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How to mentally prepare for a marathon- Blackmores

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You’ve been training hard and getting the kms firmly under your belt. But are you mentally prepared to go the distance? Marathon runner & trainer Pat Carroll gives us his tips on how to build a marathon mindset.
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Five Habits Of A Successful Competitive Intelligence (CI) Strategist

Five Habits Of A Successful Competitive Intelligence (CI) Strategist | Curiousity Connecting with People! | Scoop.it

The most effective competitive intelligence strategists make a habit of predicting their firm’s probability of success. With their central mission held in the sights, CI strategists must determine what internal and external factors will affect their firm’s ability to achieve a goal, get a return on their investment and keep up with the competition. Using competitive intelligence tools such as Leopard Firmscape, they can examine the overall health of the industry or practice area and use that data to help predict the chances of succeeding. They can also keep an eye on internal shifts within the firm to determine how partner choices will play out against the backdrop of larger trends..

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How Your Mission Drives Your Strategy

How Your Mission Drives Your Strategy | Curiousity Connecting with People! | Scoop.it

good strategy “brings relative strength to bear against relative weakness.”  Competitive advantage is far from arbitrary.  It does not come from Excel spreadsheets or PowerPoint decks, but from how a firm sees and fulfills its purpose.  Great strategy starts then, not with analysis, but from defining and committing to a mission. .

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The Accidental Analyst

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It’s no secret that the use of data analysis as a means to improve decision making is increasingly becoming a requirement for companies that want to remain competitive and employees that want to remain relevant. With that in mind, let's take a look at your most popular, most overworked and quite possibly, most important co-worker — the accidental analyst.

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Top Challenges Facing Project Managers

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Most companies have at least one project failure in a year. Prime culprits are unrealistic expectations, time pressures, and inadequate staff and tech resources. (Feeling it?
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The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books - TIME

The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books - TIME | Curiousity Connecting with People! | Scoop.it
There's never a shortage of new books about how to be more effective in business. Most of them are forgettable, but here are 25 that changed the way we think about management — from the iconic...
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The Innovation Steering Committee as a Guiding Coalition to Change Culture

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 an Innovation Steering Committee is a common trait of highly innovative organization. This article explores the purpose and operations of the Innovation Steering Committee: what it is, why constitute one, how to operate it, and some of its primary functions in large organizations seeking to innovate across horizons. Usually constituted by the CEO or another senior executive responsible for innovation change, the Innovation Steering Committee represents a guiding coalition to set innovation priorities, change the culture, allocate resources, and make decisions. The innovation Steering Committee represents a guiding coalition to set innovation priorities, change the culture, allocate resources, and make decisions.Yet client experience and research uncover a few less obvious reasons for Steering Committee development

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Video: A New Cadillac Escalade, Still Large and in Charge

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Although some doubted that the Escalade would ever be much more than a dressed-up Tahoe, it has evolved since 1999 to become a pop culture staple.
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33 War Strategies That Will Help You Win In Business

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In Robert Greene's "The 33 Strategies of War," the renowned author analyzes the tactics of history's greatest military leaders and presents their strategies in a way that professionals can use. These time-tested techniques can prove useful if you're a professional looking to rise up the corporate ladder, a manager looking to get the best from your team, or an entrepreneur looking to break into an industry. We've summarized Greene's 33 war strategies below:

 
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Our 8 Best Travel Destinations Of 2014 - The Sundancefamily

http://TheSundancefamily.com As we have been traveling for about 20 years without really stopping, and people keep on asking about the best places we found so far, we decided to do this video!...
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You Might Be Surprised by This Designer's Favourite Fashion Travel Destination - PopSugar Australia

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You Might Be Surprised by This Designer's Favourite Fashion Travel Destination PopSugar Australia Bridget Yorston: Hong Kong is one of our favourite places to shop in the world, everything is so accessible and the international designer flagship...
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Global Economic Outlook Q3 2014 Deloitte

Global Economic Outlook Q3 2014 Deloitte | Curiousity Connecting with People! | Scoop.it

In spite of a period of pronounced geopolitical risks, developed economies are experiencing modest growth, and growth in developing economies is Stabilizing. The third quarter edition of the Global Economic Outlook offers timely insights from Deloitte Research economists about the United States, the Eurozone, China, Japan, India, Russia, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.

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8 Fitness Experts On The Web With The Best Health Advice For You

8 Fitness Experts On The Web With The Best Health Advice For You | Curiousity Connecting with People! | Scoop.it
The last thing you want to do is take fitness advice from someone who doesn't know what they're talking about. It's one thing to make a poor device purchase - you only lose out on money if you do that.
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Competitive Strategy - 7 Things Competitors Can Teach You about Innovation

Competitive Strategy - 7 Things Competitors Can Teach You about Innovation | Curiousity Connecting with People! | Scoop.it

Here are 7 areas your competitors can teach you about innovation. You can answer these questions to better understand the pros and cons, whys and wherefores of how competitors in your industry are addressing innovation and what it means for your brand....

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Shawn Nason, Executive Director, Xavier Center for Innovation's curator insight, September 20, 2014 9:45 PM

This is a great way to look at what is happening in your competitive space. What if you want to be the leader in that space? Remember, these will be questions your competitors could be asking about you. Be the leader not the follower!

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Palestine Marathon

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Official site for Palestine Marathon. Join and run to show your support for human rights. (Hey Marathon runners!
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Holding Unpriced Crops Is Risky Strategy

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Many producers have chosen a sales strategy for 2014 unpriced crops of storing in hopes of better prices this winter and next spring. While historical averages seem to favor holding crops for price increases later on, applying averages to this marketing year is a dangerous marketing proposition, says Ed Usset, University of Minnesota grain marketing economist. For corn, soybeans and wheat, he favors selling the carry in the market now, because of significant risk that prices may not be higher several months from now.

"Storing this fall is a popular strategy," acknowledges Usset, and in most years, it would prove successful. In an average year, odds of a cash corn price increase after harvest are 75%. "But this is not an average year, so odds of a cash price increase after harvest are only 35%," he said September 11 at the Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference.

On September 3, closing prices for December corn 2014 futures were $3.52/bu. Cash prices—minus Minnesota basis of 60 cents—provides harvest cash prices of $2.92/bu. July 2015 futures were $3.80, so assuming basis of 40 cents next summer, the result would be cash prices of $3.40—or 48 cents higher than present harvest prices. Usset advocates selling that carry in the market now with either futures or hedge-to-arrive contracts, to capture the higher price of the deferred July contact.

Rather than move higher between now and next year, the July contract might actually soften. That’s because carryover is expected to reach more than 2 billion bushels on record production and yields, and why Usset gives a price rise high enough to pay for storage—price increases happen at all—such relatively low odds.

Usset notes that since 1990, May corn prices were higher than the previous October in 18 of 24 years. The exceptions to that were nearly all years when ending stocks increased more than two weeks usage from the previous year (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2004), or in today’s numbers, 600 million bushels of corn. Those years also had crop condition ratings more like this year. Usset believes 2014 has more in common with these five years, not the all-years’ average. Moreover, in three years, prices were lower in spring than harvest. The notable exception was the 1994/95 marketing year when China came into the market in major way for the first time. "A lot of people are waiting for $4 corn," he notes, but that might not happen.

"We can’t make unpriced production profitable," Usset acknowledges, "but producers have an opportunity to sell July that might provide an extra 30 to 50 cents, depending on basis. If a producer can get $3.40 that’s better than $3," he says. "We’re playing defense. Sell the carry and hope like heck for better opportunities in 2015."

Usset advocates similar strategies for soybeans and wheat, which also are facing large surpluses. Prices have hit life of contract lows for all three crops. The reason why is not demand, which is very strong, but large supplies that are increasing stocks to the highest level in seven years, he says. "Crop conditions as of September 5 were as good as they have ever been."

For soybeans since 1990, the price in May was higher than the previous October in 19 of 24 years. The exceptions were 1990, 1998 and 2005, years when ending stocks increased more than two weeks of usage from the previous year. Usset notes that looking at U.S. soybean growing conditions, this year’s crop index is better than the average of those four years.

The price of North Dakota spring wheat prices was higher than the previous August in 15 of 24 years, the exceptions being 1993, 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2009, when ending stocks increased more than two weeks usage from the previous year.

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Management Intuition For The Next 50 Years

Management Intuition For The Next 50 Years | Curiousity Connecting with People! | Scoop.it

Intuition forms over time. When McKinsey began publishing the Quarterly, in 1964, a new management environment was just beginning to take shape. On April 7 of that year, IBM announced the System/360 mainframe, a product with breakthrough flexibility and capability. Then on October 10, the opening ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympic Games, the first in history to be telecast via satellite around the planet, underscored Japan’s growing economic strength. Finally, on December 31, the last new member of the baby-boom generation was born.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 8, 2014 6:35 PM

What’s the future of strategy setting, decision making, and management? We examine how the collision of rapid emerging-markets growth, technological disruption, and widespread aging is upending long-held assumptions.

Peter van Cuylenburg's curator insight, September 9, 2014 8:33 PM

Here is an article with massive implications for future workplaces and the people who will be employed there.  In our schools today we will have to consider the implications for our students. The education we provide would depend on flexible technological formats, developing inter-personal skills, enriching creativity, building clarity into ethical frameworks and so on.  Lots to think about.

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World's Best Ski Towns - National Geographic

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World's Best Ski Towns: The world's 25 classic skiing and snowboarding towns as selected by the editors at National Geographic. (How many have you done?
“@SunshineVillage: The worlds best ski towns according to National Geographic Travel.
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Jerusalem Zoo Struggles to Remain Common Ground for Israelis, Palestinians - National Geographic

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Jerusalem Zoo Struggles to Remain Common Ground for Israelis, Palestinians
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JERUSALEM—In most zoos, a peccary would warrant scant attention.
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The World's Prettiest Places Without Internet Access - Huffington Post

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The World's Prettiest Places Without Internet Access
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In the remote village of Yakutat, Alaska -- recommended as one of Forbes' best places to "get off the grid" -- the interwebs are tough to come by.
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Lalibela: A beautiful Place on Earth - EthioSports

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Lalibela: A beautiful Place on Earth
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From architects to explorers, experts reveal what they feel are the most beautiful places on earth.
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Learning About Sustainable Management - Forbes

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Learning About Sustainable Management
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Over the last few years, I have been supporting the launch of a new Sustainability Management School (SUMAS) in Switzerland.
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The world's best dive sites - Telegraph.co.uk

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The world's best dive sites
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For those willing to make the long journey from the mainland port of Puntarenas, Cocos Island promises fey beauty.
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'Street view' goes undersea to map reefs; result could be like scuba diving ... - Florida Times-Union

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'Street view' goes undersea to map reefs; result could be like scuba diving ...
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Amazon.com: The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement: Linking Strategy and Operational Excellence to Achieve Superior Performance eBook: Jeffrey Liker, James K. Franz: Kindle Store

The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement: Linking Strategy and Operational Excellence to Achieve Superior Performance - Kindle edition by Jeffrey Liker, James K. Franz. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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