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December 4, 2012
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  Best Business Practices 
  • Don't let your meetings get stuck in the bike shed
    Too many high-level meetings fall prey to "bike-shedding" -- the notion that smart, powerful people will quickly sign off on important issues they barely understand but will spend hours arguing over trivial issues they think they understand, such as whether to build a bike shed. Avoid this trap by giving your team the information they need to make big decisions and shielding them from the small ones, advises Dan McCarthy. "If you’re the leader, exercise your decision making authority on the trivial stuff," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is it time to take a hard look at your business?
    It can be a good idea to take a step back from your business and think about the direction your company is heading, Steve Strauss writes. Among other activities, you might want to determine where most of your company's revenue is coming from, update your business plan and look for opportunities to try new things. USA Today (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  Industry Insight 
  • Producers provide insight on marketing hybrid products
    Hybrid products -- long-term-care insurance paired with life insurance or annuities -- offer great benefits for consumers, even if they don't end up requiring long-term care. Three top producers familiar with hybrid products shed light on good prospects for hybrid solutions and how to present the products. Features such as convenience, the ability to address multiple needs with a single product and the high cost of long-term care without coverage are powerful motivators, the producers say. National Underwriter Life & Health (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HSAs offer flexibility and tax advantages, expert says
    Health savings accounts offer some advantages over 401(k) plans, including the option to roll over funds at any time, says Kimberly Sexton of Total Benefit Communications. The funds also allow participants a range of investment options as well as death benefits and the ability to use tax-free proceeds for certain non-qualified medical expenses, Sexton says. "Health savings account contributions go in tax-free, grow tax-free and come out tax-free," she says. (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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.

  Market Trends 
  • Wellness initiatives offer a better strategic plan, expert says
    Some companies prefer wellness initiatives over ongoing programs because initiatives have end points and are more strategic, says Nancy Pokorny of Findley Davies. She says employee wellness initiatives are being integrated with other components, such as health-plan design, safety and onsite clinics, because the elements are all connected. Smart Business online (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail 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.
Click here to access the report.

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  AHIP News 
  • Fraud, Waste & Abuse: The Next Generation of Detection
    Join us from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET on Dec. 7 to learn how health plans can maximize available resources to ensure members are receiving the right care in the right setting from the highest quality providers. Speakers will discuss interdependencies between various business units and the need to meet competing priorities within an organization. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The AHIP Select Program
    Laying the groundwork to implement health care reform at your organization involves finding and working with organizations that can support your efforts. From complex data analysis to information technology solutions, AHIP Select Program Members specialize in providing products and services for the health care industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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