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An army of one
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Think about a legendary innovation initiative your company undertook. Now think of the person who drove it. At some point you may have described him as a hero or a jackass. We are certain you called him something: The project lead, the idea monkey, the ringleader, the champion, the dreamer, the idealist, the bully, the General. Seems like everyone in the company knows who this person is and has an opinion about him. Whenever something actually launches, there is, without exception, a specific type of leader who made sure it happened. More

Thou shalt covet what thy neighbor covets
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to the things we buy, what other people think matters — even when those people are complete strangers. One survey, by Opinion Research, shows that "61 percent of respondents said they had checked online reviews, blogs and other online customer feedback before buying a new product or service," and a similar 2008 study commissioned by PowerReviews showed that "nearly half of U.S. consumers who shopped online four or more times per year and spent at least $500 said they needed four to seven customer reviews before making a purchase decision." More

10 questions that create success
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Here's the thing. The questions you ask yourself on a daily basis determine your focus, and your focus determines your results. These questions force you to focus on what's really important. Take heed of them and rest of your life — especially your work — will quickly fall into place. More


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Opinion: Dumb mistakes companies make over and over
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Steve Tobak writes, "These days I'm constantly bombarded with books and articles about why leaders, executives and companies fail. It's mindboggling. Most of the 'sage' advice is pretty weak, running the gamut from the absurdly obvious to the obviously absurd. And while leadership experts blog and tweet all sorts of generic, esoteric nonsense, executives and their companies keep making the same dumb mistakes they've always made, over and over again." More

Indiana dog, cat purchasers to subsidize 'companion animal sterilization fund'
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Indiana House Bill 1331 establishes the "Companion Animal Sterilization Fund." The fund will be bankrolled by fees imposed on purchasers of unsterilized cats and dogs at retail, and by increasing fees collected from the annual pet food and specialty pet food inspection. Monies from the fund will reimburse veterinary services rendered by veterinarians who participate in the program. Veterinarians who participate in the program will be reimbursed for furnishing free spaying or neutering services on a dog or a cat owned by a Medicaid recipient. More

Rhode Island considers psittacine bills
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The Rhode Island House and Senate proposed companion bills that would allow psittacine birds, also known as parrots, to be microchipped instead of fitted with an identifying band and permit birds exposed to psittacosis to be treated rather than destroyed. Current Rhode Island law requires each parrot acquired or sold in the state to be outfitted with closed, metal ID band indentifying the breeder by whom they were bred. The bills, SB 2031 and HB 7137, would allow a microchip to be used in lieu of the band. More

Greenies dental treats conducts pet oral health study
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Among pet owners' most commonly held beliefs, the study found that almost half of pet owners believe that dogs' mouths are cleaner than a human's and that any type of chewing is good for a dog's teeth. The study also found that about 40 percent think it is normal for their pets to have stinky breath. About one-third of pet owners believe that a dog's saliva can help cure human wounds. More
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