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Development bill to tackle gender inequality poised to become law

A private member's bill to force the UK government to consider the impact of its overseas aid spending on reducing gender inequality is poised to become law after passing its third reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday.<p>The international development (gender equality) bill, proposed by the …

Whatever Business You're In, Chances Are You Need To Publish Content. Here Are Some Rules You Need To Know

Content is the big new thing. From blogs to videos to social media, everywhere you look organizations are vying to publish and engage their customers. Content is sexy and exciting and everybody wants in on the action.<p>Of course, publishing content isn’t new at all. Unlike other hot new trends, it’s …

Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

Do you check your phone for text messages or emails during business meetings?<p>According to new research from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, you are probably annoying your boss and colleagues. Furthermore, the research indicates that older professionals and those …

The Customer Feedback That Really Counts

When you first start building a social media presence for a new business, every comment on your pages can seem overwhelmingly important. And you should be paying attention. These folks probably do business with you or are potential customers.<p>But as your company starts to scale up, it’s just not …

Why Top Of The Funnel BI Will Drive The Next Wave Of Adoption

Business Intelligence practitioners should steal some lessons from the marketing department in their quest to bring data and analytics to the masses. Instead of obsessing with improving existing technology, BI promoters should focus on what is needed at the Top of the Funnel and find new ways to …

Do You Really Know Your Investments? A Simple Five Question Quiz

When it comes to saving for retirement and ultimately turning your life savings into a retirement paycheck, there is a baseline of things investors should know and understand. How would you rate your investment knowledge? Are you good, average or at risk of being a victim of a scam or fraud? Use …

40 Things To Say Before You Die

Before you’re sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They’re not complicated. They’re not poetry.<p>They’re just short sentences with big meaning.<p>I hope they get you talking.<p><b>40</b> <b><br>“I wonder.”</b><p>Give yourself time to think so the time you spend doing things will be better …

The 6 People You Need in Your Corner

Nothing incredible is accomplished alone. You need others to help you, and you need to help others. With the right team, you can form a web of connections to make the seemingly impossible practically inevitable.<p><b>The Instigator:</b><p>Someone who pushes you, who makes you think. Who motivates you to get up …

10 Phrases That Are Holding Your Career Back

<i>“The difference between the almost-right word and the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”—Mark Twain</i><p>Whether dealing with clients, coworkers or superiors, how you phrase and frame your message colors the way people perceive you. The …

Time Management 101: Stop Managing Time

Do you find yourself running at an even more frenzied pace during the holiday season? I do. So, as I looked at my bottomless to-do list and deadlines fast approaching I did a Google search on “time management”. I got 1,610,000,000 search results. Clearly a lot of us are searching for ways to manage …

5 Unexpected Ways To Build Your Personal Brand

Sometimes, effective personal branding requires nixing conventional wisdom. Here are five tips to help you increase your visibility, influence and success.<p><b>1. Be Lazy.</b> One misconception about personal branding is that you need to constantly create new content to build your brand. For the overworked, …

Using Mindfulness to Create Real Happiness at Work

Mindfulness went mainstream at healthcare benefits company, Aetna, some time ago. The company even took part in clinical trials using mindfulness and yoga (Viniyoga) workplace programs, to help individuals better deal with stress at work.<p>At the Wisdom 2.0 Business Conference in New York City this …

7 Reasons Employees Don't Trust Their Leaders

As the world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela and commemorates his greatness as a leader, we would do well to remember that one of the many hallmarks of his leadership was <b>trust</b>. The greatest leaders in the world gravitated toward Mr. Mandela because he was genuinely trustworthy and his purpose was …

World's Largest Solar Thermal Energy Plant Opens in California

The much-anticipated Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System just kicked into action in California’s Mojave Desert. The 3,500 acre facility is the …

In Ariz., A Solar Plant That Powers 70,000 Homes Day Or Night

Outside Phoenix, Ariz., on Wednesday, a power company turned on one of the largest solar power plants of its kind in the world. But unlike other solar farms, this plant continues giving power to 70,000 Arizona households long after the sunset.<p>The Solana plant uses 3,200 mirrors that are tilted so …

How to Build an $8 Fresnel Lens Solar Concentrator from Old TV

<b>A solar concentrator</b> DIY can seem like the easiest thing in the world – if someone else is doing the hard work.<p>A guy who calls himself “Grant …

13 Recommended Readings For Creative Leaders To Close Out 2013

In the first half of 2013, we saw several new books that were not merely provocative but pioneering in the lessons and insights they offered to creative leaders. These included Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s manifesto for women in business, <i>Lean In</i>, Columbia<p>Business School Professor Rita Gunther …

The Best Books Of 2013

We asked FORBES’ editors and writers to select the most entertaining and illuminating nonfiction books of the year. Here are the top 10 volumes they came up with.<p><b>The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing’s Greatest Race, the America’s Cup</b>, by …

20 Ways to Find Your Calling

Not sure what to be when you grow up (whenever that is)? Fret no more.<br>We can figure this out together. Let’s get started.<p><b>1. Ignore the future, deal with the present.</b> <br>The question, “What should I be when I grow up?” is wrong. Ask instead, “What is next today?” People become fat one bite at a time, …

9 Ways To Win Over Your Boss

You go through life trying to seek approval from your superiors. You constantly want to please your parents with good grades, impress your coaches on the field and wow your professors in the classroom. And as an adult, you want to win over your boss at work.<p>Al Coleman, Jr., author of <i>Secrets to</i> …

Avoid The Four Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

It’s long been said that a sign of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. An entrepreneur would be crazy to ignore the facts of the past and forge onward with a plan of action that has repeatedly failed for so many others.<p>Yet that is what too many of …

Why Millennials Won't Become Corporate Serfs

To explain how Millennials were really affected by the Great Recession, I need to tell you about a bank of windows on the southeast corner of 50th St. and 7th Ave. in Midtown Manhattan. I’d walk under it every day on my way to work in the Time & Life Building during the 2000s. And every day, there …