Finding a balance between growth and identity is one of the more challenging issues companies face, write Thomas Stewart and Patricia O'Connell. They suggest learning from Starbucks' Howard Schultz, who managed to find profit in implementing service design on a global scale.
You can become more productive by replacing your brain's automatic response to stress with laughter or other more calming reactions, writes Stephanie Vozza. Other ways to get more out of your day include getting rid of flourescent lighting in work spaces and becoming more aware of how your productivity is affected by events throughout the day.
Political developments may add uncertainty for businesses that wish to sell across national boundaries, but small businesses still have opportunities. Amine Khechfe of Stamps.com recommends five strategies that can help, beginning with diversifying your approach.
Donald J. Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th president of the United States at noon Eastern today. In his first address as president, Trump laid out his vision for a strong, prosperous nation and pledged to put American interests first in every decision.
Koichi Hamada, adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said he will encourage the prime minister to fight back against President Donald Trump's economic policies if they are "wrong." Abe is working to reduce his country's debt and has promised to achieve a budget surplus by 2021.
Lee Greenwood performed his signature song, "God Bless the USA," during a pre-inaugural celebration Thursday evening. Greenwood was one of several country music stars to perform at the Lincoln Memorial in preparation for Friday's inauguration.
Although people might not say continual learning is a top value in leaders, they agree that such a trait is what they've seen out of the best people they know, writes Kevin Eikenberry. "Once you decide to be more open, ask more questions, read and listen more, new learning will show up for you," he says.
Determine what really matters in your life, and focus your energy on those things if you want to see optimal performance, writes Art Petty. He suggests keeping a log of all your commitments during the week and excising what doesn't belong, along with 11 other tips.
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