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5 tips for new team leaders
Harvard Business Review
Jeanne DeWitt writes: I've been a new manager five times in my career. What I've found is that success out of the gate is normally tied to being truly open to learning, communicating openly and honestly, and ultimately being prepared to take action when you know where the team needs to head.
To that end, here are the key things I've learned along the way.
On sales leadership: How to make your numbers, every time
Not all startups will employ a direct sales force, but many will. When they do, the value of the company and its ultimate success or failure often hinges on how well that distribution channel is built-out. This post addresses some core values or best-practices for sales leaders and individual sales reps. They are also very useful for the entrepreneur CEO to understand and embrace.
Employee engagement: Living your brand promise
Business 2 Community
What's the purpose of employee engagement? Supposedly, dis-engaged employees spell weak business results, so it stands to reason that engaged employees will yield strong business results, right? Not necessarily. Engagement for engagement sake may be busy work, or even a deviation from true productivity through rah-rah activities meant to increase morale.
5 factors managers need to consider in managing remote workers
With the increasing shift toward a mobile workforce and advances in mobile collaboration technology, more and more employees are doing their work outside of the traditional office.
This can increase employee satisfaction, but it presents challenges to managers who must manage a dispersed workforce.
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.
Avoid these 5 common small-business financing mistakes
The right financing option varies for every company, but there are five areas where small businesses frequently make financing mistakes. Here are the common pitfalls and the best ways to avoid them so your small business can choose the best option at each stage of your company's growth.
5 data quality tips for sales excellence
Business 2 Community
Ask anyone in sales operations and they'll nod in agreement that a high performance revenue machine requires a perfect process. Order of operations matters immensely, and those processes require the highest quality data possible to function at peak performance. Salesforce is a vessel, and a mighty useful one. The purpose of Salesforce is to contain and create value, and this value is your data. Sales excellence demands that you put your data first. Follow these five data quality tips for your Salesforce instance to ensure peak sales performance.
Should your office go paperless? Yes, and here's why
By Kaylee Nelson and Jessica Taylor
We've heard a lot about technology and how it's changing our lives. Every day a new invention that can "make our lives better" seems to come out — who would have thought we were going to be living like the Jetsons? One great benefit of technology is that it has enabled businesses to go paperless. It's a scary thought — to move all of your organized filings into one computer system — but it's one step closer to making our planet better and greener. This infographic takes a closer look at the effect that paper production has on the environment and on businesses costs.
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Coffee drinkers beware! You're paying more for life insurance
Bad news coffee drinkers. Despite some findings that coffee does not affect health adversely, a survey of 1,000 coffee drinkers and non coffee drinkers who own life insurance, commissioned by Life Ant, has found that on average, the coffee drinkers are paying more for their life insurance than their non coffee drinking counterparts.
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How Cubans do coffee
Sources differ on what precisely makes a cup of joe "Cuban," as writer Michelle Slatalla discovered in a 2003 New York Times story: Sources disagreed about the "proper" coffee bean, brewing method and serving style, leading Slatalla to guess that "Cuban-style coffee was more of a state of mind than anything else."
Could coffee-infused whiskey be the new bloody mary?
For those that don't like tomato juice or would rather skip the unlimited mimosas, but would love something to drink with your weekend eggs and bacon, relief might be on the way.
One man's quest for a better cup of coffee
Esquire via Yahoo Food
Coffee brewers, the obsessive ones, are beverage MacGyvers. They change up their equipment — Chemexes, French presses, drippers, siphons — and make subtle alterations to their machines — soaking filters in cold water, agitating the liquid in a particular way. Their antics are inventive — or perhaps fussy, depending on your perspective — but above all, they're precise, playing with the science of temperature and time to get a better extraction. A better structure of taste, aroma, acidity and body. Todd Carmichael is one of these people, forever reconciling the objectivity of chemistry with the less tangible concept of flavor.
Starbucks is testing a drink that tastes like Guinness (without the alcohol)
If you're already panicking about what you're going to drink once Starbucks stops selling its beloved seasonal pumpkin spice latte, don't worry, because the chain is now testing out a brand new flavor. This one, though, is not meant to evoke the feelings of strolling through a pumpkin patch in a pair of Ugg boots on a crisp autumn Saturday. Not at all. This one is meant to taste like a nice dark Irish stout.
Tea time: How drinking the beverage can save your life
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Drinking tea is a vice for many, but it is a vice that can extend your life span. According to researchers, who studied nearly 150,000 subjects, drinking tea can reduce non-cardiovascular mortality by a whopping 24 percent.
The extraordinary makers of india's most expensive tea
The Huffington Post
A 155-year-old tea estate in India's Darjeeling district recently sold the most expensive tea ever made in the country.
Buyers in Japan, the U.S. and the U.K. bought the specialty tea, named Silver Tips Imperial, for $1,850 per kilo from the Makaibari Tea Estate. The Japanese buyer told the Times of India that the tea will be served for $45 a pot at the Ritz Carlton Tokyo Roppongi Hotel.
Why people are putting butter in their coffee
The Huffington Post
Lightening up your coffee with a little cream and sugar is so 2013. Those on-trend (from Ed Sheeran to players on the L.A. Lakers) are instead blending their morning cup with a serving of butter.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Why prioritizing social responsibility will strengthen your startup
Business 2 Community
At first glance, "doing good" might seem impossible for today's tech startup. When you're staying up into the wee hours of the morning to ship features and investors are your main source of revenue, thinking about your social impact strategy might seem impractical.
But visionary founders know that doing good is the right thing to do.
What dogs can teach us about corporate social responsibility
I like dogs as much as the next guy. Now, before all you cat people jump off to another article, let me quickly make clear that this article is not about dogs, per se. It's about marketing and, specifically, something known as corporate social responsibility marketing. More specifically, this article is about the difference between using CSR as a business model and using it as a promotion.
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Coca-Cola, Nestle, Tesco launch campaigns to up recycling rates
Tesco and drinks bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises have recycled a successful campaign that aims to encourage consumers to reduce the amount of rubbish they send to landfill.
The two companies have this week announced the launch of a website that asks Tesco's online shoppers to pledge to recycle more at home in return for a small incentive in the form of a 50 pence voucher or Tesco Clubcard loyalty points.
PepsiCo to phase out HFC equipment by 2020
PepsiCo has set a goal that by 2020 all of its future point-of-sale equipment (coolers, vending machines and fountain dispensers) purchased in the U.S. will be hydroflourocarbon-free.
The company has also signed both the Ceres BICEP Climate Declaration and the Prince of Wales' Corporate Leaders Group Trillion Tonne Communique.
Diners desperately need social-conscience apps
The Wall Street Journal
Troubled by criticisms that it has fallen behind the times and is losing its appeal to hungry but progressive millennials, McDonald's is developing mobile apps allowing patrons to access data regarding the company's social responsibility.
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