Bring an Agile Approach to the Development and Distribution

Traditionally, software acquisition or system design doesn’t start until all the business requirements analysis has been completed. And that’s a bit of a problem. In most cases, that’s a very long time and is very frustrating for management who really want to get on with “the real …

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Repetition Is Key

The expression “practice makes perfect” proves to be true, because the more you do something, the better at it you become if and when “better” is what you are focusing on. A friendly, reliable approach to customer service with highly experienced knowledgeable staff is needed when buying aluminium windows for …

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China’s Guizhou Province

Over a dozen distinct ethnic groups inhabit the craggy mountains and verdant river valleys of China’s Guizhou Province. While these peoples can differ greatly in customs, language, and craft traditions, until recently their lives typically revolved around cycles of nature such as planting and harvesting. Centered on the family …

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Lightning Rods

Lightning rods attract lightning just like financial markets attract greed, which inevitably brews disaster. Given the right conditions, disasters in the financial markets—like lightning—can hit more than once and investors must be prepared.

Back in 2007, Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote what became a very famous book called The …

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The story of Khalilzad

After Maliki was chosen as prime minister in April, Khalilzad brokered hard-won agreements on two nonsectarian security ministers, a broad-based political council for national security, and a national reconciliation agenda with a timetable for implementing it. By then it was October 2006. Amid the raging violence, the rival politicians openly …

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Keyword Research Ideas

Before the instructions for a successful keyword search are dealt with, the distinction between good and bad keywords is made. An online retailer who sells gifts for men choose the keyword “gifts for men”, which is theoretically perfectly correct, but in practice less well received by the searcher. The question …

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Using Colour and Texture in the Garden

You don’t have to use it to make a pattern, but color can both boost a design and create depth. Take, for example, a simple design of checkered black and white squares. Change every other black square to red, and the colors gain a new pattern, layered over the …

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Selling Spare Goods Online

For Internet trading, your first area of concern is the headline or title you give your listing. Be specific about what you’re offering, and maybe add a descriptive word or two to boost interest. An example would be “never-worn wedding gown” or “Tiffany-style lamp, NWT” (new with tags). Add …

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Solving Puzzles in Business

Today's leaders have invariably received plenty of training in solving problems with puzzle-like qualities. With persistence and ingenuity, using analysis and rigorous logic, they have become accustomed to arriving at a right solution. The analysis, of course, depends on facts and data. And the facts and data point to insights …

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Using Energy Wisely

Growing a business requires a lot of time and effort. But those things are not the same. Many new entrepreneurs—and even established business owners—make this same crucial mistake. They think hours equal effort. But rather than just marking off all your tasks and to-dos on a calendar by …

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United states protecting Saddam

Since 1991 the United States had protected an autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq with a no-fly zone that kept Saddam’s military largely at bay, and the Kurds hoped to preserve and increase that autonomy. There was a sense of national identity, at least among Arab Iraqis, which had …

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Coping with Disaster through Religion

Perhaps the most readily available and pre-packaged meaning-making systems are given to people through organized religion. Religion is one way a person is mentored into finding meaning. Religion has been considered from the psychological writings of Frankl (2000) as the search for the ultimate meaning. Thus it makes sense that …

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