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Help your team succeed with these 4 leadership tips
The Business Journals
When we get wrapped up in the quicksand of daily tasks, deadlines and meetings, we often forget to value the most essential aspect of our company: the staff. Attention to your staff's needs and concerns should be paramount, considering a healthy portion of your success depends on their drive to perform. By displaying these four fundamental traits, you will both strengthen your leadership and boost your team's success as a whole.
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11 project management tips for setting and managing expectations
Computer World
Keeping projects on track — especially in the face of constant change requests and additions — is a project manager's greatest challenge. And when project managers don't properly set expectations from the start — with senior management, the client or their team — and don't have a strategy in place for dealing with scope creep or last-minute requests or changes, deadlines can suffer. So how can project managers ensure that everyone shares the same goals and expectations? CIO.com asked dozens of IT executives, project managers and project management experts to find out. Check out their top 11 suggestions on how to successfully set, manage and adjust expectations to ensure deadlines are met and tempers don't flare.
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10 questions to ask when collecting customer data
Entrepreneur
When your customers disclose their personal and financial information to you, they're taking a leap of faith that you won't lose, abuse or otherwise mess with it — accidentally or not. Your customers don't want you to spam them every two minutes, hawk their info to third parties or, worse, expose it to cyber attackers. Gathering sensitive customer information isn't something business owners should just jump into and make up as they go. Get up to speed with these 10 essential questions to consider before you ask your customers anything.
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5 top lead generating tips for 2014
StartupSmart
Generating leads is an all-important task for businesses and especially so for solo traders, start-ups and smaller businesses. Too many businesses end up taking a haphazard approach to lead generation, so here are five simple strategies you can use to find quality leads for your business this year.
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Customer loyalty: 5 tips for sales reps
Fox Business
While most sales representatives know how to close a sale, a large number don't know how to keep their customers coming back for more. Larry Caretsky, CEO of the customer relationship management software provider Commence, said that salespeople too often forget about the importance of the post-sale follow up. To help those in the sales industry avoid such mistakes, Caretsky offers five tips on how to proactively build sales relationships and generate customer satisfaction.
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6 tips for creating an effective Internet direct mail campaign
Entrepreneur
If you want to build your online business, research shows that one of the best ways to do it is to use direct mail to drive prospects to your site. It's the combination of direct mail with an online presence that packs such a powerful marketing punch. If you think that using direct mail in conjunction with the Internet holds promise for your business, here are some points to keep in mind so you can make the most of this powerful combination.
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Making a first impression with words
By Molly Hamilton
How do you interact with your customers, prospects and partners? Chances are, you are sending emails and letters, or posting to a blog or website. Perhaps you maintain a LinkedIn profile or corporate Facebook page. Each one of these platforms provides a way to interact with your professional network, so it's critical that your materials are both well written and effective. Such correspondence is often the first &mdsah; and perhaps only — impression you will make with prospective clients. To ensure they reflect well on you and your business, the following tips provide an important checklist before hitting "send" or pressing "publish."
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How to clean a coffee or spice grinder
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If you use my blade grinder a lot for grinding coffee and spices, you probably find it is almost impossible to keep it clean. The oils from coffee build up into a residue that can go funky and rancid, and if you switch it up and grind some spices, well, then things can get really messy. This article discusses a quick trick for blotting up those oils and spice fragments. It won't return your grinder to a pristine state, but it's a good method for weekly or monthly cleaning and maintenance.
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Must know: How coffee price affected Dunkin' Brands
Market Realist
The performance of the coffee industry as a whole is less affected by coffee commodity price movements than the typical investor might expect. This is due to a series of hedging instruments to protect firms from short-term spikes in coffee pricing. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis insists there is much more value added to a cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee than coffee alone.
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Garage-based coffee business goes nationwide
Rapid City Journal
Though Pure Bean Roasters coffee is sold in shops more than 1,500 miles from South Dakota, the business is still run out of a garage in Rapid City. And co-owners Mark Royalty and Nick Reid are perfectly content with that arrangement, even if it means Royalty has 600 pounds of coffee beans in his garage right now.
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Why you should be drinking more coffee — in 1 chart
Business Insider
Tea drinkers may look down at coffee drinkers for what has long been considered an unhealthy habit, but that may soon end. More and more evidence is showing that not only is coffee not bad for you, it actually might be good for you. Check out this chart, created by Authority Nutrition's Kris Gunnars and included in a post on the health benefits of coffee.
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Rains to end Brazil coffee drought, but damage done
Reuters
Forecasters say widespread rains will soon finally enter the southernmost part of Brazil's coffee belt, breaking a six-week dry spell, but the crop may already have suffered losses of up to 30 percent. With rains having already begun in the southern grain- producing state of Rio Grande do Sul, to the south of Brazil's coffee belt, coffee futures prices slid in mid-day trade by nearly 2 percent.

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Coffee to soybean wagers climb on Brazilian drought
Bloomberg
Hedge funds raised bullish commodity bets to a 15-week high after a drought in Brazil threatened crops from coffee to soybeans. The net-long position across 18 U.S.-traded commodities climbed 15 percent to 900,330 futures and options in the week ended Feb. 4, the biggest gain since August.

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New trends in coffee: The age of the nano-roaster
Serious Eats
When it comes to coffee, people have been talking about micro-roasters for awhile. Now there's a new trend happening: the nano-roaster. How did we get here? Let's dig through the history a bit, starting at the beginning of the last decade.

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25 famous tea drinkers on nature's best beverage
Flavorwire
Snowstorms continue to ravage the East Coast, destroying social lives and ruining shoes with rock salt. What's the cure for the winter doldrums? Sometimes only a hot cuppa will do. We're talking tea, of course. The cult of tea is a tight-knit bunch, and only the finest leaves will do. For tea lovers, there's something incredibly soothing and intimate about curling up with a hot mug of infused yumminess. Here's what 25 famous tea drinkers had to say about nature's best beverage.
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What's killing the world's coffee plants?
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Modern growing practices, including the use of pesticides, could be killing off coffee by spreading "coffee rust," a fungus that has swept through plantations in Central America and Mexico. Coffee rust attacks plants' leaves, making lesions on their undersides and interfering with their ability to photosynthesize; it also infects the fruit and buds of young plants. The fungus spores are spread by wind and rain.
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Meta-analysis: Green tea may offer blood pressure and cholesterol benefits, but too early for recommendations
NutraIngredients-USA
Consuming green tea may help manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis of 20 randomized clinical trials.
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Burger King introduces specialty coffee line
New York Daily News
In what could be described as a belated game of catch-up to its arch rival, Burger King has expanded its coffee menu in the U.S. with offerings that include iced coffees and flavored lattes.
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Tea leaders brew green goals for 2030
GreenBiz
Worldwide, tea is a phenomenon, drunk more than anything else but water. The world's 7.2 billion people drink 3 billion cups of the stuff each day with China, perhaps unsurprisingly, leading the way. To meet this huge demand, worldwide tea production has expanded to 4.8 million tonnes a year. But the sector is facing huge challenges, not least inter-linked pressure on land, energy and water from climate change and population growth.
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Coffee pods' convenience has environmental price tag
The Seattle Times
The raging popularity of coffee pods also comes with a yet-unconquered environmental hurdle. The reason: The cups are generally a miniature assortment of different types of plastic, paper, metal and coffee grounds that makes it hard for recyclers to process. Moreover, the cups are so small that they often fall through the cracks of most recycling facilities, experts say.
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A kinder, gentler approach to coffee
The Florida Times-Union
For some neighborhood coffee shops, finding the right beans takes a personal touch. It means visiting the farms where the beans are grown, shaking the farmer's hand and knowing the names of his kids.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    New trends in coffee: The age of the nano-roaster (Serious Eats)
Coca-Cola to buy 10 percent stake in Green Mountain Coffee (The New York Times)
Coffee surges 24 percent in 2014, prices could rally much more from here (Seeking Alpha)
Coffee prices surge on dry weather in Brazil (The Associated Press via ABC News)
What's so great about espresso? (Slate)

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