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Has an Employer’s Market Further Skewed Work-Life Balance?

5 Tips for Ensuring Desirable Lifestyle from Exxon Manager-Turned-Life Coach With reports of the unemployment rate dropping to 7 percent, lower than it was even five years ago and down from a peak of 10 percent in October 2009, many are breathing a sigh of relief. But the effects of a long bout of high unemployment are sure to have thrown off the balance of employee well-being, says former Exxon executive Bob Epperly. “Of course, the rate does not take into account those who are underemployed, including over-skilled workers inRead More


4 Ways to Come Up with Brilliant Ideas When the Pressure’s On By Michael Levin

National Ideas Month Shines a Light on Creativity Here’s an intriguing idea from New York Times best-selling author and writing coach Michael Levin,: “Creativity is a muscle; use it or lose it.” Levin, whose new “Books Are My Babies” YouTube channel (www.BooksAreMyBabies.com) offers 160-plus free tutorials for writers, says anyone can grow their creativity, just like any other muscle. “I define creativity as ‘the ability to develop great ideas while under pressure,’ ” he says. “Pressure creates diamonds, so why shouldn’t it also create great ideas?” But sometimes, pressure paralyzesRead More


Are Your Meetings a Waste of Time?

CEO Shares Tips for Encouraging Productive Collaboration In survey after survey, meetings get knocked by everyone from employees to senior executives as being among the biggest waste of work hours. In one poll, by Office Team, 45 percent of senior executives said their firms would be more productive if they banned all meetings at least one day a week! “The problem that often occurs – beyond the obvious, like lacking a clear agenda – is the underlying current of competition that each person brings to the table,” says Berny Dohrmann,Read More


College Students Should Also Run a Business

Entrepreneur Specializing in Internships Shares 5 Benefits These days, it seems as though Americans are spending more for college while getting less value in return – a trend research validates, says entrepreneur Matt Stewart. “The average cost for an in-state public college is $22,261, and a moderate budget for a private college averaged $43,289 for the 2012–2013 academic year; for elite schools, we’re talking about three times the cost of your local state school,” says Stewart, a spokesperson for College Works Painting, (www.collegeworks.com), which provides practical and life-changing business experienceRead More


How the Little Guys Can Win In Today’s David-and-Goliath Business World

Business Intelligence Expert Shares Tips for Using Actionable Data to Gain the Advantage Before the internet, small companies didn’t stand a chance against the Goliaths, says Corrine Sandler, a globally recognized leader in business intelligence and market research. That’s because no war can be won without intelligence and, before the digital era, collecting actionable data and information about one’s competitors, market and customers cost a lot more than most small businesses – the Davids – could afford. “But today, the Davids are taking down the Goliaths,” says Sandler, founder andRead More


Your Financial Advisor is Probably Not Your Friend

Who to Trust & What to Avoid in Learning About Money Management By Mike Finley The importance of money is impressed upon most Americans as soon as we’re old enough to buy candy. But the importance of money management is an entirely different story, says self-made millionaire Mike Finley. “Think about all that we do to prepare children for the world; we fill them up with things we think are most important for doing well as adults and spend tens of thousands of dollars for higher education, but they neverRead More


How to Be the Boss of Your Own Life

Businesswoman Provides Tips for Being Your Own CEO Entrepreneurship is alive and well in the United States with hundreds of thousands of new businesses opening each year. More than 22 million of our small businesses are one-man (or woman) shops, and the number of those ringing up more than $1 million in sales is growing – it was nearly 27,000 in 2011, the most recent U.S. Census statistics available. “Americans are very savvy business people, and for more and more of us, the rewards of running our own business trounceRead More


10 Things MBA Students Can Learn from Infantry School

Military Principles Significantly Complement Business Tactics, Says Straight-Talking Texas Entrepreneur In many ways, the knowledge gleaned from four years of college does not compare to what a person can learn at infantry school, says successful Texas businessman David M. Smith. “The Army provided me with more fun and interesting experiences and principles than college. I spent a lot of time in the company of officers and immersing myself in reading military classics,” says Smith, author of “The Texas Spirit,” (www.TheTexasSpiritBook.com). “Most students in MBA programs nationwide will never have thatRead More