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February 7, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • How robots could change the window-washing industry
    Robots capable of cleaning the outside of buildings are coming to market, and some envision a future of robots taking on the arduous task of cleaning skyscrapers rather than humans. Older buildings, which are not generally built uniformly, may remain outside robots' reach. "In some cases you could see a machine has benefit, but in most cases it'll be old elbow grease and ingenuity," said Cameron Riddell, president of window-cleaning firm J. Racenstein. The Wall Street Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
The Key To Positive Cash Flow
Every business is cyclical with cash flow ups and downs. The key is to find a way to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Well it's not. There are systems and processes that make it easier to collect the cash you've earned so your small business can grow. Learn how these small-business owners set up their businesses for success.

  Government Affairs 
  • Bill seeks to protect salary discussions
    A bill in Congress would prohibit companies from punishing workers for discussing their salaries. The bill is intended to empower women to ask about their male colleagues' salaries, says Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who introduced the bill along with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. The Huffington Post (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail 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.

  Business Best Practices 
  • How to be a first-time CEO
    Terry Leahy became CEO of British supermarket chain Tesco at age 40 and says he was completely unprepared. He made up for his inexperience with an innovative streak and a strong work ethic. "I had no sort of natural authority. But, compensating on the other side, I had a lot of energy," he recalls. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to be a more intense boss
    Intensity is a powerful tool for any leader, although it's important to ensure that your focus and commitment don't come across as anger or obsession, writes Art Petty. Authenticity is a vital part of that process, Petty writes. "Your commitment to the mission at hand must come through in your every word, action and during every encounter," he writes. (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  BSCAI News 
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  • How does a free webinar sound?
    Want to know how you can attend the first GAF webinar, "Implementing Healthcare Reform," for free? Here's how: If you are a 2013 GAF (Government Affairs Fund) donor, then you are able to attend for free. Unsure if you or your firm is a 2013 donor? Check the BSCAI website or call us at (312) 321-5167 and we'll happily check for you. Not a donor? That's OK, because anyone can register. BSCAI members receive a new reduced rate of $29, too. Join us from 1 to 2 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Feb. 20, for a webinar that covers health care reform from all angles. Learn more online and register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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