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    Despite the normal gridlock that takes place between the two houses of Congress, this week the House and Senate agreed and passed legislation that will help spur economic growth and create jobs in America, without any additional taxpayer funding.

  • The Power of Storytelling - by Jim Holtje

    In his new book, “The Power of Storytelling: Captivate, Convince or Convert Any Business Audience Using Stories from Top CEOs" Jim Holtje shares the stories of those corporate legends who inspired their employees with their deeds and with their tales.

  • Book Offers the 7 New Rules of Getting Hired Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 12:32 PM ET
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    It's long been believed that the worst time of year to try to find a job is around the holidays - well don't believe says the author of this new book.

  • US Economy in 'Slow, Steady Recovery': Airgas CEO Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 12:30 PM ET
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    The U.S. is "in the third inning of a slow and steady recovery" as certain manufacturers and energy companies grow and hire more workers, Airgas CEO Peter McCausland told CNBC Wednesday.

  • 10 Easy Sales Strategies for Small Companies Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 10:57 AM ET
    How to Say It: Business to Business Selling

    Selling for a small firm is harder than selling for a large one. Your customer may never have heard of your firm, there’s probably not much sales support, and you likely can’t spend big money to develop and close an account. Nevertheless, it’s not just possible, but downright easy, to outsell the big guys.

  • Youth Facing 'Not Hired at All' Dilemma Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 3:13 AM ET
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    Although unemployment was steady at 8.3 percent in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development area, youth unemployment, at 17.2 percent, is high and likely to go higher, Stefano Scarpetta, deputy director for Employment, Labor and Social Affairs at the OECD, told CNBC.com.

  • Guns and Weddings: New Careers Via the Net Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 3:53 PM ET
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    Since the downturn in 2008, many Americans have been forced to rethink their careers. Some have gone back to school to learn new skills. A lot of that training is taking place online. Among the most popular careers: wedding planner and gunsmith.

  • ‘Creative’ - The Buzzword for 2011 Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 2:38 PM ET
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    Did you spend part of 2011 dusting off your resume? Did you try to accentuate the positive and package yourself in the most marketable way? I sure hope you chose your words carefully.

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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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

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