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The Calm before the Storm (Trends to Watch in the Upcoming Holiday Shopping Season)

It was not long ago that Black Friday was a point in time-the day after Thanksgiving that was generally accepted as the official start of the holiday shopping season. Then massive trends swept through the retail industry and societyShow More Summary

Is It Better To Be Liked Or Respected At Work?

Too often I see professionals confuse the need to be liked with the need to be respected in the workplace. Both are required but one should definitely be focused on more than the other. Effective leaders have the ability to make decisions...Show More Summary

The Predictive Enterprise: Five Trends Shaping the Future of Business

What if you could predict what products or services your customers wanted before they did? What if you knew how your competitors were thinking about the market? What if you could anticipate with accuracy the next game-changing business strategy that would give you a strategic advantage? These insights would make a huge difference. Show More Summary

A Loving Defense of Black Friday

The Black Friday that the news shows is all stampedes and helicopter shots of endless crowds. It does not show the personal side. Black Friday, for many, is more about having a ritualistic experience with loved ones, rather than grabbing good deals. Show More Summary

Where's The Tablet I Ordered?

Joe Kim orders a tablet from, but it never arrives. Now they're balking at a refund. What gives? Question: I've been a loyal customer of Sears and Kmart, making multiple purchases online of electronics at both stores. I recently bought a Samsung 16GB 10.5" Display Galaxy Tab S Tablet at, for which I paid $475. Show More Summary

7 Ways to Use Your Vendors to Finance Your Growth

Russ owned a successful contracting business that did large "tenant improvement" (TI's) projects for building owners. In his industry it is common practice that a contractor will have to float the materials and initial labor of a new job for 15-45 days before they receive their first payment from their client. Show More Summary

Don't Let Bad Credit Keep You From Starting a Business

By Benjamin Pimentel Y ou have a great idea for a small business based on a promising market opportunity. You're ready to take the plunge. But there's a problem: money. You don't have any. Neither do you have savings nor potential investors to tap. Show More Summary

Exploit Variability, Don't Eliminate It

The software business is complex. This is almost a cliché?--?but we don't really understand what "complexity" actually means, or how to handle it well. Most big software operations spend a lot of energy trying to get rid of complexity when they should be embracing it. Show More Summary

November Jobs Report: Are Labor Market Gaps Closing?

With the Fed likely to raise interest rates at the upcoming December meeting, economists are watching the November jobs report closely. What's next for the labor market? Here's what we're watching for in Friday's report: • Non-farm payrolls...Show More Summary

When Landing Pages Convert Too Well

A higher conversion rate isn't always better. I recently wrote a post on the Convince and Convert blog about alley-oop thank you pages. An alley-oop thank you page is when you add a call-to-action on your thank you page, after someone completes an action on your site. Show More Summary

3 Reasons You Will Get a Raise in 2016

It's that time of year again. Will you or won't you? And I am not talking about getting an ugly sweater from Aunt Nancy. That's a sure thing. I am talking about the review that takes place for tens of millions of folks this time of year...Show More Summary

Annuities and Castles

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) loves to point out what she sees as piggish behavior on Wall Street. And as part of that crusade, a few weeks ago she issued a report that questions some practices common among sellers of annuity products. Show More Summary

Shark or Bait? At Risk in the Shark Tank

So, you're going to be the next Shark in the Tank. You're sitting on a pile of cash and you know that if you're smart--and your spouse doesn't find out--you can put that money to work and next thing you know, you'll be able to tell your boss to take that job and...uh...find someone else. Show More Summary

If Mega-Retailers Want to Start Black Friday Early, Employees Should Receive Double Pay on the Holiday

Forty-seven years ago, Robert Kennedy cautioned that "too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things." But this Thanksgiving, while most of...Show More Summary

A Lot to Be Thankful For

As Thanksgiving approaches, we think about all of the people and things in our lives that we are thankful for -- but how often do we think about being thankful for our economic good fortune? The 24-hour news cycle can make it seem like we are in a constant state of economic crisis. Show More Summary

5 Ways to Maximize Your Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and as this holiday quickly approaches, so many people will be traveling to celebrate this annual holiday. However, Thanksgiving is about more than just having the day off and Black Friday andShow More Summary

Don't Name Baby After Dad -- You're Damning His Online Reputation (And Yours!)

Naming the baby after the father used to be as common as meatloaf and green beans. It was a deeply rooted and well-respected tradition. And listen, I understand the desire. You're passing on your genes, your values, and your legacy -...Show More Summary

Engage Employees by Helping Them Fulfill Their Sense of Purpose

Co-written with Deborah McKeever, president and chief operating officer of EHE International, Centers of Excellence in Preventive Healthcare. Recruiting and keeping top talent is one of the keys to having a successful business, and there's...Show More Summary

How To Start a Blog And Win 40,000 Customers

Your choice. You can start your business the way most people do it, and have typical odds of success. (Namely, slim.) Or, you can start the same way successful entrepreneurs launch new ventures. Adopt proven, powerful methods. Even better?...Show More Summary

How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

Do you skip workouts, phone-in conference calls, or only half listen to your spouse? Most of us are guilty of one or more of these transgressions, periodically. You may not realize it, but these actions may be causing more harm than you realize. Show More Summary

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