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January 11, 2013
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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.

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  • How the "happiest companies in America" treat their employees
    Employers cited in the latest CareerBliss list of the "happiest companies in America" keep their workers satisfied by supporting their development, recognizing their accomplishments and providing them with meaningful work, Lydia Dishman writes. Pfizer took the top spot on the list, and Pfizer consultant Steve McClatchy says the company seeks out issues before they become issues. "It's a commitment to finding out obstacles to being happy. They don't wait for exit interviews; they are proactive and continually assess their culture," McClatchy says. Fast Company online (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to bake career development into your regular routine
    Career development shouldn't be relegated to annual employee-review sessions, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. It's better to recognize and discuss small successes and learning opportunities as they happen throughout the year. "Effective leaders do it a little every month, week, day -- embedding it right in the workflow and treating it like the organic part of work that it really is," Giulioni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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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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  • Why maternity leave needs to become more flexible
    Working women shouldn't have to take their maternity leave all at once, but should be able to take time off as needed, Jessica Grose writes. "If new moms are happy, they're more likely to stay at a company, saving their employers the costs of training new employees and losing intellectual capital from a continuous smart mom brain drain," Grose writes. Slate (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Want happier workers? Go on a hike
    Dropbox holds regular "hillcore" events, in which workers are encouraged to climb a hill together. The hikes help employees clear their heads, boosting overall productivity and helping foster collaboration and innovation, says programmer Dan Wheeler. "When you're programming, you're doing your job more effectively if your mind is going faster. When you're hiking, you're letting your mind wander," he explains. Fast Company online (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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.

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  • Reality-show winners could be first people on Mars
    Nonprofit Mars One is seeking applicants for a planned one-way trip to Mars that it hopes to launch starting in 2022, although equipment missions could begin in 2016. The project would include a global reality-television show to help pick 24 astronauts, who would be shuttled to Mars in groups of four over several years. Gizmodo (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 

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