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A visit to the Googleplex shows off all of the ways you can goof off at work (photo gallery)

Google has a unique campus in Silicon Valley and the world. It was made famous in the comedy film <i>The Internship</i> starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. While it may seem familiar in tech circles, the wider world still does<p>I visited the Googleplex back in 2007 when I was a tech columnist for the San …

What it Takes to Get to $100 Million in Revenue

Make sure you avoid the pitfalls that often stop companies before they reach critical mass.<p>Becoming an entrepreneur and building a startup may be trendy, but that doesn't mean any group of college kids with an idea, a laptop, and some Ramen noodles can build a viable company.<p>One person who has …

Business Strategy

Try This Simple Trick to Double Your Sales

All it takes to write a compelling sales message is this absurdly easy mental trick.<p>The first step in selling anything is getting people interested in what you've got to sell. Unfortunately, many companies have sales messages that are either confusing or boring (or both). Potential customers tune …

Business Strategy

7 Reasons Your Company Can’t Hire

Since the beginning of the recession, hiring managers are taking much longer to fill open positions. BLS data shows that in May the number of open jobs reached its highest point since the summer of 2007, but the rate of hiring is still well below its pre-recession peak. While many human resources …

Google Founders Talk About Ending the 40-Hour Work Week

It's not often that Google's two founders do a joint interview, so when they do it's worth paying attention.<p>Larry Page and Sergey Brin conducted a …

Craft a "Problem Statement" for Successful Cold Calls

When you have to talk to someone you don't know about a job, it matters what you say at the start. Copywriter and marketer Johnson Kee shares his …

Iraqi Kurds Send Israel First Oil Delivery From Disputed Kurdish Pipeline

LONDON (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdistan looked set to unload in Israel a first cargo of disputed crude oil from its new pipeline after weeks of seeking an outlet as Iraq's central government has threatened legal action against any buyer.<p>The SCF Altai tanker was anchored near Israel's Ashkelon port early …

Middle East

What the Most Successful People Have in Common

At the second day of the Inc. 5000 Conference, Lewis Schiff revealed the findings of a study on wealth and success.<p>Lewis Schiff, author and executive director of the Inc. Business Owners Council, took the stage at the Inc. 5000 Conference to talk about his research on the business strategies of …

Self-improvement

Your Company Is Not a Family

When CEOs describe their company as being “like family,” we think they mean well. They’re searching for a model that represents the kind of relationships they want to have with their employees—a lifetime relationship with a sense of belonging. But using the term family makes it easy for …

9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home

Working from home can be fantastic, or it can be fraught with peril. Here's how to make it work better for you.<p>I wrote the first draft of this column before 8 a.m. on a Sunday, working in my pajamas at the standing desk in my home office.<p>A new study says I have good company in that kind of work …

Productivity

“Oh hi it’s...” – daily interruptions costing UK recruitment agencies over £127,000 in revenue every year

Inefficient daily workflows are costing UK recruitment agencies hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in lost revenue, according to recruitment …

Human Resources

The Benefits of a 4-Day Workweek

All work and no play makes for a dull day, but when you throw in some learning, you get smarter, more dedicated employees.<p>Google isn't the only company that gives employees time to tinker.<p>Michael Dubakov, CEO of Targetprocess, a project management software company in Amherst, New York, allows …

Employee Engagement

11 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Your Team to Embrace Change

Change is good. It's also often hard. But to succeed in business, you must run toward it.<p><i>"When you're finished changing, you're finished."</i><p>Ben Franklin may not have been an entrepreneur by trade, but his words echo today more than ever before. This is the fastest-changing communications and …

Motivation

Iraqi Entrepreneurs Strike it Rich

By onJune 9, 2014 in Iraq Industry & Trade News<p><i>By Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not</i> …

How to Sell Your Product or Service in 20 Seconds

When you run a business, sometimes the little things you do can make a big impact on your success. One of those little things you can do is to …

10 Things to Do Every Workday

This list will help you get stuff done in and out of the office.<p>Ever feel as if, in the quest to get <i>everything</i> done, you're not quite doing enough?<p>For example, you've heard on various occasions (including once or twice from us) how important it is to keep in touch with former colleagues, whether …

Time Management
Productivity

The Evolution of the Recruitment Consultant (Infographic)

Many things have evolved in the past 3 decades – hairstyles have gotten smaller, jeans have gotten skinnier, phones became mobile, music became …

Recruitment

Do You Know the Fastest Way to Get Sales?

If someone gave you 30 seconds to make a sale, what would you do? You could tell the customer all the great things about your product. You could …

Small Business

The 12 Attributes of Top Performing Recruiters | LinkedIn Talent Blog

Over the past 15 years I’ve been working with recruiters around the world in large and small companies handling all types of positions. As I …

America's Top Companies For Compensation And Benefits

Google provides free all-day meals to staffers with dishes like porcini-encrusted grass-fed beef and parmesan-creamed onions, Costco offers full insurance benefits to part-time hourly workers, and Facebook lends employees free bicycles to get around its sprawling Menlo Park, CA campus. Those are …

Turkey to Sell Kurdish Oil on Global Markets

Turkey's Energy Minister has said Turkey was ready to sell Kurdish oil to international markets from its export hub of Ceyhan.<p>"Our storage tanks in …

Oil

The (Not So Difficult) Trick To Get Your Emails Read

To stand out in a flooded inbox, you need to begin with the end.<p>We spend hours sorting through the 150 billion or so emails that ricochet around the Internet every day. So which ones get the click?<p>Popular email clients like Gmail show the first 50 or so characters of the body copy in the inbox …

Employment

7 Tips for Giving Great Feedback

Practice, do it early, and always be interested.<p>Not all gifts come in neat packages, and this is definitely true of feedback. It is one of the more difficult tasks that business managers face, yet it is crucial for making workplace relationships more functional and people more productive, says …

Business School

Stop Proposing and Start Selling

If you really want to sell more in less time, stop wasting your time on writing proposals that are unqualified and unnecessary.<p>A proposal should be a …

7 Things Really Persuasive People Do

Sometimes you absolutely have to make your point. Here are 7 tips on how to do it effectively with style and grace.<p>While many people don't like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade …

Public Speaking

How To Set Goals For The Life You Actually Want

It’s time to stop setting the wrong goals and start using goals to determine the journey, not the destination.<p>It’s a commonly accepted sentiment that setting goals will lead you to success.<p>Many of us believe life will be better by reaching those goals, so we make our plans, put our nose to the …

Working without a job description – why?

Trust your consultant. After all, I tell the world <b>“ I’m a professional Recruiter” My LinkedIn profile states</b> - * 10 years’ + experience of providing …