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December 10, 2012
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  • Oroeco helps consumers make sustainable purchasing decisions
    An organization called Oroeco is promoting sustainability by helping consumers understand the ecological impact of their purchasing and investment decisions. "Politicians have thus far failed to address major global issues like climate change, but we see tremendous potential in bottom-up change that comes from informed and incentivized consumer," CEO Ian Monroe says. VentureBeat (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

Leading the Pack 
 
  • Give your employees the gift of leadership development
    The best bosses know when to step back and let their employees take the lead, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Leadership development shouldn't be reserved for people with a formal title, Miller explains. "When you provide your team members with an opportunity to exercise their leadership muscles, you're giving them a tremendous gift," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email 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.

Finance & Growth 
 
  • 8 tips for startup financial success
    You can help to ensure your new business is on firm financial footing by working with professional advisers, creating a business plan and choosing the right accounting software for your purposes, writes James Kaufman, founding principal of Kaufman, Rossin & Co. "It's important to have the discipline not to overextend yourself by trying to grow too quickly," he advises. The Huffington Post (12/7) 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.

The Whole Entrepreneur 
 
  • 5 skills that set entrepreneurs apart
    Entrepreneurs tend to be skilled when it comes to their ability to persuade others, writes Bill Bonnstetter, chairman of Target Training International. They also excel as leaders and have good interpersonal skills. These aptitudes "can be learned and developed, especially early in life, and further honed throughout an entrepreneur's career," Bonnstetter notes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Research: Entrepreneurs are stressed yet optimistic
    Research indicates business owners tend to be more stressed than other workers, but they are also more likely to be optimistic and have enjoyable experiences. Entrepreneurs "may have more flexibility to pursue interesting and exciting learning opportunities and activities than other workers," according to Gallup's Sangeeta Agrawal, Dan Witters and Alyssa Brown. BusinessNewsDaily.com (12/7) 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.

Ideas for Innovators 
  • How lobbyists are killing American innovation
    American businesses are increasingly using their lobbying muscle as a substitute for innovation, giving cash and urging legislation aimed at stifling rival companies and technologies, writes James Allworth. "Given how hard it can be to survive a disruptive challenge, and how effective lobbying has proven in stopping it, it's no wonder that incumbent firms take this route so often," Allworth writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Revamping a struggling art gallery by listening to customers
    Judith Schmitt had to readjust her approach after starting an art gallery called Gallery in the Vault in Ohio. "My biggest mistake was trying to emulate galleries in major cities instead of offering a diverse mix of handmade items that people in Ohio would support," she notes. She started paying attention to what other people were telling her and the gallery now offers pieces to match any budget. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
[T]here is a tremendous benefit to starting small and testing the market so you can learn how your product or services will be received."
--James Kaufman, founding principal and CEO of Kaufman, Rossin & Co., writing at The Huffington Post.
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