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Do you have emotional intelligence? It's crucial for great leadership
Philadelphia Business Journal
What's your vision of the ideal executive? Is it someone that loses his temper and yells at his team? Or someone who hangs over her team's shoulders, micromanaging each aspect of their jobs? Perhaps a leader who ignores input from his team and just pushes through his own ideas? Or maybe that person who is difficult to approach for guidance? Probably not. When leaders within an organization behave this way, they might get the job done but they cause problems, too.
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8 sales coaching tips for 2015
Business 2 Community
If you're having problems with unmotivated salespeople, it might be time to rethink one or two aspects of your sales coaching strategy. Think of sales training not in terms of punishment versus reward, but in terms of engaging employees and meeting the psychological needs that translate into improved motivation and performance.
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3 things you should look for in employees
Small Business Trends
I've often been asked what I look for in employees — not an unusual question. The answer could get long and drawn out, too. I've dealt with hundreds of employees over the years I've run my business and, if asked, I can say a lot about it. What I'm looking for in an employee boils down to these three things.
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5 legal tips for small businesses and startups
Entrepreneur
The economy today is moving faster than ever. Given the ubiquity of cloud-based solutions in the market, relatively low barriers to entry and a surplus of capital available to aspiring entrepreneurs, full speed ahead is your only choice. Anything slower, and someone else will pass you.
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4 personality traits that make you an effective leader
Entrepreneur
What makes a good leader? Which personality traits do the best trailblazers share? Every organization has its own benchmarks for determining who would make the best head of its teams, but are those qualities really all that different? Research in the field suggests that, on a broad level, employees and employers are looking for similar characteristics in their leaders — no matter what business they're in. Here are four personality traits that people want in a boss.
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How to save money in your small business — experts' tips
The Guardian
What is the biggest money drain for your business? While some costs are expected, such as rent, utility bills and insurance, other expenses can creep in. Maybe you struggle with late payments from big clients? Or have had a succession of misjudged staff hires? In our live Q&A our expert panel discussed ways to reduce the hidden costs of running a business.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


The perfect spring dessert: Affogato, AKA hot coffee with cold ice cream
ABC News
Not many dishes brag only two ingredients, but the brilliance of the affogato lies in its simplicity. It's just cold ice cream topped with hot coffee, creating a delightful temperature and texture play when the steaming brew melts the ice cream into a luscious, sweet pool.
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US lowers recommended fluoride levels in drinking water
TIME
For the first time in over 50 years, the U.S. has lowered its recommendation on fluoride levels in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
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Tea-drinking tips for a longer life
NPR
As we reported earlier this month, a fascinating project called Blue Zones is documenting and disseminating the lifestyle secrets of the communities with the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world. The people in these five regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. that live to be 100 have a lot going for them. Genes probably play a small role, but these folks also have strong social ties, tightly-knit families and lots of opportunity to exercise.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Little Debbie's Bakery Fresh Pastries

All Little Debbie products are now available as pre-ordered bakery fresh pastry with your vend distributor. This includes Mini Donuts, Zebra Cakes and Swiss Rolls. Distributors may also be stocking top-sellers like the Oatmeal Cream Pie and Nutty Bar. Call your distributor today to place your order (or pre-order) for Little Debbie snack cakes.
Crane's Media Touch Technology

Crane’s Media Touch is changing the way consumers experience vending, helping operators win new business and increase same-store sales. The 7” touch screen can display nutritional information, interactive promotions and digital advertising. Built on NAMA’s open standards, Media Touch provides a powerful platform that’s capable today and ready for the future.
Payments at Vending Machines made Eazy

EazyCoin™ has developed a pioneering Wireless Mobile Technology that allows customers to make purchases in vending machines by using their Android and iOS (Apple) mobile devices. Offering such features as intuitive interface, product selection from the device, vending machine location, and fund transfers between users. One feature or benefit of the EazyCoin™ solution, that will be of great value to the Industry, is the capacity to provide Inventory control.

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First global study on climate change and arabica predicts 'severe losses'
Daily Coffee News
Arabica coffees will have to be grown at higher elevations in almost all the world's producing regions to survive the projected effects of climate change by 2050, according to a the first global study of its kind, which is being made public by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.
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Will coffee be the first 100 percent sustainably sourced commodity?
GreenBiz
Recently at Starbucks' annual meeting of shareholders in Seattle, the company announced a major milestone: This year, 99 percent of beans bought by the world's largest specialty coffee company will meet ethical and sustainable sourcing guidelines.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


A discussion with 5 women shaping sustainability in the coffee industry
Daily Coffee News
Here is a recap of a panel at an SCAA Event titled, "Sustainability in Practice." It was a conversation with five women who are among the best thinkers — and doers — on sustainability issues in specialty coffee.
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7 steps to up your corporate social responsibility game
Entrepreneur
In an age when tweets about an earthquake move faster than the human experience of the tremors themselves, good global citizenship is nearly impossible to fake. Want to feel good about your own company's "end result"? Here are seven steps to help you create a business you can be proud of.
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10 steps to a dynamic corporate responsibility annual report
Entrepreneur
Knowing how to develop and launch a successful corporate social responsibility program and branding your CSR efforts are two very different things. Although there are numerous ways, one of the best ways to effectively brand your program is through an annual report outlining the efforts and accomplishments of the previous last 12 months. While every annual CSR and sustainability report looks different, the goal is the same: to captivate, inform and excite your reading audience.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    10 tips for generating higher returns (The Huffington Post)
What will your leadership legacy say about you? (Business 2 Community)
Buttered coffee could make you invincible. And this man very rich (Bloomberg)
Cold brew vs. iced coffee (Spectrum)
4 ways your small business can better prevent cyber crime (Entrepreneur)

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