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'We Damn Near Ran It Into The Ground:' Kiolbassa Smoked Meats Isn’t Afraid To Let People See How The Sausage And Profits Are Made

L<p>ast August, the president of Kiolbassa Smoked Meats was blindsided by a spike in what it cost the company to produce sausage. “How the hell did we not forecast this?” Michael Kiolbassa asked his senior managers as the possibility of a profit slipped away. “I feel like the emperor with no …

San Antonio

Why Being First Might Lead To Being Last

Being first to market with a product or service has many advantages and benefits -- but it comes with a great many challenges as well.<p>I recently worked with a young entrepreneur who wanted to launch a new business. She was very excited about the concept and believed she had found a specific angle …

Entrepreneurship

3 basic elements every good story needs

I recently attended an event where two successful and admired business leaders shared insights and reflections. In both cases, I was disappointed. In …

Leadership

Creating An Explainer Video? Follow These 12 Tips From The Pros

Video content is at the top of the priority list for many modern brands, and it’s not hard to see why. Visuals are always more engaging than plain text, and a video can communicate much more information than a still photo can. Most importantly, a well-executed video is highly shareable: 92% of …

Marketing

Bill Gates offers a simple explanation for why the economy works differently now

Bill Gates believes the rules of supply and demand are changing faster than people and governments are adapting. We live in a world where an increasing number of products are “intangibles,” or products you can’t touch–like software and other digital content.<p>This kind of product is very different …

Bill Gates

Why Modern-Day Unicorn Marketers Just Don’t Exist

A few weeks ago, I ran across this visual in my LinkedIn feed from a fella named Larry Kim, CEO of Mobile Monkey:The notion of the “unicorn” marketer …

Social Media Marketing

A lesson from krill and blue whales on happiness through humility

We <i>Homo sapiens</i> have done pretty well for ourselves. We’ve built entire civilizations, harnessing the resources of our planet to make suitable homes for ourselves in parts of the world that seemed inhospitable. We’ve figured out how to fight off infections and overcome many inherited illnesses. We …

Whales

In Collaborative Work Cultures, Women Carry More of the Weight

In any organization, people apply unspoken rules and understood norms to get collective work done — in other words, they collaborate. Over the past 15 years, my team and I have observed and facilitated thousands of meetings and helped hundreds of teams come together to do work, and we have found …

Management

Experts Says a 'Space Base' Halfway Between The Moon And Earth Could Be Built in 10 Years

We can't wait.<p>The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced an ambitious plan to build a space base between Earth and the Moon, which astronauts …

Space Science

Great Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup is drawing near

An unsettling study released in March showed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a teeming collection of floating plastic junk located between California and Hawaii, is now three times the size of France. But it may start shrinking soon if non-profit The Ocean Cleanup gets its way.<p>The Ocean Cleanup is …

Pollution

What Visionaries, Entrepreneurs, CEOs And All The Rest Of Us Need To Learn From Elon Musk

There are two big lessons from the vulnerabilities Elon Musk revealed in today’s remarkable <i>New York Times</i> interview:<p>We all need to grow up (and I’m not talking about Musk here).<br>• Everyone, including visionaries, heroes, entrepreneurs and CEOs, needs to be aware of his vulnerabilities (which <i>everyone</i> …

CEOs

General Electric: Headed For Single Digits?

<b>General Electric</b> (GE) is in a tough spot. Investors are dissatisfied with the industrial company's performance and no matter what the company …

General Electric

Flip a switch and shut down seizures?

New research suggests how to turn off out-of-control signaling in the brain.<p><i>By Rochelle Hines, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of</i> …

Neuroscience

Google Trusts DeepMind AI To Manage Data Centre Cooling

Google is trusting an artificial intelligence (AI) system developed by DeepMind to stop its data centres around the world from overheating.<p>The AI system — able to reduce the amount of energy Google used to cool its data centres by 40% — has been giving cooling recommendations to Google’s data …

Artificial Intelligence

Tesla Board Torn Between Service to Shareholders and Iconic CEO

Tesla Inc.’s board of directors is at a critical juncture, wedged between a larger-than-life figure to whom many are personally close and their …

Tesla

The Incredible McDonald's With Butlers, a String Quartet and Reservations Required (Is This the Future?) | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>McDonald's needs to make more money.<p>One way of achieving this noble goal is to appear, well, more noble.<p>Why, the burger chain is now serving fresh beef, at least in its Quarter Pounders.<p>It's also …

McDonald's

Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity

Scientists are finally starting to understand the centuries-old mystery of “ballooning.”<p>On October 31, 1832, a young naturalist named Charles Darwin walked onto the deck of the HMS <i>Beagle</i> and realized that the ship had been boarded by thousands of intruders. Tiny red spiders, each a millimeter wide, …

Spiders

Management Today

The idea of management comes from the military because that was the first time in human history a diverse group of people who did not know each other were organized to work together towards a common goal. That structure gave us a few principles:<p>Hierarchy<br>• Command and control<br>• Incentives for achieving …

Management

Apple $1 Trillion: Can Your Company Do The Same?

It was actually on April Fool’s Day in 1976 that Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne launched Apple Computer. But in a few weeks, Wayne would bolt and take a mere $500 for his 10% stake.<p>Ouch!<p>And of course, as of now, the value of Apple is $1.045 trillion. Yet along the way the company had to …

Customers

Fortnite isn’t addicting your kids — it’s just giving them what society won’t

Many parents are concerned with their child’s seemingly obsessive video game play. Fortnite, the most recent gaming phenomenon, has taken the world by storm and has parents asking whether the shooter game is OK for kids.<p>The short answer is yes, Fortnite is fine. Furthermore, parents can breathe …

Gameplay

Why Brand Stories Matter And Simple Steps To Creating A Unique Brand Story

Telling and sharing stories is the key to our civilisation. Storytelling is great for stretching the imagination. In a paper on the British Council website, it has been shown that storytelling workshops help mental health and well-being by supporting relaxation.<p><b>How do we develop a unique story for</b> …

Marketing

Best to-do list apps of 2018 for managing tasks on any platform

Put those sticky notes back in your desk drawer. Our picks for the best to-do apps can help you manage tasks, stay on top of to-do lists, remind you of upcoming events, and even collaborate on projects with colleagues. All of our picks do a good job of covering the basics, but each approaches …

Apps

Tesla forms committee to assess proposal to go private

Tesla is forming a special committee to evaluate proposals to take the company private one week after CEO Elon Musk said he was considering it.<p>The …

Tesla

Tumblr is killing off its dot

The brand is dropping the period from its logo, more proof that quirky tech branding is over.<p>Tumblr (remember Tumblr?) is the latest company to simplify and straighten out its logo. The microblogging site, which has struggled to avoid becoming another MySpace or Second Life as it has bled users in …

Tumblr

“Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow”

“Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow”. Listen in on this MastersofScale podcast with Reid Hoffman on how at the scale-up of Facebook the team worked …

Podcasting

I Wish I Never Built a Personal Brand

Some of you who are reading this know who I am. And many of you don’t.<i>So, for those of you who don’t…</i>My name is Neil Patel, and I am the co-founder …

Marketing

The Best Project Management Apps to Get Your Life in Order

Project management apps help teams collaborate more effectively and hit their deadlines, but you can use the same apps to put some order into your …

Project Management

How To Build A Positive Company Culture

Company culture is an integral part of business. It affects nearly every aspect of a company. From recruiting top talent to improving employee satisfaction, it’s the backbone of a happy workforce. Without a positive corporate culture, many employees will struggle to find the real value in their …

Corporate Culture

Gears and e-motors | Markets | Stanyl® - PA46: Sustaining high performance | Products | High Performance Plastics

We’ve been solving our customers’ gear and wear & friction problems thanks to Stanyl®: Our unique polyamide 46 that helps extend product life while …

Engineering

10 Simple Phrases Emotionally Intelligent People Know How to Use

Each of these phrases will help you make emotions work for you, instead of against you.<p>As humans, we're emotional creatures. We may use logic and intelligence to help us figure out what to do, but if our feelings and emotions aren't engaged, we won't be motivated to do it. In contrast, those same …

Emotional Intelligence