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How to Find Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

The Unique Selling Proposition, or Unique Selling Point or Unique Selling Position Statement or simply USP, is the factor or benefit that makes your …

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.<p>Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to …

Archaeology

On the Brink: Three Tips to Bring Your Business Out of a Slump

Entrepreneurs like to sprint, not stumble. Here's how to find your footing again.<p>When you're an entrepreneur, growth is a funny thing.<p>You want it. You crave it. You get up every morning and grind your heart and soul into your business to achieve it.<p>My company didn't stumble into success, but during …

Small Business

Give your Employees Google-like Perks -- For Free

Don't worry if you don't have enough money to provide your employees perks, there are plenty of things you can do for free.<p>Everyone loves perks. Talk to any employee at Google, and they'll get excited talking about their free lunches -- and that's just the start. Dry cleaning, massages, gym …

The Workplace

Are you prepared for a corporate crisis?

No one can predict when disaster will strike—but knowing what to expect if it does will buy precious time.<p><b>Imagine yourself as a top executive</b> in a …

Management

Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today's Business While Creating the Future

Description<p>Publication Date: <b>April 18, 2017</b><p>Game-changing disruptions will likely unfold on your watch. Be ready. In "Dual Transformation," Scott Anthony, Clark Gilbert, and Mark Johnson propose a practical and sustainable approach to one of the greatest challenges facing leaders today: transforming …

Harvard Business Review

What Most Companies Miss About Customer Lifetime Value

For managers and marketers alike, the power to calculate what customers might be worth is alluring. That’s what makes customer lifetime value (CLV) so popular in so many industries. CLV brings both quantitative rigor and long-term perspective to customer acquisition and relationships.<p>“Rather than …

Customer Experience

Linear Thinking in a Nonlinear World

Test yourself with this word problem: Imagine you’re responsible for your company’s car fleet. You manage two models, an SUV that gets 10 miles to the gallon and a sedan that gets 20. The fleet has equal numbers of each, and all the cars travel 10,000 miles a year. You have enough capital to …

Harvard Business Review

Why Your Passive Fund Is Crushing Active Managers

Passive and active fund managers have heatedly debated which investment approach works best as $1.2 trillion has poured out of active stock funds and …

MIT's app only needs a second to teach you a new language

You know the seconds and minutes you waste waiting for the elevator to arrive, for a friend to reply to an IM or for a website to load? A team of MIT CSAIL researchers believe you can put them to good use, so they created a series of apps called the WaitSuite that makes the most of those idle …

Elevators

This is one of the most devastating reports we've seen for the future of Wall Street stock pickers

Active managers are taking it on the chin lately, but they may have no one to blame but themselves.<p>While the underperformance of active managers against index funds and passive investing has been well documented over the past few years, the full extent of their failure to live up to benchmarks is …

Wall Street

How to Stop Employees Stealing Your Documents

By the time Anthony Levandowski left Google to start a competing self-driving company, his new venture may have had a key advantage: More than 14,000 …

Anthony Levandowski

Steve Jobs Practiced This 1 Habit to Trigger His Creative Ideas

Several new studies and books say this is the best way to spark novel ideas.<p>Visitors to Steve Jobs's house in Palo Alto or to Apple's corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California, were all too familiar with one habit that helped Jobs to clear his mind and develop novel ideas.<p>Jobs biographer …

Creativity

The trick to persuading people you’re right, according to experimental psychology

It’s an old trope that humans don’t like change—especially when it comes to their opinions. Ancient Greek philosophers complained about the masses refusing to heed their advice. Scholars spearheading the scientific revolution in the 17th century bemoaned their predecessors’ stubbornness. And today, …

Psychology

End Times: Ways Elon Musk Believes the World Could End

He may live in L.A. and favor hardware over algorithms, but Elon Musk is nonetheless the poster boy for Silicon Valley's culture of …

Elon Musk

6 Ways to Ask for Advice Without the Dreaded 'Can I Pick Your Brain?'

How you handle your request makes all the difference.<p>"Can I pick your brain?" The question makes Derek Andersen cringe. "So many founders use the same zombie-sounding ask, but it's generic and ambiguous," he says. "No one wants to have their brain picked." Andersen should know: As the founder of …

Productivity

This Class Will Improve Your Spreadsheet Skills and Increase Your Productivity

Excel is awesome if you know what you're doing.<p>You may <i>think</i> you know how to use Microsoft Excel well enough, but are you truly tapping into the full power of this classic application? There's a lot to be discovered about Excel, and you can gain that secret knowledge (and supercharge your …

Education

The 4 Pillars of a Positive Staff Culture

<i>Part of my professional growth plan is focused on building a positive school staff culture. I am no expert in this area but I have been honoured to</i> …

Professional Development

6 People You Must Have in Your Network to Be Successful

The best entrepreneurs know success has a lot to do with who they surround themselves with.<p>Everybody loves an entrepreneurial success story a la Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, Mark Cuban and the like.<p>Truth be told, each one of those people would be the first to …

Business Strategy

Could Time-Blocking Replace Your To-Do List?

This is how to schedule your workday to get the most done.<p>A few years ago, my to-do list was an endless source of frustration. At the end of every day, it seemed like it had more items on it than when I started. I never seemed to get it all done.<p>So, in an effort to understand what was going on, I …

Time Management

What's The Fastest Way to Attract Others to You? Do Any of These 8 Things

These are surefire ways to build your professional relationships and increase your tribe fast.<p>If you're in a "people business" of any sort (then again, who isn't?), it should be your highest priority to connect with the human side of your customers, vendors, peers and coworkers, and other …

Leadership

How to Design Meetings Your Team Will Want to Attend

There’s a lot of advice out there about how to make meetings more efficient and productive. And while it’s true that leading focused, deliberate conversations is critical to organizational performance, meetings aren’t <i>just</i> about delivering results. There’s another outcome that leaders should be …

Leadership

How to Make Your Team Function Like the Human Brain

It's possible. You just have to connect the dots.<p>Teamwork doesn't come naturally for most people.<p>In some ways, it's counter-intuitive. We tend to want to work in an isolation chamber, producing a report or a slideshow on our own and to advance our own motives and aspirations. When someone looks out …

Neurology

10 Weird Ways to Grow Your Business that Only Millionaires Know

These 10 weird tactics can help grow any kind of business.<p>We all aspire to millionaire status but aren't always sure the direction and steps we need to take to get there. That's when we seek out millionaires to uncover their secrets and see if we can emulate them in our own lives. What's surprising …

Wealth

The Top 10 Action Activators to Close the Sale

If you've ever been stalled by a prospect here are 10 sure-fire sales tools to spark action and close the sale.<p>Have you ever felt like you were talking with a strong prospect for your product or service but somehow the sales process stalled?<p>Here are the ten most powerful "action activators" to help …

Leadership

Why Some People Succeed and Others Don't

Within each of us are two competing sides, a polarity of character. Only one leads to greatness<p>Do you ever wonder why some people succeed and others don't? We've all seen deserving people who never quite got things off the ground, and others who made it look easy. It doesn't always seem to make …

Leadership

15 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent, Even If You Don't Feel Like It

Emotional intelligence isn't about achieving perfection. It's about learning and growth.<p>Have you ever let emotion push you into doing something you later regretted? Or allowed your feelings to hold you back from something you really wanted to do?<p>Guess what? We all have.<p>But that doesn't mean you're …

Emotional Intelligence

How to Hire Your First Virtual Assistant and Why Everyone Should Have One

Learn how to hire a virtual assistant and why everyone should have one.<p>Everybody wants to be more productive, work shorter hours and explore the world, but how do you do that? As a human behavior scientist and digital nomad, I spend a large portion of my life traveling around the world to research …

Productivity

An executive coach shares 10 tips you can use to feel more confident

<i>"Even in the loneliest moments I have been there for myself." ― Sanober Khan</i><p>Ask the average person what it takes to be a great leader, and you will surely hear a bevy of characteristics and qualities, such as visionary, communicator, motivator and charismatic.<p>Perhaps you will also hear such …

Self-esteem