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Apple under pressure as figures stall

Just a year has passed since Apple was the most valuable listed company in the world, and its design chief Sir Jonathan Ive was boasting that its “goal is not to make money”.<p>The company will be under pressure to demonstrate that its focus has shifted when it delivers its third quarter results on …

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Tyler The Creator Creates Mountain Dew Spot Starring His Goat Alter Ego

Some new kind of level has been achieved in soft drink marketing with this Mountain Dew spot, directed by Tyler the Creator.<p>The Odd Future …

Mountain Dew

The 2013 World's Most Innovative Companies | Fast Company

What’s Your Biggest Business Takeaway So Far This Year?

Anyone who claims running their business is easy is not telling you the whole truth. The fact is, every entrepreneur faces their fair share of ups and downs–it’s what you learn from those experiences that determines how successful you’ll be in the future. Learn from seasoned pros who’ve been there, …

4 Pillars Of Successful Brand Building From HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes

HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes shares the key areas he focused on to build HootSuite’s brand from scrappy startup to globally recognized social-media tool.<p>As an entrepreneur, one of the biggest challenges you will face will be building your brand. The ultimate goal is to set your company and your brand …

Ten Things Your Boss Doesn't Want You To Know

<i>This is a guest post by Donna Ballman, a Florida employment lawyer and author of the book,</i> Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards. <i>Her blog is Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home and she tweets as @EmployeeAtty. Her other</i> …

Can you profit from the rising oil price?

Petrol prices roar away, but oil stocks are stuck in the slow lane. Emma Wall looks at the investment case.<p>Feeling the effects of inflation at the pump? That's because the oil price has risen steeply. Since early June, Brent crude has risen from a little more than $100 to reach $108.60 a barrel. …

10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work

“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done<b>.</b>” – Dwight D. Eisenhower<p>Tasteful humor is a key to success at work, but there’s a good chance your co-workers aren’t cracking jokes or packaging information with wit on a regular basis–and your …

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Richard Branson: The best Virgin Atlantic complaint letter EVER

A Virgin Atlantic customer, dubbed Mr Hungry Headache, wrote to Richard Branson to complain about his horrible experience aboard a flight from Mumbai …

Virgin Atlantic

10 tips to future-proof your brand

People’s values shift dramatically every couple of years, changing their needs and expectations from brands. Here are ten top tips for how brands can …

10 Companies Hiring The Most In Marketing Right Now

Things are slowly improving on the jobs front—but plenty of recession-weary businesses remain hesitant to expand their payrolls today. Still, though hiring hasn’t picked up in all areas, there <i>are</i> some bright spots for marketing professionals.<p>According to online job search engine Indeed.com, some of …

How Ideal Is Your Company?

Is your company getting your best work? Do you come in every day energized, enthusiastic, creative, and engaged? If not, you’re not alone, at least in the U.S, according to the latest Gallup poll of employee engagement, which you can see if you scroll down through the wealth of data my HBR …

How Money Actually Buys Happiness

Warren Buffett’s advice about money has been scrutinized — and implemented — by savvy investors all over the world. But while most people know they can benefit from expert help to make money, they think they already know how to spend money to reap the most happiness. As a result, they follow their …

New Research: You’re Doing Customer Experience Innovation Wrong

“Innovation” has become a buzzword in the customer experience field.<p>In a recent Forrester survey of 100 customer experience professionals, nearly half of respondents said that their executive team’s strategy for customer experience is market differentiation. And an ambitious 13% said that they’ll …

Connect, Then Lead

<b>Is it better to be loved or feared?</b><p>Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. “It may be answered that one should wish to be both,” he acknowledged, “but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”<p>Now …

Here’s How to Actually Empower Customer Service Employees

There is perhaps nothing as fundamental for organizations as customer service. Any company in a truly competitive market suffers an inevitable decline if it ignores this basic discipline for too long. Take McDonald’s for example—the organization’s recent confession to franchisees that 20 percent of …

Why Some Companies Seem To Last Forever

Nokia began in 1865 as a riverside paper mill along the Tammerkoski Rapids in southwestern Finland. In the late 1880s, Johnson & Johnson got its start by manufacturing the first commercial sterile surgical dressings and first-aid kits.<p>And in 1924, the founder of Toyota came out with his company's …

Innovation

Being A Leader Means Learning To Talk Like One

Effective leadership requires verbal discipline.<p>Leaders need to care about and practice the quality, specificity, and power of their language. Not enough of them do.<p>Communication is particularly crucial to entrepreneurs. A founder's individual vision and presence is vital to his or her …

Leadership

America Is Raising A Generation Of Kids Who Can't Think Or Write Clearly

Parents don't read to their children as much, K-12 humanities teachers are not as well-trained as STEM ones, federal funding for international education is down 41% over four years, and many college students graduate without being able to write clearly.<p>Although humanities degrees are not in total …

Humanities

Coach Has A Risky Idea For Separating Itself From The Competition

The brand could start selling insanely expensive handbags soon.<p>Executives from the brand told Women's Wear Daily that it could start offering products that cost thousands of dollars. Coach just hired Stuart Vevers, an LVMH alum, as its new creative director.<p>"You can have a $5,000, $2,000, $3,000 …

Michael Kors

32 Lesser-Known Rules Of Management

Originally a part of a presentation to engineers and scientists at Raytheon, someone asked him to write his rules down.<p>Thankfully he listened, the result is Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management.<p>Not all of the rules are Swanson's. Some of them were published in 1944 in The Unwritten Laws of …

Raytheon

Intense Secrecy Isn't The Best Strategy For Corporations

Ever since GE built the first industrial lab in 1900, research and development has been a highly secretive affair. Security protocols have been regarded almost as important as scientific ones. Industrial espionage has been pursued as zealously as the political kind.<p>Apple, arguably the world's most …

Innovation

The Management Secrets That Got One Kings Lane To $200 Million In Revenue In Just 3 Years

One Kings Lane, the home decor flash sales site, made $100 million in revenue in 2011.<p>They were two years old.<p>In 2012, they doubled it to $200 million.<p>And recently, CEO Doug Mack told us that they are on track to beat that this year.<p>From 29 employees when he first joined in 2010, Mack and …

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8 Examples Of Why Quitting Your Job Is Sometimes The Best Thing To Do

That might sound like an exaggeration, but I have a gut feeling that notion isn't far from the truth.<p>Most of us continue to wake up in the morning and go to bed at night thinking that our day job is the only key to securing our present and future. Luckily, our community has managed to prove that …

Never Give The The Real Reason Why You Quit A Job

Maybe you were bullied, yeah? Maybe your CEO was a narcissist and a psychopath? Maybe your very own HR Generalist tried to sexually proposition you?<p>Lucky you.<p>But, yeah, uh, please keep that to yourself.<p>"Laurie, what should I say when people ask me why I'm looking for a new job? I want to tell them …

Employment

4 Ways To Motivate Detached Workers

Marnie Green, principal consultant at Management Education Group and author of "Painless Performance Conversations," says that performance conversations should happen regularly, not annually. It takes practice to handle them well. "Managers fail at these conversation because part of it is [having …

Employment