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February 01, 2012

IT: Business continuity and disaster recovery planning

Good business continuity plans will keep your company up and running through interruptions of any kind: power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems and more.Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are …
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January 25, 2012

HR: How to guard against employee theft

Each and every day, theft occurs.Ironically, it may be more is happening in the workplace rather than on the streets. Studies by the Department of Commerce, American Management Association and other organizations estimate that employees steal about …
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January 24, 2012

HR: Pushing the right button

Not every employee is capable of selling products or services to potential customers. The selling process requires an employee to possess a particular set of interactive and persuasion skills, as well as a compatible personality profile (garrulous, …
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January 24, 2012

Management: Culture eats strategy for lunch

Get on a Southwest flight to anywhere, buy shoes from Zappos.com, pants from Nordstrom, groceries from Whole Foods, anything from Costco, a Starbucks espresso, or a Double-Double from In N' Out, and you'll get a taste of these brands vibrant …
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January 20, 2012

High Tech: How to raise venture capital

If your business is ready to change the world and has a plan for fast growth, it might be time to seek venture capital. But remember that you will pay a price and give up some control over your business.The $21 billion in venture capital that …
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January 16, 2012

HR: A new way to buy health insurance: "exchanges"

On November 18 the US Department of Health and Human Services unveiled according to their press release an unprecedented tool developed for small businesses to find and compare health insurance plans.I was stunned. I had no idea after all these …
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January 13, 2012

HR: Five out-of-date job-search tactics

Is it still correct to use Dear Sir or Madam in a cover letter? a reader asked in an e-mail.That isnt such a great idea, I wrote back. No one uses Dear Sir or Madam anymore, unless theyre actually writing to a madam, such as Heidi Fleiss. Im not …
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January 13, 2012

Management: Five deadly business sins

Just how lethal are Peter Druckers five deadly business sins? You might ask Eastman Kodak (EK), which has committed at least a couple of them and now finds itself on the verge of bankruptcy.Word emerged last week that Kodak, founded in 1892 and for …
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January 12, 2012

Leadership: How great leaders inspire and transform

Several years before I came to Campbell I worked for the CEO of Nabisco as part of his executive team. He asked his direct reports to confidentially take a test designed to provide insight into our ways of thinking. The test results identified me as …
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January 09, 2012

IT: How to move a data center without having a heart attack

As the dust settles in the aftermath of a successful physical data center move, I'm nursing my bruised and cut hands, kicking back with a Scotch, and reflecting on what went right. I said "successful," but actually there's no such thing as a failed …
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January 09, 2012

IT: The year's best hardware, software, and cloud services

Was it the philosopher George Santayana who said, "Those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it?" Did he offer any hints for those of us who want to repeat the past, especially the successes? We're beyond the teary elegies of 2011 …
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January 06, 2012

HR: How dysfunctional is your workplace?

People tell me crazy workplace stories all day long and ask me, How bad is my situation, compared with other stories you hear? Sometimes, theyre middle-of-the-road scenarios (your boss and another manager hate each other, and you have to wiggle …
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