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You've Merged With a Huge Company. Now What?

How to help your employees survive the post-acquisition commotion. "Business as usual" doesn't seem to be in my professional vocabulary these days and I'm loving it. After my company, Blinds.com, was acquired by The Home Depot earlier this year, my days have shifted from M&A intensity to full on integration efforts with our new partners. Show More Summary

Art Break: Forain

Art Contrarian looks at the work of Jean-Louis Forain.

3 Actions That Instantly Build Trust

Your door might be open, but are you? Try these trust-building actions the next time a team member needs to talk. We live in an information-rich, time-poor world, with lots of inputs coming at us in any given moment. Although it seems...Show More Summary

Health Food Update

The lighter lawyer in Florida grooves over a hot dog in a sausage bun.

8 Easy Ways to Become an Expert Traveler

A veteran business traveler shares eight secrets he's learned over the years--from buying a Tom Bihn bag to carrying a spare battery. A recent survey found that Southwest Airlines had the best customer service in the airline industry, and they deserve it. Show More Summary

Now Is the Time to Pounce on a Business Deal

It's a good time to buy a business, and sell one, too. According to BizBuySell's quarterly Insights Report, small business sales remained robust, continuing the trend of a consistent, healthy business-for-sale market. Opportunities abound on either side of the table. Show More Summary

Conflict Resolution Tips

Leslie Frey shows how to resolve conflict like a zen master. Very nicely done. Read it and then listen to the rocks grow. [HT: FutureLawyer]

The Exit That Wasn't: How This Entrepreneur Bought His Company Back

Tony Conrad explains how--and why--he reclaimed control of About.me from AOL a year ago. A startup founder who navigates her company through a significant exit might find herself with full pockets and an itch to get back in the game....Show More Summary

17 Things Happy People Say Every Day

Are you as happy as you wish you were today? If not, try saying a few of these simple, inspiring things to other people. They won't just improve your mood; they'll trigger positive reactions that will legitimately make you feel happier, too. Show More Summary

How GE and IBM are Playing Global Development to Win

More and more companies are partnering with governments in Africa — and speeding the region's growth.

The Art of Unforgettable Opening Lines

Whether you're giving a speech, pitching an investor, or just making small talk, your first line leaves a lasting impression. Make it a good one. How do you begin your presentations? Do you work on your opening to create drama, and curiosity?...Show More Summary

It Takes All Kinds of Brains to Make a Perfect Team

If your team isn't cognitively diverse, you're missing a huge opportunity. Have you ever wondered why a team of smart, experienced people aren't performing well? It's not a lack of skills. More likely there's a breakdown in something deeper that precludes their ability to generate ideas, get things done or perform at high levels. Show More Summary

Reverse Hypocrisy

Reverse hypocrisy: A form of hypocrisy where the person excuses lax or irresponsible conduct by others - conduct which fosters failure - but personally follows much higher standards. Some examples: "I'll make excuses for your children using foul language or not doing homework. Show More Summary

Asking for a Pay Raise? These Tips Will Help You Negotiate the Salary You Deserve

Want a pay raise, but not sure how to approach it? Follow these steps to get paid what you’re worth. The post Asking for a Pay Raise? These Tips Will Help You Negotiate the Salary You Deserve appeared first on Brazen Life.

Send me to China :)

So far, I’ve spoken about happiness at work in 32 different countries but I have an ambition to add more. The top 3 countries I’d love to speak in are: China South Korea Australia. Can you help me get there? Do you have any contacts or know some companies in those countries who might benefit […]

Quote of the Day

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin

6 Things the Most Influential People on Social Media Do

How do you earn respect, stand out, and get noticed in noisy social media circles? Take a cue from the Web's biggest influencers. Influencers are among the most magical, powerful creatures in social media. Within specific niches or across...Show More Summary

Finding a Job Is a Nonsport Competition

In principle, getting hired is a simple two-step process: creating an attractive enough resume to be invited for a job interview and then acing it. In practice, getting hired is significantly more difficult because many people are competing...Show More Summary

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