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Assess Your CEO’s Strategic Fit Over Time

Roger Federer can arguably be considered the greatest tennis player of all time, having won 16 Grand Slam titles—and yet he lost every French Open Championship he played against Rafael Nadal. Few would suggest that Nadal was a better overall tennis player. But on the clay courts of Paris’ Roland …

Gauge Which Activities Aren’t in Sync with Your Strategy

<i>Take this brief assessment for feedback on how to improve strategic alignment in eight key areas.</i><p>Most organizational leaders struggle to align day-to-day activities with strategy, even though they know it’s important to do. Almost 80% of the more than 1,200 senior executives recently surveyed by …

SXSW: The Right (and Wrong) Ways to Get Noticed

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With thousands of official (and unofficial) events and countless attendees, it's easy to get overwhelmed at SXSW. It’s a different type of conference and to help you connect, we spoke with several SXSW mentors, experts from an event …

The Guide To Making SXSW Fun (For Everybody)

The last thing anyone would say about South By Southwest is that it's an avenue for self-improvement. The annual mega gathering, which began last week for film and interactive-technology mavens and turns into a music conference and festival tomorrow, fulfills many needs for the culture nerd. …

When Your Boss Is Too Nice

Yes, it can be pleasant to work for someone who is kind and thoughtful but there’s a difference between bosses who are pleasant to work for and those who avoid conflict at all costs. Managers in the latter category don’t give tough feedback, shy away from going to bat for their teams, and give in …

Five Questions to Identify Key Stakeholders

Suppose you’re meeting with a group of managers and staff members to determine who your key stakeholders are. (It’s an important task, because with limited resources, your organization or unit can’t do everything for everyone.) People will submit their ideas, and in no time at all you’ll have a …

Walmart Designed a Fuel-Efficient Truck That Actually Looks Pretty Cool

Microsoft endorses Mark Penn

Microsoft’s new CEO is still formulating his strategy for the software giant, but he’s already endorsing an executive known for bringing hardball D.C. political tactics to the tech world.<p>As part of a series of executive changes Monday, Satya Nadella announced that Mark Penn, the controversial …

2014 Priorities for the Healthcare Industry

<i>Also contributing to this article was Booz & Company partner Ashish Kaura.</i><p>The U.S. healthcare industry is undergoing unprecedented changes right now. …

Seeing Innovation in Strategic Terms

Rita Gunther McGrath outlines the hot-button issues that companies are facing in 2014. For more related insights, read “The Thought Leader Interview: …

Innovation

California Tourism Dreams Big With Google, Releasing 24 Videos In 24 Hours

Dream 365 Project will take over the YouTube homepage for a day in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and United Kingdom.<p>California is the third biggest state in the U.S. and has more people than Canada. Between Eureka and San Diego there’s so much geographic and cultural diversity that to pitch tourism …

California

Hack Work To Combine Peak Performance And Personal Purpose

Is it any wonder that employee engagement is reported to be at an all time global low while business continues to become increasingly complex? In an earlier article, <i>Work is Broken; Let’s Hack it</i>, one of us described the trends and our understanding of how the future of work is shifting. Yet, most …

Take a Step Back to Propel Your Career Forward

For my first real job after graduate school, I earned $26,000 a year as a full-time reporter. It wasn’t a handsome salary — in fact, I could barely live on it — but I <i>was</i> getting paid to write. That’s more than I can say about how I spend much of my time these days. For the launch of my first book,</i> …

Pope's economic ideas rattle GOP

He draws crowds like a rock star, was named “Person of the Year” by Time as well as a gay rights magazine, and drew the ire of Rush Limbaugh for his criticism of “trickle-down” economics. Pope Francis has dramatically shifted the message and tone of the Vatican in the last nine months, and he’s …

Energy Secretary: Fracking Won’t Cook the Planet

En­ergy Sec­ret­ary Ern­est Mon­iz is end­ing the year with a re­mind­er: Car­bon di­ox­ide is the biggest en­emy in the fight against cli­mate …

Fossil Fuels

After Conquering A Fear Of The Gym, Hank Hanna Lost 105 Pounds And Completed A Half Ironman

<i>Got a success story of your own? Send it to us at success.stories@huffingtonpost.com and you could be featured in our I Lost Weight series!</i><p><b>Name:</b> Hank Hanna<p><b>Age:</b> 35<p><b>Height:</b> 6'3"<p><b>Before Weight:</b> 360 pounds<p><b>How I Gained It:</b> I am one of those guys who has always been heavy. Growing up, I was almost always …

Four Travel Resolutions You Can Keep

I get it. We see New Year’s as a fresh start and all that. But, really, are those life-changing resolutions such a good idea? Many people say no, and point to the failure rate of such promises–particularly the more pie-in-the-sky ones (say, a resolution to cut out greasy food or to jog more <i>and</i> use …

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We're Sorry, an Error Occurred<p>We're just as surprised as you are! Something is wrong and we want to make it right for you.<p>Please contact MNCPA …

Unfair advantage at the office

This is a column for the disgruntled. It’s easy to get disheartened as we watch colleagues sail through a three-hour presentation on no sleep — after running a marathon over the weekend and coaching their child’s pre-school dance class before work.<p>What’s their secret?<p>Not wishing to sound bitter BBC …

Pre-school

Credit unions ready to give Wonga a run for its money

Strapped for cash this Christmas? There's no need to call the payday lenders. The credit union sector, so long a quiet backwater of financial services, thinks its moment has arrived, as people's need for affordable credit and their outrage at the interest rates charged by companies such as Wonga …

How Bianchi became an iconic bike brand

For the romantic, there's simply nothing that can match a Bianchi bike painted in the company's recognisable celeste, writes Robert Dineen<p><b>In short.</b> Probably the world's most recognisable bike brand.<p><b>How did it begin?</b> When Edoardo Bianchi started building bikes in his Milanese factory in 1886, aged …

America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor