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The World's Most Ethical Companies 2014

The World's Most Ethical Companies 2014 | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
The Ethisphere Institute, a nine-year-old management consulting firm based in Scottsdale, AZ, is a player in the crowded field of corporate ethics rating. For the last eight years it has put out a list it labels the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.” We’ve covered it on Forbes.com since 2011 and we’re [...]
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This article is based on ethics within our globalized economy. Not only does it discuss the ethics behind the world's top ethical companies but it also lists the top ones. The reason this is important is because there is a growing emphasis on business ethics, especially after the incident that is Enron. Not only has this trend become an awareness among companies themselves but also within the general consumer population. There have been studies that show a falling away of profits and customers in companies that have a reputation of conducting unethical practices. Therefore, the current direction of emphasis on ethics can only grow as it is not only company-driven, but consumer-driven. 

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Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Emotional Intelligence

Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Emotional Intelligence | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
VideoToday's tip for increasing your emotional intelligence is the most simple and straightforward you're ever going to get. For many people, this tip has the potential to have a bigger impact upon their emotional intelligence (EQ) than any other. The catch? You have to cut down on caffeine, and as any [...]
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This article discusses caffeine and its relation to emotional intelligence. While most individuals drink coffee throughout the day in order to make them more alert and to increase their ability to focus, the reason for it might be a fallacy. The short term boost in focus and "brain power" that caffeine gives an individual is suggested to actually be the brain going through reverse withdrawals from caffeine. In other words, if the brain was not dependent on caffeine, it would work in the same way all of the time. The reason that a person gets groggy and loses focus would actually be related to the lack of caffeine in their system due to their addiction. This is important because in the business world, coffee is consumed very often and it would be interesting to experiment on a business environment without a group's dependence on caffeine and to measure their performance compared to an identical firm who was dependent on their caffeine throughout the day.

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Top Five Personality Traits Employers Hire Most

Top Five Personality Traits Employers Hire Most | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
…they all can be evaluated by a recruiter or hiring manager within the first 30 seconds of meeting a candidate.
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This article discusses which characteristics of a person's personality that are sought after by employers. In class we had discussed personality and how it can relate to work performance. Since this is the case, businesses have been doing research into certain personalities and their traits. This article makes the connection between organizations and the specific characteristics desired. The most popular include Professionalism, High-Energy, and confidence, in that order.

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What You Say On Social Networks Could Cost You Your Dream Job

What You Say On Social Networks Could Cost You Your Dream Job | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
Much of the process of applying and interviewing for a new job is acting—creating a façade that you want the prospective employer to believe, and hiding elements of your true self that you don’t want them to know about. Social networks have changed the game, though, and provide employers with [...]
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This article discussed what we carefully examined in class this past week. It involves social media and a lack of a privacy setting. This allows employers and other businesses to view any indecent photos you might have posted. This could definitely cost you your dream job. This is because there is a trend in the business world where employers do a background search on each individual and these social media posts appear under the persons name. Some of these images could ruin the respect level of the individual. An employer would not want an employee working at their business if there were disturbing or illegal pictures on display for everyone to see on the internet. This would in turn ruin the reputation of the business that employed you. 

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Organization Is More Than An Org Chart

Organization Is More Than An Org Chart | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife Org charts… We’ve all seen them. They adorn cubicles and have a prominent placement in new hire binders. You might have one on your corkboard right now. For decades, org charts have provided businesses with a framework for getting things done. They’ve clarified what individuals were [...]
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This article talks about organizations of firms and how they should be evolving in our society. There is now an emphasis on time and time management within markets and that cannot be maximized if there is a large hierarchical system. This article suggests that there should be different things that go into the organization than simply the chart. One of these things that we have discussed in class, is strategy.

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American Multinationals See China Profits Decline Again

American company's see declining profits in China.
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American Multinational Corporations have heavily relied on Chinese labor because it is cheap and it increases the profit margin of their company. This profit margin has been rapidly declining. So much in fact, that 5% of these companies that have their manufacturing based in Chinese factories reported a loss rather than a profit. While the 13% annual growth of China has declined, it is still experiencing 8% growth annually. This is very intriguing to many companies because this Chinese economy is still booming. The majority  believes that the short term over 5 years will yield profits. However, investing in China decreased by 5 billion dollars this past year, which was the first decrease of investments in history.

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25 Ways to Spot Leaders You Can Trust

25 Ways to Spot Leaders You Can Trust | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
Before everything else, determine if people are trustworthy. But, what if time is short and schedules full? How can you quickly spot someone you can trust? Leaders you can trust: Acknowledge they d...
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This article discusses multiple ways to discover a leader that is trustworthy. These characteristics include different mannerisms and the way people are treated. Not one of the characteristics stated have to do with physical appearance. This shows that society is now looking at mannerisms and ideologies more than they are at a suit and the way people look. This is a shift in the way we are thinking about leaders and who they should be.

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Japan's Pal Building 'IKEA of Fashion' - The Business of Fashion

Japan's Pal Building 'IKEA of Fashion' - The Business of Fashion | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
Japan's Pal Building 'IKEA of Fashion' The Business of Fashion This approach has delivered solid results, but the company is now investing in growth-focused, large format stores, seeing a market for what it calls an “IKEA of fashion.” Pal Group...
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IKEA is a company based out of Sweden. THis origin is found heavily within their furniture and the designs that they produce. Collaborating with other cultures, especially Asian cultures, is something that is interesting. This is interesting because this signifies they are willing to take the risk of diversifying themself from their trademark Swedish look. While this will boost sales in Asian countries, it might diminish revenues from other areas of the world. This is because it is a brand that has been well established and some of the traditional IKEA customers might not agree with this cultural transition.

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Why Defining a Corporate Structure for Startups Matters

Why Defining a Corporate Structure for Startups Matters | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
Creating an organizational structure for a startup is critical and must occur early. This defined structure will help position your company for growth and attract investors.
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In this article, Organizational Structure is given relevance to small businesses and start ups. It is stated that the reason this corporate structure is important is to establish a direction for the company now rather than later. If structure is created in the early stages of development, expansions, hiring and development can follow a certain direction. This would create opportunities for the company that would not otherwise be present. Establishment of a structure early on will prevent set backs involving mission statements, values and organizational purpose. These issues may sometimes destroy a company from within due to the extreme levels of confusion. Creating a pathway with the creation of the business is the least risky option to pursue.

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5 Ways to Lead with Emotional Intelligence -- and Boost Productivity

5 Ways to Lead with Emotional Intelligence -- and Boost Productivity | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
Employees today are much more aware of whether or not they are a good fit in their workplace culture and they want their leaders to be more mindful of their needs. In general, employees have become more sensitive about how to best co-exist in a workplace environment that allows them to be who they naturally are. Employees are tired of playing games and just want to be themselves. As such, they are managing their careers and looking to advance by searching for jobs that truly fuel their passion, fulfill their desires, and ignite their real talent. For most, today’s economic landscape has made the career management journey extra challenging. And beyond career advancement opportunities, people want their supervisors and leaders to be more in touch with who they are as people (not just as their colleagues) to assure that their career track is in proper alignment with and supports their personal and professional goals. The bottom line is that leaders must be more emotionally intelligent to be more effective and efficient at maximizing outcomes and desired results. Here are 5 ways to get started.
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This article discusses how leaders can lead using their emotional intelligence. This is related to the class because we talked about EQ and how there is a theory that it is more important than IQ. This would mean that by learning the ways that EQ can assist a leader within the workplace can capitalize on the full range of their abilities. These ways to lead include caring about people, embracing differences, helping employees experience significance, being accountable like everyone else and finally, being mindful of employee needs.

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17 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Do Great Things

17 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Do Great Things | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
From time to time, we all need a shot of motivation and inspiration. When that moment comes, try these ideas.
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Following the Management course, this week we had discussed motivation and how there are two different kinds of motivation. One involves structure, salary and security, while the other involves empowerment and responsibility. This article discusses the latter. The 17 ways to motivate yourself are encompassed by the notion that you should have a small group of people looking up to you and you should feel some responsibility for them. And if you do not have employees under you, some suggestions include exercise and not getting in your own way. However, the one motivational notion that can be applied to both parties is that you should create your own future.

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Pulpit Bullies: How Dominating Leaders Hurt Team Performance

Pulpit Bullies:  How Dominating Leaders Hurt Team Performance | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
When leaders were focused on their own sense of power, they can hurt the performance of their teams—but with an important catch.
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This article discusses how some leaders who are too concentrated on their powerful position, can hinder the team that is working for them. In class, we discussed different organization structures and the best ways for teams or groups to work effectively. In this article, an instance of teams not working together is shown. When the leader in charge becomes more concerned with a deadline, the descriptions, or anything that is regimented and tied to that leader, team success falls way down. This is because the team cannot function fluidly because the leader is not allowing the group to flow. The focus is on that leader and not the team performance. This leads to a lack of communication and collaboration resulting is a sub par work effort.

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African Multinational Corporations are Catching Up

African Multinational Corporations are Catching Up | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
Africa is finally creating its own multinational corporations.
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This article discusses that the world is truly becoming a globalized force. This is shown because a continent as third world as Africa is catching up to the rest of the world in regards to multinational corportations. This is because the labor is cheaper in Africa than China right now and businesses are going there. Before long, Africa will find itself to be industrialized and competing globally with all the other large market economies.

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How Data Will Drive Business Strategy in 2014

Among all the recent year-end roundups and summaries was a surprising piece of business news. Blockbuster, the last surviving sentinel of the video rental industry announced that it would close its remaining 300 or so company owned stores across the United States. Many have been quick to credit Netflix with the decline of the once formidable Blockbuster. The case of Netflix versus Blockbuster shows that disrupting an entrenched industry requires much more than competitive pricing and improved service: it requires a complete reorientation of business strategy based on a more thoughtful use and understanding of data.
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As we had discussed in class, data and analytics are driving force for businesses and their business decisions. We also talked about how since this is the case, strategy has almost disappeared. With Data driving the new Business Strategies in 2014. it is troubling to digest because then all businesses will not have a very in depth decision making process and will be heavily, if not all, relying on this statistical data that does not necessarily make the right choices, it only shows the current trends and revenues of the company. A strategy should use data as a source but should not base its entire business operations around it.

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Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership - Forbes

Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership - Forbes | CSUCI MGT 307-04 | Scoop.it
Not long ago, most discussions of leadership were about leaders – their personality traits, how to identify and groom those with ‘leadership potential,’ and what were the skills that leaders employed.

Via Maria Rachelle
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Newer generations want to look for meaning and reasoning behind the curtains of business operations. These young people want to be able to trust leaders of companies because they feel as if these leaders are equal to them. There is no longer the idea that workers are unimportant to management. Employees want to be employed by leaders who they trust and who convey they are acting in the best interest of the employees and consumers.

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Zian Peak's curator insight, May 6, 2014 10:49 AM

I dont believe it's the new core, it's been there all along, perhaps we are only just taking notice. Do you agree?

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, June 1, 2014 8:37 AM

Collaboration and Shared Leadership are the norm in schools today. At the base of success with these tools is trust.

Mercedes Jahn's curator insight, June 1, 2014 11:06 AM

Trust is the invisible and powerful  life "glue"