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    1. We Asked 3 Designers To Sum Up This Election With A Single Image

      We Asked 3 Designers To Sum Up This Election With A Single Image

      It's been quite the year. From the FBI's Clinton email bombshell to Trump's bragging about sexual assault, this election has been unlike any other in memory. It's also been full of visual emblems, from red Make America Great Again hats to the near-constant stream of memes both campaigns churn out. Yet there hasn't been a single image that truly encapsulate the mania of 2016: Where is this election's Hope poster? There are several reasons for that, as I wrote back in August.

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    2. "The Onion" Is No Joke During The 2016 Presidential Election

      "The Onion" Is No Joke During The 2016 Presidential Election

      Earlier this year, Univision Communications Inc. bought a controlling stake in satirical media company The Onion. At the time of the announcement, Univision’s chief news and digital officer Isaac Lee explained the strategy behind the deal as a way of using comedy to tap into millennial audiences and to help frame the 2016 presidential election.

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    3. Three Ways To Write Shorter, More Effective Emails

      Three Ways To Write Shorter, More Effective Emails

      Inside each of us there's a little efficiency guru who views every single email within a larger matrix of all the stuff we could be focusing on: the big deadline that needs to be met, the presentation that needs to be prepared, the client conflict that needs to be resolved, the errands that need to be run. I call this the "busy bias," and it colors how much—or how little—attention we are willing to give any one interaction or piece of information.

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    4. 5 Simple Rules for Better Business Decisions

      5 Simple Rules for Better Business Decisions

      They teach decision sciences in business schools. Those of us doing business, either as entrepreneurs, business owners, or careerists, talk a lot, and think a lot, about business decisions. We all want better business decisions. I’ve taken some of those courses and heard a lot of the talk, and I’ve survived running my own business for a lot of years. Here are five tips I’ve come up with.

      Don’t get pressured into fast decisions. Decisiveness is not just deciding fast; it’s deciding well.

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    5. Nostalgia: The Warm, Fuzzy Secret to Better Marketing

      Nostalgia: The Warm, Fuzzy Secret to Better Marketing

      We’ve all been there before: you’re walking through the store and BAM—you see something that sparks a thousand childhood memories. Before you know it, you’re standing in the middle of the store, smiling to yourself, thinking, “I need to get this.” What is it about these memories that makes us want to buy? Is it the warm feeling of watching the sun set over the backyard, knowing mom will call you in for dinner any time? The memories of life with less technology and more imagination?

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    6. 5 Easy Ways to Turn Your Clients Into Brand Ambassadors

      5 Easy Ways to Turn Your Clients Into Brand Ambassadors

      I was at Costco this weekend. To anyone who knows me, this comes as no surprise. Despite having a modest family of only three, I still feel an almost overwhelming need to have a 6-month supply of toilet paper, trash bags, and apple sauce for no readily apparent reason. Being at Costco isn’t the story though, what happened while I was there was, and it got me thinking.

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    7. Election campaign sparks more chatter, anger in workplaces

      Election campaign sparks more chatter, anger in workplaces

      Dan Stewart walked into the room just in time to hear one of his employees say that one presidential candidate should be in jail, and a second staffer respond that another was the worst since Hitler. "I said, 'Whoa, wait a minute,'" says Stewart, CEO of Happy Grasshopper, an email marketing company. "It wasn't angry, but I could see that it could get there." The contentiousness of this presidential campaign is spilling into some workplaces.

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    8. Three Ways To Turn Around A Team In Turmoil

      Three Ways To Turn Around A Team In Turmoil

      When your team is in trouble, it may seem like any way out is a good way out. It often isn't. Taking a team in the right direction is crucial at any time, but when the pressure is high and things aren't going well, getting everyone back on track is especially difficult. Here are a few ways to do that, without falling prey to the common mistakes managers often make when trying to set things aright. When something goes wrong, too many leaders seek to blame others—it's an understandable instinct.

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