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Category: Business

​We already know this much about this year’s World Series champion – it will be an underdog. The teams, as well as the others that made this year’s Major League Baseball postseason, successfully employed organizational strategies not far removed from those employed by successful businesses. While it would be simplistic to boil any team’s success down to one element, or to discount the role luck plays in sifting out a champion, there are still lessons that can be learned from the front offices of each of the playoff teams.
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Category: Business

Imagine that you are Director of Human Resources at a small cupcake baking company, Volcano Cupcakes. The company specializes in molten cupcakes – flourless cupcakes that have a reservoir of molten chocolate inside along with a rich topping of icing. You recruit a salesperson, Benedict, who quickly becomes an integral part of the company. One day, without warning, Benedict quits. The owners are surprised and then enraged when they learn that their former employee has opened his own molten cupcake bakery, Pompeii Confections. Sales plummet as Volcano’s biggest clients begin ordering their cupcakes exclusively from Pompeii. Pompeii’s cupcakes taste exactly like Volcano’s tasty treats.
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Category: Time Saving

Living the cosmopolitan lifestyle is not as easy as it looks. There’s hardly enough time to get ready in the morning or watch Last Week with John Oliver, let alone go to all the restaurants, bars, concerts, museums, and baseball games that you had planned on. Every minute counts, so here are nine ways to create time so you can explore the city you love.
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Category: Business

Resumes are supposed to be passé. We live in an era of online networking and the qualifications brief. But the resume is a hardy survivor of many technologies and corporate fads. When it comes down to it, prospective employers want to know what you’ve done and few have devised a method that more quickly conveys that information than the resume. So unless somebody in HR wants to watch that totally original 5-minute short that dramatizes your work history, you’re probably going to be relying on our bullet-pointed friend.
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Category: Business

Almost everyone has been in an interview where a really strange, seemingly irrelevant question has been asked. Perhaps because the interviewer believes that they have a question that will reveal some hidden truth about the candidate. Sometimes the questions are so strange that they sound like a question you might get from the bug-eyed guy mumbling to himself on the subway. This post reviews our favorite absurd interview questions--mixed in with questions uttered by a rambling fellow mass transit rider. It's up to you to figure out which one is which...
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Category: Business

Much has been written about the benefits of telecommuting for both employers and employees. Allowing employees to work remotely helps recruit and retain top talent, increases productivity for those that work better alone, and helps efforts to combat global warming (removing the cost of fuel is easier on both the environment and the wallet). As beneficial as a well-run telecommuting program can be, a poorly run program can cause serious problems. So what can an employer do to craft a structured, thoughtful telecommuting policy? Here are top considerations employers should make when creating a solid telecommuting policy.
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Category: Technology

Technology available to businesses today has been truly transformational. Whether you’re starting a business or have been operating for decades, you must master these new tech and web tools. While the learning curve can be steep, these tools have the potential to make your business more profitable, reduce expenses, and simplify your operations. Further, your competitors are taking advantage of these technologies and you risk placing your business at a competitive disadvantage by ignoring them.
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