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"It’s not that I don’t enjoy fiction. I’ve read The Catcher in the Rye a bunch of times—it’s one of my favorite books ever (and I enjoyed Salinger, the documentary that came out this year) ..."He goes on to say:
"But I read mostly nonfiction because I always want to learn more about how the world works. And reading is how I learn best."Read all of Gates' picks for 2013 - here. And his first pick, The Box, by Marc Levinson, I've not only read but mentioned it in my forthcoming book.
If you could adjust just one variable to exponentially improve the quality of life for everyone on planet earth, what would it be? We’d argue there are few places where you would get a bigger return on your investment than supporting women entrepreneurs.And the blog post provides evidence that is overwhelming. Read it here.
3.) Never stop learningRead: 10 Ways Women Can Dare to Grow Their Businesses Big
Every entrepreneur I know has built a successful business on the many varieties of learning available. Admitting that you don’t know everything — and never will — is key to growth. Seek outside counsel from mentors and advisors, participate in a peer advisory group, such as Women Presidents’ Organization, listen, read business books and publications, and attend professional development training, etc.
GENERATING SUSTAINABLE growth is difficult and requires bold leadership. For a typical company, competitive pressure increases the difficulty to extract value from traditional sources, while looking for new sources of growth in a new territory feels haphazard and episodic.So what is the solution? It's not as simple as you would like it to be.
In a new report, the Center for American Progress offers up this coast-to-coast breakdown. The pay gap ranges all the way from a low of 15 cents in places like Vermont and Nevada up to 36 cents in Wyoming.Read the entire article here and take a look at the chart.
Rule No. 2. Share profits with your employees. If you treat them as partners, they will treat you as a partner, and together you will perform beyond your wildest dreams. Employees are the life-blood of any good company. Many companies seem to have fancy incentive programs for the big wheels, but smart companies have bonuses and profit-sharing all the way down the line.Read the entire article: Sam Walton's Rules for Success
"A culture where the vision for the future is clearly understood throughout the organization. A culture where people are invited to step forward to help advance the vision in small and big ways. A culture where ..."Read the the entire article to learn more.
• The membership of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), a nonprofit peer-advisory group for women with $2MM-plus gross revenue, itself accounts for $19BN in aggregate revenue and over 142,000 jobs, stemming directly from its 1,700+ female business leaders. In the WPO, the largest number of businesses are in manufacturing and distribution and 25% of members generate over $10 million annually.Read the entire article: Female Entrepreneurs Go Beyond "Cookies and Crafts"
|Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx|
How to Tease Out Great Ideas From Every Person On Your Team
Social everything: New generations and their digital world stepping forward
Redefining value: The consumer is winning the fight to own the new consumerRead the entire trend list:
The Small Business Administration reported that just 22.25 percent of the estimated $400 billion spent by the federal government in 2012 was directed at small businesses across the country.Read the entire article at Small Business Trends:
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During a mid-morning session with 40 drivers, he tells a story about a driver whose sloppy appearance and lackadaisical service led to the man’s demotion on the spot. On a whiteboard Kawanabe (President) writes the kanji character for hokori, or pride. “I want you all to promise me that you’ll take pride in this job,” he says. “If you do, customers will want to ride with you and you will perform better. And you will be happier.” Nihon Kotsu assigns two drivers to a car, typically a boxy Toyota Crown or Nissan Cedric sedan because those are the carmakers’ taxicab models.Read the entire article at Monocle Magazine:
Mobile Is Moving FastGo here to read the entire blog post.
There are about 2.4 billion Internet users worldwide, a gain of 8 percent from 2012, driven largely by emerging markets like Iran and Indonesia. And there are 1.5 billion mobile subscribers worldwide, compared with 1.1 billion a year earlier. That’s roughly 30 percent growth. In addition, mobile makes up 15 percent of Internet traffic over all.
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose.
|Alison Gutterman and her Dad at the NAWBO Chicago luncheon 5/7/13|
The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), a global peer advisory organization for women presidents and CEOs of multi-million dollar companies, will host more than 750 successful women entrepreneurs at its annual conference from May 1- 3, 2013 at The Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas.See you in Dallas!
With excellent drag and drop features Mailchimp has got many things for free. With Forever free tagline, Mailchimp is one of the most used email marketing tools.Read the entire article: 9 Best Free Email Marketing Tools to Fuel Your Online Business
You have too much on your plate, deadlines are looming, people are counting on you, and to top it all off, you still have holiday shopping to do. You are under a lot of pressure — so much that at times, you suspect the quality of your work suffers for it. This is life in the modern workplace.Does that sound like you? Then read on with this informative article on how to defeat stress:
1.) Participate in peer advisory groups: “Entrepreneurs learn best from one another rather than academic courses,” said Marsha Firestone, President and Founder of Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), a peer advisory group for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies.Read the entire article here.
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The conference encourages WPO members to share business strategies and experience with other successful women from all over the world, as well as learn from interactive seminars and speakers. Additionally, it will provide potential members who qualify a unique opportunity to experience the impact the WPO has on women business owners professionally, and personally.I hope to see you there!
Facebook and Twitter have undergone major overhauls to help users interact more efficiently and share more content. And just recently Yahoo.com made news when it revamped its homepage.Ask yourself these questions to determine if you need a website makeover.
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The chart of U.S. retail mobile commerce traces back to 2011, when sales totaled $14 billion dollars, more than doubling in 2012 to $25 billion. One of the more interesting figures is the average amount per purchase by device, noting that $250 was the average purchase on a smartphone, while an average tablet purchase amount was significantly higher at $329.
In more than four decades of studying businesses and consulting to organizations on how to implement new strategies, I can't tell you how many times I've heard people use the words "leadership" and "management" synonymously, and it drives me crazy every time.Find out why Dr. Kotter is driven to madness on this topic: Management Is (Still) Not Leadership
"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt