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Which Communication Skill Is Most Important?

May 14, 2013

Which communication skill is most important: listening, writing, or speaking? Given the nearly non-stop use of email and social media in every aspect of your life you might respond immediately with “written communications.” Given a few more moments to think about it, you might choose “spoken communications” over writing. You spend a lot of time engaged in conversations on your mobile or face-to-face. But in both cases you’re off the mark. While writing and speaking effectively are important skills to employ daily in your life, they aren’t the most important when it comes to communicating. That spot is reserved for listening. Read More

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Soaring U.S. Oil Production Hits Bottlenecks

May 14, 2013

The recent boom in U.S. crude oil production has created transport bottlenecks that are keeping oil from reaching key markets and creating disparities in petroleum pricing that are penalizing domestic producers. What’s being done to alleviate the problem and get oil flowing to right places? Read More

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Expert’s Corner: How Manufacturers Are Harnessing Social Media

May 14, 2013

In the latest Expert’s Corner, Michael Keating sheds light on how manufacturers can deliver their marketing message via social media, and the specific digital tools and strategies manufacturers are employing to boost their business. Read More

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Car Guys vs. Bean Counters

May 14, 2013

In Car Guys vs. Bean Counters, author and former vice chairman of General Motors Bob Lutz explains how his emphasis on creativity and product excellence over dry statistical data helped steer one of America's most iconic car companies back onto the right track. Read More

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Small Business Innovations the Focus of Latest DoE Grant

May 14, 2013

The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DoE) announced Friday that it has awarded $16 million to 88 small businesses for technologies that support or enhance energy systems. In a statement released last week, the DoE said the funds “highlight President Obama's focus on small businesses as leaders in an economy built to last.” According to the statement, the technologies were chosen based on having a “strong potential for commercialization and job creation” and added that the funds “will help small businesses with promising ideas that could improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, reduce reliance on foreign oil, and generate electricity from renewable sources.” Read More