Leaders often blame a lack of talent or revenue for problems while ignoring the root causes, writes Alex Vorobieff. Businesses and their employees need to be aligned toward a common goal, he writes, with each person understanding what is expected.
Saying you're busy is often an excuse for a lack of productivity caused by complaining about being busy or because you're micromanaging. Instead of forever reacting to problems and talking about how much work you have, try simply staying quiet and getting things done.
Business-to-business consumers are inundated with information, and so they can benefit from a sales process that is prescriptive and recognizes key points that can block customers from making a decision, according to this CEB blog post.
Stradivarius violins sell for millions of dollars, even though a study found elite musicians in a blind test preferred modern violins, if they could even tell the difference in sound. About 650 of Antonio Stradivari's 1,100 violins still exist.
California Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia on Tuesday overturned a law that has given terminally ill people with six months or less to live the option of legally obtaining life-ending drugs. Ottolia found the law unconstitutional because lawmakers approved it during an unrelated special session, but he is allowing California Attorney General Xavier Becerra five days to appeal the decision.
Starbucks hopes to triple its revenue in China and nearly double its store count to 6,000 locations in the country by the end of 2022 as traffic growth in the US slows. The recently announced $7.15 billion alliance with Nestle will help the coffee chain extend its reach beyond stores and into homes in China, Starbucks said.
President Donald Trump's proposal to ease sanctions on Chinese telecommunication firm ZTE has drawn opposition from Republicans and Democrats. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said a ban on ZTE technology probably would not be removed from a critical defense bill pending in Congress.
Leaders can find opportunities throughout the day to offer morale-boosting encouragement, writes Judith Humphrey, founder of The Humphrey Group. Ways to do this include voicing appreciation for an employee's idea, highlighting examples of progress or expressing appreciation for the diligence of the team.
Bringing a dose of positivity to the workplace can go a long way, but only if it comes from a place of authenticity, writes executive coach Mary Jo Asmus. Spending time with upbeat people and engaging in activities that lift your spirits can help you get into the proper mindset, she writes.
Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods sparked a clash between values and cultures, leaving many of the grocer's customers and staff unhappy, according to a case study. "Instead of this assumption that data should take over everything, there is a huge opportunity here for data to inform and complement human judgment," co-author Dennis Campbell says.