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English Professor Suddenly Realizes Students Will Believe Literally Anything She Says

LINCOLN, NE—Midway through her 9 a.m. Intro to American Literature course Thursday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Elizabeth Mabrey …

We Need Entrepreneurs Who Can Drive Global Change

What does it take to get to that level? One way of identifying the right characteristics and approaches is to take a hard look at entrepreneurs who have done it. Peter Andrews and Fiona Wood, in their new book “Überpreneurs” have profiled 36 leading candidates for this category, to extract a set of …

Steal These Four Secrets To Sell Like A Pro

<i>“I can help you if you want my help. Do you?”</i> – <i>Paul Lemberg, author, speaker and Fortune 100 business coach</i><p>I met Paul Lemberg, world-class business coach, and Rhonda Anderson, sales analyst, at the December 2013 CEO Space business growth conference event. They were presenting a session on sales …

How To Sell Almost Anything

Huthwaite is a sales coaching company based in Arlington, Va., with ten offices worldwide, including in Brazil, Australia and Singapore. It teaches a sales method developed 30 years ago by British behavioral psychologist Neil Rackham, who studied more than 35,000 sales calls in 40 countries. We …

3 Simple Tricks To Stop Procrastination In Its Tracks

January is a tough month. Not only does it contain the so-called most depressing day of the year, it’s also when holiday spirit dissipates while holiday bills rolls in and when enthusiasm for resolutions starts to decline precipitously as we trudge toward February. In other words, January …

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Microsoft Should Embrace Nokia's Android Project

While the rumours are still unconfirmed, there’s a lot of talk about Nokia’s Android phone. It appears to have the codename Normandy and developed to complement Nokia’s low-end Asha handsets. It may also have been a useful bargaining chip as Nokia’s Windows Phone contract came to an end. When …

Why Apple Is Losing Ground To The Samsung Brand

Samsung is gaining fast on Apple in terms of brand affection – but we seem reluctant to admit it.<p>In Interbrand’s 2013 brand index, a benchmark measure of brand value, Apple came out on top, ending a 13 year run by Coca Cola. The signs are though that Samsung, which has been investing heavily in …

11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs

While women in the upper echelons of corporate America are singing the same old tune, “Still No Progress After Years of No Progress,” female entrepreneurs have something to rejoice about.<p>The number of $10-million-plus women-owned firms increased by 57% — a growth rate nearly 50% more than …

Don't Let Your Career 'Just Happen': Plan For The Unexpected

As I braved arctic temperatures on my way into work today, I was struck by the similarity between careers and the weather.<p>In her capricious way, Mother Nature inflicted weather extremes on us this week. On Friday, my children were home enjoying a snow day, by Monday the snow was washed away by …

Looking For A New Business Idea? Forbes Readers Offer 3 That Are Free For the Taking

I asked and you answered, thank you.<p>In a recent post, I offered three business ideas that I made up out of whole cloth that I think have commercial viability. And I said I would be more than happy for you to develop and keep them for your own.<p>In case you missed them, they were:<p>1. <b>Non-itchy casts.</b> As …

20 Business Lessons You Don't Want To Learn The Hard Way

A few months ago, we posed this question to ShortStack‘s Facebook fans: “What is one business lesson you learned the hard way?” It began as a simple question to garner engagement, but it led to a long list of business owners’ reminiscences that included some great advice.<p>Of course every business …

6 Economists Every Entrepreneur Should Know About

For years I’ve rejected the false choice that entrepreneurs are forced to make when it comes to the subjects of political science and comparative economics. First is the offer to buy in to the notion that there exists no <i>natural</i> connection between the underlying motivations and incentives which …

What Every Leader Must Know About Personal Development

<i>Man is a mystery. If you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out do not say that you’ve wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery because I want to be a man. -</i> Fyodor Dostoevsky<p>Columbia Business School recently published my book <i>Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s</i> …

5 Tips For Launching A New Business

<i>Bonus: Trade Not Aid–</i><p><b>By</b> <b>Grace Hightower De Niro</b><p>Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda was started with the mission of helping the farmers of Rwanda to built sustainable businesses for themselves by creating a demand for their product. Thanks to emphasis placed on environmental care, ethical business …

The Best Startup Advice From 14 Tech Heroes

Some say that people do not really want advice, even when they ask for it — but when starting a company, good advice early on can be the difference between success and failure. For this reason, it is common practice for startups to have an advisory board — a group of smart people they trust to help …

How To Invest In The World's Top 2014 Market

<i>Disclosure: I own GREK, NBG, CMRE, and DRYS</i><p>Here is a quick quiz for active investors: Which world market has performed best so far in 2014?<p>a. US<p>b. China<p>c. Greece<p>d. Japan<p>e. Germany<p>The correct answer is c. Greece.<p>Yes, Greece. That’s shouldn’t come as a surprise to contrarian investors who purchased …

Box And Dropbox Should Dread... Synchronoss?

While at the CES conference this week, I had a chance to meet up with the CEO of Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR), Steve Waldis. His company is a top provider of online activation services for mobile devices, such as for the iPhone.<p>But over the past few years, Steve has been leveraging his …

CES 2014 High-End Audio Highlights

I would MUCH rather spend all of CES walking the halls of the Venetian. This isn’t just that I’m an audiophile and I love checking out all the weird and wacky, sonorous and sensational.<p>It’s also that the Las Vegas Convention Center is an overcrowded assault on all the senses. The Venetian is far …

The Difference Between Philanthropy And Writing Checks

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In Three Minutes, We Can Teach You How to Create Your Very Own Flipboard Magazine

MagMaker / November 7, 2013<p>If you’re just getting started with Flipboard magazines — or just thinking about getting ready to maybe possibly create …

Seven Secrets of Highly Effective Flipboard MagMakers

MagMaker / December 19, 2013<p>There’s an art to creating a successful Flipboard magazine, but there’s some science involved as well. So with apologies …