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March 11, 2013
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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.

Policy Watch 
 
  • Industrial cyberattacks are a given, ex-CIA chief says
    Industrial firms should have contingency measures for when cyberattacks happen, not just prevention plans, said Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. "They're getting through. They will penetrate your network. You can make it harder. You can make it more expensive. You can make it more robust. But they're going to penetrate," he said. FuelFix.com (3/8) 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.

Research & Innovation 
 
  • Chemical producers combine on worker-training program in N.J.
    Solvay Specialty Polymers and Johnson Matthey are part of a group that established a training program for skilled manufacturing workers with Gloucester County College in New Jersey. A community college "was a natural choice for us. It can offer a high-level education at a modest price," said Lucio Siano, CEO of the U.S. unit of Italian specialty chemicals producer COIM, which also partnered in the effort. "From a cost point of view, this is better. From a cultural and educational point of view, we cannot do better than to put them in classes with professors who are experts in the subject," Siano said. ChiefExecutive.net (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

Leadership & Management 
  • Why leaders should be more willing to take advice
    Bosses should be more willing to ask for advice even if they already know the decision they're going to make, writes Dennis Bakke in this book excerpt. "The advice process isn't just about getting the right answer. It's about building a strong team and creating a process of communication that will improve all decisions in a company," Bakke explains. Fast Company online (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to lead when things are clear as mud
    Uncertain and confusing times are the real test of a CEO's leadership ability, writes Scott Eblin. It's important to communicate clearly, to be honest about known unknowns and to avoid disconnecting when the going gets tough. "In the absence of clear and relevant communications from you and with you, people are going to fill the vacuum with stuff they're making up. You don't want that. Stay engaged," Eblin advises. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    The economic reports were mostly positive for the week. The payroll report showed stronger than expected job gains and a reduction in the unemployment rate. The former was due to broad based job gains across several key sectors while the latter reflects, in part, a continuing decline in the participation rate. Nevertheless, job gains have averaged close to 200,000 per month over the past three months. Improvements in the labor force are giving consumers the confidence to take on more debt.

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  • ACC announces upcoming REACH workshop: "Reach & CLP Requirements -- What U.S. Companies Need to Do"
    ACC is partnering with Steptoe & Johnson LLP to conduct a REACH workshop at ACC headquarters on Tuesday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join us to learn about tasks to complete before the next REACH registration deadline (May 31, 2013), lessons learned during the first registration cycle, and other issues surrounding REACH compliance. Should you and/or someone on your staff plan to participate, please notify ACC's Lora Magruder. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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