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Safeguarding computers from power surges and outages
NASE
Imagine that you're using your computer to finalize a document or send out an agenda with critical last minute details, and the power goes out due to a storm (especially if you live in the Midwest, like me). Your computer instantly shuts down, and you are left wondering, "So, when was the last time I hit that save button?" What many do not realize is that you are not only facing lost files, but your computer can also be harmed.
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5 leadership lessons an MBA can't provide
CEO
Professors describe the traits of a great leader. The traits — vision, passion, inspiration, dedication, fairness and accountability — are important for any a great leader. Most of what I know about leadership, however, didn’t come from business schools or conferences or seminars. The best leadership lessons are the ones learned the hard way:
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How to get employees to think like an owner
Inc.
One of the great challenges in running a fast-growth company is aligning your company's vision, mission, value and culture with the daily activities of the business. It is vital; however, as the growth of your company is in part dictated by how quickly you can transfer these values from the mind of the owner to everyone else. Here are some of useful techniques in developing "owner's eyes" in employees.
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Make your brand story meaningful
Harvard Business Review
It's not easy for brands to get their message across in a world of highly fragmented media and dangerously short attention spans. The brands that are able to forge connections with their customers are the ones who are the most gifted storytellers. What makes a story good enough to captivate and motivate your audience?
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8 ways goofing off can make you more productive
Forbes
A growing body of research suggests that the longer you keep your rear end in your chair and your eyes glued to your screen, the less productive you may be. Getting up from your desk and moving not only heightens your powers of concentration, it enhances your health. The mind needs a break, to rest and recover before it can exert again.

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5 secrets to communicating effectively with millennials
Entrepreneur
The millennial generation is one of the most sought after — and most misunderstood. Will Pearson, president and co-founder of mental_floss, has managed to hit the right note with this young audience in print, online, books, board games and T-shirts. Pearson shared his insights for communicating with 20- and 30-somethings at this week's World Innovation Forum in New York City. Here are his top five tips.

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IRS focuses audits on small-business owners
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
Worried the Internal Revenue Service might target you for an audit? You probably should be if you own a small business. A new study by the National Taxpayer Advocate used confidential IRS data to look at tax compliance in different industries and found that people who own construction companies or real estate rental firms might be more likely to fudge their taxes than business owners in other fields.

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6 rules for creating the best workplace on Earth
CEO
Chances are, your dream workplace has never been far from reality; it just seemed too costly, complicated or tradition breaking to implement. One of the best ways to amp up productivity is to pay closer attention to the intangible virtues of your office. While these rules for creating the ideal workplace may sound like common sense, few organizations possess all six. Consider this your challenge to create the best workplace on Earth:
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In a bad mood? Tackle a creative task
Inc.
Creativity is mysterious and difficult. If you have tasks on your to-do list that require a creative spark, perhaps you’ve been putting them off, waiting to get in a mellow mood or for inspiration to strike. But a new study suggests you may have been making a mistake waiting around for the right mindset to start your creative project. Bad moods can actually improve creativity if the negative emotions come at the start of a work session.
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The grassroots effect of social media
By Brigitte Merten
Sometimes the best new thing is actually a fresh twist on a tried-and-true method. Such is the case with social media, which is essentially the 21st-century version of the oldest method of influence in history — the grassroots effect. For businesses, putting social media to work can seem like putting a square peg in a round hole. How do you make your business social, relatable and relational? And are business initiatives something the social community is even willing to embrace?
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What inspiring leaders do
Harvard Business Review
What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.
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What is the definition of a small business? The answer may surprise you
Small Business Trends
When you picture a small business, what comes to mind? For most people, the image is likely a solo entrepreneur, or a local company with a handful of employees who are treated like family. Or you might imagine a slightly larger business, with a few district branches and a hundred or so employees. However, as currently defined by the federal government, the definition of a small business is one that has fewer than 500 employees and makes up to $1 million a year in revenue — and there’s a new bill that would broaden that definition up to $10 million a year.
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How to get your company back in good standing this summer
Small Business Trends
When a company fails to meet its legal obligations with the state, it can fall into bad standing. While no one plans for it happen to their business, companies can slip out of good standing, be placed in non-compliant status, administratively dissolved, or even revoked by the state where they formed. No matter how you got yourself into bad standing, it is possible to get back into good standing. And in many cases, it’s not nearly as hard as you'd think.
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8 ways goofing off can make you more productive
Forbes
A growing body of research suggests that the longer you keep your rear end in your chair and your eyes glued to your screen, the less productive you may be. Getting up from your desk and moving not only heightens your powers of concentration, it enhances your health. The mind needs a break, to rest and recover before it can exert again.
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What employers need to know about the class of 2013
Forbes
In order to attract and retain the finest young talent, employers must understand how the two million-plus Millennials entering the workforce this year plan to seek employment, what they expect from their employers, and what it’ll take to hold on to them. The “Class of 2013” survey, conducted by Achievers and ConnectEDU asked more than 10,000 students about their previous work experience, where they plan to look for jobs, how they like to be motivated and their overall feelings about job prospects, among other things.
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