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  • Part One of “Marathon Lessons for the Corporate World” described the principles of effective marathon training and gave some examples of “novice runner” mistakes in business. Now, let’s explore how companies and employees can utilize marathon lessons to maximize workplace performance.

  • You've Got 30 Seconds to Win the Business Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 1:29 PM ET

    You've got 30 seconds to win the business, so make sure you send a powerful message, immediately.

  • Your Company Sucks - by Mark Stevens

    This author claims millions of companies around the world fall far short of the CEO’s ambitions for four basic reasons -- here's how to spot the problems, and turn your company around.

  • Divorced Couples Who Worked Together Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 2:57 PM ET
    When a couple divorces, it’s rarely as simple as one person packing a suitcase and sleeping on a friend’s couch. Lawyers are hired, assets are divided and child custody is negotiated. A painful process, to be sure, but those enduring it can sometimes escape at work, an oasis of distraction where personal problems can be ignored for eight hours a day.This is not an option when a divorced couple works together. As stressful as this situation likely is, some divorced couples roll up their sleeves,

    Divorced couples sometimes have to see each other at work. Some share ownership of a business but communicate only through lawyers and underlings. Others go on 300-day international stadium tours together.

  • Life Kerning

    The author writes, "In our business careers, we tend to think sweeping or wholesale changes are required to enable us to more deeply appreciate our lives or our jobs...Yet it’s often the fine adjustments between the smaller details of our lives that we neglect or do not revisit often enough that tend to make the headlines of our lives seem uncomfortable, not as harmonious as they could be, or just hard to read."

  • , by Rudy Karson and Kevin Kruse

    The author writes how "fully engaged employees are likely to experience less stress in their marriage, as well as less adverse health effects and even a more active sex life."

  • Users Not Customers - Aaron Shapiro

    Aaron Shapiro author of "Users Not Customers: Who Really Determines the Success of Your Business", writes of Gap Inc.’s user-first web strategy and makes the case that, "a user-first strategy will become, if it isn’t already, a company’s make-it-or-break-it point of difference."

  • 10 Short-Lived CEO Terms Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 2:22 PM ET
    In March 2010, Jon Corzine had been out of his job as New Jersey governor for two months. At the same time, the derivatives brokerage firm MF Global was looking for a candidate with both executive and financial sector experience to become its chief executive. Corzine, who was also the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, seemed like the perfect fit. Apparently, it wasn’t. On Oct. 31, 2011, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, and Corzine resigned.The MF Global CEO left his post on Nov. 4, 2011,

    A global corporation is no less likely to make questionable executive hiring decisions as the average small business, and CEOs of major corporations have the short tenures on their resumes to prove it.

  • Job Search

    Small businesses are the engine of job creation, creating more than half of the nonfarm private Gross Domestic Product, but most small firms are simply crushed by the onslaught of federal regulations.

  • 50 Signs You're Addicted To Twitter Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | 11:28 AM ET
    Twitter

    It has become a tradition to do a list when I hit a Twitter follower milestone. In January of this year, when I hit 50,000 followers, I put out my 13 Golden Rules. In July, when I hit 100,000 followers, I expanded the list to 100. But today, my 150,000 follower milestone will be a bit different. Today, my list is appropriately "The 50 Ways To Diagnose Your Twitter Addiction."

  • Blog: Stuck in a Rut? Maybe You're too Comfortable Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | 9:53 AM ET
    Ice Climber

    In his autobiography, Jim Whittaker, a renowned mountaineer and the first American to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, wrote, “I believe the key to a life well lived… is discomfort.” Whittaker saw discomfort as a way to stretch “yourself beyond what you already know or know how to do.”

  • Many Workers in Public Sector Retiring Sooner Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | 9:48 AM ET

    The change partly reflects demographics but also government cost-cutting that has resulted in less generous pay and benefits, the New York Times reports.

  • The Chairman of Harman International says, "Innovation is critical to the heartbeat of any successful corporation in the industrialized world. But competing in emerging markets where vast differences exist in per-capita incomes, infrastructure, customer preferences and environmental pressures, requires redefining the concept of innovation."

  • Biggest Job Distractions Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:20 AM ET

    It can be a challenge to stay focused on work. However, it doesn’t take personal distractions to draw your attention away from what you’re supposed to be doing. The workplace has plenty of distractions of its own. Here are a few of the most common workplace distractions.

  • Software Keeps Manufacturing Equipment Humming Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 7:49 AM ET
    AssetPoint's TabWare helps Dogfish Head maintain its bottling and brewing equipment.

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery not only brews beer, it runs its own in-house bottling operation. But disaster struck during one of its bottling runs.

  • Axel Rose

    Selection to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can be a boon for a musician’s career. But the lobbying for votes can become intense, the New York Times reports.

  • by Karl Denninger

    Karl Denninger, author of "Leverage: How Cheap Money Will Destroy the World" on finance, politics and debt: Dangerous Bedfellows.

  • Bully Bosses Beware: Are Your Employees Too Afraid? Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 11:44 AM ET

    Most people are reluctant to speak truth to those in power. Bosses should never underestimate fear.

  • by Brian Solis

    Brian Solis author of "The End of Business as Usual" offers what he calls "The 9 Laws of Affinity to Survive Digital Darwinism."

  • The concept of profits has never been in favor among those who think that making a profit is the exploitation of labor.

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