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February 1, 2013
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  • Social Annex sells social skills to small retailers
    Marina Del Rey, Calif.-based Social Annex has grown to 70 employees who provide products and services aimed at helping small online retailers connect with prospective customers on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest. "The problem is that they don’t know how to do social. They want to make their site as powerful as a ShoeDazzle," said founder Al Lalani. Los Angeles Business Journal (free registration) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

Leading the Pack 
 
  • How leaders can be better sellers
    Every leader is a salesperson at heart, spending their days pitching ideas, deals and products to potential customers, employees, suppliers, corporate partners and the board, writes Daniel Pink. To carry out that role successfully, it pays to strike a balance between introversion and extroversion. The best bosses are those "who can talk smoothly but also listen keenly, who know when to turn on the charm but also when to turn it off, who combine the extrovert's assertiveness with the introvert's quiet confidence," Pink writes. The Washington Post (1/28), The Washington Post (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Finance & Growth 
 
  • Legal tips for launching a startup
    It may seem natural to split equity evenly among the ownership team, but this isn't the best strategy, writes Aaron Lumnah, drawing on advice from Mick Bain of the law firm WilmerHale. One of the founders will be contributing more than the other ones, and this person should have decision-making authority. Among other legal tips: Structure your business as either an S-corporation, a C-corporation or a limited liability company, and incorporate in Delaware. BostInno (Boston) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Whitepaper: SDN: How do you get there from here?
Are the growing data needs of mobile, cloud, big data and social threatening today's enterprise networks? Scalable processes, a phased integration approach and the appetite to optimize over time are key components of a modern network. It's how agile organizations prepare for the data needs of tomorrow.
Explore the whitepaper to start down the path toward SDN.

The Whole Entrepreneur 
 
  • What would Benjamin Franklin do?
    If you want to get more productive, follow Benjamin Franklin's example and join a group of driven individuals, writes Samuel Bacharach. "A community of intellectual support will motivate you to get to work, sharpen your ideas, and impress your peers," he writes. It's also important to understand, like Franklin did, that time is valuable and in short supply. Inc. online (free registration)/Pragmatic Leadership blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Don't neglect your retirement
    Many entrepreneurs, focused intently on their businesses, owners fail to prepare adequately for retirement. Betting on the sale of your business can be a risky retirement strategy. Other options for entrepreneurs include SIMPLE IRAs, individual 401(k)s or SEP IRAs. U.S. News & World Report (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

Ideas for Innovators 
  • Good innovators know that less is more
    The best innovators focus on getting rid of stuff, and developing products and processes that deliver memorable and meaningful results with the least effort possible, writes Matthew E. May. "They adopt a 'less is best' approach to innovation, removing just the right things in just the right way in order to achieve the maximum effect through minimum means," he explains. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
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Don't expect to be perfect. But don't go jump into things expecting to fail, or eager to fail, either."
--Samuel Bacharach, director of Cornell's Institute of Workplace Studies, writing at Inc. online's Pragmatic Leadership blog.
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