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Q&A: Bob Segal on Manufacturer-Distributor Plans

Yesterday, Bob Segal, a principal at research firm Frank Lynn & Associates, made a case for effective communication in successful distributor plans. In part two of the Q&A, Segal addresses the remaining elements critical to the manufacturer-distributor planning process. Part 1 of this interview was published yesterday on IMT. In the second half of a two-part Expert's Corner Q&A, Bob Segal, a...

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Dollars and Sense: Greening the Bottom Line

Small steps, multiplied over time, contribute to a sustainable environment as well as a healthier bottom line. Emerson Bearing, a Boston-based manufacturer that caters to OEM and MRO markets throughout the U.S., made a small investment that reaped double rewards - a more environmentally-friendly way to package each shipment and a cost savings upwards of $12,000 annually. The company invested...

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Home Star: A Bright Spot of Bipartisanship in a Divided Congress

If you replaced your car last year under the "Cash for Clunkers" program, soon it may be time to replace your home energy components under what's being called the "Cash for Caulkers" program. Officially called the Home Star program, it is part of the federal government's proposed Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act. The purpose of the "Cash for Caulkers" program is the same as...

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Jargon, Buzzwords and other Bad Biz Writing

Here we look at the worst examples of office-speak, along with some words that deserve a place in our professional vocabulary. Not all corporate buzzwords are without their usefulness. Everyone has encountered business jargon at one time or another. Whether hearing them from your boss, coworkers or customers, buzzwords can be a major source of irritation, obscuring rather than clarifying...

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Are There Benefits to Swearing in the Workplace?

Swearing can seem like second nature in certain work situations, such as missing a deadline. Are there occasions when profanity is acceptable, or even beneficial, in the workplace? EDITOR'S NOTE: This post contains examples of language that may be offensive to some readers. Language that was once considered taboo is becoming more mainstream. Simply listen to the words that were once bleeped or...

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The Best Ways to Deliver Bad News

Nobody likes to give bad news. But by avoiding common missteps, it is possible to deliver difficult messages with tact and consideration for the recipient, ultimately maintaining company morale. Bad news can be tough on both the recipient and the messenger, and in today's uncertain economic climate, the exchange of negative news is an all-too-common occurrence. But the classic strategy of "good...

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Wind-powered Googling

In an effort to become carbon neutral, Google has signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with NextEra Energy, Inc. to purchase 114 MW of wind-generated energy. In 2007 Google made the decision to become carbon neutral and to "take responsibility for our carbon emissions and promote sustainable environmental solutions." BY using solar power in the Mountain View CA facilities and by installing...

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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

In Crucial Conversations, a team of corporate consultants offers winning strategies for how to stay calm, collected and compelling when communicating with anyone — even under high-pressure conditions. FROM THE PUBLISHER Learn how to keep your cool and get the results you want when emotions flare. When stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong, you have three choices: Avoid a...

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Greening the Office: Wise Advice and Dopey Gimmicks

Many companies today are feeling pressure to "go green" in the office. For starters, it looks great in the soy-ink printed, all-recycled-material annual report. But given the amount of resources U.S. offices use, it's hard to argue that it's not an urgent step. Studies have concluded that heating and cooling U.S. office space is responsible for 40 percent of the carbon emissions in the country...

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3 Building Blocks to Better Communication

Effective communication can help organizations emerge from economic challenges ahead of the pack. Companies whose communication emphasizes courage, innovation and discipline are the best at keeping their employees engaged and are the most successful financial performers, according to new research. For most organizations, talking is easy. However, communicating to inform and engage requires much...

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