What is up with My Employees? | Management Consulting Connection

When we left off with Sarah, she was going to do some research to understand what was going on. In this posting, we’ll share Sarah’s findings and next steps outlined with the organization.

Sarah’s Findings

Sarah met with a number of employees from throughout the organization, at all levels, to understand more about what was happening. The employees she met with were more influential among their peers and therefore were likely to have had conversations with their peers about perceptions of the organization. She also met with the COO. Below are the findings from her meetings/research, presented at a high level.

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Why You Should Take a Break from Your Business (and How to Do It)

A sabbatical can work wonders to restore your mindset and motivation.

It doesn’t help you or your customers if you work all the time and never take a break to recharge. Entrepreneur motivation requires time for new ideas, restoring energy, and creative thinking.

I decided to take a break from my business in 2018. I took seven months off and hiked 1800 miles of the Appalachian Trail. It was both the most difficult and most amazing thing I’ve ever done.

Not everybody can take seven months away from their business, but even if you can take a shorter break, you’ll reap amazing benefits. You’ll recharge your batteries and come back feeling more inspired, more creative, and with a more positive mindset than you’ve ever had before.

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How to Assemble a Team for Selling Your Business | Business

After years of running your business, you’ve decided to sell.  Maybe the “next generation” doesn’t want to take over the business, or you’ve decided to retire or start a new business; maybe you just feel the time is right.  If you’ve never sold a business before, you’re probably wondering what you need to do to get from “I’ve decided to sell” to “congratulations on the closing.” Putting together the right team should be your first step.

Your best chance of having a smooth and successful transaction is to put the right team together, which will consist of an accountant, a lawyer, selected key employees and in all likelihood, an investment banker. Yes, the outside members of the team are an added expense, but it will be money well spent. Let’s take them in order.

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Best New Crowdfunding Projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo this Week | Digital Trends

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the fidget spinners and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. Keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even those with the best intentions — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

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How POS Systems Help Improve Customer Experience | The Startup Magazine

If you own a retail business, customer experience needs to be one of your primary concerns. With more and more consumers turning to the Internet for many of their shopping needs, creating a positive experience is one of the most important things you can do to keep customers coming to your location instead of shopping online. While often thought of as solutions for accepting payments, POS systems are powerful tools that can help with nearly every aspect of your business – including improving customer experience.  From streamlining the checkout process to providing an opportunity for shoppers to share their experiences, there are several ways that POS systems can help improve customer experience.

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Avengers: Endgame beats box office records with $1.2bn debut | BBC News

Avengers: Endgame has made box office history by taking a record-breaking $1.2bn (£929m) in global ticket sales in its opening run.

The Disney blockbuster has become the fastest film ever to break the $1bn barrier, doing so in just five days.

Endgame is the 22nd offering in the Marvel Studios superhero franchise.

Its opening takings smashed the previous global debut record of $640m set by last year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

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Trying to Make Your Product a Hit? Don’t Sell It on Amazon | Inc.com

Jules Pieri is the godmother of startup manufacturers. A former industrial designer, she and her business partner Joanne Domeniconi launched The Grommet 10 years ago to introduce novel consumer products to a community of quality- and values-minded consumers. The company evaluates 300 submissions a week, chooses the top 3 percent, and launches them into the market with videos about their origin stories and long chats between makers and customers. Products receiving early visibility from The Grommet include Fitbit, GoldieBlox, and SodaStream. The company also advises entrepreneurs on subjects like packaging and helps them develop distribution.

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Nine Signs It’s Time to Drop Your Insurance Company | The Simple Dollar

While it’s far easier to simply renew an insurance policy year after to year rather than shop around for a new provider, it should go without saying that inertia can be costly.

Most industry experts suggest obtaining quotes from competitors every six months to one year, because the reality is that many insurance companies change their rates regularly and doing a little bit of research can save you quite a bit of money.

Cutting costs however, isn’t the only reason to leave one insurance company behind for another. We asked insurance industry experts to share some of the top signs it may be time to part ways with your insurance provider, whether it’s life insurance, home insurance, car insurance, or any other type of policy. Here are some reasons to cut ties.

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The demise and rebirth of the ethical engineer | TechCrunch

Whatever happened to the ethics of engineering? We’ve seen just one disastrous news story after another these past few years, almost all knowable and preventable. Planes falling out of the sky. Nuclear power plants melting down. Foreign powers engorging on user data. Environmental testing thrashed. Electrical grids burning states to the ground.

The patterns are not centered around discipline or nationality, nor do these events share an obvious social structure. Facebook machine learning programmers mostly don’t hang with German VW automotive engineers or Japanese nuclear plant designers. They weren’t taught at the same schools, nor share the same textbooks, nor read the same journals.

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Will Artificial Intelligence Enhance or Hack Humanity? | WIRED

THIS WEEK, I interviewed Yuval Noah Harari, the author of three best-selling books about the history and future of our species, and Fei-Fei Li, one of the pioneers in the field of artificial intelligence. The event was hosted by the Stanford Center for Ethics and Society, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, and the Stanford Humanities Center. A transcript of the event follows, and a video is posted below.

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