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  Monday, 19 Nov 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

How 'Simple' Is Your Start-Up Idea?

Posted By: Stephen Key | Author of "One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs"
"One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs" by Stephen Key
Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
"One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs" by Stephen Key

There are many people with product ideas who would love to start their own business, but never do.

A crippling fear of failure prevents them from committing their time, energy, and money to pursuing a dream.

Unfortunately, most of these people don't realize that there are many ways to quickly and efficiently test the potential of their ideas without breaking the bank.

I've spent the last thirty years perfecting a low-risk strategy to determine the strength of my ideas in the market before committing to building a business.

Does your idea have what it takes to make it?

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  Monday, 12 Nov 2012 | 12:50 PM ET

When Investing - What Matters More Skills or Luck?

Posted By: Michael J. Mauboussin | Author, "The Success Equation"
"The Success Equation" by Michael J. Mauboussin
"The Success Equation" by Michael J. Mauboussin

Say you're an investor looking to put some money to work in the market through a mutual fund. How do you pick which fund you'll invest in?

If you're like most people, you'll find a reputable investment company and scan for the funds that have done well recently. The chances are good that you'll buy one of these winners — and that you'll live to regret the decision. In fact, professors of finance calculate that buying high and selling low costs investors 1 percent of their returns every year, a sizeable sum.

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  Monday, 12 Nov 2012 | 12:26 PM ET

Investment Clues Sailing the High Seas: Author

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco

GUEST AUTHOR BLOG by Lori Ann LaRocco author of "Dynasties of the Sea: The Shipowners and Financiers Who Expanded the Era of Free Trade."

Looking for a compass to navigate the uncertain waters of the markets? There is an industry that can help guide investors. It's the shipping industry. Shipping experts say 92% of all the items in a home have been transported by vessel. Investors normally use the Baltic Dry Index as a gauge of economic health, but by looking inside the containers and tankers and seeing the volume and the quality and quantity of the products that are being transported, the shipping industry can be a forward looking indicator for the various economies. This can then help investors make decisions on where the next land of opportunity may be and what resources, materials or products these countries will need to fuel their economic expansion.

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  Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

Stuck In the Office? Here's What You're Missing

Posted By: John Kuhn and Mark Mullins | Co-authors, "Street Smart Disciplines of Successful People"
In their book the authors tell managers to get out of their offices and have more interaction with their people because employees may be telegraphing frustrations that you’re missing if you're stuck behind a desk. »Read more
  Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 12:28 PM ET

Goldman Sachs' Tell-All Tells Little

Posted By: Mary Thompson

It was an enticing tease, a resignation letter published in the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times.

In it Greg Smith told the world why he was leaving Goldman Sachs, an investment bank that prizes its privacy and the loyalty and discretion of current and former employees. But after following the bank's rules for twelve years, Smith broke one of the most sacred, parting the curtains to give the public a look inside the legendary investment bank.

Greg Smith, a former executive director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
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Greg Smith, a former executive director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

After the headline broke in March, Smith went underground, promising to say more in a book released Monday. "Why I Left Goldman Sachs" offers few if any jaw-dropping moments. It is a well written account of a young man's growing disillusionment with a company he thought was better than he came to see it as being. This is probably a relief for Goldman and a disappointment to its critics. But for those unfamiliar with Wall Street, the book is likely to reinforce its image as a money hungry culture geared toward enriching the banks rather than helping clients.

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  Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

How Truly Committed Are You to Your Customers?

Posted By: John Jantsch | Author, "The Commitment Engine"
Making business decisions for the benefit of your customers first will almost always pay long-term dividends no matter how tough they may be from a profit standpoint at the moment. »Read more
  Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:50 AM ET

How to Find a Great Job Now That You're Over 50: Author

Posted By: Kerry Hannon | Author, "AARP Great Jobs for Everyone 50 "
  Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

Details of Greg Smith's Goldman Sachs Book Are Leaked

Greg Smith - the guy who sent the world's most famous, "take this job and shove it" letter when he wrote a blistering op-ed about life inside Goldman Sachs, will release his book, “Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story” next week. But the NYT has leaked the contents of the first chapter of the book. »Read more
  Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

Skimming Your Way to 'Extreme Productivity'

Posted By: Robert Pozen | Author of, "Extreme Productivity"

GUEST AUTHOR BLOG: by Robert Pozen author of, "Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours."

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  Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

Is Your Suggestion Box Killing New Ideas?

Posted By: Bryan Mattimore | Author, "Idea Stormers: How to Lead and Inspire Creative Breakthroughs"

GUEST AUTHOR BLOG: A Simple Way to Liberate Organizational Creativity by Bryan Mattimore author of "Idea Stormers: How to Lead and Inspire Creative Breakthroughs."

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  • I read recently that about 11,000 business books are published per year. That’s a lot of books! You don’t have time to read all of them, but I’m trying. Here at Bullish on Books I will be your guide to the best business books on the market today.

 

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