Sean P. Colburn

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8 Great International Vacations You Can Afford

If you’re planning a trip abroad, you no doubt already have a few popular (and probably pricey) destinations in mind. But what if you could take your …

3 Best Ways to Consolidate Your Debt

One of the ways to manage your debt and then pay it down is with the help of debt consolidation. Debt consolidation is a process in which you combine …

Pfizer Said to Have Held Talks to Acquire AstraZeneca

Pfizer Inc., the world’s biggest drugmaker, held informal, now-discontinued talks with AstraZeneca Plc about possibly buying the London-based maker …

What's Japan's Guiltiest Secret?: (Hint) It's Not The Comfort Women

For anyone who follows East Asia, here’s a question: what is Japan’s guiltiest secret?<p>The “comfort women” scandal? The Nanking massacre? Official homage to war criminals at the Yasukuni shrine?<p>No, no, and no. If by a guilty secret we mean something that Japan <i>really, really</i> wants to sweep under the …

Bonuses Should Be Tied to Customer Value, Not Sales Targets

Why would you eliminate sales targets as a way to evaluate, motivate, and reward your sales staff?<p>That is perhaps the most frequent question I’ve received since 2011 when GlaxoSmithKline changed the link between the bonus pay of our pharmaceutical sales professionals in the United States and the …

These Are The 9 Reasons That Sanjay Gupta Changed His Mind About Marijuana

Gupta filmed a documentary that aired on CNN on Sunday, August 11, and earlier this week wrote an editorial on CNN.com in which he admitted that the research for the movie changed his mind about the drug and its medicinal effects.<p>After traveling the world, meeting with medical experts and medical …

How to Make the Best Decisions for Your Startup

I have unwittingly made some bad decisions in my 28 years on this earth, but every day I make better ones. Reflecting on this, it is clear that …

Turn Your Closet Into Cash - Selling Used Clothes Online and In Stores

Have you ever found a $5 bill in an old jacket? Isn’t that the best feeling? Now imagine if that old jacket turned into a $20 bill. Most of us …

4 Things I Learned About Entrepreneurship as an FBI Agent

As a covert agent in New York City, Jason Hogg was trained to track down criminals. Turns out, it was pretty good training for building a $300 million business, too.<p>In 2005, Jason Hogg founded the secure payment card company Revolution Money--literally starting it in his garage. The anti-theft …

Tribeca: Scorsese's Longtime Editor Thelma Schoonmaker Dissects 'Raging Bull'

In honor of co-founder Robert DeNiro, the festival's first masterclass is devoted to the classic, with the legendary director's longtime collaborator …

Managers See Buys in Choppy Markets, Including Gilead, LinkedIn

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Fund managers point to rich opportunity in choppy markets, even for those bearish on market direction.<p>With the <b>S&P 500</b> flat …

Greatness: The 16 Core Characteristics Business And Sports Champions Share

<i>“A loss is never a failure until you make an excuse.” – Michael Jordan, as quoted by American Sports Journalist Don Yaeger</i><p>This week I had the chance to listen to and speak with someone my husband recognized immediately—sports journalist, best-selling author and business coach Don Yaeger.<p>Yaeger is a …

'China's Warren Buffett' Selling Off His China Assets

On the 8th of this month, Pacific Century Premium Developments and PCCW announced they had signed an agreement to sell Pacific Century Place. The disposal of a landmark project in the center of Beijing—two office buildings, two blocks of serviced apartments, and a mall—confirmed that Li …

Seth Godin: Why Small Businesses Fail

The famous marketing expert explains how small businesses can hone their market efforts.<p><i>A few months ago, I traded emails with best-selling author Seth Godin on the subject of marketing inside small businesses. The more I read over the interview, the more I realize that his advice is priceless.</i> …

The real Russians in London are smart entrepreneurs

The image of Russians in London as entitled scions of oligarchs buying up homes and lazing around Knightsridge is in contrast to the reality; many are hard-working entrepreneurs setting up smart businesses, says Monty Munford<p>Ivan Mazour is a Russian-born London-based serial entrepreneur, investor, …

Five children’s books with the best leadership lessons for adults

Managers may rely on a multitude of tropes but seldom do we hear them encouraging their teams to “ride the wise eagle.”<p>Yet their workers could chase away evil worms and cultivate courage by reading and sharing Neil Gaiman‘s <i></i><i>Instructions</i> (2010)<i>,</i> a 40-page children’s book that may resonate with …

From 'goof' to maths genius thanks to a blow to the head

Jason Padgett is one of the world's few 'sudden savants' – able to draw elaborate geometric fractals following a brain injury which changed his life.<p>A self-proclaimed former "goof" and college dropout has told how he became a maths genius after suffering a traumatic brain injury<p>Jason Padgett is a …

Why Madison Avenue is becoming more like Wall Street

Wall Street banks and trading firms are known for hiring the smartest mathematicians and computer scientists in the world.<p>These geniuses develop complex algorithms and use the most advanced technologies to quickly make investment decisions based on vast amounts of data. Every day, billions of …

For Many Americans, ‘Temp’ Work Becomes Permanent Way of Life

For Americans who can’t find jobs, the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment, but now many fear it’s a dead-end route.<p>With full-time work hard to find, these workers have built temping into a de facto career, minus vacation, sick days or insurance. The assignments …

Why There Are So Many Terrible Managers In Business Today And What To Do About It

Throughout my 18-year corporate career, I had scores of managers who were, sadly, anything but inspiring. The majority were clueless as to how to motivate, lead or develop their staff, or help employees utilize their best talents to grow and contribute in a meaningful and exciting way. I did have a …

10 Things Employees Want More Than a Raise

Making big money is often less important to employees than satisfying these basic needs.<p>Contrary to popular belief, employees value many things more than the amount of money they're being paid. If they're treated right, employees will not only work for less, they'll be happier and more productive …

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are at a 20-year low

Some (cautious) good news<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>April 17, 2014 3:09pm (UTC)<p>The United States' contribution to global warming is on the decline, the EPA reported this week. Greenhouse gas emissions decline 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012, and are down 10 percent since 2005, putting them at their lowest levels …

Spy vs. spy: Snowden presses Putin on surveillance

Guess who called in to a live Russian TV show to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin a question?<p>None other than the National Security Agency leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden, appearing on a video link.<p>During a televised question-and-answer session Thursday, Snowden,who exposed U.S. government …

Teen urinates in reservoir; officials to flush 38M gallons; L.A. weeps

Shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, a 19-year-old in a hoodie and baggy jeans was captured on a grainy black-and-white surveillance video urinating into a reservoir that slakes the thirst of Portland, Ore.'s 600,000 or so residents. (Cue the disgusted "Ewwwwwwwws!" right here.)<p>But really, Portland …

India passes halfway mark in election with Hindu nationalists gaining strength

BANGALORE (Reuters) - India called a quarter of its 815 million voters to polls on Thursday, the biggest day of its staggered election, in areas ranging from Himalayan passes to a southern IT hub and western sugarcane farms.<p>A woman shows her ink-marked finger after voting inside a polling station …

Author Gabriel García Márquez dies

A day after the death of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez, readers -- from President Clinton to Lena Dunham -- praised the writer who put the magic in magical realism.<p>Garcia Marquez, the most popular Spanish-language writer since Cervantes, died Thursday in Mexico City at the age …

FDA Warns Against Hysterectomy Technique That May Spread Cancer

A Boston couple behind a campaign to stop doctors from performing a controversial surgical procedure is applauding a new U.S. Food and Drug …

Execution, Interrupted: Killer's Life Spared Moments Before Hanging

Balal, who killed an Iranian youth Abdolah Hosseinzadeh in a street fight with a knife in 2007, is brought to the gallow<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Arash …

Global alliance warns of no end to poverty unless countries pull together

The fight to end poverty is at "a critical juncture" and will require greater collaboration and stronger political will, delegates at a high-level meeting in Mexico have warned.<p>The first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), which ended on Wednesday, …

'Deeply Ashamed' Ferry Captain Among First to Abandon Ship

The captain of a ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing, is under investigation as a possible …