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Oracle has angered some employees by closing for a week and docking everyone's vacation

Lots of tech companies do that, but in Oracle's case, it is mandating that all employees pay for this furlough with four days of their paid time off/vacation time, according to several sources we spoke to.<p>That's far less common.<p>"We all know that it's actually a trick to get rid of accrued PTO on …

Employment

The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation

<b>What's the secret to sales success? If you're like most business leaders, you'd say it's fundamentally about relationships-and you'd be wrong. The</b> …

10 Best Hosted Ecommerce Platforms

A <b>hosted ecommerce platform</b> is a type of software as a service (SaaS) that hosts online stores. A good hosted ecommerce platform will have …

eCommerce

The Four Most Powerful Forces in Sales

<i>Today's post is by Jeff Seeley, CEO of Carew International, Inc. Check out this Carew International white paper, “Success in the Challenger Sales</i> …

Five Tips for Setting a Course to Great Sales Leadership

<i>Today's guest post is by Tris Brown, CEO of LSA Global. Take the LSA Global free and confidential 12-minute Alignment Survey at</i></i> …

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Trail of the Month<p>WEBCASTS<p>Exclusive Leadership Webcast Series<p>BLOG SERIES<p>Real Trailblazer Stories to Inspire You<p>May 25, 2018 By Jim Green<p>Digital …

7 Daily Promises That Create Sales Success

Success in sales, life, and business depends upon your ability to cultivate and grow these seven key emotions.<p>If you have the world's best sales process, technology, worksheets, playbooks, sales scripts, and marketing collateral, you will still fail if you don't have the emotional strength it takes …

Self-improvement

Tailoring your sales staff for their survival and your success

While I have written about some of these thoughts previously, I thought I would compile my six best ideas and alterations for your consideration as …

What Sales Can Learn From Marketing (and Vice Versa)

Coming to grips with the rapidly evolving behavior of consumers and business customers is challenging executives across every sector.<p>Today's …

James Harrison Sets the Standard with His Ice-Bucket Challenge

NFL linebacker James Harrison has apparently decided to raise the bar for the ice-bucket challenge.<p>While many people have been posting videos of themselves pouring buckets of ice water on themselves via social media, Harrison kicked things up a notch by submerging his entire body in a tub filled …

Looks familiar? It’s the house that inspired Pixar’s ‘Up’

Would you sell your old and tiny house for a million dollars? In 2006, Edith Macefield of Seattle turned down such an offer, paving the way for her …

Pinterest Founder Ben Silbermann On Why The Best Talent Goes After Adventure, Not Success

The best employees never shy away from a challenge.<p>“I think the thing that I’ve learned is that really great people, they actually want to work on hard problems,” says Ben Silbermann, cofounder and CEO of Pinterest.<p>With Pinterest in its infancy, Silbermann never imagined that he would be able to …

Ben Silbermann

If "Breaking Bad" Had Been Set In The U.K.

By Christoper Keelty.

Watch a motorcyclist save a coffee cup from certain death

Nate Bos, a 28-year-old motorcyclist, was out for a leisurely ride in Orem, Utah, in early May when he spotted a cup precariously teetering on the back bumper of a second-generation Ford Explorer. Rather than watch the liquid-filled mug fall onto the road, and likely be lost forever, he decided to …

Tesla pays off its $451 milllion federal loan

The repayment is sure to relieve pressure on the company and the Obama administration<p>Electric car maker Tesla Motors, in a move that is sure to buoy both the company and the Obama administration, announced Wednesday that it has paid off its entire federal loan.<p>It is paying off $451.8 million of the …

The Great Netflix Doom-Avoidance Machine

Reed Hastings has emerged from hiding. Well, maybe not <i>hiding</i> — he was still posting on Facebook and talking to the occasional magazine writer. But by his previous standards, the Netflix co-founder and CEO had been laying uncharacteristically low in the almost two years since the Great Qwikster …

Spanx founder Sara Blakely is first female billionaire to donate half her fortune to charity

Entrepreneur Sara Blakely has become the first female billionaire to donate half her fortune to the Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Giving Pledge, specifically to "invest in women".<p>The <b>youngest woman in the world to make $1bn</b> (£650m) on her own was approached by Bill Gates to commit half her wealth to …

Bill Gates

Facebook Is In Talks To Acquire Waze For Up To $1 Billion

Facebook is in the final stages of negotiation with crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app maker Waze for an Instagram-sized acquisition of the Israeli company, reports local business publication Calcalist.<p>According to Calcalist reporter Assaf Gilad, who has a track record of getting things like …

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What LeBron James Knows About Analytics that You Should Too

The most useful question I’ve learned to ask people about analytics is, “What do you plan to do with them?” By far the most interesting answer I’ve gotten comes from basketball superstar LeBron James: Hire Hakeem Olajuwon.<p>Until his championship 2011-2012 season, NBA cognoscenti viewed James as a …

There's A New Generation Of Young People Hopping America's Trains

"Two weeks later I was gone — this was it, I was riding my very first freight train."<p>From 2004 to 2009 Brodie rode more than 50,000 miles through 46 states, documenting who and what he encountered along the way with a Polaroid camera before switching to 35mm film in 2006.<p>The Polaroid Kid showcased …

Game Of Thrones (newbies): “Kissed By Fire” (for newbies)

<i>This</i> Game Of Thrones <i>post is written from the point of view of someone who has not read the books the series is based on. As such, spoilers are</i> …

The Most Profitable Businesses to Start

(An updated list of the most profitable industries is available here, and a more recent list of new-business ideas is here.)<p>One of the first questions to ask before starting a business is, “Can I make money in this industry?”<p>While that may seem obvious, some people confuse sales growth with …

EVERYONE Should Be Thrilled By The Gold Crash

On Friday, when the price of gold plunged we said it was "great news." That crash is continuing, with gold now below $1400/oz.<p>The idea behind saying the gold news "great news" is basically this:<p>The last few years have seen a major ideological battle take place.<p>On one hand you have established …

Bitcoin Bubble Is Unavoidable And Necessary, Says Trader

The value of the bitcoin has skyrocketed amid a recent flood of capital into the virtual currency, but many are wondering whether its appreciation …

The Wu-Tang Clan's 20-Year Plan

This year marks the 20th anniversary of a remarkable year in music. Over the 12 months of 1993, Queen Latifah, De La Soul, Salt-N-Pepa, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest and more than a dozen other rappers released albums that helped to change the sound of America. One of those albums wasn't just a …

‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere Recap: One Giant Leap

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it?<p>Granted, this is kind of an odd thing to say about a television program that featured graphic onscreen nipple …

TV Series

Dell CEO said to mull Blackstone buyout only with CEO assurance

It was assumed just a couple of months ago that Dell would go private with a $24.4 billion buyout under founder and CEO Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake.<p>But several wrenches have been thrown into that plan.<p>Dell confirmed earlier this week that it had two possibly "superior" buyout …

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