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    1. Mediocre is the New Black and What to do About It

      Mediocre is the New Black and What to do About It

      When you describe something as mediocre, you mean that it is of average quality, but, should be better. As a guy who has put bread on the table for over 25 years as a management consultant, I can tell you that the talent in most companies is mediocre. Conservatively, I've worked with over a hundred organizations--most of them are Fortune 200 firms. But, I've worked with my fair share of regional and middle-market firms, as well.

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    2. 10 of the Dumbest Social Media Blunders Ever

      10 of the Dumbest Social Media Blunders Ever

      Companies are increasingly turning to social media to expand their Internet presence, promote their brand and engage with consumers. However, while social media is a powerful and effective tool, it can also generate a ton of negative publicity if used carelessly. Here are 10 social media blunders that stand as cautionary tales on what not to do on the Internet. To celebrate July 4th, American Apparel used its Tumblr account to post a modified picture of the Challenger space shuttle explosion.

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      Mentions: Apple Inc. Kenya NFL
    3. Why You Shouldn't Put Your Foot In Your Mouth

      Why You Shouldn't Put Your Foot In Your Mouth

      You are what you speak. Your words come together to write the story of your life, so you must choose your words wisely. The words you think, the words you write, the words you sing, the words you dream. In many creation stories, “the word” is considered the origin of all life. The word is the catalyst, the intention, the incantation to manifest what was previously only imagined. As if when something is first spoken, it only then becomes real. Words truly are magic.

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      Mentions: new york times
    4. Four things small business owners should consider for their employees' retirement plans

      Four things small business owners should consider for their employees' retirement plans

      For a small-business owner, choosing a retirement plan can be more complicated than it appears. While large corporations usually go with a traditional 401(k), small-business owners have more options, including self-directed IRAs, SEP-IRAs and Solo 401(k) plans. And within each type of plan, the features, benefits and restrictions can vary from one plan provider to another. Choosing the right retirement plan is an essential step for financial security.

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      Mentions: IRA IRS
    5. How to Stop Micromanaging: Start Butting Out.

      How to Stop Micromanaging: Start Butting Out.

      With the explosion of social, mobile and cloud platforms, the way we work has radically changed. Information is no longer buttoned up in emails and reports that go up and down the chain of command. It now flows throughout a company digitally and organically, freeing up managers to spend time on more impactful work. With better access to information, the hovering micromanager who needs to direct every employee action and check in on every decision has no role.

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    6. How Founders Can Tackle the Inequalities of the Digital Economy

      How Founders Can Tackle the Inequalities of the Digital Economy

      You might think it would be easy for Silicon Valley leaders and prominent academics to get their action items onto President Obama's agenda. But even the luminaries of the digital age have to exercise a lot of patience, think strategically, and build a groundswell of support. With last week's publication of their Open Letter on the Digital Economy, these leaders took the first step in trying to build that groundswell.

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    7. 30 Ways to Keep Your Coders Happy

      30 Ways to Keep Your Coders Happy

      So begins Paul Ford's fantastic article on Bloomberg about his life as a coder. His story is well worth your time. But if you're looking for practical takeaways, and you'll indulge me a little reference to rhymin' Paul Simon, then here you go: 30 ways to please your coders, courtesy of Ford's wisdom and experience. 1. Do not reproach them for big mistakes. Customers will do it for you.

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    8. 5 of the Most Valuable Leadership Skills You Unknowingly Learned in School

      5 of the Most Valuable Leadership Skills You Unknowingly Learned in School

      Do you think you need an MBA in order to have learned proper leadership skills? An MBA from a reputable, accredited university certainly doesn't hurt, but you still need practical experience to really become a great leader. Fortunately, in many cases you're probably picking up those skills in school whether you realize it or not. Becoming conscious of these opportunities can help you learn potential lessons better and faster while you're earning your degree.

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    9. Podcasting basics

      Podcasting basics

      Your fellow reader Rhonda Howell asked for tips, tricks, and sound advice for podcasting. Since I’ve dabbled with podcasting on and off since 2006, I wanted to offer my opinion on some basics. Have a purpose for your podcast. Write down the reason you’re creating a podcast. What do you hope to accomplish? What will change because you do this project? Here are some example purposes: Know what you want to cover in each interview or session. Will you have a consistent set of questions you’ll cover?

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      Mentions: RSS Skype
    10. What the Office of the Future Might Look Like (Infographic)

      What the Office of the Future Might Look Like (Infographic)

      Your Jetsons-esque future could arrive sooner than you think, according to a recent study from Johnson Controls, a Milwaukee, Wis.-based tech and engineering firm that specializes in sustainable products. The company put together a study that looks ahead 25 years to predict what our offices and work days will look like in the future. The authors of the study foresee a future that is dominated by adaptable technology and physical spaces.

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    11. How to make a great first impression

      How to make a great first impression

      Clammy hands, heart racing, stomach turning... it all can only mean one thing: You're about to meet some new people. But don't fret (or at least, fret less), because we're here with 10 rules that will help you feel confident you're not making any huge faux pas. Who knows, you might even start enjoying this whole social interaction thing! You've got to start the conversation somewhere, but it's best to avoid tired old lines like "What do you do? " and "Where are you from? " over and over again.

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      Mentions: Canadian
    12. 5 Simple Strategies to Boost Employee Engagement

      5 Simple Strategies to Boost Employee Engagement

      Sean Kelly is a nutrition-focused social entrepreneur who co-founded HUMAN (Helping Unite Mankind And Nutrition) in 2008. Through customized micro markets, office snack delivery services and vending machines, HUMAN optimizes workplace engagement and delivers on its vision "to make healthy food more convenient than junk food.

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      Mentions: Yahoo Google Canada
    13. Why a Bad Reputation is Even Worse Than You Think

      Why a Bad Reputation is Even Worse Than You Think

      The day is coming: soon each of us will have a reputation score. And the consequences of that score will be a mixed bag for us, professionally and personally. Using massive data sets many have already acquired, companies will assign each of us a numerical score - similar to a credit score - based on our reputations for various behaviors and traits. Opportunities will flow--or dry up--according to how high or low that score happens to be.

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    14. 10 Options for Hosting Your Startup Website

      10 Options for Hosting Your Startup Website

      As a startup, you are most likely counting your pennies as you read this. Funds only go so far, so your startup website needs to be near the top of the list when you're prioritizing how to use available resources. Even though most local startups don't need a large website, it is the platform that establishes your brand and serves as a main access point for reaching customers. Being in the startup world, you're always looking for more cost effective ways to run your business.

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    15. 4 Reasons You Should Consider Kissing a Journalist

      4 Reasons You Should Consider Kissing a Journalist

      When Lauren O. Victoria launched the website for Aloha Crate, a subscription servce that sends local, quintessentially Hawaiian products all over the United States, she did what small business owners are told: She hit social media. Hard. “I ran a contest that had a social share component, and I double-whammied it with paid advertising,” says Victoria, a communications graduate who considers herself pretty social-media savvy.

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    16. 23 Tips From Comedians To Be Funnier In Your Next Presentation

      23 Tips From Comedians To Be Funnier In Your Next Presentation

      Former a biologist Tim Lee takes the stage at TEDx for the second time this year. Tim's medium of choice: the all too often mind numbingly boring PowerPoint presentation, but when Tim unleashes his deck it's anything but. Within seconds the audience are in hysterics of laughter and clapping loudly to show their appreciation...for his PowerPoint. You may be wondering why this has not happened to you before. Tim is one of a growing number of comedians equally at home on a business stage.

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    17. 4 lessons for building a full-stack startup

      4 lessons for building a full-stack startup

      Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon recently wrote a piece on the concept of the full-stack startup. In it, he details how companies like Uber, Lyft, Munchery, Sprig, Shyp, Warby Parker and Airbnb are part of a trend in technology built on the notion that fixing broken industries by wrapping a software layer over incumbent services just isn't enough. Instead, to truly revolutionize a space, you need to reinvent the entire experience by building an end-to-end service enabled by software.

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    18. Frankencloud: The Monster That's Killing Business

      Frankencloud: The Monster That's Killing Business

      In today’s Age of the Customer, businesses need to be agile, to keep pace and grow at scale. That’s why so many have turned to the cloud. Unfortunately, the world has gotten a little too cloudy, I must say, given the many different applications available for each individual business need.

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    19. Why Affirmations Have Failed You and 4 Steps to Change That

      Why Affirmations Have Failed You and 4 Steps to Change That

      “I AM THE GREATEST!” Muhammad Ali affirmed these words, over and over again, until he became them. Science has proven that affirmations, when done correctly, are an effective tool for quickly becoming the person you need to be to achieve everything you want in your life. Nonetheless, affirmations also have a bad rap. Many have tried them only to be disappointed, with little or no results. The reason for the disappointment is that the old way of doing affirmations doesn’t work.

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