Win at Work
Winning at Working--Convenient Mistruths
The subject line of the email read: "We met at ..." and the name of a
conference where I'd recently spoken. Thinking it was from someone who
attended my session, I opened it sooner versus later. "I never heard
back from you," she wrote, "I wanted to take you to lunch or drop by
your office to explain my product more."
Nov 3, 2015 - 4:19:44 PM
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Winning at Working--Simple Solutions
On our first morning of vacation, we were pleased to find open tables
when we arrived for breakfast at a popular and highly recommended café.
With several people actively filling walk-up specialty coffee orders at
the counter, it took several minutes to be acknowledged: "It'll be about
five minutes for a table since the waitress needs to catch up," a
person finally called out in our direction.
Sep 29, 2015 - 8:09:43 PM
Win at Work
Winning at Working--The Not-Me Syndrome
A common pastime at work, it seems, is pointing out flaws, missteps, and
problems - especially the boss's, a coworker's down the hall, or that
roadblock person in some other department.
Sep 3, 2015 - 6:23:33 PM
Israel's technology protects British troops in Afghanistan
"British Prime Minister David Cameron: 'Israel's technology is protecting British and NATO troops in Afghanistan....' UK-Israeli trade is at an all-time high, despite recent rumblings by the EU over the labelling of products from the West Bank and calls in some quarters for a boycott of Israeli goods....HSBC, Barclays, Rolls-Royce, GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever have a major presence in Israel. One out of every seven prescriptions filled by Britain's National Health Service is from an Israeli pharmaceutical firm.... There are a raft of government initiatives to propagate growth spearheaded by a recent trip to Israel, by Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as favorable tax treaties....
Jul 23, 2015 - 5:14:55 AM
Hi-tech giants and investors defy media's misrepresentation of Israel
Britain's Secretary of State for Business and Innovations, Sajid Javid stated: "The past few years have been a golden era for Anglo-Israel business... expecting bilateral trade, currently valued at $6.9bnm to continue growing. Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, praised Israel's technological initiative and creativity, stating that the Jewish State is second only to Silicon Valley when it comes to startups (Bloomberg, June 9).
Jul 8, 2015 - 10:57:13 PM
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Winning at Work--Perpetuated Myths
Myths. Beliefs. Conventional wisdom. Even our own eyes get in our way. Consider what happened to Galileo. In 1589, he gathered the world's most learned professors to the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a demonstration to disprove a 2,000 year old physics principle of Aristotle's: the heavier an object is, the faster it will fall to earth.
Jun 25, 2015 - 1:10:33 PM
Global kudos to Israel's long term viability
Some 280 global high tech giants (mostly from the US) have given kudos to Israel's economy, in general, and Israel's brain power, in particular, by establishing research and development (R&D) centers in the Startup Nation. Thus, Intel operates four R&D centers, Microsoft - 2, IBM - 3 R&D centers, etc.. A few scores of these high tech giants are major bio-med companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Philips, General Electric, Abbott Laboratories, Merck Serono, Foson Pharmaceuticals and Samsung, reflecting global appreciation of Israel's unique capabilities and contribution in the areas of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and digital and mobile healthcare.
Jun 7, 2015 - 3:15:13 AM
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Winning at Working--The Next Essential Skill
"Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the
feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running." Those
words from Olympic swimmer and author Sarah Connor capture the essence
of a skill those wanting to thrive in the new world of work need.
May 27, 2015 - 4:15:04 PM
Israel's economy defies common sense
Irrespective of a cynical and gullible "elite" media, independent of diplomatic pressure, political correctness and conventional wisdom, in defiance of the global economic slowdown, in the face of war and terrorism, and despite ill-advised threats of boycott, divestment and sanctions -- but, due to principle-driven tenacity, inherent optimism, human capital/brain power, creativity, cutting edge ingenuity and breakthrough, game-changing innovations -- Israel's economy is expanding beyond expectations, reacting constructively to pressures/challenges, and developing unique commercial and security niches in response to local and global needs.
May 3, 2015 - 12:07:14 AM
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Winning at Working--Off Track
Unfamiliar with the city and location where I was to speak, I added the
address to the GPS before leaving home. Arriving in the conference city
hours later, I turn it on and dutifully followed the route that chirped
at me from the device. "That's odd," I thought as the directed turn took
me away from the city towards the foothills and into a neighborhood.
"Maybe it's a retreat location," I mulled as I followed that voice up a
winding, steep hill.
Apr 29, 2015 - 11:41:34 AM
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Winning at Working--Which Clock?
I hesitated before I answered the question. It was just a slight
hesitation, but the question took me by surprise. Someone asked me how
could they work on self-improvement and development on the clock. And
while I answered at the time with a few tips, the on the clock part
stuck with me and got me thinking.
Apr 6, 2015 - 3:14:51 PM
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Winning at Working--Blurred Lines Require New Skills
Instead of an early start, with time to read the news, check key messages, and write uninterruptedly for a pending project, I spent it down a rabbit hole. What I expected was a five or ten minute interruption to answer a client's email, marked with one of those urgent exclamation points, but it took me over an hour. Before I could even send the requested information, I got an email telling me, in essence, "never mind," the direction had changed.
Feb 23, 2015 - 2:35:16 PM
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Winning at Working--What Do You See?
Based on dozens of articles that arrived in my inbox in a single week,
one might think that the majority of people work in difficult
work-cultures, alongside clueless co-workers, under distrusting bosses.
Here are a few examples:
- "You're the Boss, Not the Babysitter"
- "What to Do When Your Employees Won't Stop Whining"
- "Giving Feedback to the Clueless"
- "How to Survive a Toxic Boss"
Feb 3, 2015 - 2:46:30 PM
Jerusalem Boardroom No. 199: Israel's competitive-edge
2014 has been a record year (and it's not over yet): $3.6bn have been raised by 26 Israeli companies on the New York Stock Exchange in initial, and secondary, public offerings, compared with $335mn in 1994 (Globes, October 31, 2014).
Nov 9, 2014 - 3:43:17 AM
Combating M&A Failure through Organizational Constitutions
Unfortunately, a "perfect storm" for big deals can quickly devolve into a crisis for employee engagement, as companies attempt to integrate not only operations, but also disparate organizational cultures. As cultures clash, companies can struggle to realize the efficiencies they need to improve their standing in the marketplace. The hard numbers tell the story of this disconnect: 40-60% of this year's mergers and acquisitions are expected to fail.
Oct 5, 2014 - 12:12:17 AM
National Communication Expert Shares 4 Tips for Overcoming 'Fake Talk' to Build Employee Trust
The 2014 APA Work and Well-Being Survey fixed the spotlight on the breakdown of trust in U.S. workplaces. Nationally recognized communications expert John Stoker offers 4 conversation tips curated from his new book Overcoming Fake Talk that are guaranteed to help solve the issue of low-trust professional relationships.
Sep 9, 2014 - 7:53:35 PM
OECD: Israel attracts foreign investors
The Gaza War has demonstrated the impressive performance of the Iron Dome short-range missile defense system, the Trophy active defense system for tanks and armed personnel carriers, and additional Israeli- developed military systems. This is enhancing respect for Israel's defense and commercial high tech sector, and increasing interest in buying Israeli technology products and acquiring -- and investing in -- Israeli high tech companies.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:15:35 AM
Scammers Pose as E-ZPass to Collect 'Unpaid Tolls'
Marlborough, MA - Using E-ZPass this summer? Watch out. Scammers are posing as E-ZPass in emails and claiming to collect unpaid tolls. The emails carry viruses that infect your computer and can open you up to identity theft.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:17:24 AM
Quick Tips on Raising Capital
Understanding your business model is an important part of the investor's job. Investing in the wrong business model could cost the investors' clients millions of dollars and ruin his or her reputation or credibility. Tell the investor(s) how you plan to generate income, pay expenses, pay taxes, make a profit and sustain business operations in a strong or weak economy and in a competitive business environment.
Jun 22, 2014 - 10:17:15 PM
Israel embraced by the global business community
Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of China's State Council: "[Israel reflects] diligence, wisdom, creativity and perseverance.... China and Israel signed science and technology cooperation agreements in 1993 and 2010.... China and Israel cooperation in science, technology and innovations (STI) has taken deep roots, blossoming and yielding fruitful results.... China is Israel's largest trading partner in Asia and Israel's third largest trading partner globally.... Enhancing China-Israel STI cooperation will bring more benefits to the peoples of both countries...." (Jerusalem Post, May 17).
Jun 6, 2014 - 10:05:34 AM
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Winning at Working: The Things We Say
A three hour delayed connecting flight in Minneapolis created headaches
for me and other business travelers seeking to still reach their
destinations that day. All seats in the narrow gate area were filled and
briefcases, roller-boards, and more passengers occupied available floor
space. Every half hour the gate agent updated us on the status of a
part being flown in to fix a rather minor, but important, mechanical
issue on our plane heading to Boston.
May 29, 2014 - 4:31:40 PM
Global Confidence in Israel's Long-Term Viability
Intel is investing, additional, $6bn in its Israeli research & development centers and manufacturing plants, which currently employ 9,800 persons, expecting to add 1,000 employees, mostly in R & D. The current $3.5bn annual export by Intel -- out of Israel - is expected to rise by $1bn-$2bn annually. Intel's annual operation cost in Israel is $1bn (Globes Business Daily, May 1, 2014).
May 16, 2014 - 7:40:30 AM
Cut Through the Clutter & Connect with Clients - 5 Benefits of Writing a Business Book
We've entered the information age, and with it comes information overload. Increasingly, people are inundated with sales calls, spam mail, and other marketing materials cluttering their mailboxes, email accounts, and televisions. People are tuning out. Direct mail ends up in the trash, emails are deleted upon receipt, and buying radio or television airtime is too expensive. So how can an expert or business break through the clutter, spread an idea, and connect with potential clients? The answer: write a business book. The benefits of writing any book are many, but here are five powerful benefits to writing a business book in particular.
May 15, 2014 - 9:32:28 AM
How to Avoid Scams on Craigslist
Craigslist.org can be a great place to find deals on used vehicles, electronics, appliances and other major items. But watch out for a new, elaborate scam that's taking advantage of bargain hunters.
May 15, 2014 - 9:27:01 AM
Israel's Splendid Global Integration
Many Israeli stocks trade in the US, making it simple for Americans to invest in the country.... Steve Schoenfeld, chief investment officer of BlueStar Indexes: 'It's a small country with a very large global footprint, and it bats well above its average in all of the metrics that define a successful economy.' Even when much of the developed world was retrenching in 2009, Israel was able to eke out modest growth. Since then, the nation's economy has been growing at nearly twice the pace of the US economy.
Apr 26, 2014 - 12:15:34 AM
Pinterest Gift Tool helping Shoppers and Retailers
In early March, the social media platform "Pinterest" rolled out its Gifts Feed, which helps users to find gifts based on budget and it's hard to tell who's happier about this new feed: shoppers or merchants, after all, the gift feed consists of only Product Pins, which pull information from the product's site such as availability and price.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:05:46 AM
BEC: Eradicating Skin Cancer Naturally and Reversing Skin's aging process
BEC not only has pronounced anticancer properties but it harboured many other beneficial properties. BEC is produced in plants as a secondary metabolite to aid in the growth and development of plants but is not required for the plant to survive. In order for the plant to stay healthy, secondary metabolism plays a pinnacle role in keeping all the plants' system working properly. In particular, in plants the BEC secondary metabolite is used to fight off pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, viruses etc.
Apr 2, 2014 - 2:07:30 AM
Israel's Enhanced Global Integration
Prime Minister Cameron's meetings in Israel are primarily about business, not the Kerry Plan. Look at who is on the plane with him: the Trade Minister, the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, the UK Chief Technology Officer, the Chief Technology Officer of Talk Talk, the Europe CEO of Balfour Beatty, the Chairman of Princess Production, the President of GSK's Pharmaceuticals R&D, the Chairman of Arup UK Division, the ASOS' Strategy Director, the founder of Kiwi Power, the Chairman of MyOptique, CEO of Tura, the CEO of Tech City.... [Israel expands] free trade agreements with the European Union, the US, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey. Mexico, Canada, Jordan and Egypt.... [According to the] FCO, 'Israeli innovations give British companies a global competitive edge.'"
Mar 21, 2014 - 8:20:05 AM
An Alternative to Alternatives?
The pace of launches for these vehicles has tripled since 2009; Goldman Sachs predicts that alternative mutual funds could represent a $2 trillion opportunity for asset managers, capable of growing 15-20% per year over the next 5-10 years. To put this into perspective, the hedge fund industry as a whole is currently just over $2 trillion. Much of this growth has been focused on long/short equity and multi-manager strategies as retail and institutional investors search for mutual funds with lower correlations, better risk adjusted after-fee returns, and enhanced yield and protection from a poor bond market outlook.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:10:05 AM
BBB offers Business & Consumer Tips to Avoid Tax Identity Theft
Marlborough, MA - Tax season is here and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is emphasizing online services this year to help consumers navigate the hectic tax filing season. Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT is encouraging taxpayers consider the following tips in order to avoid the rapidly growing identity theft scam.
Feb 20, 2014 - 4:33:03 AM
How Isolated is Israel?
"Funds from the US, Europe and China are showing interest in dozens of Israeli companies that will be forced on to the auction block by Israel's efforts to increase competition.... The sale [of dominant Israeli companies] is required by a law passed in December, 2013 to loosen the grip conglomerates have on the economy.... [Israel's economic] growth is projected to outpace both the US and the euro area this year and next.
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:15:14 AM
TransUnion Consumer Survey reveals pitfalls in human relationships
A third of Americans surveyed (33 percent) said bad budgeting skills was their spouse/partner's personal finance habit that bothered them the most. Additional 18.5 percent said not checking his or her credit score, 17.1 percent making late payments or missing payments, 16.3 percent said accumulating too much debt and 15.2 percent said being careless with personal information.
Feb 11, 2014 - 5:52:38 AM
Telephone 'cramming' a new way to 'scam'
Marlborough, MA - Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont (BBB) is warning cell phone users about a new scam that can result in unauthorized charges appearing on their monthly statement. The practice of third parties placing unauthorized charges on wireless accounts is called "cramming." If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, be sure to alert your cell phone carrier immediately and keep an eye on your cell phone bill. The earlier you document the fraud, the better your chances of having some or all of the charges removed.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:07:28 AM
Data Privacy Planning for Small Businesses
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:17:31 AM
2013 BBB Recovers 51.5 Million Dollars for customers in Disputed Transactions
Customers who filed complaints against businesses located in our service area disputed over 51.5 million dollars in transactions, up 62 percent over 2012. BBB was successful in resolving 82 percent of all complaints filed.
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:05:08 AM
Is Israel boycotted? Israel's high tech growing in 2013!
An exclusive angel conference - an Angel Accredited Investor trip to Israel - will take place at the Ritz Carlton Herzliya Beach, on February 5-6, 2014, organized by the NYC-based Sunrise Securities Corp. (www.sunrisecorp.com) and coordinated via Zion Tech (www.ziontechfund.com). Microsoft, Ernst & Young and Checkpoint Solutions have joined Zion Tech as strategic partners. A thorough due-diligence has qualified 10 Israeli start-ups to make presentations to angels, who would consider an investment of $25,000-$100,000 or more.
Jan 18, 2014 - 12:35:15 AM
Is Israel Isolated?
One Israeli official notes, with pleasure, that in six hours of talks with the Chinese leadership, 'they spent roughly 10 seconds on the Palestinians', while revealing 'an unquenchable thirst for Israeli technology.' The Israelis say that Latin Americans also tend to be more interested in economics and technology than the political issues that preoccupy the Europeans and Americans.... I travelled to Israel expecting to find a country that was excessively paranoid. I left wondering whether the problem might, in fact, be excessive complacency."
Dec 21, 2013 - 12:15:54 AM
IBHS Commends DHS Report Highlighting the Importance of Building Codes
TAMPA, FLORIDA (Dec. 9, 2013) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a report entitled Including Building Codes in the National Flood Insurance Program (FEMA), which discusses the feasibility of including model building codes in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The study will be used by Congress to consider whether to make adoption and enforcement of model building codes mandatory for communities participating in the NFIP program.
Dec 10, 2013 - 12:05:34 AM
CNN: Big Tech Scrambles for Israeli Firms
Mexican billionaire, Carlos Slim: "The Slim Group will take part in additional investments in Israel. We like to have our finger on the pulse of new technologies, and Israel is a world leader in this field. We are interested in Israeli technology developments." Earlier this month, Slim's America Movil SAB de CV participated in a $60MN round of private placement by Israel's Mobli, which developed a mobile social network photo and video-sharing platform (Globes, Nov. 28)
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:42:33 AM
Engaging Outraged Stakeholders
Engaging Outraged Stakeholders is the first book of its kind, giving readers an exhaustive manual concerning stakeholder engagement. It features detailed examples of this work through true success stories, as well as some sobering, frank words on the potential for failure. However, by following the steps the authors outline for successful engagement, and heeding the many wise words of advice, readers will feel that nearly any conflict can be successfully mediated. Whether that conflict is in the boardroom, the office, or between friends or family, readers will be inspired to follow the authors' sage counsel and work through it to find common ground and, hopefully, progress for the good of all parties involved.
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:40:31 AM