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February 4, 2013
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  • Panel suggests creation of small-business exchange
    A Securities and Exchange Commission panel suggested that an exchange limited to small businesses should be created. The exchange would make it easier for companies to go public in the U.S. but would be limited to experienced investors better able to assess the risks involved with lower disclosure hurdles. Bloomberg (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
Social media is a great way to connect with your customers, but what do you do when the conversation takes a negative turn? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

Your Bottom Line 
 
  • Companies act as though capital is scarce when it's not
    There is an abundance of capital available to companies, write Andrew Schwedel and Karen Harris of Bain & Co. The problem is that many companies still operate as though capital is scarce. They need to rethink hurdle rates, keep an eye on bubble risk and manage the balance sheet differently. "Coming to grips with this new world will be an important precondition for achieving sustainable long-term growth," they write. The Wall Street Journal/CFO Journal (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Goodwill impairment continues to decline
    Goodwill impairment has declined in recent years, according to an analysis of more than 5,000 companies. The study, conducted by the Financial Executives Research Foundation and Duff & Phelps, found that goodwill impairment totaled $26 billion to $30 billion in 2009 through 2011, a significant drop from a peak of $188 billion in 2008. The study examined which industries have the most goodwill on their balance sheets, which industries' goodwill was hardest hit and the impact of impairment on each industry's assets. Business Finance (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
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In the C-Suite 
 
  • Arianna Huffington's guide to failure
    Failure isn't the opposite of success; rather, it's a stepping stone to better things, new-media mogul Arianna Huffington says. That is an important point to keep in mind when your company begins doing well, and to keep taking risks, Huffington says. "Now that Huffington Post is successful, we try not to let that stop us. We constantly iterate," she adds. Inc. online (free registration) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Could your team survive a "weather bomb"?
    In 1998, a small craft, the AFR Midnight Rambler, defeated larger and better-equipped rivals to win the punishing Sydney to Hobart race. The boat's crew succeeded by heading into a storm that rivals refused to face, as well as betting on its ability to recover swiftly and efficiently from anything nature threw at it, Dennis N. T. Perkins writes. "Successful teams are able to put the pieces back together and then calmly push as hard as they can," Perkins writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/30) 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.

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SmartQuote 
There's absolutely no one who's succeeded who has not failed along the way."
--Arianna Huffington, as quoted by Inc. online
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