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10/17/2017

EBay executives acknowledge the company has struggled to differentiate itself and communicate its brand, especially amid the popularity of resale shopping platforms, writes Chavie Lieber. "We have to tell our story differently because what people know about us is not really who we are anymore," says Suzy Deering, eBay's chief marketing officer.

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Racked
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10/17/2017

The Trump administration is hoping to decrease the US trade gap with Japan as top Cabinet members participate in meetings with Japanese officials. The administration hopes to establish a more balanced trade relationship with Japan, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

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Japan, US, Mike Pence, Cabinet
10/17/2017

If you have trouble focusing at work, a cluttered workspace may be part of the problem. Simplify your workspace and avoid the temptation to leave sticky notes and other visual cues around your desk where they can be a distraction, writes Robin Madell.

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Robin Madell
10/17/2017

As customers increasingly move away from cash payments, card readers are essential, writes Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead. She lists options available from Square, Freshbooks, PayPal and other companies.

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Small Business Trends
10/17/2017

Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., has withdrawn his name from consideration as director of Office of National Drug Control Policy. The announcement came after a report in The Washington Post highlighted Marino's role in a 2016 law which pared back the Drug Enforcement Administration's authority.

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Fox News, The Hill
10/17/2017

Leaders can't build a great team unless they are willing to delegate, solicit ideas and thank people for them, and let people take action on those ideas, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Employees rally around leaders who allow them to learn through doing and raise them up when they've done well," he writes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
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Joel Garfinkle
10/17/2017

We are all guilty of jumping to conclusions or missing the point when discussing societal issues, and recent events show how disrespectful -- or worse -- we can be toward others, writes Jon Mertz. "From Uber to Kleiner Perkins, too much bad behavior holds people back or demeans individuals," he writes.

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Thin Difference
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Kleiner Perkins, Jon Mertz
10/17/2017

Henrik Bresman details research he has conducted on looking at strategic change as an interteam problem rather than the traditional top-down model. "Pooling the fruits of their parallel experiments, teams can develop collective knowledge resources that can be converted -- with support from senior leadership -- into innovative organisational routines," he writes.

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INSEAD Knowledge
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Henrik Bresman
10/17/2017

At the X division of Alphabet, Google's parent company, scientists come up with outlandish solutions to some of the world's toughest problems, writes Derek Thompson. X considers over 100 ideas each year but pursues few of them.

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The Atlantic
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Derek Thompson, Google
10/17/2017

Scientists have confirmed the existence of gravitational waves through the use of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory to detect waves generated by the collision of two neutron stars. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916.