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  • Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success by Ken Segall

    In this insider's account, the author writes, "Steve Jobs’ biggest accomplishment wasn’t that he built simplicity into his products. It’s that he built it into his company."

  • Student Loans: The Next Bailout? Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    Here’s what we do know about student loan debt: it’s roughly $1 trillion in size, greater than either auto or credit-card debt and second only to mortgage debt in the U.S.

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    What if a college did not spend its resources on sports stadiums? What if it quit the competitive "arms race" and did not build climbing walls and multimillion dollar student unions? What if a college did not spend its students’ resources on top "name brand" researchers, who undergraduates rarely see? In fact, what if there was no faculty tenure at all?

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    The rampant inflation in the cost of U.S. higher education since 1980 makes gasoline and healthcare price hikes over the same period look like an Indy car racing a pair of old-school Volkswagen vans.

  • Want to Get Ahead? Make More Mistakes Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 12:23 PM ET
    Better by Mistake by Alina Tugend

    "Perfectionism is one of the plagues of our society. It prevents us from moving outside our comfort zone and taking risks. It makes us feel as if we’re always falling short and therefore we never feel satisfied. And that’s a recipe for an unhappy life," the author writes, making the case that we don't make enough mistakes.

  • Karsten: Will Student Debt Lead to a Financial Crisis? Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    Parents and students have an array of options for financing education costs, including private loans from banks, tapping home equity credit lines and dipping into retirement accounts. However, the quest to provide a better life for their children can create a lager financial mess for the parents.

  • A New Era of Professional T-Shirt Wearing Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 3:31 PM ET
    Jason Sadler

    Jason Sadler is a professional T-shirt wearer, who started his business mid-recession. It was so successful, he turned it into a mini shirt-wearing empire. Now, it's the dawn of a new era in the professional shirt-wearing business.

  • Fransmart

    For the first time in history, it may be considered frugal to eat out!

  • All Eyes East: Lessons from the Front Lines of Marketing to China's Youth

    Failing to acknowledge a culture gap partly explains why some brand messages are not well received and integrated in China.

  • Mayorga Coffee

    Through an 18 month period, we saw our overall cost of goods increase 40% and we challenged ourselves to take on the brunt of the impact.

  • Cyr: Food Inflation Squeezing Juice Business Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 10:44 AM ET

    Consumers have been squeezed – and it shows in their purchasing behavior. In our business, each 1% increase in price typically reduces consumption by 1%.

  • Why Don Draper Would Fail in Business Today Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 9:52 AM ET
    Don Draper Madmen

    In today’s environment, whether you’re trying to convince someone to hand over their hard-earned money, adopt your ideas, or follow your advice, Don Draper’s arm-twisting approach simply won’t fly.

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    The CEO wanted to express his appreciation. "Thank you, everyone, for your hard work," he told several thousand employees. Some must have wondered, "Everyone???" Here's how to give thanks - and mean it.

  • The Best and Worst Jobs of 2012 Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 7:56 PM ET

    The job market has begun a decidely ungraceful recovery. And if there's one thing the recession has taught us, it's that not all jobs are created equal. Here are the 10 Best and 10 Worst Jobs for 2012.

  • Compassion Inc.

    The author writes, "What has happened in the last 10 years is that, with the marriage of charity and consumerism, the focus has been moved from those in need—real people with real problems—to the consumer products that can attract the most popular celebrities and the charities that can attract the most corporate sponsors."

  • Teenager looking for work

    A new survey conducted by Junior Achievement USA and The Allstate Foundation shows us our teens are no longer as confident in their ability to achieve financial freedom. The survey of more than 1,000 14-18 year-old teens found that only 56 percent think they will be as financially well-off or better than their parents.

  • Dennis Kozlowski

    Imprisoned Ex-Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski begged for mercy from a parole board last week, before learning later that his plea had been rejected, a newly-released transcript of the proceeding showed Wednesday, USA Today reports.

  • CEO to CEO: Why Your Strategy is Failing Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 10:13 AM ET

    Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn/Ferry International and author of "The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership" explains how to make sure you set the right strategy and make it stick.

  • What Is Your One Sentence

    In our world of information overload and short attention spans, what does it take to grab people’s attention? A good concise sentence will stop people in their tracks, writes the author.

  • 10 Signs That the Job Market Is Improving Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 1:51 PM ET

    So, the job-market recovery isn't going as fast as you'd like, eh? C'mon, this is America  where anything is possible — our glass can be half full if we want it to! Here are 10 signs the job market is improving. (And yes, there's math.)

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