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Honda's 750cc NM4 Vultus: A new species of motorcycle

The NM4 (NM stands for "New Motorcycle") is styled along “Japanimation” lines, and though the cult anime/manga bodywork is no doubt challenging to …

Appreciation: The Key To High-Performing Employees

Gallop has been carrying out large scale research into employee happiness and performance for over a decade.<p>The results aren’t pretty.<p>Their research indicates that staff discontent is very common in many companies. In fact millions of workers report being extremely negative, or ‘actively …

7 Tips For Being A Successful Corporate Intrapreneur

Are you driven to figure out better ways to do things, ask the challenging questions, and employ your creative talents to make possibilities into realities for your employer? If you find yourself in a corporate job that is stifling your creativity — what to do?<p>You could hide your entrepreneurial …

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes

In my new eBook, <i>365 Inspirational Quotes: Daily Motivation For Your Best Year Ever</i>, I share the quotations that have inspired me as I’ve launched my companies, written my books and raised my children. In the spirit of self motivation, here are my top 100 inspirational quotes.<p>1. Life is about making …

Why You Should Be Writing Down Your Goals

<b>Why You Should Be Writing Down Your Goals</b><p>We hear a lot about the importance of goal-setting but most of us don’t have clear and measurable goals to work toward. Lewis Carroll says, “Any road will get you there, if you don’t know where you are going,” but how important are goals really and if they …

Things You Never Hear Successful People Say

Why are some people more successful than others? Why some feel accomplished while others feel like they are stuck in career rut? The answer is – their vocabulary. Though, granted, your vocabulary is heavily dependent on your mentality and the way you see your life, both personal and …

How Do You Carry Yourself?

How do you walk into a room, out of a meeting, or onto a stage? You probably have some parental or authority figure in your past who told you to worry about your posture, but how you carry yourself is more important and more subtle than just standing up straight when you go on a job interview. …

When Ignoring Your Customers Is The Right Move

This era of unprecedented access to customers has created a conundrum: When should you listen to your customers? And when should you ignore them?<p>My favorite band, Weezer, has a roller-coaster history when it comes to customer feedback. Their first self-titled album was a hit. Their second album, …

Tesla Is Smarter Than Other Auto Companies

“<b>Car dealers are idiots</b>, ” said my friend as she sat down for a cocktail.<p>It was evening, and this Vice President of a large health care equipment company was meeting me to brainstorm some business ideas. I asked her how her day went, when she gave the response above.<p>She then proceeded to tell me …

Clean your paws!

Molly, get down from the bed..... wh.... I'm not even mad, that's amazing. (OC)

Don't Be Shy: Ask Consumers to Pay Up

Financial consultant Ramit Sethi delivered a talk on how to ask your first customers to pay you.<p>There's an unexpected barrier that first-time entrepreneurs might be surprised to hit just before releasing their product to the world. That is gaining the self confidence to actually charge what it's …

7 Things Really Resourceful People Do

It's nice to be told that you're smart, creative, or driven. But if you really want to offer the ultimate compliment to an entrepreneur, the word you're looking for is "resourceful."<p>What's the highest compliment for an aspiring entrepreneur? What's the one thing you can say that suggests they're in …

Entrepreneurship

Editing a PDF file with Python (with a little help from PDFTKBuilder)

I'm working with a report published with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). The report is located on a remote server in Africa. It is inconvenient …

5 Ways To Increase Your Career Capital

In November 2013, Accenture conducted a career survey with 4,100 executives from large and medium-sized business, including equal thirds of Boomers, Generation X, and Millenials, and 50/50 men and women. This global research attempted to better understand 3 areas: career capital; the future role of …

Every Leader Must Be A Change Agent Or Face Extinction

In a workplace infused with top down, hierarchical, departmental silos, change management is the new requirement for leadership success. With a market comprised of fickle consumers and workplaces brimming with employee identity crises, leadership success requires more patience, poise, and …

Go long

There's a lot more to buying a mutual fund than checking past performance - after all, past performance doesn't predict future success. But you can use year-over-year performance history to assess the fund's volatility and see how it has ridden the ups and downs of the market - has it had …

Why You Shouldn't Buy a Highly-Rated Mutual Fund

Say a mutual fund makes a “best buy” list or is highly rated. Should you buy it?<p>The latest round of research, which confirms decades of academic findings, suggests you should avoid top-rated funds. They rarely repeat their best years.<p>According to a new study by Baird Wealth Management Research, not …

Private health insurers paying out less in benefits compared to premiums collected: study

You're probably familiar with those private health insurance ads on TV. The ones where a young woman is enjoying a hike when she trips on a stick and …

Acorns smartphone app brings investing to the masses

Investing is generally seen as the domain of the rich and wealthy. A new app wants to change that, however, by putting the ability to invest in the …

Investing