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Facebook is the new AOL

So it's worth noting that the broad outlines of tech in 2015 look surprisingly like the late '90s. The major players are set up the same, the fights are the same, and the mistakes will almost certainly be the same. It's going to be pretty fun until it all blows up, actually — some of these ancient …

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Why Sales Ops Is So Hard to Get Right

According to “Spin Selling” author Neil Rackham, when Xerox first established a sales operations group in the 1970s to take on activities such as sales planning, compensation, forecasting, and territory design, group leader J. Patrick Kelly described his responsibilities as “all the nasty number …

Off the beaten piste: 7 far-flung European ski resorts

Yes, Chamonix, Verbier and St Anton will give you varied terrain, cracking après-ski and classic Alpine vistas. But there comes a time in every skier’s life when it all begins to feel a little homogenous. These seven European and Scandinavian resorts do things a little differently. Some are wildly …

Palawan, The Most Beautiful Island In The World, Is Sheer Perfection

It's hard to believe the Philippines are an under-appreciated tropical travel destination, especially with their extraordinary hiking, diving, beaches and of course -- islands that are THIS beautiful.<p>And while we'd like to visit every single island in the Philippines, there's one island in …

The Only 5 Exercises You'll Ever Need: Exercise & Workout

If you're the type spending hours at the gym—chest fly, back row, biceps curl, repeat—it's time to reconsider your routine. Find out how to get …

7 Hotels That Are So Cool, They're Their Own Destination

<i>By Nicolle Monico</i><p>It's typical for four- and five-star hotels to offer the very best in luxe amenities, accommodations and services. More than likely when you're a guest, you're guaranteed the kind of upscale experience that you've grown accustomed to. But maybe, just maybe, instead of booking your …

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Is Strategy Dead? 7 Reasons The Answer May Be Yes

I am an ex-strategy consultant. I have an MBA. And I am increasingly convinced the relevancy of both has been permanently diminished. <i>Is strategy dead?</i><p>Webster’s defines Strategy as “a careful plan for achieving a particular goal over a long period of time.” Yet today, what constitutes a long period …

From OM To OMG: Science, Your Brain, And The Productive Powers Of Meditation

Using fMRI scans, we can now see what meditation does to the brain. The author suggests it can lead to a happier, more productive, and creative life. And even two minutes a day can do wonders.<p>Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this …

7 Tests To Make An Accurate Sales Forecast

It won’t be easy, and it won’t make you popular, but here are seven tests to ensure that your sales forecasts will come true. By asking these questions, you’ll do more than improve your forecast accuracy. You will change behaviors.<p><b>1. Check for a Compelling Reason Why</b><p>If you want to ensure that your …

The Sales Funnel Is An Unholy Grail

Most, if not all, of us still religiously rely on the sales funnel to drive the effort to meet and exceed the revenue plan. And we do so even though the funnel fails us time and again. After more than 100 years of use, it’s not that the funnel concept is obsolete; it was just never the right way to …

Three Skills Tech Execs Need To Land A Corner Office

For decades, the C-suite has reigned as the most important real estate inside a company. And now with technology becoming so inextricably linked with firms’ business goals, there’s a new powerhouse hitting the corner office.<p>Call it the T-suite. From the CIO to CTO and Chief Data Officer, these …

Why Singapore's Bear Market May Have Just Begun

Last week, I wrote a piece in which showed that Singapore’s Straits Times (STI) stock index was hovering above an important technical support level that needed to hold to avert a serious decline, including a likely bear market. I also showed several other technical warning signs that I said made …

Are You Ready for a Chief Data Officer?

By now, everyone knows that there is huge potential in data. From reducing costs by improving quality, to enriching existing products and services by informationalizing them, to innovating by bringing big data and analytics to bear, data are showing themselves worthy across the board. Still, data …

Bitcoin: Tax haven of the future

Stashing money in a Swiss bank account is so passé.<p>Tomorrow’s tax havens could be fueled by new technology like Bitcoin and Litecoin — online currencies that can be used to purchase everything from coffee to illegal drugs.<p>The problem for government coffers: There’s no mechanism to ensure that …

How We’d Fix It: The NHL

Sorry we're not sorry, Gary<p>Grantland has proposed fixes for topics as diverse as the MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby and <i>Jersey Shore</i>. This …

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