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Develop the Leaders You’ve Been Overlooking

Say the word <i>leader</i> and most people immediately think of those with business cards that says “manager,” “director,” or other such lofty title. That is, the people who hold positions of stature within a company’s hierarchy, to whom several individuals report, and whose influence comes in great …

Pictures: Volcano Covers Indonesian Cities With Ash

Indonesia's Mount Kelud erupted this week, sending ash into the air, causing 100,000 people to evacuate and killing three.<p>An explosive nighttime volcano eruption on February 13 caused chaos on Indonesia's most populous island, covering cities with ash and killing three people.<p>Mount Kelud, long …

Geology

Tools that make preparing for a prospect meeting a piece of cake.

You’ve penciled in your first meeting with a prospective customer. You may be tempted to go out and celebrate this accomplishment – but before you …

Trends

10 Questions to Ask When Creating a Killer PowerPoint Presentation

As an entrepreneur, speaking at influential industry trade shows and conferences positions your products and services center stage, exactly where you want your brand to be.<p>When done right, showcasing your brand in a dynamic presentation can reel in new customers, attract capital and generate …

How Big Data Is Influencing Hiring

We've been hearing a lot these days about how Big Data will change business. Its impact on the marketing and media world is being felt throughout the …

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

All executives know that strategy is important. But almost all also find it scary, because it forces them to confront a future they can only guess at. Worse, actually choosing a strategy entails making decisions that explicitly cut off possibilities and options. An executive may well fear that …

The Only Interview Question That Matters

This single question provides the depth and breadth of insight needed to reach a fast, unanimous Hire/Don't Hire decision.<p>Last week, LinkedIn announced to the world that I've been in the recruiting industry for 36 years. During that time, I've written a number of books about talent challenges and …

Employment

Why The World’s Largest Experiment In Free Public Transportation Failed

In an ambitious move, the capital of Estonia gave its 430,000 residents access to public transit. So why didn’t the free rides result in new passengers?<p>A year ago, the city of Tallinn, Estonia, situated a short hop across the Baltic Sea from Finland, made public transportation free to its …

3 Lessons Consumers Have Taught Businesses About Global Expansion

A successful overseas venture requires a keen understanding of the new market that you can only get by engaging local consumers before your launch.<p>We have all heard unfortunate stories about global brands misjudging consumer sentiment in new markets. But it's the lessons learned from consumers that …

Quicken

Bank Of America To Improve Working Conditions After Intern Death

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Bank of America Merrill Lynch has detailed how it intends to improve working conditions for its junior bankers after one of its summer interns died.<p>In a memo sent to staff on Friday and seen by Reuters, Bank of America said an internal review had outlined measures to …

The Mint countries: Next economic giants?

<b>In 2001 the world began talking about the Bric countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - as potential powerhouses of the world economy. The term was coined by economist Jim O'Neill, who has now identified the "Mint" countries - Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey - as emerging economic</b> …

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