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Personal Branding Trends for 2016 - Part 2: Get Ready To Gain A Competitive Edge

In my previous personal branding trends post, I shared four important developments for you to be aware of so you can build your brand better in 2016. In this follow-on post, I share three more.<p><b>5. The Transformation of Training</b><p>The world is moving too fast for us to get by on what we already know. …

Employee Engagement

The 30 most expensive cities in the world for expats

The capital of South Sudan, Juba, has been named the most expensive city for expatriates.<p>That’s according to the annual ranking by global consulting …

Foreign Aid

Delta Gets Philosophical About Take-Off In A Striking New Ad

There’s an old Louis CK bit in which the comedian outlines a few of the very good reasons we should all just be thankful that we can sit in a chair <i>in the sky</i>. Now a new ad from Delta echoes that sentiment with the velvety tones of Donald Sutherland.<p>“Take Off,” created by agency Wieden+Kennedy New …

How Big Brands Keep Their Social Media Audiences Engaged

Shares 3K<p>Looking for ideas to spark conversation with your fans?<p>Want them to pay attention to your updates?<p>Big brands know how to engage people on a …

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How Social Data Changes Everything We Know About Marketing Strategies

The emergence of social media and the steady decline of mass media are the two biggest marketing stories of the decade. Both print circulation and TV …

The Death Of Social ROI — Companies Are Starting To Drop The Idea That They Can Track Social Media's Dollar Value

They've realized that social media isn't a transactional engine or sales machine, so they're dropping half-baked indicators that gauge secondary effects, such as financial return.<p>Instead, the new metrics evaluate social media strategies in terms of audience-building, brand awareness, and customer …

Marketing

11 Hidden Messages in Company Logos

When Wendy's redesigned its logo in 2013, the company insisted the word "MOM" in the collar was unintentional. But plenty of other logos contain …

Neuroscientist uses MRI scans to show that dogs have emotions similar to humans

Man’s best friend may have more in common with his or her human owners than previously thought.<p>For the past two years, neuroscientist Gregory Berns of Emory University has been conducting a series of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on canines – including his pet terrier Callie – and he says …

Around the web in social media marketing

The 12 FTSE 100 companies FTSE 100 not on Twitter; Context not content is King; and 80 rules of social media. Links gathered by Tim Anderson<p>A report on Twitter and the FTSE 100 from Battenhall looks at how the UK's largest companies use social media. "Analyst firm Gartner says that 74% of consumers …

Flipboard For Corporate Teams

Inside Flipboard / October 1, 2013<p>In this week’s Flipboard for You series, we explore how corporate teams can use Flipboard to keep up with company …

Overdrive: How America's Amazing Car Recovery Explains the U.S. Economy

What does it mean that one of the country's most iconic and fast-growing industries doesn't need American workers to work?<p>REUTERS<p>There was a time, not so long ago, when cars supposedly personified the American character. Our aggression, our style, our rugged independence. In the last 30 years, the …

Chinese takeover of Smithfield Foods gets US security approval

The takeover of US pork giant Smithfield Foods by China's Shuanghui International Holdings has received approval from a key US national security review.<p>The high-level Committee on Foreign Investment in the US has approved the $7.1bn deal, which would put the Chinese company in control of the …

August Jobs Report: U.S. Creates 169,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Down To 7.3 Percent

The U.S. job market is turning ugly, exposing the folly of the Fed's plan to tighten monetary policy and Congress' hellbent march toward another destructive budget battle.<p>Policy makers should be doing more to boost an economy that remains stubbornly mediocre. Instead, leaders in Washington are …

Associated Press News

Dog Finds A Tiny Kitten, Risks Everything To Save Her

Animal control officers in Anderson, S.C., thought that a barking shih tzu was stuck in a ravine. Turns out, she was there nursing and protecting a tiny abandoned kitten she had found.

Pets

10 Moments of Touching Puppy Love

Puppy Love<p>Child and Puppy<p>High Five<p>Puppy Lift<p>Puppy Toes<p>Bunny Cuddles<p>Kisses<p>The Puppy and the Soldier<p>The Kennedys and Puppies<p>Sibling Bonding<p>Chihuahua …

4 Questions Life Coaches Want You to Ask Yourself

1. Can I replace the word "afraid" with the word "alert"?<p>"An artist client recently introduced me to this question," says Ellie Gordon, "and it …

Achieve A Goal: How to Keep Your Drive Alive

<b>2. Motivation Mistake: Testing Your Willpower</b><br>We spend three to four hours a day resisting the things we desire, says Roy F. Baumeister, Ph.D., coauthor of <i>Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength</i>. That's why you can turn down that frosted doughnut in the morning but have a harder time …

How to Be Confident, Even When You're Not | Inc.com

New challenges and opportunities can be exciting, but they can also test your self-esteem. Whether you are launching a new business, stepping into a bigger management role or even representing a new product, you likely lack the day-in-day-out experience that makes you knowledgeable and relaxed for …

Public Speaking

7 Things You Need to Stop Doing Every Day

If you get decent value from making TO-DO lists, you’ll also get significant returns – in productivity, in improved relationships, in financial …

9 Foods You Should Never Attempt to Eat

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>Many foods have been heavily promoted as being healthy when they are nothing more than pernicious junk foods. In the featured article, …

How To Be An Optimist: 10 Habits That'll Help You Look On The Bright Side

It pays to have a sunny disposition.<p>Optimistic people have been shown to have healthier hearts, better stress-management tendencies and lower risk for stroke compared to their glass-half-empty-seeing counterparts.<p>Looking on the bright side is easier said than done, of course. Fortunately, there are …

5 Unique Ways to Forgive and Let Go

<i>“The past has no power over the present moment.”<br>―Eckhart Tolle</i><p>There is great value in every act of forgiveness. You can forgive yourself, you can …

7 Effective Ways Happy People Think

<i>“Happiness is when what you think, what you say,<br>and what you do are in harmony.”<br>―Mahatma Gandhi</i><p>Believe it or not, I’ve read 27 personal development …

How Successful People Think

I love to give the following puzzle to new team members at our companies, Likeable Media and Likeable Local:<p>Using four straight lines and never …

11 Rules For Success, From The People Who Got It Right

No one is born a success, but everyone has the potential to become one. As Will Smith once said, "Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It's something that truly exists in all of us."<p>Not there yet? It might help to tap …