politely trying to get a …

Zappos and the Connection Between Structure and Strategy

Leaders of large enterprises struggle to balance the need to make their core business more efficient with the need to move nimbly to new processes and business models, particularly in the face of threats from disruptive startups. This is a fact we know, and know well.<p>But it’s less well known that …

How Long Does It Actually Take to Form a New Habit? (Backed by Science)

And that's how society started spreading the common myth that it takes 21 days to form a new habit (or 30 days or some other magic number). It's remarkable how often these timelines are quoted as statistical facts.<p>Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the 1950s when he began noticing a strange …

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A Better Way to Map Brand Strategy

Marketers have always had to juggle two seemingly contradictory goals: making their brands distinctive and making them central in their category. Central brands, such as Coca-Cola in soft drinks and McDonald’s in fast food, are those that are most representative of their type. They’re the first …

Cyberbullying Less Emotionally Harmful To Kids Than In-Person Harassment, Study Finds

Bullying and harassment that occurs both in-person and online takes highest toll

Meet the newest big solar developers: Native Americans

The world’s largest solar thermal power plant plugged into the California grid this week, the first of what was supposed to be a dozen big solar projects to be built in the desert southwest of the US. It also may be one of the last for a while.<p>When regulators licensed BrightSource Energy’s $2 …