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How GE Trains More Experienced Employees

Trainee programs for new recipients of bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees have been around for years. Each year, organizations race toward campuses and grab hold of the recruits they consider best for their talent pool. Once in the program, the newly minted graduates are rotated through various …

Make Your Best Customers Even Better

Just over a year ago, managers at Kraft believed that their Velveeta brand had only moderate growth prospects. With the consumer migration toward natural and organic products, sales of Velveeta—a processed, unrefrigerated “cheese food”—had languished. The customers who did buy it typically used it …

Why Facebook’s $19B WhatsApp acquisition means nothing (at least for marketers)

Here in the U.S., just like everywhere else in the world, we love our text messages.<p>The ring or buzz of an incoming message will stop us in our tracks and pull us into a conversation that we wouldn’t have as a voice call otherwise. This “addiction” puts into perspective just how lucky we are in the …

As discontent grows, Singapore budget to tighten noose on the rich

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore is known as a tropical refuge for the world's wealthy, endowed with exclusive residential enclaves, a marina for super-yachts, two casinos and an annual Formula One race that brings in the global jet-set.<p>But as the orderly city-state comes within a whisper of …

Income Tax

What it’s like to crash and burn on Wall Street

Turney Duff made $10m over the course of a decade on Wall Street, but blew it all on cocaine, prostitutes and bad investments. Regrets? None that he can think of...<p>I moved to New York in 1994, aged 24, looking for a job in PR or journalism. It wasn’t working and I was getting very frustrated, so my …

Wall Street

How I Taught Steve Jobs To Put Design First

Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog and creator of Apple’s Snow White design language, recounts convincing Jobs to empower designers.<p><i>The following is an edited excerpt from</i> Keep It Simple: The Early Design Years of Apple <i>by Hartmut Esslinger.</i><p>Editor’s Note<p>12/25/13<p>Happy (almost) New Year! We’re saying …

Product Design

Billionaires' Tips For New Grads: Advice From Jobs, Oprah, Zuckerberg And More

College students across the country will accept diplomas and step out into the “real world” for the first time this month. Some have jobs, many don’t, but all are hopeful about what lies ahead.<p>As to their first steps beyond the comfort of campus, whose advice should they follow? What lessons should …

What Makes You an Entrepreneur?

Posted at 07:55h in Entrepreneurs by Thomas Holland 8 Comments<p>Entrepreneurship is an attitude more than a skill or a profession.<p>The term …

Entrepreneurship

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How Entrepreneurs' Brains Are Different From Managers'

It turns out that extends to the way their brains work.<p>A recent study from MIT professor Maurizio Zollo scanned the brains of entrepreneurs and managers while they did two different types of activities, exploitative tasks, associated with optimizing a current or ongoing task, and explorative tasks, …

Entrepreneurship

Are NFC payments dead?

The new generation of smartphones running the Android operating system come loaded up with special equipment, called NFC chips, that theoretically would allow for those phones to be used as payment device. Surprisingly, few pieces of software are available in the market to complete the loop, …

13 Ways Brands Can Boost Their Facebook Edgerank Status

While most people would complain about Edgerank, it's really there to ensure only the best content appears in your feed. So how do you make sure that your content appears on feeds regularly? Here's the best methods to increase the number of people seeing your content.<p>One of the bigger problems …

InterAct

How Young Entrepreneurs Are Cashing In On The Bitcoin Buzz

You can't open a website or newspaper these days without reading about Bitcoin, the digital currency that was invented in 2009 by a mystery person who goes by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. The latest news is Fred Wilson's Union Square Ventures just agreed to help fund a $5 million round of …

Cryptocurrency

7 Terrible Management Fads That Just Won't Die

Contrary to what you might think, management fads aren't fads because they're something new. Quite the contrary, what makes them fads is that companies glom onto these decades-old ideas as panaceas... one after the other after the other.<p>Here's how to ensure that you can still get work done and …

Management

5 Ways To Be Productive When The Pressure Is On

The key is "being able to keep up the intensity even though there's no external accountability," says Sharon Melnick, a business psychologist and author of Success Under Stress. This means you need to be able to "manage your stress levels and stay motivated even when you're not," she says, because …

Time Management