Business

Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions

If you asked the world’s most successful business leaders what it means to “be strategic,” how many different answers do you think you’d get? Consider this number: 115,800,000. It’s the number of unique links returned when I searched online for “strategic leadership.”<p>There’s a good reason for all …

Management

What a Study of 33 Countries Found About Aging Populations and Innovation

The populations of almost all Western countries are getting older, as the Baby Boomers, born in the 1950s and 1960s, live longer and have fewer children than previous generations. Population aging of this dimension is possibly unique in world history. No surprise, then, that it poses serious …

Innovation

Social Native gets authentic fans to create social media content for brands

Social Native has created a marketplace for connecting brands with content creators who can create authentic social media assets that promote those brands.<p>The startup is positioned for the era known as the “creator economy,” a term coined by futurist Paul Saffo to describe our shift from consumers …

Social Media Marketing

The Great Unbundling

To say that the Internet has changed the media business is so obvious it barely bears writing; the media business, though, is massive in scope, …

Direct Marketing

Have no money to invest? Here are 5 easy ways to save

I can’t think of one person who wouldn’t want to save for their retirement. It’s on most of our minds and as we get older the concern for our nest egg grows stronger. Yet there can be a disconnect between wanting to save and being able to save. We are told by all the experts that no matter what, …

Money

A hot new hedge fund expects 'hundreds of billions of dollars' in tech deals

A hot new hedge fund says the tech industry is up for a wave of deals worth billions of dollars — and it is betting big on companies that could benefit.<p>Margate Capital, a New York fund launched last year by former Paulson & Co. partner Samantha Greenberg, lays out the thesis in its fourth-quarter …

Wall Street

Macy’s: Why There’s 50% Upside - Stocks to Watch

By Ben Levisohn<p>Shares of <b>Macy’s</b> (M) are getting hammered today after <b>Credit Suisse</b> released a bearish note on department store retailers today. The …

Stocks

Gilead Is A Fantastic Stock To Own At This Price

Gilead is a fast growth company that is currently out of favor.<p>Gilead has huge FCF margins and is a great business.<p>It has a very strong balance sheet.<p>…

Stocks

The 5 Communication Habits All Leaders Need to Motivate a Team

Good communication is certainly a strong leadership trait. But what exactly does that look like?<p>A global leadership study revealed that 85 percent of companies reported an urgent need to develop employees with leadership potential.<p>Let me echo that massive study: We are in an era with an alarming …

Leadership

Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness.<p>Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, …

Happiness

Why Poor People Make Expensive Financial Decisions

Often, the banking options available for low-income Americans are all fundamentally flawed.<p>Banks haven’t always been the giant, impersonal corporations Americans today are familiar with. For much of the twentieth century, they were more commonly small, community institutions that helped local …

Loans

Online shoppers take a bite out of popular retailers

Online shopping’s reign of terror over brick-and-mortar retailers clobbered three companies on Wednesday.<p>Target shares fell 5.8 percent, to $66.85, …

eCommerce

The 3 investing questions retirees need to ask

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Managing your investment portfolio in retirement can be tricky. Investors need to balance income generation with risk and capital preservation. Getting the balance wrong means you could run out of money.<p>When trying to make your money last …

Retirement

Trump plans for Scottish resort spark new conflicts concern

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump has vowed his company will do "no new foreign deals" while he is president. But he's left "new" and "deals" open to interpretation.<p>Now those words are drawing scrutiny as his company confirms plans to expand its golf resort near Aberdeen, Scotland, raising concerns …

Finance

InsideSales $50 million round includes another Microsoft investment

InsideSales, a predictive analytics platform which helps salespeople focus on finding and engaging prospects at the right time and in the right way, announced a $50 million round today with a couple of strategic investors — Microsoft and the Irish government.<p>The round was led by Polaris Capital, a …

Venture Capital

Twitter Unclicks Buy Button

Twitter is moving closer to ending its ecommerce efforts. The company is abandoning its buy button, a feature once seen not only as a potential key …

eCommerce

10 Leadership Blind Spots That Can Trigger Business Crises In 2017

When you look closely at what triggers crises in organizations, you often see that there is a major leadership oversight or blind spot that has allowed the crisis to exist in the first place – and then grow, unrecognized, until it’s too late. Just as many leaders want to be perceived as trustworthy …

Leadership

Inglewood real estate market expected to score as Chargers join Rams at new stadium

The Chargers’ decision to join the Rams at a splashy new stadium in Inglewood has at least one builder even more pumped up about the city’s prospects.<p>The promise of pro football in Inglewood, still three years away, has already given a lift to real estate developer Sandy Sigal, who is spending $15 …

Real Estate

Boss of the world's largest recruiter: 'One-off education followed by a career will no longer work'

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — The world is going through a seismic shift in the make-up of its workforce and the boss of the world's largest staffing firm told Business Insider that the only way to stay employed is to constantly learn.<p>The World Economic Forum's benchmark "Global Risks" report for 2017 says …

Employment

Everything You Need to Know About Using and Choosing a Robo-Advisor

Should you hand off your investments to an algorithm?<p>Never heard of a "robo-advisor"? You're not alone. Fewer than half of investors recognize the …

Retirement

My Retirement Portfolio's 30-Month Performance Update: Simple And Effective

This is my actual retirement portfolio scaled down to a $1M portfolio, initially presented on 7/24/2014 here on Seeking Alpha to demonstrate its …

Retirement

2017 Highest Paying Jobs, Best Companies and Fastest Growing Industries

Want a new job? A new career filled with purpose, job growth and a beefy paycheck? According to a recent article published on Money.com, Why 2017 is Going to be the Best Job Market in Years, now is the time to land your dream job.<p>With the unemployment rate hovering near a low 5 percent, companies …

Employment

How Deutsche Bank Made −€367 Million Disappear - Bloomberg

On Dec. 1, 2008, most of the world’s banks were still panicking through the financial crisis. Lehman Brothers had collapsed. Merrill Lynch had been …

Banking

Opinion: Greed and six other risks could tank your investments in 2017

While many investors question the Donald Trump stock market rally, it could be for real. The main reason: If Trump’s pro-business vibe takes hold, it could unleash powerful “animal spirits” among business leaders and investors.<p>That could add significant growth, since there is plenty of room for …

Stocks

4 Exercises That Smart Teams Use to Ensure Everyone's on the Same Page

It's good to share different perspectives, but at some point, they need to become one.<p>Innovation is a team sport. It is rare for a successful innovation initiative to be executed by a sole individual, and that's a good thing. A truly disruptive innovation is the manifestation of multiple …

Product Management

Cloud Selloff Lets Through a Ray of Sun

Last year cast a pall over many cloud stocks. But there may be a silver lining now.<p>Cloud fared the worst among tech sub-sectors in 2016. Internet and software stocks generally underperformed the market for the year, with the Nasdaq Internet Index gaining just 3.5% against a 7.5% rise for the …

Wall Street

The Hot Stock: Fastenal Jumps 5.8% - Stocks to Watch

By Ben Levisohn<p><b>Fastenal</b> (FAST) rose to the top of the <b>S&P 500</b> today after reporting earnings and sales that beat analyst forecasts.<p>Agence …

Markets

$3 billion Docusign's odd, 18-month CEO search has finally come to an end

Docusign has hired Daniel Springer as its new CEO, putting an end to its strange, 18-month quest to find a replacement for current boss, Keith Krach.<p>Springer has the right mix of experience to lead Docusign, an e-signature software maker last valued at $3 billion. He sold his previous company …

Markets

Why Organizations Get The Employee Engagement They Deserve

Organizations get the employee engagement they deserve because they prompt it. Purpose-driven organizations that let employees co-create the path forward get employees committed to the cause. Those that invite their employees to contribute are more likely to get those contributions. Organizations …

Leadership

How Should You Respond to Negative Feedback? 13 Experienced Speakers Share Their Secrets

Negative feedback or bad review? Do this first.<p>It's happened to all of us. You've given a presentation, written an article, or launched a new product. And a customer, reader, or audience member tells you that you missed the mark. Your presentation fell flat, or your product just isn't what they …

Leadership