It's such a savage thing to lose your memory, but the crazy thing is it doesn't hurt one bit. A blackout doesn't sting or stab or leave a scar when it robs you. Close your eyes and open them again. That's what a blackout feels like. For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was 'the gasoline of all adventure'. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened 21st-century woman.
Businesses hoping to survive over the long term will have to remake themselves into better competitors at least once along the way. These efforts have gone under many banners: total quality management, reengineering, rightsizing, restructuring, cultural change, and turnarounds, to name a few. In almost every case, the goal has been to cope with a new, more challenging market by changing the way business is conducted. In this article, John Kotter outlines the eight largest errors that can doom these efforts.
Seth Godin, one of today's most influential business thinkers, writes best-selling books like Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars. And in between those annual books, he delivers a daily stream of ideas on one of the world's most popular blogs.
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Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.
This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline. It clearly explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. Peter Drucker, the most influential and widely-read thinker and writer on modern organizations, gives us a superbly practical book that explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures have to know, have to learn, and have to do in today's economy and marketplace.
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When people talk about using social media to advance their careers, they're usually talking about LinkedIn, Twitter, or maybe their blog. But the reality is that more people use Facebook than any other social network, which means that sooner or later, you need a Facebook strategy for your career.
Employers can choose from lots of tools when they want to encourage employees to work together toward a new corporate goal. One of the rarest managerial skills is the ability to understand which tools will work in a given situation and which will misfire.
When some managers take over a new job, they hit the ground running. They learn the ropes, get along with their bosses and subordinates, gain credibility, and ultimately master the situation. Others, however, don't do so well. What accounts for the difference? In this article, first published in 1985, Harvard Business School professor John J. Gabarro relates the findings of two sets of field studies he conducted, covering 14 management successions.
You've got an idea for something that will improve your company's bottom line or make it a better place to work. Nice going. Now for the hard part: How do you get people on board? How do you get funding? And what should you do if your idea doesn't catch on?
"Bernanke's Rebuttal" is from the May 01,2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Ken Borgers.
Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki are both concerned. Their concern is that the rich are getting richer, but America is getting poorer. The entitlement mentality is epidemic, creating people who expect their country, employer, or family to take care of them. And like the polar ice caps, the middle class is disappearing. America is becoming a two-class society, and soon you will be either rich or poor. Trump and Kiyosaki want you to be rich.
When corporate leaders or the organizations they represent mess up, they face the difficult decision of whether to apologize publicly. A public apology is a risky move. It's highly political, and every word matters. Refusal to apologize can be smart, or it can be suicidal. Readiness to apologize can be seen as a sign of character or one of weakness. Because the stakes are so high, Barbara Kellerman says, leaders should not extend public apologies often or lightly.
If you want to know why so many organizations sink into chaos, look no further than their leaders' mouths. Over and over, leaders present grand, overarching - yet fuzzy - notions of where they think the company is going. The result is often sloppy behavior and misalignment that can cost a company dearly. Effective communication is a leader's most critical tool for doing the essential job of leadership.
In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.
"All of us are smarter than any of us"
"Tee Time", by Emma Allen; "The Crooked Ladder", by Malcolm Gladwell; "Paper Palaces", by Dana Goodyear; "A Raised Voice", by Claudia Roth Pierpont; and "The Family of Man", by Hilton Als.
Best selling author Jack Trout doesn't beat around the bush. He takes marketers to task for taking the easy route too often, employing high-tech razzle-dazzle and sleight of hand when they should be working to discover and market their product's uniquely valuable qualities. He examines successful differentiation initiatives and outlines the many ways you can achieve differentiation.
"Headlines from Tech" is from the October 07, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Headlines from What's News" is from the October 07, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"IMF Downgrades Global Economic Outlook Again" is from the October 07, 2015 Economy section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Ian Talley and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Iraqi Shiite Politicians Call for Russian Airstrikes on Islamic State" is from the October 07, 2015 World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Matt Bradley and Ghassan Adnan and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"John Sculley on Steve Jobs: The Movie, the Man and His Own Role in the Drama" is from the October 07, 2015 Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Barbara Chai and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Microsoft's Surface Book: The Reason for a Laptop Foray" is from the October 07, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Dan Gallagher and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"The Pacific Trade Stakes" is from the October 07, 2015 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Trade Deal Throws Presidential Candidates a Curveball" is from the October 07, 2015 Politics section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Laura Meckler and Janet Hook and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.
"RoboPhone: Sharp to Sell Real Android Phones in Japan" is from the October 07, 2015 Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jun Hongo and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"A Shift in Risk Pinches Banks" is from the October 07, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Matt Wirz and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"At Least Nine Dead in South Carolina; Dams Break" is from the October 06, 2015 U.S. section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Valerie Bauerlein and Jennifer Levitz and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
In America, the name Forbes is synonymous with business magazine. Now the hard-hitting journalism that you have come to expect from Forbes is available in audio exclusively at audible.com. This unique offering brings you the best of every issue, from new investment opportunities, to trends in business and management, to smart ways to cut your taxes, protect your estate, and increase your wealth.
Rather than let Cox Enterprises succumb to extinction or sell it, Jim Kennedy reshaped his grandfather's sleepy Atlanta newspaper company into something enduring-and made his family $30 billion richer in the process.
Galileo believed that mathematics was the language God used to write the universe. Four hundred years later a brilliant practitioner and a computer scientist are quietly translating these secrets-into the newest great hedge fund fortune. (Pity the employees who get in their way.)
Under Armour's Kevin Plank spent almost $1 billion on fitness apps to outdo Silicon Valley. He's under a lot less pressure than they are. The gadgets are only there to move more apparel.
If you want a unique window into what makes the most paradoxical presidential candidate in a generation tick, you just need to answer this simple question.
"GE Stock: Time to Up the Voltage" is from the October 06, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Charley Grant and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"Headlines from Tech" is from the October 06, 2015 of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Fleet Cooper.