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6 Ways Companies Drive Out Their Best People

Sometimes you walk into a room and think – <i>Oooh, I could hang out here for a while</i>. There’s natural light, the temperature is just right, it smells good. The furniture is attractive and comfortable. Then there are rooms you walk into and just can’t wait to get out of – too cold or too hot; harsh or …

Credit Scores Don't Stop With Credit

In the old days, a bad credit score or report simply stopped you from buying something with borrowed money at a low rate. That’s still true, but times have changed. Credit has become a factor in a much wider range of human endeavors.

8 Things You Can Do When An Employer Requires Experience And You Have None

It's tough for new grads to find a good job right now--but the very fact that they're new grads makes it even worse. You'll find yourself asking, "How am I supposed to gain experience if I'm constantly turned down for not having any?" Career experts Lynn Taylor, Dr. Katharine Brooks and Nicole …

When The Employer Requires Experience And You Have None

It’s tough for college grads to find good jobs right now–but the very fact that they’re new grads makes it even worse. You’ll find yourself asking, “How am I supposed to gain experience if I’m constantly turned down for not having any?” Career experts Lynn Taylor, Katharine Brooks and Nicole …

3 Ways To Turn A Rush Order Into A Ripe Opportunity

Depending on your perspective, last-minute orders with demanding delivery times can be a pain in the neck or a big opportunity. After all, your customers expect you to meet your regular processing and shipping deadlines; when they ask for something special, it’s your opportunity to go above and …

Four Ways To Invest In Gold

Investing part of your portfolio in the yellow metal is one thing, deciding how is quite another. These are four popular options.

1. Use 100-Minus-Your-Age To Find Bond Allocation

You know the rule, right? Subtract 100 from your age and that’s how much you invest in equities. The rest goes into bonds.<p>Such cut-and-dry asset allocation no longer has a place in today’s low-interest rate environment. “100-minus-your-age as your stock-to-bond ratio is not the rule anymore. You …

4 Financial Myths That Can Hurt You

From the Loch Ness Monster to the latest urban legend, some myths persist even when people ought to know they aren’t true. These falsehoods can be fun, unless they are about money — in which case they can do a great deal of harm.<p>Here are four financial “facts” you should always take with a grain of …

Money Does Buy Happiness, Says New Study

Readers of Forbes may wonder, are those billionaires who can afford Feadship yachts, Graff diamonds and Lamborghinis really happier than the rest of us? Individual happiness, of course, is a complex thing. But those of you who are curious about the happiness of populations en masse will want to …

Avoid These Costly Remodeling Mistakes

While many Americans are ready to take on remodeling/renovation projects this spring, doing it the wrong way can be costly. Some errors to avoid:<p>Not knowing exactly what you want<p>If you don’t know exactly what you want or specify what you want, you’re going to get what the contractor <i>thinks</i> you want. …

You (And Your Company) Are Unique. So Why Is Your Marketing Strategy The Same As Everyone Else?

A few summers back, Esquire featured a gorgeous picture of Tom Cruise on the cover to go with the feature package: <b>How to be a Man</b>: <i>A guide to your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s…after that you are on your own.</i><p>Being squarely in my 50s, I might have appreciated the joke more than most. But then I got to …

The Secret to Winning A-List Informational Interviews? Learn to Podcast

<i>The following piece is co-authored with</i> <i>John Corcoran</i><i>, who is an attorney, business advisor, and creator of</i> <i>SmartBusinessRevolution.com</i><i>.</i><p>Everybody knows informational interviews are important. But getting a busy person to give up an hour with you is another matter.<p>But there’s a modern solution: …

3 Things That Determine The Market Value Of A College Degree

What is the value of a college degree? Why do some college graduates get multiple job offers, while others end up with jobs that do not require a college degree?<p>These questions aren’t new, but they’re raised anew this time of the year, as colleges around the country award degrees and graduates head …

Five Red Flags You Picked The Wrong Financial Advisor

Libby Kane has an interesting article entitled “Five Signs You Picked The Wrong Financial Advisor” which fits well with our “ Ten Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor.” Here are her five warning signs:<p><b>1. She Isn’t Certified.</b> In other words, you should value comprehensive wealth management.<b>2. He</b> …

Who Got Rich This Week: An Offshore Driller, Stein Mart's Chairman And More

Each week at Forbes we scan our database of corporate insiders to see who got richer from the action in the stock market. A third straight week of gains for the major indices produced record highs for both the Dow and the S&P 500, which ended the week up 1% and 1.7% respectively. Both closed …

Offshore Financial Centers Solve the Problems Onshore Regulators Pretend They Don't Have

The Cayman Islands are lovely.<p>Located in the Caribbean between Cuba and Jamaica, this collection of tropical islands enjoys a wonderful climate, great sailing and diving, and is home to only about 50,000 people. More importantly, perhaps, registered companies in Cayman significantly outnumber its …

Best Places To Do Business

The World Bank ranks the top places to do business by taxation, regulation, credit policy and other matters. Here's a look at where the top country's stand this year, and where they were in 2010.

From Floor to Ceiling, Construction Companies Growing

Private companies working on everything from the foundation to the roof of buildings are generating double-digit sales growth as the construction sector strengthens, according to data from Sageworks, a financial information company.<p>The majority of U.S. construction companies are privately held, so …

The Two Things You Need To Build A Successful Company: A Case Study

We have talked repeatedly about when you set off to the build a successful company, you don’t begin with THE BIG IDEA. Big ideas are a dime a dozen, and what’s worse they may not solve any known problem. (Think no further than all those products cluttering “close out” retailers. Each and every one …

5 Habits Of Leaders Who Create Workspace Culture

When I was a student (once upon a time I thought I was to be a clinical psychologist), and broke, and spending time in New York City (also about the time I decided I was not to be a performing artist, choreographer for my career after spending years here doing so), I used to make extra money …

What Is Authentic Leadership?

What is authentic leadership?<p>It continues to surprise me how many leaders attempt to be one way at work, while their “true” personality emerges outside of work. Once a CEO reminded me, “Leadership is acting.” And it surprises me when these same leaders seem shocked or confused when their employees …