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Charles Best Delivers Keynote Speech at Festival of Ideas

05.01.2012

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Charles Best founded DonorsChoose.org at Wings Academy, a public high school in the Bronx where he was a social studies teacher for five years. In 2000, he thought up DonorsChoose.org during a lunch conversation with colleagues -- teachers like him that experienced first-hand the scarcity of learning materials in public schools -- and his students volunteered to help start the organization. > View article

Zach Wahls On David Letterman: 'My Two Moms' Author Talks Homophobia, Gay Marriage And Bullying

04.26.2012

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The Iowa-based student, YouTube video sensation and HuffPost Gay Voices blogger is currently promoting his new book, "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family," which is due out April 26, and spoke to Letterman about his personal experiences with homophobia and being bullied in school for having two lesbian moms. (Huffington Post) > View article

Daymond John on Engaging Young Entrepreneurs and Building a Better Business

04.26.2012

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Daymond John, the president and CEO of the apparel company FUBU and an investor on ABC's Shark Tank, is committed to energizing youth about entrepreneurship. He's joining other business leaders like Sean “Diddy” Combs and Steve Case in the Dare to Dream auction benefiting the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a non-profit dedicated to youth from low-income communities. The highest bidders will get a power meeting with their leader of choice. (Entrepreneur) > View article

Donna Brazile's 4 Best Ways to Start Over

04.25.2012

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Read Donna Brazile's insightful tips on rejuvenating your life. (O Magazine) > View article

Chester Elton & Adrian Gostick: How Every Manager Can Create a Culture That Works

04.25.2012

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If you want to run a high-performing company, you can't afford employees who are just along for the ride. From corner office to cubby, your work force must be fully engaged. In other words, they must be "all in," according to Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, co-authors of the bestselling "The Carrot Principle" and "The Orange Revolution." (Fox Business) > View article

John Jantsch and Ramon: Should You Do Events To Boost Your Brand or Sales?

04.24.2012

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I recently sat down with John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing to speak about whether a business should do events to boost a brand or sales. John shares on his blog, “So much of what we do in business today can be done virtually, digitally and technically...." (Business Insider) > View article

Shawn Achor: Want a promotion? Make friends at work.

04.24.2012

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Are you too busy to stop by your colleague's office to chat or go to lunch? Or are you someone who keeps work relationships strictly business? Be warned: If you're not reaching out to make and nurture friendships at work, you're probably hurting your career. Recent research finds that people who initiate office friendships, pick up slack for their co-workers, and organize workplace social activities are 40% more likely to get a promotion in the subsequent two years. "How much you give at work directly affects how much you get at work," says Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. (CNN) > View article

David Meerman Scott: 'Marley' Documentary Stirs It Up With My Photos

04.24.2012

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While in New York City after a gig at Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley learned that he had terminal brain cancer. He headed to Pittsburgh anyway, travelling by bus with his band The Wailers for a gig at the Stanley Theater two days later in what turned out to be his final concert on September 23, 1980. On that same day 32 years ago I also road tripped to the Stanley Theater to be at the show, although nobody in the crowd knew what the world would learn soon after, that the Marley was very, very sick. (Huffington Post) > View article

John Fund: Why We Need Voter-ID Laws Now

04.09.2012

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One reason is that people know you can’t function in the modern world without showing ID — you can’t cash a check, travel by plane or even train, or rent a video without being asked for one. In fact, PJ Media recently proved that you can’t even enter the Justice Department in Washington without showing a photo ID. Average voters understand that it’s only common sense to require ID because of how easy it is for people to pretend they are someone else. (National Review Online) > View article

Book review: 'An Improbable Life' by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown

04.02.2012

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Like so many young men, Jim Abbott grew up wanting to fit in with everybody else while simultaneously wishing to be celebrated for being uncommonly adept at something/anything. In Abbott's case, he was adept at baseball, a game difficult enough with two hands. Abbott was born with just one. This is his story, of dreaming of being twice as good with half the tools. (LA Times) > View article

Lt. Dan Choi Honored in The Advocate's Hall of Fame

03.28.2012

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When "don't ask, don't tell" was finally repealed in 2011 and troops began serving openly, many thought of Army National Guard Lt. Dan Choi. (The Advocate) > View article

Dow's New Direction: An Interview Between Geoff Colvin and CEO Andrew Liveris

03.28.2012

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When Mr. McGuire told Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin in The Graduate that "I just want to say one word to you," and that word was "plastics," he could have been recommending a career at Dow Chemical. It was advice that Andrew Liveris, a new chemical-engineering graduate from Darwin, Australia, followed in 1976, when he joined Dow (DOW). The company produced mainly petrochemicals and the plastics created from them, and it was a good business. But by the time Liveris became Dow's CEO in 2004, that commodity chemical strategy no longer made sense. That's why Liveris, 57, has been turning Dow in a new direction, focusing on unique, innovative, high-margin products, such as recently introduced solar shingles. (Fortune) > View article

Barbara Corcoran Named Keynote Speaker at H.D. Opportunity

03.27.2012

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Barbara Corcoran, a real estate mogul and investor on the reality TV show 'Shark Tank,' will deliver the keynote speech at the 2012 High Desert Opportunity business conference, according to organizers. The annual event will be held Oct. 18 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, aiming to draw out-of-the-area business owners, commercial real estate brokers, developers and site locators to the High Desert. (High Desert Daily Press) > View article

5 Things Designers Need to Know From Mountain Climbers

03.20.2012

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IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter hosted a stellar Seattle Leaders Breakfast last week, featuring honoree Frank Ching and a keynote by Ed Viesturs. Not just a “climber,” Ed is regarded as the country’s foremost high-altitude mountaineer. (Design Matters) > View article

Positive Intelligence

03.14.2012

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In July 2010 Burt’s Bees, a personal-care products company, was undergoing enormous change as it began a global expansion into 19 new countries. In this kind of high-pressure situation, many leaders pester their deputies with frequent meetings or flood their in-boxes with urgent demands. In doing so, managers jack up everyone’s anxiety level, which activates the portion of the brain that processes threats—the amygdala—and steals resources from the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for effective problem solving. (Harvard Business Review) > View article

 

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