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Spiritual echo

Pepperidge Farm President: 'Take The Crappy Assignments' To Advance Your Career

"I didn't know business school was like this," she recalled thinking. "I'm so intimidated." Britt, whose undergraduate degree was in anthropology, went home and cried.<p>At the end of her first semester, which she failed, Britt received a letter from the school. It suggested she pursue another career …

Business Strategy

How to Add More Pep to Your Presentations

The skinny on PechaKucha, a presentation style imported from Japan that emphasizes speed and graphics.<p>Such are the requirements of PechaKucha, a presentation format that applies discipline and design to the baggy and the bombastic. With its emphasis on speed and graphics, PechaKucha plays angel to …

Infographics

7 Secrets to a Killer Team Presentation

When you're pitching as a team, it's important not to get in your own way. Here's how to make the most of group presentations.<p>I sit through a lot of presentations. These range from companies pitching me to portfolio companies presenting at board meetings.<p>Each of these scenarios has a team …

Leadership

Stop Worrying About Making the Right Decision

Much of my work as a coach involves helping people wrestle with an important decision. Some of these decisions feel particularly big because they involve selecting one option to the exclusion of all others when the cost of being “wrong” can be substantial: <i>If I’m at a crossroads in my career, which</i> …

The Only Way to Improve Your Situation is to Improve Yourself

Self-improvement is multifaceted. To improve yourself, you must consider every aspect of the word self. This means improving your mind, your body, …

Self-improvement

The Bonus Employees Really Want, Even If They Don’t Know It Yet

Ask your employees this: “How would you like to be rewarded for your efforts and performance, in addition to your fixed salary?” They will likely respond by asking for a cash reward in the form of a raise or bonus, which they can then spend on themselves. They might even convince you that spending …

Electric Car Chargers That Look Like Manholes Are Coming To NYC In 2014

The next time you see a manhole near a New York City sidewalk, look again–it may actually be an electric car charger. In early 2014, the city’s Washington Square Park will get a small network of discreet, wireless charging stations for hybrid and electric vehicles, <i>Wired</i> reports.<p>The charging …

7-11 Rebrands To Target Health-Conscious Millennials

From Big Gulp to Big Salad: the world’s largest chain of convenience stores is trying a fresh approach to its brand.<p>Fetid with grease, a wrinkled hotdog rotating endlessly underneath a dessicating heat lamp. The slime green nozzle of a Slurpee machine, clenching and then heaving its bowels into the …