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    1. Three Simple Questions This GE Exec Asks To Solve Big, Complex Problems

      Three Simple Questions This GE Exec Asks To Solve Big, Complex Problems

      Ignorance isn’t usually rewarded in most work settings. Many of us fear it: Standing up in an important meeting, unsure whether what you’re about to say will go over well. Or staring at a blank page, knowing you’ll have to get something great onto it by the end of the week–but no idea yet of what. Moments like these used to make me nervous, but I’ve gradually come to savor them. Often it’s when we know the least about something that we can see it most clearly.

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    2. How Emotionally Intelligent People Give Negative Feedback

      How Emotionally Intelligent People Give Negative Feedback

      It's a moment you always dread. Someone--your employee, your partner, your child, or even a vendor--has failed to fulfill a commitment to you, or delivered a poor performance. Now you have to give that person negative feedback. Your goal is to avoid a repeat of whatever went wrong. Your fear is that you'll wind up damaging the relationship and have an even bigger problem than you had before.

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    3. The Three LinkedIn Messages Everyone Totally Ignores

      The Three LinkedIn Messages Everyone Totally Ignores

      As a career coach, my inbox is often flooded with messages from people I’m connected with on LinkedIn who are reaching out about something or another. Now, I don’t mean to be judgmental, but I often find myself sighing with annoyance when I open them up–so much so that I was motivated to write this article. You see, the thing is, I’m open to making new connections and willing to talk to anyone, so the fact that I often put off responding to messages means people are missing the mark.

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    4. We Studied Brands Around The World. What Consumers Want Isn’t What You Think

      We Studied Brands Around The World. What Consumers Want Isn’t What You Think

      Traditional advertising went after “share of mind”–the idea was to get you to associate a brand with a single idea, a single emotion. Volvo: safety. Jaguar: speed. Coke: happiness. The Economist: success. Bang, bang, bang, went the ads, hammering the same idea into your mind every time you saw one. Advertising briefs evolved to focus the creatives on a single USP and a single message. Tell them we’re the Ultimate Driving Machine. Tell them in a thrilling way.

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    5. If You're A Florida Business Owner You Need To Do These Five Things Like...Right Now!

      If You're A Florida Business Owner You Need To Do These Five Things Like...Right Now!

      this is not the 19th century. We have forecasters. We know that these storms are on their way and the first is expected to hit you by late Sunday/early Monday. Maybe it won't be as bad as they say. But you can't take that chance. You still have time to prepare.

      You still have time to do these five critical things...

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    6. Investors Go Where Trump Won’t: To Immigrant Entrepreneurs

      Investors Go Where Trump Won’t: To Immigrant Entrepreneurs

      These are tense times for foreigners who want to live and work in the U.S., due to President Trump’s aggressive remarks and stringent policies about immigration. But skilled immigrants who want to start companies in the U.S. are finding support in a group of venture capitalist investors who aim to ease their challenges. Such assistance can be crucial to immigrant entrepreneurs because the U.S.—unlike Canada, France, Singapore, and the U.K.—lacks a so-called startup visa.

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    7. How Small Business Can Help in Hurricane Harvey Recovery

      How Small Business Can Help in Hurricane Harvey Recovery

      About 25 percent of small businesses are unable to reopen after a major disaster like Hurricane Harvey, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Institute for Business and Home Safety. Small businesses are at the heart of communities, bringing neighbors together and inspiring growth in local economies. As we look to the future, small businesses will need to support one another—as they already are finding the courage and resources to do so—in order to heal their community from this natural disaster.

      For those impacted by the storm, here’s what NFIB and Huffington Post suggest to keep in mind:

      Rebuilding after a record-breaking disaster will be tough; here's what small businesses can do to help.

       

      In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Houston and the surrounding areas, affected individuals and businesses are in desperate need of relief to recover and rebuild ...

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    8. 2017 Hurricane Harvey Recovery Assistance

      SBA is coordinating with FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Departments of Energy and Labor, as well as State and local partners to support the recovery of citizens impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

      FAQ of SBA Disaster Loan Program can be found here. (pdf) 

      When you're ready to think about next steps, start by contacting FEMA for recovery assistance in the form of grants. Register for FEMA assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

      SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans to small businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property.

      Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition.

      SBA will be alongside FEMA at Disaster and Business Recovery Centers, providing assistance to disaster survivors. At the centers, disaster survivors will be ...

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    9. 13 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Profiles in One Hour

      13 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Profiles in One Hour

      Considering how much time people spend on social media everyday, it’s kind of funny—or is it sad?—that most of us find ourselves too busy to actually update and improve our profiles. Everyone’s busy, yet so many improvements to your social media profiles can be made in just a few minutes. Here are 13 easy ways to improve your social media profiles that, altogether, shouldn’t take you more than an hour. Time to close that game of Solitaire and get to work.

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    10. Pick your PR persona and run with it

      Pick your PR persona and run with it

      As an editor here at Fast Company’s Leadership section, I witness all kinds of entrepreneurial posturing every single day. Most founders–at least when they interact with the press–make a point of sounding enthused and confident, or humble and self-deprecating, or dead serious and mission-driven. Pick your PR persona and run with it. But it’s far more interesting to glimpse how leaders actually communicate with their teams behind the scenes.

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    11. In the age of Amazon, an entrepreneur explains what will make us want to go to the store

      In the age of Amazon, an entrepreneur explains what will make us want to go to the store

      Rachel Shechtman has retail in her blood. Her mother was in the gourmet food business and her grandparents and great grandparents owned a fabric store. In 2011, Shechtman launched her own rotating shop in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. STORY, her business, is entirely reinvented every three to eight weeks like a gallery, has a point of view like a magazine and sells things like a store. When we visited, the theme was Fresh STORY, a collaboration with Jet.com to promote fresh food. We spoke to Shechtman for our Making Sen$e segment about how shifting consumer habits are forcing stores to either transform or perish.

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    12. How to Work with a Bad Listener - What?

      It’s frustrating to work with people who don’t listen. Whether your colleagues interrupt you, ramble on, or seem distracted, the impact is the same: you feel ignored and the chances for misunderstandings — and mistakes — rise. There are, however, ways you can encourage your colleagues to listen better. First, consider their work styles. Ask them how they like to receive information. Some people are visual; others are verbal. Second, be an empathetic listener.

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