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December 20, 2011

Sales & Marketing: social media strategies - the science behind emotional connections

At the core of every healthy brand is a really good story. The worlds greatest brands know how to deliver their stories in an ongoing and memorable manner. The job of brand storytelling as a part of a strategic content program is a challenging one …
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December 20, 2011

Sales & Marketing: to sell more, answer these questions

The biggest problem small businesses have is selling, says Howard Stevenson, a serial entrepreneur, professor emeritus of entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, and the author or editor of 11 books on entrepreneurship. A lot of people are …
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December 20, 2011

Technology: iPad may get 2 sizes, 2 debuts in 2012

A new report from Asia suggests that Apple Inc. may offer two iPad sizes in 2012: a full-size iPad 3 in the first quarter and a 7.85-inch version in the second half.
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December 20, 2011

Technology: new ways to captcha bots

Its not your vision going bad: Those blurry words that some websites force you to retype when you log in are getting blurrier. Theyre known as captchas, and theyre designed to stop malicious software from accessing a site and, say, using speedy …
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December 19, 2011

Technology: Google may launch own tablet within 6 months

Google Inc. Google Inc. Latest from The Business Journals Google, private equity firm make solar investmentsGoogle may launch own tablet within 6 months Google tablet could launch by mid 2012 Follow this company may launch a branded tablet device …
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December 13, 2011

Technology: most tablet owners go wi-fi only

Most owners of tablet computing devices like Apple Inc's iPad don't buy wireless service plans, a new report said on Tuesday.Connected Intelligence, a service of The NPD Group, reported that 65 percent of tablet owners in October said they intended …
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December 09, 2011

Business Strategy: design your business model to match your employees

At Nicks Pizza and Pub, in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, the young people who work in either of its two locations find the culture energizing. Nick, the owner, finds it intentional. As 48-year-old Nick Sarillo contemplated further expansion a …
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December 09, 2011

Human Resources: manufacture talent

Faced with an acute talent shortage, employers continue to re-assess how to manufacture the talent they need to prosper.For millions of job seekers, this is a frustrating conundrum. Job seekers want to work and have capabilities, but employers are …
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December 09, 2011

Strategic Leadership: Dalton’s strategic growth lesson - stay the course!

I feel blessed to have been mentored and have partnered with such a balanced leader as George Dalton. He was strategic, focused, resilient and persistent; yet open, curious, collaborative and engaging, demonstrating both the power of strength and …
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December 05, 2011

Business Strategy: catering to the senior market – as the baby boomers age

Thats not for me, thats for some old person, quips the 60-something lady on the popular television ad for an emergency alert product. Like many baby boomers she defines, in a nutshell, her generations approach to getting older: utter denial.But …
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December 03, 2011

Risk Management: managing risk in the era of behavior

We are increasingly connected and interdependent. We live and work continents apart but are still in each other's backyardsthat's why high-risk mortgages in Arizona and Nevada can destabilize Iceland's economy, for example. Meanwhile, our systems of …
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December 02, 2011

Management: productivity's four sworn enemies

The biggest time-wasters in the workplace have nothing to do with online shopping.Businesses earlier this week lost about $1 billion worth of productivity, by some estimates, as employees spent Cyber Monday using their workplace computers to do …
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